Weekly Training Recap: Last Week of 2016

Hi there! I’m betting a lot of you went back to work today after a nice break for the holidays. I hope you’re able to ease into the week and your day goes smoothly!

My blogging resolution for this year is to post a weekly training recap every Tuesday no matter what. I’m following the format that Jen from Dashing in Style uses.

Normally I run only 5 or 6 days a week but last Monday I decided to start a 30 day run streak so this week will cover 7 days of running. Admittedly, I have been slacking on the strength training since we moved into the new house. I was spoiled by having a nice gym right in my apartment complex before. Adam is building us a gym at the new house, but until it’s ready I need to figure out a temporarily solution!

Okay let’s jump into the recap :).

Week at a Glance

Training for: Nothing specific. I have a couple of races coming up that I want to feel strong and healthy for, but I am not planning for either to be PR races. I’m just enjoying myself, doing what feels right and trying to build/maintain a solid base for spring.

Days running: 7

Miles this week: 19.5 (This is definitely low for me. I blame it on the sinus infection!)


Easy Run: 3.5 miles


Normally Monday is my rest day, but I had a holiday induced pep in my step and wanted to head out into the fresh air. I ended up running in one of my old favorite spots and was encouraged and motivated by the environment.

This was the day I spontaneously decided to start a 30 day run streak!


Easy Run: 2 miles


This run started out with a very light drizzle of rain that I thought would pass but it quickly turned into a full on down pour. I was wearing my FlipBelt which is not waterproof so I had to get home asap so my phone didn’t get ruined.

My phone was wet when I got home so I’m glad I didn’t try to stay out longer!


Tempo Run: 3 miles


This run was supposed to be five miles long (1 mile w/up, 3 miles tempo, 1 mile c/d) but I had some family drama to attend to.

My dad was in town visiting and he and I got into a … disagreement before I went out for my run. Adam called me half way through and told me my dad was packing up and leaving and I better come home and talk with him.

In hindsight it was a fairly small incident and we both probably overreacted. My dad ended up staying, so it was worth it to cut this run short even if I would have really liked to have run out a bit more of my frustrations.


Easy Run: 2 miles


I mismanaged my time this day and only had 30 minutes max to run before I had to get ready for a get together with some friends. Even with keeping this run to 2 miles I still somehow managed to be 40 minutes late!


Easy Run: 3 miles


I woke up this morning with a headache and a little post-nasal drip. Adam woke up with a hangover and a full blown sinus infection. Even though I didn’t feel 100% the weather was too nice to do anything less than three miles.

I had bought Adam tickets to WWE Miami for his birthday and we had floor row 4 seats, so even though Adam was sick we still head into Miami that evening after my run.


Easy Run: 1 mile


I woke up this day with a full blown sinus infection (thanks babe). I literally felt like I had been punched in the face 10 times, but I am committed to the run streak so I got out there for one little mile.


Long Easy Run: 5 miles


The sinus infection was in it’s worst form this day. I spent most of the morning and afternoon on the couch, but after talking with my friend Susan I eventually decided to head out for a 3-4 mile run.

Parking at the beach was a nightmare. It took me 45 minutes to find a spot. After taking that long just to park, I decided I needed to run for longer than it took me to find a parking spot. I was also on meds at that point and feeling pretty good, so I decided I could probably run 7 or 8 miles without issue. MAYBE even 10.

I was way too optimistic. Somewhere in mile four my meds wore off and I dragged myself back to the car. I got in five miles in total, and actually ran pretty even splits (even in that last mile). Not bad considering I had left my phone at home and didn’t have anything to listen to!

How did your running week go last week?
Do you worry about your phone getting wet when it rains?
Love or hate running in the rain? 



  1. January 3, 2017 / 5:21 am

    I feel like Ive been running in the rain quite bit lately. As long as its not raining too hard I feel like my phone stays dry in my flip belt. For longer runs when it rains alot Ive put in in a ziplock bag to keep it dry. Great job with the run streak!

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 5:42 am

      Ohhh great tip about the ziplock bag, I’ll definitely have to keep one inside my flipbelt from now on in case it starts raining. Thank you!

  2. January 3, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Nice week Kristina! I only bring my phone with me if I am bringing my hydration pack. In that case it goes in a waterproof pouch in the bag (this is more so to keep it sweat-free than rain-free, ha!). I usually run with an old iPod shuffle which has miraculously survived years and years of sweat and rain–but I try to leave it at home when it is a downpour.

