10th Anniversary Trip to Seattle

Craig and I had an amazing trip to Seattle this past weekend to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

This was our first trip together (alone) since Cullen was born 3.5 years ago! It was fun being able to do things that we can’t do with Cullen: both working out together, going on a longer and more intense hike than Cullen would be able to do, staying out late, getting ready in 20 minutes, etc. We certainly missed him and were glad to see him again, but this time together was also much-needed.

We flew out Thursday night after Craig got off work and got to Seattle around 11:30 p.m. We picked up our rental car and drove to our hotel, which was about 15 minutes away. I had spend a lot of time looking for a place to stay in downtown Seattle, but it was way more than I wanted to spend. Anything good was $200-$300/night. I ended up getting a hotel in Renton (which we now know is not the greatest area), but we snagged a good deal on a room at the Hyatt right on Lake Washington, next to the Boeing Headquarters, and it was perfect!

Friday morning we slept in and then grabbed some acai bowls at Fit Bar Superfood Cafe, which was a cafe inside a gym! It was really good, and they had local kombucha and Picky Oats Performance Oatmeal, which I thought was cool.

We then headed out for a hike to Rattlesnake Ridge, which was a hike recommendation I received from multiple people.

The entire hiking trail was a nice wide, well-maintained trail that included switchbacks, so it was never very steep. (A lot of hiking in Alaska can be very steep, and frankly I don’t really care for that.) I also love the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.

I had heard this hike can be very busy with people, so we were worried it was going to be too crowded. We went on a Friday afternoon with overcast weather. There definitely were a lot of people out hiking, but it never felt like too much. On our way up, there were groups of people passing us every few minutes coming back down the mountain, but only a couple groups passed us from behind.

The hike was 2 miles to the top and took us about an hour to get to the top. The outlook was gorgeous as you could see several different views all around you. There were quite a few people on the top, so we took a few pictures, and then headed back down. The cliff drop-off was very severe, so you would want to be very cautious if you brought little ones.

After our hike, we got pho for a late lunch, headed back to the hotel, did a quick workout at the gym, and got ready to go out for dinner. Craig found a steakhouse in Renton that had good reviews called Melrose Grill. I ordered the Alaskan halibut with a lobster cream sauce, and it was phenomenal.

Saturday morning, I got up and went for a run around the lake. There was a trail around the lake that was perfect for running, and I would have run much further if my glute hadn’t been bothering me. I got in to see my chiropractor/ART guy one time before we left, but he was out the rest of the week, so I didn’t get a second session with him, and I could feel it! Plus all the sitting we did on the trip did not help it, so it was super tight and cranky. I tried foam rolling and stretching it, but the foam roller at the gym was too soft that I couldn’t even get into the muscle tissue to work out the tightness.

I ran 7 miles, which I was happy about at a nice easy 8:30 pace. I felt like I was running in Alaska with the overcast skies and cool air.

We then got ready and met up with some of Craig’s friends from college for lunch and a chance to catch up with them. Afterwards, Craig wanted to go to THE Costco in Kirkland, WA, so we headed to the store and walked around for a bit. Spoiler alert: it looked just like any other Costco.

We then found the Brooks Outlet store in the area, went there, browsed around, and then headed back to our hotel for a walk around the lake. That evening we had some down-time before meeting up with our friends again, so Craig and his friend could go to the new Star Wars movie Solo.

We stayed out entirely too late with our friends (2:00 a.m.) chatting and catching up on life–knowing we didn’t have to go to bed at a certain time since we wouldn’t have any child waking us up in the morning.

Sunday morning we headed to downtown Seattle for brunch with a friend from the summer camp we all worked at together in Minnesota. We ate at Seattle Biscuit Company, which was really, really good!

Afterwards we went to the Brooks Trailhead store to check that out.

Finally, our last stop was at the Oiselle Flagship Store where I bought this shirt (in white) and these shorts (in onna print). In the picture below I am wearing this tank and these shorts. If I had all the money in the world, I would have bought both outfits, but as we all know, money doesn’t grown on trees.

