PR Coaching Athlete: Alicia

Alicia has been working with me since I first started coaching 3 years ago! She lives in a tiny Alaskan village off the road system, and she often runs circles around the gym and inside the school where she teaches for her workouts! There aren’t many places to run, but she makes it work. . . .now that’s a dedicated runner! Alicia’s made a lot of progress over the years, and I know she’ll be faster after having her daughter this past October! Everyone, meet Alicia!

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

My name is Alicia Miner and I am a teacher in Quinhagak, Alaska. I am originally from Ohio and have lived in Alaska for 7 years. I have a 5 month old named Quinn, and my husband’s name is Peter. We met in Alaska and were married in 2013.

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How did you get into running?

I tried running a few years ago and it was super challenging. I then started doing Insanity and lost 30 pounds. Once that happened I gave running a try again. I ran a few 5ks and then trained for my first half marathon. After my half marathon, I became addicted to running! I am slowly getting my fitness back after having a baby.

Highlight a few races with times and how they went.

I have run 4 half marathons and many 5ks. My favorite race was the Trent Waldron Half where I ran a 1:52:55. I finished at the exact same time as another runner and we were racing to the finish. I also had  PR at the Alaska Heart Run with a 24:10.

What motivates you in your running? 

I like being able to see myself get faster. Now that I have a baby finishing and seeing her will be a great motivator. I am looking forward to running with her in the stroller.

What are your running goals?

I would like to get back into pre baby shape with my running. I would like to run another half marathon.

What was the strangest/coolest/weirdest thing that has happened (or that your saw) on a run?
Seeing the same people at different races and watching them improve is pretty cool. I love the Anchorage running community and how much they support one another.

How do you reward yourself after a hard run?
I like to reward myself with a bath and something with peanut butter!

What are your upcoming races?
This summer I am aiming for the 10k at Trent Waldron, Alaska Run for Women, and the Twilight 12k.

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How to Achieve the Perfect Sun-Kissed Summer Skin

I don’t know about you guys, but I am done with this winter stuff and ready to move onto warmer weather!

I can’t help but get excited for morning runs in the daylight, fun summer clothes, and that perfect sun-kissed skin. Let’s talk about achieving that glowing summer skin because that’s about all I have control of right now.

My first purchase from Beautycounter was their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. I had heard rave reviews about it, and I couldn’t ignore the fact it received an Allure ‘Best of Beauty’ award. After trying it, I quickly found out why: it leaves the most gorgeous glow on my skin, plus it is free of 1500 potentially hazardous chemicals.

I’ve always been one to use lightweight, barely-there foundations that leaves a natural look to my skin. I have no desire for a heavy make-up feel! The Dew Skin fits this bill: it goes on easily, doesn’t feel cakey once its on, and leaves a luminous glow that screams summer.

I tired going back to my MAC foundation + powder over the weekend, but as soon as I put it on, I regretted it and wish I had used my Dew Skin. The MAC foundation and powder feels so cakey on my skin, and I think it accentuates my wrinkles and creases in my skin more. Plus it was so drying on my face that it left large dry patches on my cheeks. I also couldn’t help but think of all the chemicals it has in it.

MAC make-up on the left, Dew Skin on the right

I have also been impressed with how long this tube has lasted. I purchased it over 3 months ago, and is still going strong. So what more could you want: an awesome product that’s CLEAN, great value, and the perfect sun-kissed summer skin. If you are interested in trying the Dew Skin yourself, click the link below. (And as a point of reference, I use No. 2.)


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A Day in the Life – 2 Years, 5 Months Old

It is time for another ‘a day in the life’ post. Cullen turned 2 years, 5 months old yesterday, so let’s recap the day!

Friday, April 24

6:10 a.m. Cullen wakes up fussing/crying, which means he’s not done sleeping. (And even though I try, I know he won’t go back to sleep.) He usually sleeps until 7:30/8:00 a.m., but lately he’s been waking up before this. I go and try to comfort him, rub his back, cover him back up, but as soon as I leave he starts fussing again. I try 3 times, but it isn’t working, so I lay down with him in our bed.

