This week, Greg and I decided to take our long run outdoors since we have 9 miles planned. Which is not to say that I don’t relish the idea of running 9 miles on a treadmill.
Oh wait, yes, that is exactly what I want to say. Yawnsville! Especially when the beauty of Alaska beckons!
We geared up, I took my ENERGYbits and we headed out onto the streets of Skagway, Alaska. It took us a few minutes to get organized at first – had to let our Garmins locate their satellite, get our Zombies, Run! apps synched up (we decided to do the 5K ‘race’ followed by the 10K ‘race’ today) – but we eventually got set.
We decided to run through the downtown residential area to warm up a bit, and then headed our way out to the train-yard and the city’s Gold Rush cemetery where the town’s villain, Soapy Smith, is buried (where town hero, Frank Reid is also buried, himself a victim of the shootout that felled Soapy).
On the way to the cemetery, we encountered this:
After that, it was time to get serious. We headed farther out of town, crossed the river, and made our way to Dyea Road. Or, as I will always call it: “Uphill Road”. Because the whole thing was uphill.
We managed to keep a respectable pace (for me) considering the up-hilliness of the terrain, and that it was supposed to be a Long Slow Run day, anyway. After a while, we came to a scenic vista:
I’m just glad to have made it this far:
We turned around just past 5 miles into our run, when Dyea Road ran out of asphalt. Downhill was fun. Fast, and a little scary after a while, but still. Fun.
We made our way back to town, walked out the last bit of our 10K Zombies, Run! race, and promptly shared a protein smoothie and a turkey sandwich from Glacial Smoothies before succumbing to the natural pull of Sugar Mama’s siren cupcake call. So worth it.
It was a great, fun, beautiful run. Like in Bermuda, we appreciated our port in a whole new way when we ran it. We went places we never would have gone, had we not laced up. Just another reason to love running when you travel.
I also used ENERGYbits exclusively for fuel on this run, and loved it! I had no trouble with fatigue, stomach discomfort or hunger. It was amazing. I am not a hill person. Without my ENERGYbits, I’m not sure I could have motored up the hill with the (relative) ease that I did. I’m so happy I found them. Between this, and the fact that since I’ve been taking them daily my blood sugar hasn’t been a problem, and I feel like a normal person for a change, I can say, without exaggeration, that they have been life-changing for me. No joke.
There are 4 more days in my ENERGYbits giveaway, so you can try them for yourself. Just enter by going to my Facebook Page
And there’s still time to get 30% off everything you order from ENERGYbits by using the discount code IRunonWater when you checkout. 30%! That’s huge!
I’d love to share the Garmin map of my run with you, the way I used to be able to on my blogger page, but for some reason I can’t do that on my WordPress page. Or if I can, I sure can’t figure it out.
Either way, if you’re curious about the route, splits and elevation, go here.