My Assistant Coach

I am really struggling with winter running this year.

However, truthfully, this happens every year, but the last few years were a little different. Last winter, all I wanted to do was to be able to run pain-free, the year before that it wasn’t a very cold winter, and three winters ago I was just a few months postpartum, so I wasn’t doing much running and even baby steps were huge accomplishments with a newborn!

It has been so hard not to compare myself to two years ago when things seemed to be clicking along so well. I was just a year postpartum, but I was hitting a lot of hard workouts and feeling really well. This year my legs feel sluggish all the time and any fast paces on the treadmill feel impossible.

I was really beating myself up after this attempted progressively-faster workout on the treadmill yesterday morning that I had to cut short.

1 mile @ 8:30

1 mile @ 8:00

2 miles @ 7:30

2 miles @ 7:15

2 miles @ 6:45

I wanted to do 1 mile @ 6:30 pace, 0.5 mile @ 6:15, and then a 0.5 cool-down, but I could barely hang on to that 6:45 pace.

I went home moping about my failed workout, complaining to Craig. He reminded me that I am more fit than I was last year, and I always struggle with running during the winter. We laid out a plan of attack for the next few months, and he made me feel much better about my current state with running. I’ve always said he is my assistant coach.

I am not over being motivated by new clothes to go for a run! I got this new jacket from Lululemon and a pair of fleece-lined tights, and they definitely motivated me to get out the door for some early morning chilly runs!

jacket | tights | shoes (similar) | neck warmer

If you have never kept track of your workouts (even if your workouts involve several forms of exercise!), I’d highlight recommend picking up a training log/journal. I love keeping track with pen and paper and being able to easily flip through a book to look back at past years and previous workouts. Sometimes it is motivating, sometimes it is demoralizing, but I have been keeping track for over 10 years and have all of my log books stacked together that I reference frequently. This Compete Training Journal is one of my favorites, and I’ve also had the Believe Training Journal.

I’ve been making this smoothie most days–especially after a workout.

Banana Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana

1 scoop collagen peptides

1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 teaspoon chia seeds

handful of ice

Nutrition stats: 388 calories | 28g carbs | 12g fat | 40g protein

Blend together in a high-speed powered blender. We’ve been using this Vitamix for 4 years pretty much every day and love it!

After posting about this high protein smoothie, my coach share this article with me that actually says your body can only absorb so much protein at once. I had no idea! I guess I need to cut back on the protein a little bit in this smoothie.

I love what Beautycounter has done for my skin. I feel so confident in a “naked” face without any makeup. In the past I’ve dealt with blemishes, dry skin, oily skin, and redness, but I finally love how healthy my skin feels and looks. All with safe, non-toxic skin care products.

One of Cullen’s Christmas gifts was a new big boy bed! My father-in-law built it for him, and Craig and my dad stained it. It looks so nice, and he will be able to use for many years.

Cullen and I got our hair cut (and I got mine colored) last week, and he looks like such a little man!

I am loving this cold shoulder cable-knit sweater I picked up recently. Maybe

a cold shoulder sweater in the winter here, but I don’t care.

sweater | jeans | boots

 Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things planned for your weekend. Per usual, I’m working, but thankfully I can I honestly say I love my job. Stay warm my Minnesota friends and anyone else dealing with frigid temps!
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My Assistant Coach

I am really struggling with winter running this year.

However, truthfully, this happens every year, but the last few years were a little different. Last winter, all I wanted to do was to be able to run pain-free, the year before that it wasn’t a very cold winter, and three winters ago I was just a few months postpartum, so I wasn’t doing much running and even baby steps were huge accomplishments with a newborn!

It has been so hard not to compare myself to two years ago when things seemed to be clicking along so well. I was just a year postpartum, but I was hitting a lot of hard workouts and feeling really well. This year my legs feel sluggish all the time and any fast paces on the treadmill feel impossible.

I was really beating myself up after this attempted progressively-faster workout on the treadmill yesterday morning that I had to cut short.

1 mile @ 8:30

1 mile @ 8:00

2 miles @ 7:30

2 miles @ 7:15

2 miles @ 6:45

I wanted to do 1 mile @ 6:30 pace, 0.5 mile @ 6:15, and then a 0.5 cool-down, but I could barely hang on to that 6:45 pace.

