Weekly RUNdown + Q&A

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post sharing words of encouragement and your own stories. I love reading your comments and knowing that we share so many similar experiences!

Hello there! Long time, no see! My mom came into town for a couple of days last week to deal with some moving related things – she’s well on her way to being an official South Floridian. She’s pushed her moving date back a couple of days, but she’ll still be here before my birthday! 🙂

All is going really, really, really well on the running front. I’m definitely out of my slump from last week and all of my runs this week felt really good – except for the 800s – but I guess those aren’t supposed to feel good.


Janae (aka Hungry Runner Girl) shared that motivational Instagram the other day and I thought it was so accurate!

I filmed a weekly training vlog, which I plan to do every week until the Chicago Marathon, after my long run on Sunday:

The training portion was kind of short this week since the run went really smoothly, so I also added on a few running survey questions Megan (aka Meg Go Run) posted about a couple of weeks ago. If you’re into that sort of thing I hope you’ll give the video a view!

Here’s my weekly RUNdown:


Monday: REST
Tuesday: 1 mile w/up, 6 x 800 w/400m recovery, 1 mile c/down
Wednesday: 45 minute stationary bike
Thursday: 6 mi tempo
Friday: 4 mi easy
Saturday: 6 miles easy
Sunday: 10 miles easy

Total: 32 miles

I ended up doing my 10-miler on the treadmill, which left me with quite a lot of time to entertain myself. I watched two interviews (this one and this one) with Scott Jurek where he talks about breaking the AT speed record for thu hiking. I love that man so much – he is such an inspiration and I’m so sad that this will be the last thing he does professionally. Nothing like going out with a bang though!

Fingers crossed that Scott writes a book about this experience because I’m not sure how many more times I can read “Eat & Run” … just kidding, I’m sure I can read it at least 100 more times. If you’re a runner and haven’t read Scott’s book yet, please give it a try. I cannot recommend it enough – it includes details about his training regime, vegan diet, winning all of the top ultra races and his personal relationships with other elite runners (and non-runners).

Other than running, work and seeing my mom more often than usual, not a whole lot is going on over here. I guess it’s pretty typical for running to consume your life when training for a marathon though!

On Friday night Adam, Tim and I went down to the University of Miami to see a wrestling show:


If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll remember Tim as the guy who I ran my first half marathon with!


I guess he’s gotten a bit camera shy since then, haha. I hope to run another race with him in the future. Maybe I can get him to run the Fort Lauderdale half with me again this year! (Hey Tim, what do you think?!)

We didn’t do a whole lot on Saturday. Actually, I slept a lot on Saturday … like, way too much. I think Cecil was awake more hours than I was which is saying something since he’s in this position about 17 hours a day:


On Sunday I did manage to drag myself out of bed to get breakfast with Adam. We don’t go out for breakfast often but it’s definitely one of my favorite things to do!


Perfect fuel for my 10-miler!

And now, here I am blogging and prepping for the week ahead!

How was your weekend?

What type of races do you prefer: point to point, out and back or loop(s)? 



  1. July 27, 2015 / 6:57 am

    For races I definitely prefer a loop. Mentally it just seems more manageable than an out and back! Point to points can be fun too, but I’ve only done one. When Im running on my own I don’t mind out and backs for some reason. Great job with your training this week!

    • July 27, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Thanks Lisa! 🙂 I use out and backs for training runs so I think that has conditioned me to like them for races too. I like getting to the halfway point and knowing it’s time to get down to business – and seeing the same things on the way in gives me a visual cue for where I am at in the race rather than always looking down at/depending on my Garmin.

  2. July 27, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Your Thursday-Sunday string of runs looks really solid! Especially knowing that your 10 miler went well on Sunday. Great week, Kristina!

    My weekend was pretty good. I spent a lot of time cleaning and organizing since my sister and her family are coming up this weekend to visit. Throw in a couple of runs, some grocery shopping and a nap and that pretty much sums it up.

