5 Best Running Loops in Twin Cities

I love running in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Every single trail is filled with great sites, paved path, and great energy. People always ask me where my favorite place to run is. Well it’s too damn hard to decide on one so here are my Top 5 Best Running Loops in Twin Cities.

Stone Arch Loop: This is a great 3.5 mile loop. It is all paved and majority of it will be on a running trail. There are some stoplights that you may have to deal with, although there are a couple turns you can take to avoid them. You get to run alongside the Mississippi River with great views of downtown Minneapolis. You will also get an awesome experience running down historical Main Street and Stone Arch. Make sure you run clockwise for the best views.

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The Uptowner: Experience the Uptown lifestyle by taking this quick 3.5 mile loop. Park your car anywhere alongside the route and jump right into it. Uptown has a great vibe and you will be able to soak in some of the great local shops and atmosphere. There will be plenty of traffic and stoplights so make sure you are paying a little more attention than usual. This would be a good time to use the Aftershokz Titanium headphones.

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Harriet Island Loop Around: This is a great way to venture out of Minneapolis into St. Paul. Take this 5+ mile run down the Mississippi River onto Harriet Island Park. You will get a good workout here with a higher elevation change, but you will be surrounded by great scenery of the river and downtown St. Paul.

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The Lakes: I am sure you knew this was coming. Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet are two of the most iconic lakes in the Twin Cities. With an awesome atmosphere and great views of the city, these two lakes are perfect for a run. Combine the two lakes and get a great 7 mile (almost) run or split them up. Enjoy the constant flow people around the lakes and a nice paved and smooth path. After the run, enjoy a beer at Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun.

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Back to School: Have the urge to go back to school? Well take this quick and easy loop through the University of Minnesota. This quick 3 mile loop will take you through the heart of the U of M. Check out the campus and the historical buildings but you’ll also experience the Mississippi Bridge and Dinkytown. You’ll run alongside the light rail so keep your earls on high alert. Park down by the River Flats and head up East River Road to get a killer hill workout.

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BONUS ROUTE

Beer Loop: This probably should have been the first one! Take this 4 mile run through Northeast Minneapolis and hit up as many as 5 different craft breweries. You will start at Able Brewery. Make your way down to Dangerous Man. From there you have the longest run to Fair State Brewery. At that point you will have to decide how much more beer you can drink and still successfully finish, but you have to options of going to Bauhaus Brew Labs and/or 612 Brew. Beer and Running? Is there a better combination?

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Now get out there and do some running (and drinking)!

Do you have a favorite running spot in the Twin Cities? Comment below with your running route. Send me any picture that you take on these loops!

Keep the run on!

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One Month Down: Week Four

One month into 2016 and I am on track for my 1000 miles in 2016. It has not necessarily been the easiest month for running for me. So far I have battled with a little bit of scheduling issues, injury, and the drive to get into a routine. Setting all those things aside, it has been a pretty awesome first month of pushing myself to run every single day. I have learned that I need to stretch more, run on the treadmill less, and continue to not make excuses.

This upcoming month I want to focus on morning yoga, healthy eating, and exploring winter running in Minnesota. I usually wake up at 6:00 AM to get ready for work and head out. This month I want to entertain the idea of waking up at 5:00 AM and doing yoga. I found a YouTuber named Adriene who has a yoga channel called Yoga With Adriene. She has a playlist called 30 Days of Yoga which I am going to be following for my “Yoga Mornings”.

Food and nutrition is always part of the conversation when it comes to any kind of exercise or workout. I am going to focus on clean eating that has added vitamins and proteins instead of fats. Also, I am a huge snacker so I am going to look at new and healthy ways to snack.

Minnesota is an amazing state that offers urban and natural views and trails for running. Being based in Minneapolis, I have miles of trails that I utilize all summer long. Unfortunately, I have never been much of a winter outdoor runner but this month I am going to change that. I am looking to throw on my sweatshirt, put on the long johns and head outdoors!

