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.
We all want to get faster, striding is one way to accomplish that. USATF is trying to be a better, friendlier organization. One way they are doing that is through a CEO Blog, my thoughts. Want to know what it is like to live with HIV/AIDS, the World Vision Experience helps you understand. A nice 5k loop with great views and wildlife is Pike Island, one of my favorites. Foto Friday was in honor of my wedding anniversary.
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.
Two race reviews – from 2007 the DINO Series #5 at Town Run Park and from 2008 the City of Lakes 25k. In case you missed it, last year the Republican National Convention was held in the Twin Cities. My wife and I took part in a World Vision event – sending caretaker packages to Africa. Two runners attempted to run across America. They did complete the journey – now we just wait for the video. Foto Friday is a picture of Mike at the City of Lakes 25k.
Last Year’s Mileage
Run: 53.0 Miles
Bike: 25.3 Miles
This Week’s Running
Monday was the Victory 5k race during which I ran a 20:36 on a pretty nice morning. Be sure to check out my deeper thoughts about my first race since May. Tuesday night was our group training run, a lot of us had raced the day before so instead of a workout we just ran 8 easy miles on the marathon course. It was by no means an easy run as we ran up Summit Ave (aka the long slow hill at the end of TCM), before turning around. It is actually a little hilly on the way back too, which is a good reminder that there are downhills on race day! It was 81 and sunny which wasn’t too pleasant but I ran 8.3 miles in 1:08. The run was followed by a Dinner Fun Night where the training class goes out to eat together. This time we went to the Wild Onion in St Paul. I took my normal Wednesday off and am still trying to get into the routine of working out in the morning, so I skipped Thursday‘s run. I’ve only been running 3 days a week anyway so I wasn’t super motivated. I’ve heard from a few other people that they lack motivation and feel lethargic right now. On Friday morning I managed to get up early and head to the gym. I stretched, used the foam roller on my IT Band and sat in the hot tub. I still didn’t have time to swim though.
Saturday morning was the big day. Our last real long run for the training cycle. I woke up pretty congested and out of oatmeal (my pre-long run food). I think I was a little dehydrated too. It was in the upper-60’s and very humid. Enough excuses though. We met at the University of St Thomas which is around mile 21 on the course. We then proceeded to run it backwards to the 11 mile mark. I ran with the group for a good 7-8 miles before they started picking up the pace. I made a decision to let them go so that I could try to salvage the remainder of the run. I was really feeling terrible when I got to the water stop at 8.5 miles. It was on Lake Nokomis and there was some race going on. It was at this point that I started running into Lifetime Fitness runners. They were running the last 20 miles of the course and made for a very congested trail. I decided to run out to the turn around point and by the time I got back to the water stop I was feeling a lot better. I decided to continue the run instead of my many contingency/worst case plans running through my head. Even though they tried to steal our water it was nice having the Lifetime runners out there. It gave me lots of people to pass which felt really good and was a good motivator. I actually felt really good until I turned off the course and cut the 20 miles short. I turned on Lake Street as planned from the beginning as an option. When I got to the top of the St Thomas hill I was around 16.5 so I ran a little more before being done. I finished the just under 17 miles in 2:17. I didn’t feel too terribly bad.