Great minds and all that

By , March 25, 2015 5:36 am

In late January I told my snister I got her something for Valentine’s Day – “I sent you a Valentine’s Day gift! So if something arrives that doesn’t have a ‘from’ on it, but you’re pretty sure that it’s from me, it is.”

That same day, she told me that she also sent me something for Valentine’s Day. Aww! 

Her gift for me arrived first. When I saw it was in a styrofoam case and had instructions to open it carefully, I had a feeling… a feeling we got each other the same thing. 

Yep! We both sent each other custom mugs!

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Ha ha, great minds think alike, and all that! (Her mug arrived two days later and we totally giggled about getting each other something so similar! TWINZ!!!)

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I kind of love mugs. I’ve written about it before, and since then, um, my collection has expanded a bit. I swear though, I’ve only purchased a few mugs since writing that. Almost all of them are gifts! And I did recently donate all of our matching ones to Goodwill. We never used them – they were too boring (and small)! 

I know that a lot of you are a little mug obsessed, too, which makes me feel better for not being alone in my craziness! 

I can’t take credit for the awesome mug I got my snister, though! My running partner, Kelly, actually told me about finding those mugs on an etsy site, and wanting to get one for her bestie*. I looked at them and thought they were so cute I got one for my snister and one for my bestie in Texas. 

*This post is coming a bit after Valentine’s Day because I waited to post this after Kelly got the mug and gave it to her bestie, who reads my blog. Would’ve hated to spoil the surprised for her!

Knitting the alphabet

By , March 24, 2015 6:23 am

The scarf Data was modeling last week wasn’t actually Waldo inspired… but Wisconsin Badgers inspired!

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With Rachel (who’s a Badgers fan) visiting last weekend, and March Madness going on, I thought it would be humorous to knit these for her cats, Leo (above) and Sox (below).

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I expected them to be annoyed by the scarves, but Rachel said they didn’t mind and ended up sleeping with them! Aww!

I was eager to move on to another project, after I finished the cat scarves. But what? When I finished the infinity scarf for my snister in February, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to work on, so I started another scarf with the same pattern. I enjoyed working on it for a good month (it’s almost done now), but I got a bit bored with it. It was just the same pattern, row after row after row after row. This time, I wanted to try something that had a bit more variety, and would be done quicker (ha – that scarf has hundreds of rows, and I picked a new project with 61 rows!).

So I looked around on Ravelry and found this pattern for monogrammed dishcloths. I’ll be seeing my maternal grandmother in April and knew she would get a kick out of them! I often buy her handmade soap, so why not some handmade cloths to go with?

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I started on Thursday night and finished on Sunday night. I did the pink one first, and really liked it, then moved on the to multi-colored one. It was my first time working with a skein like that and I had NO idea what it would turn out like. And… I don’t really like it, ha ha! I like the green one the best, because of the color, and because I was holding the yarn tighter, and I prefer the way that made the spacing turn out. Of course, I’m sure my grandma will think all three are great!

I ended up buying the entire alphabet pattern for these dishcloths, because I liked the font style, so it’ll be fun to knit other letters. It’s pretty cool that just by varying whether you are knitting or purling a stitch, you end up with a design!

Bad words

By , March 23, 2015 6:26 am

Ha! I am not talking about fun sailor-speak. I am actually specifically thinking of two words: only, and just.

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If only it were as simple as the “no more and no less” definition. But I think these words lean toward the “merely” definition, a lot of the time. And “merely” has its own connotation…

Huh?

I’ll explain. Like with most examples in my life, this stems from the exercise world. But it could be applied to any hobby or skill that you start out with basics and build on them and keep learning and expanding your skillset. Hmm, to which hobbies or skills does that generalization not apply? Anyway…

A common (but obviously not the only <– legit use of the word) path in beginning to run is to train for a 5K distance race. Then after the race, you have a lot of choices – do more of them, train for something longer, train to run it faster, stop running completely… you get the idea. Many people choose to train for something longer. Then something amazing happens – this distance you used to be training to run as your end goal, now becomes a distance that you can run many times a week, to train for something longer. Like I said, it’s similar to many hobbies, like me learning to knit. Now that I’ve gotten the basics down, I am trying different patterns (I’ll show you my new project soon!), but there is still a lot for me to learn – like circular needles, and projects that aren’t rectilinear and require adding or subtracting stitches (and much, much more).

