Cullen’s 3rd Birthday

Today we celebrated Cullen’s 3rd birthday!

We didn’t have a big party or do anything extra special, but I let Cullen pick all of the activities we did today, and I know he had fun with everything. (In hindsight it was probably better we didn’t have people over because Cullen ended up being sick.)

The day started out with him sleeping in until 10 a.m. (Lucky me! It gave me time to stretch after running and take my time getting ready.) This, by no means, is normal. Cullen went to bed around 10 p.m. the night before because he actually took a nap the day before. He did wake up at 6:45 a.m. but then fell back to sleep at 7:15 a.m. because he was sick.

After getting up and having some breakfast, he proceeded to throw everything back up. Poor guy! He seemed to be fine after that, so he went back to eating and then played at home for a while.

Around 2:00 p.m., Cullen said he wanted to go to the library to check out some Dinosaur Train DVDs. He picked out some books too.

Next on the agenda: an ice cream cone from McDonald’s, which cost me a whole 60 cents. (Beats buying or making a cake because I don’t need all that dessert in my house.)

We then drove to the airport to watch the airplanes take off. We also saw a big ship on the water and took a short walk around Point Woronzof.

Afterwards went over to Craig’s parent’s, so they could wish Cullen a happy birthday. Then Cullen wanted to go home and eat, so we had dinner and hung out at home until bath time and bed time. It was a pretty low-key day, but a lot of that was due to him being sick. He still had a good attitude about it all.

Cullen is such a fun kid these day, and I really do love the age he is. I tell him daily never to grow up. Ha! I love the innocence, the wonderment of everything, and the fact he still thinks I’m the funniest, coolest person around. These are days where the terrible-twos and the threenager attitude comes out, but that’s usually due to him being tired. We have a lot of fun together, and I feel very lucky I am able to stay home with him and watch him learn and grow every day.

Here are some things Cullen’s really into these days:

  • being outdoors: hiking, going to the playground, walks with Sadie
  • Helping Craig in the garden, playing hide-and-go-seek with him
  • Going to the coffee shop
  • Stroller runs
  • Favorite foods: apples (eats at least one every day), spicy chips, cucumbers, milk, frozen peas, popsicles, chocolate, yogurt
  • Spending time on my parent’s farm in Minnesota
  • Paw Patrol, Dinosaur Train, Thomas and Friends
  • Having books read to him, puzzles, dinosaur flashcards
  • Going places and running errands
  • Playing with friends

If it is hard to believe Cullen’s already three, you’re not alone, but you are probably someone on the outside looking in. Ha! If you have any desire to read about my 43 hours of labor and delivery, this is the blog post recapping Cullen’s birth story. Or you can read a recap of his 2nd birthday and 1st birthday as well.

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Cullen’s 3rd Birthday

Today we celebrated Cullen’s 3rd birthday!

We didn’t have a big party or do anything extra special, but I let Cullen pick all of the activities we did today, and I know he had fun with everything. (In hindsight it was probably better we didn’t have people over because Cullen ended up being sick.)

The day started out with him sleeping in until 10 a.m. (Lucky me! It gave me time to stretch after running and take my time getting ready.) This, by no means, is normal. Cullen went to bed around 10 p.m. the night before because he actually took a nap the day before. He did wake up at 6:45 a.m. but then fell back to sleep at 7:15 a.m. because he was sick.

After getting up and having some breakfast, he proceeded to throw everything back up. Poor guy! He seemed to be fine after that, so he went back to eating and then played at home for a while.

Around 2:00 p.m., Cullen said he wanted to go to the library to check out some Dinosaur Train DVDs. He picked out some books too.

Next on the agenda: an ice cream cone from McDonald’s, which cost me a whole 60 cents. (Beats buying or making a cake because I don’t need all that dessert in my house.)

We then drove to the airport to watch the airplanes take off. We also saw a big ship on the water and took a short walk around Point Woronzof.

Afterwards went over to Craig’s parent’s, so they could wish Cullen a happy birthday. Then Cullen wanted to go home and eat, so we had dinner and hung out at home until bath time and bed time. It was a pretty low-key day, but a lot of that was due to him being sick. He still had a good attitude about it all.

