What a crazy week it has been!! Here is the workout recap:
Monday, August 11th: Rest day
Tuesday, August 12th: 3 miles running (10:34 pace on treadmill)
Wednesday, August 13th: 5 miles running (10:37 pace on treadmill)
Thursday, August 14th: Rest day
Friday, August 15th: Rest day
Saturday, August 23rd: Healthy Human Race 5k (37:18—12:00 pace)
Sunday, August 24th: Healthy Human Race Half Marathon (2:23:58—11:00 pace)
Rochester Minnesota is about 315 miles away from my house (about 5 hours). I really wanted to go halfway on Friday evening, but I could not get a good price to come up on a hotel and I didn’t want to spend more than $60. So, wakeup call at 5:30 to be on the road by 6:00 am happened on Saturday morning!
The ride to Minnesota was pretty uneventful. There was some construction, fog and a bit of rain. I ended up stopping right before I hit the Minnesota border in Wisconsin and purchased this lottery ticket.
I love playing the lottery and my good luck came again as I won $25 on the ticket 🙂
I got to the expo around 11 am. Packet pickup was super easy. I cannot believe the line would ever be this long…
Since I signed up for both the 5k and the Half Marathon—I got two shirts. The shirts are super comfortable and I cannot wait to wear them for a run! I also got this lanyard too… not sure why or what you’d use it for, but I’ll always take free stuff!
The expo wasn’t huge (it fit in a small room) and had local races, running stores, etc. The usual small “expo”. I picked up some jelly beans and stinger gels for Sunday as well as this cool “Run Minnesota” shirt (paid for with my lottery winnings!).
After about 20 minutes, I made my way out of the expo and discovered where I could pick up my extra shirt I had purchased. This race was also sponsored/hosted by “the” Mayo Clinic (if you don’t know what the Mayo Clinic is, look it up… one of the best hospitals in the country) and they were selling a souvenir race shirt at the race registration where all proceeds would go to the Mayo Clinic. When I gave them my name for the shirt, they had my name down twice (I don’t think I paid for two shirts), but I got two and Lauren will be getting one soon then 🙂
After going thru the expo, I still had over an hour before the speaker series would begin. I ended up checking into my hotel, grabbing lunch and walking back to the expo (my hotel was about 3 blocks from the expo—which was also the start lines for the races! What luck!!
One of the reasons I signed up for this race was not only the awesome bling (pictures on Wednesday!!), but for the speaker series—Jeff Galloway and Apolo Anton Ohno. Jeff Galloway is definitely someone whom I look up to in the racing world—he is a celebrity for sure. I can only run the Dopey Challenge following his training program and adopting his run/walk method. I am 8 weeks into the program and I have been following it to a T (usually I’m adding more mileage since I have half marathons in there too J). His speech was great and afterwards, I got a picture with him and the Disney bling (he thought it was appropriate since I was going Dopey—that Coast to Coast medal is so amazing, I hope I can score one of those too next year). Jeff and his wife Pam ran the half marathon on Sunday and they finished about a minute behind me! If I knew he was that close, I would have slowed down to finish the race with him.
The keynote speaker was Apolo Anton Ohno—the most decorated US Winter Olympian. Apolo gave an amazing keynote address to a packed arena (probably 1,000-2,000 people) about his life and his fitness journey. I got a great seat for Jeff (second row) and I just stayed put until Apolo came because I knew I wanted to have a great seat. He ended his message with this quote “One world, one life, one change, your choice”. I LOVE THIS!! I think I’m going to get this put on my medal rack (I’ve run out of desk space… I need to get those medal racks!). I think Apolo participated in the Healthy Human Race 1 Mile walk, but he didn’t stick around for the 5k or the Half Marathon. Right now he’s training for an Ironman and he told us he was going on a 100 mile bike ride on Sunday… ugh!
On Wednesday, I’ll share the recap of the 5k and the Half Marathon and share my pros/cons of the race/race experience.