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Sign Up for the 2013 Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K by Tuesday, April 30 and Save $20!

As the weather is finally starting to get nicer, it’s time to start thinking about getting back outside and being more active. So why not sign up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s? And if you need a little more incentive, here it is: register by next Tuesday, April 30, you’ll save $20!

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2012’s inaugural Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date.  More than 5,000 runners (including me and John!) represented 32 states. New for the second year of the “Brewers Mini” is the addition of a 10K race (6.214 miles) for the event which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

 The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering this Tuesday April 30. The earlier you register, the more you save!

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

In 2013, Resolve to Run the Brewers Mini or 10K!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, start running and/or train for a race?

Then sign up for the Brewers-Mini Marathon or 10K, presented by Sendik’s!

You’ve got plenty of time to train leading up to this fun event, which will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

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If you followed the blog in 2012, you know that 2012’s inaugural Mini-Marathon was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date. More than 5,000 runners (including us!) represented 32 states.

The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin. Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online. Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available).

That means, the earlier you register, the more you save!

Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Friday, September 27, 2013. Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

We had so much fun sharing our training with you in 2012 and we’re looking forward to more fun this year, too!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Registration for 2013 Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K Begins Tomorrow!

Today was a very exciting day!

The announcement of the 2013 “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s.”

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Yes, that’s right. New for the second year of the “Brewers Mini” is the addition of a 10K race (6.214 miles) for the event which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Registration will begin this Saturday at 8 a.m. CT at www.brewersmini.com and will include the option to purchase a registration spot as a gift for the holidays.

If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that this year’s inaugural Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date.  More than 5,000 runners (including us!) represented 32 states.

 The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

 The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available). 

That means, the earlier you register, the more you save!

Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Friday, September 27, 2013. Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

We had so much fun sharing our training with you last year. Look for more to come in the New Year!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Mini Marathon A Success, Raises Over $111,000 for the MACC Fund

Although the skies this morning were a little questionable, the First Annual Brewers Mini Marathon was certainly a success today as the event raised over $111,000 for the MACC Fund.

After about a 20 minute lightning delay (safety first!), the starting gun went off and over 5,000 participants from 32 states began the 13.1 mile course just after 7:20 a.m.  It was a little chilly and definitely windy for parts of the course, but a little wind, chill and rain has never been known to stop runners who have prepared months for a race like today.

The scenic course took runners past the Palermo’s Pizza Factory, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Marquette University, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Miller Valley, Saz’s Restaurant, through Miller Park with a loop on the warning track and ended near the new Bob Uecker statue at the Home Plate gate.

We took you through our training program over the last four months and were very happy with our results.  John finished with a time of 1:52.22 and Cait finished with a time of 2:37.04.  If you ran today’s race or if you want to see how your friends and family finished, detailed results can be found here.

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Congratulations to Ryan Richardson of Franklin, Wis. who finished first overall with a time of 1:13.18–a pace of 5:36!  The women’s top finisher was Dani Fischer of Madison, Wis. who finished with a time of 1:18.49.  Obviously we need to read the “Ryan and Dani Training Blog” for the 2013 race (Does anyone know Ryan or Dani? We would love to hear from them!).

Please feel free to leave your comments (positive or negative) below about today’s race.  This was the first time Brewers Enterprises carried out this event and they want to make sure it continues to be an elite event every year.  Congratulations and thank you to Jason Hartlund and his Brewers Enterprises crew, the over 750 volunteers today and John Cary and the MACC Fund for helping with what turned out to be a fantastic day.

Make plans for next year’s event that will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  For those of you who read our blogs about training for the race, we hope your enjoyed today and look forward to seeing you next year!

– JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Don’t Forget: Brewers Mini Packet Pick-Up is Today!

Tomorrow is race day!

I just picked up my packet and it made it all that more real. The Brewers Mini is finally here!

Packet Pick-Up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon will be held at Miller Park today (Friday, September 21) until 9:00 p.m. Please enter at the Clock Tower Entrance located on the 3rd base side.

Parking is available at Miller Park for free during the Packet Pick-Up today. As a reminder to everyone, there is NO race day packet pick-up.

Participants may have a friend or family member pick up their packet, however they must have a copy of your photo ID (paper or digital). Packet Pick-Up is organized alphabetically by last name.

The line, organized alphabetically by last name, was not too bad today around noon when I checked it out.