So what the heck am I getting at? That as we build our skill set, things that used to be hard, are now easy. Duh. Ha ha. And that is great – that is progress! But, what I want to talk about, is, well, how we talk about it.

“You ran before teaching class, Kim?”

“Yeah! Just 3 miles.”

Dammit! Why did I say “just” 3? There is nothing “just” about running that distance! It’s a good workout!

“The running route from my house to Red Robin is only 13 miles.”

Crap! Why did I qualify that with “only”? I could have just said, “it’s 13, so we’ll have to add on to get in higher mileage.”

As you can see, I’ve become über conscious of my use of “only,” and “just” as of late. For three reasons:

  • I work with a varied clientele at the studio, and they don’t need to hear me say those words then infer that something that might be difficult for them, is easy for me. Or worse, that I consider it a “lesser” workout. It could be discouraging.* (And really, same thing on blogs – it’s not very fun to read people downplaying what they can do – in that annoying humble bragging sort of way.)
  • Saying those words downplays my accomplishments.*
  • Saying those words makes me sound like a pompous ass.

I often think of my winter training season in 2012 when I was training specifically to get a personal record at a 5K, and so many of my running acquaintances gave me crap about it. “Only a 5K?” “Why not a marathon?” So much confusion from people.

Here is the thing – I was training my butt off for that 5K – running about 30 miles a week, including double digit runs and speedwork. It was offensive that people implied I was slacking off by “only” training for a 5K.

And… what if I never want to run a marathon again? Increasing distance is just ONE path you can choose in running… there are so many other things to do. Open up your eyes, peeps!

Anyway. I am not saying this all to be preachy about what words you choose to use, just as a reminder to myself to think before I use these two, when quantifying something. And PLEASE, call me out if I do!

*But I am not implying not to talk about what I can do, just not to use these words, when I do.

Training Week 283

By , March 22, 2015 3:58 pm

Highlight of the Week: Feeling fantastic on my long run!

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Monday | March 16, 2015: 6 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 56°/60°, Time: 54:53, Pace: 9:08 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: the hills and heat
Strength: Kettlebells & Bench, Difficulty: easy, Felt: meh
Tuesday | March 17, 2015: 13 m run (w/Kelly) + 13 m bike
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 43°/36°, Time: 2:11:44, Pace: 10:08 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: challenged by the wind
Bike Time: 44:34, Pace: 17.5 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Wednesday | March 18, 2015:  rest
Thursday | March 19, 2015: 5 m run (incl. 5×800)
Loc: hood, Temp: 38°/37°, Time: 42:55, Pace: 8:35 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: harder than it should have
Friday | March 20, 2015: teaching strength class + 3 m run
Strength: Kettlebells & Bench, Difficulty: medium, Felt: so so (getting a cold)
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 51°/51°, Time: 28:57, Pace: 9:39, Difficulty: easy, Felt: super annoyed by the wind
Saturday | March 21, 2015: 19 m run (w/Rachel)
Loc: Home to Red Robin, Temp: 42°/45°, Time: 3:11:28, Pace: 10:05 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: mostly good!
Sunday | March 22, 2015: teaching fitness boxing + 4 m run
Strength: boxing and body weight workout (step), Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 34°/34°, Time: 34:49, Pace: 8:42 avg, Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: amazing

Notes:

  • The wind was such a bear this week… yay, start of spring! It was actually windy enough on my long run Saturday that I stopped at mile 7 to put my arm warmers on. That doesn’t seem odd for a normal person, but it’s odd for me to be wearing arm warmers with a tank when it’s in the mid 40s! Eh, it will be like this for the next month or longer. I’ll deal.
  • My long run was awesome though – Rachel was in town for the concert so I had company! We ran from my house to Red Robin, and Steven met us there and we had lunch. And even better, Rachel and I had pretty even splits and felt good the whole time! We’re just under three weeks until our ultra, woot woot!
  • I made sure not to do speedwork the day before my long run this week, and that made me feel MUCH better! The hills didn’t feel as challenging as last week, either. I miss the snow, but one nice thing about it being gone is that I can run my hilly routes!
  • Even though I haven’t done any of my goal races yet this year (5K or half marathon), I’ve kind of been thinking about what I want to do after them, in the late spring. I keep thinking, “hmm, maybe if the Wisconsin Half goes really well, I will keep training and do a marathon a few weeks later.” But, yeah. I typically ramp down after the Wisconsin Half, and, who knows what the weather will be like in late May! We shall see!