Stay tuned for updates about yoga, healthy eating and winter running! If you have any suggestions for any of my February topics please comment below and I would love to read your suggestions. Continue to follow my The 1000 In 2016 theme and check me out on my social channels!

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Treadmill Tips: Week Two

I have successfully completed my first 10 days of my 1000 mile year. In the past 10 days I have already begun to experience some road blocks, well more like speed bumps, along the way. First one is being the fact that I have to run every single day. There is no escape or excuse of being tired or not having the time. The next bump is timing. One particular event was when I didn’t run in the morning, thinking I would have all the time in the world to do it at night and I ended up staying out until 11:30pm. So here I am, heading down to the gym of my apartment at 11:50 pm to do my 3 miles. The last bump, and this is a major one, is getting used to running everyday on the treadmill.Running

Any runner will tell you that running on the treadmill is way different from running freely.
Some things that I learned so far are timing, form and injury. When you run outside or on a track or on a trail, you never have to worry about someone using the up your space.
With a treadmill you don’t have the luxury of just going out for a run. You have to time your runs so that there is an available treadmill for you to use. Whether you know it or not, your form changes when running on the treadmill. When I noticed that I had to force myself to run with my regular form. Last thing I learned from running on the treadmill is injury and soreness. Injuries can occur because of the hard surface, change in running form and malfunction of the treadmill. I was running at a 7:15 pace when the treadmill turned off unexpectedly. That was painful!

Here are 7 Tips For Treadmill Running:

Some are mine, some are referenced below.

  1. Warm-up: You shouldn’t just jump right into your workout on the treadmill. Make sure you get a 3-5min walk/run warm-up
  2. Standard Treadmill Protocol: A flat treadmill equates to a slight downhill for a typical outdoor run. Because of that the STP for running is a 1% incline. Make sure you apply the necessary incline to your run
  3. Know Your Pace: Most treadmills have a pace that is automatically calculated for you when you set your speed. Just in case, this might be a helpful breakdown
  • 4.0 mph = 15:00 minutes per mile
  • 4.5 mph = 13:20 minutes per mile
  • 5.0 mph = 12:00 minutes per mile
  • 5.5 mph = 10:55 minutes per mile
  • 6.0 mph = 10:00 minutes per mile
  • 6.5 mph = 9:14 minutes per mile
  • 7.0 mph = 8:34 minutes per mile
  1. Running Form: Like I mentioned above, running form is usually affected during your treadmill run. Make user you have the right form by checking out these tips Running Form
  2. Push Yourself: Running on the treadmill typically relates to an easier workout. Especially if you are zoned in on a TV or a magazine. Make sure you avoid distractions and focus on pushing yourself through the workouts or try something new like high intensity intervals
  3. Speed Change: Remember to adjust and change your speed and incline as you run. Your outdoor runs will not have a constant elevation nor will the elements allow you to keep your exact speed. Adjust speed and incline to better mimic your outdoor runs
  4. Stretch: It is always important to stretch after running but it becomes crucial after the treadmill. Since it is a different type of running, you will get sore in new places. Make sure you stretch everything out after your run

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References:

http://www.active.com/running/articles/5-tips-for-a-better-treadmill-workout?page=2
http://running.about.com/od/howtorun/tp/runningform.htm
http://www.runnersworld.com/start-running/running-and-walking-on-the-treadmill
http://running.about.com/od/treadmillrunning/ss/treadmillmistakes.htm#step8

Breweries Are The New Coffee Shops

Living in Minneapolis has opened my eyes to an amazing craze of drinking craft beer in small but quaint taprooms that smell like the ingredients that you are drinking. My girlfriend and I have been to almost every
brewery in Minneapolis. We actually have a cork board with a map of Minnesota with locations of all the craft breweries.
We go through the list and place pins in the ones we visit. Talk about an awesome arts and crafts project! Recently we discovered a new brewery literarily a block away from our apartment. Why didn’t we know it existed? It is probably because Lakes and Legends, at the time, had not had their grand opening yet. So what do we do the night before we fly out on vacation? Definitely not pack!

