Walk Before You Run

On Sunday night I ended up with a crazy upset stomach and Cecil threw up too. Not sure if it’s possible for us to both have the same bug but we both were up most of the night.

Cecil started crying at the foot of the stairs around 3am so I ended up going down and laying with him on the couch. He’s weird in that he still doesn’t really love spending time upstairs. He’ll sleep in the bed with us sometimes but not all the time. He prefers when we’re downstairs with him.

Luckily I had yesterday off of work so I was able to sleep in a little before heading to the doctor’s office for my MRI. I filmed a vlog of the day if you’re interested, take a little peek:

I go back on Thursday afternoon to get the results. I overheard the tech talking and it sounds like the scans are clear which means I should be able to schedule the compartment syndrome test soon after seeing the doc.

In the afternoon I made myself productive and worked on the backsplash in the kitchen some more. I got a lot done! Now I just need to cut out all of the custom pieces… which is going to be a job and a half. I’ll have to tackle that next weekend.

Seeing the backsplash come together is making me really itch to get in white cabinets. I think the white is going to look so gorgeous with the new backsplash and the black marble countertops.

Even with the wood cabinets, it looks a lot better than it did just a couple days ago. The white cabinets are going to pull my vision together though. These light wooden cabinets feel so early 90s to me.

So, yesterday I dusted off my Garmin. It hasn’t been put to good use in two weeks now, and it’s time to take it out again.

I’m definitely not cleared to run by the doctor but that doesn’t mean I can’t walk.

I keep feeling so out-of-sorts because my normal “after work routine” is in shambles. I’m so used to running at the beach almost every night. I miss hearing the waves, seeing the sunset… listening to my podcasts!

I’ve decided just because I can’t run doesn’t mean I can’t carry out my normal routine. I’ll just have to walk until I can run again. I’m hoping this will make me feel a little less grumpy too.

It seems silly but not running has totally changed my mood. I can feel myself getting upset so much faster… and in quiet moments I’m usually thinking about running and all the things I miss about it.

Even though I’m strength training like crazy and feel certain that any day now a booty is going to pop up thanks to all the squats and lunges I’m doing, it’s just not the same as running. That’s why it was so easy for me to give up lifting heavy in the first place when I started training for my first half marathon five years ago.

Running is different. I just find it so much more enjoyable. I know you know what I mean.

I bet a large part of what I’m missing isn’t just the running though. It’s the whole package of being at the beach, breathing in the fresh air, surrounding myself with other people who like to be outdoors.

Strength training is great but I do it in my house all by myself. There’s definitely something to be said about being out with other people. So today I head outdoors for a nice beach walk!

Do you walk when you can’t run?Β 



  1. June 20, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Whenever Im not running I really notice the change in my mood and I miss being outside. Walking is a great alternative! I think for me the hardest was in the winter when I had zero motivation to walk outside- its one thing to run in the cold but Im not crazy even to walk in the cold! At least walking will feel better than running in the heat!

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Oh man yeah I can definitely see walking in the winter sounding/feeling like an awful activity. When it’s freezing, snowing, cold raining out walking must sound like a nightmare!

  2. June 20, 2017 / 10:38 am

    I can totally feel what you’re feeling Kristina. I’ve been completely off from running since I had a very bad cold last week. I really hope I’m able to get back to run tomorrow. If not, I’ll follow your idea of walking instead of running. I miss being outside so much.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      I hope you can get back to running tomorrow too! The weather has been so hot/humid/rainy but man have I been wishing I was out there running in it! πŸ˜€

  3. Susan
    June 20, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! I replaced running w/ speed walking for 3 months! Not the same but I did enjoy it. I kept all my routine the same with other sports and weight lifting. And I just told myself that walking was time on my feet hitting the pavement like running! I hope you can get to the bottom of your calf issue very soon, my friend.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Unfortunately I can’t do speed walking either πŸ™ Whenever I walk too fast my calves get that tight feeling just like as if I was running. What I’m doing is really slow, leisurely, look at the flowers type of walking but hey, it’s something!

  4. June 20, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Yep, I totally go for walks when I can’t run. That’s on my agenda for tomorrow morning! I’m already looking forward to getting back into my routine, and I’ve only had a couple of days off really. But my day/life really does flow better when I keep consistent.
    I actually like the cabinets you have! Maybe that’s because we have the same color scheme (dark countertop and that color cabinets). Your backsplash looks really good. Keep up the great DIY work! Alan is hanging doors, trim and painting in our basement this week. An end of the project is in sight!!

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      YEAH!!!! So glad the basement project is almost done. It feels like you guys just started it .. but that’s probably because I’m over here watching from afar. I’m sure for you it’s been a long couple of months! When it’s all done you’re going to have an awesome space though!

  5. June 20, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I am a firm believer in keeping a routine. Yes, walk when you can’t run. Suit up. Do the normal route. Listen to those podcasts. It will make you feel as close to normal as you can get.