6:40 a.m. This isn’t working either, so I give up and get out of bed. He says he wants to stay in the bed, so I leave him there. I unload and dishwasher and start a load of laundry.

7:00 a.m. I go back upstairs to get Cullen. He goes potty and then wants to watch his movie. We are doing a reward system with his potty-training, so he gets 10 minutes of screen time every time he goes potty. Currently his movie choice is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Kind of random, but he likes it.

7:15 a.m. I make breakfast while Cullen plays. I make quick-cooking steel cut oats for both of us. I also use this time to check e-mails and other notifications.

7:45 a.m. We eat breakfast. Along with oatmeal, Cullen has some yogurt and an apple. (He loves eating apples whole.)

8:00 a.m. Cullen and I play in his playroom. We play a matching card game, use watercolors, and then watch the garbage truck come and take our trash away, which is always a highlight of the week. (Find me on Snapchat: therunnersplate)

8:45 a.m. Time to get ready to go to the gym. I change Cullen’s clothes, pick up his room, make my bed, switch the laundry to the dryer, and do a bunch of other random things.

9:30 a.m. This takes entirely way too long, but we are finally out of the house heading for the gym.

9:45 a.m. I drop Cullen off at the childcare while I get my workout in. I do an interval workout on the treadmill and then lift weights for 30 minutes.

11:45 a.m. I pick up Cullen from the childcare area, and we head back home. I drink a protein recovery drink on the way home (SFH protein powder + almond milk).

12:10 p.m. Arrive home. Cullen goes potty, and then watches 10 more minutes of his movie. (Which I always have to start at the beginning for him.) I get lunch ready for us during this time.

12:30 p.m. My lunch is a reheated The Best Vegan Burger with a homemade bun from last night’s dinner. Cullen has some peas, goat cheese, and applesauce.

1:00 p.m. Nap time! I know Cullen will actually take a nap today. He did not sleep enough last night and has been fussy today. After I put him down for his nap, I do a bunch of computer work: this blog post, post on Instagram, go through emails, check in with my athletes, etc. I also take a shower, fold laundry, pick up the house, and make a grocery list.

4:15 p.m. I end up having to wake Cullen up from his nap. As he was waking up though, he ends up wetting his bed a little, so we go potty, change his clothes, and sheets. (We have about one accident each day. We have been working on potty-training since the end of December, so we did start kind of early. I think if we would have waited until now he would have caught on sooner, but, hey, we saved a lot of diapers. I just have more laundry to do now.)

4:50 p.m. Cullen watches some more of his movie while I curl my hair. I then work on some more of this blog post until we leave to have dinner at our friend’s house.

5:30 p.m. Leave for dinner. We hang out with our friends and have dinner at their house. We have a delicious spread of falafel, spinach fataier, and other traditional Arabic foods.

10:00 p.m. Arrive home and get ready for bed. We knew we could stay out later with Cullen since he had such a long nap.

10:30 p.m. Bedtime!

This is a pretty typical day for us: out-and-about during the morning whether it is a workout at the gym, running errands, taking Sadie to the dog park, or a play date. We are then home during the afternoon for nap time and work for me. I will then make dinner, and we’ll try to do something together as a family whether it is a walk or play in the backyard. Other nights Craig and I tag-team watching Cullen so we can get things done.

Here are the other ‘A Day in the Life’ recaps I’ve done:

Almost 2 Years Old

18 Months

16 Months

14 Months

12 Months

11 Months

10 Months

9 Months

8 Months

7 Months

6 Months

5 Months

4 Months

12 Weeks

4 Weeks

44 Miles – Done! . . . .but Why I’m Taking a 2 Week Break

Happy Monday, friends!

