Grandma’s Marathon Weekend is almost here!!! ….and I am not there…. And so last weekend I joined the tradition of those since 2001 who meet at the Northland Arboretum and run the Sour Grapes course.
I haven’t been running more than 3 miles for a while, especially not on trails. But thankfully I’ve done a few runs out in the arb, so I knew some of what I was in for. I woke up early Saturday morning and headed to Brainerd. Parking and packet pickup was a breeze. I brought my phone along since I didn’t know anyone else running and listened to my current favorite songs.
Without people to chat with I felt a few extra nerves before we started. I’ve bought new shoes but wore my old ones since I knew I was going to be on mixed ground. I kind of forgot that these shoes give me blisters…. As we started the race I was holding a decent pace, and ran farther than usual before taking a walking break. The miles felt long with all the hills and turns, but it was the 2nd half of the race that really got me. I was no longer happy to be out there and pushing myself, I just wanted to be done.
And all the way over on the right you can see that I did finish. The medal is a thin cord with a wooden emblem. I like how clearly different it is because this year is clearly different for me. Its hard to believe that 5 years ago I started running, since then I’ve completed multiple half marathons, a marathon, a duathlon, multiple triathlons, and traveled to Disney World. I’ve got my eye on the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half, but that might have to wait until 2018 (which would be right after I turn 30, weird.)
Are you currently training for something? I cannot say enough good things about training for a 5k, its how it all started for me, and I never imagined it would get here.