I went home moping about my failed workout, complaining to Craig. He reminded me that I am more fit than I was last year, and I always struggle with running during the winter. We laid out a plan of attack for the next few months, and he made me feel much better about my current state with running. I’ve always said he is my assistant coach.

I am not over being motivated by new clothes to go for a run! I got this new jacket from Lululemon and a pair of fleece-lined tights, and they definitely motivated me to get out the door for some early morning chilly runs!

jacket | tights | shoes (similar) | neck warmer

If you have never kept track of your workouts (even if your workouts involve several forms of exercise!), I’d highlight recommend picking up a training log/journal. I love keeping track with pen and paper and being able to easily flip through a book to look back at past years and previous workouts. Sometimes it is motivating, sometimes it is demoralizing, but I have been keeping track for over 10 years and have all of my log books stacked together that I reference frequently. This Compete Training Journal is one of my favorites, and I’ve also had the Believe Training Journal.

I’ve been making this smoothie most days–especially after a workout.

Banana Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 banana

1 scoop collagen peptides

1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 teaspoon chia seeds

handful of ice

Nutrition stats: 388 calories | 28g carbs | 12g fat | 40g protein

Blend together in a high-speed powered blender. We’ve been using this Vitamix for 4 years pretty much every day and love it!

After posting about this high protein smoothie, my coach share this article with me that actually says your body can only absorb so much protein at once. I had no idea! I guess I need to cut back on the protein a little bit in this smoothie.

I love what Beautycounter has done for my skin. I feel so confident in a “naked” face without any makeup. In the past I’ve dealt with blemishes, dry skin, oily skin, and redness, but I finally love how healthy my skin feels and looks. All with safe, non-toxic skin care products.

One of Cullen’s Christmas gifts was a new big boy bed! My father-in-law built it for him, and Craig and my dad stained it. It looks so nice, and he will be able to use for many years.

Cullen and I got our hair cut (and I got mine colored) last week, and he looks like such a little man!

I am loving this cold shoulder cable-knit sweater I picked up recently. Maybe

a cold shoulder sweater in the winter here, but I don’t care.

sweater | jeans | boots

 Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things planned for your weekend. Per usual, I’m working, but thankfully I can I honestly say I love my job. Stay warm my Minnesota friends and anyone else dealing with frigid temps!

My Makeup Routine

I received a few questions about my makeup routine, so here are two routines I do often. The first being a full-face of makeup complete with foundation, eye liner, eye shadow, blush, and lip gloss. The second is my quick routine that only takes about five minutes. I love doing both routines, and it is just a matter of what I’m doing that day, how much time I’m willing to take, and what I feel like wearing that day as to which routine I decide on for the day.

I’ll start with my full face of makeup. This routine takes me about 15 minutes, and I am constantly multi-tasking in between layers to let things dry and set. For instance, I’ll apply my primer, and while that is absorbing into my skin, I’ll blow dry my hair. I don’t do everything on this list, every time. I usually only wear eye shadow once a week, and sometimes I forget to use the facial mist at the very end, but it at least gives you an idea of the products I use.

Primer – Lately I’ve been using Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer. In the summer, I like to use Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer – Radiance for a subtle shimmer.

ConcealerBeautycounter’s Touchup Skin Concealer Pen (in Light) under my eyes and to cover any blemishes. It has good coverage and lasts all day.

Foundation – MAC’s Matchmaster Foundation. I like it but don’t love it.

Eyebrow pencil – I will use Beautycounter’s Color Define Brow Pencil (in Medium) for a light brown or Revlon’s Colorstay Eyeliner (in Brown) for a darker brown. (Yes, I use an eyeliner on my brows. Ha!)

Mascara – I’ve always used at least two mascaras at one time. I’m not sure how this ever happened, but I’ve been combining mascaras for years. These are the ones I currently use: Beautycounter’s Volumizing Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft Mascara. I mix and match depending upon what I’m feeling that day.

Eye shadow – I like a natural, shimmer look for my eyelids, so the browns in the Ocean & Pacific Palette from Beautycounter is perfect for that.

