Friday Five: Five Weird Things About Living in Alaska

Hi everyone!  Sorry for the lack of posting this week, but it’s been rough over here.  I’m not only sick and sleep deprived, I’m super busy at work!  But I had to make sure I posted today, because it’s Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia!  This week is a free Friday, and I’ve decided to write a little more about Alaska this week.  I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately with my family and friends who are finding a lot of things about Alaska super weird, and I’ve love to share some of them with you today.  It’s a beautiful place to live, but there are some crazy things about it for sure!

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1.  This winter has been warmer and less snowier here than on the East Coast.  I’m sure you noticed in all my blog posts this winter, but it hasn’t been cold or snowy here.  It snows like 2 inches each month but the ground is cold enough to keep snow around for a while.  Lately it’s been 40 degrees and rainy so there’s lots of exposed grass and roads.  While it’s not common for Alaska to be quite so warm and snow-free, it is becoming more common recently.  This happened last year too!  For info on the current snowiest cities in the US (Anchorage is clearly not one of them), go here!

IMG_3951This was a month ago – the lagoon looks different now but at least our mountains still have snow!

2.  There are barely any highways here.  When I began researching our honeymoon up here in 2013, I was shocked to find out that there were 5 main highways in Alaska – Parks, Glenn, Sterling, Seward, and Richardson.  And many times they’re just 2 lane roads in the middle of nowhere.  When you think about the fact that Alaska is 1/3 the size of the Lower 48, that is pretty crazy!  Andrew and I are thinking about visiting a few new places in Alaska this summer, but some of them don’t even have roads that lead to them – like Juneau, which is the state capital!  I’d either have to take the marine ferry (hell no) or a float plane (whyyyyy) and I’m not a fan of either.  It’s making travel difficult!

IMG_0426Seriously, it was quite the ordeal driving here.  We were so happy to be on US territory again!

3.  We get tons of tiny earthquakes every day and just can’t feel them.  Which is incredibly creepy for me to think about so I’ll stop.  Since living here we’ve only felt 6 I think.

4.  The following things are not found in Alaska:  snakes, ticks, poison ivy, lizards.  Win!

IMG_3684We do have a ton of eagles here though.  This picture was taken  a few blocks from my apartment in Anchorage!

5.  People here are badass.  Everyone kind of does their own thing and tries not to judge each other.  We did just recently legalize pot and gay marriage.  And everyone has a gun.  It’s a crazy combo of values and I dig it!

IMG_4023Oh and the moose are crazy too.

Oh and bonus fact:  it’s the prettiest place on earth and I can’t handle it most of the time!  Seriously, how is this place even real?

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Did you learn anything new about Alaska?  Do you have any crazy questions about stuff you’ve heard?

Zion Half Training: Week 9

Hi everyone!  This week’s training had a shaky start but ended STRONG!  Yay finally!  We also had a heat wave here in Alaska which meant that it was t-shirt and iced coffee weather in February.  Doesn’t really get any better than that!

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Monday:  My legs still hurt from Saturday’s 8 miler.  I took my rest day right away.

Tuesday:  I started my Living Social deal for 1 month at a local yoga studio.  I took a restorative yoga class and it was kind of the craziest thing ever.  We spent the entire 1.5 hours laying on the ground holding poses for 10 minutes at a time and I couldn’t spread out because the class was so packed.  And the entire time there was crazy chanting music playing.  I definitely felt good stretching, but it was a bit much for my hips and I’m not sure if I’ll be going back to that class again.  If I go to one other class at that studio it will pay for my Living Social deal so I’ll probably go back, just not as much as they’d like me to.  The music was just too crazy!

Wednesday: 45 minute run with 4:1 intervals.  Afterwards my hips and legs hurt again which was really discouraging.

Thursday:  I worked a 12 hour shift at work due to parent teacher conferences and a community service event I was running at school.  I got home and felt like I’d climbed a mountain or something – I didn’t realize I’d be spending 7 of those 12 hours running around the school lifting tables!  I think it’s safe to say that I got my 45 minute walk done that day!

Friday:  45 minute run with 4:1 intervals.  I felt strong the whole time and felt good afterwards too, which is something that hasn’t happened since before my injury!

