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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