Minneapolis Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Recap

Saturday kicked off my 2014 race season! This season is going to consist primarily of 5Ks, with a few 10Ks mixed in- staring with the inaugural Hot Chocolate 5K in downtown Minneapolis.

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Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Expo Recap

This weekend I ran in the inaugural Minneapolis Hot Chocolate 5K/15K. Before the race, they asked that everyone attend the expo to pickup packets as there would be no race day pickup. Packet pickup was held downtown Minneapolis at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on two days: Thursday 2-8pm and Friday 11-5pm. If you work downtown the timing wasn’t bad, but coming from south of the city after work on Thursday was a nightmare for traffic (I think this was also because the Twins were playing that night). If you weren’t able to make it for packet pickup they did allow friends to pickup for others.

The race suggested parking at the hotel parking ramp for $4/hour and there were plenty of spots when I got there around 6ish.

expo

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Sticking to It

Yesterday early registration opened for 2015 runDisney’s Marathon Weekend. I’ve participated in the half and full (Goofy’s Challenge) for the past 2 years and have decided to sit out this year.

And it’s tough sticking to that.

disney marathon finish

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Weekend Recap

Good morning and Happy Monday! I’m really excited for this week because this Saturday kicks off my 2014 race season with the Minneapolis Hot Chocolate 5K (there’s still time to register, and if you use the code MSPMUG you get a free gift!).

Workouts

training

I stuck with interval training this weekend – with a 30 minute focus on arms (heavy weights – ouch!) then 30 minutes of hilly interval speedwork.I started at 8% incline and ended at 1% with a full out sprint, multiple times. I was really excited for my last 1 minute sprint I hit a new speed PR! Total I ended up running was about 2.80 miles.

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Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners Review

When I first started running I thought all you had to do was grab a pair of sneakers and head out the door.

This was good for the first few runs… but then I started to get knee pain and couldn’t run more than a 1/2 mile at a time without feeling like my leg was going to fall off. Slowly I started to learn about training (aka my high school cross country coach told me what to do) and got fitted for proper running shoes – what a difference!

runners world

Runner’s World latest book covers the basics of running – from what gear you need all the way to what diets to follow. I really like that the book isn’t geared towards one specific goal, instead it’s more of a resource to help you achieve whatever your personal goal is. Want to run faster? Run further? Run nonstop? The tips are all here. The book is written by Runner’s World expert editors, coaches and nutrionalists – Jennifer Van Allen, Bart Yasso, Amby Burfoot and Pamela Nisevich Bede.

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