What’s On My Mind: 5 Things FRIDAY!

We’ve made it to Friday! Whoo!

Heading into the weekend I’ve got a few things on my mind…

1. I need to figure out how to run even splits.

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Last night my goal was to run 13:30 even splits. I ended up with one 13:50 mile (oops too slow), one 12:43 mile (oops too fast) and one 13:36 mile (almost!).

I know proper pacing will only help me achieve a PR in my upcoming half marathon(s) so it’s something I have to nail down sooner rather than later.

I’m going to try really hard during my medium/long run this weekend. I’ll report back on Monday!

2. Cecil is the most curious cat. 

He’s always all up in my business…. but I like it that way!

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When I get home from a run all sweaty and gross he loves to come and sit in my lap.

I’ve decided either he loves me a lot and doesn’t care that I’m gross OR he thinks he’s going to get treats for dealing with me being gross…

Probably the latter. He’s very food motivated.

3. I need to get a new bib / medal holder.

I bought a bib holder after my first 5K last year and have been loading it up with every piece of race memorabilia ever. I really need to upgrade to a bigger holder!

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I think I am going to buy this one to transfer my medals to:

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4. My Western Red Cedar is growing!

My little red cedar from the Portland Marathon is now almost 6 inches tall!

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This type of tree can grow up to 230 feet tall and 13 feet in diameter!

I guess I’m going to need to buy a really big house at some point in the future.

5. It’s Almost Halloween! 

I met Adam TEN YEARS ago on Halloween! I can hardly believe it was that long ago!

I still need to figure out the perfect 10 year anniversary gift for next month.

I think if I could somehow get him a Dolphins win in Chicago this weekend it would be much appreciated. The end to last week’s game against the Pack was really disappointing!

Fingers crossed for Sunday!

Any tips for getting better at running even splits?  

KICK ASS at your 10K this weekend Meg! I would say good luck getting that PR, but you don’t need luck! 



  1. October 17, 2014 / 5:02 am

    Sorry, not much help on the even splits question, but by the looks of it, you’d be averaging out to your overall pace and where you want to be anyway? haha, sorry, told you “d be not much help.
    Your medals holder is great! I, for some reason, had no idea such things even exist! Mine sit tangled in a gift bag at present, after having (lamely) proudly showed them off to all my students as part of my introductory lesson to them, as in: this is a little bit about ME, haha… Have a GREAT weekend Kristina! 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Haha, I love that you brought your race medals to “show and tell” – I did that at work during the summer! My team all brought in a couple of items that “represent” who we are outside of work and I brought in my two favorite medals, haha 🙂

  2. October 17, 2014 / 6:04 am

    The photos of your cat always make me smile haha 😀

    I don’t know if you listen to music when you run, but if you do you should try to pick songs that are pretty much the same speed and all that stuff (or if you’re like me you could always just put one song on repeat for the whole run haha). That helped me a lot 🙂 If you don’t listen to music then I don’t know.. Run with someone who is good at keeping the same pace and over time you’ll adopt that to your own runs? 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:27 pm

      Oh, I like the idea of trying one song on repeat! I just need to pick a really good one! Which song are you listening to right now?

      I wish I had a friend I could run with and pace off of, unfortunately not a lot of my friends run 🙁

      • October 20, 2014 / 6:33 am

        I switch every time I find a new song I like better, my last 4-5 runs it’s been Black Widow and Work by Iggy Azalea (I normally just have 1 song, but these 2 worked good together for me). Some of my previous choises has been Cuckoo – Adam Lambert, Party – Adore Delano, Blue Smoke – Dolly Parton, I wish i were Amanda Leopre – Sharon Needles, Born Naked – RuPaul, Your makeup is terrible – Alaska Thunderf*ck.
        I tend to just get really addicted to a song and won’t mind listening to it for 1 hour + 🙂 I think I listened to the Dolly Parton song there on every single run for more than a month haha!

        Awe :/ Well.. If someone else is running when you run you could always just stalk them haha – not in a psycho way, just to keep the pace. It works unless they realize you’re following them and they freak out haha 😀 I did this in the summer, but I picked the fastest people I saw and pretended I was racing them xD

  3. October 17, 2014 / 6:04 am

    My #1 tip for pacing – hop on a treadmill. I know it can be really boring sometimes, but I found that is what taught my body what certain paces “feel” like, if that makes sense??

    Love the new race rack!! Happy Friday =)

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      That does make sense! I logged a lot of miles on the treadmill this summer and I think at the time it did lend itself to more even splits during my outside runs…but I guess it’s been a while now since I’ve done a treadmill run and it’s forgotten!

  4. October 17, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Nice medal holder choice – what did we ever do before Etsy? 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      I know, right? Etsy is the best! I’ve never had a bad experience with an Etsy seller!

  5. October 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

    I also need a new medal hanger! I want one with a quote or something to hang on the wall. My current one is a stand up one and its already completely filled up!

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      A stand up medal hanger? That sounds pretty cool!

      Congrats on filling yours up!!!

  6. October 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

    I have a very hard time pacing even splits with shorter distance, such as my 5k last weekend. But, I can pace the heck out of a long run. My splits are for the most part almost always within seconds of each other. I do it by my breathing pattern. I breathe in 3 steps out 2, I had to experiment around a little bit to nail it down but it works. I had read about it at one point in time. If my breathing changes I know my pace did. Hope that helps!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!!!

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:23 pm

      Oh that’s really interesting, thanks Staci! I’ve never thought about timing my pace with my breathing! I will have to try that tomorrow!

