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Reinventing With The Evening Run – #Torchlight5K

Reinventing With The Evening Run - Prepping for the #Torchlight5K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to The Torchlight 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews.

It’s true. I’ve been reinventing myself with my evening run. Despite the rather delightful summer we have been having in Minnesota, the mornings can be despicably hot. Well, actually, I can’t really say that, because I’ve been snoozing in quite a bit this summer. Sleep has recently become my friend again, the best of which occurs just before my alarm rings at 6 am, then again at 7 am. And sometimes even 8 am.

I feel rather guilty about this, even though there is really nothing that needs to be accomplished first thing in the morning during the summer months.

I’ve been faithful to my foam rolling, so add a half hour to whatever time I stumble out of bed, and now I’m pretty much committed to running in the heat of the late morning. And, since I’m such a martyr, I get out there regardless of the heat and humidity that has already built up since the sun has been up way before I have.

This means a pretty slow jaunt for me most mornings.

Yeah, I could let it go at that.

#Torchlight5K #RunWithFire #BibRavePro #BibChat #CharmedRunning #NeonIsMyColor

#Torchlight5K Bib Interception Complete – I’ll be running on 7/19 with bib number 719!

But the summer evenings in Minnesota can be way more inviting. And they have been of late. This is probably a good thing, since I’ve signed up to run the Torchlight 5K on July 19. This 5K runs through downtown Minneapolis, along the Aquatennial parade route, prior to the parade.

Twin Cities Orthopedics 2017 Torchlight 5k Course Map

Twin Cities Orthopedics 2017 Torchlight 5k Course Map

I’ve also joined up with a local running group, and since my weekend mornings are usually already filled with events for Charmed Running, I end up running with them on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Wow…me? An evening runner? Who’d have thunk it!

A clever ad for my running group as seen on a recent run!

But to be honest, the evening run has been nothing but a positive experience for me. I’ve had better, more effective runs late in the day. I’ve been sleeping much better, perhaps because of the late day cardio workout. And I’ve met some fine runners in these fine people. It is so nice to mingle and run with people who get me, and get why I run, sometimes twice a day.

Sometimes, the 12, 13, 14, 15 mile runs…they drain me. Splitting up these distances into two runs a day seems almost serene. I’m not sure what the final outcome will be as far as marathon training goes, with MCM coming up in October, but I can’t believe it would be detrimental, especially so early in the program. Right now, I’m enjoying the twofers. And they seem to be treating me respectfully.

Not only that, but the views have been nothing short of spectacular!

So, I could look at the additional run as prepping for the #Torchlight5K coming up on July 19th, and/or I can look at them as additional training for the Marine Corps Marathon in October.

OR, I could look at them as sanity checks. Because heaven only knows, lately, they have been just that.

Regardless, evening runs have become my thing. We’ll see how long it lasts!

Want to run the #Torchlight5K with me? Sign up here and use code “RUNWITHFIRE17” to save 10% on race entry!

Do you prefer to run in the mornings or evenings? Have you ever split up your runs?


Ah, Those Summer Nights! Run the #Torchlight5K

Ah, Those Summer Nights! Run the #Torchlight5K

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to The Torchlight 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

If you aren’t from a northern tier state, then I guess you probably didn’t realize that in the dead of the summer, the sun hangs around much longer than it does in a state closer to the equator. Anytime we get a visitor to our home in June or July, it is the sunrise and sunset times that pretty much throw them for a loop. From approximately 4:30 am to 9:45 pm, it is light enough outside to see the hand in front of your face. That is a lot of daylight hours! So, not only is Minnesota the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but it is also the “Land of the Never-ending Day”, at least for a few weeks.

The Fourth Time is NOT the Charm. #GetLuckyMN 2017 Race Recap

My husband woke me up one minute before my fitbit alarm was scheduled to wake me.


Odd. I guess that means he’s coming with me. I wasn’t quite sure what the story was as it wasn’t discussed in full the night before. My girls had a busy day ahead of them, and if my husband were going to come along, we would have to drop them off at their first stop of the day an hour ahead of schedule. But they assured us it would be OK and that the school would be open. Since that was the case, we all loaded up at 7am and were on our way.

Was I Ready to Get Lucky?

These days, I’m not as anal about running events as I used to be. In fact, it is safe to say the thrill is gone. More than likely it is because I haven’t been thrilled about my running.

Red, White & Boom Half Marathon #RaceRecap #RunTheBoom #TCinMotion

Charmed Running was honored to be included in the Red White & Boom Virtual Goodie Bag. Weren’t a participant? Use code JULY4TH to save 20% on your entire purchase from Charmed Running through 7/5/16!

Hey! What a novel idea! Let’s write a race recap on the actual day that the race was run! This is something I used to do as a novice blogger. But now, finding the time to do it after running the race is a struggle.

Or perhaps it is just because I’m lazy.

No matter.