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!

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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

This Week’s Favorites

Happy Friday!

Personally this week flew by for me, and I can’t believe it is Friday already. I’ve got a line-up of some things that I am loving these days–everything from my favorite new spring outfit to a podcast to a new recipe that I’ve already made three times within the past two weeks.

WEARING // Madewell V-Neck Pocket Tee + AG Jeans + New Balance shoes

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Maui: Best Restaurants + Amazing Resort

I think Craig would be a travel food taste-tester if he could. He loves going on vacation and eating at as many restaurants as he can. We went out once a day at the beginning of our trip, but it was more like twice a day by the end. Ha!

There are so many good places to eat on Maui. We’ve dialed in our favorite that we go back to time and time again, but I know there are many other restaurants that are also phenomenal!

The first night we arrived in Maui, it was my birthday, and I requested we celebrate at Cool Cat Cafe (or Cool Cats), which is known for their burgers. They have been rated as the #1 burger on the island several years in a row, and I would definitely agree. (And I’m not even a burger person.)

The restaurant has balcony, outdoor seating overlooking Front Street in Lahaina, which is pretty common for many of the best restaurants in Lahaina. We almost always ate outside wherever we went–how could you not in such a warm, tropical place?!

I ordered the Luna Burger, which had bacon, avocado, cheese, and all the fixings, and this is a picture of Craig’s Big Bopper, which was a double burger with all the fixings. They were ginormous!

There were two restaurants we hit up twice while on the island. The first being Maui Brewing Company. The last time we were on the island in 2014, they only had a restaurant in Kaanapali, but this time they had expanded and now have a location in Kihei. It was a really nice restaurant with open-door seating, great ambiance, and modern decor.

I actually ordered the same thing both times I went to Maui Brewing Company because I loved both things so much. The first was this Avocado Toast appetizer. The avocado was mixed with macadamia nuts and topped with fresh vegetables and cilantro. Then there was a sriracha salt to sprinkle on top, which took the flavor to another level.

The second thing I ordered twice was this kale salad. It was really good with shaved cheese, avocado, and onions. However, the part of the salad that was so good was the toasted quinoa. The bits of crunchy quinoa were amazing and set it apart from other kale salads I’ve had in the past.

The second place we ate twice at was Aloha Mixed Plate. This is easily our favorite lunch spot. It sits right on the beach, the food comes out quickly, and is always good.

This must be their take on Spam as the dish was called Spamp. (Thankfully it didn’t taste like Spam!) The House Made Spamp Musubi which included nori, furikake-shiitake rice, and house made spamp that you wrap up. It was surprisingly really good!

This was a fun variation of sliced meat sandwich as the beef was breaded in panko bread crumbs on this Breaded Teri Beef Sandwich.

We loved all of the toppings on this Imu Beet Salad with Cambozola cheese, tomato, radish, cucumber, Waipoli mixed greens, and a house vinaigrette.

Our finest dining experience was at Fleetwood’s on Front St, owned by Mick Fleetwood.

We ate on the rooftop because the enclosed downstairs didn’t have openings for a couple of hours. (Definitely make reservations ahead of time if you want to eat here!) I love the rooftop anyhow, so I was excited to eat there, however, it was incredibly windy that night!

I did take a picture of my phenomenal Watermelon & Prosciutto salad that was out of this world. I have liked arugula salads in the past, but it is tricky to do them well. This arugula wasn’t nearly as spicy, and the flavor combinations was spot-on!

Craig had the steak, my sister had the risotto, my brother-in-law had the mahi mahi, and it was all incredible!

Other restaurants we went to that I would also highly recommend:

Choice Health Bar – All vegan food that is so good!

Leilani’s On the Beach – Great food with an amazing view of the ocean. Make sure to be there for the sunset.

Hawaii Gelato – I had a waffle cone with some coffee, chocolately, carmely goodness.

Local Boys Shave Ice – Shave ice + ice cream. . . how could you go wrong?!

For our lodging, we once again stayed at the Aina Nalu resort located in Lahaina, but I booked our two bedroom condo through VRBO. We stayed at this same resort in 2012 as well as 2014. We absolutely love the amenities and the convenience of being able to walk place. There are many excursions that leave from the Lahaina Harbor, so it is very easy to walk the few blocks to the harbor from our resort. Front Street also has some of the best dining and shopping on West Maui, so each night for dinner, we walked down to Front Street, and then perused through the shops if we felt like it.