Eyeliner – I use NYX liquid eyeliner, which is a safer alternative. Beautycounter did debut a liquid eyeliner in their holiday gift sets, but I didn’t get a chance to grab one before they sold through them.

Blush/bronzer/highlighter – I am obsessed with the blush, bronzer, and highlighter in the Ocean & Pacific Palette. I use it every day and love the contrasting it provides for my cheeks and the overall look on my face.

Powder – The Beautycounter’s Mattifying Powder is great for setting my foundation. I also use the Mattifying Powder to blend my blush and bronzer together, so the color isn’t as stark.

Lip gloss – I am not much of a lipstick person, but I love Beautycouter’s lip glosses, especially the Peony color.

Facial mist – The final step is to set everything with Beautycounter’s No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist.

 

On those days where I’m not putting on a full face of makeup. This routine takes me about five minutes.

Concealer – Beautycounter’s Touchup Concealer Pen (in Light)

Face – For a nice lightweight, every day coverage, I use Beautycounter’s tinted moisturizer the Dew Skin (No.2). 

Mascara – A combination of the following: Beautycounter’s Volumizing Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft Mascara.

Eyebrows – Beautycounter’s Color Define Brow Pencil (in Medium) 

Cheeks – Beautycounter’s Powder Blush Duo (in Tawny/Whisper) or the blush and bronzer from the Ocean & Pacific Palette

Lip Gloss – Beauycounter’s Lipgloss in Peony

You can get all six items above through Beautycounter’s Flawless in Five at a discounted rate. You get to pick the shade that’s right for you for each of the different makeup items. This is a great place to start if you are new to makeup or don’t know where to start! And for a limited time, you can get a FREE Retractable Foundation Brush or a Flat Complexion Brush with a Flawless in Five purchase.

18 Miles for 2018 + Recent Outfits

We had a wonderful 11 days with my parents while they were here in Alaska visiting us for Christmas and the New Year. Cullen had a blast playing with Grandma and Grandpa–going on walks, going sledding, building snowmen, playing games, watching movies, and just hanging out. We didn’t do anything extravagant but instead relaxed, laid-low, and just enjoyed our time together. Craig and I were able to have a couple of date nights as well, which was so nice.

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One of Cullen’s favorite gifts from Christmas was this Let’s Go Fishin’ game from his uncle and aunt. (Thanks Nick and Kristy!) I think he has played it every day since he’s gotten it. Somehow I didn’t get any pictures of Cullen with my dad, but I promise they played together a lot too.

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I thoroughly enjoyed running during the daylight while my parents were here. I’ve been trying to run whatever I feel like each day, which usually results in choosing a certain route I want to run and ends up being 5-7 miles most days. I’ve been good about lifting twice a week, but I’m going to try and bump that up to three times a week now during the off-season. I started listening to this Generation UCAN webinar and really want to try and get even stronger for the racing season.

New Year’s Eve night I ran the Northern Lights Resolution Run. I did try to race it, but I didn’t have high hopes for an impressive time since my legs aren’t feeling any too spingy these days, and the snow and ice conditions are never that great for truly racing on. I ended up finishing 3rd for the women in 19:51 for 2.9 miles. I did run 30 seconds faster two years ago, but I think the running conditions were a little better as well.

I also ran 18 miles on 1/1/18 with the help of a few friends! I met Brittany for 4 miles and then Jen joined me on her bike for the remaining 14. I ran (she biked) to Whitney’s house where we did 5 miles with Whitney before heading back home. My right hamstring wasn’t great from the start, and 5 days later it is still bugging me a little. (Oops.) I know I’ll be fine, but I’ll stick to easy runs until it feels better.

Beautycounter’s Winter Sale is still going on now through Monday, January 7th, so don’t wait to snag some awesome products for a great price at 30% off! They added some new items recently, such as the facial mists, baby balm, and sea salt spray.

I love how great the quality of these products are, plus you don’t have to worry whether or not they are safe to use as every ingredient is third-party tested and free of parabens, heavy metals, and any other toxic ingredient that so many other makeup and beauty products have.