Cullen is such a fun kid these day, and I really do love the age he is. I tell him daily never to grow up. Ha! I love the innocence, the wonderment of everything, and the fact he still thinks I’m the funniest, coolest person around. These are days where the terrible-twos and the threenager attitude comes out, but that’s usually due to him being tired. We have a lot of fun together, and I feel very lucky I am able to stay home with him and watch him learn and grow every day.

Here are some things Cullen’s really into these days:

  • being outdoors: hiking, going to the playground, walks with Sadie
  • Helping Craig in the garden, playing hide-and-go-seek with him
  • Going to the coffee shop
  • Stroller runs
  • Favorite foods: apples (eats at least one every day), spicy chips, cucumbers, milk, frozen peas, popsicles, chocolate, yogurt
  • Spending time on my parent’s farm in Minnesota
  • Paw Patrol, Dinosaur Train, Thomas and Friends
  • Having books read to him, puzzles, dinosaur flashcards
  • Going places and running errands
  • Playing with friends

If it is hard to believe Cullen’s already three, you’re not alone, but you are probably someone on the outside looking in. Ha! If you have any desire to read about my 43 hours of labor and delivery, this is the blog post recapping Cullen’s birth story. Or you can read a recap of his 2nd birthday and 1st birthday as well.

Fall Favorites 2017

The leaves are falling, there’s frost on the grass every morning, and the snow keeps creeping down the mountains more each day.

Fall is here!

Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but I am just not excited about the season that followsespecially since it puts such a damper on my running.

But for the time being, I’ll enjoy the dry pavement and the tad bit more daylighteven though the sun doesn’t rise until 8:45 a.m.!! And I’m going to enjoy all of my fall favorites: soups, squash, booties, fall running gear, and guess what: nothing pumpkin-flavored! Are you impressed?!

Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight

After posting about these tights in my Fall Running Essentials post, I ended up purchasing them and absolutely love them for running in the dark because of all of the reflective area at the bottom. They are a compression tight, so they are more snug, but that didn’t bother me. Plus, they are the 7/8th length (which I love), and they have several pockets for storing all of your running essentials. (FYI These are the ‘Midnight Navy’ colorit is a dark blue/almost purple, and I love it!!)

Acorn Squash

Fall is really the only time I make acorn squash, and this Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pistachios is one of my favorites. Plus Craig likes it too, which is always a plus. It comes together in a snap and is filled with healthy quinoa, savory feta, and the pistachios add a nice crunch.

A New Day Jacket

There is a new clothing line at Target, and it is awesome! Fun, chic, I am completely in love with this anorak jacket I bought for the fall weather. I have to admit, I didn’t know if I could pull of the olive green color, but I am totally digging it. It has a longer back, which is really cute and the cinch waist gives it a more fitted look.

Taco Soup

This is one recipe I make every. single. fall. I love that this Taco Soup is a slow-cooker recipe because it is so simple! You literally brown the beef and throw the beans, tomatoes, and seasonings into the slow-cooker, and you’re ready to go. It also makes great leftovers and freezes well.

Sorel Lea Wedge

I purchased these Sorel wedges last year, and by mid-winter, they were incredibly hard to come by online. I’m not sure if the same thing will happen this year, but I wouldn’t take your chances. I am even considering ordering them in the brown color because I love them so much.

Beautycounter

These four products are my go-to every day makeup routine: Tint Skin (foundation) + Mattifying Powder + Touchup Skin Concealer Pen + Lip Gloss (peony). It is simple yet evens out my skin tone and gives a little pop of color on my lips. I also recently received another bottle of the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum (which I am obsessed about) and the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (which is great for combination skin and sold out twice already)!

Lululemon Extra Mile Running Shirt

I’ve gotten picky with long sleeve running shirts. Either they aren’t really that warm, ride up, the sleeves aren’t long enough to pull over my hands, or don’t have a cute cut. This shirt has none of those imperfections. I wore this shirt plus a vest on my 24*F run on Monday (Yes, TWENTY-FOUR!) and was very comfortable. This shirt is a little thicker than many of my other long sleeve running shirts, which is perfect for me who runs a little cold (no pun intended). I also appreciate that there are cuffins (mittens on the cuffs of the sleeves), which allows me to pull the material over my hands. Plus this shirt has a cute fit, pin-tucking on the shoulder, and ruffles on the sleeve for a fun, feminine touch.

