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!!

WOOHOO WEDNESDAY

Hey everyone!! I hope all is well for ya!! It’s Wednesday, right?! Yep, it is, so with that being said, let me share some mid-week thoughts with ya! Hmmm, let’s see…well,

#1- I’m feeling much better since my last post, so thanks everyone for your sweet words! I rested all day Sunday and (rested) so much in fact that by Sunday night, I was crawling out of my skin. That was the first time in (what seemed to be) a loooong time that I did no physical activity (no yoga, no lifting weights, no swimming, etc.). I needed the relaxation, though, so I’m not complaining! This week has been kinda crazy, so definitely glad I recharged my battery.

#2- I’m especially proud of my summer league swimmers this week!! I’ve definitely been throwing some crazy, hard practices at them and they’ve responded with nothing but great attitudes. I’m thrilled!!! 

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#3- You gotta try No Bull Burgers!!! You just gotta!! Trust me, you’ll never want to eat another veggie burger ever again. I’m not kidding you, they are that delicious!! I buy them at Whole Foods in the frozen section! Check ‘em out!! My favorite flavor is Savory Mushroom & Roasted Garlic! They are worth every penny!!

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#4- I’ve had two fabulous weight workouts this week! Yaaaay!!! I’ve come to the realization that I need weights in my life! Weights are a part of me (ugh, does that sound creepy?)! Lifting weights definitely makes me feel strong and on point for my swims.

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#5- I looove the kids flip flops at Target because #1- They’re adorable and #2- I fit in the L/G (3/4)! What can I say, I have small feet! Oh well! 

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#6- One of my new favorite shows is Chasing Life on ABC Family. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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#7- I race again July 4th!! A 5k!! A 5k!! My favorite distance!! I plan on hitting the pavement really hard that day and PRing.

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#8- Uh-oh…Look what I bought! Hmmm…shall I tri??? Yep, I’m thinking about tri-ing (a.k.a. doing a triathlon). AHHHHH!!!! Maybe, but I don’t know because I kinda have a fear of cycling around cars. Crazy, right?! We shall see!!

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GOT ANY WEDNESDAY THOUGHTS??!! XOXO!!!

-Kristin