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On Saturday we were blessed with another beautiful day here in South Central Alaska and after spending the morning cleaning the apartment I moved out of I really felt the need to enjoy the day. After some begging and pleading on my end, yes seriously, my boyfriend agreed to go hiking with me. We compromised on McHugh Creek about 10 minutes south of Anchorage. The hike is pretty easy but has some beautiful views.

The trail starts off wooded with some wild flowers making a colorful appearance.

It then crosses the creek and really starts heading up hill

As you climb higher you start to get glimpses of the views to come.

And then there is a short little turn off that lets you see this.

And this…

After that, the terrain starts to change and you start to get a feel for what the mountain goats in the area live on every day,

and you are met with these views.

We hiked about 40 minutes round trip. We could have gone farther down the trail but to be honest I got worried about running into a bear since there were less and less people around. For real people, it happens.

I rounded out the day with a 20 minute run when we got home and some well deserved reading in the sun before dinner.

From the i-am-stronger tumbler via Pinterest

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.

We have been having some amazing weather the last few days in Anchorage. A much needed break after record-breaking snowfall this winter and a rather rainy spring. It has been sunny and around 70 since Saturday and believe you me I have been taking advantage. Saturday I traded my run for a 9 mile hike in Hatcher Pass. It was beautiful but still snowy as we climbed higher. Monday I enjoyed my lunchtime yoga class with beautiful light flooding in all the windows followed by a three mile after work run. I ran again yesterday after work on the Coastal Trail and just had to stop and take a few pictures for you because the views were so amazing.

Coastal Trail, Anchorage, AK

Westcgester Lagoon, Anchorage, AK

I hope the weather keeps up all week! I’m headed to a concert at Moose’s Tooth tonight and have a soccer game on Thursday. Wow, my week is starting to sound pretty busy especially when you add in the Mayor’s 5 Miler I plan to run on Saturday but I can think of no better way to enjoy the sunny weather we have been having.

How are you taking advantage of summer this year?

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