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Foreigner… finally!

By , March 21, 2015 4:07 pm

Foreigner and Styx were touring together last year and I thought about getting tickets, and didn’t. I don’t regret many decisions I make in life, but I DEFINITELY regretted that one. I really like Foreigner and wondered if I’d ever have a chance to see them again…

Then I ran across an article last November saying Foreigner was coming to Waukegan, Illinois, in March! YESSSSSSS!!! Here was my chance to see them!

I sent the article to the person I know loves 80s (and late 70s?) music like I do, Rachel, and she did not hesitate in saying “count me in!”

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I don’t think we could have been any more pumped for the concert! Every time I heard (or played) a Foreigner song, I got so excited! We decided to do some 80s inspired glamming up for the show, and figured other people would too…

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Nope. Just us. Ha! And I think we may have been the youngest people there! I was surprised! Where were all the other young 30s Foreigner fans? Ha ha.

The concert was last night at the Genesee theater. Not everyone I told about the concert thought it sounded like an idea of fun (one person even asked if I was getting paid to go, jokingly!), but everyone told me the Genesee is beautiful, and it is!

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I thought it might feel funny to be watching a rock concert in a place that feels like it’s set up for an opera or orchestral concert, but once the show started, I completely forgot about it! The space had great acoustics and Foreigner sounded AMAZING. Gah, it was so fun to hear all their popular songs being sung, live (here’s the set list)!!! I really can’t decide which song was my favorite, but I particularly enjoyed “Dirty White Boy,” “Say You Will,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” and “Juke Box Hero.” Ha. I just listed half the set – I might as well list them all!

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The entire band was fun to watch, but the current lead singer (Kelly Hansen) was especially amusing – just dancing all over, going in to the crowd, touching people’s hands in the crowd, calling them old (ha), making fun of them for sitting, shaking his booty during “Dirty White Boy,” and so on. So high energy! I was smiling the whole time!

And I thought this was really cool – a local high school choir got to come on stage and sing the refrain with the band during “I Want to Know What Love Is.” What a neat opportunity!

I’m so grateful I got a chance to go, and that Rachel came with me! I wonder what awesome 80s band we will see next?! Ha!

Tell me your favorite Foreigner song!

I found Waldo’s scarf

By , March 16, 2015 6:13 am

And lost my dignity in the meantime.

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Just kidding! I bet my coworkers thought it was totally normal when they asked me what I was knitting in the break room and I answered, “A scarf. For a cat.”

Totally normal.

Training Week 282

By , March 15, 2015 3:48 pm

Highlight of the Week: That I actually cross-trained twice and did strength twice on my own!

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Monday | March 9, 2015: 5 m run (w/Kelly) + teaching strength class
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 22°/22°, Time: 47:58, Pace: 9:36 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Strength: Kettlebells & Bench, + boxing, Difficulty: easy (mostly observing), Felt: good
Tuesday | March 10, 2015: 12 m run (w/Kelly) + 10 m bike + 10 min strength
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 34°/34°, Time: 1:56:49, Pace: 9:44 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, tired at the end
Bike Time: 28:57, Pace: 20.7 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, not as bored as usual! ha ha
Wednesday | March 11, 2015: rest
Thursday | March 12, 2015: 6.5 m run (w/Kelly, incl. 2×2)
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 22°/22°, Time: 1:00:27, Pace: 9:18 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: surprisingly good
Friday | March 13, 2015: teaching strength class + 21 m run
Strength: Kettlebells & Bench, + boxing, Difficulty: medium, Felt: okay
Loc: Around town, Temp: 45°/61°, Time: 3:35:15, Pace: 10:15, Difficulty: medium, Felt: okay, just tired legs
Saturday | March 14, 2015: 15 m bike + 10 min strength/core
Bike Time: 54:17, Pace: 16.6 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good to move the legs
Sunday | March 15, 2015: 3 m run + teaching fitness boxing + 4 m run (w/Bobbi, Dawn & Judy)
Loc: Millennium Trail, Temp: 29°/31°, Time: 28:48, Pace: 9:36 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good to wake up the legs
Strength: boxing and body weight workout (step), Difficulty: mostly easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 42°/47°, Time: 44:59, Pace: 11:14 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Notes:

