This is my blog and a little snapshot of my life.
My husband Craig, me, and our dog Sadie
I’m Michelle, and I have lived in Anchorage, Alaska since August 2007. I was born and raised on a family farm (my parents have pigs, corn, and soybeans) in southern Minnesota where all my family and friends still reside. I miss it, and I’ve grown to appreciate it more now that I’ve moved away. Moving to Alaska was something I never even fathomed, but I find myself here with my best friend and husband, Craig; our adopted pooch, Sadie, who is a black lab and pit bull mix; and a home we purchased summer 2013.
As far as my occupation, I taught physical education for 4 years but resigned spring 2012. Currently I am employed at a bank in Anchorage and work as a loan processor—something entirely different than teaching! My other occupations have included: cross country, basketball, and track & field coach; group fitness instructor; and I also worked for a non-profit agency for a while. Ultimately I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but that chapter hasn’t been started yet, so I will just have to wait on that. I would also love to do some online running coaching some day.
My husband, Craig, makes frequent appearances on the blog as well. We were married on June 7, 2008 in Minnesota and rode on a hay wagon pulled by a John Deere tractor that took us down main street after the ceremony. Fun fact: the date of our wedding is 06-07-08 (which was not planned), and we started dating in 2006, got engaged in 2007, and married in 2008.
He is my best friend and makes me laugh all the time. We have a lot of fun together hiking, biking, going to yoga, traveling, and going on walks.
(Picture from our trip to Maui.)
I love running! I am seriously addicted to running and can’t get enough of it.
I usually run six to seven days a week and race as often as I can–running anything from 5Ks to the marathon. I have run 6 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2013. I have come a long way in just a few years, working my way up to 100 miles in a week, which helped me win the Kenai River Marathon for the women September 2013.
I am pretty much a health nut and am constantly working to refine my diet. I am not a vegetarian, despite what many people think. My diet consists of whole grain, vegetables, fruit, lean meats/proteins, and healthy fats. I enjoy a balanced diet and eat healthy 95% of the time.