HI, MY NAME IS…

For those of you that don’t know me (a.k.a. just started following my blog), welcome and for those of you that have been following me for some time now, hi (again)! As most of you guys know, I’ve been going through some summer changes (i.e. having less time to do things that I love, like blogging).

Well, my summertime coaching is coming to an end (this Saturday at our Championship meet) and I have to say…I’m very sad about it because yep, I decided (a few weeks back) that this summer will indeed be my last summer coaching. If you’re new to my blog, let me share, that this is my fourth year coaching this team. I’ve enjoyed coaching immensely and will miss my swimmers and fellow coach, Michele.

As it turns out, I’m going through more than summertime changes (in fact, I’m going through some big life decisions) and being the adult that I am, have decided that coach Kristin needs to (magically) transform herself into other titles (like being a mommy one day), hence, have decided to devote my summers to other things.

I told the kids (this past Sunday at the swim team banquet) that I’d no longer be coaching them.

THAT WAS HORRIBLE. I CRIED. THEN I STOPPED. THEN I CRIED AGAIN. IT WAS HORRIBLE. 

The swimmers (ages 4-18) were so cute. They told me how much they didn’t want me to leave. Ohhh, I’m not good with goodbyes. I’m really not! I get so attached. 

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most difficult to explain. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found this to be true (at least in my life). 

Okay, so now that that’s out of the way, let me also make a note that in the future, although I absolutely love and cherish running, swimming, and working out, I’ll be blogging about other stuff, too (real descriptive, right?).

I’m in a new place in my life where I want to live a thoroughly healthy and happy life. I’m on a wondrous yoga streak (now doing power yoga/meditation every single day), also on a health kick, preparing my meals (and snacks) with only the best ingredients possible. I’m watching my sugar intake and eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I feel a lot better. As it turned out, I was eating too much sugar and putting way too much emphasis on drinking coffee and caffeine supplements to keep my body going this summer. My body started feeling really bad.

A few days before Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run, my body gave out (from too much sugar, caffeine, and not enough sleep) and sadly, I was unable to compete in the race. I trained for this race all summer long…all those tough brick workouts…

I FELT LOST AFTERWARDS, BUT I’M GETTING BACK ON TRACK.

The biggest lesson that I can share with you guys is listen to your body. Your body will not lead you astray. Your body is your teacher so listen wholeheartedly. 

If I could describe my summer in only a single word, that word would be inelegant.  

If I could describe my summer in a single quote, that quote would be:

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russell Baker

Welcome to my life!! XOXO!!

-Kristin 

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A 5K CURSE!!! CREEPY?! YES!!

Hey!! HEy!! HEY!! Can you believe it’s already July 13th?! Summer is flying by SO fast!! It’s almost kinda sad!! Well, alright, soooo only a couple more weeks until I’M BAAAACK (meaning my life (is back) because swim team is almost over)!! It’s been a long season, but I’m happy to report I’m having a great summer!!

IT’S HOT!! HOT!! HOT!!

BUT…

IT’S FUN!! FUN!! FUN!!

SO…

I’M LOVIN’ IT!! LOVIN’ IT!! LOVIN’ IT!!

FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME LAST WEEK!!! 

Well, it really wasn’t THAT funny because it was actually kinda crazy!! Seriously, it was crazy!! Here it goes:

Umm, yep, I’m pretty sure I’m cursed (or at least my 5ks are) because HELLO, yet another 5k was canceled!! HUH?! WHAT?! Yes, we’re on the same page here!! I couldn’t believe when I received the call a few days ago that Fort Eustis 5k was canceled (due to lack of volunteers, etc.)!! 

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!! TWO RACES IN A ROW A NO GO!! WHAT’S GOING ON??!! THE UNIVERSE IS THROWING ME A CRAZY RUNNIN’ CURVE BALL RIGHT NOW!! 

I guess I’ll try again in a few weeks (to run a 5k) because I got plans this weekend (well, at least I think I do). I’m hoping not all of my races are cursed (just 5ks) because Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run is coming up this Saturday !! OH BOY!! I’m nervous!! I wanna do good!! 

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Summer Nationals is coming up, too (in August) and I’m totally freaking out right now!! I’m scrambling to get all of my butterfly training in and seriously think I swam 1000 x 100 meter fly this weekend!! Hehe!! Oh well…I don’t need my legs to run tomorrow, right?!! Well, if I do, I might be in a tad bit of trouble because they’re kinda sore!! 

