Getting Back in a Groove

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and happy Easter if you did celebrate. We attended church with my in-laws, but our church observes Easter next weekend, so Cullen gets two Easters! I got a long run in before church, and then after church I worked at the store.

It’s time to get some serious miles in before the summer races start! I haven’t been putting the kind of miles in that I would like to, so it is time to change that. I finally got back in a good groove last week: running some decent mileage, getting to bed earlier (most nights), eating better, lifting, stretch/foam rolling, and all those wonderful things that help you get back in shape and feel good and strong.

Here’s what my workouts looked like this past week. I ran 45 miles with one longer-run, a tempo workout, and another medium-hard workout. I was incredibly sore after the tempo workout, but all workouts went (relatively) well–just working on that fitness.

Monday

8 miles | up-tempo workout

Craig had the day off for Seward’s Day, so I was able to run during the day and in the sunshine and warmth! I ran in the later afternoon, so it wasn’t nearly as cold, which was so nice to run in less layers. When I’m getting back into shape, I like to do up-tempo workouts, which (in my mind) is a pace that’s slower than your tempo pace but faster than an easy pace. For me that was about my marathon pace. For this workout, I picked an out-and-back route and ran “out” at an easy pace and “back” at an up-tempo pace.

Here are my splits:

4 easy miles – 8:24, 8:05, 8:09, 8:32

4 up-tempo miles – 7:09, 7:10, 7:05, 7:04

I usually don’t have specific paces that I need to hit during this workout, so this is a great workout to do and go based on how I’m feeling that day.

Tuesday

Off

Wednesday

9 miles | tempo workout | 3 x 7 minutes @ tempo

30 minutes of weights

I did this workout with the Alaska Endurance Project, which is a training group here in town that meets once a week to workout together. They have a great group of competitive runners and those who love running year-round. For the workout, we were supposed to start at our tempo pace and then work down to our 5K pace, but it’s been a while since I’ve run very fast, so I was okay with paces right around my tempo pace. For the first 7 minute interval, my pace was 6:19, 6:15 for the second interval, and 6:16 for the final one. I was spent after this workout, so I knew I had given it my all.

Thursday

5 miles | easy run

This was a super easy run because I was incredibly sore from the workout the day before.

Friday

7 miles | easy run | 8:18 average pace

A fun run with a friend! So nice to have the company, and I even got back in time to make breakfast for everyone.

Saturday

5 miles | easy run

Nice easy run before work. I love that it is finally light when I run some mornings. (It starts getting light at about 7:00 a.m.) This was a really quick, easy run, and I am loving the dry pavement. About 95% of the neighborhoods are clear, which is so nice! I am still avoiding the paved trails in town because many of them are shaded and still have a lot of snow on them.

Sunday

11 miles | long run

My clock played a nasty trick on me this morning. I’ve had my alarm clock for years, and it is still set to the old daylight savings calendar, so I woke up at 5:30 a.m., but really it was 4:30 a.m. because it had advanced forward an hour. I ended up staying up and working on my athlete plans, but an extra hour of sleep would have also been nice!

At 6:00 a.m., I finally ventured out for my run, but the temperature was about 20*F, so it is still cold here! It is getting quite “warm” (upper 30s/low 40s) during the day, but the mornings are still cold. I cannot (CANNOT) wait until I can walk outside in shorts and a short sleeve shirt (heck, even a long sleeve!) and not be cold!

The run went really well, and I felt decent. I can tell I’ve lost some fitness, but I’m optimistic it will come back quickly. I did have a couple random niggles during the run, but otherwise nothing bothered me. I started running in the darkness, but then it started getting light about half-way through my run, and instantly my mood was lifted. I felt SO much better. I remembered why I love running so much. And I cannot wait to do more running in the quiet, serene, peaceful mornings this spring and summer!

Total weekly mileage: 45 miles

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Getting Back in a Groove

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and happy Easter if you did celebrate. We attended church with my in-laws, but our church observes Easter next weekend, so Cullen gets two Easters! I got a long run in before church, and then after church I worked at the store.