Craig and I had a blast on our trip, and we were able to spend some much-needed time together as most of the week one of us is working. He works 8-5 Monday through Friday, I work every Saturday and Sunday, and then I also do several training groups at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. throughout the week, so most days we are saying ‘hi’ and ‘goodbye’ to each other and that’s about it. We spent the entire 3.5 hours on the plane ride down to Seattle just talking, and it felt like we were catching up on every little thing from the past three months since our trip to Hawaii this winter. It was definitely a rejuvenating trip; the only thing we regret is that we didn’t stay longer.

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PR Coaching Athlete: Veronica

My team of athletes is growing, and I’m so excited about it! I love being able to help runners of all abilities work towards their goals and hopefully blow their expectations out of the water.

The next athlete I want to introduce is Veronica! I met Veronica through our Skinny Raven training group, but she was wanting more personalized attention in her training, and it has worked! Just a few weeks ago, she cut 8 minutes off her 10K PR! That’s two minutes per mile faster! We started working together in January, and I know we have only began to scratch the surface of what she is capable of!

Here’s the little Q&A with Veronica!

Tell us a little about yourself: family, work, where you’ve lived, etc.

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York. I went to undergrad in Williamsport, PA, and graduate school for Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. The summer I graduated, I was offered a job as an archivist at UAA and moved to Alaska. I have lived here for almost 5 years. Most of my good friends and family live on the East Coast, so I try to make it back there a couple times a year.

How did you get into running?

I was never into sports or anything that would cause exertion growing up. After I moved to Boston I realized I had to do something, so I joined a gym and had a personal trainer for a few months. Once I moved to Alaska, I got into hiking and backpacking. Then in the fall of 2016, I fell while on a hike and shattered my radial head and tore my medial collateral ligament in my right arm. I fell perfectly. I ended up having three surgeries in three months and a radial head replacement. Since my arm was still unstable, and I pretty much lost use of it for a while, I was afraid to go on long hikes, so I decided to try running as a way to stay active and joined the Her Tern training group last year. I’m glad I did.

Highlight a few races with times and how they went.

My first race was the Run for Women last June. My goal was to do it in less than an hour and I did. My first half was the Mayor’s, and it was awful, but I wanted to see what one was like. I hoped to do it in less than 3 hours, and my time was 2:54. Then I did the Her Tern Half, and had a time of 2:38, which I was really happy with. More recently, I ran in the Trent Waldron 10K in 1:04:29, which was nearly an 8-minute PR from my last 10K in September. That felt awesome.

What motivates you in your running?

I really like seeing myself improve and seeing what I’m capable of. And I can’t wait to see how I do in my upcoming races. I also really like the feeling of accomplishment, especially after a hard run. 

 

What are your running goals?

My current goals are a 5K in less than 30 minutes and a sub 2:20 half. My far-off goal is to finish a half in less than 2 hours. And maybe a marathon at some point? I’m not so sure about that.

What was the strangest/coolest/weirdest thing that has happened (or that your saw) on a run?

I once saw an otter at Westchester Lagoon, which was neat.

 How do you reward yourself after a hard run?

After a hard run, I like to eat something and take a shower. And usually do some type of yoga and stretching. The shower and food are my favorite parts though.

What are your upcoming races?

I’m doing the Mayor’s Half next weekend, the Skinny Raven Half in August, and the Smuttynose Half in New Hampshire in September. One of my good friends is joining me for the Smuttynose, and I’m excited to race with him.

PR Coaching Athlete: Veronica

My team of athletes is growing, and I’m so excited about it! I love being able to help runners of all abilities work towards their goals and hopefully blow their expectations out of the water.

The next athlete I want to introduce is Veronica! I met Veronica through our Skinny Raven training group, but she was wanting more personalized attention in her training, and it has worked! Just a few weeks ago, she cut 8 minutes off her 10K PR! That’s two minutes per mile faster! We started working together in January, and I know we have only began to scratch the surface of what she is capable of!

