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Admittedly, this one will be a little shorter than some of my other recaps.
Originally, my plan was to hammer the 15k up in Minneapolis, but that was before I signed up for Illinois. Running a hard 15k two weeks out from race day seemed a little aggressive and I didn’t trust myself to hold back.
Because of that, I dropped down to the 5k, and ran with a friend to use this as a warmup before hitting a trail 10k later (separate recap). This way, at least my warmup didn’t get out of control.
Due to adjusted hours because of snow, and work obligations, I had my buddy (also named Ben) grab my packet for me since I had a 0% chance of making it to the expo by 5.
I haven’t been to the Cities in a while (although I’m making at least two more trips this summer), and I actually realized this was my first race in Minneapolis/St Paul since the 2016 Twin Cities Marathon. I was shocked by that.
The course took us right along the river, providing great scenery and a flat course. The snow lining the course was a downer since it’s, you know, April, but what can you do.
Ben and I took the course fairly easy, as I was effectively warming up, and he hasn’t been putting in major mileage lately. We moseyed the 5k in what turned out to be a 9:30ish overall pace. The miles flew by though!
Of course, the big part of the race is the SWAG! I already knew the sweatshirt was the bomb, since I have one from helping at the NYC expo. Other BibRave Pros had talked and posted about the bowl of goodies we receive after; and it didn’t disappoint!
I’ve missed spending some time in the Cities, so this was a good opportunity to get back up there. Plus, it was my first Hot Chocolate event, so I’ll have to check out more of those!