Twin Cities Marathon 2020 Race Recap

As you know, I have been training for the virtual Twin Cities Marathon this year. I signed up for the marathon when it was still an in-person race back in March. I had a great race last year, and was so excited to see what I could do this year.

And then all of the cancellations started happening. There was no refund option for the race and it was just switched to virtual, meaning you just had to run it by yourself and submit the results. Marathon day is the highlight of the fall for me, and the race is so exciting with all of the other runners and people cheering, so this was really disappointing.

I decided to still run the race, because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to train and improve. I also knew that running a virtual race would be such a challenge that would make me stronger when real races come back.

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Why I Am Still Training To Run A Virtual Marathon

Until last week, I still had a slight hope that maybe the Twin Cities Marathon could happen this October. I imagined scenarios of how they could distance runners and make it somewhat “safe” in the spirit of the tradition of the marathon. Of course that was all wishful thinking, and the race was moved to a virtual event last week.

A virtual event means that you still run the race on your own and can submit your time afterwards. You still get a medal and finisher shirt, you just don’t have the same day-of experience.

For me, the day of experience of the marathon is the highlight of the fall. You work so hard to train, and then its a 26 mile celebration with lots of people cheering and tons of excitement to carry you when it gets hard. You also push yourself because of the runners around you, and I always think of my parents waiting at the end and how proud they will be when I see them. The thought of going out to run 26 miles on my own and try to run them fast seems honestly awful.

So why do I want to do it?

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Twin Cities Marathon 2019 Race Recap

Last weekend, I ran my 3rd Twin Cities marathon. As I shared earlier, my training went pretty well up until September. I think I hit almost every run on my plan, and my first 20 miler felt really good. Then in September, my IT band started flaring up and I came down with a cold. I got my second 20 miler in, but it was ROUGH. I also started missing more workouts than I completed, just trying to get my body to recover.

I spent the day before the marathon in bed with body aches and a fever. If you’ve been following along, this is the exact same thing that happened last year. Knowing how miserable last year’s race was, I was dreading having to go through that again. I woke up on race morning and didn’t feel as bad as the day before but was really nauseous. Last year I made the mistake of not eating before the race, so I ate a starch bar and a spoonful of peanut butter. I kept sipping mint tea to try to help, but it didn’t seem to help. I just tried to get ready and calm myself before the race.

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Marathon Training Update

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update on my marathon training. After a long few months of summer running, I finally started to feel like I was making progress in late July. I PR’d my 5k, which was a pretty big surprise. You can read that race recap here!

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