Happy TWO-year ANNIVERSARY!

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Happy TWO-year anniversary to this blog! Can you believe it, two years already because it seems that only yesterday I was writing my one-year anniversary post, but two years are you guys have stuck with me, listened and provided feedback on my life and that I am very appreciative for.

So I want to take it back starting from day one. Anyone who remembers and has been a reader since then knows that this blog wasn’t always “KissTheRunner” way back when it was first titled “SlimIntoONEderland.” I blogged about pretty much about what I do today, but it was more of a focus of my journey of being overweight, my poor eating habits and what I was doing in terms of working out and trying to keep healthy. Weighing over 200lbs was the reasoning for the titling “ONEderland” because it was my journey of getting under 199lbs.

The reason for the name change was more of a business move but a slight personal one as well. I wanted to open myself up for new opportunities and grow my blog to heights I’ve never imagined. I felt I couldn’t do that under the name “SlimIntoONEderland,” because a lot of the time I would have to explain because of the misunderstanding behind the meaning or it was just too long to remember. Changing the name to “KissTheRunner” was very difficult for me because I loved my pervious name and it was hard to part with, but in my eyes if I wanted to grow, I had to let the name go.

Since it’s been two years I want to do a giveaway for all my readers, you guys have been with me for these two years, my ups and my downs and I want to celebrate you guys!

I’m giving way one pack of KT Tape (comes with 20 strips) and one pack of strawberry Shot Bloks.





I just want to celebrate you guys and I hope that you all stick around of the years to come. I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for staying by my side and ENTER, ENTER, ENTER!! 

You Know You're a Runner When...

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We've all heard this saying before and the wild, outlandish reasoning that come to follow. I've heard a few good ones in these last couple of years and I thought this would be the perfect time to share them with you! 

Let's have some fun! You know you're a running when... 

You collect these medium sized papers with large numbers on the front and place them on your wall or wherever they can be seen. (We call these bibs) 



When you're trying to plan your next vacation and the first thing that goes through your head is "Is there a race that weekend?" 

When someone asks you "did you win?" And you automatically go into defensive mode and explain how running isn't about "winning." 

You're constantly looking for new terrain to run on.

Your house or car has water bottles all over it. 



KT Tape is your best friend.

Carb loading means "EAT ALL OF THE PASTA!" 

Sometimes you appreciate rolling hills on a course. 

It's hard for you to taper because you want to run all the time. 

You have a medal rack and then instantly think "this is not enough." 

Because you can never have too much deodorant. 




You're trying to decide if you should take a selfie during the race and then instantly think "Is this going to affect my time.?" 

P and R are your favorite letters. 

You make your playlist to tempo how you run. 

Watching coverage of races isn't boring to you AT ALL. 

Most times, you're already in running gear. 

You try to purchase "non-running clothes" but you end up buying more workout/running gear. 

Jordan who? All you know is Asics, New Balance, Hoka, and Brooks etc. 



While running you're thinking about where to go for lunch. 

Waking up at three and four in the morning is no surprise to you. 

You have so many GPS and fitness trackers your arm becomes invisible.

Not running makes you anxious. 

Every new workout always starts with "I'm I going to be able to run after this?" 

You have way more running/workout gear than "non-running clothes." 

You're contemplating to spend $100 on groceries but don't hesitate to spend the same $100 on a race. 

By this time next year you already have a couple of races picked out and possibly registered for. 

Sleep, sleep and sleep. Just sleep. 

You know the mantra "nothing new on race day." 

Constantly thinking about how you're going to build speed. 

Long runs, because we all need them. 

Can't get rid of an overused running sneaker because it's too hard to part with. 



You've become overly frustrated with the Nike+ app. (Sorry Nike, fix your app.) 

You understand the importance of carbohydrates. 

Losing a toenail isn’t a big deal.

Foam rollers become your best friend.

You rather someone purchase your race entry as a gift instead of giving you something else.

Runner’s World comes to your doorstep each month.



Energy gels are all around your house.

YOU JUST RUN!


I could go on and on about the list of things that make us runners, but seriously the one common thing that makes all of us runners is the fact that we run, simple and to the point. Once your feet touch the pavement, you’re a runner and no one else can tell you other wise.

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April Fools Half Recap

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Its 1:40am, race day. This is much earlier than I'm used to waking up. I don't have to be up for another 20 minutes, so I roll over and catch my last twenty minutes of sleep. 