Your FREE Ticket Voucher will be in your packet, along with the following items:

  • Race participant T-shirt
  • Your bib number and safety pins
  • Your timing chip and instructions
  • Final instructions
  • Coupons for discounted merchandise and services

Here’s my packet! If you see #3085 out there, flag me down and say hello!

Also, don’t forget–you can donate your shoes!

The South Shore YMCA Teen Leaders Club, a teen volunteer group that runs events which benefit the immediate Milwaukee community, will be collecting new or gently used shoes during Packet Pick-Up and on Race Day. Donated shoes can be child to adult sizes and do not have to be running shoes. The collected shoes will be distributed to local charities to help those in need. Shoe donation will be available during all Packet Pick-Up hours and on Race Day near Key Check at Helfaer Field.

For more information on Packet Pick-Up please click here.

See you at the starting line!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Mini is on Saturday! Get in the Groove with These Music Suggestions!

The Brewers Mini-Marathon is just two days away!

By now if you’ve been training properly, you should be physically ready for the race.

All that’s left are the details. Making sure you maintain proper nutrition over the next two days,  dressing appropriately for the weather (The current forecast for Saturday calls for 47 degrees with a chance of rain. Be sure to remember your layers!), and, of course, if you choose to run with music, perfecting your Brewers Mini playlist.

Now, there are many ways to fine-tune your race day music lineup:

  • Stick with the music you’ve been using for your training
  • Fill your iPod with your favorite songs
  • Construct a playlist filled with Brewers Walk-Up Music
  • Download new music for motivation

However, since the Brewers Mini Marathon course is so unique, we thought it would be fun to give you song suggestions based on all of the landmarks you’ll be passing on the route.

Cait asked for suggestions via Twitter earlier this week and we’ve compiled some of our favorite ideas from fans and friends, along with our own, below, just for fun!

Miller Park (Starting Line)

“Ready to Run” by the Dixie Chicks

“Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas

“Run, Baby, Run” by Sheryl Crow

“Run Around” by Blues Traveler

“Going the Distance” by Cake

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles

“Long May You Run” by Neil Young

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson

“Runaway” by Bon Jovi

“I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum

“Run to You” by Whitney Houston

 

 

Palermo’s Pizza (Mile 1-2)

“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

“Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel

“Tarantella Napoletana, No.8, Les Soirees Musicales: La Danza” by Jan Peerce

 

Potawatomi Bingo Casino (Mile 2-3)

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

“Take the Money and Run” Steve Miller Band

 

 

Harley-Davidson Museum (Mile 3-4)

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

“Low Rider” by War

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood

“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

 

 

27th Street Bridge/Viaduct (Mile 5-6)

“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

“London Bridge” by Fergie

“59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Paul Simon

“Forrest Gump” by Digitalism

 

 

Mitchell Park Domes (Mile 6-7)

Floral Dome

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison

“Morning Glory” by Oasis

“Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James & the Shondells

“Where the Green Grass Grows” by Tim McGraw

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations

Desert Dome

“A Horse with No Name” by America

“Desert Sunrise” by Brett Dennen

Tropical Dome

“Kokomo” by the Beach Boys

“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett

“Some Beach” by Blake Shelton

“Hot Hot Hot” by Buster Poindexter

“Coastal” by Kenny Chesney

 

 

35th Street Bridge/Viaduct (Mile 7-8)

“Anyone Seen the Bridge” by Dave Matthews Band

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

 

Cait’s Note: Lots of people like to add Eminem to their playlists… I always put him in around the 8 Mile mark. :)

 

 

Miller Valley (Mile 8-9)

“Alcohol” by Brad Paisley

“Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa

“What Made Milwaukee Famous Made a Loser Out of Me” by Jerry Lee Lewis

“Pretty Good at Drinking Beer” by Billy Currington

“God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy” by Billy Currington

“Beer Run” by Garth Brooks and George Jones

“Beer for My Horses” by Toby Keith

“Into the Valley” by Classixx

“Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

“Running on Empty” by Steely Dan

“Keg in the Closet” by Kenny Chesney

“Six Pack Summer” by Phil Vassar

 

 

Saz’s State House Restaurant (Mile 9-10)

“Something Like That (BBQ Stain)” by Tim McGraw

“Struttin’ with some BBQ” by Louis Armstrong

“Chicago” by Frank Sinatra (“State Street, it’s the great street…”)

 

 

Hill at Hawley Rd (Mile 10-11)

“Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush

“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye

“Hurts Like Heaven” Coldplay

“I Go to Extremes” Billy Joel

 

 

Headed Back to Miller Park/Inside Miller Park (Miles 11-13)

“Centerfield” by John Fogerty

“Glory Days” by Bruce Springstreen

“Cheap Seats” by Alabama

“Batter Up” by Nelly

“Swing” by Trace Adkins

“Champion” by Kanye West

“My Hero” by Foo Fighters

“The Final Countdown” by Europe

 

Got more suggestions for us? What tunes, if any, will you be running to on Saturday? Share them below!