I had intentions of taking pictures of our resort, but I kept forgetting, so I am taking these pictures from the previous blog posts I wrote during our two other trips. (FYI – Everything at the resort looks the same.)

To see more photos of our resort, go to THIS blog post from 2012 and THIS post from our 2014 trip.

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There are two pools, a hot tub, cabanas, grills, and a large gazebo outside for all the guests to use.

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Inside the condos, the rooms are modern with nice bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and our specific condo had beach toys and beach chairs as well as a TV in each room and plenty of kitchen utensils.

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We are still dreaming about our trip, and Cullen asks daily if we can go back!

On the plus side, our snow has been melting this week, which helps! I hope this isn’t a fluke and we get dumped on again, which is entirely possible!

Maui: Best Restaurants + Amazing Resort

I think Craig would be a travel food taste-tester if he could. He loves going on vacation and eating at as many restaurants as he can. We went out once a day at the beginning of our trip, but it was more like twice a day by the end. Ha!

There are so many good places to eat on Maui. We’ve dialed in our favorite that we go back to time and time again, but I know there are many other restaurants that are also phenomenal!

The first night we arrived in Maui, it was my birthday, and I requested we celebrate at Cool Cat Cafe (or Cool Cats), which is known for their burgers. They have been rated as the #1 burger on the island several years in a row, and I would definitely agree. (And I’m not even a burger person.)

The restaurant has balcony, outdoor seating overlooking Front Street in Lahaina, which is pretty common for many of the best restaurants in Lahaina. We almost always ate outside wherever we went–how could you not in such a warm, tropical place?!

I ordered the Luna Burger, which had bacon, avocado, cheese, and all the fixings, and this is a picture of Craig’s Big Bopper, which was a double burger with all the fixings. They were ginormous!

There were two restaurants we hit up twice while on the island. The first being Maui Brewing Company. The last time we were on the island in 2014, they only had a restaurant in Kaanapali, but this time they had expanded and now have a location in Kihei. It was a really nice restaurant with open-door seating, great ambiance, and modern decor.

I actually ordered the same thing both times I went to Maui Brewing Company because I loved both things so much. The first was this Avocado Toast appetizer. The avocado was mixed with macadamia nuts and topped with fresh vegetables and cilantro. Then there was a sriracha salt to sprinkle on top, which took the flavor to another level.

The second thing I ordered twice was this kale salad. It was really good with shaved cheese, avocado, and onions. However, the part of the salad that was so good was the toasted quinoa. The bits of crunchy quinoa were amazing and set it apart from other kale salads I’ve had in the past.

The second place we ate twice at was Aloha Mixed Plate. This is easily our favorite lunch spot. It sits right on the beach, the food comes out quickly, and is always good.

This must be their take on Spam as the dish was called Spamp. (Thankfully it didn’t taste like Spam!) The House Made Spamp Musubi which included nori, furikake-shiitake rice, and house made spamp that you wrap up. It was surprisingly really good!

This was a fun variation of sliced meat sandwich as the beef was breaded in panko bread crumbs on this Breaded Teri Beef Sandwich.

We loved all of the toppings on this Imu Beet Salad with Cambozola cheese, tomato, radish, cucumber, Waipoli mixed greens, and a house vinaigrette.

Our finest dining experience was at Fleetwood’s on Front St, owned by Mick Fleetwood.

We ate on the rooftop because the enclosed downstairs didn’t have openings for a couple of hours. (Definitely make reservations ahead of time if you want to eat here!) I love the rooftop anyhow, so I was excited to eat there, however, it was incredibly windy that night!

I did take a picture of my phenomenal Watermelon & Prosciutto salad that was out of this world. I have liked arugula salads in the past, but it is tricky to do them well. This arugula wasn’t nearly as spicy, and the flavor combinations was spot-on!

Craig had the steak, my sister had the risotto, my brother-in-law had the mahi mahi, and it was all incredible!

Other restaurants we went to that I would also highly recommend:

Choice Health Bar – All vegan food that is so good!

