The Great Alaskan Running Cruise: Seward

You can read about my day in Anchorage HERE.

Warning: There are lots of photos in this post.

Now it is on to Seward and to board the ship.  Seward is a few hours away from Anchorage and instead of taking a bus like the rest of the runners on the ship, Meghann and I decided to take the the train.  Let me tell you that if you decide to go on this cruise, MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE TRAIN (Coastal Classic) via Alaska Railroad.  And make sure to upgrade to the Gold Star Service.  It isn’t cheap but worth every penny.

Our hotel was about 5 minutes from the train station so Meghann and I walked.  We got our tickets (I purchased ours in January and got row 3 so it must have helped that I booked them early), left our luggage with the porter, got some coffee and then 5 minutes later boarded the train.

That’s our hotel in the background in the picture on the left.

Now I am going to tell you why you have to upgrade to Gold Star Service:

  • Breakfast is included.  And not just a snack bag but a full sit down breakfast.
  • Unlimited beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • 2 adult beverages
  • Domed car so you can enjoy the beautiful and amazing views along the way
  • Comfortable seats that recline 
  • Unique outdoor viewing platform to get some fresh air, mingle with other passenger, and take in the views along the way

Since we were seated in the front, we got to eat about 10 minutes after leaving Seward.  


And now enjoy these pictures taken along the way.

Along the way I saw a black bear, a moose, and a few eagles.

These last two photos are my favorite!!



Finally we arrived in Seward and we walked to the ship.


Inside the Radiance of the Seas.

Our room.


The Great Alaskan Running Cruise: Anchorage

You can read about my day in Seattle HERE.

The next day Meghann and I took another flight to Anchorage.  It was my first time flying Alaska Airlines (I travel mostly via Southwest).


I love that they offer this free chat option.  I also love that they offer free movies to watch.  I wanted to watch The Peanuts Movie but needed the Gogo Entertainment app but also needed Wifi to download the app.  No bueno.  I wished I had known that before getting on the plane.  It was my own fault because I am sure the airline sent me that information prior to my trip and I just did not pay attention to it.  Spoiler alert: I did not learn my lesson as something similar happened to me on my United flight from Vancouver to Chicago.

Upon arriving in Anchorage, I found a Starbucks and got a mug.  So pretty.


We got in a cab and went to our hotel.  Meghann did a much better job and got us a room at the Hilton.  It was nicer, bigger, and looked cleaner than our room in Seattle.  🙂

We left our bags and went to get something to eat at 49th State Brewing Company.  I ordered a burger and a flight of beer.  I love Meghann’s beer glass!

We then took a quick nap and then got ready to pick up our welcome packet at the Skinny Raven Sports and to run our first 5k.  The race was not timed and the view was beautiful.  I ran for fun and ended up running negative splits!  <<12:10/11:42/10:56

Prior to the race, we met heard from John (and I think Jenny too) and took a group picture. 

Can you find me in the picture below?


On our way to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to run.

On the course.


Done and time to eat and drink.


But first a picture of a bear.  We saw lots of bears on this trip.  🙂

GARC17-31We went back to the Skinny Raven for pizza and beer.  I also met Elizabeth and her husband, Greg.  If you don’t know, Elizabeth wrote the book Boston Bound and you can read my review HERE.  I guess in my excitement I forgot to take a picture with her.

Afterwards we went back to the hotel but also explored the town a bit.  

It was another long and fun day.  We were exhausted and went to bed early because we had another trip the next day to Seward.  Nope, not another plane but this time it was a train.  SO MUCH FUN!!!

This was the view at 9pm where it was bright and sunny.


July 2017 in Review

I say this after every month but I cannot believe July is over.  We are halfway through the year!

Miles Ran/Last Month:  122.12/115.79.  I did 19 runs this month for a total of 24 hours, 32 minutes, and 13 seconds.  


Last year I ran 186.27 miles in July which has been the most I’ve run in a month.


Highest Mileage Week:  38.09.  This was during the end of June and beginning of July and it took me 7 hours, 52 minutes, and 58 seconds.

Races Planned/Completed:  2/2.  I ran the Rock “n” Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 16 after winning an entry from Erica.  Then I went to Alaska for The Great Alaskan Running Cruise where I ran a half marathon.  It was so much fun!  I got back Saturday afternoon and am still getting used to being back.  I have created a page specifically for this cruise and will be updating/adding posts about the trip soon.  <<I already wrote about my trip in Seattle.

