Whoo! A Pain Free Run!

Friday night I was feeling pretty down so I put together a nice little lifting routine for myself because I wanted a hit of endorphins!

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I didn’t commit to the squats with kicks and could have/should have done more, but I did knock out a 30 second plank PR when I finally hit 2 minutes!! Yessss!


I’ve got toΒ give a shout out to Xtina because listening to Dirrty really helped me with ^ this monumental achievement in my life.

On Saturday I woke up early, grabbed a coffee and went on a quest to find bar stools forΒ the new apartment.



I ended up finding great stools at Target for only $80 each, or as I like to think of it, the cost of two local half marathons.

After assembly, Adam and I promptly parked our butts in front of the TV to watch football all day.

Sunday included lots of football as well, and I am very happy that Green Bay is moving on!!! While I wish the Dolphins were still playing, Aaron Rodgers is the love of my life so I have to support GB.

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(Kristen, does this make us enemies this week?! πŸ˜‰ )

Adam is supporting the Patriots throughout the playoffs so I am really hoping for a Packers vs. Patriots Super BowlΒ so we can make a friendly wager! haha

After the GB game I hit up the gym and FINALLY went for a run after a week off!!!!

I only ran for 20 minutes because apparently I don’t know how to use the settings on these fancy new treadmills and the machine turned off after 20 mins, but I was completely pain free the whole time! WHOO!

Afterwards I did the stationary bike for a little bit while watching the game.



(Does anyone else out there have a Galaxy S5 phone? I just got one and whenever I use the self-facing camera it turns on something called “Beautify” mode which seems to just make my head look like giant alien head. Β I don’t like it!)

The rest of the night was spent just relaxing, drinking hot tea and preparing for the week ahead.

I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend!

Do you have any fitness goals this year that aren’t running related?
Enjoying the way the playoffs are shaping up so far?


  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    So glad to hear you had a pain-free run! It sounds like you had a very productive weekend!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It was a great mix of production and football watching!

  2. running schlub

    wow two minute plank, I think I’m still working on a thirty second plank lol.

    Yeah those treadmills can be tricky, especially when your running on a new one. That’s why I stay away from them. Aside from the Eagles not in the playoffs, I’m loving the way the playoffs are shaping up. If the Seahawks can lose I’m 100% happy.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahha no way you can totally do a 30 second plank, don’t be crazy!

      The Packers will make sure you stay happy!

  3. Kim

    Hooray for running pain free!!!
    We aren’t really watching the play-offs – lame but true! I guess I should pick a team to really support so that I cared more about pro football but for now I just watch college football and basketball.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I’m exactly the opposite, I don’t watch college at all but I love the pros! The world needs people like us to support the different types of entertainment out there! πŸ˜‰

  4. Karen

    Yaaaa, for pain free running! Kick butt weight lifting. I am still trying to get that elusive two minute plank, maybe I need Dirty on my playlist πŸ™‚ I can barely keep up right now, work is so busy, if I tried to make a goal other than training I am sure I would put me over the edge lol

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You do need Dirrty on your playlist! For some reason that song just always gets me pumped out. I listen to it on repeat during speedwork sometimes!

      You are doing amazing with your marathon training!

  5. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    I need to plank more! 2 minutes makes me hurt!! I had 2 c sections and have struggled ever since to get these abs in shape!! You are a total power house compared to me! I am such a weight wimp!!
    So great you ran with no pain!!! Calf pain is so not fun!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha yes 2 minutes hurts!!! I was shaking and sweating like crazy, haha. I think I produced more sweat during those 2 minutes than I do during a 20 minute run!

  6. Jess

    Sounds like a great weekend, and I hope you’re enjoying getting settled into the new place. A pain-free run is always a good feeling!

    To be honest, NFL kind of bores me, but we watch so much college football that I really don’t have the energy for MORE football on Sundays/Mondays after a marathon day of watching (and yelling) on Saturdays, haha. Living in Columbus means that you can’t help but be forced to watch Buckeye games wherever you go; since OSU is playing in the championship game tonight, that is the big topic of convo around these parts. As it happens, I despise Ohio State and actively root against them so go Ducks!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Go Ducks! I’m not a fan of either team and don’t know anything about the players, but I know the Ducks are the favorites and produce a lot of good NFL players!

  7. Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    Wooo congrats on the plank PR! Planks are the best!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hmmmm Court, I don’t know if I would describe planks as “the best” but they sure are something! πŸ˜€

  8. Heather @ Run Eat Play

    Great job on the plank! I got up to five minutes last year and now, not so much!! πŸ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      FIVE MINUTES!!!! That’s awesome! I can’t even *imagine* planking for that long!

  9. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    Awesome on the plank! And the pain-free run!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Jenn! Really excited to have a pain free calf!

  10. Carmy

    I almost choked on my food when I read “two local half marathons.” I totally compare my purchases to running too! “well that costs a race entry and my textbooks are the price of a pair of running shoes”
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahah exactly! I’m glad we’re on the same wave length!

  11. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Hooray for a pain-free run!!! I hate when treadmills turn off automatically. I’m always so caught off-guard, like, why is it slowing down?

    Beautify mode turns you into a bobble head?! Weird!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yes! I was wondering what was going on since the treadmill at my old gym used to just go on forever. I figured out how to override the 20 minute setting tonight, phew!

      I think “Beautify” mode stretches out my head/face to try and make it look slimmer? Hmmmm >:/

  12. Jennifer

    Glad to hear the running was pain free. I saw your note on IG about Xtina – will need to turn that on while planking!! I actually plank in silence lol…im sure music will help.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      YOU PLANK IN SILENCE?!!!! Nooooooo don’t do that! You must listen to Dirrty the next time!

  13. Molly

    Congrats on the pain free running! It’s always such a great feeling. I have those shorts! Aren’t they the best!?

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      They are the absolute BEST – the only shorts I wear for working out!

  14. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    I have an S5 but I don’t know much about the front facing camera. I don’t think you look like you have a giant alien head, though πŸ™‚
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha, thanks! I think it gave me a bit of a stretched out cone head…. but maybe that’s just what my head looks like!

  15. Lily @ Lily Runs the World

    Congrats!! And whoa a two-minute plank? I am so horrible at them and get bored after ten seconds. Nice work!!
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  16. Lizzy

    I’m so glad to hear you had a pain free run! Now you can get back to training.

    I don’t have many thoughts on the NFL playoffs, but I was pretty happy that Ohio State won last night. We’re a house divided Pac12/Big10, so even though I’m not an Ohio fan and I’m still bitter about Urban Meyer leaving UF, I was still happy that the right side won πŸ™‚
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  17. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Nice work with the planks and yay for running pain free! I need more planks in my life.

    The PACKERS??? No, we cannot be friends this week. πŸ˜‰ After the Seahawks win, you will root for them in the Super Bowl…right? πŸ˜€
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