It’s time to get some serious miles in before the summer races start! I haven’t been putting the kind of miles in that I would like to, so it is time to change that. I finally got back in a good groove last week: running some decent mileage, getting to bed earlier (most nights), eating better, lifting, stretch/foam rolling, and all those wonderful things that help you get back in shape and feel good and strong.

Here’s what my workouts looked like this past week. I ran 45 miles with one longer-run, a tempo workout, and another medium-hard workout. I was incredibly sore after the tempo workout, but all workouts went (relatively) well–just working on that fitness.

Monday

8 miles | up-tempo workout

Craig had the day off for Seward’s Day, so I was able to run during the day and in the sunshine and warmth! I ran in the later afternoon, so it wasn’t nearly as cold, which was so nice to run in less layers. When I’m getting back into shape, I like to do up-tempo workouts, which (in my mind) is a pace that’s slower than your tempo pace but faster than an easy pace. For me that was about my marathon pace. For this workout, I picked an out-and-back route and ran “out” at an easy pace and “back” at an up-tempo pace.

Here are my splits:

4 easy miles – 8:24, 8:05, 8:09, 8:32

4 up-tempo miles – 7:09, 7:10, 7:05, 7:04

I usually don’t have specific paces that I need to hit during this workout, so this is a great workout to do and go based on how I’m feeling that day.

Tuesday

Off

Wednesday

9 miles | tempo workout | 3 x 7 minutes @ tempo

30 minutes of weights

I did this workout with the Alaska Endurance Project, which is a training group here in town that meets once a week to workout together. They have a great group of competitive runners and those who love running year-round. For the workout, we were supposed to start at our tempo pace and then work down to our 5K pace, but it’s been a while since I’ve run very fast, so I was okay with paces right around my tempo pace. For the first 7 minute interval, my pace was 6:19, 6:15 for the second interval, and 6:16 for the final one. I was spent after this workout, so I knew I had given it my all.

Thursday

5 miles | easy run

This was a super easy run because I was incredibly sore from the workout the day before.

Friday

7 miles | easy run | 8:18 average pace

A fun run with a friend! So nice to have the company, and I even got back in time to make breakfast for everyone.

Saturday

5 miles | easy run

Nice easy run before work. I love that it is finally light when I run some mornings. (It starts getting light at about 7:00 a.m.) This was a really quick, easy run, and I am loving the dry pavement. About 95% of the neighborhoods are clear, which is so nice! I am still avoiding the paved trails in town because many of them are shaded and still have a lot of snow on them.

Sunday

11 miles | long run

My clock played a nasty trick on me this morning. I’ve had my alarm clock for years, and it is still set to the old daylight savings calendar, so I woke up at 5:30 a.m., but really it was 4:30 a.m. because it had advanced forward an hour. I ended up staying up and working on my athlete plans, but an extra hour of sleep would have also been nice!

At 6:00 a.m., I finally ventured out for my run, but the temperature was about 20*F, so it is still cold here! It is getting quite “warm” (upper 30s/low 40s) during the day, but the mornings are still cold. I cannot (CANNOT) wait until I can walk outside in shorts and a short sleeve shirt (heck, even a long sleeve!) and not be cold!

The run went really well, and I felt decent. I can tell I’ve lost some fitness, but I’m optimistic it will come back quickly. I did have a couple random niggles during the run, but otherwise nothing bothered me. I started running in the darkness, but then it started getting light about half-way through my run, and instantly my mood was lifted. I felt SO much better. I remembered why I love running so much. And I cannot wait to do more running in the quiet, serene, peaceful mornings this spring and summer!

Total weekly mileage: 45 miles

This Week’s Favorites

Happy Friday!

Personally this week flew by for me, and I can’t believe it is Friday already. I’ve got a line-up of some things that I am loving these days–everything from my favorite new spring outfit to a podcast to a new recipe that I’ve already made three times within the past two weeks.