Here’s the little Q&A with Veronica!

Tell us a little about yourself: family, work, where you’ve lived, etc.

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York. I went to undergrad in Williamsport, PA, and graduate school for Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. The summer I graduated, I was offered a job as an archivist at UAA and moved to Alaska. I have lived here for almost 5 years. Most of my good friends and family live on the East Coast, so I try to make it back there a couple times a year.

How did you get into running?

I was never into sports or anything that would cause exertion growing up. After I moved to Boston I realized I had to do something, so I joined a gym and had a personal trainer for a few months. Once I moved to Alaska, I got into hiking and backpacking. Then in the fall of 2016, I fell while on a hike and shattered my radial head and tore my medial collateral ligament in my right arm. I fell perfectly. I ended up having three surgeries in three months and a radial head replacement. Since my arm was still unstable, and I pretty much lost use of it for a while, I was afraid to go on long hikes, so I decided to try running as a way to stay active and joined the Her Tern training group last year. I’m glad I did.

Highlight a few races with times and how they went.

My first race was the Run for Women last June. My goal was to do it in less than an hour and I did. My first half was the Mayor’s, and it was awful, but I wanted to see what one was like. I hoped to do it in less than 3 hours, and my time was 2:54. Then I did the Her Tern Half, and had a time of 2:38, which I was really happy with. More recently, I ran in the Trent Waldron 10K in 1:04:29, which was nearly an 8-minute PR from my last 10K in September. That felt awesome.

What motivates you in your running?

I really like seeing myself improve and seeing what I’m capable of. And I can’t wait to see how I do in my upcoming races. I also really like the feeling of accomplishment, especially after a hard run. 

 

What are your running goals?

My current goals are a 5K in less than 30 minutes and a sub 2:20 half. My far-off goal is to finish a half in less than 2 hours. And maybe a marathon at some point? I’m not so sure about that.

What was the strangest/coolest/weirdest thing that has happened (or that your saw) on a run?

I once saw an otter at Westchester Lagoon, which was neat.

 How do you reward yourself after a hard run?

After a hard run, I like to eat something and take a shower. And usually do some type of yoga and stretching. The shower and food are my favorite parts though.

What are your upcoming races?

I’m doing the Mayor’s Half next weekend, the Skinny Raven Half in August, and the Smuttynose Half in New Hampshire in September. One of my good friends is joining me for the Smuttynose, and I’m excited to race with him.

PR Coaching Athlete: Veronica

My team of athletes is growing, and I’m so excited about it! I love being able to help runners of all abilities work towards their goals and hopefully blow their expectations out of the water.

The next athlete I want to introduce is Veronica! I met Veronica through our Skinny Raven training group, but she was wanting more personalized attention in her training, and it has worked! Just a few weeks ago, she cut 8 minutes off her 10K PR! That’s two minutes per mile faster! We started working together in January, and I know we have only began to scratch the surface of what she is capable of!

Here’s the little Q&A with Veronica!

Tell us a little about yourself: family, work, where you’ve lived, etc.

I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York. I went to undergrad in Williamsport, PA, and graduate school for Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. The summer I graduated, I was offered a job as an archivist at UAA and moved to Alaska. I have lived here for almost 5 years. Most of my good friends and family live on the East Coast, so I try to make it back there a couple times a year.

How did you get into running?

I was never into sports or anything that would cause exertion growing up. After I moved to Boston I realized I had to do something, so I joined a gym and had a personal trainer for a few months. Once I moved to Alaska, I got into hiking and backpacking. Then in the fall of 2016, I fell while on a hike and shattered my radial head and tore my medial collateral ligament in my right arm. I fell perfectly. I ended up having three surgeries in three months and a radial head replacement. Since my arm was still unstable, and I pretty much lost use of it for a while, I was afraid to go on long hikes, so I decided to try running as a way to stay active and joined the Her Tern training group last year. I’m glad I did.

