Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fun Runs

We had two North Slope Borough/ICE Fun Runs today.
Our Fun Runs are twice each day at 6 am and again at 6 pm.  They are a little less than a standard 5K. When we complete the race we get a T-shirt.  Since it's a rather short distance I usually try to run each race twice and get two shirts. Depending on whether the race is inside or outside of the security gates, I will run the race at both time.  Outside of the gate I am able to drive myself. But inside I need a visitor's pass and have to catch a ride with someone else.  Today's runs were outside the gate over by the North Slope Borough Building. So I was able to run them both, twice and bring home one shirt for myself and three for my friends.

It ws great running weather. 52 or the morning run and up to 65 for the evening one. Although the evening run came with a very strong wind. But at least it was a warm wind. I tracked both runs with my Nike+ app. With a total of 10.92 miles.

Morning Run
Evening Run

Monday, June 19, 2017

Colleen Lake

Finally, a decent enough day up here in Deadhorse to actually run around the lake.  It was cold, about 45 and with a 20 knot wind.  But even with the trucks kicking dust in my face the whole way, it felt great to get outdoors.  I really start to feel like a caged animal after a few weeks up here unable to go outdoors.  I was pretty slow but I also stopped a few times to take some pictures. I saw lots of birds, sand hill cranes, Canada geese, tundra swans, and a few Arctic terns struggling to fly into the wind. Fortunately I didn't have any bear encounters. there have been several bear attacks further south this week, and two were fatal.  So I do keep my eyes open while I'm out there running, since there have been recent grizzly sightings around here.  But since it's pretty wide open around here, it's not likely to catch one by surprise.It's pretty easy to divert and keep your distance if you do see one.

Lots of delightful waterfowl though.

Monday, June 12, 2017

5 Miles

I finally gave up on the idea of running outdoors here in Deadhorse. The weather looks nice from the window but it's still below freezing, which itself isn't a problem.  But the 30 knot+ wind is a problem.  So I finally kicked myself out of my comfy room and spent some time on the treadmill.  I actually do feel better because I got some exercise.  My first week up here I was sick, but that excuse is gone.  I'm hoping it warms up and calms down enough that I can enjoy a nice run outdoors either around the lake or down the highway.  But this wind is just too much!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Prague Marathon

Finished the Prague Marathon with Team In Training.  Very slow as usual but managed to beat the time limit by a few minutes.  It was close though.  Don't know if I'll ever speed up.  But at least I did finish and our team made a lot of money to cure cancer.  That's what really counts.  I'm not sure what my next Team In Training event will be.  But as soon as I find one that will work with my schedule, I'll be signing up.

Finish Line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hunter Creek

Not much running lately but at least I have gotten out and hiked some nice hills. Today with Mark and Janet we hiked an old pathway up the hill just east of Hunter Creek. Most of it was on private property but Mark called the owner and got permission. We saw a couple of porcupines sleeping high in the trees, and lots of moose tracks.  But no bears happened along.  It was a good workout and a beautiful day to get out in nature. We want to go back this summer when it's drier and maybe get all the way to the creek.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Twin Peaks Trail

What a beautiful day for a hike up Twin Peaks Trail.  There was a little snow here and there so ice grippers were helpful.  But there was a lot more snow down on the Lakeside Trail. I hiked with my friend Diane and her dog Tobi. We had a great time and the scenery was spectacular!

Eklutna Lake from up above

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wenatchee Marathon

First marathon since my elbow surgery.  Of course I was very slow as usual, maybe a little slower than usual.  But I felt good and my arm didn't bother me too much.  It was a beautiful course along the Columbia River, looping twice over a couple of foot bridges. The temperature was great and it was very enjoyable.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

5 Miles

Just another slow 5 miles on the treadmill.  I've been concentrating on trying to get my arm working again instead of running. But today I woke up early enough to do a little of both.