WEARING // Madewell V-Neck Pocket Tee + AG Jeans + New Balance shoes

I love a simple yet comfortable outfit that looks like you tried but didn’t try too hard. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72×72/1f609.png&quot; alt="

Maui: Best Restaurants + Amazing Resort

I think Craig would be a travel food taste-tester if he could. He loves going on vacation and eating at as many restaurants as he can. We went out once a day at the beginning of our trip, but it was more like twice a day by the end. Ha!

There are so many good places to eat on Maui. We’ve dialed in our favorite that we go back to time and time again, but I know there are many other restaurants that are also phenomenal!

The first night we arrived in Maui, it was my birthday, and I requested we celebrate at Cool Cat Cafe (or Cool Cats), which is known for their burgers. They have been rated as the #1 burger on the island several years in a row, and I would definitely agree. (And I’m not even a burger person.)

The restaurant has balcony, outdoor seating overlooking Front Street in Lahaina, which is pretty common for many of the best restaurants in Lahaina. We almost always ate outside wherever we went–how could you not in such a warm, tropical place?!

I ordered the Luna Burger, which had bacon, avocado, cheese, and all the fixings, and this is a picture of Craig’s Big Bopper, which was a double burger with all the fixings. They were ginormous!

There were two restaurants we hit up twice while on the island. The first being Maui Brewing Company. The last time we were on the island in 2014, they only had a restaurant in Kaanapali, but this time they had expanded and now have a location in Kihei. It was a really nice restaurant with open-door seating, great ambiance, and modern decor.

I actually ordered the same thing both times I went to Maui Brewing Company because I loved both things so much. The first was this Avocado Toast appetizer. The avocado was mixed with macadamia nuts and topped with fresh vegetables and cilantro. Then there was a sriracha salt to sprinkle on top, which took the flavor to another level.

The second thing I ordered twice was this kale salad. It was really good with shaved cheese, avocado, and onions. However, the part of the salad that was so good was the toasted quinoa. The bits of crunchy quinoa were amazing and set it apart from other kale salads I’ve had in the past.

The second place we ate twice at was Aloha Mixed Plate. This is easily our favorite lunch spot. It sits right on the beach, the food comes out quickly, and is always good.

This must be their take on Spam as the dish was called Spamp. (Thankfully it didn’t taste like Spam!) The House Made Spamp Musubi which included nori, furikake-shiitake rice, and house made spamp that you wrap up. It was surprisingly really good!

This was a fun variation of sliced meat sandwich as the beef was breaded in panko bread crumbs on this Breaded Teri Beef Sandwich.

We loved all of the toppings on this Imu Beet Salad with Cambozola cheese, tomato, radish, cucumber, Waipoli mixed greens, and a house vinaigrette.

Our finest dining experience was at Fleetwood’s on Front St, owned by Mick Fleetwood.

We ate on the rooftop because the enclosed downstairs didn’t have openings for a couple of hours. (Definitely make reservations ahead of time if you want to eat here!) I love the rooftop anyhow, so I was excited to eat there, however, it was incredibly windy that night!

I did take a picture of my phenomenal Watermelon & Prosciutto salad that was out of this world. I have liked arugula salads in the past, but it is tricky to do them well. This arugula wasn’t nearly as spicy, and the flavor combinations was spot-on!

Craig had the steak, my sister had the risotto, my brother-in-law had the mahi mahi, and it was all incredible!

Other restaurants we went to that I would also highly recommend:

Choice Health Bar – All vegan food that is so good!

Leilani’s On the Beach – Great food with an amazing view of the ocean. Make sure to be there for the sunset.

Hawaii Gelato – I had a waffle cone with some coffee, chocolately, carmely goodness.

Local Boys Shave Ice – Shave ice + ice cream. . . how could you go wrong?!

For our lodging, we once again stayed at the Aina Nalu resort located in Lahaina, but I booked our two bedroom condo through VRBO. We stayed at this same resort in 2012 as well as 2014. We absolutely love the amenities and the convenience of being able to walk place. There are many excursions that leave from the Lahaina Harbor, so it is very easy to walk the few blocks to the harbor from our resort. Front Street also has some of the best dining and shopping on West Maui, so each night for dinner, we walked down to Front Street, and then perused through the shops if we felt like it.

