Blog-iversary?

Today’s Workout-

AM- 10 Miles on the roads, 7:40 average pace.

PM- 4 Miles at an easy pace (treadmill) followed by Core Work

Turns out it’s been almost exactly a year since I started this website of mine. Running wise the year started out as bleak as I could get with a torn calf and a huge cloud of injury denial. Can someone please tell me why I was so stubborn and kept running and racing while in pain? I ran FOUR races while injured and stretched that calf healing process out as long as I possibly could. Live & Learn.

I want to say to all my readers…thank you. I thought I’d have this private journal on the web that maybe my mom would read (she doesn’t! lol) and instead I ended up reading more blogs, commenting on more, getting some great feedback in return, and made some new friends. I don’t have any aspirations to make this a big blog, the theme will always stay the same, my journey to become the fastest marathoner I can so I’m thankful for anyone who takes the time out to read about that journey. There’s been quite a few blurbs going around the internets about commenters not commenting genuinely or descriptively or lengthly enough for the writers opinion. My opinion is, you want to come here and read my stuff…thank you. You want to come here and never, ever comment once, thank you. You want to come here and only type “hi!” thank you. I’m grateful for it all. Now on to running business….

Last week wrapped up week 5 (10 weeks until goal marathon) with Coach Hadley and it consisted of:

87 total miles with 3 hard days:

10 X 800’s

8 mile tempo run

20 Miler with water only

I’m a pure distance girl and when my mileage gets higher and I get into a nice rhythm with train->fuel->real life->sleep and in turn I start to feel stronger and stronger. I love that rhythm and believe I thrive off of it. I have been doing my core & strength work religiously. It was a hard habit to get into but now that it is indeed a habit I’ve been good about it. My legs are adjusting and feeling “bouncier” than ever. Basically thing are on the up & up. I know marathon cycles are full of ups and downs so I am appreciating the good while I’ve got it.

This current week is the first week we are starting to cut back the mileage and that’s because I get to race this weekend!! I have not raced in two months so I am jumping out of my Nikes to get back out there. It is a Valentine’s Day themed race and friends and I have a brutal friendly competition going on. I’ll go into more detail in my race recap. Mostly I’m just excited to run fast with great friends again. Plus the race directors arrange for a Candy Corner where instead of handing out gels, they hand out M&M’s….they were reading my mind. Here is the race we’re running:

What kind of pace will I run? I haven’t got a clue. We’ve discussed it but really I have not raced in two months (and this will be the first time racing under Coach Hadley’s program) so I’m hesitant to give any pace range right now and honestly I just want to surprise myself. Last year I ran 6:17 pace on a wonky leg/torn calf so we will see. I will be running fast enough to earn those M&Ms.

If you are racing this weekend….sending you lots of speediness and hoping it’s candy-filled. Have a great week everyone!

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38 thoughts on “Blog-iversary?

  1. HI!!!

    In all seriousness, I had to google “14k” because that seems like a made-up distance. But now that I’m thinking about it, it’s for Vday, which is on the 14th, so all of this is making so much more sense now…

    You’ve been my speed hero as of late. Every time I run speed work these days (7:10s right now) I think to myself “Dang! Kris holds a way faster pace for an entire MARATHON. She is a really pretty robot.”

    I can’t wait to see what this year brings you — I have a good feeling about it. :)

  2. Happy blog-a-versary! And good luck this weekend! Sounds like a fun race. The local running group here (Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders) also has a Valentine’s themed couples relay later this month. My boyfriend and I ran it last year and hope to do it again this year. It’s a fun bonding activity. :)

  3. A training animal, that’s what you are. I’m not going to say “have a great race” because you will whether I say it or not. Instead I’m going to suggest you see how many m&m’s you can eat during the course of the race and still keep on pace. The answer might be “one” but it will still add an element of whimsy to what might otherwise be a ho-hum great race. Or you could just wear a sparkly skirt ;-)

    Okay, I’m off to assemble my filming crew for the recording of my infamous cart-running. I hope I don’t get banned from Target.

