Back on Track: The Running Game

Are you ready for more running posts? Swift-moving feet are about to take over my life again, so buckle up.

Earlier this week I went out and tried to run the fastest mile I could. You may recall, my fastest mile to date is 7:47 and it earned me fancy socks. It had been a while since said fastest mile, so I decided to go down to the boardwalk and see if I could push myself to run super fast.

Oh my word running fast is hard.

Oh my word running fast on a boardwalk is much harder than on a treadmill.

I did it in 8:15.

Not quite as good as 7:47 but not too far off, so I think I can get there again within the next month or so.

Today is my day off, and tomorrow I attempt 6 miles {my first run over 4 miles since leaving the lovely Keri}.Here are the rest of this week’s running stats:

Monday: 2 miles with Piper, followed by an additional 2 miles of power walking. Walk & Talk & Run. Super fun.
Tuesday: 1 mile at 8:15. Ouch.
Wednesday: Skipped it. {It’s my first week back, give me a break!:)}
Thursday: 4 miles at 9:42 with GMoney.

My goal for next week is to follow the schedule I have set for myself precisely. Anybody in the LA area care to join me?? {Please say yes.}

And because I have no running pictures to share with you, but we all know pictures make blogs way more fun, here are a blurry Glenn and I on Wednesday night when we decided to skip our run and go to Costco to share a slice of pizza and a hot dog. I am so glad to be back in the land of Costco.

Happy Friday, and happy running to my fellow swift-footed friends.

Love,

Kristin

An Update from each Category

Arkansas: Yep, we’re still here! The weather is crazy, the people are chatty, Boulevard Bread is still my favorite, and we have made some fun friends, which we are so grateful for.

Fashion: It is difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself. It is especially difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself when all you have been wearing lately is running clothes or a mummy-bag winter jacket. I will try to get into something blog-worthy soon.

Favorite Things: My favorite things have all come from the thrift store or the Dillards clearance rack this past month, and sometimes I feel bad blogging about things I have that are awesome but were just lucky finds at Goodwill, because what if YOU want to buy it for yourself and can’t??!! Argh, these are the things that keep me up at night, people!

Friends and Family: I love my friends. I love my family. I love that I have friends and family all over the place. Sometimes its sad, like when you want to see them and can’t, but more often its awesome.

Personal: My sister told me the other day that I had bad breath, and now I’m totally self conscious about constantly having bad breath. I would just pop in a piece of gum, but my Costco box of Orbit Wintermint just ran out. Woof.

Recipes: Fruit Tart, Bran Muffins, and Thomas Keller’s vegetable soup have been my latest kitchen creations. Mmmm.

Restaurants: Tomorrow night I am going to a new one! In Memphis! For steak! I am really excited! I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Running: OH EM GEE I love my Little Rock running buddy Keri. I don’t really understand how God or His timing work, but I am just grateful that I get to be Keri’s running partner even if its only for a short season. We meet 2-4 times a week in the wee small hours of the morning and run and talk together. I love basically everything about it, except for the time when my jacket was stolen.

San Diego: Two of my closest friends at home are having babies like RIGHT NOW {or very soon! Hi Jess and Sheri!} and its sooo weird for me to think that I won’t be there to meet the little munchkins right away, let alone that I will never live in the same city as them again without them having children. I am, however, VERY excited for the baby boom that has taken over my social circle back home, and can’t wait to hold all the little bambinos.

Travel: We head to Memphis tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary, then next weekend we are grabbing Kimberly and meeting up with the Reynolds in Nashville where I will turn 30! AAAAH! I! AM! SO! EXCITED!

Weight Loss: I lost the 5 pounds that I had gained over the holidays, and am working on more. Yippee! I have also been drinking an EXCESSIVE amount of water. I always thought I drank a lot of water, but wow, now I really drink a lot of water.

The end. Bless you for reading all of this. I love your face. F’real.

~Kristin

Thief!

I was robbed.

Well, technically not ROBBED… but something was stolen from me.

Glenn and I in happier times… before I was robbed. 

It happened this morning. Oh so early. Right around 6:30am. My new BFF/running buddy {hey keri!} and I were almost finished with our run. We had 0.6 miles to go. I was getting really hot and sweaty. I took off my outermost layer and laid it on the grass near where we parked our cars. We ran 0.4 miles and passed by my jacket. It was still laying there, in the grass, enjoying the morning air. I waved hello.