I had intentions of taking pictures of our resort, but I kept forgetting, so I am taking these pictures from the previous blog posts I wrote during our two other trips. (FYI – Everything at the resort looks the same.)

To see more photos of our resort, go to THIS blog post from 2012 and THIS post from our 2014 trip.

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There are two pools, a hot tub, cabanas, grills, and a large gazebo outside for all the guests to use.

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Inside the condos, the rooms are modern with nice bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and our specific condo had beach toys and beach chairs as well as a TV in each room and plenty of kitchen utensils.

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We are still dreaming about our trip, and Cullen asks daily if we can go back!

On the plus side, our snow has been melting this week, which helps! I hope this isn’t a fluke and we get dumped on again, which is entirely possible!

Maui: Best Restaurants + Amazing Resort

I think Craig would be a travel food taste-tester if he could. He loves going on vacation and eating at as many restaurants as he can. We went out once a day at the beginning of our trip, but it was more like twice a day by the end. Ha!

There are so many good places to eat on Maui. We’ve dialed in our favorite that we go back to time and time again, but I know there are many other restaurants that are also phenomenal!

The first night we arrived in Maui, it was my birthday, and I requested we celebrate at Cool Cat Cafe (or Cool Cats), which is known for their burgers. They have been rated as the #1 burger on the island several years in a row, and I would definitely agree. (And I’m not even a burger person.)

The restaurant has balcony, outdoor seating overlooking Front Street in Lahaina, which is pretty common for many of the best restaurants in Lahaina. We almost always ate outside wherever we went–how could you not in such a warm, tropical place?!

I ordered the Luna Burger, which had bacon, avocado, cheese, and all the fixings, and this is a picture of Craig’s Big Bopper, which was a double burger with all the fixings. They were ginormous!

There were two restaurants we hit up twice while on the island. The first being Maui Brewing Company. The last time we were on the island in 2014, they only had a restaurant in Kaanapali, but this time they had expanded and now have a location in Kihei. It was a really nice restaurant with open-door seating, great ambiance, and modern decor.

I actually ordered the same thing both times I went to Maui Brewing Company because I loved both things so much. The first was this Avocado Toast appetizer. The avocado was mixed with macadamia nuts and topped with fresh vegetables and cilantro. Then there was a sriracha salt to sprinkle on top, which took the flavor to another level.

The second thing I ordered twice was this kale salad. It was really good with shaved cheese, avocado, and onions. However, the part of the salad that was so good was the toasted quinoa. The bits of crunchy quinoa were amazing and set it apart from other kale salads I’ve had in the past.

The second place we ate twice at was Aloha Mixed Plate. This is easily our favorite lunch spot. It sits right on the beach, the food comes out quickly, and is always good.

This must be their take on Spam as the dish was called Spamp. (Thankfully it didn’t taste like Spam!) The House Made Spamp Musubi which included nori, furikake-shiitake rice, and house made spamp that you wrap up. It was surprisingly really good!

This was a fun variation of sliced meat sandwich as the beef was breaded in panko bread crumbs on this Breaded Teri Beef Sandwich.

We loved all of the toppings on this Imu Beet Salad with Cambozola cheese, tomato, radish, cucumber, Waipoli mixed greens, and a house vinaigrette.

Our finest dining experience was at Fleetwood’s on Front St, owned by Mick Fleetwood.

We ate on the rooftop because the enclosed downstairs didn’t have openings for a couple of hours. (Definitely make reservations ahead of time if you want to eat here!) I love the rooftop anyhow, so I was excited to eat there, however, it was incredibly windy that night!

I did take a picture of my phenomenal Watermelon & Prosciutto salad that was out of this world. I have liked arugula salads in the past, but it is tricky to do them well. This arugula wasn’t nearly as spicy, and the flavor combinations was spot-on!

Craig had the steak, my sister had the risotto, my brother-in-law had the mahi mahi, and it was all incredible!

Other restaurants we went to that I would also highly recommend:

Choice Health Bar – All vegan food that is so good!

