Minneapolis Half Race Plan

In my focus of Grandma’s Marathon, I haven’t put much thought into the races leading up to June 22. Since I wasn’t healthy enough to run the Run for the Lakes Half, I searched and found the Minneapolis Half and signed up (sadly at the most expensive point…but nothing I could do about that).

All of a sudden its race week and I realize I have nothing prepared, which is funny because its the same distance as the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and I planned that race down to a T, even with travel plans the week and night before the race.

So here’s the plan for race weekend!

SATURDAY- 7:00 AM up! drink coffee, eat toast.

8:30 AM teach Slow Flow Yoga

10:00 AM teach Yoga Sculpt (not recommended the day before a race, but I’ve got a job to do!)

12:00 PM shower and finish checklist (possibly eat lunch)

1:00 PM hit the road to the Twin Cities with race buddy Kayla!

(potentially stop at Nordstrom Rack at Maple Grove because I’m obsessed)

3:00 PM (ish) Pick up race buddy Megan!

4:00 PM check in to Hotel

5:00 PM walk to packet pickup

7:00 PM Dinner!

9:00 PM hot tub and/or tv watching in Hotel

10:00 PM bed!

SUNDAY- 5:00 AM Up! Make coffee and toast in hotel room.

5:15 walk to the shuttle, load shuttle, ride shuttle.

6:30 RACE START! (if it actually starts on time)

9:30ish I expect to finish, this race is about mileage not time, I plan on joining the 3:00 hour pace group.

10:00ish shuttle back and walk to the hotel.

11:00ish shower and check out of hotel by Noon.

I’m hoping the race will go smoothly and I’ll have energy for a few more slow miles after the race. And of course a post-race brunch somewhere!

Weather: The weather right now says that it will be partly cloudy and 10% chance of rain. So I’m not quite sure what clothing to wear. I plan on packing shorts, capris, a tank and a tee. Plus the usual post-race comfy clothes. (Sandals, clean capris, bra and tank as well as a sweatshirt).

Do you usually plan a lot for races? Or do you just show up the morning of and do your thing?

Ready to Race?

While the snow keeps coming down, you may be tempted to stay inside and slow down the workouts. But if you’re looking for some motivation, I’ve got a few races you should hear about!!

1. Grand On The Go 5k: April 21st, St. Paul, MN. I ran this race in 2011 with a few girlfriends when it was a part of the Grand Ole Day celebration, this year it has changed and is now part of the Wellness Weekend on Grand Ave. What a great way to kick off getting a little healthier! Also, I’m sure Whole Foods will have some great treats!

2. We Walk! Marathon, Half, and 50k May 18, 2013, Melorse/St. Joseph, MN. I found out about this race yesterday while googling “walk a marathon” so if my knee continues to be a jerk…this is a race I will probably look into!

3. Sour Grapes, June 8, 2013, Brainerd, MN. I am so bummed that I have a commitment on this day, because otherwise I would be volunteering or participating. This race was originally created to allow people who didn’t get into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (Grandma’s Half) Lottery still have a race to run!

I was not paid to share about these races, but feel that they are all unique and wanted to give them a little shout out!


Floods and Races

As the decision has finally come to cancel the New York City marathon I feel the need to share my thoughts on the topic. While I would have never wanted to make the decision, I do support the canceling of the race. I would be interested to here from someone who thinks it should still go on.

There is far too much destruction and devastation to justify allocating resources to the race on Sunday. That being said, my heart goes out to those who have been training and are unable to culminate that training with a race.

I was so happy when I was able to train for and complete the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, I learned that I could do what I set my mind to as long as I took smart steps in training, I reached out to others, thought positively and did what I could.

When the Duluth Flood came one week after the race many Duluth residents were thankful the race had already come and gone, because it is a major revenue weekend.

And while there reports that last year the NYC Marathon brought in 2.5 Million people and  $350 Million (source), I have a hard time believing that other events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade don’t do just as much if not more stimulation to the economy. I could not find an source for how much money the parade brings in, but was able to find a source for how many people. Which is 3.5 Million (source) and a million extra people must spend more money on food and lodging!

However this Sunday is not the time to focus on making money, its time to focus on cleaning and helping. For those people who don’t want their training to go to waste, there is the opportunity of traveling to Richmond for their marathon. (There is also a marathon in Philadelphia but it is sold out).

