It’s the Little Things

July 3, 2011

It is all about the little things in life. . .

These are just some of the things I never used to think twice about but now will never take them for granted after living in Alaska for 4 years!

I have been thoroughly enjoying many of them during my stay in Minnesota!

– Bonfires. . . . at night. . . . when it is dark!


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– Summer sunrises and sunsets.


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– It is so much easier falling asleep when it is dark out.


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– Fireflies are awesome. . . . .and so are the stars at night!

– My fingernails actually grow in Minnesota!


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– It feels weird to have my arms exposed. Since I honestly have my arms covered year-round in Alaska, I almost feel naked wearing a short-sleeve or sleeveless shirt.

(And open-mouth smile for my husband.)

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I also love sweating it out during my runs!

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I have been keeping up with my running, but it has been a little more difficult than usual this past week.

First and foremost, I am still recovering from the marathon. It honestly took me 3-4 weeks to fully recover last year after my first marathon. So while it is easy to get frustrated, I know eventually my body will heal.

Secondly, I have been dealing with a slight twinge in my right hamstring this week.

– And thirdly, I have not been religiously taking my multivitamin, which means I do not get enough iron and therefore having breathing problems. (Which, I think, has been my biggest obstacle as of lately.)

Mileage from this past week (6/27 – 7/3):

Monday: 1 mile

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: 5 miles

Friday: 0

Saturday: 7 miles

Sunday: off

Total: 20 miles

I am okay with my mileage for the week. Originally, I was hoping for closer to 30 miles, but I know I’ll eventually get there.

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I have been enjoying overnight oats in the mornings after a sweaty run!

Love all the fresh fruits I’ve been having as well!

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Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

20 Comments
    1. Start taking your multivitamin so you can get back out there. Darn that hamstring. I bet it’s annoying.

    1. Start taking your multivitamin so you can get back out there. Darn that hamstring. I bet it’s annoying.

    1. The overnight oats look amazing topped with the peach! I think I’m going to recreate that for my breakfast tomorrow. πŸ™‚

    1. The overnight oats look amazing topped with the peach! I think I’m going to recreate that for my breakfast tomorrow. πŸ™‚

    1. The peach on those oats looks tantalizing. I enjoy over night oats, but usually put strawberries or blueberries on it, now you’ve got me hankering for peaches. πŸ˜‰

    1. The peach on those oats looks tantalizing. I enjoy over night oats, but usually put strawberries or blueberries on it, now you’ve got me hankering for peaches. πŸ˜‰

    1. It certainly looks like your having a great trip home!

    1. It certainly looks like your having a great trip home!

    1. I’ve been having a ham issue, too. I started stretching more, am going to do more butt and ham weight moves, and ordered a foam roller. I’m also taking an anti-inflammatory since I ignored the twinge for so long it became a pain. Hope yours goes away a lot sooner than mine has! It stinks!

      PS – I love bonfires! Haven’t been to one yet this year. <3

    1. I’ve been having a ham issue, too. I started stretching more, am going to do more butt and ham weight moves, and ordered a foam roller. I’m also taking an anti-inflammatory since I ignored the twinge for so long it became a pain. Hope yours goes away a lot sooner than mine has! It stinks!

      PS – I love bonfires! Haven’t been to one yet this year. <3

    1. I miss warmer weather from CO and CA even in Washington… I was so spoiled living in Southern California!!!! Enjoy the heat!

      1. Maybe I never paid attention to the summer temps in the PNW, but it doesn’t get that warm/hot, huh? Or maybe just where you guys are?? Or maybe just this year??

    1. I miss warmer weather from CO and CA even in Washington… I was so spoiled living in Southern California!!!! Enjoy the heat!

      1. Maybe I never paid attention to the summer temps in the PNW, but it doesn’t get that warm/hot, huh? Or maybe just where you guys are?? Or maybe just this year??

    1. i always thought the best thing about minnesota was you

    1. i always thought the best thing about minnesota was you

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