Leilani’s On the Beach – Great food with an amazing view of the ocean. Make sure to be there for the sunset.

Hawaii Gelato – I had a waffle cone with some coffee, chocolately, carmely goodness.

Local Boys Shave Ice – Shave ice + ice cream. . . how could you go wrong?!

For our lodging, we once again stayed at the Aina Nalu resort located in Lahaina, but I booked our two bedroom condo through VRBO. We stayed at this same resort in 2012 as well as 2014. We absolutely love the amenities and the convenience of being able to walk place. There are many excursions that leave from the Lahaina Harbor, so it is very easy to walk the few blocks to the harbor from our resort. Front Street also has some of the best dining and shopping on West Maui, so each night for dinner, we walked down to Front Street, and then perused through the shops if we felt like it.

I had intentions of taking pictures of our resort, but I kept forgetting, so I am taking these pictures from the previous blog posts I wrote during our two other trips. (FYI – Everything at the resort looks the same.)

To see more photos of our resort, go to THIS blog post from 2012 and THIS post from our 2014 trip.

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There are two pools, a hot tub, cabanas, grills, and a large gazebo outside for all the guests to use.

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Inside the condos, the rooms are modern with nice bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and our specific condo had beach toys and beach chairs as well as a TV in each room and plenty of kitchen utensils.

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We are still dreaming about our trip, and Cullen asks daily if we can go back!

On the plus side, our snow has been melting this week, which helps! I hope this isn’t a fluke and we get dumped on again, which is entirely possible!

I’ve Never Been Happier with my Skin – A Beautycounter Review

I’ve been using Beautycounter products for a year now, and I have never been happier with my skin! I never disliked my skin before, but I cannot emphasize how much I love my skin now–no more dryness (unlike last winter), no more acne (at least very infrequently), less redness, smaller pores, and overall much brighter skin.

I’ll put it out there. Yes, I’m a Beautycounter consultant, but I am not one to rave about a product if I don’t stand behind it. I am usually pretty skeptical and don’t expect a lot from something before I try it, but my expectations with Beautycounter products have been blown out of the water.

Not only do I love the products, but I also love the Beautycounter mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone. I love what they are doing to try and change congressional regulation on beauty products as there is currently very little regulation and laws on what can be put into these products. I could have joined a multitude of other companies, but I am glad to be a part of this one.

No makeup. No filter.

All of the skin care regiment includes Beautycounter products, and about 75% of my makeup is from Beautycounter. You can see a breakdown of my morning and evening skin care regimen in this post. I also shared two makeup routines I do: one that is a quick 5 minute routine and one that is a full face of makeup. Find that blog post here.

Now that I’ve been with Beautycounter for a year, I’ve gotten in the habit of checking the labels of my skin care and makeup products just like I regularly check labels on my food products. The two toxic chemicals I look for first are parabens and artificial colors, which are shockingly in a lot of different products.

It has taken me several months to swap out most of my products, but I feel much better about using Beautycounter products as they go through a rigorous, independent testing for unsafe ingredients. Now you, too, can swap out your unclean beauty products for safer alternatives with the help of Beautycounter’s Clean Swap initiative.

Right now through March 7th, Beautycounter is offering a FREE deluxe-sized item when you purchase any of the following items that are part of the Clean Swap. (Click on the link to be taken to each item’s page.)

Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream – no toxic preservatives

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – naturally preserved with phytic acid from green rice

Facial Mask – No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 – no PEGs

Hydrating Body Lotion – no mineral oil that is potentially toxic

Lip Sheers – no artificial flavors

Volumizing Mascara & Lengthening Mascara – no pigments linked to adverse health effects

Volume & Shape Shampoo and Smooth & Control Shampoo – no harsh sulfates

If you purchase one of the above products, you then get to pick one of the following items for FREE.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (7ml)

Body Wash (59ml)

No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil (5ml)

Volume & Shape Conditioner (50ml)

Smooth & Control Conditioner (50ml)

There are several other safer products through Beautycounter including items for kids and babies, as well as sunscreen, body wash, and makeup products.