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

I had been seeing this seasoning blend all over my Instagram feed, so when I went to Minnesota in September, and I had to buy this Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. So far I’ve tried the seasoning on hard boiled eggs, avocado, added it to an oil dip for bread, and as a meat seasoning. It is super good!

This picture features two of my favorite weekend casual wear items:

Lululemon Press Pause Pullover

I am in love with this sweatshirt. I need to stop randomly grabbing things off the racks at Lululemon to try on because every time I do, I end up buying the item. Ugh! But I can’t get enough of this sweatshirt, so cozy and warm, which is a must for me here in Alaska during the winter.

New Balance Cruz Shoes

I have been wearing these New Balance shoes all the time: for work, running errands, and just for fun after a run. They are super comfortable and super cute. They come in black too!

Athlete Shout-Out

I need to give a shout-out to my athlete Sam for setting a new PR this past weekend at the Zombie Half Marathon here in Anchorage on a fairly hilly course with a wretched half mile *steep* hill that leads right into the finish chute. He dealt with an injury all summer but still managed to run 2 minutes faster. AND he ran 18 minutes faster than he did two years ago right before we started working together! Hard, consistent work pays off!

Now it’s your turn to share:

What are you loving this fall?

I am actually pretty happy I didn’t include anything pumpkin-flavored in this post. Ha! Honestly, I don’t really go for all those pumpkin-flavored food products because, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t very healthy. It is fun to indulge, but I try to avoid buying that kind of stuff in the first place.

Should I Wear Racing Flats?

I’ve blogged about some of my favorite racing flats before here, but I’ve never talked about why I like to wear them for races. As with anything, they may or may not be right for you, so here’s a little insight on whether racing flats might be something you want to consider for your next race.

Racing flats are shoes I primarily wear for speed workouts and races. I always wear them for races and occasionally for speed or track workoutsit just depends upon what I’m feeling that day and if I need to get my feet used to them again. I wear racing flats when racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and have worn them consistently for the past two years. Prior to that I just wear my training shoes for races.

Each major running shoe brand has their own racing flat:

Adidas Adios

Asics Hyper Speed

Brooks Hyperion

Hoka Tracer

New Balance 1400

Saucony Type A

These are just a few examples and almost every running shoe brand has multiple racing flats. I personally have worn the Adidas Adios and Brooks Hyperion. You can read a detailed review of the Brooks Hyperion here and a quick overview of the Adidas Adios here.

Why should I wear racing flats?

Bottom line, the reason people wear racing flats is because they are lighter than regular road running shoes. For example, my Brooks Launch (my favorite pair of shoes to train in) weighs 7.5 ounces while my Brooks Hyperion racing flats weigh only 5.4 ounces. And my Adidas Ultra Boosts (training shoe) weight 9.4 ounces while my Adidas Adios (racing flat) come in at 7.3 ounces.

Now, when you really think about it, you are shaving off a mere couple of ounces, so on one hand that’s hardly anything! BUT over the course of 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s a considerable less weight to carry. Plus, if your feet are lighter and you mentally feel faster because of it, that may really help your mental state on race day!

Am I fast enough to wear racing flats?

You certainly are!

If you body/legs can tolerate wearing a lightweight shoe for the distance you are running, then why not?! Who cares if you are in the front, middle, or back of the pack, you deserve to feel fast and perform your best on race day!

There isn’t much to a racing flat, so if you need a more supportive shoe with extra arch support or cushion, racing flats probably aren’t right for you. Racing flats don’t provide a lot of cushion, so if you are a heavier runner, your legs are going to have to absorb the extra shock and impact, which adds up over the course of a half marathon or marathon. Racing flats usually have very little arch support, which you may not like. I am able to fit my arch inserts into my Adidas Adios shoes but not my Brooks Hyperion.

Pros to racing flats

  • Lightweight
  • Mentally you feel faster/more elite

Cons to racing flats

  • Very little support
  • Less cushion than your regular training shoes
  • They may not get a lot of use if you don’t race too often.

