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)

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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!

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas from the Baxters!

We have been blessed with so many things this year. These are a few of our highlights:

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We were so blessed this year for our good health, close family and friends, good jobs, and a lot of fun family time. I am also so happy you have chosen to follow along with me on this little blog of mine. Thank you for all of your comments, “likes,” and support through the ups and downs. I don’t know what 2018 will bring, but I’m excited for what lies ahead.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas from the Baxters!

We have been blessed with so many things this year. These are a few of our highlights:

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We were so blessed this year for our good health, close family and friends, good jobs, and a lot of fun family time. I am also so happy you have chosen to follow along with me on this little blog of mine. Thank you for all of your comments, “likes,” and support through the ups and downs. I don’t know what 2018 will bring, but I’m excited for what lies ahead.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas from the Baxters!

We have been blessed with so many things this year. These are a few of our highlights:

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We were so blessed this year for our good health, close family and friends, good jobs, and a lot of fun family time. I am also so happy you have chosen to follow along with me on this little blog of mine. Thank you for all of your comments, “likes,” and support through the ups and downs. I don’t know what 2018 will bring, but I’m excited for what lies ahead.

50 Miles and Feeling Better

I feel like I turned a corner this past week with my workouts!

I felt quite a bit better during most of these workouts, and I had NO hip pain all week, which is a huge plus as well. I’m not entirely sure what was different about this week. I have been trying to be more diligent about taking my vitamins (multivitamin, fish oil, and iron), so maybe that helped?? Otherwise things have been pretty normal. I hit 50 miles this week, so I am really close to hitting 2000 miles for the year!

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Cullen fell asleep in the stroller, so he was still a little groggy from his nap.

Workouts from December 11 – 17, 2017

Monday

8 miles, easy | 8:30 average pace

I did this run in the evening after Craig got home from work, which was a nice change from my early morning runs. I like to switch it up every once in a while, but I will always be a morning runner–have been for 10+ years. I actually felt really good–and awake (ha!)–during this run.

Tuesday

5 miles, easy | 9:33 average pace

Easy (but not-so-fast) run pushing the stroller to the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. There were some slow-going sections that were bumpy and difficult to push the stroller across. Luckily Cullen fell asleep for 30 minutes during our outing.

Wednesday

7 miles, drill work | 8:40 average pace + 20 minutes of weights

Ran from the gym and half way through my route, I stopped in a parking lot to do some drill work. Afterwards I lifted for about 20 minutes.

Thursday

Off

Friday

9 miles, interval workout on the treadmill

2 mile warm-up

2 x 200 meters (0:41 = 5:30 pace)

2 x 400 meters (1:25, 1:26 = 5:42, 5:46 pace)

600 meters (2:12 = 5:55 pace)

800 meters (3:01 = 6:04 pace)

600 meters (2:12 = 5:56 pace)

2 x 400 meters (1:26, 1:27 = 5:46, 5:50 pace)

2 x 200 meters (0:41 = 5:30 pace)

cool-down to 9 miles

I did this same workout a couple years ago and sadly I was more fit 11 months postpartum than I am now! I was still pretty happy with how this workout went though considering I haven’t felt great these past couple of months.

Saturday

6 miles, easy + 30 minutes weights

Easy run from the gym and then a weight lifting session afterwards–and a decent amount of time spent stretching too!

Sunday

15 miles, long run

This long run actually went quite well! Definitely better than last week. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before as we were at a party, but thankfully that seem to affect me too much. (I’m sure if I would have gotten more sleep, I would have felt even better!) I did a loop from my house, and surprisingly it turned out to be 15 miles exactly!

Total: 50 miles


I had a super busy (but good) weekend!

Friday night Craig, Cullen, and I watched Polar Express and had popcorn. This is one time of the year I actually watch movies–otherwise it is rare!

Saturday morning I ran 6 mile and lifted weights before heading to work. Saturday was a good day at work (Skinny Raven Sports) as we had a lot of people coming in for Icebugs for themselves or as gifts. We also have a lot of fun running-related stocking stuffers: Runbell (a bell you can ring when you are coming up behind someone on the trail), running Christmas ornaments, Skida headwear, Goodr sunglasses, and Hydroflasks. (See a complete list HERE.)

