The February 2016 Minnesota Race Guide
December has just begun, but we are already looking ahead to February. Maybe you like to take time off during the winter months, using it as a good excuse to rest and remember what it’s like to have free time. While the holiday season is a good time to do that, it’s also a great time to fit in a cold weather race.
Because the weather is typically less than ideal, winter races have always been fun for me. I tend to take them less seriously, and the whole process of bundling up, then coming inside to get warm afterwards with a nice hot beverage reminds me of being a little kid.
In February, there are lots of “events” to choose from around Minnesota. Be it a stair climb, triathlon, undie run or Valentine’s day run, many ways to stay active this winter.
The most difficult part about winter running is simply getting out the door. When it’s cold and dark, it can be easy to convince yourself to take an extended break. Here are three super simple tips that always help me stay active during the winter.
- Run with Friends. Make a point to show up at your local running stores group run, or make it an even bigger priority to do your weekly long run with friends.
- Get dressed in a Warm Room. This seems simple, but if you’re bundling up in a room that’s warm, it won’t feel quite so cold when you go outside.
- Schedule a Race. Yes, paying the money and making a commitment to a date on the calendar will more often than not inspire you to drag your body outside this winter. Even if it’s just for a few quick miles, it’s better than nothing.
If you have yet to find a race in December, January or farther out, make it a priority to signup for one and work towards feeling really good about running it. Staying just a little bit in shape will pay off tremendously when the roads thaw and you resume your regularly scheduled routine.
If you’re looking for a way to tell that special someone how much you care about them, look no further than the Valentine’s Day TC 5K on February 13. Put on by the good people at Twin Cities In Motion and Fleet Feet Marathon Sports, you get all sorts of great swag, a post race party, and special “relationship” status backtags that may come in handy. Register before December 7th for the best price.
If you like planning farther in advance, and also happen to like chocolate and less common race distances, you may be interested in the Hot Chocolate 5k or 15k on April 16, 2016 in Minneapolis. A well organized, chip timed run along the Mississippi river, this race will reward you with a very sweet finish.
February Race Calendar
What’s on your race calendar? How far in advance do you schedule them? What could we do to help you plan your next several races?