2015 Summer Bucket List

Memorial Day is just around the corner, a.k.a. the start of summer. So, I figured I’d brush off and update my summer bucket list. I made it through most of my list last year, but not everything. So this year’s list includes some stuff I didn’t do last year (or want to do again) and a couple new things.

2015 Summer Bucket List

  • Listen to jazz at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Made a solid effort to go last year, but mother nature had other plans. Hope I get to see some jazz this year!
  • Take in some music or a movie at one of the Minneapolis Music & Movies in the park locations. Kind of got to see some music in the park last year, but would love to give it another try and maybe check out a movie.
  • Play mini golf. Hopefully at the Walker Art Center if they have their artist-designed course again this year.
  • Spend a night at the drive-in.
  • Run the Minneapolis lakes. Given that I’ll be marathon training, I figured this would help change up the scenery. I’ve run around a few of the chain of lakes, but not all of them. Whether I connect several on some long runs, or just hit one for a quick run, I wan to hit them all.

If running or walking a 5K is on your summer bucket list, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free race entry to the Flag Day 5K! Check out this post to enter!

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Flag Day 5K Race Entry Giveaway!

In the mood for a summer 5K? Well you’re in luck! I’ve got a race entry to giveaway for the perfect summer 5K!

It’s the MN DAR Flag Day 5K. I ran this race for the first time last year and had a great time despite some rain.

Thanks for the pic H!

I already registered to run again this year but will be taking it easy. Marathon training starts soon. (Eek!) Scary, but I’m looking forward to it. Just one of many things I’m looking forward to this summer!

This race supports the Minneapolis Fisher House – a place where veterans and their families can stay for free while receiving treatment at the VA hospital.

On top of being able to support a good cause, the course is United States Track and Field-certified and professionally chip timed. It’s a flat, fast course, so the perfect place to go for a 5K PR. It’s not a ginormous race, so it’s also perfect for new runners or walkers who want to have a good time.

Photo Credit: Minnesota DAR Flag Day 5K
Photo Credit: Minnesota DAR Flag Day 5K

Now that you know a little about the race, get ready to win a race entry! To enter, leave a comment telling me something you’re looking forward to this summer — a race, a wedding, a trip, anything! Submit your comment by midnight on Thursday, May 21. I’ll randomly select a winner and announce it on May 22. Good luck!


Much needed vacation

I got to spend the last week on a much needed vacation. Nothing better than kicking off the summer season with some family time at the beach. This vacation included a lot of the typical lounging in the sun, eating great food, and relaxation. It also included some good beach workouts.

The day I flew in was rainy, but there were palm trees so I knew I was officially on vacation!


We did a little shopping to pass the time. I found a purple panda in a store! Actually, I saw three purple pandas that day – all different, all in different stores. (P.S. this is significant because my favorite color is purple and my favorite animal is a panda :P)


By the end of the day, the weather was starting to turn around.


The next few days were beautiful and allowed us to get out for some long walks on the beach in the mornings and then lay in the sun in the afternoon. The dog loved going for some walks with us, too!



I did manage to get in a 5 mile beach run one day.


A couple days later, some rain moved in so I had to hit the treadmill for a 2.5 mile run, but at least I had a nice view.


Our last day of vacation was gorgeous. It was almost a crime to come up from the beach so we could catch our flight. After a busy several weeks, the relaxation was so nice. Can’t wait to go back!


How are you gearing up for summer?

Goldy’s 10 Mile Race Recap

Third year of Goldy’s 10 mile was a success! And it was FINALLY good weather! The last two years I’ve done this race it has either been snowing or raining. This year was sunny and gorgeous.

I donned my favorite black running capris, a tech t-shirt, and my Team Challenge arm warmers. It was a little chilly before the race, but I knew I’d warm up quick once we got going.

I met up with Ashley and Hyedi for a quick pre-race selfie.


I stopped at the bathrooms before heading to the start line. The lines were super unorganized which was kind of disappointing. Feel like they need a different set up for next year.

In the start corral, I found the 10:00/mile pacer and lined up just behind her. I wanted to force myself to keep a comfortable pace for this race, so I figured I’d just try to keep her in front of me.

At 8 a.m. we were off. I found that I actually didn’t have to do a ton of weaving around people in that first half mile. Kind of a nice change compared to a lot of races. Even though this is my third year doing the race, they had to change the course so that made things more interesting. We weaved through campus and then headed toward the river and downtown Minneapolis. I kept the 10:00/mile pacer in front of me, but around mile 2 I lost her, so just tried to keep my nice, steady pace.

The new course still had some hills on it, but I felt prepared for them. The only part of the course I wasn’t crazy about was a section that brick road. It’s a bit uneven, so you kind of have to watch your step. I tried to run along the curb where the cement was smoother.