Questions

Comment below if you wear racing flats and why you like to wear them.

If you haven’t wore racing flats, what other questions do you have?

Should I Wear Racing Flats?

I’ve blogged about some of my favorite racing flats before here, but I’ve never talked about why I like to wear them for races. As with anything, they may or may not be right for you, so here’s a little insight on whether racing flats might be something you want to consider for your next race.

Racing flats are shoes I primarily wear for speed workouts and races. I always wear them for races and occasionally for speed or track workoutsit just depends upon what I’m feeling that day and if I need to get my feet used to them again. I wear racing flats when racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and have worn them consistently for the past two years. Prior to that I just wear my training shoes for races.

Each major running shoe brand has their own racing flat:

Adidas Adios

Asics Hyper Speed

Brooks Hyperion

Hoka Tracer

New Balance 1400

Saucony Type A

These are just a few examples and almost every running shoe brand has multiple racing flats. I personally have worn the Adidas Adios and Brooks Hyperion. You can read a detailed review of the Brooks Hyperion here and a quick overview of the Adidas Adios here.

Why should I wear racing flats?

Bottom line, the reason people wear racing flats is because they are lighter than regular road running shoes. For example, my Brooks Launch (my favorite pair of shoes to train in) weighs 7.5 ounces while my Brooks Hyperion racing flats weigh only 5.4 ounces. And my Adidas Ultra Boosts (training shoe) weight 9.4 ounces while my Adidas Adios (racing flat) come in at 7.3 ounces.

Now, when you really think about it, you are shaving off a mere couple of ounces, so on one hand that’s hardly anything! BUT over the course of 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s a considerable less weight to carry. Plus, if your feet are lighter and you mentally feel faster because of it, that may really help your mental state on race day!

Am I fast enough to wear racing flats?

You certainly are!

If you body/legs can tolerate wearing a lightweight shoe for the distance you are running, then why not?! Who cares if you are in the front, middle, or back of the pack, you deserve to feel fast and perform your best on race day!

There isn’t much to a racing flat, so if you need a more supportive shoe with extra arch support or cushion, racing flats probably aren’t right for you. Racing flats don’t provide a lot of cushion, so if you are a heavier runner, your legs are going to have to absorb the extra shock and impact, which adds up over the course of a half marathon or marathon. Racing flats usually have very little arch support, which you may not like. I am able to fit my arch inserts into my Adidas Adios shoes but not my Brooks Hyperion.

Pros to racing flats

  • Lightweight
  • Mentally you feel faster/more elite

Cons to racing flats

  • Very little support
  • Less cushion than your regular training shoes
  • They may not get a lot of use if you don’t race too often.

Questions

Comment below if you wear racing flats and why you like to wear them.

If you haven’t wore racing flats, what other questions do you have?

Should I Wear Racing Flats?

I’ve blogged about some of my favorite racing flats before here, but I’ve never talked about why I like to wear them for races. As with anything, they may or may not be right for you, so here’s a little insight on whether racing flats might be something you want to consider for your next race.

Racing flats are shoes I primarily wear for speed workouts and races. I always wear them for races and occasionally for speed or track workoutsit just depends upon what I’m feeling that day and if I need to get my feet used to them again. I wear racing flats when racing everything from the 5K to the marathon and have worn them consistently for the past two years. Prior to that I just wear my training shoes for races.

Each major running shoe brand has their own racing flat:

Adidas Adios

Asics Hyper Speed

Brooks Hyperion

Hoka Tracer

New Balance 1400

Saucony Type A

These are just a few examples and almost every running shoe brand has multiple racing flats. I personally have worn the Adidas Adios and Brooks Hyperion. You can read a detailed review of the Brooks Hyperion here and a quick overview of the Adidas Adios here.

Why should I wear racing flats?

Bottom line, the reason people wear racing flats is because they are lighter than regular road running shoes. For example, my Brooks Launch (my favorite pair of shoes to train in) weighs 7.5 ounces while my Brooks Hyperion racing flats weigh only 5.4 ounces. And my Adidas Ultra Boosts (training shoe) weight 9.4 ounces while my Adidas Adios (racing flat) come in at 7.3 ounces.

