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As some of you might know I’m moving from Alaska to Nevada the end of June/beginning of July for my job, and it’s going to be a huge change! In prep for my move I’ve decided to run the Mayor’s Half Marathon June 18th as my last Alaska race hurrah. It’s a weird hard course with crazy hills, a brutal mile long section that is a one person wide trail through the woods with huge ruts and holes, and not nearly enough aide stations (or it was last year) so I’m not expecting any time goals, but I wanted to get in one last race before I leave this amazing state. I think the plan is for my next race after that not to be until the Rock & Roll Las Vegas half in November. One because I’ve always wanted to run that race, and two because I’m going to need at least those 5 months to get used to running in the heat.

 

In other news, if you haven’t heard Alaska’s four seasons are: Winter, Allergy Season, Construction Season and More Winter. Currently we’re on the border of Allergy Season and Construction Season. This year’s pollen count for birch has been off the freakin charts, in Fairbanks it’s been record-breaking and in Anchorage it’s been not hell, but like the border of hell. Stumbling around with itchy water eyes, nose, mouth (yes, mouth!) and agonizing migraines. It should be getting better in the next few weeks, but I’m keeping this in mind when setting my goals.

 

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To the Goals!

 

Goal One: Get Back Into Training Rhythm

 

 

I’ve had a rough two months after my last half marathon, finding the time/motivation/health to run has been difficult, but I’ve at least done some running. I’d like to slowly start getting back into the swing of a regular training schedule, but I’m going to try not to be too hard on myself. 4-5 days is good, getting in my tempo and long runs is better, but we’ll see how things go. Have 6.5 weeks until the race and I’m going to try to ramp things up.

 

 

Goal Two:  Eat the Good Things

 

 

I’ve been counting calories for the past few months but not seriously, and looking back I’ve eaten a loooooot of crap. I’d like to spend this challenge focusing on just trying to eat more healthy things. Fruits, veggies, less junk food, you know, the basics.

 

 

Goal Three: Do the Things

 

 

I’ve knocked a lot of things off my wedding to do list which is great, but now I’ve got to start focusing more on my life to do list.

 

1.       Hire a Moving Company & Set Pick up Date

2.       Hire a Car Shipping Company & Drop off Car

3.       Make Flight Arrangements for Pre-Move Vegas Trip

4.       Make Flight Arrangements for Actual Move to Vegas

5.       Dad’s Bday – Acquire Gift

6.       Mother’s Day – Acquire Gift

7.       Sister’s Bday – Acquire Gift

8.       Attend Sister’s Baby Shower – Acquire Gift

9.       Wash Car + Clean Inside

10.   Get Tires Changed

11.   Finish Packing

12.   Sell/Donate Items

13.   Buy Wedding Dress

14.   Arrange Honeymoon – Flights & Timeshare

15.   Take CSOP Exam – Pass?!

16.   Pack One Month Bag for Move

17.   Pack Up Office

18.   Deep Clean Apartment – Arrange for Carpet Cleaners

19.   Sign Up & Complete Mayor’s Half

20.   Arrange for New Apt Rental – Lease Ready by July 1

21. Give 30 Days Notice on Current Apt

22. Cancel Utilities & Restart in New Apt

 

These are my main big tasks for the next two months and before we move, wish me luck, it’s going to be a busy one!

 

 

 

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So ...day 1 ... how's it going? 

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I looked up the Mayor's race, and yeah, that sounds like so much fun! I gave some thought to trying to get over there to do it myself, but there's just no way with my schedule. Good, smart goals again this time. That to-do list looks pretty intimidating, but I'm sure you can do it. :encouragement:

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emineminator - Thanks! Yeah, super scary :P will be my first big move alone ( well, without the help of parents) and the first time i've had to ship things. When I moved back from college I sold everything and came back with a bag full of clothes. This time we're shipping a lot of our apt things and my car, which should be realllly interesting, and by interesting I mean a pain in the ass. 

