Hi everyone! I’m happy to report that things have been going really well lately! We are starting to settle down here in Seward. Today actually marks 1 week since we moved here, and we’re doing pretty well! It’s really a good thing that we came here so early, because there are so few staff members here at this time and making new friends has been pretty easy. Last Friday we went bar hopping with 5 of our coworkers (that’s basically all of the customer service agents plus a few deckhands) and had a blast! Andrew and aren’t big drinkers so we mostly just socialized, but we had fun getting to know our coworkers. We also met a bartender from State College, PA who moved up here 5 years ago. She had great hiking recommendations and was literally so excited that we’d moved up here from PA! It seems like when we tell people that we moved up here, most of them are really excited for us and give us tons of recommendations. I love it! People here are seriously so friendly!
This weekend we started working real shifts at work and did a pretty good job, although I’m still a bit confused by all the tours and the booking system. And this is just the base level of my job, my actual position is way more confusing and difficult! Learning a new job is not really fun, so I’m looking forward to the time when I can just work without having to be terrified that I’m making a mistake! We also went back to Anchorage on Saturday for some supplies and it really hit me for the first time that we actually live in Alaska. It felt like a “vacation” driving up here, but now that we’re doing normal things like working, cooking meals, and running I’m starting to realize that this is our life now! It’s crazy! Especially when we saw this sunset on the highway at 10:30pm:
Since my last post, I’ve run 2 other times. It finally feels like I’m getting back to normal with running which is the best feeling on earth! I’ve realized that the burning feeling in my lungs is due to the colder/windier weather when I run (yesterday it was 45 degrees) and since I haven’t done that in Philly for a while my lungs need to get used to it again. Knowing why my lungs hurt makes me feel more comfortable running, and it also helps me get out the door to run since I know I need to run more to get used to it. It’s also nice that I’m quickly seeing improvement in my time – since last week’s terrible first run I’ve cut 4.5 minutes off my 3 mile time! I don’t feel as sluggish and I think that’s because I’m getting normal sleep and eating better. Veggies are great 🙂 I’m also finally getting those post-run happy endorphins again and feel that I’m able to use my runs to zone out and forget about everything. I was feeling pretty awesome about running yesterday (a sub 30:00 3 miler! Yay!), until I remembered that I signed up for the Her Tern Half Marathon in Anchorage on July 19th and should probably start training for it. After taking a look at my trusty half marathon training plan by Hal Higdon, I realized that I’m technically in week 3 already and should be doing a 5 miler this weekend! That sounds fine with me since Andrew is working on Saturday and I’ll need something to do, plus the sunny 60 degree weather will be back by then! Right now we’re getting what people call “typical Seward weather” which is 40s/50s and rain. We’ll see if I actually make it out for a run in the cold rain this week or if I do some Barre3 online workouts instead (hey, I need to cross train right?). After the Love Run Half in the rain I’m kind of not sure how to feel about rainy runs, but I do know that I’m glad I brought two pairs of shoes in case one pair gets wet!
It’s nice to feel like I’m starting to get back into my old routine – work, dinner, run, blog or go out with friends, sleep. While I’m looking forward to adding some nice long hikes into my life, I’m happy that I’m finally feeling back to normal after such a crazy month of moving. Seward is such an awesome place and I’m so happy that we’re here! And I’m really happy to be feeling like the old Kristen K. again 🙂
What’s your favorite half marathon training plan? Do you like to run in the rain? Any advice for my impending cold/rainy runs here in Seward?