Highlight a few races with times and how they went.

My first race was the Run for Women last June. My goal was to do it in less than an hour and I did. My first half was the Mayor’s, and it was awful, but I wanted to see what one was like. I hoped to do it in less than 3 hours, and my time was 2:54. Then I did the Her Tern Half, and had a time of 2:38, which I was really happy with. More recently, I ran in the Trent Waldron 10K in 1:04:29, which was nearly an 8-minute PR from my last 10K in September. That felt awesome.

What motivates you in your running?

I really like seeing myself improve and seeing what I’m capable of. And I can’t wait to see how I do in my upcoming races. I also really like the feeling of accomplishment, especially after a hard run. 

 

What are your running goals?

My current goals are a 5K in less than 30 minutes and a sub 2:20 half. My far-off goal is to finish a half in less than 2 hours. And maybe a marathon at some point? I’m not so sure about that.

What was the strangest/coolest/weirdest thing that has happened (or that your saw) on a run?

I once saw an otter at Westchester Lagoon, which was neat.

 How do you reward yourself after a hard run?

After a hard run, I like to eat something and take a shower. And usually do some type of yoga and stretching. The shower and food are my favorite parts though.

What are your upcoming races?

I’m doing the Mayor’s Half next weekend, the Skinny Raven Half in August, and the Smuttynose Half in New Hampshire in September. One of my good friends is joining me for the Smuttynose, and I’m excited to race with him.

Training Log 4.23.18 – 4.29.18 ~ 60 Miles

I’m getting back to some higher mileage finally! I did run 60 miles back in February, but it was not pretty. It went much better this time around!

Here’s a look at my training log from April 23 – 29. 2018. (And if you want instant updates on my runs, be sure to follow me on Strava! Find me under: Michelle Baxter.)

Monday

Off – I’ve still been taking one day off every seven days, but I think I’ll need to change that to a day off every 10 days this week. It is harder to get the mileage in otherwise.

Tuesday

7 miles, easy | 8:09 average pace

I could complain about this run: it was windy, overcast, cool, and my legs weren’t feeling great as they were still recovering from the 5K on Saturday, but I truly loved every minute of it!

Wednesday

9 miles, easy | 8:15 average pace

I ran one of my favorite loops that is a little more hilly than usual, but that’s what I need for all the races in Anchorage that end on a hill. (Which would be almost every single one of them!) I had planned to do an interval workout with one of athletes that I coach this morning, but we had a big wind storm the night before with sleet and snow, and we weren’t sure what the conditions were going to be like, so we called it off. It ended up being a nice calm-after-the-storm morning, so it was a fun run!

Thursday

AM – 7 miles, interval workout

2 x 200 meters – 0:37, 0:39

4 x 400 meters – 1:20, 1:21, 1:21, 1:21

2 x 200 meter – 0:36, 0:37

I did this workout with the Raven Run Club training group that I coach. I was SO nice to have people push me, and I ran much faster than I did last week. (It probably also helps that there is no wind inside The Dome, which is our indoor 400 meter track.)

PM – 5 miles, easy | 8:45 average pace

I pushed Cullen in the stroller during this run, and we definitely hit some rain during the second half. Luckily he didn’t seem to mind too much. He’s such a trooper!

Friday

7 miles, easy | 8:57 average pace

I bribed Cullen to do a stroller run with me by telling him we could go to the park halfway through. However, once we got to the park, it started to rain more, and it was windy, so I was freezing in my damp clothes. It wasn’t a particularly fun run, and the elevation felt uphill both ways, but we got it done! I treated myself to a warm Epson salt bath afterwards, which is so much more enjoyable than an ice bath!