Don’t forget that the Brewers Mini also supports a great cause, the MACC Fund. We’re still about $300 short of our goal. If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  

See you at the starting line!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Running For the MACC Fund, Just 3 Weeks to the Brewers Mini

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon. The event is sold out and if you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than three weeks until the big race!

In all seriousness, there is an important part of the Brewers Mini that we haven’t really touched on yet through the blog. There is the fundraising aspect to the race—raising money for a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  You can also visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

JOHN
The MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. My family has always been involved and I’m proud to call a number of leaders of the organization good friends. MACC Fund Executive Director John, Cary, MACC Fund President Jon McGlocklin and my dad, John F. Steinmiller, who has served on the MACC Fund Board of Directors, have always been good examples for me of how important this organization is to the community.

From participating in the Children’s Fashion Shows when I was little (oops, my mom must have misplaced those photos), playing in the Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament with my friends growing up, the Women For MACC Pasta Fest, attending the Bucks MACC Fund Game, working with Bob and Brian’s Radiothon and seeing the “MACC Star” on our Christmas tree every year, the MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. Growing up in the Milwaukee community, it is hard to miss any of their events.

The hardworking people who are a part of the organization as well as the children who benefit from their research will certainly be on my mind on September 22 when running this race.

CAIT

Childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. While I do not have the same personal ties to the MACC Fund that John does, I do know that the MACC Fund is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause.

So, if you thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but didn’t have the chance, you can still participate in another  race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

I’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and I’m thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far!

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to a private gourmet dinner for two at Home Plate in Miller Park and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 22, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

We hope that you will help support Team John and Cait, or become a fundraiser yourself!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed! 5 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With just 5 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini-Marathon, we hope you’ve hit your stride in your training! John and I are still chugging along.

If you haven’t heard, the race is now sold out, but even if you didn’t sign up in time, that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved with the inaugural event.

The 13.1 mile half-marathon beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 22nd will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.

I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are still in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.

There are two ways to volunteer:

EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS

Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group.

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, at the start & finish line, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of our website.

Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc.  Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.

To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners.  Entertainment can include anything from bands or dancers to singers or other performers.

Entertainment groups will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini entertainment act.  All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners, a group of 5,000 people.

So, what’s in it for you?

In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:

  • An official Event Crew t-shirt
  • A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2013 (exclusions may apply, tickets are subject to availability)
  • An invitation to join the race participants at the post-race tailgate party at Miller Park

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 22, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.

Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers

Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment

 

If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!

Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 22!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)

Well-Trained: 6 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With 6 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

This week, we sat down with Dan Wright, Brewers Head Athletic Trainer, to make sure we are on track to succeed on September 22 and we’re going to share some of his tips with you!

Dan’s been with the Club for 11 seasons and has almost 25 years of professional athletic training experience overall.  Dan has also completed a number of full and half marathons himself, so in addition to his experience as an athletic trainer, he knows firsthand what it takes to run a race.

Overall, his two key tips for us were:

1. “Stay within yourself”

Dan noted that people should know themselves, their abilities and also, their limitations.

“Everybody runs at different levels and just as much as anything else, you need to stay within yourself in terms of your training regimen,” Dan said.  “What you do after your workouts to recover and how you recover depends on how you hard you train.”

Let your body ease into training and you are more likely to avoid injury.  You should be able to push yourself to train harder, but you should also know when to give yourself a rest.  A key to preventing injuries, Dan said, is trusting in your training. 

2. “Fit it in”

Dan acknowledged that training for races can be challenging, almost like a second job. Factor in a crazy schedule for full-time jobs like ours and it can be downright difficult! However, people who are most successful are good at making that time commitment and fitting it in, planning out when they can do their runs and sticking to a schedule. Basically, Dan encourages you to plan out your training and stick to that plan.

