Hi! I am delighted to officially return to blogging. The great news is that I'm not going to blog here, I'm actually going to blog on KristinaPix.com. The first post is live, so definitely go check it out as soon as you're done with this one! (Maybe open it in a new tab now? Haha)
This blog has been my internet staple for six years and I'm ready to move into a new home. It's not because I'm no longer a runner, I'm still Kristina Running in my heart, but I want to expand on what I'm blogging about and this blog title doesn't feel right anymore.
I also take a step back (do not one step) from running in 2019. If you're like “WHAT BUT YOU DID SURGERY SO YOU CAN KEEP RUNNING” Yeah I know!
Running is one of the greatest loves of my life, along with Adam, Cecil and a good cup of espresso. It's the main thing I do to deal with stress and I will never stop. However, I am taking a step back to focus on my overall health, you know that in 2018 I actively started a weight loss journey. I had little success and in November I started working with a dietitian. I had seen a dietitian twice in the past and was a bad client both times. See my new post on Kristina Pix on my experience with my current dietitian. Overall I'm really happy with the results and the way things are going g
I feel like I've been a bad client in the past because I always place long distance training above my overall health. When I was working in an office, I would come home from work around 7-7:30 p.m., then run until 8:30 or 9 p.m. After which I would come home, take a shower and finally start to cook and have dinner around 10pm ... and I was really hungry so I would eat too much.
My daily schedule has changed since I now work from home, but my workload itself has increased, so I often work until 6 or 7 p.m. This means I cut back on my running so I can focus on making healthy meals for myself and eating at better times.
I know a lot of people who cook meals, or run in the morning before work, or run during their lunch breaks, etc. It's really cool and I admire it all, but it will never be me. I hate preparing meals and never will. I've tried it in the past, and accepted the fact that I won't, so I have to find a better way that works for me.
Likewise, I will never run in the morning except on Saturday because I know I can just come home and take a nap. I have tried running before work and I can tell you this is something that I will never personally commit to so I have to find a better way that works for me.
I'm not saying that I will NEVER train for distance races again because I totally will. Right now, I'm just taking a step back and putting weight loss first on training. I still run 4 times a week, usually 45 minutes, not 90 minutes.
I'm also going to be a lot more careful to fit a training season into my schedule. From 2013 to 2016, I trained all year round. I ran several races a year and thrived in this environment. I was also much less busy at work and my priorities were different.
In 2017, when I was banned from running before and after surgery, I fantasized about training again. I wanted it so badly. When I came back to racing at the start of 2018, a year ago now, I jumped head first. Ali was much smarter and she only started training when she was ready to train for a specific race. I would have liked to do this because I have been suffering from burnout since around October.
I thought burnout was due to my work schedule getting out of hand in the fourth trimester, and that was definitely part of it. However, if I'm being honest I just didn't enjoy my long runs as much and started to see the 2--2.5 hour runs as a burden rather than a thrilling achievement.
I hit all of my post-op milestones and instead of doing a run I had another three months of training to go through. It was poor planning on my part.
So, all of this to say that my love of running is still hot as ever, but my training is on the back burner as I allow my weight loss journey to take hold this year. I will no longer allow myself to have the excuse "I am tired, stressed and hungry, so I eat too much, but my schedule is what it is" because there are parts of my job that I need to do. totally in control.
This is probably the biggest change you'll see on Kristina Pix. I will always blog my life, but until we arrive in July / August, I will not be training for anything in particular. The next race I'm training for will be the Fort Lauderdale Half Relay where Adam and I (aka Team Cecil's parents) will go for an RP Relay :).
Okay, what does all of this have to do with the * real * reason I took a break from blogging?
When you're a running blogger or an active member of the online running community, you see everything through rose-tinted running glasses.
Once I started working with a dietitian in November, I knew I was going to put my overall health first.
I also didn't want to talk about weight loss in the context of my eating disorder story. again. You know I'm a big fan of talking about mental health, but I'm ready to pass the torch. I started this blog when I was about a year in therapy for my eating disorder. Writing in this blog was part of my therapy and it also allowed me to connect with other people who had similar experiences and it was helpful.
Now I'm in a really positive state of mind. I can honestly say that I am the happiest with my body now than I have ever been. That's not to say that I don't want to change it in some way or make it healthier because I do. What this means is that right now I'm comfortable with my body in a way that I NEVER was when I was a size 00. This girl could barely look at herself in the face. mirror, she showered herself with lights
I have very little to say about my eating disorder because I feel like it's no longer important to me and I have nothing more to share about it. My last thought on this is that Is get better. If you are having difficulty, keep fighting to improve your mental health, because it is worth it.
Now I'm excited to talk about a bunch of other things! Like all the details of my life because I am an over-sharing! Step onto KristinaPix.com where the story continues.
Today's new post on KP talks about working with a dietitian, as I thought it would be a good follow-up to this post, but mostly it will be a daily blog about my life. Hope to see you there!
For the last time (here), I'll talk to you soon!
If you’ve never run before or you’ve had a long break from course, it can feel intimidating to get out there and hit the pavement. But if you get familiar with some basic information about running and follow a beginner’s schedule, you’ll be well on your way to starting a new course habit.
At your visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. If you have had any previous injuries or issues, make sure your doctor is aware of them, and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.
Visit a specialty running store to get professionnel advice on buying the right running shoes. An expert at the store will look at your feet, watch you run, and make recommendations based on your foot type and running style. If you already have running shoes that you like, but you’ve had them for a while, you may still need to get new ones. Running in worn-out course shoes can also lead to injury. You should replace them every 300 to 400 miles.
Beyond running shoes, you don’t need much more than some comfortable exercise clothes to get started. If you’re running outdoors, make sure you follow some basic tips for how to dress for hot weather running and cold weather course, so you stay safe and comfortable.
As your résistance improves and you start course longer, you may want to invest in some technical fabric running clothes and other basic running gear, such as a course belt, good running socks, and a course hat. Some runners also like to have a running watch to track their times and distances.
Before you get started with course, get familiar with how to do the run/walk method. Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don’t have the endurance or sport to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves course for a bermuda partie and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you’re course and reduce your walking time. Of course, some runners find walk breaks to be so beneficial that they continue taking them even as their endurance and sport improves.
Before you start any running workout, though, you need to make sure you warm up properly. A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start working soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. Start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You can also do some warm-up exercises. Always end your workout with a slow five-minute jog or walk to cool down. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually.
Use your breathing as your guide when running. You should be able to carry on a conversation while course, and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy. Don’t worry about your pace per mile—if you can pass the ' talk test ' and speak in complete sentences without gasping for air, then you’re moving at the right speed.
Make sure you’re breathing in through your nose and mouth, and breathing out through your mouth. Proper breathing and taking deep belly breaths will help you avoid annoying side stitches, or cramps in the abdomen area.
Drink water at the end of your workouts to rehydrate. If it’s hot and humid, you should also drink some water ( about four to six ounces ) halfway through your workouts.
Post-run is a great time to stretch and work on improving your flexibility because your muscles will be warmed up. It’s also a relaxing way to end a workout. Try some of these stretches that target particular areas that frequently get tight during and after running.