0.2 miles later {that’s less than TWO minutes, people!} my jacket was gone.

Gone.

Nowhere to be found.

Super gone.

THIEF!

Alas, this now gives me extra reason to ask for this hip happening Lululemon running jacket for my upcoming 30th birthday. Does Santa come on birthdays? I think he should.

Happy Wednesday, friends! Hope nothing is stolen from you today, and word to the wise: keep your jacket on.

ps. Before you get all “you’re an idiot, Kristin” on me: I am fully aware that I am at fault here, since I am the one who took the jacket off and laid it in the grass. I just hope that whoever took it needed a running jacket even more than I do.

Happenings

Hi friend-y’s!

There are a few things we need to talk about. Stat.

First up. Kim Kardashian’s divorce. I mean really. WHAT is going on??!! It’s not like I actually expected them to be married forever, but 72 days? Sad face. I’m convinced something shady was going on behind the scenes and it will all come out in the next few months. Until then, my friend Laura and I are coming up with awesome Kardashian conspiracy theories.

Next on the agenda: last week’s runs. I did almost all of them. Here are the dirty details.

Saturday: 6.5 miles, 10:45 pace
Sunday: stroll through the woods with G {that was fun!}
Monday: 3 miles, 9:28 pace
Tuesday: 5 400m sprints… so flipping fast
Wednesday: 5 miles, no watch
Thursday: skipped my run as I was up to my elbows in salted caramel {more on that next week…}
Friday: day off

The last thing we need to discuss is how yesterday was both #3 and my Mama’s birthday. Kimbo turned 24, Mom turned 59. I love Kimbo, and I love Mom. I am happy as a clam to be sister and daughter to these lovely ladies. Happy Birthday!!

A lovely weekend to you all,
Kristin

FINISHED!

Hi Everybody!!

I have officially finished my tenth half marathon! Yippeee!!! These pictures are all from Caitlin’s phone, and you may have seen them on facebook, but I’m posting them here anyway because it’s too exciting not to share. 🙂

We woke up early Sunday morning and found it absolutely necessary to take some Power Pose Pictures before we left the hotel. We’re super fierce. Obviously.

Next it was time to walk to Union Square and brave the crowds. We were meeting up with Piper and Lindsay and this is what we had to push our way through to find them. Ai carumba!

Once we were all together, it was time to start running! We stayed together through mile 5, I ran alone for a couple of miles, taking in all of the awesome San Francisco scenery,  and then Caitlin found me at mile 9 which was AWESOME. Caitlin and I finished side by side {holding hands, I am pretty sure… she was a real encouragement to me, especially toward the end!} and ran an awesome race. My official finishing time was 2:32 and I’m totally proud of that. This course is super hilly, so to come in that close to my personal best is a real accomplishment. Yay us!

Once the race was over, the real fun began. First I almost broke into hysterics as we crossed the finish line because I had pushed myself so hard and was just SO glad to be done. I can’t wait to see the pictures the race photographers captured of that lovely moment… oh dear. Just a few seconds later, the tears subsided as all we could see were hundreds of firemen with Tiffany boxes. There was no longer any reason to cry.

We grabbed ourselves a necklace, got our official finisher T-shirts, inhaled a couple of bottles of water, and scrubbed our sweaty faces at the wash station.

*side note* this is what caitlin looks like after every run. like she just had her hair done and is heading out for a latte.  it’s ridiculous how naturally glam this girl is. *end of side note*

Here are all four of us past the finish line, showing off our bling boxes.

It was such fun and an awesome blessing to get to run with these girls. Great job, ladies! We killed it!

Half Marathon Training : The Last Days

Three more short runs! That’s all I have left until race day!

I don’t know why I’m SO excited about this race. I’ve ran a lot of races, but this one is just so fun. I think I’m excited to get to go on a mini vacation, spend some time with friends, and be in my home state.  I mean really, I am SOOOO excited!!!!!

With less than a week left, the only runs I have to do are a set of sprints, a two miler, and a three miler. Then it’s rest rest rest and pack for San Francisco. Oh, and figure out what I’m going to wear on race day. I figure we have to have a “Half Marathon Fashion” post, right?

Here are this past week’s running stats, for those interested:

Sunday: hike! {this was pretty fun since I haven’t hiked in forever. it was fun to use my legs for something other than running.}
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: skipped it! whoops!
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 5 miles, 10:10 pace
Friday: day off
Saturday: 10 miles, 1:46 including all water and “chew” breaks

I’m pretty happy with how my training has gone, and am planning on sticking with this training program after the race to try to improve my time more than I already have.