  • Quite the difference between this week’s and last week’s long runs! Last week’s was 2° when I started and 18° when I finished. It was windy and I wore MANY layers. This week’s was 45° when I started and 61° when I ended. It was windy, but it felt good, and I wore a tank and shorts and my water vest. And got a lot of sun. I expected the sun and heat (and the hills that I haven’t been running since they were previously covered in snow) to drain me on this week’s long run, but I actually felt pretty good – just had tired legs.
  • Oh yeah. That. Tired legs. I need to NOT do speedwork the day before a long run (really, those two should not be back-to-back, any week!). And doing a somewhat leg-focused strength workout the morning of a long run probably isn’t a good idea, either. Ha ha. A short ride on Saturday made my legs feel back to normal though!
  • I did my long run the day after speedwork on purpose though, because I wanted to sleep in on Saturday, instead of get up to run. It was worth having tired legs during the run on Friday, so I had a free Saturday morning. That doesn’t happen very often (the free Saturday morning, not the tired legs, ha!).
  • How did everyone do with losing an hour of sleep last Sunday? I thought that the nap I took last Sunday (due to a headache) helped me out at the beginning of the week, but by midweek, I was dragging. I hope sleeping in Saturday (and a nap today, ha!) helps!
  • I did two quick strength sessions at home this week (and taught three not-quick ones, ha ha, at Efit). I was better about these at-home sessions at the end of last year and in early January. I’d like to keep them up. I like the ration of runs to strength where it is right now (in the image above) – 62 runs and 31 strength sessions for the year. That 2 to 1 ratio would be awesome to keep up throughout the year. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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Meet Fluffy

By , March 12, 2015 6:22 am

I arrived home from my trip Sunday to find Steven working in the garage on this:

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Meet Fluffy, the cat!

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I smiled so big when I saw he made me this for me while I was out of town! What a sweetie!

Steven’s had a MIG welder for awhile, and recently purchased a TIG welder so he could weld some different types of metals (and expand his tool collection, of course!). He wanted to work on his TIG welding skillz, which requires a lot of coordination and practice, so he made Fluffy! Fluffy is composed entirely from random parts and pieces Steven’s saved from various assembly kits (hope we don’t need any of those pieces in the future, ha ha!).

As suspected, Data does NOT like having a sibling.

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Data was actually scared to eat his dinner around Fluffy. Oops. Guess we need to keep them separated for awhile!

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I love Steven’s homemade gifts!

A small bit of Minneapolis

By , March 11, 2015 5:03 am

Minneapolis is a town I went to a few times as a kid. It was a (short?) three+ hour drive from my hometown, and I remember going with my family, as well as on school field trips there (I think I saw Phantom of the Opera and A Christmas Carol several times each in the Guthrie Theater).

But since I was young when I went, I hardly remember anything about the city, except for the theater. I was excited to visit Minneapolis again as an adult, and make more of an effort to understand where I was and what I was seeing. And it was great to do that with Bobbi!

Ha ha, however, if you read any of my Mexico trip recaps, you know I am not really in to planning out things these days, so I didn’t actually have anything in mind I wanted to see in Minneapolis. My #1 request to Bobbi was that we get a hotel with a hot tub. Which we did. And it was lovely to soak in after the race.

Then we had a big decision to make – should we take naps, or go do something? I mentioned the Mill City Museum that I saw during the race to Bobbi and asked if she wanted to check it out. If it ended up being lame, we’d only be out $11. Each. Ha ha.

But, it actually ended up being incredibly NOT lame, and really interesting! I know – who thought learning about flour milling would be interesting, at all?! Not I!

The way the facade of the mill is preserved is really neat:

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You guys. This mill was a bit doomed. It opened in 1874 as the Washburn Mill and… exploded in 1878. Did you know flour was super explosive? Yeah, me either.

