Hi everyone! I’ve got lots to talk about today. First of all, I’m still incredibly thankful for everyone who participated in my Solstice Sprint Virtual 5k on Sunday! There were 15 runners that recorded their times and I think it’s awesome that so many of you joined me in my quest to get outside on the shortest day of the year! I wish everyone could win a Black Diamond headlamp but unfortunately only one can win. And the winner is…
Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama! Yay! I’m sending you an email and I’ll have your prize shipped out to you soon…but probably not until after Christmas since I’m not going anywhere near a post office this week!
In other news, I started my Zion Half Marathon training on Monday! Woohoo! More info on this later, but there are two things I’m going to do this time that I haven’t done with any other half marathon: 1. I’m using the training plan that is being sent to me by the race and the workouts are in minutes instead of miles! Which is honestly pretty strange but hey, I’ll try it! 2. I’m going to be writing a weekly training recap each week on Mondays! I think it will be a great way for me to stay accountable and follow my plan because I do not want to write that I skipped every run. And after my last two half marathons I really need to make it to this race feeling strong and able to finish strong!
And since half marathon training is pretty tough, I’ve decided to do something to keep me focused on the fun things during my holiday training runs! You may have noticed that over the summer Amy from Let’s Go Running posted a few running scavenger hunts. I was always bummed I couldn’t participate in them because Seward has literally nothing on a normal scavenger hunt (Traffic lights? Yeah right!) so I created my own Alaskan running scavenger hunt! And then Amy actually went ahead and tried it herself (and did awesome! I was dying over those pictures!). So for the holiday season, we decided to team up and host a holiday-themed running scavenger hunt named “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”! We have until New Year’s Eve to find all of the holiday-themed items on our runs:
Surprisingly, I’ve found a bunch of these in last two days! And since we’ve been planning this all weekend, I’m going to go ahead and count this stuff!
1. Snow (it’s in all my running pictures now) and 2. A Christmas Tree in the same picture!
And 3. Santa and 4. A Snowman on the same house.
I saw lots of #5 along the trail – nothing crazy, but I do appreciate some lights!
And I felt like a super stalker doing this one but when I saw #6 running by me I had to stop and take a pic of her green shirt (on the right)!
As for #7 and #8, I doubt I will find those in Alaska – people barely decorate for holidays so I won’t see any out of season decorations, and if I see someone in shorts I will drop dead from shock. I know people are hardcore here, but most people are not dumb enough to wear shorts in 25 degree weather on a windy coastal trail. Although I do have until New Years to see if I can spot any crazies out there!
Want to hear the best part? We want everyone to join us! If you see any of these things on your runs between now and New Year’s Eve, we’d love you to tell us all about it! Feel free to write your own post and link back to us so that we can check out your pictures. Have fun!
Have you ever trained with a time-based plan instead of mileage-based? Do you see any of these holiday-themed things on your daily runs?