Hi everyone! Happy first day of February! I’m honestly really excited that January is over. I think it’s one of the hardest months to deal with, mostly because of the complete lack of sunlight, fun holidays, and warmth. It’s a month that starts out with lots of excitement and promises, but it always ends with people dealing with SAD and lots of broken resolutions. Last year I can’t even recall a single thing about January which is kind of depressing. This year, however, I’ve been trying to keep as busy as possible to take my mind off the darkness and the blah weather! You can find my recap of last weekend here, and if you take out the scary earthquake you’ll see that I’m committed to trying new things and spending as much time outdoors as possible. And since I had so much fun last weekend, I decided to do the same things this weekend too!
Saturday: I started the day off with a fun run for one of my favorite companies, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop! They have a location downtown that I’ve been going to for over a year now, and they make the best baked goods – both savory and sweet! They just opened up a new location in Airport Heights on Wednesday, and they decided to celebrate by hosting a “fun run” – not a race – between the two locations. My friend and I signed up for the free event, but we opted to donate to their charity and buy their event shirt as well. It’s a map of the “course” AKA my favorite running trail, so I had to get it!
I live in the general area of the “120” in the lower left corner 🙂
We showed up at 10:00 am and I was very happy to see that the sun was rising and actually staying out! It’s been so cloudy all month, which cuts down on our tiny amount of sunlight that we get in the winter. I also really enjoyed the free coffee and warm chocolate chip cookies at the Downtown location. I know you shouldn’t eat chocolate chip cookies before running 4 miles, but YOLO. And you don’t turn down Fire Island cookies, ever! As I was eating my cookies, I spoke to a representative from Icebug who let me try out a pair of their studded winter running shoes on the run. We’ve had some warm weather this week which turned our inch of snow into an inch of solid ice, so even though my shoes are studded I knew I needed all the help I could get with running safely! Once we were done snacking, we headed off with the large group of fun runners to our second cookie feast over at their Airport Heights location.
The Icebug shoes ended up being AWESOME and I now want a pair! I didn’t slip at all which is definitely a miracle given the intense ice conditions. It was lots of fun running outside in the sunshine, and I’m so glad I had a reason to get out the door and spend time on the trail with my friend. The miles flew by, and before we knew it we were exiting the trail and heading through the neighborhood streets towards Fire Island #2. We started chanting, “It’s almost coffee time!” until we ran into the parking lot!
My husband was there waiting for me with a large coffee, and there were more warm chocolate cookies for us to eat as well. I had a blast at this event and really hope they do it again next year! I then spent the rest of my day attending a Harry Potter movies 1-4 marathon at my friend’s house. It took over 10 hours and was seriously the best way to spend a winter day!
The Harry costume might have been an excuse to wear my glasses out in public 🙂
Sunday: I spent the afternoon cross country skiing again! Anchorage and The Valley are pretty much snow-free after our warm temps this week, so we drove up into Hatcher Pass to find the only remaining snow in the area. It was worth the hour long drive from Anchorage because the snow was groomed on Archangel Road, and it was absolutely gorgeous!
The sun was out in full force, and it was so warm that I only needed to wear a thin fleece-lined running top and my windbreaker. We did the full length of the groomed road, which was about 6 miles round trip. My friend had told me that it was flat, but it actually was a gradual uphill out and a gradual downhill back so I had to learn how to make it both up and downhill without falling off the mountain. I only fell once during a steeper downhill section where the tracks were messed up, so I was pretty proud!
Seriously, how is this real life? I LIVE HERE!
I had so much fun skiing and I’m hoping that we can get some snow in Anchorage so that I can go again soon! It would be awesome to have a local groomed trail to practice on before I try to take on any more mountain passes. And it was a pretty serious workout too, so I’d love to make it a regular part of my cross training!
Stay tuned this week for a full recap of January goals as well as some new goals for February!
What were you up to this weekend? Do you have snowy/icy trails and roads where you live? What do you run in to prevent falling?