Saturday

16 miles, long run | 7:36 average pace

I wish I could run at this time of the day every day. I felt like so good on this run! Although, the two cups of caffeinated coffee might have also helped. (I almost always drink decaf coffee.) I intentionally tried to push the pace on this run–especially during the middle 7 miles. I kept all mile splits under an 8 minute pace, which I was happy about. I am trying to work down the pace a bit because I need to be able to run a 6:50 pace if I want to break 3 hours in the marathon. I thought about trying to hit that 6:50 pace now and see how long I could hang on for, but I figured I would just get frustrated because I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do it for very long at this point. So instead I ran at “marathon effort,” which felt like low(er) 7s right now–7:15/7:20 pace.

Sunday

9 miles, easy | 8:11 average pace

This was a little rough as my legs were feeling it from my long run yesterday.

Total: 60 miles

I was really happy to hit 60 miles this week and have some really quality runs. I’m feeling really good about my training, and I now just need to stay on top of the little things so I don’t get injured!

A Day in the Life – 3 Years 6 Months

Yesterday Cullen was officially 3.5 years old!

Cullen is obsessed with Paw Patrol, loves being outdoors, is good at independent play, he is starting to recognize the letters of the alphabet, dislikes changing out of his pajamas each morning, is not a daredevil or risk taker, is pretty meticulous and wants everything to be in its correct spot, and he thinks I’m the funniest person, which I am a-okay with.

Favorite foods: watermelon, La Croix sparkling water, peas, grapes, cereal, asparagus, apples, pretty much any fruit for that matter

Favorite shows: Paw Patrol, Dinosaur Train, Thomas and Friends

Favorite books: A Day at the Airport, Noah’s Ark look-and-find book, any book by Leslie Patricelli

Favorite places to go: Hawaii, Minnesota, the park, Cabela’s, the library

Here’s what our day looked like yesterday. While every day is different for us, I’d say this is a pretty typical day with our wake-up time, getting out of the house by later morning, having a late lunch, and the type of activities we do most days.

Monday, April 23, 2018

8:05 p.m. I walk out of Cullen’s room after our bedtime routine of pajamas, brush teeth, wash face/hands, read books, and prayers–crossing my fingers he will actually go to bed.

8:20 p.m. Nope, Cullen comes out of his room saying he needs water. I get some water for him, and tell him to go back to bed.

8:30 p.m. Cullen comes out of his room again this time saying he needs something to eat. We’ve picked up on his games and know he’s not actually hungry. I walk him back to his room.

8:45 p.m. Now he comes out of his bedroom saying he needs to go poop. This is a regular occurrence, and I know this prevents him from falling asleep. Craig takes him to the bathroom and then puts him back in his bed.

9:15 p.m. He comes out of his bedroom asking if someone can lay with him because he’s scared of the shadows. This is also a regular occurrence even though he has a nightlight, an essential oil diffuser that lights up, a flashlight, and we leave his door cracked open with the hall light on. Craig goes to lay with him, and he falls asleep quickly.

10:00 p.m. Lights out for Craig and I.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:30 a.m. I wake up and get ready to go running.

7:00 a.m. Head out the door for an easy seven mile run. The run goes well even though it is windy, overcast, and I still don’t feel recovered from the race on Saturday, I am glad I no longer have to run on snow and ice and the temps are freezing cold.

8:00 a.m. I return home.

8:02 a.m. Craig leaves for work.

8:05 a.m. Cullen wakes up. He wakes up crying, so I go and check on him. He must have been having a bad dream because he is talking about something, but I have no idea what.

8:15 a.m. I clean up–make the beds, pick up things off the floor, put clean dishes away, start a load of laundry, etc. I am constantly picking up the house, but I would rather do it periodically throughout the day rather than all at once.

8:50 a.m. Cullen watches Dinosaur Train on the iPad while I get breakfast made.

9:05 a.m. We eat breakfast. I made Kodiak Cakes for us, and of course Cullen requests a Micky Mouse pancake. He also has some strawberries, and cereal with milk.