Saturday:  A quick Yoga with Adrienne video at home after spending the morning volunteering at a local race with my students.  They are the best!

Sunday:  I was feeling a bit homesick, and the cure for that is spending some time outdoors to remind myself that I live in the prettiest place on earth!  So I decided to do my long run outside instead of on the treadmill.  I managed to misread my training plan and was excited to see that I only had to do 6 miles this weekend, and even though my doctor didn’t want me running on uneven surfaces I thought that running outside wouldn’t be so bad for only 6 miles.  Except that it’s been 40 degrees here all week with rain all weekend, and the combo of melting snow plus rain that turned into ice on the frozen ground made for crazy slippery conditions!  I had to walk A LOT.  Especially on downhill portions.  Near the halfway point it became so slippery that I was sliding all over the trail and I seriously was afraid of sliding off into a ditch!  So I took a few detours to avoid the iciest parts and ended up accidentally running 7 miles instead of 6.  Who does that?  I also somehow managed to not fall and even ended with negative splits on a hill which is a huge deal for me!  Despite all the walking, I ran almost the same pace that I do on the treadmill.  Such an awesome way to end week 9 of training!

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Next week definitely includes a 10 miler, which is my last long run of training.  If I can survive that I should be good for the race!  I’m starting to get really excited about our trip and the race itself, especially since I’m feeling much better after each run.  Only three weeks to go until half #5!

Did you get to run outside this weekend?  

Friday Five: Five Races to Run in 2015

Hi everyone!  It’s time for another Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia!  This week’s topic is 5 races to run in 2015.  Honestly, I’m not really sure what races I’ll be running in this year yet!  So far I’m signed up for the Zion Half in March and the Her Tern Half in July (REDEMPTION WILL BE MINE!), but otherwise I’m still scouting out races and trying to figure out what I can handle.  We do have a lot of races in the Anchorage area and I’m trying to figure out if we can take weekend trips to visit new places in Alaska where I can run some races too!  Last year I ran 14 races and most of them were awesome!  For this post, I chose some of my favorites that everyone should try to run at some point in 2015.  If I was on the east coast I’d probably be running these again!

1.  The Disney Princess Half:  For runners who love dressing up like their favorite childhood characters and running through Cinderella’s castle.  Pros:  super fun race, great for newbies.  Cons:  SO HOT AND HUMID, super early start time, really boring course when you’re not in the parks.  I just wrote all about this race on Wednesday so check it out if you’re on the fence about this one!

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2.  The Love Run Half Marathon:  For Philly runners who want both city and riverside views while running.  Pros:  awesome course, great spring weather, the best post-race food like pretzels and Tastykakes.  Cons: not a ton of crowds once you leave center city, the potholes are pretty intense.

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3.  Beat The Blerch Half Marathon:  This is the race for all of you runners who have a blerch and aren’t afraid to have it chase you on the course while tempting you with sofas and Nutella.  That literally happens in the race.  Pros: the opportunity to meet and run with The Oatmeal, pretty forest views, tons of like-minded runners who are just there for the fun (and the cake).  Cons: pretty far outside Seattle, really hard to get into.

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4.  Hershey 10k:  For runners who run to eat chocolate and are really into roller coasters!  Pros:  you get to run through Hersheypark, the crowd support is awesome, the post race food comes in a lunchbox and includes Hershey’s chocolate, and Chocolate World is open as soon as the race ends which means CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKES!  Cons: early race start and some hills in the park.

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5.  Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge 10k:  For runners who want to cross two states off their list and run in a place where pedestrians usually can’t go.  Pros: getting to run on the closed-down Ben Franklin Bridge, awesome views of Philly, a great charity gets the money.  Cons: it’s in Camden (AKA super sketchy and you have to pay to get back into PA), there’s definitely an incline as you cross the bridge twice

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Bonus race!  The Runner’s World Half and Festival:  I ran the 10k in 2013 but my goal is to run the half and/or the Hat Trick someday!  Pros: awesome crowds, tons of celeb-run seminars, fellow race runners who are famous.  Cons:  hilly…and that might be it!

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Tuns out that I don’t just have 5 must-run races!  I hope you all get to run at least one of these races in 2015.

What’s on your must-run race list?  Have you run any of these races?