That night we went to an ugly sweater party. My husband stole the show with his epic fire-breathing dinosaur sweatshirt, and I just wore this “Cheers” sweatshirt because I waited too long to decide what I wanted to do and ran out of time to actually put together an ugly sweater.

sweatshirt | jeans | shoes

Sunday morning I got up early and ran 15 miles before heading to church and then off to work for the rest of the day. Sunday night we had dinner at my in-laws because my brother-in-law and sister-in-law just got into town for Christmas. Then I stayed up too late cleaning my house because it blows up on the weekend when I’m not home, and I hate starting the week with a messy house.

Switching gears to a new Beautycounter palette I am loving! Before work on Saturday, I did a few videos about my new Ocean & Pacific Palette and a tutorial on how to apply the blush, bronzer, and highlighter to my cheeks. (I can’t believe how much I have fallen in love with using blush these days!) I saved these videos and they can be found in on my profile page in Instagram.

Now through Sunday, December 24, I am offering FREE shipping for standard ground orders though Beautycounter. I will reimburse you $5.95 for your order via PayPal. You’ll just need to forward your confirmation of purchase email to me along with a good PayPal address.

If you need help picking any products out, let me know. It is one of my favorite things to do.

My Skincare Routine

Now that I’ve got my skin care routine dialed in, I wanted to share what I have been using. It has taken me most of the year to get it figured out, but I am so happy with everything now! I don’t want to switch anything up because I love how my skin looks. No dryness this winter, no excessive oil in the T-zone, very few blemishes, and even skin tone.

I’ve been using Beautycouter skin care and beauty products for most of this year now. I started out with just a couple of items and have slowly been replacing my old beauty products with safer alternatives. I love that Beautycounter doesn’t compromise on lack-luster products. They truly are amazing products, plus the added benefit of them being safe, is so reassuring.

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AM Routine

Rejuvenating Face Cleanser

I first bought the Nourishing Cream Cleanser mostly because it was cheaper, but I was blowing through the Cream Cleanser way too quickly, so I switched to the Rejuvenating Face Cleanser, and it lasts so much longer. Plus I think it does a better job cleansing my skin, and I really like how my face feels after washing it–not dry or tight.

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

Love, love, love this stuff! So much so I wrote an entire blog post on it! It absorbs so well into my skin and has helped with pore size and overall skin tone. I use this at least once a day and sometimes twice if I remember.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion

This was such a lifesaver for my combination skin. My skin was often oily in the T-zone and dry on my cheeks, but this lotion helped balance everything out. It is designed to give you moisture where you need it and not where you don’t. The Countermatch collection is also beneficial for those with dry skin and many other consultants have been raving about how great this line is.

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist

This is one product I just got last week, but I like using the facial mist to help prep my skin for my makeup, and I will also use it to set my makeup once it is done. A nice fine mist that is refreshing and light!

PM Routine

Nourishing Cream Exfoliator

The little non-abrasive jojoba beads feel so nice on my skin in the evening to scrub all of my makeup off. I also like using my Clarisonic to get a deep clean.

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

As I mentioned above, I use the Radiance Serum at least once a day–twice if I remember. When I do use it, I will apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Rejuvenating Night Cream

I swear this is a miracle-worker. I love waking up in the morning with soft, smooth skin, that well-hydrated. I also swear the lotion helps with reducing the size of my blemishes come the morning.

No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil

I like to mix 2-3 drops of the facial oil with the Rejuvenating Night Cream before spreading everything on my face at night. I had perpetually dry skin last winter, but since using the facial oil, my skin no longer has dry patches on it.

Occasionally

Charcoal Cleansing Bar

I use the Charcoal Cleansing bar once or twice a week to help with deep cleansing and keeping the breakouts at bay. The only time you don’t want to use this is if you skin is really dry–it will only dry out your skin more.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 13) is the last day for ground shipping (the cheapest option) to guarantee items will be delivered by December 23, so don’t wait to order!

There are a ton of great gift options. Click HERE to see all of Beautycounter’s gift options that come packaged in beautiful boxes. Many of the gifts can be split into 2 or 3+ individual gifts as well.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Click HERE to shop for Beautycounter products


 

My Skincare Routine

Now that I’ve got my skin care routine dialed in, I wanted to share what I have been using. It has taken me most of the year to get it figured out, but I am so happy with everything now! I don’t want to switch anything up because I love how my skin looks. No dryness this winter, no excessive oil in the T-zone, very few blemishes, and even skin tone.