Current Ache/Pain:  Still my knees.  Well more sore on the inside than the outside.  A few months ago I was diagnosed with knee bursitis.  I need to do a better job of doing my exercises to strengthen my glutes, legs, etc.

Current Challenge:  None.

Current Book:  I am a big fan of John Grisham.  I made a list of his books and would like to read all of them (I’ve already read a few of them).  I was reading The King of Torts but had to return it to the library because it was due and I couldn’t renew it, but I am hoping to resume reading it again.

The king of torts

Current Song:  Despacito.  I remember that at first I did not like the song, but the more I heard it, the more I began to like it.  And yes I do like it with Justin Bieber.  🙂

Current Treat:  Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Coffee.

Next Race(s):  Lake Michigan Marathon on September 3.  I have not signed up for this race because I wanted to wait and see how I felt during my training.  Well, I missed about a week and a half when I was in Alaska so now I am going to get back to it.  Yesterday I had to run 12 miles and could only manage 4.  Today I did 5 and it was HARD!

Current Excitement:  I am sort of excited to go back to work.  School starts in 3 weeks (August 21) and the students start on August 23.  I plan to go the week before to start organizing and setting up my classroom.  This year I’m in a new room but teaching the same grade.  This is good because I get to set it up again differently than my previous classroom.  It should be interesting because my new room is a bit smaller than my previous one.

teacher back to work

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


The Great Alaskan Running Cruise: Seattle

My trip began on Wednesday, July 19 with an early flight to Seattle.  Lola did not want me to leave.  I had a packing list provided to me by Jenny and I would cross off each item once I packed it in my suitcase.

I left early in the morning and arrived in the early afternoon.  Meghann and I had another flight to Anchorage the next morning so we decided to stay in a hotel close to the airport. I made the mistake of not checking the reviews and ended up with a not so great room. The room had a “funny and weird” smell and the owner/manager was not friendly. He was nice to me but he was very rude to another customer.  I couldn’t believe it.  The customer simply asked a question (more towels or linen) and the manager flat out yelled at him and told him to wait and that he had already told him that it would be another 5-10 minutes to get the items he requested.  Umm, let’s just say I never plan to stay there again.  And I will do a much better job of reading the reviews.  Lesson learned.

My nephew is a student at the University of Washington and has a summer job at Microsoft so we made plans to meet for dinner.  In the meantime, I took the Link to go to the Oiselle store, the Apple Store, and Pike’s Market.  I even saw the Original Starbucks but the line was too long to go inside.  Just seeing it from the outside was enough for me.

Then it was dinner at Japonessa Sushi Restaurant followed by a few flights of beer at Elysian Brewing Company.  <<Beer was DELICIOUS!


Afterwards, I was tired and ready to get some sleep.  Meghann had texted me that she had landed and was heading to the hotel.  I took a Lyft (first time and my nephew encouraged me since he has a internship with them in the fall) and met up with Meghann.  

Then I got my stuff ready for the next day and went to sleep.

It was a long but FUN day.

Ever been to Seattle?  What did you like about it?

Road to BQ Week #18

As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles.  I purchased a new Hansons Method Marathon Plan and now will be running 5 days (instead of 6) a week. 

Week #18, July 24-30

M Ran 3.01 Miles
T Did not run
TH Did not run
S Did not run
S Ran 4.02 Miles

Still in Alaska.   I’ve created a page specifically for this trip.

On Monday we did a 4 Mile “Amazing Race” in Skagway.  We got a map and a list of places to find.  Each was worth 1 point and a few others 2,3 and 5 points.

Meghan and I got 13 points.  We did not win but definitely had fun.

I went kayaking (first and probably last time).  It was fun for about 15 minutes.  Then I got tired.   I will admit that I was terrified of the kayak tipping over.

Our last run was in Ketchikan where we did a 5k.  There was an option for a 10k too.

Meghann and I did an excursion in Ketchikan where we saw a bunch of totem poles. Pretty cool.

The ship arrived in Vancouver on Friday morning and we stayed an extra day to tour the city.

Ever been kayaking?  If so, will you do it again?

Total mileage for the week: 7.03 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  438.15 miles
Total mileage for the year: 486.34 miles

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.  This week’s host is Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner.  Please stop by her blog and show her some love!   I am also linking up with Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!