  7. October 17, 2014 / 9:03 am

    My first splits are ALWAYS slower than pace, after 5 miles or so they are more on target. I would say the treadmill is a good place to start, also the music cadence as well. For longer runs looking at your mile splits on the Garmin is easier.
    Congratulations on 10 years! Picking out a gift will be a challenge after your Europe trip!
    Have a great weekend! The Pats squeaked one out last night–whew! I will miss watching them on Sunday!

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      I need to figure out how to set the Garmin to show me individual mile splits *during* the run … or I will need to print out pace bands for my training runs so I know what overall time I am aiming for during each mile!

      Congrats on the Pats win – I’m happy that Brady has been playing so well. The Dolphins are clearly not ready to take the division yet, and if it can’t be us I want it to be you! Plus I like seeing Brady shut the critics up! 🙂

  8. October 17, 2014 / 9:33 am

    Ahhh I dread tempo runs. I’m terrible at running even splits also. It definitely takes a lot of work to gauge and feel your pace. But put in the work and it will pay off, your going to kill that half marathon.

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      I feel really confident about getting a half marathon PR this winter! I would have gotten a 12 minute PR at the marathon if I stopped at the 13.1 point, so I feel like it’s in the bag, you know? Which is obviously not a great thing to think and I am probably jinxing myself!

  9. October 17, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    If I want to run guaranteed even splits, the treadmill will make it happen. Otherwise, I will try to run an even pace on the track. Because it is so hilly where I live, running even splits is impossible. I LOVE that you are nurturing your tree and watching it slowly grow. I apparently missed out on the trees and never received one. 🙁 Oh well, I can live vicariously through you and your tree. 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Someday my tree may need to come and live with you! I’m not sure if the weather down here will be appropriate for it once we need to plant it outside! I bet it will be too warm here for the tree to thrive.

  10. October 17, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    I am bad at running even splits as well. If I am doing a run anywhere 8 miles or less, my running instinct is just to get a little bit faster each mile. I was trying to run even splits when I was doing tempo runs but it didn’t really work. I agree with what someone else said- try doing it on the track or something! So what were you dressed as when you met Adam? I forget if you ever shared that with us! Thanks for the shout out! As long as I finish, I will PR, since I never ran a 10k before hahaha!

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Adam and I were the only two NOT dressed up at the party! 😀 Makes sense that the two boring people would end up together, haa.

      I love the idea of doing track workouts but we don’t have one near me! I looked up all the local schools on Google Maps and apparently kids in south florida don’t run anymore because none of them have tracks. The only one that does is a private school!

  11. October 17, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    My running always varies mile to mile because it’s hilly here. I also tend to take it easy a mile- then push if I am feeling really good. Last year when I was speed training I worked on pushing longer and longer until I could sustain a fairly fast pace four to five miles – but even then I could vary almost 30 sec. a mile. Maybe just figure out your goal overall and then try to target a few seconds above that each mile- worry about 1 mile at a time 🙂 That’s what I did 10K training- I wanted to overall achieve a 9:30 pace to make my goal, so I shot for 9:20 each mile, when I had a few miles that came in faster it just made me happy and gave me more mojo to keep moving 😉 and yes I am now running about a min. a mile slower a bunch because I stopped doing speed work. lol It is time for new holder but you need something that hangs your bibs too! Love Cecil’s picture 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      I like your idea, Karen! I actually printed out a pace band that I can use for my training runs so that I always know what time I am looking to hit for each split. It’s sometimes hard to do the math in my head during the run! haha

      • October 20, 2014 / 1:03 pm

        I love that idea!

  12. October 17, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    I think that over time you will get more and more used to running even splits – one of those things that takes practice (lots of running).

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:08 pm

      I think you’re right. The only way to get better at running even splits is to make it a point to do it! At some point it will become natural!

  13. October 17, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    This is counter-intuitive, but when I need to run even splits I ignore my watch/GPS/pacer. I just run by feel. Usually my body falls into a rhythm and over time as I get faster, my splits drop.

    I love that picture of Cecil!!

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:06 pm

      I always go out too fast when I ignore my Garmin 🙁 It feels so right to go fast those first couple of miles … and then it feels so wrong! haha

      I will get it figured out!

  14. October 17, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Your little tree is so cute! And I love that you have to get a new medal holder #awesomeproblems 🙂

    No advice on even splits… I try to even mine out by keeping an eye on my Garmin, but even then I usually have about a 30sec/mile variation. Maybe a dreadmill could help?

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      The treadmill definitely helps, but I’m so over it! This summer I logged a lot of miles on the ‘mill and I kind of don’t want to see it again until next summer 🙂 haha

  15. October 17, 2014 / 7:03 pm

    Running by feel like Ali said is my best indicator of even pacing. Weird I know. I am loving the Cecil pictures! He is too cute. 🙂 I love that you got a tree from the marathon! You WILL need a bigger house…LOL.

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      Running by feel usually leads me astray! I’ll always go out too fast! I think I just need to practice, practice, practice!

  16. October 19, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Is your long term goal even splits or negative splits? If you eventually want negative splits then you can adjust your interval ratio to run longer towards the end of your mileage…for even splits I would recommend aiming for a range (like 12:00-12:30 etc) because so many things can impact a particular interval it’s going to be hard to stay “exact” for each mile 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      Each run is a bit different. For this particular run I wanted to do even splits so that I could mimic the first half of race day. On race day I’ll want to run negative splits!

      During the marathon I was able to hit pretty even splits into the half marathon points, but I think that was a total fluke. I think the hills actually helped even my splits out, haha!

  17. October 19, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Love that medal/bib hanger. I have one very similar. It’s the same color but mine says “celebrate every mile”

    • October 19, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Oh, I like that! I haven’t ordered this one yet because I keep going back and forth on which saying I want on the holder! haha