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Motivation Monday


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True Story on this Monday morning!

A few weeks back Run This Dad and I did the Glo Run, where I PRd, and ran 3 miles non-stop…well I did it again on Saturday at the gym.  Both nonstop and a PR!!

What what?!?!

Which is great because I have a 10  mile race and that half in the next few weeks.  So I must do more of that!

I have mentioned before that I have been having back issues, and hip flexor issues…and of course now that those issues are resolved, for the most part, I am now having major ankle pain while running.  Boo!

Seriously sad.

But…I am not going to let it get me down!  I will just ease up on my minimal shoes and try to do the next few trainings in a shore with more stability.  Hopefully that will help ease some of that pain.

What gets you going?

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Throwback Thursday


Finish strong!!

Remember that time I used to go to Jujitsu?  Back before I had a baby and back problems?  Yeah me too.  It was fun.  The hubs still goes, although it’s been a few weeks…life is NUTS here in the Holmberg house this summer!

It’s fun times like this that inspire me to keep going when I am burned out!  I do sort of miss the rush after class…

The Glo Run Race Review


On Saturday The Hubs (henceforth to be known as Run This Dad) and I ran The Glo Run for the second time.  And omg you guys…I ran the entire thing.  No stopping.

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That has never happened in the history of Krysty.  And I got a new PR…my first sub 40 5k.  Now, before you go all “omg that is soooo slow…” it felt like I was sprinting at times.  I ended that race so disgustingly proud of myself.  And thankful of my amazing running partner and coach.  He kept me motivated and pushed me.  And now that I know that I can do that…there can be no going back. I know that I am capable of it, so I have to run like that every time.

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Now for the review of the race…

So the entry fee went up significantly  from 2 years ago.  But there was no increase in the swag…so I am really curious why if the registration fee nearly doubled in cost, why there was not double the stuff.

I never got an email about packet pickup until the one stating that it was delayed…even though they BLOW UP not 1, but 2 of my emails with promos all year long.  And even though we had a team set up, we were not given the gear promised to us at packet pick up.  In fact, the guy was a bit of an asshat about it.  And seriously unhelpful.

So when I went to the actual event to pick up the remaining glo gear that we were not given at packet pick up…because you know we are all irresponsible and break it; so we can’t be given our gear until seconds before we race, all that was left were the necklaces.  Which was kind of a bummer, as I already had a ton of them, and really wanted glasses (they apparently did not order enough for everyone…whaaa??).

The course was the same as 2 years ago… a bit hilly, which was fine.  And good training for the half next month (omgomgomgomg).  Lots of fun stops along the way, and thankfully no strobe section this year.  It made me so sick last time.

They do not do waves, but with the vast amount of participants…they really, really need to do waves.  It would keep the course…a narrow path around Normandale Lake, moving much better.  It’s a family friendly race, so there were LOTS of strollers, and walkers…and selfies.  I think having waves would keep the flow going and the party rocking.

I had hoped for photos of Run This Dad and I along the course, because I ran that race…and I wanted a good photo of me doing it…but alas not a one.  I have never run a race and had zero photos.

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We didn’t stay for the after party…us being old folks and all…plus I wanted to get home to my baby!

When all is said and done, I don’t think we will do this race for a 3rd year.  It will likely be nearly $60 next year and that is ridiculous for a 5k.  I’d rather do The Glo Party Run in Rochester, MN….it’s cheaper and you get some bling.  Yes, I run for bling.

5 Things Friday


5 Things Friday

FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been looking forward to this Friday for a while.  It’s a Baby-Free-Friday!  Well, mostly!  The Hubs is off today for the holiday weekend, so I get some out of the house CPT study time, and then we are having a grown up slumber party at a friends house!  Adult beverages, games and good company…it’s gonna be a blast!

It’s also the weekend of races!!  The Hubs and I are running the Glo Run tomorrow night, then I have a doubleheader on Monday!  Remember last Labor Day…

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CRAZY how that was only a year ago!

Ok so here is the 5

  1. Last week I became a part of this awesome team of ladies and I gotta say…I know that this is absolutely the right decision for me and I cannot wait to see where I can go with this team! misFITREPublic_logo_chicks_pink
  2. How is it the end of summer ALREADY!?!?!
  3. We went to see The Giver last weekend…I wasn’t sure based on the trailer that it would be true to the book…but it was.  I balled like a baby during one particular scene…if you’ve read the book or seen the movie then you know what part and why.  I am very interested to see if they will continue the series with the remaining 3 books.  I would love to see the rest of the story on the screen.
  4. I started this new book, well audiobook because you know…babies. 10603449_581598276858_7422801249980577229_n
  5. It’s almost 9:30 am and both of my lovies are still sleeping.  Whaaaaa?