I top my pancakes with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup. I also have decaf coffee with creamer along with water and Nuun after running. Ideally I refuel within 30 minutes of finishing my run, but as you can see that doesn’t always happen.

9:20 a.m. I clean up the kitchen.

9:30 a.m. I foam roll while playing with Cullen. I’m not always great with foam rolling right after running, but I do make a point of doing it before I go to bed each night.

9:50 a.m. Time to take a shower and get ready for the day. Cullen plays in his room with his toys.

10:30 a.m. We’re still hungry, so Cullen and I have another snack before we run some errands. I have a piece of toast with almond butter and banana slices. Cullen has a banana. Somehow it takes us another 30 minutes to get out of the house. I seriously have no idea where the time goes sometimes.

11:10 a.m. We finally leave and run some errands. We go to Skinny Raven, return books to the library, drop off some donation items at Salvation Army, and then go to Target, which takes entirely way too long.

2:15 p.m. We finally return home and eat some lunch. I also talk to my sister while getting food ready. I have some random things to eat: ham deli slices, bagel with cream cheese, trail mix, and carrots. Cullen has an apple, frozen corn, crackers, and some yogurt.

2:40 p.m. I start prepping the slow cooker for dinner. I make this Taco Soup recipe, which I have made more times than I can count. It is so good and super quick and easy.

3:00 p.m. I do some computer work while Cullen plays outside, and then comes inside after a bit to play in his play room. I regularly stop to take breaks to play with Cullen and help him with various things.

4:30 p.m. Cullen and I work on flashcards and practice recognizing the letters of the alphabet.

5:05 a.m. Craig gets home from work. We greet him and tell him about our day.

5:15 p.m. I start getting ready to coach the Raven Run Club training group.

5:45 p.m. I leave to go to training group, and Cullen and Craig leave to go to a friend’s house for dinner. (In hindsight, I wouldn’t have needed to make dinner since Craig had other plans, but it’s actually good I did because the couple hosting the get-together had their power go out, so I offered my Taco Soup since they weren’t able to make dinner.)

6:00 p.m. I coach the Raven Run Club at The Dome.

7:45 p.m. I get back home and respond to emails, texts, Facebook, and Instagram comments. I also pick up the house one more time before going to bed. (I feel ten times better if my house is in order when I go to bed and wake up in the morning.)

9:00 p.m. I climb into bed and start working on this blog post.

9:30 p.m. Craig and Cullen return home. Of course, Cullen is still hungry, so Craig fixes him a snack.

9:45 p.m. They come upstairs, say hi to me, and then get ready for bed.

10:00 p.m. Lights out for everyone! [I don’t love when Cullen goes to bed this late. He actually does okay with staying up this late. (He doesn’t even fall asleep in the car on the way home.) However, he can get pretty hysterical by this time, which I know is due to him being tired.]

The end!

Healthy Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles

Pre-packaged snack foods are probably what I struggle with the most. When I’m hungry. I’M HUNGRY. Which means give me a snack now. I don’t want to wait to make anything, so it’s best to have something ready to go like these Healthy Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles.

I have been on a bit of a protein ball kick, making my Peanut Chocolate Protein Bites and then my Coconut Almond Protein Balls. I’ve been making a batch of something every few days as soon as we run out. Craig and Cullen like these too, which is always win!

I like that these only contain 5 ingredients, and they are incredibly easy to make. Full of protein and good fats, they will help hold you over to your next meal and satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth. You’ll want to roll them into truffles as soon as you mix them up, otherwise I’ve found they dry out, and then I’ve had a hard time getting them to stick together.

Healthy Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles

Servings: 15 truffles

Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup almond butter

1 cup chocolate protein powder

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons coco powder

dash of salt

Directions

1. Add all ingredients together in stand-up mixer.

2. Mix on low-medium to medium speed for a couple of minutes.

3. Once mixture is combined and paste-like, roll into small bite-sized balls.

4. Store on counter for a couple of days or longer in the fridge.

Note: Roll the mixture into balls as soon as you can, otherwise the mixture will dry out.

