My Grandma’s Marathon Weekend History

It’s hard to believe Grandma’s Marathon Weekend is Here! ….And I’m not there. In 2011 I made the New Years Resolution to run 5 – 5ks. And the 5k of Grandma’s Weekend was my third one. I loved the course, and experiencing the huge expo, and relaxing on the rainy Saturday morning knowing that I wasn’t running as my race was the day before.

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon 2012In 2012 had much better weather and I finished the Half Marathon. It was my first time actually training, and while the week prior to the race I was in North Carolina working, I still had a great race.

2013 brought the full Marathon. And while it wasn’t pretty, I am so glad I did it.

Athleta Sponsor Irongirl Duathlon(photo not from the Marathon, but from the same year).

2014 I entered the half lottery and was in! I didn’t get a great running training, as I was busy learning the ropes of triathlon, but it was great to revisit my favorite course.

Garry Bjorklund Half ParticipantSo many wonderful things about that photo. I attempted the lottery again for 2015 but didn’t get in. I planned on running the full, but the day before I went to register, for my aunt invited me on an epic trip for July. And I remember how long recovery took from the full last time, so I didn’t want to miss out on the trip if something happened on the course.

Are you racing this weekend? If so, GOOD LUCK!

Do you have a favorite course that you’re happy to run year after year?

2 thoughts on “My Grandma’s Marathon Weekend History

  1. Oh, I didn’t realize you weren’t running. Epic trip?? FUN! I love the Women Run the Cities 10 miler. I’ve only run it once, but it was so gorgeous and the other runners were so supportive. I hope I’ll love the Twin Cities marathon course. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a wise choice to not do Grandma’s this year since you have a fun trip ahead that you want to feel 100% for!! I have never done Grandma’s. I think doing the half would be fun. I’ve heard great things about the race but for some reason I don’t feel a strong pull to do the full there! A race I could do over and over again is the Twin Cities 10 miler. I love that you get to be part of the excitement of the day but at a much easier to recover form distance! I will say that of the 3 marathons, Twin Cities was by far my favorite, though, so if I kept doing marathons over and over again, it’s a course I”d be happy to repeat many times.

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