Welcome to my blog and a little snapshot of my life!
Me, Cullen, and Craig
I’m Michelle, and I am pretty obsessed with running. I have been running since I was 10 years old to train for the mile in grade school and continued to run competitively through high school and college. I was a very average runner in high school and college (DIII), but with some dedication and very structured training plans, I have been able to improve a lot and have become faster–even after having our son. Now I race anything from the 5K to the marathon. My favorite distance is the 10K or half marathon.
I was born and raised on a family farm (my parents have pigs, corn, and soybeans) in southern Minnesota. I went to college in Moorhead, MN at Concordia College where I earned my B.A. in physical education and health education. My husband, Craig, and I met at a summer camp in Minnesota (Camp Omega), and then moved to Alaska in August 2007. Our son, Cullen, was born October 2014, and we also have a black lab/pit bull mix dog we adopted named Sadie.
I am currently employed at Skinny Raven Sports–the local running store in Anchorage. I work on the sales floor selling shoes and also coach training groups through the store. In addition, I do online coaching for runners of all abilities. (If you are interested in my coaching services, check out my Coaching page.) I spent some time teaching physical education at the elementary and high school levels before changing careers. I am fortunate in that I am able to stay at home with Cullen during the week and then do my other two jobs on the weekends or from home.
My husband, Craig, makes frequent appearances on the blog as well. We were married on June 7, 2008 in Minnesota and rode on a hay wagon pulled by a John Deere tractor down main street after the ceremony. Fun fact: the date of our wedding is 06-07-08 (which was not planned), and we started dating in 2006, got engaged in 2007, and married in 2008.
He is my best friend and makes me laugh all the time. We have a lot of fun together hiking, biking, going on coffee dates, traveling, and going for walks. Craig will run with me occasionally and do a few races a year, but he’s mostly a casual, fair-weather runner. He is my biggest supporter and assistant coach though!
I love running! I am seriously addicted to running and can’t get enough of it.
I run six to seven days a week and race as often as I can. I have run 9 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2013. I have come a long way in just a few years, working my way up to 100 miles in a week, winning the 2013 Kenai River Marathon, placing 19th at the Twin Cities Marathon where I ran my current PR of 3:02, and placing 1st at the Moose’s Tooth Marathon at 9.5 months postpartum.
As for food, I love trying new recipes and cooking in the kitchen. I am not a vegetarian, despite what many people think. My diet consists of whole grain, vegetables, fruit, lean meats/proteins, and healthy fats. I enjoy a balanced diet and eat healthy 95% of the time.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the blog!