Archives for the month of: June, 2012

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It happens when you least expect it. On the days you set out just to go out and be healthy and clear you mind after a long day at work with no real expectations. Somewhere along the trail you find your stride, your head clears and those hills feel like nothing. The perfect run.

It happened to me on Tuesday after work. It had been raining all day and then at about 3:30 pm the clouds parted and a bright blue sky decided to grace Anchorage with its presence for the afternoon and evening. It was a lovely 60 degrees and perfect for an after work run. I decided to skip out on the treadmill mile repeats I had planned and try out a new loop from work. I didn’t even know exactly how far it would be but I wanted to run the end of the Twilight 12K race route starting and finishing at work. Turns out, this is exactly 3 miles and the endless hill that is the last half mile of the 12K, well it isn’t that bad when it is in the middle of a three mile run. My legs felt surprisingly strong and even though I set out without a pace in mind I held a decent midrange pace about a minute per mile faster then what I did in the 5 miler on Saturday.

When I finished my run, looked at my splits and remembered how easy even the dreaded hill had felt today I couldn’t help but smile. I felt completely redeemed from my slow time at the Mayor’s Marathon 5 miler and I even felt past the hatred I had for the dreaded hill. It was just what I needed. The perfect run.

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I mentioned on Monday that I ran the Mayor’s Marathon 5 miler last weekend. The first word that comes to mind for this race is HOT. Now, those of you not from Alaska are going to either laugh or roll your eyes as you read this, but it felt sweltering to me. The run started at 9 am at a local high school. When I arrived at 8:30 am at the start of the race the announcers happily stated that it was clear blue skies and already 68 degrees. I know, let the laughing begin, but you should probably keep in mind that last summer Anchorage only saw 7 days over 70 degrees so this was pretty warm for me. My runs this year have ranged from 18 degrees to about 65 degrees and the first three miles for this course had no shade.

I started the race with a good friend who was running the half marathon. She is also faster than me but I kept up with her until the split off of the 5 miler at mile 3. Mile 3 is also where I thankfully hit some shade. It was so refreshing I can’t even tell you. I also have to give a big shout out to the many kind people starting at mile 4 who had their sprinklers going in the street instead of their yard for the runners. I have no doubt that the half marathoners and marathoners were even more pleased at the site of the cool water then I was. Also worth noting, this race is actually 5.6 miles and ends with a giant hill which always seems so cruel to me. None the less, I finished it even though it was with a slow time and then hurried home to get on with the rest of my day. I had friends to meet at Saturday market, a baby shower to attend, and last minute packing to finish before officially moving on Sunday. This weekend was so busy I felt like I needed a weekend to recover from it.

My favorite part of the run (besides the sprinklers) was a few costumes I saw along the way. This race is not big on dressing up, but I did see a young boy running with a Superman cape, a women pushing a jogging stroller in bright pink tutu and a half marathoner wearing a shirt that said “follow me to Koots,” the most well known bar in Anchorage.

When I looked back at my results on Monday I was pleasantly surprised, not so much with my time but the fact that I got out there and ran and that I finished right in the middle of all of the participants and my age group. I must not have been the only one who wanted to just stop and stand in the sprinklers instead of finishing the race. Here’s to getting out there and lapping everyone on the couch.

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I promised an update on my Wardrobe Rescue Mission last week so here it is.
The end of the first week of my rescue mission was Friday and when I got on the scale I was pleasantly surprised with a three pound weight loss! Honestly, the first week always seems to be the easiest but I’m still thrilled. So, how did I do it? Well, I tracked everything I was eating and all of my activities with Myfitnesspal.com and here is what the week looked like:

As far as my food went, I really tried to focus on lots of fruits and veggies. Also, you should probably know, I don’t eat red meat or pork ever so many of my days were full on vegetarian. I’m a big fan of avocados, eggs, fruit and big salads. Additionally, I hate feeling like I’m totally restricted even when I’m trying to be super health conscious so if you looked at my diary you would see a chocolate cupcake I had to taste test before giving the batch to my Dad for Father’s Day, a slice of pizza and a beer at a concert I attended on Wednesday, a few peanut M&M’s from the work place candy dish, and a couple of non-fat chai tea lattes on the mornings I just couldn’t get going without some caffeine and a cozy cup.

So, what is my plan going forward? Well, the weekend was busy since Saturday I ran in the Mayor’s Marathon Five Miler Race and Sunday I finished moving (three flights of stairs down at my old apartment and three flights up at the new house). Today I’m planning on yoga and a run, hiking Tuesday, yoga Wednesday, and a soccer game Thursday night. Wow, I’m gonna get back in my skinny jeans in no time.

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