My Half Marathon-iversary

Hi everyone!  Today I realized something pretty crazy:  one year ago, I wasn’t a half marathoner.  I didn’t know what it felt like to run 13.1 miles or if I could even do it.  And I hadn’t run in a mermaid costume yet.

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Exactly one year ago today, I was on my way to Disney World for my very first half marathon:  the Disney Princess Half.  It was the race that really started my interest in becoming a runner.  It was the biggest running goal I’d ever had and it was such an incredible experience running it in 2014.  I’ll never forget how I felt in the days leading up to the half:  scared, nervous, super aware of how much water I was drinking, completely horrified by the heat and humidity, exhausted from not sleeping the night before, and finally just in shock that I was actually standing in corral G with fireworks going off and 25,000 running princesses around me!  It wasn’t the best race by any means (check out the recap for more details on what I didn’t love about it), but it was very special to me.  You’ll never forget your first half marathon!  For those of you who are heading down to Florida this week for your first (or seventh!) Disney Princess Half, check out these links to my favorite posts about the race:

I can’t believe it’s been an entire year!  I’m getting pretty emotional just thinking about how it felt to cross my first half marathon finish line.  I’ve crossed 3 others since then and had different experiences with each, but I’m getting so excited to finish half #5 next month.  To all the ladies running this weekend, good luck and have a blast!  I can’t wait to see all of your costumes and hear all about it!

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Have you ever run the Disney Princess Half?  What was your favorite part?  And which princess did you dress up as?

Zion Half Training: Week 8

Hi everyone!  Time to recap week #8.  Still injury free over here and I’m excited that I only have 1 month until the race!

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Monday:  Slow Flow yoga class.  This was my second time attending this class, and it was nice knowing what to expect!  The teacher already knew my situation and there was lots of stretching.  I felt incredible afterwards!  This is my favorite class hands down.

Tuesday:   I had a bad headache so it was a rest day.

Wednesday:  45 minute run with 4:1 run/walk intervals.

Thursday:  Yoga With Adrienne’s bedtime yoga.  It was a stressful day!

Friday:  I had my running clothes packed and was all ready to go to the gym before picking Andrew up from work, but then I ended up having a fantastic networking opportunity come up and I didn’t get a chance to go.  Andrew and I had a date night planned so this accidentally became a rest day too.

Saturday:  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I woke up to chocolate chip pancakes from my husband as well as yummy Dove chocolates.  I had to sample them all of course!

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I had a feeling that no one would be at the gym, so I decided to move my long run to Saturday.  I ran 8 miles in an almost empty gym!  I could tell in the first mile that I wasn’t feeling my best (no hip pain, just a bit dehydrated and tired) but I pushed through it and got it done.  It probably didn’t help that I’d eaten lots of candy that morning!

IMG_4129I think there were only 3 other people there!

Sunday:  the weather here has been so warm, so Andrew and I went for a long walk on the Chester Creek Trail.  Even though my doctor said I’m not allowed to run outside I do have clearance to go for walks!  My legs and hips felt a bit tight and it was hard trying to remind myself that long runs have DOMS and it wasn’t necessarily because of my previous injury.  There was lots of foam rolling after the walk!  And some fun yoga poses on the trail too.

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So even though I only did 2 runs this week, I’m okay with how it went.  I was so nervous for the 8 miler and I definitely didn’t feel as good during the run as I wanted to.  I know that not all long runs can be awesome, but I just want to feel strong during them so that I feel better about this half marathon!  Next week I plan on drinking lots of water in the days leading up to my long run and I also plan on not eating chocolate valentine truffles before it!

How was your week of workouts?  Did you have any chocolate hangovers like me?

Friday Five: My 5 Valentines

Hi everyone!  It’s Friday (woohoo!) and time for another Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia!  This week’s theme is “love” and I feel like this could go a million ways.  So I decided to write 5 valentines to things that I love so much and couldn’t live without!

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1.  Running:  Obviously you all knew this would be on my list.  I’ve written so many posts about why I love running and what it has done for me over the years.  When I was dealing with my injury last week I was devastated – the thought that running could be taken away from me was something I’d never really thought of before.  And ever since then I’ve been loving each and every run.  So running, I love you.  Will you be my valentine?  I can’t live without you!