It was rebuilt in 1880, and lasted more than four years this time (well, the building did – there were still several accidents causing worker death and injury…). Actually, it lasted awhile. Washburn-Crosby became General Mills in 1928, and the building wasn’t destroyed again until 1928, by a fire.

It stayed open until 1965, then was abandoned… well, except for by some homeless people who decided to move in. Then they started a fire that burned down a lot of it in 1991. Apparently, the historical society already had plans to make it in to a museum, so they called the fire department during the fire and asked them to save as much of the facade as possible. Hence, it looking the way it does (I think it looks cool!). It opened as a museum in 2003.

So after learning that history, I had to get this magnet, which makes me giggle:

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Hee hee hee.

Our admission included access to the gallery (derr), to the ruin courtyard, a ride in the Flour Tower (!!!) and a film viewing – Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat.

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The Flour Tower tour was so cool! It kind of reminded me of the Tower of Terror is Disney World – minus the horizontal movement (and dropping, ha!). We were in a giant elevator with stadium seating, and it went up and down through the different levels of the mill to show us what went on on each floor!

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I also didn’t realize this before, but milling was (is?) crazy complicated:

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It involved moving the grain all over the building until it was finally the finished product. We just saw 5-6 rooms (with animation and video in most), but it gave a really good idea of what it was like to work in a mill (crazy labor intensive, for most people – like the guys who hauled 150+ pound bags on flour on to train cars all. day. long.).

Then the elevator took us to the top of the tower and we were actually in the building next door, where they took the grain to clean it (you know, get insects and rodents, etc. out – and yeah, they used to just dump that waste in the Mississippi River!). We got to see the equipment they used to clean the grain, and got a great view of the city!

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Then we rode a different, all glass elevator back down and saw more exhibits, the funny (and educational) film, and we played in the water lab for a bit. Okay, I mostly played. Ha ha! The mill is located by the river because it used the power of Saint Anthony Falls to run, via giant turbines in the water. So there were all these water exhibits (meant for children) that I had to play with, to learn about powering the mill, the apron they built on the falls to control it, and about transferring logs down the river. Hee hee. Now there is only one mill in the Minneapolis area, and it’s powered by electricity.

I was impressed by the museum and found it super interesting! I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. It has something for everyone (oh yeah, like the baking lab (WITH SAMPLES!!!) we missed because of our Flour Tower tour time – they were eating brownies when we got off the elevator!).

Of course, after visiting a museum about flour, we were pretty hungry. And for CARBS!!! We went to Pizza Lucé for dinner. Pizza Lucé has been a favorite stop of Bobbi’s after she does Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth (she loves the Baked Potato Pizza) , and she didn’t even realize it was a chain, or that they had so many vegan options. I went a bit crazy, and loved it!

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Vegan meatballs, “Fire Breathing Dragon” Pizza, Peanut Butter bars (like scotcharoos!)

Gah. Everything was SO. GOOD. I was in heaven. We were both in heaven. We left there very happy.

In fact, we were very happy with our trip! Everything worked out nicely – we got in to town at a decent time Friday night (8:30), found everything easily for the race, I was able to help Bobbi with navigation while she drove, and we enjoyed the museum and LOVED dinner. It was a great trip!

We got wild Saturday night – in our pajamas at 7:30 and asleep by 9:30 (I wanted to stay up to watch my boyfriend on SNL, but was exhausted, and wanted to make sure I could get up to do my speedwork in the am). We hit the road at 7:45 the next morning. It was a quick trip, but a lot of fun! I feel lucky I got to spend this time with Bobbi – our schedules have not linked up very well to hang out this year, and I miss her (despite our daily communication and seeing her at Efit class)! I need one-on-one time with my besties!

Hot Dash 10 Mile Race Report

By , March 10, 2015 6:23 am

Yay! I can add another state to this map!

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And more importantly, I can say I did my first race (and sadly, run) of the year with Bobbi!

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Back in November, I asked Bobbi if she wanted to do something together for the holidays instead of exchange gifts, and she loved the idea. A race and girls’ weekend away? Hells yeah!

We decided we should do something in Minnesota (Bobbi’s home state) and Bobbi quickly found this 10 Mile* race.

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The Hot Dash was accurately titled – it was in the mid 30s when we started and 40° when we finished – that’s hot to us! And so, so sunny! HEAT WAVE!!! We had a cold, strong wind from the northwest, but other than that, it was a beautiful day!

