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.
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
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.
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
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!
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)
“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
“A Horse with No Name” by America
“Desert Sunrise” by Brett Dennen
“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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)
With 6 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!
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!
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.”
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.
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
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!
Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top time was 15:40 by Jon Fink of Muskego and the top finisher in the mascot division was Italian!
Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk. On Pinterest? You can also upload your photos with the hashtag and we’ll add them to our board!
If you ran today’s race, here is a .PDF with complete results: 2012 Results.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 8 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 22. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
Read on for photos and our recaps of the day!
This is always such a fun race–a wide mix of serious, competitive runners, casual runners/joggers and walkers, groups of friends, co-workers & families.
I was part of Team Brewers, which consisted of nearly 40 members of our Brewers family. Among them were coaches, players’ wives and front office staff. It was great to see such a big turnout!
When we got to the starting line, we were asked to line up according to your pace. I chose to run with the 10-minute mile pack, based on the way my previous training has been going.
I started off strong, but my knee started bothering me again and I ended up taking a few walking breaks along the way. It was okay, though because it afforded me the opportunity to take some photos for you and appreciate the unique course/scenery!
Overall, I finished in just under 35 minutes–almost an 11-minute mile pace. I hope to improve upon that pace as I continue to train for the Brewers Mini.
As I said in my post earlier this week, I was looking for a 7:40 pace. I felt really good today and finished with a time of 22:48 which was a 7:21 pace! I was pretty pleased with that. I thought the course ran fast today, it was hot, but not too bad. There were some clouds that gave you some shade here and there.
I really didn’t know where I was throughout the race time-wise. I didn’t run with a watch or anything, just kind of pushed it the entire way. Running through Miller Park was pretty cool. I’m on the field everyday, so I’m used to it, but running through like that was a different experience. It was great to hear encouragement on the scoreboard from the players and the theme music to “Rocky” also added to the experience. I gave it a good extra kick through there.
As I came up the final 150 meters and could start to see the finish line, I knew a sub-23 minute time was within reach. I kicked it in a bit and heard the recognizable voice of Ed Sedar at the finish line yelling “Come on Steiny!” That was all I needed. I am proud to have finished in the top 180!
Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today. Stay tuned for as we continue to provide updates on our training for the Brewers Mini!
-John and Cait
The Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is tomorrow and, thanks to all of you who signed up early, the event is sold out — all 4,000 slots are gone!
This means that we are no longer accepting new entries or any walk-ups on the morning of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk. Only participants wearing race-issued numbers will be permitted onto the 5K Sausage Run/Walk course.
If you are all signed up and ready to run (or walk), packet pick-up took place earlier this week. If you didn’t get yours yet, don’t worry–packets will also be available to pick up on the day of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk between 6:30 and 7:15 am underneath the tent outside of the Sausage Haus.
The event will begin at 8 am for Runners and 8:15 am for Walkers near the Sausage Haus. We recommend that all registered participants arrive by 7:15 am to allow for parking and getting to the start line (obviously earlier if you don’t have your packet yet). Parking is free and available in the Miller Lot at Miller Park
Don’t forget to register to fundraise for Fisher House Wisconsin by going to www.brewers.com/5kfundraising. Great Brewers incentives are available for those that reach the fundraising targets.
If you’d just like to make a donation, you can contribute to our team here.
For updates on the event, follow @BrewersCF and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place on Saturday, September 22. Unlike the 5K, the Brewers Mini is still taking registrations and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
See you at the finish lines!
I haven’t raced a competitive 5K in about a year, but I’m ready and excited for Saturday. It will be an early wake up call on Saturday after a night game on Friday, but I will be ready to go. Saturday will be warm, so make sure to stay hydrated!
Here is an outline of the race so participants can plan their race. If you have participated before, the route hasn’t changed, but if you are new, it would be a good idea to get somewhat familiar with the course.
There is a large contingent of Brewers employees that are participating as well as some media members running. That makes me a little more competitive, but we will see how things turn out. I’m hoping for a 7:40 pace which would be about 23:46. I think setting a goal for yourself (whatever it may be) is important in motivation. Does anyone have a similar goal for Saturday? I’ll be wearing bib number 12, so come find me and let’s race!
I’m all ready for the 5K on Saturday! Here’s a photo of my shirt and bib:
I’ve been training since May for the Brewers Mini, but I’ve had some setbacks along the way, including a knee that continues to bother me. The 5K this weekend will be a good test of my endurance and hopefully give me the confidence I need to continue training for the race in September.
Stay tuned for our results from the 5k and our next posts about the Brewers Mini.
-John and Cait
With 1o weeks to go until the Brewers Mini and just one until the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages 5K Run/Walk, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!