20140615-234706.jpgI think this was taken halfway through a long run, and I’m still smiling.  True love right there!

2.  Hiking:  It’s been months since I went on a really good hike, but it is seriously the best thing ever!  It’s strenuous but the reward is so awesome.  Especially here in Alaska!  There are so many hikes we want to do this summer and I’m pretty excited to spend a week hiking in Zion next month!  Hiking and I go waaaaay back to my childhood so it’s been my valentine for a while now  :)

IMG_1406Hiking to the top of Mt. Marathon in Seward

3.  Alaska:  Even though it’s not snowy, I’m loving it up here.  It is so beautiful and exciting and new!  Moose are popping up everywhere and Denali is visible all the time.  When I’m driving to work on a clear day I will sometimes get chills just looking at how beautiful the mountains are!  And don’t get me started on the sunsets.  There is not a more beautiful place on earth.

IMG_2897Weirdly all of my pictures here are of Seward.  But it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, so that makes sense!

4.  Chocolate:  I am about to get all up in that this weekend.  My husband and I don’t exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, just chocolate.  So it is going to be a crazy day of sugar highs for me.  I’m so excited to see what I get, and I’ll definitely try to add chocolate to as many meals as possible!  Chocolate, you make me melt!

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5.  My family:  My real valentines are of course my husband and Bella.  Although Bella is far away in Philly, I miss her constantly and wish I could be with her this weekend.  She’d probably spend the weekend alternating between eating peanut butter and giving me kisses.

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And then there’s Andrew, who is the best husband and valentine a girl could ask for.  Love you boo!

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I plan on spending Valentine’s Weekend with each and everyone of my 5 valentines.  Except Bella, but we can just Skype each other  :)  Have a happy Valentine’s Day and make sure to spend time with everything that you love!

Who/what are your valentines this year?  Did running make the list?

Searching For My Yoga Home

Hi everyone!  This week is still injury free and I’m loving it!  One thing I’m excited about is my ability to focus on yoga to help me get stronger and get better at stretching.  The MRI scared me a lot, and I think that anything I can do to help my running improve is worth the effort!  So I’m continuing on my quest for a yoga home.  My apartment is too tiny to create a relaxing space to practice, so I’m looking for a studio where I can learn proper alignment and really build a love of yoga.

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Today I read this blog post from the lovely Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine, and it really got me thinking about what I want to get out of yoga.  She describes how her yoga is different from everyone else’s yoga, and it’s so true!  In fact, my instructor on Monday night said basically the same thing.  She has us focus on our personal intentions for our practice, and then helps us all reach the poses the best way we can.  She even emphasizes that we’re all made differently and can’t all access poses in the same way and we need to do whatever feels good at this moment.  It was a big deal for me – I really thought I could never be a yogi because I’m not flexible at all and can’t do poses the same way other people can.  Remember how I can’t touch my toes?  That’s kind of a big part of flexibility.  But hearing from an instructor that what I’m doing is okay in the yoga world was so exciting for me!  It really had me thinking about what I want “my yoga” to be like.

With running, I’ve got a clear answer for that:  my running is something I do to relax, recharge, and push myself to reach new challenges.  And I actually want those same three things out of yoga too, which makes it the perfect cross training for me right now!  And luckily I’ve got a few good running homes:  the many trails around Anchorage and the treadmill!

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I’m happy to have found some amazing places to run which support “my running”, but now it’s time for me to do the same thing with yoga.  So far, I’ve gone to 4 places and each one was different.  Some were intense and focused on sweating, others were way too relaxed and meditative to me.  I’m currently in love with this place across the street from me, but I got a $32 Living Social deal on 1 month of unlimited classes at another studio that I need to check out too (because $32 is crazy cheap!).  And then there’s the biggest studio in town, which offers more classes than any other but for a higher price.  So what do I really want to find in one of these studios?

  • Acceptance!  Especially towards non-flexible newbies like me.
  • A variety of classes to suit my changing workout moods
  • A relaxed vibe
  • Lots of stretchy classes where I can utilize what I learned from my doctor
  • Positivity and excitement – especially with instructors
  • Non-judgemental people.  I know I can’t control this and they can join up at any time, but if the vibe is chill they might not stay around long
  • Small classes so I can get the adjustments I probably need
  • Prices that won’t make me drop out!