Leilani’s On the Beach – Great food with an amazing view of the ocean. Make sure to be there for the sunset.

Hawaii Gelato – I had a waffle cone with some coffee, chocolately, carmely goodness.

Local Boys Shave Ice – Shave ice + ice cream. . . how could you go wrong?!

For our lodging, we once again stayed at the Aina Nalu resort located in Lahaina, but I booked our two bedroom condo through VRBO. We stayed at this same resort in 2012 as well as 2014. We absolutely love the amenities and the convenience of being able to walk place. There are many excursions that leave from the Lahaina Harbor, so it is very easy to walk the few blocks to the harbor from our resort. Front Street also has some of the best dining and shopping on West Maui, so each night for dinner, we walked down to Front Street, and then perused through the shops if we felt like it.

I had intentions of taking pictures of our resort, but I kept forgetting, so I am taking these pictures from the previous blog posts I wrote during our two other trips. (FYI – Everything at the resort looks the same.)

To see more photos of our resort, go to THIS blog post from 2012 and THIS post from our 2014 trip.

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There are two pools, a hot tub, cabanas, grills, and a large gazebo outside for all the guests to use.

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Inside the condos, the rooms are modern with nice bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and our specific condo had beach toys and beach chairs as well as a TV in each room and plenty of kitchen utensils.

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We are still dreaming about our trip, and Cullen asks daily if we can go back!

On the plus side, our snow has been melting this week, which helps! I hope this isn’t a fluke and we get dumped on again, which is entirely possible!

I’ve Never Been Happier with my Skin – A Beautycounter Review

I’ve been using Beautycounter products for a year now, and I have never been happier with my skin! I never disliked my skin before, but I cannot emphasize how much I love my skin now–no more dryness (unlike last winter), no more acne (at least very infrequently), less redness, smaller pores, and overall much brighter skin.

I’ll put it out there. Yes, I’m a Beautycounter consultant, but I am not one to rave about a product if I don’t stand behind it. I am usually pretty skeptical and don’t expect a lot from something before I try it, but my expectations with Beautycounter products have been blown out of the water.

Not only do I love the products, but I also love the Beautycounter mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone. I love what they are doing to try and change congressional regulation on beauty products as there is currently very little regulation and laws on what can be put into these products. I could have joined a multitude of other companies, but I am glad to be a part of this one.

No makeup. No filter.

All of the skin care regiment includes Beautycounter products, and about 75% of my makeup is from Beautycounter. You can see a breakdown of my morning and evening skin care regimen in this post. I also shared two makeup routines I do: one that is a quick 5 minute routine and one that is a full face of makeup. Find that blog post here.

Now that I’ve been with Beautycounter for a year, I’ve gotten in the habit of checking the labels of my skin care and makeup products just like I regularly check labels on my food products. The two toxic chemicals I look for first are parabens and artificial colors, which are shockingly in a lot of different products.

It has taken me several months to swap out most of my products, but I feel much better about using Beautycounter products as they go through a rigorous, independent testing for unsafe ingredients. Now you, too, can swap out your unclean beauty products for safer alternatives with the help of Beautycounter’s Clean Swap initiative.

Right now through March 7th, Beautycounter is offering a FREE deluxe-sized item when you purchase any of the following items that are part of the Clean Swap. (Click on the link to be taken to each item’s page.)

Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream – no toxic preservatives

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – naturally preserved with phytic acid from green rice

Facial Mask – No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 – no PEGs

Hydrating Body Lotion – no mineral oil that is potentially toxic

Lip Sheers – no artificial flavors

Volumizing Mascara & Lengthening Mascara – no pigments linked to adverse health effects

Volume & Shape Shampoo and Smooth & Control Shampoo – no harsh sulfates

If you purchase one of the above products, you then get to pick one of the following items for FREE.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (7ml)

Body Wash (59ml)

No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil (5ml)

Volume & Shape Conditioner (50ml)

Smooth & Control Conditioner (50ml)

There are several other safer products through Beautycounter including items for kids and babies, as well as sunscreen, body wash, and makeup products.

Please comment below or send me an email (therunnersplate@gmail.com) with any questions or if you need help choosing products. (It’s one of my favorite things to do.)


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