I also registered for the Prague Marathon. I'm hoping by the time I get there I'm actually up to running a marathon.  I'm also running the Wenatchee, Washington Marathon on April 15th, so I will have a good idea after seeing how that one goes.  They have an early start in Wenatchee and I plan to take it.

It's still quite cold and snow covered outside so I'm sticking with the treadmill probably until I get back home.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Treadmill Again

I managed to get in another 5 miles on the treadmill today.  I haven't been sleeping very well due to my arm pain. But I managed to drag my lazy self down to the exercise room and hit the treadmill.

I just took a silly photo of Hello Kitty instead of snapping the view out my window to share my run. I think she was more energetic than I was today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Slow & Steady

Another fairly slow 5 miles on the treadmill.  I'm seriously having trouble being motivated.  Still lots of arm and hand pain. Plus treadmill blues.  I't 20 below zero outside and of course along with the wind, certainly not conducive to running outdoors.

I registered my recommitment with Team In Training for the Prague Marathon event. It's not that far off so I decided to look into arranging my flights.  Prague is not on the list of destinations with Alaska Airlines partners.  But I was able to book a free flight on British Airways as far as London.  From there I continue on with British to Prague.  I get there at 11pm but a day early for the Team In Training hotel reservation. So I booked a hotel for that night right at the airport.

But the return flight was the real challenge. I want to run the Mont Saint Michel Marathon on May 28th.  That's very close to when I have to fly to work on May 31st. It's also not close to a major airport. I don't have time to catch trains to Paris and fly out of there.  But London is much closer. I ended up booking a short flight with Ryan Air out of the Dinard Airport the afternoon of the 29th. It doesn't go to Heathrow but to Stansted which is an hour and a half by Tube from Heathrow. I found an evening flight from Heathrow via Frankfurt but it has a 17 hour layover. I booked another cheap hotel at the Frankfurt Airport because I don't fly out of there until 4 pm on the 30th.  But I get to Anchorage at 3:45 on the 30th.  I actually get to Anchorage before I leave Frankfurt, which seems impossible but I think it's correct. I do have to cross a lot of time zones!

Now I have to decide what I want to do for the three weeks that I'll be bumming around in Europe! I'm sure I'll find something exciting. At least more exciting than running the treadmill here while it's 20 below zero outside.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

5 More Miles

I sure feel like my training is going absolutely nowhere. But at least I dragged myself down to the treadmill for another 5 miles.  My hand is hurting so much that it is really a distraction. I do feel that if I was actually running outdoors in nature it wouldn't be bothering me so much.  But the treadmill is pretty monotonous and boring even with my music and the TV for distraction, that I can't help but notice that my hand is in a continual muscle cramp.

I always feel better when I get in a run, even if it isn't the most productive exercise.  It does beat flopping on the bed watching TV!

Gigantic snow piles across the street!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 Miles on the Treadmill Again

I've been fighting the pain in my arm but finally kicked myself out of the room and downstairs to the treadmill. I'm dying to go for a real run but it's not that possible around here. So I have to take what I can get.

So I plug in my headphones and listen to my music, while watching the news on the TV. I actually felt a little better today. By mile 4 though, my hand started cramping.  I need to keep training because I'm flying to Washington for the Wenatchee Marathon on April 15th.  They have an early start and I plan to take advantage of it in case I find that my arm really slows me down.  But I couldn't resist grabbing that run because I still don't have Washington on my quest for running all 50 states. I plan to rent a car and drive to Los Angeles and purchase the Eurovan I've been wanting for quite a few years. I love the drive down through Washington, Oregon and California. I love to make my usual stop in Mt Shasta on the way.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

5 Miles

Back on the treadmill today for another 5 miles.  I didn't push it, and was just happy to keep moving for 5 miles. My hand was in a continual uncomfortable cramp the entire time. I ran while grasping my left hand tightly with my right hand to try to relieve the cramping. I'm hoping all this arm and hand pain have subsided by the time I run the next marathon that I have planned in Washington state for April 15th. It feels like some of the feeling is returning to my fingers, and it's coming back in a painful way. I hope it is actually a good sign.