  4. Good luck with your 14K race, sounds like a cool distance for Valentine’s day. We’re having a couples run here, hehe- but I don’t know if I could convince my hubs to come out to it.

    And happy blog anniversary!

  5. Hey Kris! I love reading your posts. Just yesterday I was thinking that I’d not seen an update from you…glad to hear things are going well! Having been in the same shoes (ha ha) as you with the long drawn out injury, I know how good it feels to finally be back! While my mileage is only as high as yours if I include my bike mileage, I am training hard! Can’t wait for Boston…hope we get to meet up, would love to introduce you to my friend and coach…he’s a 2:20 marathoner! Hope your training continues to go well!

    • I definitely surppot the efforts of the School of Business and the Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability. This, I feel, was a wonderful opportunity to highlight an event that many students have access to as well as the ability to get involved. Special thanks to Alison Dennis, Skipp Thomsen, the school of business, and CGLS!

  6. I love to see how far you have come in the last year and honestly (I know I say this a lot) but you are one of my running idols (and basically life) so reading your training always interests me so much. I cannot wait to see how the Valentines day 14k goes. I’ve been dying to do that but ugh for being up in the arctic. Have I asked, are you doing the Shamrock half…I don’t think so becuase it’s less then 10 weeks and with the marathon?

  7. I love how hard you’re working and great job making the strength and core work stick – I’m hoping to do the same when my miles creep up again (hurry up already). I absolutely loved that rhythm of life you talk about in the run up to Houston, it feels so good to be in control of all aspects of your life and feel like ‘I’ve got this!’ (then the sh*t hits the fan but we bounce back ;)). If Boston’s not shaking in it’s boots it ought to be!!!!!

  8. I love the idea of a 14k–have fun and run well!

    Your blog is exactly what you want/need it to be for you and that’s what it should be. Good job and happy anniversary!

  9. Happy Birthday to your blog! Oh and I’m very impressed by you running double digits in the morning then more miles at night. I know you are pretty speedy but I use all of you speedy women as my inspiration to get up in the morning when I need to bust out a 12+ miler before work. Just thought you should know :-)

  10. I am so glad you are feeling great and in a good groove. It doesn’t get much better than that! GOOD LUCK this weekend. I hope it is a fun race and that you pleasantly surprise yourself. I am sure you will be super fast. Good luck and enjoy racing!

  11. I feel the same way about my blog… it’s just my journal. Never want it to be anything crazy… and have had the same experience, met some awesome people. Love that!

    Have a great race this weekend… I can’t wait to hear the great results!

    • It was very exciting to reprot with Lucila. Thanks to our new videographer and editor, Jyunmi and Tommy, for their hard work!!! It is unfortunate that is often so difficult to capture dance events with such low lighting but we did our eat and we obviously had fun doing it!!

  12. Happy Blog-versary! I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year (well, I maybe started reading 9 months ago), and I look forward to reading it whenever my email pings that you wrote a new post. You seem (though your writing) incredibly level-headed and devoted to your sport and family. Keep it up! I’m glad you’re not changing the blog because it’s perfect how it is.

  13. i just stumbled upon your blog and wow! you are amazing. i really hope you are able to make your goal for 2016. if you don’t, it won’t be because you didn’t do the work. wow again. you are an inspiration. i’m excited to read more and get “to know” you better so maybe i can learn some things from you.

    i have been running for 12 years and i am just now getting into marathons. i noticed you ran the twin cities 2012. that was my first one. i trained for the vancouver, wa marathon that took place in june. but we ended up moving to minneapolis for my husband’s schooling before the race. boo. so without much training over the summer i decided to run the twin cities on a whim. you beat my time by 2 hours. i love that. i don’t know that i’ll ever be “fast” but i certainly applaud those that are. happy running kris!

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