Fun With My Boys

May 19, 2015

This is coming a little late, but like they say, “Better late than never.”

I had a wonderful weekend with my boys. There was some running, a hike, scoring some deals at garage sales, and just fun in the sun.


I spent part of the day Friday working at the store (Skinny Raven) and then basically went home and went to bed.

Saturday morning I hit up the garage sales in the Kempton Hills neighborhood in Anchorage. An upper-middle class neighborhood with a lot of families with kids. There were five things I was looking for, and I found everything I wanted except a jogging stroller.

I was in desperate need for clothes for Cullen. We were getting very low–as in only 3 or 4 pairs of pants, 3 pajamas, and a few long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirts. I walked away from one garage sale with 14 clothing items at 50 cents a piece. Now that’s my kind of garage sale! I also found some bumGenius cloth diapers at that garage sale. I have tried quite a few different brands and styles of cloth diapers, and the bumGenius Stay-Dry 4.0 are definitely a favorite of mine.


Lastly I found some books and a high chair for Cullen. All in all $50 for everything, which was definitely a win!


Saturday afternoon I did my long run. I loved doing my long run in the warmth and sunshine. I did get pretty thirsty, but my legs feel more awake in the afternoon than in the early morning hours–especially if I don’t get much rest because a certain someone wakes me up multiple times throughout the night. (We have been sleep training this past week, and while it isn’t perfect, Cullen has been making improvements in his sleeping. Thank goodness!)


Saturday night I went over to some friend’s house for dinner and then back home to put Cullen to bed before it got too late.

Sunday morning was church, and then Craig, Cullen, and I hiked part of the Turnagain Arm Trail, which starts just outside of Anchorage. It was literally a hop, skip, and a jump away, and the trail wasn’t too steep or unsafe for hiking with a baby. (I wore Cullen in the Ergo.)


Sunday night we enjoyed potato burritos on our deck in the sunshine. I heart summer!

Week #2 working with my coach, and here’s how my week of workouts went:

Monday, May 11

13 miles

Track workout: 4 x 200 meters, 3 x 1000 meters, 2 x 400 meters

Splits – 200s: 0:42, :42, :42, :41  | 1000s – 3:50, 3:48, 3:48 | 400s – 1:24, 1:25

This was tough! Overall I felt pretty good, but I was wiped by the end. After the track workout I had a 6 mile cool-down which was pretty exhausting as well. Oh well, it will all make me stronger in the end.

Tuesday, May 12

7 miles | 56:03 | average pace – 8:00

Easy run with Brittany, although we were clipping along during a few of those miles! I also lifted weights for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, May 13

6.5 miles | 52:49 | 8:08

Easy run with some striders at the end!

Thursday, May 14

9.75 miles

5 x 1 mile at tempo pace, 4 x 200 meters

Splits: 6:24, 6:28, 6:27, 6:29, 6:32 | 200s – :41, :39, :38, :38

I did the first 3 intervals on the track and then did the last two on the road. It was definitely harder on the road; I really had to fight for those times.

50 minute (Power) Pilates + 20 minutes of weights afterwards

Friday, May 15

7 miles | 58:26 | Average – 8:21

I did the workout on Thursday in the evening, so this was a little rough getting up early to do this run.

Saturday, May 16

17 miles | 2:11 |Average – 7:44

Awesome run in the sun! I didn’t start until 2 p.m., but I felt great and a lot of the time when I looked down at my watch, my pace was 7:3x. Towards the end I got really thirsty, and then during the last two miles I really started to slow down.

Sunday, May 17

6 miles |49:08 | Average pace – 8:11

Easy run, but my legs were still tired from the long run the day before.

Total: 66.25 miles


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