It's really mentally challenging trying to train on the treadmill when I'd much rather be outside enjoying the sunshine. But maybe not today's -30 with wind chill -50 sunshine!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Prudhoe Bay

I'm back up in Deadhorse to work for March. It's the usual icy cold windy weather with no possibility of doing anything outdoors. So I'm back to training on the treadmill. I've been sick with a bad cold and cough for the past week, so today is the first day I felt up to getting back into my training. I was pretty slow and was still doing a little coughing. My sore and recovering arm and hand didn't seem to give me any trouble.

So just a fairly slow introductory 5 mile run on the treadmill here, while catching up on the evening news.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great Ski at Eklutna Lake

What a beautiful day! I met Diane up at Eklutna Lake and we skied the Lakeside Trail. I was so pleased because I was able to hold onto my ski pole and actually use it this time. Such an improvement over last week.  At least it shows I am making progress. We went almost 4 miles too.  I can't wait to go again!

I signed up for the Mainly Marathons Prairie Series which includes 7 states, 7 marathons and 7 days in July. It gives me 5 states that I don't have and does repeat North & South Dakota. The races are in July so I'm sure I'll be fine for running by then.  Plus I have two others before that. I'm considering driving down for that trip.  Maybe i'll even take my kitty, Daisy with me.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

First Ski!

I finally tried cross country skiing.  It wasn't too bad.  I went with Diane up at Campbell Airstrip Trail. We only went a couple of miles. I found that I wasn't able to hold onto the ski pole very well.  I couldn't reach high enough to hold it at the top either. I mostly just let it drag. But it was great to get out in the snow and back on skis.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Menard Center

I'm still running indoors at the Menard Center.  Another day another 5 miles. I really don't have enough time for more miles. But maybe later this month I can pick up the distance. For now, 5 is great.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Indoors Once Again

Here I am once again running around in circles on the indoor track at the Menard Center.  Still just doing 5 miles. Lots of weather outside so happy to have this place.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Menard Center Again

I'm sure glad that I have this option of running indoors at the Menard Center.  I'm still just sticking with 5 mile runs for a while.  My arm doesn't hurt while I'm running but it does like to give me grief later in the day. Any movement is good movement at this point though.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Indoors Again

Another 5 mile indoor run.  I felt a little tired this time, so wasn't quite as fast as yesterday, but speed will come later.  I'm just happy running at all is possible. It looks like it will be a while before I'm ready for another marathon though.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Menard Center

It was my longest run so far, and only 5 miles, but I was happy to see that running is still possible even with a bit of arm pain.  I sure wish I could run outdoors but that might be disastrous considering the ice and snow and my arm that tends to throw me off balance.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful Snowy 4 Mile Hike

Just a nice hike through the new snow along the bike and ski trails in Anchorage with my best friend, Diane, I'm not quite healed enough to try skiing yet.  But hiking was a great alternative.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Menard Center

I was really tired and in a lot of pain so had just about decided to skip trying another run. But then Louise texted me to see if I would like to go on a short run. So I told her about the sports center. We met there around 3 pm and we had a nice chat and caught up on quite a few years, since she now lives in New Zealand.  I didn't feel quite as well as yesterday but did have a nice 3 mile run. I'm sure glad we have such a nice place to run when the weather isn't the best.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

First Run

First run of 2017, but more importantly, first run since my injury in Cuba.
I've been in continual pain and I know I'm rapidly losing my fitness. So I thought it might be a good idea to try a short run indoors at the sports center. It's safe there, with no chance of falling on ice, or falling off a treadmill. I only ran 3 miles but felt fine. I didn't feel any additional pain to my arm or hand, so I think it was a very good idea.  I met my friend Kate there and we chatted for about 2 miles. I ran another mile, for three miles total.

Grounds of the Menard Center