Bottom Line: My heart goes out to everyone effected by Sandy whether a resident or a runner.

Half Marathon, Game On!

This time next week is the big race day! And while I wait for my breakfast to digest a little before going on my last long run, I thought I would share my game plan in hopes that any seasoned half marathoners can offer suggestions.

4:00 AM, up! Get Dressed. Wearing all my favorite running clothes: shorts, tank top, sports bra, socks, sneakers, hat, garmin, ipod shuffle. My phone will be in a plastic baggie in my bra, (classy, I know). Make cup of coffee and a bagel.

4:30 AM, leave for Mall. They have a shuttle service that starts at 4:45 and ends at 5:15, and if I learned anything from my Oklahoma racing experience, it is to arrive early because you never know when the bus will be too full!

Race Starts: 6:45 AM

You can follow me during race day via text or email here! This is a free service offered through Verizon Wireless and will be most helpful if you’re wondering who I, or another runner is doing! I will have my cell phone on me, but it will be powered off from the start of the race until an emergency, or until I finish.

9:30-ish AM. Hopefully I will have safely finished!

Then its back to my apartment to shower, possibly nap, and travel down to Aitkin for my little brother’s 21st birthday party!


February 2012 Recap

Even though there’s still one day of February left, I’m jumping the gun on my February recap.

#1 (Run a half marathon) My lottery for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is in!

#2 (Learn 12 new recipes) I attended a cooking class at the Whole Foods Coop titled “The Boot is Off” which was Italian cooking. I really enjoyed the class, but didn’t have my new camera at the time, so it wasn’t documented for the blog.

Once I got my new camera I did continue the “I made it, I ate it” series with a post on Mushrooms. So I would say I’m on track for completing this goal!

#3 (Put my college pictures into photo albums) In January I thought about printing my pictures, and in February I wanted to, but I have been focusing on saving my money….

#4 (Create a race scrapbook) I am not one step closer, I think I’ll be spending an afternoon at The Scrapbook and More in March.

#5 (Make 12 time or money donations to various charities and/or nonprofits.) I attended the Miracles of Mitch Benefit Dinner sponsored by Theta Xi Gamma Sorority and won a great silent auction item!

#6 (Learn to blog!) I finally bought a new camera and have started adding pictures to my posts. But I really would like to take a deeper dive into style and content!

#7 (Finish the New Rules of Lifting For Women program.) I have one workout scheduled for Wednesday and then I will be done with Stage 3!

#8 (Remember to be Thankful.) This month I was in a car accident and was thankful for the family, friends, coworkers, and medical professionals who supported me.

#9 (Get a better handle on finances.) I need to work on this.

#10 (Get least 10 minutes of fitness each day.) I am hoping to step up the intensity of my March workouts, I have a vacation coming soon!

#11 (Do 5 minutes of clean up each day.) There are still a few pockets of mess in the house, but its not too bad.

#12 (Take the time to breathe.) In February I spent a lot of weekends running to the Twin Cities and visiting different groups of friends. While the time was well spent, I am happy that my weekends in March will be spent in Duluth or Aitkin.

All in all: I need to really increase my focus on workouts, finances, and I need to stop putting off the scrapbook or college pictures.

I Won The Lottery!!

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Lottery to be exact. Which means I am on track to complete my Dirty Dozen 2012!

Now here’s where looking forward comes to play, I need a training plan! I have decided to base my training off of Hal Hidon’s Novice 1 Half Marathon Plan. And have already added it to my workout calendar. While many people use an excel spreadsheet, I personally react well to calendars. So I started with June 16, and plugged the training options into my calendar and rearranged based off a few things I already of scheduled.

Those pre-scheduled events include 2 5ks! The last time I did a 5k was here

Where I completed 2! 5k trail runs in 1 day!

And here is a picture after I had finished the 2nd 5k of the day!

Which was also 5k #6 of 6 for 2011!

During my training I will be traveling to Oklahoma with a few friends to complete the Oklahoma City Memorial 5k and I will also continue the tradition of celebrating my birthday while running a 5k with my mother! Due to the travel plans for Oklahoma, my mother and I will do our 5k in Duluth the week before my birthday.

Hopefully all goes well and I can stick to my plan, but I also have another half marathon that I have my eye on…..The Women’s Half Marathon in Bloomington, MN in August!

Did anyone else get into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and want to do a training run together? Or do you think I’m crazy for scheduling 2 5ks during my half training?