    • July 27, 2015 / 8:07 am

      Thanks Heather! It was a pretty solid way to close out the week and I’m feeling really good! I had a little IT band soreness on Thursday-Friday but it was gone by Saturday – crisis averted! 🙂

      That’s exciting that your sister and her fam are coming to visit! Is she a runner too?

  3. July 27, 2015 / 8:09 am

    No such thing as too much sleep on a Saturday 🙂 I was kind of the same way on Sunday… slept in really late and then took a nap halfway through the day. Let’s just say I’m well-rested today, haha!

  4. July 27, 2015 / 8:57 am

    So good your 10 miler went so well. I am having runner’s envy, I haven’t felt that way in so long i am afraid it will never happen again.
    I am sorry, I chuckle every time I hear you say 50’s made you freeze. I think that is my favorite running temp!
    I try to visualize something good happening when I struggle during a run or like you day dream. lately though, I can’t find a good enough day dream or mantra lol
    I have not heard of Ultimate (?) but it sounds good. I only take Gatorade or Power ade because it is there in a race, i never use it at home.

  5. July 27, 2015 / 9:56 am

    I was also reading up on Scott Jurek & am definitely getting Eat and Run. Can’t wait to read it! Here’s to another great week!

  6. July 27, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Isn’t it awesome to be running strong right when you should be. I prefer point to point. Once you get out there, no chance of stopping until you get to the end.

  7. July 27, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    What a coincidence that you mention Scott Jurek on your post today (Actually not much of a coincidence since he’s your running hero, he’s mentioned here a lot ;). Wanted to make sure you knew about the documentary Run Free-The True Story of Caballo Blanco. I just posted the announcement on my blog, It’s at

    I hope you’ve seen it and/or get to see it! I can’t wait to see it! Scott Jurek is my hero too!

  8. July 27, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    If it’s a destination race I definitely prefer the loop so I can see more of the city. The local races and training runs I prefer to be out and back (helps me visually count down the landmarks until the end)

    I an reevaluating the necessity of training for fall full marathons because (simply put) summer in the summer in Florida sucks 🙁

    I’m convincing my training partners to run earlier and earlier so I can avoid the sun at all costs….but sometimes it’s still humid at 3/4 am 🙁

  9. July 27, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Your training is going a lot like mine! I had a great long run this week. I was especially surprised because last week’s long run went terribly. I think we’re both gonna kick butt in Chicago!! 10 miles sure seems like a lot to do on a treadmill. I don’t know if I could do that. I kinda like point to point races. I like to see more.

    Thanks for posting Scott’s interviews! I’m gonna watch them right now.

  10. July 27, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    I haven’t watched one of your videos yet – usually I’m reading blogs from my phone and not quite in a spot to listen, but I enjoyed yours! I like the survey questions and the long run recap!

  11. July 27, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Cecil would get along so well with Jelly and Christmas because that is their favorite position too! (Actually, Christmas prefers when his face is in a food bowl, but I mean other than that.)

    I have not read Scott Jurek’s book but thanks for the rec! I agree he should definitely write about his time on the AT. I would love to hear about what he thought of the terrain in my neck of the woods!

    Paul and I actually went out for breakfast this week too and I got eggs and bacon. I have been eating dippy eggs for breakfast almost every morning since! It is soooooo delish.

    Thank for the shout out! It was fun to hear your answers to the running survey questions. I love your rationale for not quitting a run and that by the time you’re done thinking it through, you’re actually almost really done! 🙂

    I am glad you had a great workout week and that your mom will be a Floridian soon!

    I am glad your treadmill run felt so good. We need runs like that! Remember last week when you were worried and we all said NEXT run will be awesome? Because that is the law of running physics, right?

  12. July 27, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Sometimes I don’t get how cats sleep the way they do! Ha!

    I love point-to-point courses the best. Although I don’t mind out-and-back. I’ve started doing more out-and-back training runs and they’ve grown on me.

  13. July 29, 2015 / 9:02 am

    I prefer either point to point, or a loop but I don’t really like out and back races. I feel like I’m only getting half my money’s worth of race from them. And I hate seeing the faster runners go by, knowing that I’ve a lot more to do…

    Love the camera shyness by the way, nothing like posing with a hand in the shot…