Lakes and Legends: This is a huge new brewery located on street level of the LPM Luxury Apartments building. They have a huge space that is completely open with tables, high-tops and a bar that outlines an entire wall. They even have a little “grass” area that makes you feel like you are at a campfire in northern Minnesota. Looking around, people were doing everything from drinking beer to working to playing board games. LakesWe walked up to the bar where we were met by a very friendly bartender. She recommended some beers and being indecisive we each grabbed a flight of beer. Bringing our unique glasses to a table we noticed all of their really cool merchandise. All of the beer had a unique taste of Belgian style beers. They were all very smooth and delicious. We sat around in the cozy environment and listened to very comfortable indie music. We finished our experience by having an awesome conversation with the bartender, who gave us the rundown of the history of the brewery. All in all it was a great experience and would recommend everyone to make their way to Loring Park and have a beer at Lakes and Legends.

Beermiscuous: We were visiting Chicago and naturally needed to find a place to get a craft brew. After doing a 1 minute of searching we were able to find Beermiscous. Why have one type of beer when you can get a bunch Beermiscousat a craft brew café. We have never heard of a craft brew café but the second you walk into this place you are greeted with two walls of coolers packed with craft beer from all over the country. Beyond the walls of refrigerators there was a small bar with about 10 beers on tap, all craft of course. We talked to the bartender who suggested we try the flight since we were visiting Chicago and have never had any of the beers. We grabbed our flights and found a couple chairs by the window. Looking around, this place looked exactly like a coffee shop. People were working on their laptops, having a meeting and playing cards. Playing cards and enjoying some brews is not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the city!

Back in America

So I have been back in the states for a few weeks now and there are a few things that I have been noticing about the states that I have not noticed before going to Australia.

1. Nothing ever changes. When my dad was driving me back from the airport I was looking out of the window and just thinking and feeling like I never left. I jumped right back into the old routine.

2. People do not walk outside. I had an interview in downtown Minneapolis and when I was driving around I did not see a single person outside. In Sydney during the morning, day, and night there are always people outside. Sydney seemed so busy with people and you actually felt like you were in a downtown.

3. Conversations are always the same. There is nothing new to talk about. I feel like I was part of every conversation that happened here while I was gone. People need to find new topics!

4. US does not know what the rest of the world is doing. I am pretty sure I learned more about world news while I was in Sydney then in the past year of being in the US. Our news revolves around us, yet there is the entire world that is out there that is filled with news, stories, ideas, issues, and controversies.

These were some of the things that I noticed when I got back.

What now?

Well, since I have been back I have had 4 interviews. Two of them were for Marketing Internships, one was selling insurance, and the last one was for a senior manager position at my current job. I have a second round interview with one of the companies for the Marketing Internship, and I said no to the insurance one. I also started work up again. It is nice to know that there is going to be a paycheck coming my way. I have been back to Phi Kappa Psi. We had Spring Jam right as I got back and that is always interesting and exciting. It was good to see everyone then. I have also been mountain biking since I have been back. First time I went I crashed pretty bad. I was on an obstacle bridge that was like 4 feet off the ground and I lost my balance and went front tire first into the ground and head first in to the ground. I broke my helmet with my head, screwed up my face, chipped my tooth, bit a whole in my tongue and screwed my neck up pretty bad. Lucky I did not break anything but my neck is still really sore. I went again like a week later and that time it was without any injuries. We had elections at Phi Kappa Psi last week and I got the Grievance Chair, Historian, and took back my position as Philanthropy Chair. Other then that I am pretty bored. All my friends are still in school and have finals and stuff so I have been hanging out at home.

For everyone that has never been to New Zealand here is a taste of paradise!