“It’s important to fit in the proper training for something like this to prevent injuries,” Dan said. “That can be difficult and a challenge to do the longer runs in and around our job schedule.  A big challenge here is fitting in the simple recovery.  Half-marathons are a little different than full marathons.  Full marathons can be like another job.  Your longer runs are longer and the recovery time is longer.  A half-marathon is a little easier to fit your long runs in—it is still a commitment—but more manageable.”

Dan also talked to us about common injuries for runners and how to prevent any basic injuries that runners experience. He gave us some good tips on the importance of training and recovery and reiterated the importance of proper nutrition.

Taking care of your feet, legs and back is important part of training for the race, but Dan is also a believer in that training mentally for the race is just as important as training physically.

“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would run a marathon in my life,” he said. “I was a sprinter growing up, but it is all about pace. Anyone can run a marathon; it is the mental mindset and staying within your pace. The training you do serves two purposes.  It is the physiological and strengthening of the body and it is also the mental training. The runs get longer as your continue training and that is as important to your mind as it is to your body.”

Read on for more of what we learned from Dan!

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JOHN

Athletic injuries can happen at any time to anyone. Sometimes they are freak injuries and sometimes it is a matter of poor maintenance of your body. When training for something like a half-marathon, it is important to realize that your body needs the proper preparation for workouts and the proper recovery from workouts. Without this care, injuries are more likely to occur.

Most running injuries start from the ground up, Dan told us. Simple things like blisters and other friction injuries can cause compensation and create more serious musculoskeletal injuries.

Take care of your feet,” Dan said. “That is the most important thing when beginning and maintaining a regular running program. Make sure you have the right shoes, the right amount of padding, wear the right socks. Especially if you are not a long- time runner, (foot injuries) are things that really develop first.  The feet get sweaty and you get a lot more friction. Once you start compensating for a friction injury, it works its way up.  Ankle soreness, knee soreness, back soreness.  Everything in your body works in alignment based on your strengths and body style beginning at the feet.  If you change that around from the ground up and you will hurt other muscles.”

Dan was pleased to know that both Cait and I were properly outfitted at Performance Running prior to beginning our training.

Stretching is another simple, but important step to preventing injury. Dan recommends a light warm-up run to get the body warm before a full stretch. Following that stretch, continue with your workout and then finish with another stretch while your body is warm and loose. This is the first step in allowing the muscles to recover.

Dan also talked specifically about hot and cold treatments in treating and preventing injuries.

“If you have the ability to contrast heat and cold treatments, take advantage of it. If you do a cold tub after a long training run, it is very invigorating.  It’s really cold at first, but you get a cardiovascular flush, and it calms everything down. But contrasting between heat and cold treatment helps. Any local aches and pains, ankles, knees and back, can benefit from icing. Without any type of injury or history, the contrasting hot and cold treatment can help.”

CAIT

Dan started out talking in general about injury prevention and healing as John mentioned, but then I started asking him specific questions about my nagging knee injury.

The advice he gave me? Heat, Stretch, Strengthen: heat to increase the elasticity and stimulate blood flow, stretching to increase range of motion and muscle coordination and strengthening to help heal and prevent future irritation.

Dan gave me a couple of specific exercises to try and also, provided me with a compression sleeve (see below) that he had on hand. He suggested that I try wearing it while running (in conjunction with heeding his other advice).

I wasn’t expecting all that when we went to meet with him, but I truly appreciate the support!

Since meeting with Day, I’ve run three times  so far and it seems to have helped! I’m going to continue training, but also remember to “stay within myself” as we move toward race day.

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So, good luck to all of you as you continue to train for the Brewers Mini–be safe!

We’ll be back next week with another post as we move closer to the big day!

Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Time “Running” Out to Register for the Brewers Mini

Pardon the pun, but time is running out to register for the inaugural Brewers Mini-Marathon!

I heard from Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises, this morning who told me, “Although we’ve had a strong response since we first went on sale, we saw a huge spike in registrations during the past week leading up to the August 1 price increase. Currently, fewer than 300 spots remain before  we’re sold out!”

Runners are urged to visit www.brewersmini.com as soon as possible to make certain that their spot is secured.

Don’t miss your chance to join John, Trenni & me this September!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

For links to our previous blog posts about the Brewers Mini, click here!

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