Race Recap: Grandma’s Marathon 2013 Part 2

Good morning! Here is Part 2 of my 2013 Grandma’s Marathon Story!

The race start was very cold and foggy, but I’ve started a lot of races feeling cold and have always ended with sunshine. I had no reason to think it wouldn’t happen again.

Early in the race I saw this sign…Breezy Point Two Harbors

I didn’t take the time to properly snap a picture (i was kind of busy..) but It says Breezy Point Resort…and a dear friend of mine that is getting married next weekend and is having her reception at the Breezy Point Resort..but not the same one! So I spent a little time thinking about her and her special day (which is only 5 sleeps away!)

I was impressed with the crowd support considering the weather. I was sad that the Scenic Cafe where I had dinner the night before was quiet, but I did take a quick picture!

The Scenic Cafe on Grandma's Marathon Course

And, if anyone tries to say that I would have finished faster if I hadn’t taken pictures..There’s no need my goals for the race were varied.

#1 I wanted to finish.

#2 I wanted a recordable time (under 7 hours).

#3 I wanted to finish in under 6 hours.

#4 I thought there was a slight chance I could get close to 5:30:00. In which case I would have felt like a total rockstar.

Around mile 9 I decided to use the bathroom (and lets be real, it was a port-a-potty). And at mile 12 it started raining. Remember, I was wearing a tank top, so I started getting goosebumps. Thankfully we were near the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starting line, and I remembered Sharon, the pacer I spoke to before the race started encourage me to grab any gear that was laying on the road. So I moved to the side and started eyeing up the potential goods.

I selected a red sweatshirt from a pile and pulled it on. I then worked on unpinning my bib from my shirt and pinning it onto the waistband of my Speibelt. The sweatshirt was so big I was basically wearing a belted red dress, and cannot wait until the official photos come out so I can share the outfit with all of you!

The rain eventually let up and around mile 15 I could hear someone running behind me. I looked over my left shoulder and could barely see someone, I checked over my right shoulder and could see someone was behind me. But I couldn’t figure out how close they were, or what side they would pass me on. Eventually someone said, “don’t worry we’ll just go around” and suddenly I realized there had been 2 people running behind me. We settled into a pace somewhat together. And I learned that Dave and Joe were two gentlemen that have ran over 60 marathons each and practice the Galloway Method which is 4 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking. My pace was really struggling, so I told them I would be following them as best as I can.

Their pace was a little faster than mine, but the formula was very manageable. And I started realizing it was pretty similar to what Sharon was going to do for the 5:30:00 pace and maybe I could have done it. Or maybe I was in over my head. Basically I was seriously doubting myself and pretty much every decision I had made about this race. Then Dave asked me why I decided to do a marathon, and I almost started crying! But I held it together. Slowly but surely the miles passed. I received 3 packets of clifshots (similar to gu) at mile 17 and gratefully took one right away. I was low on my own fuel and had been getting nervous that I would run out and hit “the wall“. Somewhere around Mile 19 I took another bathroom break. And as we came into Duluth I slowly started pulling ahead of Dave and Joe….

Part 3 Coming Soon!

13 thoughts on “Race Recap: Grandma’s Marathon 2013 Part 2

    • The pacer encouraged me to do it at the start, and I didn’t need it at the time…but was so glad that the half marathon starts at the halfway point of the marathon, it was perfect to pick up!

  1. I can’t imagine running a race in the rain. But its been so hot and muggy maybe it was better than a sunny day. Can’t wait to hear about your finish! Congrats Marathoner!

    • I wouldn’t have either, but the pacer made it sound so normal before we started, that I didn’t think twice about it once it started raining, I am so thankful I was near the half way point! Other people took the emergency tinfoil blankets and held them while running.

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  3. Katie! So glad me and my wedding could “distract” your thoughts during your marathon! For better or for worse. I’m SO proud of you!! I can’t believe how much you’ve persevered through injury to accomplish this goal. YAY!! I can’t wait to have you be a part of my special day with Peter. 🙂 Let’s celebrate!

  4. Oh my goodness, what crazy weather! I can’t believe it was so empty where you were running, I’ve never done a race where there aren’t a ton of people (other runners) all around you!

    • Yeah, it was weird being at the back of the pack in such a huge race. But it really drove home the “world class event / small town pride” that Grandmas Marathon has. Everyone was still so nice and positive!

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