I know it sounds like a lot, but I know I can find it with so many different options.  In fact, I might have already done so!  For now, I’m going to keep checking out places until I feel like I found my yoga home.  Then I can really get down to learning poses and improving!

Do you have a running home or a yoga home?  How did you find it?  What do you require in a yoga or running home?

Zion Half Training: Week 7

Hi everyone!  Things were definitely looking up this week!  Here’s how training went:

Monday:  Slow Flow Yoga.  It was my first class at a new studio, and I liked it a lot!  The studio has soft lighting and doesn’t play music which I really like.  I let the teacher know about my injury and she was helpful in making sure I felt okay.  Lots of stretching happened and it was awesome.

Tuesday:  45 minute walk in my new shoes.  They didn’t hurt at all!

Wednesday:  Candlelight Yoga class at the same studio as Monday.  I expected candles, relaxing, and stretching, but instead there were no candles and we did an energizing flow sequence.  The instructor said that she just didn’t feel like relaxing tonight and decided to mix it up, which I didn’t realize was something she could do.  I didn’t like the unplanned workout because I was worried about my hips, but they only hurt a few times and I immediately backed off and stretched instead.  The instructor was awesome though and I will definitely go back to her again, especially since she promised more relaxation next time!

Thursday:  this was the big day that I mentioned last week AKA my first run post injury!  I ran for 32 minutes with 3/1 run/walk intervals.  It was great being able to run again!

Friday:  another run, this time 45 minutes with 4/1 intervals because it’s easier for my brain to remember.  I secretly liked that I was able to take walk breaks without feeling like I was giving in.  I HAVE to walk now!

Saturday:  rest day

Sunday:  long run day!  6 miler with 4/1 intervals.  IT.  WAS.  AWESOME!  It was so much easier than I thought it would be and I had no issues at all!  I felt great during and after the run and did tons of stretching afterwards.

Despite my worries, this week was pretty awesome.  I got to try a new yoga studio, rest some more, and ease back into training and even ended with a strong long run.  My new plan calls for only three days of running and I’m going to stick to that so that I don’t get hurt again.  Although I do want to try to sneak some hill training and some speed work into some runs if I’m feeling up to it.  I’m just so relieved that I’m on track for the race again!  We even spent a few hours on Sunday planning out our trip, and we are getting really excited about it – especially when I realized that when we land in Vegas we can eat at Chipotle and shop at Trader Joe’s!  No matter what happens in the race, it’s worth it for some barbacoa tacos  :)

How was your week in workouts?  What is your favorite place to get tacos?

Thinking Like A Proton

Hi everyone!  I’m not participating in Friday Five this week because the theme is Fitness Snapshots and I took zero of those this week.  Seriously, an entire week without a single workout selfie.  What is happening here?  Well I’ll tell you what’s happening:  RECOVERY.  Between today and last Friday I’ve been through a ton of emotions and I just wanted to know that I was going to make it back into running again.  This isn’t time to mess around with happy selfies here.

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I went through a few stages of running withdrawal this week:

1.  Wow, look at all this free time I have after work!  Why did I care so much about running anyways?

2.  Ugh I have no energy.  And I’m tired.  And stressed.

3.  Get that Runner’s World magazine out of my face!!!!!  (hides running shoes under the bed)

4.  If I can’t run anymore I’ll probably die.  My doctor wants me to die.

5.  Why didn’t I run a marathon when I was healthy?  I’ll never run one now!

6.  DEAR GOD PLEASE LET ME RUN.  Just 5 minutes.  Pleeeeeeeaaaaasssssseeeee.

7.  I miss Planet Fitness.  I bet that treadmill in front of TV #5 misses me too.

8.  Please don’t ask me about my trip to Utah again or I’m going to punch you in the face.

And it continued this way all week.  Mostly alternating between sadness, fear, and anger.  I tried to keep it under wraps at work, but I was clearly stressed and in pain.  So before my manager left for the day on Friday (and before I got my MRI results), she sent me an email with this picture in it:

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I thought it was hilarious because I’m terrible at science and basically didn’t even know what she was talking about.  So I googled “proton” and got this:

A proton is a subatomic particle found in the nucleus of every atom. The particle has a positive electrical charge, equal and opposite to that of the electron.  The number of protons in an element’s nucleus is called the atomic number. This number gives each element its unique identity.

