Hello, fellow FIT BFFs; I hope your week is off to a great start! Because I’m off work for my summer break, I try to fill it full of adventure and challenges to keep me on track. I’m living and loving every last minute of it. Last weekend I attempted a crazy challenge right here in my hometown.
Why crazy? Because most of my family and friends thought I was out of my mind when I told them what the challenge was…the name really said it all! I participated in Triton Events’ Minnesota Nut House Totally Nuts Challenge. Why nuts? Because in order to fulfill the challenge I was to complete a 5K Friday night, a 10K Saturday and a half marathon Sunday. My friends and family know I will try anything once, so of course I had to try!
July weather is a real crapshoot here in the midwest, but I was willing to risk it. I would do just about anything for a set of medals as cool as these…you’ll see those in a minute. Luckily, the weekend weather forecast looked amazing!
I looked forward to Friday night. My husband Eric agreed to run the 5K, and I was thrilled when my son Logan and his girlfriend Anna decided to go for it too! I had to run hard to keep up with Eric. He kicked my tail! The course was beautiful through downtown Rochester’s trails and very well organized and supported too. What a great 5K!
As Saturday rolled around, I was ecstatic to have a running buddy for the 10K. My high school friend Rhendy agreed to run it with me and we had a great time catching up amidst our attempt to stay neck and neck with her sister-in-law Robyn. Here we are at the start…great photo, Triton Events!
Another great, well organized race complete with an abundance of aid stations. The scenery was lovely throughout the wooded trails along the river. Before we knew it, another race was done and another medal was around our necks!
And now this is where I knew things would get interesting. I normally taper and rest the last couple days before a half marathon. But I’d been running for the past few days and I not only wanted to do some nourishing recovery, but I needed some carbs, so a terrific dish of Bilotti’s spaghetti it was!
I didn’t sleep well Saturday night…intuition can be a real buzzkill sometimes. I sensed foreboding; I just couldn’t put my finger on it. When I woke up, I checked the weather and instantly knew why. Unexpected thunderstorms were moving in and threatened to stop the half before it began. I headed to the race start anyway…after all, I was going to earn that last medal if I had to run through a wall cloud… Not. Even. Kidding. Check out the front that passed through!
It was a cold, wet wait as the race officials continued to push the start time back every time lightening struck. I was second and third-guessing my attire choice. Who knew Minnesota windchill would be a factor in July?!?
Waiting 75 minutes under some tents turned out to be a blessing. I got to know some pretty dedicated runners who had traveled hundreds of miles to achieve this challenge…hearing stories of their other travels and races was inspiring. Yeah, we were all crazy to be there in that blustery moment, but it was great affirmation. We’d all come together to do what we love, to realize one more goal. If this was so crazy, at least I wasn’t alone! I’m glad to say the storms cleared out and the race went on. Good thing too…I’m not sure what would have become of the person who would tell these runners they would not be getting that third medal!
The weather turned out to be a godsend. I started out soaked and chilled to the bone, but it came in so helpful to combat the heat that cranked up toward the end. I was astounded how many volunteers stuck it out through the downpour and time delay to fully and enthusiastically support the race. I beamed with hometown pride knowing they put on such an impressive series of events.
The course took me through some pretty enchanting miles of Rochester I’d never seen before. I can’t wait to do some training runs on those paths again soon. The miles all came together before long and the end came into sight. When I saw the series of finish line inflatables, I had to laugh…they were about as waterlogged as I was haha!
And so it happened…medal #3 of the weekend earning me the Totally Nuts title!
Completely crazy, but totally worth it!