I have been scoring a lot of great deals on some clothing items that I am really loving right now. I paid $23 for this skirt, which I thought was a steal, but now it is only $16, so grab one of your own! It is super comfortable and looks so pretty with a winter white lightweight sweater.

top | skirt | shoes (similar)

 

I also purchased this cozy scarf that I have been wearing non-stop. And these black jeans are more comfortable than any designer pair I’ve owned!

scarf | shirt (similar) | jeans | boots

I need to stop wasting my money on store-bought granola because homemade granola is so much better and so much cheaper–plus it is super easy. I’ve been making my Homemade Granola for years now, and while I’ve tried other granola recipes, I always go back to this one.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! I know many areas of the country are frigid! If you need any advice for running in cold temps, hit me up! I’ve run in some incredibly cold temps (-30*F many times and -40*F once) while going to school in Northern Minnestoa where the windchills drive the temperature to temps that freeze your nostril hairs immediately upon going outside.

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2017 Running Stats

I have much to be thankful this year in regards to my running. I started off the year with a hip injury that wouldn’t go away and was 100% convinced I was going to have to have surgery on it in order to fix it. One year later I am completely pain free and so grateful to be healthy and continuing to work towards my running goals. With 10 months off of running, I didn’t quite get the mileage in I would have liked, but thankfully this summer resulted in a lot of fun and memorable training runs and races. Here’s a recap of the year!

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Total miles in 2017: 2,040

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For comparison:

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles:  5.5 miles/day

Average weekly miles: 39 miles/week

Highest weekly mileage: 74 miles

Longest training run: 22 miles (2 of them)

Double and triple workouts a day: too many to count

Stroller miles: a lot (Cullen’s my running buddy.)

Races:

4/22/17 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:51

4/29/17 – Get in Gear 5K (St. Paul, MN) – 19:28

5/27/17 – Pulsator 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 39:55 (PR)

6/2/17 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 48:53

6/17/17 – Anchorage Mayor’s 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 18:52

7/16/17 – Her Tern Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:26:56

8/5/17 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:01 (5K), 41:18 (10K)

8/17/17 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:24:46

10/1/17 – Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 3:02:51 (PR)

PRs: 10K, marathon

Biggest high: winning the Skinny Raven Half Marathon and breaking 1:25

Biggest low: not breaking 3 hours in the marathon and being only 2 minutes off

Hardest workout: This 16 mile tempo workout.

16 miles, tempo workout | 7:18 average pace

2 mile warm-up

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:29, 6:31, 6:33, 6:27)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:08)

1 mile easy

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:32, 6:32, 6:37, 7:06)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:20)

2 mile cool-down

Favorite memory: running the Her Tern Half Marathon with my sister

Coldest run: -5*F

Hottest run: 92*F

Favorite training shoes: Brooks Launch

Favorite racing shoes: Brooks Hyperion

Pairs of running shoes I own: 12

My coach: Nichole Porath

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

2017 Running Stats

I have much to be thankful this year in regards to my running. I started off the year with a hip injury that wouldn’t go away and was 100% convinced I was going to have to have surgery on it in order to fix it. One year later I am completely pain free and so grateful to be healthy and continuing to work towards my running goals. With 10 months off of running, I didn’t quite get the mileage in I would have liked, but thankfully this summer resulted in a lot of fun and memorable training runs and races. Here’s a recap of the year!

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Total miles in 2017: 2,040

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For comparison:

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles:  5.5 miles/day

Average weekly miles: 39 miles/week

Highest weekly mileage: 74 miles

Longest training run: 22 miles (2 of them)

Double and triple workouts a day: too many to count

Stroller miles: a lot (Cullen’s my running buddy.)

Races:

4/22/17 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:51

4/29/17 – Get in Gear 5K (St. Paul, MN) – 19:28

5/27/17 – Pulsator 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 39:55 (PR)

6/2/17 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 48:53

6/17/17 – Anchorage Mayor’s 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 18:52

7/16/17 – Her Tern Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:26:56

8/5/17 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:01 (5K), 41:18 (10K)

8/17/17 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:24:46

10/1/17 – Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 3:02:51 (PR)

PRs: 10K, marathon

Biggest high: winning the Skinny Raven Half Marathon and breaking 1:25

Biggest low: not breaking 3 hours in the marathon and being only 2 minutes off

Hardest workout: This 16 mile tempo workout.