DO YOU LIKE SWIMMING BUTTERFLY??!! I DO!!!

I did lots of running speed work this past week, so I’m hoping it pays off in the run portions of my run-swim-run!! Here was my run from today:

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 38:10.0 5.01 7:36
1 7:55.8 1.00 7:56
2 7:40.1 1.00 7:40
3 7:40.8 1.00 7:41
4 7:36.9 1.00 7:37
5 7:14.2 1.00 7:14
6 :01.6 0.01 5:09

 

Also, yesterday, I was so happy because I ran + I swam + I cycled (inside on my new pink trainer). I love that thing!! Triathlon sometime in the future? PROBABLY!

GUESS WHAT??!! I BOUGHT A NEW GARMIN SWIM WATCH!! YAAAY!!! IT’S AWESOME!! I SHOULD GET IT IN A COUPLE OF DAYS!! I’M BEYOND EXCITED!!!

CHECK OUT HOW COOL IT IS!!!

I’M LOVIN’ MY GARMINS!!!!

HAVE YOU HEARD OF GARMIN SWIM??!!

WHATCHA UP TO??!!

-Kristin 

 

WHAT UP??!!

Hey y’all!! HAPPY MONDAY!! How was your weekend??!!

Per our conversation (i.e. post) on Friday, I wasn’t able to run my 5k (Insert a very sad face). Hurricane Arthur reared his ugly head the morning of July 4th, hence completely messing up all hope of me running (well, running without pouring rain and gusting wind). I guess *my PR* (stars, meaning hopefully) will have to wait until Saturday because I’m running Fort Eustis 5k! I’m hoping for the best and also begging Mother Nature to please (PLEASE!) cooperate this time.

It’s crazy, after a month of not racing, I now have two big races coming up:

July 12th- Fort Eustis 5k

July 19th- Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run

I GUESS IT’S TIME TO SEE WHERE I’M AT!!!

Anyways, so later (like sometime in the afternoon), the weather cleared up and I headed down to Norfolk with my husband, Marc. We picked up my new, gnarly, pink bike trainer that honestly, I’m already in love with. When I got home, I took it out for a spin upstairs in my weight room.

It’s a great new addition to my other cool gadgets. Here are some of my favorite toys:

1} Blender Bottle 

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2} Monofin

FINIS SHOOTER MONOFIN

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3} Swimming Drag Belt

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4} Garmin GPS Watch

GARMIN FORERUNNER 10 FEMALE GPS WATCH

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DO YOU HAVE ANY FAB TRAINING TOYS?!

My run on Saturday at Virginia Beach was horribly windy. Honestly, I felt like I was running in place (like on a treadmill). I couldn’t believe how elegantly I got through it, considering the pain I was in (with the strong wind gusts).

My husband keeps telling me how mentally strong I’ve become aaand…yeah, I guess I’m finally starting to see what he is talking about. It used to take me a mile or so to calm my breathing down, to relax my face, and to really enjoy my run, but now, I do all of these things (pretty much) right away. Towards the end of a run, I might be physically exhausted, but my mind refuses to give up.

This quote is ridiculously inspiring. It gives me chills. So, back to my run:

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 44:19.0 6.01 7:24
1 7:59.2 1.00 7:59
2 7:09.7 1.00 7:10
3 7:17.8 1.00 7:18
4 6:56.8 1.00 6:57
5 7:30.7 1.00 7:31
6 7:22.5 1.00 7:22
7 :02.1 0.01 5:07

 

After the boardwalk run, we headed over to Whole Foods for some fresh squeezed orange juice and some breakfast potatoes with lots of kale (well, at least for me). It was YUM! I love their kale with garlic. I’m tellin’ ya though, after a few bites, I can fend off any vampire attack. Hehe!! Seriously, your breath NOT smelling like garlic sauce is overrated!! Tehehe!! Okay, I’ll stop now because I’m having way too much fun entertaining myself…I mean YOU. 

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HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!! MORE FUN COMING TOMORROW!!! XOXO!!

-Kristin 

 

 

LOVE THE LU

Hey everyone!! Monday is around the corner and I can’t believe it!! It’s crazy!! 

WARNING: IT’S ALMOST MONDAY!! IT’S ALMOST MONDAY!! 

