A *FREE* 5K Next Weekend!

>> Saturday, March 17, 2018

This will be in 3 quick parts:

• ONE: a FREE 5K!
• TWO: my weekly plan leading up to it.
• THREE: racing withOUT a watch?!?

• ONE: a FREE 5K!

An admin from the Minnesota Distance Running Association posted on Facebook that they had a free entry into the Twin Cities in Motion "Hot Dash" 5K or 10 Mile.

It was posted on a "Grand Prix" page, and I'm not signed up to do the Grand Prix series this year, so I commented that I'd take it if I wasn't disqualified for not being in the series. I was told that didn't matter, and I got a free entry! I'm not in 10 mile shape right now, and I NEED to be working on my speed, so I signed up for the 5K as a "tempo workout" day.

Hoping to be JUST under 18. I ran a 17:39 5K last spring, but I've been bleeding speed this winter.

I like the "No" and the more kinder "No Thank You" options. Where's the "Hell Yes" option?

One of the first "free codes" that I've used online that was TRUELY free! Usually,
I have to pay some sort of $2-$5 fee. Thanks TC in Motion and imATHLETE!

• TWO: my weekly plan leading up to it.

I usually run on Wed, Fri, and Sundays. Except for last weekend's race which was on a Saturday, I've ONLY ran on a Wed, Fri, or Sun since October! But since my legs are feeling OK post-race, I think I'll mix that up this next week. I think I'll run Tues, Thurs, and then race on Saturday. Then I still get my 3 runs in for the week. (And I did a similar thing at the end of October as I led up to the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon - my last T or Th run in 5 months!)

I'll treat the lead-up to the race like it was a hard tempo run - I won't take the day off before the race (I think I'll swim), but I MIGHT take the day off after it. Maybe I'll just spin my legs a little on the bike. We'll see.

• THREE: racing withOUT a watch?!?

"Favorite trainer Laurie" and I were talking at the gym on Wednesday about last weekend's race. She said she ran that race without looking at her watch; totally by feel. She was HOPING to finish under 46 minutes, and was going to be pretty bummed if she couldn't hit that. So she was THRILLED when she came to the line seeing sub-44 on the clock! She told me I should try that sometime.

I REEEEEEALLY thought about it, but I decided against it for this race. For 2 reasons. First, I went out hard last weekend and had my fastest mile as the first mile of the race AS I WAS CONSIDERING GOING HARDER at that point. Nope. That would have killed me. I still would be laying at mile 3.5 of that 5 mile race had I tried going harder at that point. And second, this is going to be a slower race field, so I'll be running near the front. (A just barely sub-18 finishing time would have been good for 3rd in 2017, 6th in 2016 [possibly able to hit 3rd as 4th and 5th were both just under 18:00], and 2nd in 2015.) So that means if I don't have my Garmin showing me my first 2 half-mile splits, I could EASILY go out WAAAAAAY too hard and die during that race. I tend to go out extra hard if I could be at the front (or near the front) of a race. And I know what some of you are thinking... "Steve, it could be good for you to try going out REALLY hard in a 5K!" But not now. Maybe If I'm able to race a bit this summer, I'll try that by mid- to late-summer.

Well, it's supposed to be above freezing for the few days leading up to the race, with some possible rain on race morning. We'll see how this goes!


Friday Funny 1412: Yelp Restaurant Reviews

>> Friday, March 16, 2018

"Jack T" has 5 pretty great Yelp reviews:

Lots more funny things on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com. HAPPY WEEKEND!!


Friday Funny 1411: "May I Speak To Your Manager?..."

Here are some example of GOOD or BAD customer service that may spark a talk with the manager:

Well... technically...

Lots more funny things posted all day long on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com.


Friday Funny 1410: 20 Times the "Greatest Generation" Failed Using Social Media

This is NOT meant to be a jab at older folks. (How's that saying go? Something like: any thing you are born with is natural and normal, anything that gets invented by the time your 35 is new and innovative, and anything invented after you are 35 is unnatural and unnecessary.) I think these are all adorable, and I just love these:


No one goes there.

I LOVE Jo Ann.


Lots more funny stuff posted all day long on SportsAndLaughs.tumblr.com.


Photos from O'Garas Irish Run 8K

>> Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Race buddy Tom R had a friend with a camera out at O'Garas, and he ended up posting 2 albums of photos (here and here). Below are some of me and my YCWA Endurance Sports teammates:

At the start. I like how an A-line bus was PERFECTLY in the background on Snelling.

Nine seconds in (per the clock on the left).

Fellow Dad-on-the-run Brian in the white tank (who's faster than me).

I'm somewhere in this photo on the far side of the road.

She's pretty happy.

Teammates! Laurie (purple headband), Dina (pink long sleeve),
Rose (barely visible) and Alisha (1517).

The last of the 8K and 5K runners headed over the bridge at the start.

Looking across Hamline Ave in the distance from on top of the bridge.

"Former student Jeremy" has turned into a streaking running stud. That's him in the
white tank headed back over the hill to the finish in 26:06 (5:16 pace!!!)!

Impressive "fireworks" shorts in the middle. (With Patrick Parish back there too.)

Fellow Dad Brian headed up the final hill (finished in 27:29; 5:38 pace).

Rob and Brian finished in the lower 29s.

My pink shorts are visible back there! This is where I was really hurting.

Hurting. (Also, the woman back there with the white long sleeve under her blue tank was the one
I mentioned in my race report that I briefly chatted with and took a selfie with a few months ago.)

Close up of that last photo. (Also seen in my race report.)

Is that a Moose Knuckle?

Still hurting. Cursing this hill.

Nearly at the top. Dead.

Melissa G leading a pack not far behind me.

That's a good "this hill sucks" face. (Also, I like that the electrical
conduit behind him makes it look like he's blowing out his earbuds.)

Teammate Jordan 2nd from the left.

Jordan on the left. I love the STARE he's getting as he passes that guy!

Kelly D! (1338) I worked with her through Life Time Tri and
Trinona before. I didn't see her there! Hope you're well, Kelly!

Sporty blazer.

THEE Kirt G.

Tom, who provided these photos. Thanks Tom!

Teammates Gabe and Scott on the left!

Go Mike!

Awesome sidenote: Mike's beard is trimmed here. Over the winter, he lets it
get longer, put's on a 150 lb fat suit, and works as Santa at Bachman's...

SEE?!?! More photos in this article. Our team might not be the fastest, but we have SANTA!

There's Rose back there at the base of the hill!

Go Rose and Alisha!

This was Alisa's first team race! (1517)

Dina (and part of Laurie's purple headband).

Dina's race photos also double as shampoo ads.

Favorite trainer Laurie!

Go Andrea!

This was also Rachel's first team race!

Go Rachel!

A leprechaun and someone really smart.

People cooling down post-race.

Rachel's pre-race selfie!

Another angle of the post-race team shot. Nice job, team!

Here was my race report with more photos in case you missed it.



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