The race started at 9:00, which was awesome. I don’t dig a late start in the summer, but I can, in the winter – that meant we got to sleep in until 6:00! We had breakfast delivered to our room at 7:00 (both of us had oatmeal – and both of us decided it wasn’t enough pre-race food later, oops) and headed to the race around 7:30**. We easily found the parking garage and went to packet pickup (LOVE same day pickup!). I like the half zip they gave us, and really liked the orange race hat they were selling, so we both got them and wore them during the race!

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The course started with an out and back on the east side of the Mississippi River, then crossed over to the west side of the river just before mile 7. There was a half mile out and back on the west side, then we ran south and crossed the Stone Arch Bridge (over the river again, back to the east side) before running north to the finish.

The first two miles were crowded, but it evened out quickly after that. Bobbi and I agreed that the first out and back was rather meh*** – some residential, but mostly industrial, with the turnaround in a park:

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The most eventful part was a driver trying to exit their apartment complex on to race traffic during the second mile – they kept budging their car closer and closer to the runners as the course marshal yelled at them to stop. Yikes!

The course marshals were great (as were all the volunteers) – along with the ones protecting us from idiot drivers, there were many telling us where to turn, and warning us about icy spots.

We kept our splits fairly even in the first five miles – between 10:15-10:21 pace. Somehow we speed up to low 10:00s for miles 6 and 7 (surprising, since mile 6 included one of the only two hills – the other was in the park at the first turnaround). Oops.

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Right before getting on a bridge to cross to the west side of the river

Shortly after that we both started to feel hungry and ate the gels we brought. The water stations were spread out unevenly – at miles 2.5, 4.5 and at 8 – it would have been nicer to have that last one closer to when we took our gels. I am sure if it was though, I would be saying it would have been nicer to have it closer to the end. Ha ha. And of course, I could have NOT been lazy and brought my own water – probably should have with the amount of sun we had! (I’ve been super lazy with hydration this winter and it’s time for that to end.)

I felt better after eating my Clif gel, and was digging the second part of the course. We were running next to the downtown Minneapolis area, and could actually SEE the river, which made it much more interesting for me.

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We definitely slowed down, though! Our last three miles were our slowest, ha ha – 10:26, 11:02 and 11:21. Oops – started out too fast!

I enjoyed running across the Stone Arch Bridge in the last mile. I mentioned to Bobbi that I thought it would be a really cool place to train. You could see so much from it!

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The black building jutting out of the light pole on the right is the Guthrie Theater – a place I went a few times as a kid.

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Stone Arch Bridge from above

While we were running on the Stone Arch Bridge, I saw a building that looked partially torn down and realized it was a museum! I made a mental note to check it out later, if we felt like it.

They announced our names right before we crossed the finish line, which I always think is fun (our final time was 1:45:40). I was really looking forward to the finish line food. I had run 18 miles the day before and didn’t replenish correctly after that and… was feeling it! I scarfed down my banana, chips and cinnamon raisin bread.

After we picked up our checked bags we went to check out the post race celebration area. There was free beer, some hot dish (for sale), and a beard contest, lumberjack contest and lumberjill (not sure if that’s a word or not) contest.

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We got there as the beard contest was underway, so we missed it. Darn! But! We did see some fine beards on course, as well as some funny lumberjack costumes! It’s always fun to see people get in to the spirit of the race! Ha ha, which writing this, I wonder if I really did! I didn’t take the race super seriously – running long the day before, not fueling properly, not really doing any research on the race… oops. I just wanted to run with Bobbi and have a good time, which we did! There’s something to be said for doing a race just for the fun of it (and as a way to explore an area you’ve never run in before!) – that’s what I prefer most of my races to be!

*The race was actually called something else (with a St Patrick’s Day theme) when Bobbi found it, then got re-branded as the “Hot Dash” before we signed up. It’s run by the same people who do the Twin Cities Marathon (and other races) and was very well done. There was a 5K option for this race, too.
**Bobbi’s mom set up a hotel for us, and it was a great location from the city – just a few miles away and easy to get to!
***The newly named race promoted a new course, too. I wonder if this is the course from the old race, and what people who had done it before thought of the new course.

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