Please comment below or send me an email (therunnersplate@gmail.com) with any questions or if you need help choosing products. (It’s one of my favorite things to do.)


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What I’ve Been Up To

Sometimes I feel like my blog posts don’t give you a good idea of what life is really like these days for me. So instead of giving you a recipe, a shoe review, or what I’m loving lately (even though I do love writing all of those posts too), I’m giving you a run down on what I’ve been up to.

Work Life

Currently I have multiple jobs–all of which I love. I primarily stay at home with Cullen during the week and work at Skinny Raven Sports on the weekends. I work on the sales floor selling shoes, which is so fun because I get to talk about running all day. Plus, I love my coworkers and the atmosphere of where we work; it’s really a dream job. I also am a coach for two training groups we have going on through the store. Right now we have the Raven Run Club and an Intro to Run group. I coach 3-4 sessions per week either before Craig goes to work in the morning or after he gets home in the evening. It gets to be a lot of tag-teaming, but we make it work.

During the week–along with watching Cullen, I am working on this blog and everything that goes with that: keeping it up-to-date, posting on Instagram, working to improve my website, and updating Facebook.

I also have several athletes who I coach online. I am constantly checking in with them, updating their plans, FaceTiming with them, reevaluating their plan to ensure I am doing everything I can to help them reach their goals.

Finally, my work with Beautycounter is another job I work on during the week in between everything else. I continue to love the products Beautycounter produces and want to share that love with you guys.

Running Life

I was really struggling with my running the first few months after the Twin Cities Marathon. I still don’t know why. I usually give myself a month to recover after a marathon, but this lull lasted much longer. I finally felt like I turned a corner shortly after the new year and have been feeling much better. I haven’t nailed every workout, but in general things have been much better.

I was hoping to hit 60 miles last week, but it didn’t happen, so I’m trying again this week. The snow and cold are getting to me, and I am ready to be done running on the ice and snow and multiple layers every day.

I posted this video on Instagram, which is a great place to follow me for daily updates, but I had to share this vide here because I’m really proud of being able to get flat with this ab roller. I continue to lift twice a week, which I know I’m in the minority for enjoying. I usually drop Cullen off at the child care and take the time to stretch, foam roll, lift, and do core work. I always have intentions of doing these things at home, but that rarely happen.

Family Life

With my work schedule, Craig and I don’t get a lot of time together, but we try to use our free evenings to do something. Tonight we’re going to have a family date night, and Craig is off on Monday as well for President’s Day, so we’ll be able to hang out then as well. Plus, we have a family vacation coming up in a couple of weeks, which we are stoked about!

Otherwise, like I mentioned before there is a lot of tag teaming, as we each carve out time to go to the gym, spend time with friends, doing our respective hobbies, and our work schedules.

Food

I feel like this is an ever-changing target as more research is done and the scandals in previous “research” are revealed. Craig has been listing to multiple podcasts and audio books such as The Big Fat Surprise and The Case Against Sugar and opened my eyes to what I may have previously thought was correct. As we know, the trend has been moving away from “fat is bad,” and I have been trying to not worry if I eat full-fat Greek yogurt, half an avocado, nuts and nut butter, cream in my coffee, and oil on my salads. In addition, the importance of protein (and specifically animal protein) seems to be something that hasn’t had enough emphasis on. I’ve never been a vegetarian, but I have been trying to eat more meat–especially meat from my parent’s farm and the meat Craig has hunted. Finally, I remember learning in my nutrition class that sugar is empty calories, but it has now been said that not only is sugar empty calories, it is also toxic to the body. Craig has cut out sugar from his diet (no desserts, very little fruit, no dried fruit, no sugar-added yogurts, no BBQ sauce, or anything of this nature) a year ago and lost 40 pounds in 2017. I haven’t been that diligent, but I have tried to be more mindful of the sugars and carbs I have been consuming.

Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse on our life. I might have to start incorporating more recaps on our daily life because I think those are fun to read, and it helps give you an idea of what we are up to!