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      iPod shuffle!!! That’s a throwback! When we were moving I found the iPod Adam gave me for my 21st bday. It was engraved and everything! 🙂

      • January 4, 2017 / 9:07 am

        Mine is engraved too! Does Apple even still offer engraving?! I’m also pretty sure my original iPod from 2006 is gathering dust in the back of my desk drawer.

        Paging @MinimalMarathoner to come declutter my life, lol.

  3. January 3, 2017 / 9:03 am

    First, I love this format! I might need to steal it for my Training Tuesday recaps 🙂 But I would be challenged to make it look as nice as this, so there’s that.
    I have been carrying my phone with me almost all the time in the past year. I am a freak about it getting wet (it’s an iPhone 6), so it always goes in a snack size ziplock bag. Perfect fit!
    I’m glad you worked it out with your Dad. Family drama stinks!

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      How is it that every runner knows about this ziplock bag trick and yet no one blogs about it?!!?!? I had no idea!!!!! I am going to start keeping a zip lock bag in my flipbelt so i have it the next time i get caught in the rain!

  4. Susan
    January 3, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Great job on the run streak! I really applaud you for getting out there even when you are sick. Sometimes I am able to do it and other times I am like “UM, NO WAY”. I hope your sinus infection has gone away. Rick came home from skiing and now we both have some crud so that is super fun and exactly how I wanted to start my new year 🙁 We never get rain in CO–and I don’t run w/ my phone. A few times I have gone out on my bike when it’s threatening so I do the ziplock baggie thing, too! It’s cheap, it works.

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry you caught it too! Definitely not the most fun way to kick off the year. I am so ready to not have to blow my nose every 6 seconds!

      Susan…. How come no one told me about this ziplock baggie thing before??? I think I am literally the only person on the planet who didn’t know about it! 😀

      • Susan
        January 4, 2017 / 5:53 am

        Well, truth be told, we all try to keep it a secret from Florida 🙂 LOL. JK. But give it a try because it totally works and you don’t have to buy something. I

        • Kristina
          January 4, 2017 / 6:14 pm

          Hahahaha 😀 Yes I am totally keeping a rolled up zip lock bag IN my flipbelt for all future emergencies from now on!

  5. January 3, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    You had a great week! even went out there and ran with your cold! that’s pretty awesome!

    I’m sorry to hear you had some family drama with your dad :~(

    I like running in the rain when it’s warm, anything below 70 is just miserable and cold!

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      I’ve never had to run in cold rain before, I bet that is awful!!! I hate when my shoes get soggy and heavy!

  6. January 3, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    You had a good week despite not feeling well!
    Glad you and Pop worked things out 🙂
    I would enjoy running by the beach, but 45 minutes to park would seriously hurt my motivation…I would freak. I am impressed you hung in there and still ran some!
    I always put my phone in sandwich bag in summer, because I may run through sprinklers and I do the same if rain even hints…

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      It was not easy to stick it out to find parking, but honestly traffic at the beach is one way and was super backed up, so I had no other option! Either I was going to find parking, or I was going to get back to the street that I turn on to drive home. Luckily the spot came up first! 🙂

      I learned today that I am the only person who doesn’t know about this baggie tip! Where have I been?!

  7. January 3, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I am sorry you got a sinus infection. Not a very fun way to start the week. 🙁 I normally don’t take my phone on runs, but when I do, I always put it in a zip lock bag mostly because I don’t want it to get wet from sweat. Week one of your running streak COMPLETE! Good job! I think you will enjoy having your training logged on your blog.

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      How am I literally the only runner on the planet who didn’t know about this ziplock bag tip?!?!

  8. January 3, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    I’m sorry a disagreement with your dad cut your run short, but you’re right that it was worth it if it meant getting things figured out and squared away!

    Will you have a treadmill of your own in your home gym? I keep debating whether or not I want one.

    • Kristina
      January 3, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      No, we aren’t going to get a treadmill. I bought a used t-mill on Craig’s List a long time ago (before running really stuck) and I never used it. Even though I’m committed to running now I still don’t think I would use it. I am pretty sure I have to get out of the house to run (go to the gym, go outside). If my bed/couch is nearby I think I would be super tempted to cut every run short!