It was a busy weekend as usual. Friday was my birthday! I didn’t do anything too exciting: running, a little shopping, and some time with my boys, which was fine by me. Saturday I did a long run, and then we had a toddler birthday party in the afternoon. It was really sunny, so Cullen and I went to the playground that evening to take in the longer hours. Sunday I worked at the store moving some of our inventory from Skinny Raven across the street to our sister store and boutique, Her Tern. If you are a local, I’d highly recommend you check out what we did. It looks awesome! You’ll find the same inventory, but some of your favorites (Dansko shoes and other lifestyle shoes) will now be found at Her Tern. The running shoes and apparel are still at Skinny Raven.

I ran a total of 44 miles this past week, which is the most I’ve run since my hip started bothering me at the end of June. While I have continued to run on my bum hip (which is A LOT better than it used to be), it still isn’t 100%, and it is time to do something about it before I want to run all the races this summer.

I’ve continued to run on it because it has been slowing improving. I also spent a couple weeks trying to figure out if it was my shoes, the snowy conditions, two pair of pants, studded shoes, etc. I was trying anything and everything to see what made it worse versus what made it better. Oddly, I have no pain when running on the treadmill. While this is great, part of the reason I love running is getting outside and being able to run from home every morning. I do know the loose footing from a layer of fresh snow bothers my hip, wearing my Ice Bugs seems to make it worse (possibly too much stability?), as well as two pairs of pants since my hip flexor has to work harder to bring my leg forward.

Even though I want to keep training, it is time to take a break and lay low for a couple of weeks. I have no idea if it will help (It may not be a long enough break.), but I want this cleared up before summer. I’m also going to try to get in for some sort of therapy: cupping, Rolfing, scraping. . . .something of that sort. I have tried ART, which I think did help some. I am not able to do dry needling because it is a tendon and they aren’t able to dry needle tendons. If you have any suggestions, be sure to comment below. It will probably come down to who I am able to get in with sooner than later and the cost of the procedure.

Monday

6 miles | 8:54 average pace

An easy run with virtually no hip pain. I say ‘virtually’ because every once in a while I can feel the hip flexor working harder, but that’s the extent of the pain most days. A lot of frosty eyelashes again this week as the temps were right around zero every morning.

Tuesday

8 miles | 9:06 average pace

30 minutes of weights

I ran with a friend, and she had 8 on her plan, so I opted to run 8 miles as well since I don’t have a strict plan I’m following. I felt pretty good overall. It was dark on one of the paths we were running on, and I tripped on a small snowball in the middle of the trail. I landed on my hands and knees, but thankfully the snow cushioned the fall, and it didn’t hurt that much. After this run, I went tot he gym for a weight lifting session.

Wednesday

4 miles | 8:40 average pace

I had planned to do my tempo workout this day, but given I went fairly long the day before I knew that wouldn’t be a wise choice, so I bumped it back to Thursday and did a short, easy run this day instead. Even though this was a short run, I had some lingering hip pain the rest of the day, which is not a good sign.

Thursday

9 miles | tempo workout

5 x 5 minutes @ tempo (6:35 pace)

30 minutes of weights after the tempo workout

This was definitely an appropriately-hard workout. By the end I was ready to be done, so it seems like my tempo pace is right at 6:35 these days. This was a good, hard workout that makes me so happy inside.

Friday

7 miles | 8:54 average pace

It was my 34th birthday, so I ran 3 + 4 miles for a total of 7 miles. I will not be running my birthday year in kilometers or miles probably ever! So I’ll add the two digits together and run that distance. My hip was not happy on this run. It started hurting after 4 miles and became more achy as I finished up the run. I think it was because I wore my Ice Bugs.

Saturday

10 miles | 8:41 pace

I was thinking I would do 13 miles for a long run this week because I had done 12 miles the weekend before that, and it actually went quite well. But then I added up the mileage I had already run, and I knew I shouldn’t run anymore than 10 miles. Plus, it ended up being really cold, so I was ready to be done after ten.

Sunday

Off

Six days of running in a row meant a day off for me.

Total: 44 miles

It will be weird not running this week, but I have no doubt I’ll be able to keep myself busy. I have meal planning and food prep to do. Plus there is The Bachelor to watch on Monday night, and I’m sure Cullen will keep me busy as usual.