Now, when you really think about it, you are shaving off a mere couple of ounces, so on one hand that’s hardly anything! BUT over the course of 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s a considerable less weight to carry. Plus, if your feet are lighter and you mentally feel faster because of it, that may really help your mental state on race day!

Am I fast enough to wear racing flats?

You certainly are!

If you body/legs can tolerate wearing a lightweight shoe for the distance you are running, then why not?! Who cares if you are in the front, middle, or back of the pack, you deserve to feel fast and perform your best on race day!

There isn’t much to a racing flat, so if you need a more supportive shoe with extra arch support or cushion, racing flats probably aren’t right for you. Racing flats don’t provide a lot of cushion, so if you are a heavier runner, your legs are going to have to absorb the extra shock and impact, which adds up over the course of a half marathon or marathon. Racing flats usually have very little arch support, which you may not like. I am able to fit my arch inserts into my Adidas Adios shoes but not my Brooks Hyperion.

Pros to racing flats

  • Lightweight
  • Mentally you feel faster/more elite

Cons to racing flats

  • Very little support
  • Less cushion than your regular training shoes
  • They may not get a lot of use if you don’t race too often.

Questions

Comment below if you wear racing flats and why you like to wear them.

If you haven’t wore racing flats, what other questions do you have?

Save $10 on your Beautycounter Order

I’m doing a personal promotion right now for Beautycounter products, so this is your chance to try Beautycounter if you have been wanting to switch to safer skincare products.

Since starting with Beautycounter 8 months ago as a consultant, I have been working to ‘clean-up’ my beauty/makeup regimen with safe products through Beautycounter. I didn’t take an all-or-nothing approach but instead have been replacing my unsafe products with safer options as I run out of the. I have been blown away by the quality these products havethis company does not compromise on producing superior products. Not only are they safe, they have also improved my complexion, helped even skin tone, and I personally think my skin looks and feels healthier.

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Beautycounter offers everything from cleansers and moisturizers to long-lasting makeup to baby products and hair products. They recently released an Instant Eye Makeup Remover, salon-quality hair products, and the Flawless in Five set that allows you to mix-and-match six different makeup products that can be applied in 5 minutes for a simple ready-to-go look.

Now through Friday, October 13, if you spend $100 or more (before taxes and shipping) on any Beautycounter products ordered through me (my personal link is below), I will reimburse you $10 via PayPal. You will need to forward a copy of your order confirmation along with a PayPal email address to therunnersplate@gmail.com.

My Personal Favorites:

Rejuvenating Face Cleanser An amazing cleanser that doesn’t dry out my skin.

Rejuvenating Night Cream One of my top 3 favorites.

No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil By far the best thing I’ve tried for dry skin.

Tint Skin Foundation Lightweight foundation that blends easily

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen Great coverage and it lasts all day.

Lip Gloss Great colors and filled with safe ingredients.

Volume & Shape Volumizing Spray Volume without stickiness


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Twin Cities Marathon 2017 Race Recap

This was not the post I thought I would be writing.

I had envisioned crossing the line in 2:5x so many times, during so many workouts, that I didn’t see how it couldn’t happen. My gut told me it would happen, and I’ve learned to listen to my gut more as the years have passed, but now I’m regretting even putting myself out there again. The heartbreak was hard enough the first time; now I have to go through it all again.

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The 4 months of training were flawless. Yes, I had an injury for the 10 months prior to that, but I was performing well in my races and feeling stronger every day. I only missed one mile of an evening run because I thought I was supposed to run 4 miles instead of the 5 that were written, and one interval workout when I came down with a head cold. Otherwise, I did every workout on my planmany times getting up at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. on the weekend to get my long run in before work or church. I didn’t always hit the paces prescribed, but I gave 100% effort in every workout.

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The last 3 weeks leading up to the marathon were filled with a lot of relaxing and time off my feet, a stricter diet, massages, ART, plenty of sleep, etc. The only thing that stressed me out was the weather forecast. The first two weeks I was in Minnesota, the weather was hot and humid: perfect for being outside, but not the weather conditions I wanted for a marathon. As the day got closer, the weather started to cool down, and it ended up being perfect racing conditions: low 50s, overcast, and a slight breeze. I thought it was perfect.