Nutrition

128 Calories

7.5 Fat (g)

10 Carbs (g)

6.5 Protein (g)

Getting Back in a Groove

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and happy Easter if you did celebrate. We attended church with my in-laws, but our church observes Easter next weekend, so Cullen gets two Easters! I got a long run in before church, and then after church I worked at the store.

It’s time to get some serious miles in before the summer races start! I haven’t been putting the kind of miles in that I would like to, so it is time to change that. I finally got back in a good groove last week: running some decent mileage, getting to bed earlier (most nights), eating better, lifting, stretch/foam rolling, and all those wonderful things that help you get back in shape and feel good and strong.

Here’s what my workouts looked like this past week. I ran 45 miles with one longer-run, a tempo workout, and another medium-hard workout. I was incredibly sore after the tempo workout, but all workouts went (relatively) well–just working on that fitness.

Monday

8 miles | up-tempo workout

Craig had the day off for Seward’s Day, so I was able to run during the day and in the sunshine and warmth! I ran in the later afternoon, so it wasn’t nearly as cold, which was so nice to run in less layers. When I’m getting back into shape, I like to do up-tempo workouts, which (in my mind) is a pace that’s slower than your tempo pace but faster than an easy pace. For me that was about my marathon pace. For this workout, I picked an out-and-back route and ran “out” at an easy pace and “back” at an up-tempo pace.

Here are my splits:

4 easy miles – 8:24, 8:05, 8:09, 8:32

4 up-tempo miles – 7:09, 7:10, 7:05, 7:04

I usually don’t have specific paces that I need to hit during this workout, so this is a great workout to do and go based on how I’m feeling that day.

Tuesday

Off

Wednesday

9 miles | tempo workout | 3 x 7 minutes @ tempo

30 minutes of weights

I did this workout with the Alaska Endurance Project, which is a training group here in town that meets once a week to workout together. They have a great group of competitive runners and those who love running year-round. For the workout, we were supposed to start at our tempo pace and then work down to our 5K pace, but it’s been a while since I’ve run very fast, so I was okay with paces right around my tempo pace. For the first 7 minute interval, my pace was 6:19, 6:15 for the second interval, and 6:16 for the final one. I was spent after this workout, so I knew I had given it my all.

Thursday

5 miles | easy run

This was a super easy run because I was incredibly sore from the workout the day before.

Friday

7 miles | easy run | 8:18 average pace

A fun run with a friend! So nice to have the company, and I even got back in time to make breakfast for everyone.

Saturday

5 miles | easy run

Nice easy run before work. I love that it is finally light when I run some mornings. (It starts getting light at about 7:00 a.m.) This was a really quick, easy run, and I am loving the dry pavement. About 95% of the neighborhoods are clear, which is so nice! I am still avoiding the paved trails in town because many of them are shaded and still have a lot of snow on them.

Sunday

11 miles | long run

My clock played a nasty trick on me this morning. I’ve had my alarm clock for years, and it is still set to the old daylight savings calendar, so I woke up at 5:30 a.m., but really it was 4:30 a.m. because it had advanced forward an hour. I ended up staying up and working on my athlete plans, but an extra hour of sleep would have also been nice!

At 6:00 a.m., I finally ventured out for my run, but the temperature was about 20*F, so it is still cold here! It is getting quite “warm” (upper 30s/low 40s) during the day, but the mornings are still cold. I cannot (CANNOT) wait until I can walk outside in shorts and a short sleeve shirt (heck, even a long sleeve!) and not be cold!

The run went really well, and I felt decent. I can tell I’ve lost some fitness, but I’m optimistic it will come back quickly. I did have a couple random niggles during the run, but otherwise nothing bothered me. I started running in the darkness, but then it started getting light about half-way through my run, and instantly my mood was lifted. I felt SO much better. I remembered why I love running so much. And I cannot wait to do more running in the quiet, serene, peaceful mornings this spring and summer!

