We are so happy to welcome Michelle Baxter to the Suite Run Podcast!

Michelle Baxter—also known as The Runner’s Plate on social media--is a sub-3 hour marathoner, mom of two boys, running coach, and a morning runner who runs without music but does like to listen to podcasts while on the treadmill. 

Michelle and her family currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska, but will be moving in just a couple of weeks to Minnesota, which is where Michelle grew up. Her and her husband are making a big switch in their careers and will be taking over the family farm of corn and soybeans. 

Michelle and her husband spent the last 15 years in Anchorage. She worked at the local running store (Skinny Raven Sports), coached with the Raven Run Club, and did a lot of Alaskan things over the years. It was not uncommon for Michelle to see a variety of wild animals on her morning runs: moose, coyote, lynx, eagles, sandhill cranes, along with other species. 

Michelle shares her inspiring running journey in the first half of the conversation and then we chat all things ALASKA, including Michelle's favorite places to run (bring the bear spray!), great places to dine out in Anchorage, fun races and so much more.

Enjoy our conversation!

Michelle's recommendations for Anchorage:


1. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
2. Chester Creek Trail
3. Campbell Creek Trail


1. 49th State Brewing (great views and food)
2. Snow City Cafe
3. Ginger (Asian Fusion Food)
4. Pier and Pressed Juice
5. Simon and Seaforts (seafood)
6. AK Cake Studio


1. Stay downtown and rent a car. (Note: Do not stay in the Spenard area)


1. Skinny Raven Half
2. Frostbite Foot Race (during the Iditarod)
3. Mount Marathon (A 5k trail race straight uphill and then you have to run down!)
4. Lost Lake (16 mile trail race)
5. Mayors Marathon (Mid June - attracts the most out of state runners)
6. Fairbanks has a race at 10 PM, close to summer solstice

Places of Interest

1. Come in the winter to see the Northern Lights
2. Ride a dog sled during the Iditarod

Running Store

1. Skinny Raven Sports

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Where to find Michelle Baxter:

Michelle on Instagram

The Runner's Plate (Michelle's blog)

Where to find Natalie and Jerold:

Natalie's Instagram
Suite Run Instagram
Natalie's Twitter
Suite Run Twitter
Natalie's Facebook
Suite Run Website
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