So what I’m taking from that definition is that if I’m supposed to think like a proton, I’m supposed to be positive because it’s part of what makes me who I am.  And that everything has a little bit of that positivity in it, which is something that I need to remember when I think about hard stuff that I’m going through.  Also, this is why I’m not good at science or philosophy  :)  But in all seriousness, it’s so nice to be reminded to stay positive every once in a while.  Especially when I had to wait until Wednesday to go in for my official MRI reading with my doctor!  He mentioned that there are some weird spots on my hips where he thinks that bones might start hitting each other in the future and suggested that I work on my running form to avoid any issues.  He also mentioned stretching more as well as cross training.  He didn’t have anything too scary to say to me and it was so nice to leave that office knowing that I have no intention of ever going back!

All week I’ve been trying to do things to keep myself positive and calm even when there are so many unknowns.  A week of recovery is so scary when there’s only 5 weeks left until my race!  I’m not going to recap my week until Monday, but I will spoil one thing:  I ran on Thursday!  It was only 32 minutes of run/walk at a 3:00 to 1:00 ratio, but it felt good.  No pain before, during, or after.  And for the rest of the night I had that lovely post-run feeling that I haven’t had in a long time.  So it looks like I’m getting back on track with a little help from protons – and my new stability shoes!

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How do you stay positive when you’re in recovery?  And did you actually really know what a proton was without reading that definition?

January Recap

Hi everyone!  Now that it’s February and I’m trying to get back on track, I thought it would be nice to take a look back on January.  Even though last week was an off week for me, I still got a lot done last month!

Miles:  35

Races:  None, thank god!  I can’t deal with that right now

Outdoor runs:  between the ice and my injury, I ran 0 miles outside.  Boo.

Yoga classes:  3.  All at different studios too!

Hikes:  2

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Overall, I think I did pretty well!  My goal was to do 41 miles (If I do 41 miles each month I’ll be close to my goal of 500 miles for the year) and I would have been over that amount if I could have run all of my planned runs!  On that note, let’s take a look at my goals for 2015 and see if I’m still on track:

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How am I doing with my goals so far?

1:  No progress on this, but I’m pretty sure no one can PR in a winter race anyways.

2:  No half marathons yet!

3:  YES!  I am happy to say that I’m doing this!  I attempted Yoga With Adrienne’s 30 day challenge, but now I’m realizing I wasn’t ready for it.  I don’t know enough about yoga or how to do it and it was overwhelming.  Right now I’m focusing on trying many different classes and studios until I find what I like.  And I’m also trying to learn how to properly do common poses so I can safely practice at home when I need to.  My ultimate goal is to find a studio where I feel comfortable going to a few times a week.  I want to make this my “new Barre3″ AKA a cross training method I can go to a few times a week to relax and get stronger.  And I plan on trying her 30 days of yoga challenge again – she has it open for anyone to try at any time!

4:  Semi-progress on this one!  Last weekend I went to Costco and they had snowshoes on clearance for $50, so I obviously had to buy them!  I have no idea how I’m going to use these because I don’t know a place in Anchorage that has enough snow for snowshoes, but I’m going to look out for some snowy trails for the rest of the winter!

5:  I’m 7% towards my goal of 500 miles, which is just behind where I need to be for average monthly miles.  I’m hoping that the rest of Zion Half training will get me an increase in miles next month, but I am taking it slow right now so we’ll see what happens!

Also worth noting:  I survived my first January in Alaska!  We had one day where temps went below zero and we got another inch of snow, but overall it wasn’t bad at all!  AND now the sun is beginning to rise early enough where the sky is turning light when I get to work at 9:00 am, and it sets after I leave at 5:00!  Whaaaaaat!  I’m so excited about the increasing daylight up here!

IMG_4096Sunset high five!

Let’s hope February brings more miles, more yoga, more Alaskan cross training, and more hiking!

How was your January?  How are you doing with your 2015 goals?