25 Things I’ve Learned in the Past 25 years of Running

Hard to believe I’ve been running for 25 years!

I started running when I was 10 years old–training for the mile in PE class. I remember my dad helping me with plan, telling me to run down to the end of our country road and back, which was about 0.75 mile. Then I would take a day off, and the next time I would run 1 mile. I would have him keep track on our car’s odometer to get exact distances because even then I was Type A and wanted to know how far I was going. I did that for a while before joining track in 7th grade. I ran track every year through my senior year of high school and then joined cross country my junior year.

I continued to run in college for a small DIII school, which was the perfect combination of competitiveness and a fun social outlet with friends. After college, I continued to crave that runner’s high, so would lace up my shoes for a daily run. After awhile I started running races and having success with that, which caused the running obsession that is today.

Over these 25 years, I’ve learned a little about running. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72×72/1f609.png&quot; alt="

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.

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.