Last weekend, I ran my first race of the year: a valentines 5k. I’ve been working really hard on HIIT the last few months, but haven’t been doing a ton of running outside. I wasn’t really sure where my training was at, but I was hoping to be near a PR.
As the race approached, the weather conditions looked worse and worse. We had freezing rain, and then a lot of snow, and then were being hit with below-zero cold. Race morning was expected to be 12 below temperatures, and I was a little surprised they didn’t cancel due to the conditions. But, I do live in Minnesota and it’s a February race!
If your new year’s resolution is to get in shape, I personally believe there is no better way than to start running! A great way to motivate yourself is to sign up for a 5k race. Races give you a goal to work towards and motivation to push yourself on race day!
If you’ve never run a 5k before, here are my top tips to prepare for race day.
Every summer when I’m running in 90 degree heat, I always tell myself that I won’t complain about running in the cold in the winter. Yet every year during my first freezing cold run, I pity myself the entire time! If you’re serious about running, you can’t stop running for an entire season of the year, so how can you make the best of winter running months? After running through quite a few Minnesota winters, I’ve found a few hacks to make it not so bad!
Sticking to a diet and fitness plan can be really challenging, even with the best intentions and willpower. Between our busy lifestyles and food-centered celebrations, it’s hard to stick to a plan long term. Here are some of the ways that I stick to my fitness goals:
After having a crappy race day experience during my last marathon, I decided to sign up for a thanksgiving turkey trot 10k to give myself something to move on to. I wouldn’t call it a ‘redemption’ race since I really did nothing wrong before the marathon, I just wound up really sick and stressed out on race day and didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to have a race to spark the enjoyment again.
Running your first marathon is a nerve wracking experience, especially on the night before and morning of the race. To help battle as many nerves as possible, I begin to prepare for the race weeks before to help ensure that I am as prepared as possible.