2:00am, my alarm goes off and I know it's time to get up, I hit snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes. 2:10am, now I have to get up, so I do, you know the usual bathroom routine by now. After I'm done I get my clothes together and put them on. 

Since this is my first out of state race, I've backed my bag from the night before. Everything from an extra change of clothes to a travel sized deodorant was in this bag. However I place a few more items in the bag such as Gatorade and my wallet and close the bag up. 

I turn the TV in my living room on and immediately flip to the food channel. Diners, Drive-In and Dives is currently on at 2:30am which is great because I love this show, but it makes me hungry and I automatically think, breakfast. 

I head to the kitchen and make my usual (peanut butter and banana on wheat bread,) and also remembered that I have to make lunch for my friend who is like a father to me for him as well, since he's the one who is driving me out to Atlantic City. 

I eat half of my sandwich and realized that I can't finish it so I wrap the rest in a plastic bag as well as the breakfast I made for my friend. Afterwards I apply some KT tape to my left knee and my IT band as it was hurting and I didn't want to take any chances. At this point I have KT tape everywhere, knees, IT band, back, hamstrings and my calves. The only way to see if this stuff works is to apply it everywhere, so I did. 

At this point I'm ready to go out the door. I take a couple of pictures and at 3:25 I'm gone.



I jump in the car waiting for me downstairs and we're off. I'm excited to take this drive to Atlantic City. We chat and chat until we realized that we've made it, we see the strip of hotels and we know we're here. 

A few seconds we spot the Taj Mahal and we drive into the parking lot. We arrive around 5:30am, which was great timing since I had to be there at 7:00am and the race didn’t start until 8:00am so we stretch a little in the parking lot and then we start walking to find out where I have to pick up my bib number.



We head up to the horizon room with a couple of other people who were also looking as well. We finally find the room and there are a couple of people in there picking up bibs as well as volunteers handing out t-shirts.

I get my bib number and this clear plastic drawstring bag, which is sturdy enough to keep and make my way out of the room. I stopped to use the bathroom and put on my bib number. (Because everyone needs a bib number selfie.)



From there it was off to find some coffee. As we walked through the hotels casino we found a Dunkin Donuts way in the back, it wasn’t crowded and there was plenty of seating, so after drinking some coffee (not me,) eating the rest of my breakfast and drinking some Gatorade we sat around, chatted and waiting for time to pass.

At 7:30am we made our way to the start line, before getting starting outside we see a whole bunch of runners waiting in the lobby of the hotel. There was a man in a Speedo with marker on his face, so of course I had to take a picture.





Before walking outside I decided to take a mirror selfie, so I did. Isn’t this cool?



Walked outside and there are a whole bunch of runners, but nothing to the capacity of NYRR. BlackGirlsRun New Jersey was in full affect warming up and chanting, while I’m standing in the sun, trying to keep warm.

The announcer called for us to be at the start line and that’s where I made my way to, still cold and very excited I was happy because I this is my first out of state race and I know I have many more to come. 




Miles 1 – 4:  This was all on the boardwalk, did you know the boardwalk is four miles long? I didn’t, but it was so great just running pass the hotels and casinos, the stores everything. It was very quiet and not too much people were out but, still an exciting feeling, as soon as the boardwalk ended, we made a right turn and we we’re on the road.

Miles 5 – 9?: I have a question mark there because this is what I’m guessing they were, after the mile 4 marker sign, I started to become very frustrated with the course I stopped seeing marker signs and of course this was the one race I decided not to track myself using the Nike+ app. I’m running through the streets of Atlantic City on a very flat course (which reminds me of the Brooklyn Half,) and I don’t see a mile sign. I’m coming up on the “turn” for the out and back portion of this course and I see a couple of people standing and I ask do they know what mile this is. Their reply was “It’s the half way point.” So I say thank you and keep running. So it’s a little over 6 miles. I see a split marker and then the mile 7 marker sign and then followed by the mile 6 marker sign in the span of 3 minutes. I keep running. I see the mile 8 marker sign, followed by the mile 5 marker sign, I really don’t know what to do at this point, so I just run. I reached the mile 9 marker sign and don’t see anything after that.







Miles 10 – 13: After all the confusion, calling my mother, oh yea I did call her to tell her what was going on and her thought was the “6 and 5” marker signs were to tell me how much miles I had left to go, (which made sense after awhile) I finally end up back on the boardwalk for the last 4 miles of this race. The sun is now beaming down on my skin and I can just feel the rays sinking into my skin. These last couple of miles are daunting because my left toes are going numb, the fuel stations were so spread out that I couldn’t drink a lot of my water being afraid that I wouldn’t have enough. At this point it everyone in the city has woken up because the boardwalk was crowded with people and I’m almost embarrassed to be running down the boardwalk with other people just walking though, bobbing and weaving though each other. But as I pass mile 11 and mile 12 I just can’t wait to be done and I told myself, I must beat that NYC Half time. 