 

Strickland5 - Day one actually went quite excellent, did a tempo run 6.5 miles at a 10:30/mi pace, which isn't the fastest tempo run i've done but definitely the fastest one since allergy season started. I also spent all evening freaking out about moving. Why do moving companies have to be so shady?! They are like, welllll it looks like you've got about 2000lbs worth of stuff, and that should be 154.04 per 100lbs but if it weighs less than that we're going to charge you a random much higher number per 100lbs and not tell you what it will be until we do it...

 

SaltyDragon - Fun...yeah...suuuuure. It's an interesting course, i'll give you that, but actually none of the Alaska races really have that great of a course for speed. Mayor's there's a lot of hills and dirt, Wildlife its an out and back on the Chester Creek trail which is a normal path width, so when you are halfway down the winners are blazing by you on the other side and it's demoralizing, not to mention it's impossible to pass anyone because there's so much congestion. Don't even get me started on the Zombie race, it finishes at Kincaid which the last at least mile is 100% uphill, and not just like a bit uphill, like deathly uphill. 

 

Overall I thought i'd make some vague goals this challenge because I've got too many other things on my mind to follow a strict regimen, yesterday I was in the shower and I honestly could not remember if I had already washed my hair or not. Maybe i'm going insane...

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5 hours ago, Chelkie said:

Overall I thought i'd make some vague goals this challenge because I've got too many other things on my mind to follow a strict regimen, yesterday I was in the shower and I honestly could not remember if I had already washed my hair or not. Maybe i'm going insane...

 

Don't worry you are definitely not alone there! Also good luck with the wedding planning :) I got married almost two years ago all while trying to plan for my student teaching and send my husband off to Medical school so I can totally understand the crazy stress you are feeling! A relaxed challenge may be just what you need :) 

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Calanthia Cobbin - Thanks! Yeah, wedding planning stress + moving stress + school stress is the trifecta! 

 

Been having a very productive week, have run three times now for 17 miles, a tempo and two easy. I think i'll plan on running at least one more easy run but leave off the long run until next week, want to ramp my mileage up a bit less crazy than like 11 miles a week to 29. 

 

Checking some stuff off my too do list and getting more stuff ready to check off. Mothers day and my Dad's bday are past now and i'm really ramping up my studying time. I'm waiting to hear back about selling my fiances car and after that we can make a few more solid shipping plans. Considering maybe shipping my car to the Seattle port and driving it to Las Vegas from there, it's about 17 hours, a long time with two cats but way less time than if we drove all the way from Alaska. Also way cheaper, the amount of money these people want to ship things...yeish.

 

 

 

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Haha bad sign...

 

Went out for a 5.5 mile easy run during my lunch break and I got SO SUNBURNT. IN ALASKA. I'm going to die in Nevada everyone. 

 

Definitely seriously considering running at 4am before work and before the sun rises in Nevada now. I've never been a morning runner, i'm a terrible morning person, but I suppose sleepiness > burning into a tiny sad little blackened crisp. 

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On 5/13/2016 at 6:47 PM, Chelkie said:

Haha bad sign...

 

Went out for a 5.5 mile easy run during my lunch break and I got SO SUNBURNT. IN ALASKA. I'm going to die in Nevada everyone. 

 

Definitely seriously considering running at 4am before work and before the sun rises in Nevada now. I've never been a morning runner, i'm a terrible morning person, but I suppose sleepiness > burning into a tiny sad little blackened crisp. 

Pre-dawn runs are great, but I only say that #1 from the east coast (not so much the brutal NV sun?) and #2 because I try my hardest to remain asleep during my morning runs.  I think #2 is the key...

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7 hours ago, gunslinger_25 said:

Pre-dawn runs are great, but I only say that #1 from the east coast (not so much the brutal NV sun?) and #2 because I try my hardest to remain asleep during my morning runs.  I think #2 is the key...

 

That sounds awesome, teach me! Just wake up in the morning and be like oh fantastic, my body has already gone out and run an hour for me before I woke up. 

 

Week One Update:

 

Running - Had an awesome week, 23 miles with a threshold and 3 easy runs. 