But what if, say, you work crazy hours or travel a lot for business? Or, since it’s that time of the year, you’re headed on vacation?
You don’t have to let those things become excuses or prevent you from staying on track. Read on to for some of our personal tips, then share your own in the comments field below!
Working in baseball, your hours can be crazy and unconventional. Night games followed by day games. Long homestands. Travel. Ask anyone, and they will tell you that it is not a normal 9-to-5 job. That makes working in a workout a little more challenging and makes the discipline needed to train a little greater.
I don’t travel on every Brewers road trip, but when I do travel, I always plan ahead knowing that I enjoy to maintain a routine of working out. Sometimes it means losing an hour of sleep and waking up a little earlier, but it is nice to continue your normal workout plan.
I look ahead to see where we are staying and check out the workout facilities. Having done this for awhile, I now know which cities have the “good” fitness centers and which cities have “bad” fitness centers. Doing a little advance research in hotel fitness centers is important. If you know ahead of time what to expect, it makes your workout on the road a little easier.
Some cities are also better suited for running outdoors than others Chicago, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Denver and Phoenix (depending on the time of year you are there) are great cities for running outside. Many hotels even provide maps with safe routes for running outdoors in case you are in an unfamiliar city. Running outside on the road is also a good way to become familiar with an unfamiliar city.
Another thing that people might find as an obstacle to working out on the road is packing extra gear. With airline baggage fees skyrocketing, every pound you save when packing your suitcase helps. There are things you can do when traveling to use as little space possible in your suitcase. Rolling your t-shirts always saves space and I usually travel with older shirts that I don’t mind throwing away when done, thus saving space (and laundry!) on the way home. There are also packing solutions that allow everything to keep fresh and clean.
I know when traveling my normal routine is something I won’t be able to achieve, but with a little planning ahead and some dedication, one can still maintain their workout routine so travel doesn’t interrupt training.
I don’t work quite as crazy hours as John, nor do I travel nearly as much for in my role, but I can tell you that my schedule is jam-packed, especially in the summer. It’s also a time when trips pop up. Your friends ask you to spend a weekend at their cabin up north, or maybe traveling to attend a wedding or other family gathering.
Most recently, my friends Emily and George got married in Brooklyn and I found myself in New York for a few days. As I was packing for my trip, I included some workout clothes, hoping I would be able to hit the gym at my hotel. However, I knew my days would be packed with wedding activities intermingled with sight-seeing–and the last thing I really wanted to do was “waste” any of my precious vacation time in the hotel gym. So, while I didn’t stick to my exact running schedule while I was gone, I still kept active by turning my sightseeing adventures into mini workouts.
Walking can be just as good of a workout as running, so instead of taking the subway each time I wanted to go some place, I plotted out how I could walk between places I needed or wanted to go, and it turned out to be quite easy to work in exercise.
Bonus! I also saw more sights by being on foot and saved a little cash by needing fewer cab and subway fares.
The moral of the story? While routine can be nice, you don’t always have to adhere to a strict regimen while training–in fact, sometimes it is good to give your body a break–but it is always a good idea to keep active. On your next trip, consider ditching the gym and immersing yourself in your surroundings with a run or walk!
Heading out of town, whether it is for business or pleasure, can wreak havoc on your training plans. Who wants to go to bed early on the first night out of town so they can run 15 miles the next morning? How many of us can politely duck out of a 7am breakfast meeting to hit the track for a speed work out? I think the resounding answer is almost none of us!
With that said, time spent in planes, trains and automobiles does not mean your workouts (or eating habits) have to suffer, they just need to be adjusted, not abandoned.
I’m actually heading out of town Saturday morning with my family, but Saturday is my scheduled long run of 15 miles. (Did I mention I signed up for a 50K race the week before the half??) I also have a follow-up run of 7-8 miles on Sunday.
Let me be totally up front here, my will is not strong enough to turn down a crazy night with my huge, fun-loving family! However, I’m committed to being ready for all of my races this summer and fall, so I don’t want my workouts to be neglected.
Easy fix. I just moved everything up one day. Friday morning (today) I rose earlier than normal and was out the door by 6:30am to sneak in 15 miles before my work day. Saturday morning (tomorrow) I will once again rise a little earlier than normal and knock out my 7 mile run. The result? A weekend free of being tied down by a training schedule.
If you have a family vacation or work trip coming up, simply plan ahead. Take a look at your training schedule and see how you can shift your runs around. And keep this in mind, if you need to skip a run, make sure it is a short, easy distance not your long run of the week. Missing a five-mile jaunt in the middle of the week won’t ruin your training regiment, foregoing your first ever ten-mile run will cause you problems in the long run.
-John and Cait (& Trenni!)