Today, I had a groovy time with my #1 gal, Lulu! She’s stupendous!! Well, more about my weekend later (like tomorrow)!! I gotta get prepared for my speed workout tomorrow (a.k.a. drink a protein shake and watch The Walking Dead marathon)!

Hint: My weekend was filled with lots of love and harmony! 

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND??!! XOXO!!!

-Kristin 

HAPPY 4TH!!!

Hey everyone! How are you doing?! Yep, it has been a couple of days since I last blogged (okay, more like four), but I promise you, I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled blogging once summer league coaching is over. When will that be?! Whelp, about another month! Sound good?! I hope so because I miss you guys!! Thanks for your comments, too!! You guys are wonderful!! XOXO!!

INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K WAS A NO GO BECAUSE OF HURRICANE ARTHUR!! I WAS TOTALLY BUMMED ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO RACE TODAY, BUT WHAT COULD I DO?! HURRICANE ARTHUR HAD OTHER PLANS FOR ME!

Instead of running the 5k today, I cycled on my new Kurt Kinetic Fluid Trainer!! I bought this sucker off of Craigslist for $100!! Hello, what a fab deal, right?! It’s a perfectly maintained princess pink trainer. I love it because #1, it’s adorable, because #2, it’s a fluid trainer, and because #3, it’s pink!! You can never go wrong with pink!! Well, at least that’s how I see it! I cycled for an hour straight (while watching Scream 2) and kept my cadence right around 85-90 rpms, which is good! Every time I get on my bike, I’m learning more and more about the mechanics of it all! I’ve been on the road a few times, but nothing too serious yet. I’m trying to get more comfortable with my bike first! That’s important!

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Tomorrow, I’m hitting up Virginia Beach for a sunny and fun 6 mile run with my husband!! It should be a good time! I like to change up my runs. It keeps our relationship spicy (that is my relationship with running). Hehe! I wake up so thankful to run/swim/workout!! You can never take advantage of the freedom to exercise. What a great way to start the day!! What are you most thankful for today?!

DO YOU LIKE TO BE DECKED OUT IN PINK????!!!! ARE YOU RUNNING TOMORROW?!

HAVE A HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!! XOXO!!

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TOTAL BRICK POWER

Hey y’all!! It’s Sun*day Fun*day!!!! Wait!!! Scratch that!! I didn’t have fun today!

It’s Sun*day Run*day!! Nope!! Nevermind! I didn’t run today!!

Well then, that leaves Sun*day None*day because hello, I relaxed most of the day!

Let’s see, I got up at 5:30 am, drank some coffee, and chilled out until the gym opened at 7 am! Then, I lifted weights (working out my abs, triceps, and biceps) and then went home and did some power yoga!!

Yesterday; however, was craaaazy exciting because I did another brick workout (3 mile run-1.86 mile swim-3 mile run) and totally rocked my second run. My pace was only a few seconds off my 5k PR (pace)! Yaaay!!! I’m hoping this equates to a great race on Friday (July 4th)!

HERE’S THE BRICK*DOWN:

3 mile run #1 (21:31):

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 21:31.0 3.01 7:09
1 7:25.9 1.00 7:26
2 7:05.8 1.00 7:06
3 6:58.2 1.00 6:58
4 :01.5 0.01 4:02

 

1.86 mile swim (ALL FREESTYLE): 

3 mile run #2 (20:18)

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 20:18.0 3.01 6:44
1 7:00.1 1.00 7:00
2 6:41.6 1.00 6:42
3 6:34.9 1.00 6:35
4 :01.6 0.01 4:11

 

MY FINAL THOUGHTS:

#1- 1 hour and 25 minutes of hard exercising = Bonksville

#2- 6:35 mile = WOOHOO

#3- July 4th 5k = Ready, Set, Run haaaard because I want a PR!!!

Have a great Monday everyone!!! XOXO!!!

-Kristin

BLAST FROM THE PAST

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Happy Saturday!! Allen Stone Run-Swim-Run is exactly 3 weeks away!! WOW, 3 WEEKS!! I can’t believe it!! Check out my very first Allen Stone race picture!! It’s from 2008!! I placed 2nd in my age group! You gotta love my chic towel look, right??!! Tehehe!! In current Kristin news, I did another brick workout today and it went better than expected!! A full recap coming tomorrow!! XOXO!!