The house has become all-consuming and with out the Internet at home it is hard to write much. I did run this past week though.
We did our last “long run” of 10 miles on Saturday from mile 2 to 7 of the course. We have now run every mile, except the very first one. It was a gorgeous morning in the mid-50’s.
Tuesday we ran 5 miles from the Edina Community Center and then heard from Jason Lehumkle about his perspetives on marathoning.
My foot has been feeling good depsite being on my feet a lot lately with working on the house.
The Twin Cities Marathon course has been quite busy this summer, just like every summer (actually year round). This is because the course takes in some of the coolest recreation spots in the metro – or at least Minneapolis. Beginning in downtown Minneapolis the 26.2 mile course makes a big circle before ending up in downtown St Paul. Leaving the sports capital of Minnesota (the Metrodome) runners take in some amazing views before arriving at the state capital of Minnesota. What a course. Here’s last year’s course preview.
Below are 26 pictures from the course itself (though they don’t come from all 26 miles of the course).
This is WAC, the Walker Art Center. On the right is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. I’ve heard tell that some people use it as a quick potty stop. (I don’t recommend it) Watch this hill. If we ran on the sidewalks we’d actually get to run under the Walker.
TCM isn’t called “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in American” for nothing. This is Lake of the Isles, the first among several lakes we’ll travel around. We won’t run by the most expensive house in Minneapolis, but it is located on the Isles.
This past week was a blur. We closed on our house on Tuesday and have been working on it since then. We’ve cleaned, painted, moved, cleaned again, and done some needed repairs. Man am I exhausted. I did manage to squeeze my miles in – a much needed break from the stress.
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Last Year’s Mileage
Run: 33.3 Miles
Bike: 48.0 Miles
This Week’s Running
Tuesday morning I ran alone, since we would need the evening to work on our house. I ran 7.5 miles on the Minneapolis Riverfront loop. I finished in just under an hour. It was 59 and humid. I did at least 8 “fast intervals”.
Thursday was a 5 mile run on the Greenway. It was 60 and humid. I ran this “tempo” run in 39:11.
Friday I went to the gym again and stretched, foam rolled my IT band, and relaxed in the hot tub. This has been really helpful in keeping my leg loose, which helps my foot.
Saturday we ran from the Nokomis Community Center to and around Lake Harriet getting about 11 miles in. I finished in 1:26. It was 60 and humid, again! Most of the run was at 7:30 pace and I got dropped about 8 miles into the run. They came back once, picked me up, and then picked the pace back up! Oh well.