Total weekly mileage: 45 miles

Getting Back in a Groove

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and happy Easter if you did celebrate. We attended church with my in-laws, but our church observes Easter next weekend, so Cullen gets two Easters! I got a long run in before church, and then after church I worked at the store.

It’s time to get some serious miles in before the summer races start! I haven’t been putting the kind of miles in that I would like to, so it is time to change that. I finally got back in a good groove last week: running some decent mileage, getting to bed earlier (most nights), eating better, lifting, stretch/foam rolling, and all those wonderful things that help you get back in shape and feel good and strong.

Here’s what my workouts looked like this past week. I ran 45 miles with one longer-run, a tempo workout, and another medium-hard workout. I was incredibly sore after the tempo workout, but all workouts went (relatively) well–just working on that fitness.

Monday

8 miles | up-tempo workout

Craig had the day off for Seward’s Day, so I was able to run during the day and in the sunshine and warmth! I ran in the later afternoon, so it wasn’t nearly as cold, which was so nice to run in less layers. When I’m getting back into shape, I like to do up-tempo workouts, which (in my mind) is a pace that’s slower than your tempo pace but faster than an easy pace. For me that was about my marathon pace. For this workout, I picked an out-and-back route and ran “out” at an easy pace and “back” at an up-tempo pace.

Here are my splits:

4 easy miles – 8:24, 8:05, 8:09, 8:32

4 up-tempo miles – 7:09, 7:10, 7:05, 7:04

I usually don’t have specific paces that I need to hit during this workout, so this is a great workout to do and go based on how I’m feeling that day.

Tuesday

Off

Wednesday

9 miles | tempo workout | 3 x 7 minutes @ tempo

30 minutes of weights

I did this workout with the Alaska Endurance Project, which is a training group here in town that meets once a week to workout together. They have a great group of competitive runners and those who love running year-round. For the workout, we were supposed to start at our tempo pace and then work down to our 5K pace, but it’s been a while since I’ve run very fast, so I was okay with paces right around my tempo pace. For the first 7 minute interval, my pace was 6:19, 6:15 for the second interval, and 6:16 for the final one. I was spent after this workout, so I knew I had given it my all.

Thursday

5 miles | easy run

This was a super easy run because I was incredibly sore from the workout the day before.

Friday

7 miles | easy run | 8:18 average pace

A fun run with a friend! So nice to have the company, and I even got back in time to make breakfast for everyone.

Saturday

5 miles | easy run

Nice easy run before work. I love that it is finally light when I run some mornings. (It starts getting light at about 7:00 a.m.) This was a really quick, easy run, and I am loving the dry pavement. About 95% of the neighborhoods are clear, which is so nice! I am still avoiding the paved trails in town because many of them are shaded and still have a lot of snow on them.

Sunday

11 miles | long run

My clock played a nasty trick on me this morning. I’ve had my alarm clock for years, and it is still set to the old daylight savings calendar, so I woke up at 5:30 a.m., but really it was 4:30 a.m. because it had advanced forward an hour. I ended up staying up and working on my athlete plans, but an extra hour of sleep would have also been nice!

At 6:00 a.m., I finally ventured out for my run, but the temperature was about 20*F, so it is still cold here! It is getting quite “warm” (upper 30s/low 40s) during the day, but the mornings are still cold. I cannot (CANNOT) wait until I can walk outside in shorts and a short sleeve shirt (heck, even a long sleeve!) and not be cold!

The run went really well, and I felt decent. I can tell I’ve lost some fitness, but I’m optimistic it will come back quickly. I did have a couple random niggles during the run, but otherwise nothing bothered me. I started running in the darkness, but then it started getting light about half-way through my run, and instantly my mood was lifted. I felt SO much better. I remembered why I love running so much. And I cannot wait to do more running in the quiet, serene, peaceful mornings this spring and summer!

Total weekly mileage: 45 miles