About

Welcome!

This is my blog and a little snapshot of my life.

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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.

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Running is my main form of exercise, although I also enjoy biking, swimming, yoga, hiking, and lifting weights.

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Green Balance Juice

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.

Enjoy!

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36 responses to “About

  1. Hey Michelle,

    I just stumbled upon your blog- I really like it. I’m a runner, and have absolutely no clue HOW or what to cook that’s healthy. I would save a lot of $$$ not hitting my deli if I just learned how to cook. Thanks for the ideas on your site. Very cool!

    Abbey

  2. Came across your blog through A Foodie Stays Fit blog roll and am so excited to read more. I grew up in Eagle River, Alaska but now am living in northern Maine. I miss home so much! I absolutely love your Visit Alaska page.

      • The mountains! Maine is very similar to Alaska, but you don’t have the beautiful mountains. Also, I now live in the very northern part of Maine and I miss being closer to a city. I have to drive 6+hours to get to Portland!! Growing up in Eagle River I was only 10 miles outside of Anchorage.

  3. Hey! I just discovered your blog from a comment on Healthy Tipping Point…I live in Anchorage too! So funny, such a small world. I go to Anchorage Yoga all the time, AND I used to work at Ginger, so maybe I’ve even seen you! haha. Hope you are surviving the cold..at least the light is coming back! I CANNOT wait for spring/summer! You are so brave for running outside in the dark!

  4. Those pictures of you running outside look amazing! I’ve heard Alaska is breath taking. So cool you live there…and so cool you are a PE teacher! Just found the blog, and I love it! I’ll be back for more 🙂

  5. So great to find an Alaskan blogger! I was born and raised in Anchorage but go to school in Portland, Oregon. I used to work at L’Aroma Bakery off Old Seward! (It was called the milano salad). What school do you teach at? My mom was a teacher and track coach with ASD for 30 years. Cindy Petrovich? Love your blog and hope to start my own very soon!

    • I’ve been to L’Aroma a few times!

      I don’t recognize your mom’s name; I’ve only been in the district for a couple of years.

      I’m so jealous you live in Portland! I want to move there so badly!!

  6. Hi, I recently starting reading your blog and am loving it! I also recently found out that I’m moving to Anchorage in October and am wondering if you have any tips?

  7. Hey, Michelle – I’m not sure if commenting makes me more or less of a creeper! 🙂 I stumbled on your blog linked from another running blog, I think, and love your photography (especially the Alaska and food pics!). Anyway, you do a great job, and I just wanted to give kudos.

  8. Great blog!!! I’ve just started running again and am training for the Des Moines half in October. Your blog is very inspirational, giving me ideas for workout clothes, recipes, and adding Alaska to my list of places I want to visit. I’m from Iowa and my dad’s side of the family is from southern MN.

  9. Hey Michelle! Thanks for such an awesome blog! I especially love all the outdoorsy pics and reading about all the different restaurants. One of my dreams is to move up to Alaska when I’m older so its really cool to get a feel for it on here 🙂

  10. like your blog Michelle… Just came across it as I was looking for motivation to run my 17 miler this weekend. I too am training to run the Boston 2013. I am fund raising so I didn’t have to qualify – I’m on Team Stork with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Thanks for your great healthy food information and much success in your running…

  11. Just stumbled upon your blog today after seeing you tagged on skinnyrunner.com and thought I’d check it out! I was excited to see you’re originally from Southern Minnesota, because so am I! (Rochester area) Also I think Alaska is absolutely beautiful. Good luck at the Boston Marathon!
    Check out my blog too at comerunorshine.wordpress.com if you get a chance. I’m just entering the blogging world 😉

  12. Hi! I came across your blog, and I must say I love it! One of my goals has always been to make it to Alaska. I live in Ohio now, and I hate it when the temp goes over 60. I run so much better in the cooler air. 60-70 miles a week in 80+ weather stinks! I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes! Thanks!

  13. Hope Boston 2013 went well for you and you stayed safe! I ran there in 2012 and couldn’t believe the tragedy this year :s

    Very cool that your a MN native! I grew up on a small farm in Minnesota, too, but on the exact opposite end of the state; on the Canadian border 🙂

    Happy running!

  14. I am a part time runner, but hope to run a half one day. Just came across your blog and love it. I might be moving to Anchorage in the next few months from Texas (yikes!) so your visit Alaska section has been fun!

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