Spring, are you Here?

March 25, 2019

Holy moly! Where does the time go? There’s only one week of March left, and I’ve only written one blog post for the month. Truthfully, I haven’t been inspired to write much, and then there’s always the time factor too. But that’s okay, things naturally ebb and flow in life, and right now there’s not a lot of exciting things happening on the running front. I’m still plugging away at the miles, but after successfully running 60 miles in Hawaii, I did realize that the snow and ice definitely aggravate my hamstring, so I’ve dialed back a bit waiting for the snow and ice to melt. I’ve done some workouts on the treadmill and inside The Dome (our indoor 400 meter track), but I don’t love those places that much to spend an endless amount of time there.

So right now I’m just waiting for the snow and ice to melt. It has been going away slowly over the past couple of weeks, but the sun hasn’t been shining a lot, so it is taking longer. Once the roads are dry, I’m looking forward to getting more miles in and doing some races this summer. I’ve got my usual races on the agenda, but I might do a different distance at some of them depending upon where I’m at in my training.

Craig, Cullen, and I did get out for a family run one afternoon. It was so refreshing to run during the daylight and in the not-so-terribly-cold temps. (It was still cold, but not freezing-freezing cold. Ha!) We don’t all run together often, so

I am also looking forward to spring for a lift in spirits. Winter gets to be very long here in Alaska, and I’m feeling the slog of still having to layer on the clothes, be cold all the time, and the grays and browns of winter aren’t as pretty to look at as are the greens and color of spring and summer. I’ve always struggled with the month of March, but it is coming to an end, and we are having weather that’s a little more April-like these past couple of weeks.

Luckily Craig and I were able to take an impromptu trip to Girdwood Sunday evening through Monday. (Craig had the day off for Seward’s Day–it’s an Alaskan holiday. Ha!)

We drove to Girdwood after I was done with work on Sunday evening, ate at Jack Sprat, checked into our hotel room, went to the pool/hot tub/sauna, and then channel surfed and were reminded why we don’t have cable and hardly ever watch TV.

Monday morning we went for a run, took the tram up to the top of Alyeska, ate at the cafe (save your money), and just hung out, talked, and enjoyed each other’s company. So often we both feel like single parents because one of us is almost always working, which does allow us to not have to put Cullen into daycare, but it does mean we don’t see each other too often. It works for the time being, but we don’t want to do this forever.

This week is pretty typical for me: coaching a couple of Raven Run Club sessions, working with my own athletes that I coach, working at the store on the weekend, getting Cullen outside for play time, and staying on top of the other typical life-things. So hopefully the nicer weather will stick around, and the snow will be gone before we know it! Come on, spring!

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