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I have my first race on the calendar for 2019, the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K Minneapolis! This will be my first 15K race, my first Hot Chocolate Race and my second race while pregnant. I ran the Reindeer Run 10K at almost 6 weeks along and it felt pretty good but this race will be a totally different experience. I’ll be almost 24 weeks on race day and I haven’t run longer than seven miles since December. Lately, my longest runs have been around 5.5-6 miles so I’m excited to work on getting up to slightly longer runs again while also keeping my body injury free.
I’m slightly modifying Hal Higdon’s 15K novice plan by adding in an extra short run day to run four days a week plus adding in a second day that is a run plus strength. My hope is that adding in extra strength training will help keep me injury free while I increase my distance. It will be great to get back into a training plan on February 2 and mix it up a little bit since I’ve been running pretty consistent mileage for months now.
On the days I do run and strength, I’ll be doing the 20-minute Glute and Hip Strength workout from the NTC app. I added this in during Eau Claire Marathon training and I found it really helpful while not being overtaxing. It’s all bodyweight exercises so I can do it either at home or at the gym easily which will be helpful when I have to do my run on the treadmill!
I don’t have a goal time for the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K Minneapolis, just finishing will be a great accomplishment for me! I’m hoping the weather is decent on race day (this was the weekend last year where I ran 20 miles on the treadmill because of a blizzard) because I love the course. The course starts and ends by Boom Island in Minneapolis and is pretty similar to the Hot Dash 10 mile I ran last year. I love running this area in Minneapolis because it’s gorgeous and you get to see the Mississippi River along the entire course.
What are some other things I’m excited about for this race besides the course?
Chocolate! I’ve been seeing the delicious sweets other people who have run a Hot Chocolate race have been posting it looks amazing. Not only do you get chocolate at the end but there are sweet stations along the course that I will be taking advantage of (for “fueling” of course!)
Free photos! So many more races are adding in free course photos and I love it! I’m sure Mike will be coming along the capture the start and finish but it will be great to have photos along the course (especially since I should be rocking a bump at that point!)
Nuun on the course! This is the first race I’ve run that Nuun is a sponsor and I’m excited that I won’t have to carry Nuun along (although I’ll probably still carrying my handheld with water to make sure I’m drinking enough).
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