My Friday Five Favorites are almost always running related. But with Big Cottonwood less than a week ago, I'm taking a little breather from running. How about some non-running activities for fall? October is probably my favorite month ever; I mean, it includes my birthday and our wedding anniversary. It also includes Halloween, bonfires, and fall marathons...Oh wait, back to running again! But Continue Reading
Friday Five Favorites: My Five Favorite Marathons…so far!
Every marathon is special in its own way. I have fond memories of all of them, from the tiny Marathon-to-Marathon in Iowa to the world-renowned Berlin Marathon! As corny as it is, each marathon was an important part of my running journey. I could write a post about what I loved about each and every one, even the ones that were really hot or where I had a disappointing personal performance. With Continue Reading
What to Wear on Race Day!
Are you training for a fall marathon? Maybe you're doing the Twin Cities Marathon (one of my favorites!) Portland? Milwaukee? Chicago? Berlin? Richmond? Steam town? There are so many great fall marathons to choose from. Maybe you're joining me at Big Cottonwood this Saturday (if so, please comment here so we can connect in Utah!) If you are running a fall race, you might be starting to Continue Reading
Friday Five: Five Things You Need for a Successful Long Run While Traveling
Two weekends ago, I was in Napa Valley with my sisters, husband, and two brother-in-laws for a 40th birthday celebration. I had to be flexible with my training schedule, so I moved my long run to Monday. Dustin and I added two days on the end of the trip to spend in San Francisco and that city seemed like a good place to run 20 miles. The run was a lot of fun; I feel like we saw just as much Continue Reading
Friday Five Favorites: Best Water Fountains in Minneapolis
Hydration, hydration, hydration! Hydration is so important for runners. Often times though, it's easier said than done when on the run. Though I have a few fuel belts that I like, I still fully appreciate and utilize the public fountains found on the Minneapolis trails. Here are my five favorite water fountains! (Quick caveat: technically, I'm from Wisconsin, so I should call these Continue Reading
Friday Five Favorites: Reasons to Love the Track!
Today's Friday Five Favorites is all about the TRACK. Marathon training is about endurance, but speed training is still an important component of a successful plan. Historically, I have usually done my workouts on the same trails on which I do my long runs. But more recently, I have headed to a local track for my shorter speed sessions. And guess what- I'm loving it! There are so many Continue Reading
Friday Five Favorites: Post-Long Run Brunch Spots in Minneapolis
I love to go out to brunch after a long run. It's the best, right? Take a quick shower, throw on some casual clothes, and refuel! I'll be honest that I'm not always all that picky; pancakes, eggs, omelets, waffles- I love it all. (I just don't want to have to wait for a long time as I'm usually pretty "rungry" by that time, amiright?) So even though I'm not super picky, there are still Continue Reading