Last year, I ran the torchlight 5k race for the first time, because a friend of mine really wanted to do it. I’m not big on 5k races, and I don’t really know why. I prefer to run long distances, but I’m usually more successful (ranking wise) at the shorter distances. And they’re pretty fun too since you’re only miserable for like 20 minutes! We decided to run again this year, and another friend of mine happened to be in town, so she was able to run it too!
After a few weeks of marathon training in really hot weather, we were lucky to have a non-humid 80 degree race day. The cool thing about the torchlight 5k is that it’s right before a big parade in Minneapolis, so the run is at 7:30pm and the course is along the parade route. Races are normally so early in the morning, but I always feel much faster running in the afternoon/evening!
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One of my favorite races of the year is the Red, White, and Boom half marathon in Minneapolis. This was the race that I first broke a 2:00 half marathon, on my second race ever. It usually ends up being a super hot and humid day, but something about the excitement of the race makes up for the weather! The race also follows a pretty flat and scenic course, with lots of people coming out to celebrate the event. The race finishes by running across the historic stone arch bridge which is always a great ending!
As I shared after my last half marathon, it’s been a rough season of racing for me. After having a great 10 mile race at goal pace, and feeling like my training was going so well, I got sick and it all fell apart in 2 half marathon attempts after that. I also discovered that I had an iron deficiency, and suspect that I was overtraining and exhausting my body between the two half marathon attempts.
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Every May, there is a one mile race in downtown Minneapolis. I ran it for the first time last year and had so much fun. I never run “just” a mile, especially during a race, so its a fun way to see how your fitness has improved without a huge commitment.
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Last weekend, I ran the Hot Dash 10 mile race in Minneapolis. I have run the race the last 2 years as a part of the race series that I did leading up to the Twin Cities Marathon. I was never a huge fan of the race– it’s in the early spring when it’s hard to get out and train, and the course is really hilly. But, it’s always a nice butt kicking to kick off my spring races.
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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!
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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.
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