That’s it for now. Gotta go sell some chicken!

~Kristin

Two Weeks To Go

My half marathon is two weeks away! Less than two weeks, technically. And today I am feeling: TIRED.

I totally skipped my run today. I was supposed to do sprints, but instead I’m making ratatouille and about to open a bottle of wine recommended to me by Bon Appetit. I am deciding this is ok.

I’ll let you know how the ratatouille turns out. It’s my first attempt. I’m kind of excited!

Back to the upcoming race…

Last week’s runs were as follows:

Sunday: 3 miles, no watch
Monday: 3 miles, 9:40 pace
Tuesday: 1/4 mile uphill sprints {SO!HARD!}
Wednesday: 3 miles, no watch but it felt fast!, 50 push ups
Thursday: 5 miles, 10:10 pace
Saturday: 11 miles, 10:26 pace

This was a great week of running. It has everything to do with the weather, and a little bit to do with me having a good week and looking outside of myself and my sorrows. Sometimes you just need to get your sadness out, wallow in it, and then do something for somebody else. I am grateful for a great week, for an encouraging and funny husband, and for a great and forgiving God.

Have an awesome night, guys!

~Kristin

Half Marathon Training: Update Number Five

It is 10:48pm on Friday night and I really should be sleeping. The thing is, I’m not tired. Glenn is out of town and whenever he’s gone I find it takes a lot longer for me to chillax and get to sleep. Earlier this summer when he was on a trip, 2:30am became my normal bedtime. I’m hoping to fall asleep earlier than that tonight… mostly because I have my second ten miler tomorrow! And with that, an update on the half marathon training.

Let it be known, as one of my lovely readers pointed out, that the training schedule I am following is quite aggressive. If you are training for your first half marathon, please do not follow what I’m doing. I specifically chose this program because it was for the advanced runner who wants to increase speed. That’s me! 🙂 And if you’re wondering which program it is, it’s Hal Higdon’s . He has great programs for beginner and intermediate runners, too.

This week’s runs:

Saturday: 10 miles, 1:46 {that’s a 10:36 pace if you were curious}.
Sunday: 3 mile power walk.
Monday: 3 mile run, 9:30 pace. 50 push ups.
Tuesday: 4 x 1/4 mile sprints followed by 1 x 1 mile sprint.
Wednesday: skipped my workout! Ah! Woopsie! It’s ok. I needed a day off.
Thursday: 5 mile “run”. NOT pretty. Stopped like 5 times. Walked over a mile of it. I don’t know WHAT was going on with my body, but I was never more happy to be finished with 5 miles. When I was running, I was going a 10 minute pace. When I was walking, I was not going a 10 minute pace.

Tomorrow I face another 10 miles, and I’m excited about it. I am hoping to maybe {real big maybe} improve my time from last week.  This week was kind of a stressful one, and filled with all sorts of sadness, excitement, and anxiety.  I know my emotional health affects my running greatly, so I’m happy with the week’s runs considering all of that. Yay for a new week!

Have a great weekend, all! And if you’re reading this on Friday night… why aren’t we hanging out??!!

~Kristin

Half Marathon Training : Update Number Three

The half marathon is exactly one month away. 4 weeks. 31 days. And instead of fear, dread, terror, and hysteria – I’m actually feeling rather excited!

Here are this week’s stats, as best as I can remember them.

Saturday: 8 mile run, 10:25 pace
Sunday: 3 mile easy run, 10:30 pace
Monday: 3 mile run, 9:59 pace. I was supposed to do push ups, too, but I didn’t. Woops-y-daisy.
Tuesday: (4) x 1/2 mile sprints at 8:57 pace.
Wednesday: 3 mile run, 9:25 pace. 50 push ups.
Thursday: 3 mile run at 11:40 pace, then another 3 mile run at 9:26 pace. The first one was more fun, if you were wondering.

Today is my day off and I could not be more excited about having a day to rest my little leggies and eat ice cream! Tomorrow is the big 10 miler. I’m kind of nervous but the weather has been so lovely lately {SEVENTY DEGREES, people! I am officially in Heaven!} I think I’ll be a-ok.

My running adventures next week will {hopefully} include a trip to the athletic shoe shop for new sneaks. I will be sure to bring my camera along so you can share in the excitement!

Happy Friday, my lovelies!

~Kristin