I feel like I have been living under a rock the past several days with my blog being down, but I am excited to being back to posting on a regular basis now.
I’ve got some catching up to do, so let’s get started!
This past weekend on Saturday, Craig and I took a day trip to Whittier, AK. I wanted to do something nice for our last anniversary together sans kids. Initially I wanted to rent a vacation rental in either Girdwood or Seward, but one night would have cost us about $200. We are trying to be extra frugal these days, so we decided against that. We also talked about going to Craig’s parent’s cabin, but they were going to be there for the weekend. Craig said he wanted to go to Whittier and hike, so that’s what we did.
Saturday morning we piled in the car and decided to take Sadie as well. We haven’t taken Sadie hiking before, so we were a little nervous as to how she would do. You see, Sadie can be a lazy pooch but the minute you take out her leash to go on a walk, she has all the energy in the world, which is great. However, after about 45 minutes of walking, she starts dragging her feet and starts walking at a snail’s pace. She will do this on leash while walking through the neighborhood and at the dog park when off-leash. She gets especially slow when she knows we are getting close to home or back to the car. It is as if she were saying, “No! Mom, I don’t want to leave. I know I’m really tired, but I’m having too much fun.” We thought for sure she was going to get half-way through our hike and we were going to have to carry her back down the mountain.
We ended up hiking the Portage Pass trail, which is a pretty short hike and not too intense. The beginning was uphill, but then it levels out after a while. We had a good view of Portage Glacier (see picture above) that has receded quite a bit over the years. Even Craig remembers when it was much closer. In the other direction we had a beautiful view of Whittier and Prince William Sound.
Sadie proved us wrong about her ability to hike in the mountains. I nicknamed her mountain dog as she was ahead of us the entire time climbing steep banks and moving across the terrain as if she were a mountain goat. At one point she started going down into a ravine. We saw her at the edge of a steep decline that lead to stream several feet below which she then disappeared over the edge. We thought for sure she had fallen or was going to fall, but when we looked over the edge, she was happily trotting on the narrow crevices along the side of the mountain. We started following her but quickly realized it was going to be difficult to get back out, so we turned around.
After our hike we headed to Swiftwater Seafood Cafe. Friends of ours own this restaurant in Whittier, so we stopped in to chat for a while and have a bite to eat.
I can’t remember the last time I had fish and chips, but they tasted amazing. Craig and I split the fish and chips and bacon cheeseburger. We also had dessert: rhubarb crisp for him, carrot cake for me, which is some of the best carrot cake I have ever had. No joke!
Afterwards, we walked along the water and Craig had to show me how he would pretend the telescope was a machine gun when he was a kid.
We didn’t have too much time because we had to get in line to drive back through the tunnel. The only way to get to Whittier via car is to drive through this tunnel, which is the longest car/rail tunnel and second-longest highway tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles. They allow cars to enter Whittier every hour, on the half hour and cars to leave the town every hour on the hour.
I wasn’t going to post my weekly mileage from this past week because honestly I am a little embarrassed with how low it is. I’ve definitely fallen into the “hey, I’m pregnant, I don’t have to run as much trap.” Which is honestly not a bad thing. I’ve pushed myself hard for the past 3 years and moderately hard the 7 years before that running year round with usually only 1 to 2 weeks off each year. As much as I would love to keep training at a high intensity, running isn’t as easy these days (and I know it will only get more uncomfortable), so I figure this is a good time in my life (and after the baby is born as well) to back off on the running and not be so focused on my training. Instead I am using my extra time to devote to developing this little blog of mine and recruiting runners for some online coaching. (If you are still interested, I am still looking for athletes!)
June 9 – 15 Workouts and Running Mileage
off, 45 minutes of weights at the gym
7.5 miles + 60 minutes Yoga Mama class
7 miles + walked to and from work: 50 minutes
5 miles AM/2.5 miles PM
In the afternoon I went to the track while Craig did a track workout, and I ran 800 meters barefoot and did hurdle hipflexor exercises, which were also really good for my glutes.
off, hiked for 90 minutes
Total: 32 miles
If you ran during your pregnancy, how much did you run before versus during your pregnancy in terms of weekly mileage?
As a kid, did you hold your breathe or scream through a tunnel? (or maybe something else)