The morning of the race, I gave myself plenty of time to get ready so I wouldn’t be scrambling to get ready. I had half a cup of coffee (couldn’t risk having too much caffeine), a piece of toast with peanut butter, and sipped on some water with electrolytes. My brother-in-law took me and my sister (Kristy) to the start, and I ate an RX Bar on the way there. Kristy and I met up with my coach (Nichole) for some warm-ups. We chit-chatted about some strategies for the race and then made our way to the start. We took our sweats off, checked our bag, and then got positioned at the front of the first corral. As soon as the race started, I felt awesome and knew (thought) this would be my day.

It felt so easy from the beginning. We were ticking away each mile with no problems, and I didn’t see how I wouldn’t be able to maintain this pace for the rest of the race. Over the years of racing, I’ve learned to feel out appropriately-hard paces from the beginning of a race, and I was positive I could keep this throughout the race.

Nichole, Kristy, and I ran side-by-side and the miles quickly went by. I heard so many people shout go ladies or girl power and things of that nature since we were mostly among a lot of other male runners. It was so encouraging, and I soaked up the cheers and the fact I was running with my sister and coach. It was so fun!

Mile 1 6:50

Mile 2 6:59

Mile 3 6:38

Mile 4 6:43

Mile 5 6:45

We saw my parents, brother-in-law, aunt, and Cullen at mile 4.5. I waved to Cullen, and we all smiled for the camera

Mile 6 6:47

Mile 7 6:49

Mile 8 6:45

Mile 9 6:48

Through these miles, I was in the groove, focusing on the task at hand, praying for Kristy and Nichole, giving my thanks to God, and taking everything in. I had every bit of confidence I would be crossing the finish line in 2:5x. I felt great!

Mile 10 6:39

Mile 11 6:45

Mile 12 6:50

Mile 13 6:43

We hit the halfway point at 1:29:14. At this point there was some fatigue setting in, but it wasn’t as bad as other marathons I’ve run. I knew it was going to take some work to maintain this pace, but I knew I had a little bit of wiggle room if I needed it. We ran the tangets, didn’t exchange hardly any words, but knew we were all doing okaygood actually at this point!

Mile 14 6:50

Mile 15 6:43

We saw my family again at mile 15. Shortly after this Nichole started to pull ahead of us. I didn’t have quite enough to keep with her, but I stuck to the pace we needed, so it was just Kristy and I for a little while. We were doing great, when all of a sudden I heard Kristy utter an, Ugh! And I knew something was wrong. Then I heard her say, Go. So I kept going and had to leave her behind. We had already decided that we needed to each run what we were truly capable of.

Mile 16 6:47

Mile 17 6:49

I still felt decent at this pointnot great, but still okay. I was staying under 6:50 for almost every mile, which is what I needed to break 3 hours.

Mile 18 6:54

Mile 19 6:47

Then the course gets a little hillier, but I didn’t think it was terrible. (Hello, Boston!) However, I felt the lactic acid set in my legs and suddenly they felt like lead.

I willed my legs to keep moving at the 6:50 pace. Anything that would help: water, GU, thinking about how much I had invested into this one day, telling myself it would be the last marathon I ran, etc. I used all of the mental strategies I could think of, but my pace started creeping above 7 minute miles.

Mile 20 6:54

Mile 21 7:07

I tanked on the Summit hill. Every step burned and every footfall resulted in shots of pain radiating through my legs. I quickly realized I wasn’t going to make my sub-3 hour goal.

Mile 22 7:30

Mile 23 7:41

However, I did not let that give me the permission to give up or ease up on my pace. Because you never know. I recalled Nichole’s most recent race and blog post, and I knew I had to keep pushing as hard as I physically could.

Mile 24 7:21

Mile 25 7:37

Mile 26 7:28

The last half mile to the finish lines ends on a downhill, which is awesome, but it made my legs hurt even more. It felt as though a knife was stabbing my legs each footfall. Just get me to the finish line! I finally saw the clock: 3:02:32, 3:02:33, 3:02:34. . . .I though if anything, Don’t let that clock get to 3:03!