I’ve been using Beautycouter skin care and beauty products for most of this year now. I started out with just a couple of items and have slowly been replacing my old beauty products with safer alternatives. I love that Beautycounter doesn’t compromise on lack-luster products. They truly are amazing products, plus the added benefit of them being safe, is so reassuring.

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AM Routine

Rejuvenating Face Cleanser

I first bought the Nourishing Cream Cleanser mostly because it was cheaper, but I was blowing through the Cream Cleanser way too quickly, so I switched to the Rejuvenating Face Cleanser, and it lasts so much longer. Plus I think it does a better job cleansing my skin, and I really like how my face feels after washing it–not dry or tight.

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

Love, love, love this stuff! So much so I wrote an entire blog post on it! It absorbs so well into my skin and has helped with pore size and overall skin tone. I use this at least once a day and sometimes twice if I remember.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion

This was such a lifesaver for my combination skin. My skin was often oily in the T-zone and dry on my cheeks, but this lotion helped balance everything out. It is designed to give you moisture where you need it and not where you don’t. The Countermatch collection is also beneficial for those with dry skin and many other consultants have been raving about how great this line is.

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist

This is one product I just got last week, but I like using the facial mist to help prep my skin for my makeup, and I will also use it to set my makeup once it is done. A nice fine mist that is refreshing and light!

PM Routine

Nourishing Cream Exfoliator

The little non-abrasive jojoba beads feel so nice on my skin in the evening to scrub all of my makeup off. I also like using my Clarisonic to get a deep clean.

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

As I mentioned above, I use the Radiance Serum at least once a day–twice if I remember. When I do use it, I will apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Rejuvenating Night Cream

I swear this is a miracle-worker. I love waking up in the morning with soft, smooth skin, that well-hydrated. I also swear the lotion helps with reducing the size of my blemishes come the morning.

No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil

I like to mix 2-3 drops of the facial oil with the Rejuvenating Night Cream before spreading everything on my face at night. I had perpetually dry skin last winter, but since using the facial oil, my skin no longer has dry patches on it.

Occasionally

Charcoal Cleansing Bar

I use the Charcoal Cleansing bar once or twice a week to help with deep cleansing and keeping the breakouts at bay. The only time you don’t want to use this is if you skin is really dry–it will only dry out your skin more.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 13) is the last day for ground shipping (the cheapest option) to guarantee items will be delivered by December 23, so don’t wait to order!

There are a ton of great gift options. Click HERE to see all of Beautycounter’s gift options that come packaged in beautiful boxes. Many of the gifts can be split into 2 or 3+ individual gifts as well.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Click HERE to shop for Beautycounter products


 

Mom’s Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

Fresh, homemade bread right out of the oven is my weakness. The buttery soft dough that is still warm and melts in my mouth is something I’ve loved since I was a kid.

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This is the recipe my mom has been using since I was a kid–as I remember many nights her pulling 4 or 5 loaves out of the oven as we sat down for dinner. It was hard to stop at just one piece! It was time to introduce Cullen to this simple pleasure. He helped me measure and stir, but I think more flour ended up on his shirt and the floor than in the bowl.

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After mixing all of the ingredients as much as we could in the bowl, we dumped out the dough onto a floured surface. As you can see, the dough is really lumpy and doesn’t hold together at all.

This is where kneading is important. It is important to spend about 10 minutes kneading. There’s no specific way to knead, but you’ll want to fold the dough on itself and then press everything together. (You can count this as your arm workout of the day.)  After about 10 minutes, your dough should be smooth, elastic, and everything will be combined together.

Once the kneading process is finished, we let the dough rise for a couple hours. Then we transferred the dough to two loaf pans and let them rise again. This process does take some time, but with some planning ahead, it isn’t hard. After rising and baking, you will yield a perfectly browned loaf of bread.

Mom’s Homemade Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

1-3/4 cups warm water

3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

2-1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour also works)

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the water and yeast. Then pour in the oil, honey, and salt and stir combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly on the top.
  2. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough back to a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Punch the dough down and then split the dough in half. Form one half into a log-shape and place seam-side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat for the other half of the dough. (In this blog post, I have more detailed pictures of making homemade bread.)
  6. Let the dough rise in the pans with a towel on top, so they don’t dry out.
  7. Once the dough has risen above the top of the pan, preheat the oven to 350*F.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.