Running at 30 below

Today’s Date & Location: December 16th, 2013 in Fairbanks, Alaska
Temperature: -35 in town… around -28 at my house
Sunrise/Sunset: 10:54am/2:39pm – 5 days until we gain light again!
Listening to: Running mix on my iPod Shuffle
Success of the Day: 2.5 miles on my coldest subzeo run to date!

As I was driving home from work this afternoon, I wondered what I was going to do. Veg out and watch TV? Work on more handmade Christmas presents? It was well below 0 outside, and our weekly LOL group (an all women’s cross-country ski group) had been canceled since the temperature cutoff is -16 and in the hills, it was around -20 today. I even thought about going skiing anyway. Then I looked over and saw someone running, and not for their life or to catch the bus. It was someone as crazy as me and all of my running and ski friends. Then I thought of a woman in my running group, Cathi. She runs everyday, no matter the temperature. Today, Cathi would be my inspiration. It didn’t matter how cold it was, today I was going to go home, gear up and RUN.

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Pre-Run – How much gear does it take?

So how does one gear up to run in -30 degree weather? There is the saying that there is never bad weather, only bad gear. Layer in the right clothing, and cover your face with the right gear, and you are set. But what about gadgets? They work too. I wore my GPS watch, under my coat to protect it, with no problems. My headlamp survived the weather (that was a test I was happy it survived!) and my ipod goes under my clothing too. Gear works – just protect it like you do your skin.

My favorite part? Keeping my butt warm enough and not overheating my hands. It’s a balance that takes time to figure out. My second favorite part? The icicles that form on my hair and eyelashes (they make them want to stick together). My pictures did not dipict that well enough.

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Post-Run faces

Remember, there is no bad weather, only bad gear! Find yourself some inspiration, and go run, ski, snowshoe – whatever it may be that keeps you active, happy and healthy!

Capturing the Holiday Spirit

What did you spend your weekend doing?

For the first time, our office decided not to do a Secret Santa, staff party, or door decorating party. This all bummed me out a little, because having the extra holiday spirit around the office makes it a happier place! Over the weekend, I decided I didn’t care, that I was going to bake for my office, and make gifts for my team, and to bring in my little tree to put up. Catching the holiday spirit is contagious, and the gift of giving – well, it’s a gift! I really loved to spread joy around the office on a Monday morning!

Making Cinnamon Rolls

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(Recipe from Pioneer Woman… perfect size for gifting these baked goods!)

Making Snowmen as Gifts  

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Decorating the Office

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I challenge you all to catch the holiday spirit and spread some joy to others!

Happy Holidays!  

A Week of Adventures in Alaska

Today’s Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Temperature: A WARM 28F mmm mmm
Sunrise/Sunset: 10:46am/2:45pm – 12 days until we gain light again!
Listening to: Christmas Radio on iTunes
Success of the Day: cross-country skiing in this warm weather!

My apologies, I have some blog catching up to do! The weather in Alaska has been unpredictable, to say the least. It is very warm right now, which I am not complaining about!

Thanksgiving: Much to be thankful for this year! A year of so many fitness goals met, being happy and healthy, getting to travel all over Alaska and to 9 different states, and for a wonderful & supportive partner who I’ve known over 2 years now! I’m surrounded by incredible people, to top it all off! I spent thanksgiving in Anchorage, where it was much colder than anticipated, and not enough good snow to bring the skiis down for some cross-country skiing. But I did get some new running shoes at Skinny Raven that aren’t out at any other stores in AK yet. Very nice, indeed!

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Juneau at Sunrise

I was lucky enough to break in my running shoes trail running the mountains of Juneau, Ak! Whoa! Talk about incredible, breathtaking beauty!! It was my first time there, and there is alot I didnt get to see so I am definately planning a visit back! I was lucky enough to have sunshine and warmth the entire time I was there. Seeing new places in Alaska renews my love of this great state. What a place to be, what a place to live, what a place to call my home!

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Trail running in Juneau

After Thanksgiving and Juneau, its been a little tough to get back into my routine, but I’m trying! Starting out with some local hockey isn’t a bad way to start, eh? Go Ice Dogs!

hockeyNothing like a good hockey fight that the refs have trouble breaking up!

It helped that as I went to pick up a friend who lives on the ridge for the game, the Aurora (aka Northern Lights) were out in all their glory. Oh my oh my! What a view it was from up on the ridge! Allow me to share the view:

This week, I have remembered why I love Alaska so much. I got to visit Juneau for a statewide Prevention Summit and see many people from around the state that I only get to see at these events, and met so many new and incredible people to network with. To see what our state is doing about violence prevention, to see the amazing people and their passion, and to see new and beautiful parts of Alaska – THIS Alaska Girl on the Run is one lucky girl.