16 miles, tempo workout | 7:18 average pace

2 mile warm-up

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:29, 6:31, 6:33, 6:27)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:08)

1 mile easy

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:32, 6:32, 6:37, 7:06)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:20)

2 mile cool-down

Favorite memory: running the Her Tern Half Marathon with my sister

Coldest run: -5*F

Hottest run: 92*F

Favorite training shoes: Brooks Launch

Favorite racing shoes: Brooks Hyperion

Pairs of running shoes I own: 12

My coach: Nichole Porath

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

2017 Running Stats

I have much to be thankful this year in regards to my running. I started off the year with a hip injury that wouldn’t go away and was 100% convinced I was going to have to have surgery on it in order to fix it. One year later I am completely pain free and so grateful to be healthy and continuing to work towards my running goals. With 10 months off of running, I didn’t quite get the mileage in I would have liked, but thankfully this summer resulted in a lot of fun and memorable training runs and races. Here’s a recap of the year!

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Total miles in 2017: 2,040

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For comparison:

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles:  5.5 miles/day

Average weekly miles: 39 miles/week

Highest weekly mileage: 74 miles

Longest training run: 22 miles (2 of them)

Double and triple workouts a day: too many to count

Stroller miles: a lot (Cullen’s my running buddy.)

Races:

4/22/17 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:51

4/29/17 – Get in Gear 5K (St. Paul, MN) – 19:28

5/27/17 – Pulsator 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 39:55 (PR)

6/2/17 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 48:53

6/17/17 – Anchorage Mayor’s 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 18:52

7/16/17 – Her Tern Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:26:56

8/5/17 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:01 (5K), 41:18 (10K)

8/17/17 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:24:46

10/1/17 – Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 3:02:51 (PR)

PRs: 10K, marathon

Biggest high: winning the Skinny Raven Half Marathon and breaking 1:25

Biggest low: not breaking 3 hours in the marathon and being only 2 minutes off

Hardest workout: This 16 mile tempo workout.

16 miles, tempo workout | 7:18 average pace

2 mile warm-up

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:29, 6:31, 6:33, 6:27)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:08)

1 mile easy

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:32, 6:32, 6:37, 7:06)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:20)

2 mile cool-down

Favorite memory: running the Her Tern Half Marathon with my sister

Coldest run: -5*F

Hottest run: 92*F

Favorite training shoes: Brooks Launch

Favorite racing shoes: Brooks Hyperion

Pairs of running shoes I own: 12

My coach: Nichole Porath

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

2017 Running Stats

I have much to be thankful this year in regards to my running. I started off the year with a hip injury that wouldn’t go away and was 100% convinced I was going to have to have surgery on it in order to fix it. One year later I am completely pain free and so grateful to be healthy and continuing to work towards my running goals. With 10 months off of running, I didn’t quite get the mileage in I would have liked, but thankfully this summer resulted in a lot of fun and memorable training runs and races. Here’s a recap of the year!

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Total miles in 2017: 2,040

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For comparison:

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles:  5.5 miles/day

Average weekly miles: 39 miles/week

Highest weekly mileage: 74 miles

Longest training run: 22 miles (2 of them)

Double and triple workouts a day: too many to count

Stroller miles: a lot (Cullen’s my running buddy.)

Races:

4/22/17 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:51

4/29/17 – Get in Gear 5K (St. Paul, MN) – 19:28

5/27/17 – Pulsator 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 39:55 (PR)

6/2/17 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 48:53

6/17/17 – Anchorage Mayor’s 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 18:52

7/16/17 – Her Tern Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:26:56

8/5/17 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:01 (5K), 41:18 (10K)

8/17/17 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:24:46

10/1/17 – Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 3:02:51 (PR)

PRs: 10K, marathon

Biggest high: winning the Skinny Raven Half Marathon and breaking 1:25

Biggest low: not breaking 3 hours in the marathon and being only 2 minutes off

Hardest workout: This 16 mile tempo workout.

