Friday Favorites: My First Postpartum Long Run and a Riverboat Ride

May 13th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Yesterday I set out early to tackle my first official postpartum long run. I’d run six miles a few times before so I hoped to hit eight. I didn’t have any time goal as I truly believe long runs are best done at whatever pace feels easy. Depending on a lot of factors my ‘easy’ pace can range anywhere from 10:30 to 12:30 and up.

My legs were a little tired after my workout on Wednesday (I did the workout I assigned my clients and man — I’m a tough trainer!) and I’m struggling with figuring out how to carry my phone and water. I used to be able to fit my phone in my handheld CamelBak but now that I have a 6+ it no longer fits. Does anyone use a flipbelt for their phones?

So, with tired legs and no water I set out and happily finished 8 miles with an 11:30 pace. I was tired at the end, but still felt I could have ran a little faster, and a little further, so I’m pretty optimistic about running a strong half in a few months.

Yesterday afternoon my parents and I took the baby out for his first boat ride on the Riverboat Discovery tour. It’s a 3 hour tour that is one of the highest rated attractions in Fairbanks. With my parents leaving today I thought it was a nice thing to do on their last full day in town.

The tour started off with a bush plane taking off from the water right next to us. I still can’t get over how blue the sky is here.
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We then stopped at Susan Butcher’s dog kennels. She was a badass Iditarod musher who passed away 10 years ago. Her husband has taken over giving tours of the kennels. The boat just pulled up along side the kennels and he talked about how they train the dogs and hooked some of them up to pull him on a 4×4 (that’s how they train them in the Summer.) IMG_0632

Further down the river we got off the boat to tour a replica native village. IMG_0642

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I freaking loved the outfit my son was wearing yesterday.
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The narrator of the cruise was JR Lewis, a local news anchor. Mom was holding baby as he drank a bottle and I was kneeling in front of them when JR sneaked up behind me and started pinching baby’s thighs. JR was a hilarious tour narrator and as we got off the boat I asked him if he’d hold baby for a photo. Travis and I watch him all the time and since Travis was at work while we were on the boat I knew he’d die when I sent him a photo of JR holding him.

Today we are going out to eat for lunch and maybe running on post to do a ‘build a moose’ stuffed animal (like ‘build a bear.’) The temperature is supposed to get up to 80 today which I am not a fan of. Our house, like most in Alaska, does not have air conditioning. Not cute.

What are you doing this weekend?

Any tips for staying cool without AC?

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9 Responses

  • Huge flipbelt fan over here. I’ve had mine for 5 years and it’s still going strong. The 6+ is a little snug but it works, and they have a wider version now.

    • Erica House says:

      So you have the flipbelt classic? I’m looking at their site now and don’t see a wider version. Do you think the 6+ in a case would fit in the classic?

  • Traci says:

    LOVE my Flipbelt!

  • Jessica says:

    I don’t race or anything, I’m just a hobby runner, but 8 miles is one of my favorite distances to run. More mentally satisfying than 5/6 miles, but less physically draining than 10. Great job!

    • Erica House says:

      8 miles is a perfect distance! It’s the shortest distance I’d consider a long run, but also isn’t nearly as time/mentally consuming as 10+ miles.

  • I have a flipbelt and love it (I even take it whenever we’re traveling as it means I don’t have to carry my purse) BUT I don’t love it when running as it feels too heavy/lose (but I have teeny tiny can’t-fit-anything-snuggly hips and I think that’s the problem)

  • Kirsten C. says:

    Random question on your online boot camp…Do you offer just the carb cycling piece of the program? I’m unable to do HIIT workouts due to a back injury and I’m not on Facebook(I think you use a Facebook group) so I was just curious if you provided the carb cycling program separate. Thank you.

    • Erica House says:

      Kristen, at this time I’m just offering the group with the exercise component and definitely using facebook groups. Being able to check in all day with everyone and offer support has been huge! A few of my clients are not on facebook either and just made a fake account to join the group.



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