Before long we were on our way back to campus, and coming up on mile 8 I spotted the 10:00/mile pacer again! I kept up with her the rest of the way and even just passed her in the last stretch. I crossed the finish line in 1:39:23!


The medal was ginormous! Almost too big, actually, but it has a new home among my other bibs and medals.


After the race, I met up with friends and we headed out for a post-race breakfast. I pretty much devoured this plate of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and toast. So good!


All in all, a really good race and a nice way to build up a base before marathon training officially starts this summer!

Goldy’s 10 mile training – weeks 8-10

Okay, I failed miserably at posting about my training the last few weeks. Even though the race has come and gone, I thought I’d give a quick and dirty update until I get my race recap up.

Week 8

Monday – 3 mile run (10:20/mile pace)

Tuesday – rest day

Wednesday – 45 minute elliptical

Thursday – rest day

Friday – 3.51 mile run (10/mile pace)

Saturday – 6.52 mile run (10:04/mile pace)

I got the day started with coffee and a bagel – the best way to start the day!

bagel coffee

I ended the day at the movies and saw Birdman. I hadn’t heard of the movie until award season. I actually really liked it!


Sunday – 1.33 mile walk and 35 minute elliptical


Week 9

Monday – 4.03 mile run (10:01/mile pace)

Tuesday & Wednesday – rest days

Not a bad thing that Wednesday was a rest day because a thunderstorm rolled through. I’m not complaining though, because I love storms! It was the first of the season, so of course I opened the blinds and watched the lightning for awhile.

lightning1 lightning2

Thursday – 4.01 mile run (10:12/mile pace)

Friday – 2 mile run, 10 min walk

I took my new running shoes out for a test drive!

new shoes

Saturday – 9.03 miles (10:05/mile pace)

A lovely long run on a gorgeous day to get ready for Goldy’s!

river run

Sunday – rest day


Week 10

Monday – 30 minute elliptical

This was a big day, not for running but for my other love: Duke basketball. Duke was playing the Wisconsin Badgers in the National Championship game. I’m originally from Wisconsin, but my allegiance will always be with Duke. And on this night, that worked in my favor. DUKE WON!


Jumping around my living room at the end of the game could be considered my second workout of the day. ;)

Tuesday – rest day

Wednesday – 2.19 mile walk

Thursday – 3 mile run (10:20/mile pace)

It was a treadmill day. Man, I forgot how slow time goes by when running inside! So glad the weather is getting nicer and nicer for several months of outdoor running.


Friday – rest day

Saturday – RACE DAY!

What movies have you seen recently that are good? Anyone else get new running shoes in time for spring/summer running?

Goldy’s 10 mile training – Week 7

I didn’t do so hot with the cross training last week, but got in some solid runs. Goldy’s 10 mile is 3 weeks away, and I’m feeling good about it. The coming week is a step back week and then I’ll pick things up one more time before race week.

Monday – 3.31 mile run (9:39/mile pace)

After a long run on Sunday, I wasn’t planning to run this fast. But I was running with a friend and we were chatting, so I was not paying attention to my pace at all. On the bright side, I felt great on the run and it was really nice to catch up with a running buddy!

Mon splits

Tuesday and Wednesday – rest

Tuesday was a planned rest day. I didn’t necessarily plan on another rest day Wednesday, but plans after work made it too hard to fit in a workout.

Thursday – 5.05 mile run (10:03/mile pace)

I think the extra rest and slightly cool temps make this 5 mile run go so well.

Friday – rest

Friday afternoon/evening was all about NCAA tournament basketball. I watched a bunch of the games with friends — including watching my Blue Devils win in the 2nd round. Considering they lost in the 2nd round last year, I was quite excited. :)

Saturday – 8.53 mile run (10:06/mile pace)

Looking at the weekend weather, it looked like Saturday was going to be the best day to get in a long run since they were calling for snow on Sunday. I headed out planning to do 8 miles. Knowing that the Goldy’s 10 mile has historically been a bit hilly, I wanted to get in some hills on this run. There are a couple decent hills close to my usual route, so I made sure to add them in.


I felt good enough to tack on an extra 1/2 mile to the run.

The rest of the day was about errands and basketball. That night, I met up with some friends for a girl’s night.

Sunday – 50 minute elliptical

I woke up Sunday morning and started sneezing. I was still able to get some stuff done in the morning, but the sneezing was non-stop all day. Felt good enough to finally get in some cross training for the week. Actually, it was the only hour all day that I wasn’t sneezing.

I watched some more basketball in the evening. My bracket is doing ok so far — I’m sitting somewhere in the middle of my bracket pool. We’ll see how things go in the Sweet 16!

Did you fill out a tournament bracket?