3 Reasons to Sign Up for a Spring or Summer Half Marathon in Minnesota NOW
Do you need running motivation during the cold months of winter? To me, bundling up and driving in a cold car to the gym, or exercising outside when the temperature reads negative, doesn’t sound appealing. Personally, I try spending minimal time outdoors when it is cold outside.
As a result of the cold weather and holiday bliss (which is inconveniently placed at the beginning of hibernation season), it is easy to see the number on the scale creep up and the number of times you visit the gym decrease. Not to mention an increase in fatigue and a decrease in overall fitness levels.Related: Cold Weather Gear from Head to Toe
In the past, I knew I needed a way to keep myself motivated and in shape during the long Minnesota winter. My solution is to sign up for a spring or summer half marathon in Minnesota before winter hits. This tradition is three years strong! I recently signed up for the Minneapolis Half marathon.
There are three reasons why signing up for a spring or summer half marathon has worked well for me, and I hope will work for you.
1. You Save Money
Saving money should always create running motivation! When running on a budget, take advantage of early bird pricing. This also guarantees you a spot and you avoid paying full price. The early bird pricing for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is $50. Those who procrastinate will pay up to $65. One can use that extra $15 to run another race or treat yourself to some winter running gear.
2. You have Structure During Cold months when you don’t Feel like Running
Since running outside is not ideal with the ice on the ground (and disliking the cold), I need motivation to pull myself out of my warm, comfy bed and onto a treadmill to prepare myself for long, outdoor runs later.
3. You Have a Long Term Goal you can Focus on.
If you register early, you make a commitment. You have a big goal that you need to work at daily in order to succeed.
Run a Half Marathon in Minnesota
Now I bet you are wondering, “what is a half marathon in Minnesota I should sign up for to keep me motivated this winter?” Here are a few races you might want to consider.
- Get Lucky Half Marathon MN – Saturday, March 14
- Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon – Sunday, May 3
- Get in Gear Half Marathon – Saturday, April 25
- Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon- Saturday, June 20
What’s your running motivation this winter?
Even though the days are getting shorter, your running doesn’t need to follow the same trend. Visit Runner’s world if you need more running motivation. Or, you may find running inspiration from a 5k or 10k. If a half marathon in Minnesota isn’t something you’re ready for, look into a shorter distance.