Category Archives: 5K

Movember & Moustache Run 5k

A few male co-workers decided that we should participate in Movember this year.  The basic idea is that you grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer.  I was non-committal and shaved once over the first weekend before embracing it.  I actually did more of the No-Shave November thing, except that Christy was adamant that I use one a comb for your beard and that I not have a neck beard!

The only catch was that the person in charge of our Movember was adamant that to be in the contest you couldn’t have a full beard – just a ‘stache.  So on the morning of November 30 I had to shave my beard into something more ‘stachy.   Here are few pictures:

Before aka clean shaven:




How did this Moustache not win?

Some other shots of the “scary” ‘stache.  It was also called the Asian looking ‘stache and the No, No, No ‘stache.

Now the race… I saw the Moustache Run, which was actually quite expensive for a 5k at $45.  A few days later, Living Social had a coupon for about 1/2 off.  I know the money is for a charity, but I still took the coupon which made it a more reasonable price.  This was an untimed fun run, but it was still a little disorganized at packet pick-up.  About 600 runners had to fit into a tiny little patio area without any signage demarking A-G and H-Z.  After we got our bib number – everyone wore 2012 we then had to go to another line to pick up our hat and then yet another line for the post-race beer wristband.  None of this had signage which created a lot of confusion.

I had ridden by bike down to the river for the race so after checking in I went back to the bike and waited for closer to start time.  I didn’t know anyone else running so I just waited around.  As time approached I dropped off my coat at the bag drop and got in line for the start.  Check out the Run’s Facebook page for some great pictures.

I went out faster than my current training dictated and pushed the whole thing.  I didn’t feel super great the whole time as I pushed myself.  I made sure to cut the straightest line through the curvy West River Road and found people in front of me to try to catch.  The first mile was 7:20 and was at the top of the Plymouth Bridge, the only real “hill” on the course.  Mile 2 was in 7:23.  During the third mile I could see the Stone Arch Bridge the whole time which helped make the mile go faster.  Mile 3 was 7:13.  The last 0.1 miles was in 10 seconds…  Strava said the race was only 3.01 miles long, so who knows…  Either way I finished in 22:06 which was towards the front of the pack.  It hurt and I was very surprised when I saw my time.

After running the Moustache Run I played around a little bit more with the facial hair.  Just a Moustache:

And a soul patch:


How should I wear my facial hair??  And I probably should throw out a plug for some prostate cancer organization… so go show your support for  men’s health at Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition.

Metrodome Loop 5k Route

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapoli...

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s your “home” route? Which route do you run/ride the most?

I have a 5k triangle that I run probably at least once a week. It isn’t very exciting but it makes for a nice distance recovery run and since its so familiar I don’t have to think much about it. I call it the Metrodome Loop because the Metrodome is at the apex of the triangle.  About 2/3 of the run is on sidewalks with the final side being run on the Hiawatha LRT trail.

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Run for Refugees

October 1, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Jensen Lake Trailhead, Eagan

Come one, come all to a fun, relaxed, beautiful 5K! Very family friendly! Not a runner? There is a 2 mile walk option around a beautiful lake. This great event is sponsored by St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and benefits MCC Refugee Services.Register online today.


 3rd Annual

           5K Trail Run  2 Mile Forest Walk

Partnering to End Poverty at Home and Around the World        

October 1, 2011

       Jensen Lake Trailhead – Lebanon Hills Regional Park – Eagan, MN

Registration for 3rd Annual 5K Trail Run/ 2 Mile Forest Walk

Race Review: Autumn Salomon Trail Series #1

A nicely organized, fairly low-key 5.7k trail race at Hyland Park.

That is a good summary of the Wednesday night trail series called the Autumn Salomon Trail Series.  The race series is put on by local skier and endurance coach Audrey Weber.  On race night you could find her mom helping at registration and the food table!! A true family affair.

I was actually surprised by the number of families who were hanging out supporting their runner at the QBP parking lot/starting area.  I assumed even with a 6:30 start that most of the runners would be coming straight from work and hitting the trails for a nice race/speed session.  A few young kids even ran the race.

Salomon is the title sponsor so that meant shoe and gear giveaways.  My twitter friend Jennifer won a pair of shoes! Congrats!! All I got was a free water bottle and a mesh cinch backpack!  Plus a free short ART/Massage session; this was well worth the $15 price of entry.  Dr. Chris worked on my IT band and it feels much better!

Oh yea, a race report should talk about the race…

But first, my results:

Place Place/Male Bib# Name Last Age Gender Time
25 23 18 Nick Cross 30 Male 0:27:34

My Garmin said 3.6 miles in 27:34 which is 7:39 pace.

We started pretty much right on time and hit a short gravel trail that took us away from QBP into the south-end of Hyland Park and uphill right away.  Audrey described the course as a “stubby lollipop” and the stick part took us into the rolling meadow area before going downhill.   I don’t remember the course quite blow by blow, but there were several hills none of which were singularly super-challenging.  I’ve not done any speed work and don’t get a lot of hill training in so they made the race a bit difficult.

The plan had been to start of easy and pick it up throughout and then see what I had left going into the third mile.   I went out a little harder than I probably should have, but otherwise executed the plan well.  Once we all got sorted out I only got passed twice.  At the half way point you can see my pace starting to creep upwards – before getting significantly slower at the 5k mark.   I thought the race was only a 5k so after 2 miles I slowly picked up the pace and when I hit the 3 mile mark really started to pickup the pace a bit.  Then I hit the sign that said “5k”.  Oh, crap.  Is this a 5 mile race? That is why I slowed down again – fairly significantly.  I was evaluating how I felt and the possibility of having to run 2 more miles.  I got more than a little anxious about this uncertainty.

Fortunately, we came back into the meadow area and I realized we were getting close to the lollipop stick and I tried to regain my composure and finish the race with a downhill aided “kick.”

Hyland Park isn’t an amazingly beautiful park, especially on a hot (82) summer day.  The course was on wide cross-country ski trails and an occasional paved trail. I felt bad for the guy wearing spikes!  The lake is pretty, but you don’t actually get to see a lot of it.  There was also a section that was really soft ground – in past years it has been covered in wood chips which made it a little spongy.  I don’t remember the wood chips but the ground was still spongy.  I tried to run in as straight of a line as possible through the curvy sections and always felt like there was someone ahead of me to focus on reeling in.

Here is a link to Audrey’s race recap as well as full results.

I wish this race series wasn’t so far from our house or that we had more than one car.  I was planning on biking with Nadia in the trailer the 17 miles from home to QBP with Christy meeting us as the start.  Fortunately, she got off work early and made it home in enough time for me to use the car!  But it adds a little stress to the race for those extra logistics.  I don’t know if I’ll make it to the next race on Sept 14, but I’d like to try… Anyone else in?

Twitter Encouragement

You may recall that the 2010 Get in Gear was held on a rainy (and stormy) morning.  I saw some of my friends on Twitter saying how they were having issues with the rain and running the race.  I wished Jennifer good luck and she asked if I was running.  You can see my response below, but it was in Joe’s response after the race that you can truly see the power of Twitter.  This happens all across the Twitter-sphere with people encouraging each other.  The crazy thing, I’ve never met Joe or Jennifer in real life!

They both completed the race! Jennifer ran a 33:13 and Joe finished in 49:51.

Do you have a story about when Twitter provided the extra bit of encouragement you needed to do something?  Follow me and I’ll try to offer encouragement! And you can offer me some!

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