My Garmin stats:

26.34 miles | Average pace 6:57

As soon as I crossed the line, I bent over, closed my eyes, and felt every inch of my body searing with pain. Thankfully a volunteer helped me stay upright and walk through the chute. I couldn’t even open my eyes I was so beat. Within a few minutes I was finally able to walk on my own, but it wasn’t easy.

It was a long walk through the finisher’s chute. I heard them say Kristy’s name, so I knew she wasn’t too far behind me. When I saw her I held up my fingers: 3-0-2. She knew what I was trying to tell her, and she frowned because she knew how important that sub-3 was for me.

We found our family, sat down, and conversed about the race, and then shuffled back to the car.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy to have a new PR (with no asterisk behind it), and I placed 19th for the women, which I’m pretty proud about!

But today my heart is heavy, and I am beyond devastated. I did not even fathom this would happen. As I hobble around with every square inch of my body hurting: arches, calves, hamstrings, quads, abs, back, shoulders, and neck, I know I gave it everything I had.

Time will soften the pain just as it did after Grandma’s last year. Now I just have to reevaluate what my running goals are. One more chapter is written in this book, but unfortunately the book isn’t finish yet. Who knows, maybe it will never be finished. I’m not sure what the future holds. Right now the sting is still too strong, and I need time to console with friends and family.

Thank you to each and every one of you who followed my progress, left comments, sent me texts, and thought of me on race day. It truly means so much, and I appreciate all the love.

Favorite Fall Running Clothes

It has been fall in Alaska since the beginning of August, so I’ve already been able to test out some of my favorite fall running gear for you. (Aren’t you lucky. . . ha!)

As the days get shorter (and they are even more short in Alaskaboo!), I have to start thinking about wearing more reflective gear. And of course the temperature drops, which means tights, thicker tops, and gloves and headbands.

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  1. A headband to cover my ears is a must when the temperatures start to drop. I usually have to have my ears covered when the temperature is in the low 40s F. I have several different headbands including a couple Skida headbands that are fleece lined, super cozy, and super cute. Plus they are made in Vermont, which is pretty cool! The one pictured above isn’t as thick, but it would work really well for fall weather. Plus it is only $7 on Etsy.
  2. This Oiselle long sleeve is the softest shirt I’ve ever run in, and it is perfect for those chilly runs in the 40s. The length hits right at my hips and yes there are thumb holes!
  3. You can call me a Lululemon addict, but I think they make some of the best running tights. I know some would say they are more pricey compared to some of the other brands, but I beg to differ as Oiselle has several $90+ pants, New Balance has a pair of $120 tights, and Nike definitely has their fair share. I’ve tried Gap Fit tights for $30/$40 on sale, but I gave them away after only wearing them a few times because they kept falling down in the back. These ones from Lululemon are designed for running (not all of them are) with extra pockets and a 4-way stretch so they won’t slip down.
  4. A vest is a must during the fall months! I think this one from Brooks is super cute, and I love the white color. Here is another option from Lululemon.
  5. My fall running wardrobe has several long sleeve running shirts. I have this New Balance long sleeve that I’ve gotten a lot of use out of and will continue to wear this fall, but the one pictured above is a mid-weight fabric perfect for fall and spring and then layering in winter.
  6. As summer winds down, I know I’ll be running in the dark no matter if I run in the morning or the evening, so reflective gear is a must. I love how much reflective area there is on these pants. (Just an FYI reflective material is not cheap, so that automatically drives up the price when there is a large area of reflectivness on any item.)
  7. The first extremity that gets covered are my hands. (Sadly, I was wearing mittens at the beginning of September in Alaska already.) These lightweight gloves are only $15. If you want more reflective areas, these would be a great option.
  8. These shoes aren’t a pair that you would want to run in, but I had to include them because I recently bought them and love how comfy they are! Not only comfy but super cute! (On a side note, if you want an ultimate no-show sock, I can’t recommend these socks enough!)

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I’m off to enjoy the beautiful fall day and relax before the marathon in TWO days!! Happy Friday!!