Jeff Galloway Meet & Greet


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Last Thursday I was invited to a clinic at a local running store, Run N Fun (love them!) with running coach rockstar, and Olympian Jeff Galloway!  If you’ve never heard of Jeff Galloway…and if you run then you should definitely know who he is, he is responsible for developing the Run Walk Run method for training and completing races.  It’s a great method by the way.

He gave a great talk about his coaching, and did a Q&A.

I had no idea that he was such a research based coach.  He has written many books, and does so much research and looks at lots of studies in order to write and give the most up-to-date and accurate info about training.

Some of the topics he covered:

  • Cognitive strategies – having a mantra, or magic words to get you through.
  • How to improve your endurance – adjusting your training schedule to achieve maximum recovery after a long run or event day
  • Running Camps – um, yeah…I wanna go to a grown up sleep away running camp!
  • Nutrition – the salt and carb loading myths.

It was so inspiring to see him and listen to his talk.  I’ve been slacking in the running department this summer, but I think I can get back on track if I employ the Galloway Method!

Have you met any Run Coach Rockstars?

So busy…


The last few weeks have been just nuts around here.  I feel really bad for neglecting the blog, and that I have not been posting as much as usual.  But I have been busy, busy bees!

I’ve been studying hard

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I want this done in the next 10 weeks, so I am pushing hard to study and read during pretty much every available opportunity of down time, time I would normally be writing.   This text is really intense and I know that I am going to learn a lot, but it’s a bit of a struggle to get through sometimes!

And Hadley has been a cranky, crabby little thing the last couple of weeks…not sleeping like normal, clingy…ugh…I hate teething!

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She is on the move all. the. time.  And it was just 2 weeks ago that she started crawling, full tilt, and now she wants to walk…or practice walking along the sofa, the coffee table…or with us.  She is such a hands on little thing…and a super busy girl.

I have also been dealing with some back and hip flexor issues that have caused me to put most of my training runs on hold, but we have gotten out to walk/run a few times these last 2 weeks.  And after a few treatments from a Chiropractor, I can see that it’s making a difference in my pace and my stride…I just need my lungs to catch up!  Come on cardio!

I have not been able to get to the gym consistently the last month, which is annoying!  I want to go work out at the end of the day, nay I NEED to go work out at the end of the day.  It’s my sanity time and I have been  skipping the gym in favor of 1) studying and 2) sleeping.  Because the Little Miss has been waking at night, most nights.  But I know that will change so I am just going with the flow.

But even though I’ve been slacking in the working out department, and sucking with the food tracking, and the scale says the same as it did before our trip to Florida…my body looks completely different.  So I know that the workouts that I am doing are paying off!  Which is a HUGE motivator for me to get back to the gym on a regular schedule and keep at it!

As the summer wraps up, have you gotten through your Summer Bucket List?

(Half) Marathon Monday – Find your happy pace


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If you are training for your first half, or full with a group then you might hear them talk about their pace…a lot.  I know that I am obsessed with mine, well most of the time anyway.

Today I want to talk about finding your happy pace.  The pace that you can sustain for miles and miles.  It might be a 17 minute mile, or it could be a 7 minute mile.  But it’s the pace that you can maintain and not feel like you are going to die.  For me that’s about a 13 or 14 minute per mile pace.  And I am ok with that.  It’s not fantastic, but it’s certainly better than no pace.

I don’t have any tips for finding your happy pace other than to do some speed work.  Go hit the track.  I stumbled upon my happy pace a few summers ago, during what was supposed to be just a 5 mile run…but I decided that I was feeling good and wanted to go a few extra and so I kept on going.  I was tired, but ended up doing about 7 miles.  I wasn’t wearing a GPS watch, or one that even told me my splits, but I could tell I found it because I could breathe, and I didn’t need to stop.  I knew my legs were getting tired, but I told myself “just keep going; you don’t need to stop.”  I was very impressed with myself at the end.  The next saturday I did  close to 10 miles because I got lost in the rain and couldn’t find the route that the coach had given us…but that run was one of the best as far as time and how I felt after.

I also know my happy pace by my heart rate…and that is 165-170.  That is my sweet spot.  I get the runner’s high, feel strong and powerful.

So how can you find your happy pace?

  • Play with your speed
  • Listen to your body
  • Keep an eye on your heart rate