 

Eating - I didn't eat fantastic this past week but I made some good choices when I didn't have to, had fruit for breakfast, added veggies to a lunch, drank a good bit of water. It's all about the baby steps!

 

Doing Things - It was my father's bday last week and we all went in on a gift for him (a chance to drive a race car in Vegas, and he gets to come visit me! mwahahha) and did a nice family skype chat. Making me more and more excited to be moving close to my parents, I can't wait to be able to see their faces more often! 

 

Signed up for the Mayor's Half, and made a reservation for shipping my car from Anchorage to Seattle Port to Port. 

 

I also made trip reservations for a 3 day visit to Vegas in early June to try to nail down a place to stay before we move, this is probably the biggest thing i'm stressed about. Don't want to have to move without knowing where we're going to be moving to, especially with my kittens. They remain unconcerned. 

 

 

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In other exciting news, I've now reached the most recent season of Zombies, Run! It's the first time since I started using the app i'm actually listening to them as they come out. :D 

 

Also if you wanted to know what the coastal trail looks like now, here it is:

 

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Much more pleasant than all the snow and ice I dealt with this winter!

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I wants your kittehs!!! They are so cute :) Also that trail looks gorgeous!

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Thanks! They are my loves, definitely going to be a crazy cat lady. 

 

Week 2 Update,

 

Running - went not so great, only got 2 days of running in, some things came up at work and just derailed me.

 

Food - I've continued to make small changes in my diet, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, feeling pretty good.

 

Things - Checking things off my list like crazy! Definitely starting to accelerate towards the move.

 

I'm currently in Malibu, CA at Pepperdine taking my week long course and taking my big scary certification exam on Sat. I've already gotten out on the track once and I'm feeling pretty good about getting at least 2 or 3 runs in while I'm here. One huge bonus is the plethora of healthy foods catered here, so I'm rocking that as well. Finishing up this trip will check three big things off my to do list, and will get me quite close to finishing everything up.

 

 

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One of the things I really like about visiting California is the abundance of beautiful, delicious fresh produce there (and cheap too, coming from HI/AK). Yes, it can be very easy to eat healthy and well there – nice that you're having that experience, too. Good luck with your exam!

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Yeah, coming from AK going anywhere in the lower 48 i'm always amazed at how cheap and fresh fruits and veggies are!

 

Week 3 Recap:

 

Running - Ended up running two days around the Pepperdine track, one threshold and one easy run. I'm pretty proud of even getting that much running in, as the study pressure was intense. 

 

Food - Ate great last week...way too much of it, but great! It's weird being in such a structured schedule, like wake up and eat every four hours exactly. My body is like, hey, it's 8am it's food time, hey its 12pm its food time again!

 

To Do Stuff - Got so much of this done! Completed my dreaded CSOP class...to be honest i'm not confident at all that I passed the certification exam though. It was one of those tests where you open the first page and are like FUCKFUCKFUCK I don't recognize half of this shit! Not pleased with the exam prep provided by the class, but oh well, it's over with, or at least until I find out if I failed. If I failed I have to take it again at a testing facility. We'll jump that bridge when we get to it I guess. I also attended my sister's baby shower and got to see a bunch of family I haven't seen in awhile, and wish my sister good luck on the last month of pregnancy. I even bought my wedding dress! It will be in around mid October, so fingers crossed my order is correct and I don't get something way too small or short! 

 

So I think now all I really have to worry about is my upcoming move and honeymoon arrangements. :D Checking things off left and right!

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Alright, Challenge wrap up!

 

Running - Had a great running week, ran 20 miles with a threshold and 3 easy runs. 

 

Food- Finished up the challenge pretty strong, had a lot of salads for lunch and fresh fruit. 

 

Stuff - Getting ready to go on our house hunting trip in Vegas, have most everything arranged.  

 

Overall it was a pretty successful and laidback challenge. Checked a lot of stuff off my to do list, got back on the running horse and ate a bit better. Baby steps towards another half marathon season, a new life in Vegas and the wedding diet. 

 

 

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