Finish: 3:03:01 – I beat my time at the NYCHalf but I didn’t PR. I really wasn’t looking to PR this race, but I was really looking to come in under three hours and I missed that mark again. Maybe if I didn’t become so frustrated and walked so much between miles 5 – 8 I would have finished it, but no matter.

I got my huge shiny medal, made my way back to the car, changed my clothes and it was off back to Brooklyn.




That’s it folks. This is my second race to qualify for Half Fanatics. My third and final race will be the Brooklyn Half, which is less than a month away. Not really looking to PR this race either, but under three hours would be great!


Are you running a race next month? What are you running? Is it the Brooklyn Half? Lets meet up!

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Action Hero for Women's Health Magazine!

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I have been DYING to tell you guys this for awhile now, but I wanted to make sure everything was in place before I actually said anything, also I was waiting for the “kick-off” for me to say anything as well. So what’s the news?

I AM A WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE ACTION HERO!

That’s right! I am an Action Hero for Women’s Health Magazine! Can you believe it? I get to work with wonderful people from the magazine to help bring awareness to the hunger problem in America by participating in the Run 10 Feed 10 race. If you haven’t heard about it you can read about it HERE.

There are other amazing opportunities that I can just go on and on about what this company has to offer for me and the other women who are also apart of this division. I can already tell that this group of influencing women is going to be great friends and business partners throughout the year and in life.


Guys, I can’t express how I excited I am to receive this opportunity, I just want to do anything and everything I can to make sure I succeed to the best of my ability.



Until next time beauties. Xo


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Life Update!

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What’s been going on folks? I feel like I haven’t spoken to you guys on a personal level in awhile right? So I guess it’s that time.

Currently I am working two gym jobs, yes I said it two gym jobs. One in the city and one in Brooklyn and I like both of them, the gym surely feel like home to me so why not work at “home?”

Since January I’ve been learning Spanish! My entire family speaks Spanish and not I, I’ve decided to finally learn, also these days it’s great to be bilingual. It’s fairly easy because I have some what of a background in Spanish so I understand certain words, but forming sentences is proving to be challenging, so I’m struggling with that. I’m hoping to be done and fully ready to converse by the end of this year, do you think that’s possible?

My weight hasn’t budged much and I know exactly why so I can’t and won’t complain. I just know I have to start buckling down more, so I decided to come up with a workout/running schedule for the week as well as a workout program that I can follow. This way it would be tailored to me and there wouldn't be any excuses as to why I couldn’t get into the gym. Nutrition as well, I just did a 40-day cleanse (lent) of sweets and I find myself eating every single candy in the book, ugh. Back to the drawing board.

One more thing before I go, I got offered an amazing opportunity recently, however I am waiting for the company to do a “kick-off” and once they do, I will be able to announce to you guys what the opportunity is. I’m super excited and grateful for it and I just can’t wait to start working with them. Ahhhh, can you feel my excitement?


That’s it for now my loves, until next time. Catch me up with your lives. What have you guys been doing?



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Flashback Friday: Back Edition

9:34 PM KyannaSimone 3 Comments

When you start to get comfortable with yourself, it’s a wonderful feeling, done you agree? I never thought I would be where I am today. Yes, I’ve had successes and yes I’ve had failures, but that’s what makes this journey special. You learn to appreciate both.

As I started this blog, it was solely for weight loss, to be able to document my process. But As I got into running I realized I focused more on that and neglected my weight loss goals a bit, so it’s time to get back on track.

Even though I’m getting back on track, I didn’t completely stop, hence the “Flashback Friday,” post. As you guys know I love comparison photos because it always shows the work you’re putting in when you’re not even noticing it.



The picture on the top was in December and the picture of the bottom was just a couple of days ago. Now I know to some it might not seem like a lot of progress but to me it does. I mean I do have a lot of fat still on me, but there is definite definition forming in my shoulders and my mid back.

This is so huge for me because I’ve always wanted a strong sexy back and now that I am making my way towards that, I’m just ready to make more progress.


Is there any part of your body that you’re proud of? Do you have before and after pictures? Show me! I want to see them all.  


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