16 miles, tempo workout | 7:18 average pace

2 mile warm-up

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:29, 6:31, 6:33, 6:27)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:08)

1 mile easy

4 miles @ 6:30

(actual: 6:32, 6:32, 6:37, 7:06)

1 mile easy

1 mile @ 5:40

(actual: 6:20)

2 mile cool-down

Favorite memory: running the Her Tern Half Marathon with my sister

Coldest run: -5*F

Hottest run: 92*F

Favorite training shoes: Brooks Launch

Favorite racing shoes: Brooks Hyperion

Pairs of running shoes I own: 12

My coach: Nichole Porath

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

2000 Miles for the Year

This week is flying by, and I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday.

Craig has been off work all week, and my parents have been visiting us from Minnesota since Sunday night, so I’m pretty much in vacation-mode right now. I’ve been on social media little bit but not as much as usual, and I am definitely enjoying the break!

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I am also enjoying the chance to run during the daylight, go shopping on my own, and spend extra time with Craig since we rarely get date nights between him working all week and me working all weekend. I’ve been all confused about what day it is, but I’m going to do a little recap on this entire week, so hang tight.

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Sunday morning, I ran 10 miles, which put me at 2000 miles for the year! I wasn’t sure if I was going to make 2000 with my injury at the beginning of the year, but when I counted my mileage in November and realized how close I was, I knew I had to stick with it in order to get to 2000 miles for the year. I’ve run 2000 miles almost every year for the past 5 or 6 years–the only year missing it was during my pregnancy with Cullen in 2014, so I hope to keep the tradition going.

Sunday afternoon I worked for a few hours, and then we went over to my in-law’s for dinner and opening presents.

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are currently teaching in China, so they got Cullen a traditional Chinese outfit. (I’m sure there is a name for it, but I didn’t even ask.) I got a new wallet, a couple of Lululemon gift cards, a essential oils diffuser, a sweater, and a pair of heels.

After a late night, we got back home around 10:00 p.m., I put Cullen to bed, and then I went to pick up my parents at 11:30 p.m. from the airport. They were supposed to get in at 6:00 p.m. but there was some snow in Seattle, so their flight kept getting delayed. Christmas morning we slept in, (Thankfully Cullen slept in too.) and then opened more presents.

Holidays really are better with kids. It is so fun to see their excitement over every present. Cullen got this fishing game (pictured above), which I think was a popular gift as I’ve heard many other kids getting the same one. He also got a fishing pole (technically an ice fishing pole but works good for him because it is shorter and his size), which he was the most excited about. He also got a lot of Paw Patrol toys, a book, and pajamas, which is his current obsession.

After presents and breakfast, we got outside for some fresh air. It was actually a sunny day but quite cold. I didn’t get a chance to go running on Christmas Day, and I am forcing myself to do the “whatever” plan right now, which is really hard for me!

Christmas afternoon, we headed back over to my in-law’s for a prime rib dinner and more gift-opening. Cullen wasn’t feeling well and threw up a few times. He still played with his fishing game a bit, and I got some extra snuggles.

The day after Christmas, it was our family’s tradition growing up to wake up early and go shopping for the after-Christmas sales. I didn’t go shopping early, but I did go running at 6:30 a.m. that morning. I ran to-and-from the gym and then lifted weights afterwards. (I do this so I am “forced” to lift afterwards.) That afternoon I ventured out myself for a few hours and hit up Target, Nordstrom Rack, Bath and Body Works, and Lululemon. All of them had really good sales, and I got some steals and some splurges.

Wednesday I work at the store for a few hours, and then Craig and I went to Rustic Goat for dinner. It was so nice to catch up with him and just hang out and talk.

Thursday we hung around home most of the day, but my mom and I did make it out for some more shopping in the afternoon. FYI – Target had 70% off all of their Christmas things right now, so go take advantage of the great deals.

Also, be sure to get in on this awesome Beautycounter Winter Sale going on right now. They are offering 30% off a lot of great makeup products including my beloved Ocean & Pacific Palette, which makes it less than $45. I literally use this blush + bronzer + highlighter daily, and I have never been a blush person before this! There are also blush duos, lip sheers, and lip glosses on sale as well. If consultants could get in on the sale, I would be buying this lip sheer, the liquid eyeliner, and angled blush brush.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I’ll be checking in with one last post before we ring in the new year!