10 Bucket List Marathons

Came across this article today of 10 Bucket List Marathons – and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is on it!!


Here’s my own running bucket list:
1. Twin Cities Marathon
2. Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco
3. Grandma’s Marathon
4. A triathlon!

(Disclosure: this is a brief and realistic edition of my list – anyone who has raced with me knows that I obsessively look for races and make lists twice this long daily.)

On Sunday I went to cheer on Rachel at the YWCA Women’s Triathalon by Lake Nokomis – she did awesome!! I was so proud of her. I got so inspired and hopefully I’ll sign up for it next year. What a great event!

Later that day, Kale and I went for our own bike ride around some of the great trails around Minneapolis. We made a stop for a rest and ice cream at Minnehaha Falls. We actually biked a good portion of the Twin Cities Marathon course – gorgeous!


I love this city.



The last several weeks have been silent here on Come Run or Shine as I’ve been on sabbatical on hiatus on a leave of absence lazy pretty caray-zee busy as we moved 2,025 miles from Los Angeles to Minneapolis at the end of June, began settling in to our new home, preparing for our new jobs, going on a rather spontaneous vacation last week (more on that in a later), and of course, running.

A few highlights:
1. 30th Birthday!! (Last couple days in LA)



Yep, that’s birthday cake for breakfast!

2. Moving expedition. Many many miles across 9 states, many many boxes.  My in-laws flew out to LA and helped us move – bless them!


Buckley was the best little traveler! Not one “are we there yet?” Me, on the other hand…

3. We live here now! We were pretty excited when we finally saw this sign.IMG_2791

4. Land of 10,000+ lakes! LOVE.  Running around, jumping in, hanging out by…all activities around a lake. Yep.

5. Running in the RAIN!! I really don’t think I saw rain more than 5 minutes in LA.  I know I know, I sound like a crazy person but I really did miss the rain.  If I said I missed the snow would you lock me away? Ok, I’ll wait on that statement…


6.  First Twins game in the new(ish) stadium! 4th of July with some good friends. And ice cream out of tiny Twins hats.


7.  Vacation! (More on that later this week, pinky swear.)

And of course, I’ve been running. I won’t include every run during the last few weeks since you’d stop reading (if you’ve made it this far anyway).

July 1-7: 20 miles

July 8-14: 22 miles

Last week: 15 miles (while on vacation) then got back to Minneapolis and ran my long run (14 miles) last evening.

A friend of mine sent me this cool interview with the Katherine Switzer, marathon hero, that I’ll leave you with:


I’m so amazed by the outpouring of support for the city of Boston and the Boston Marathon Runners. Tribute runs have been popping up all over the US, the Red Cross has been overflowing with blood donations, and numerous other donations for victims and their families. Good people outnumber the bad, and we always will!

A tribute run in the area for anyone interested, and also in the area 🙂


In a few short weeks, I will be running in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Half Marathon with several friends. I’m getting so excited! One of my good friends ran it last year and had a blast, so I’ve been looking forward to it since she told me about it.


Here is the link to the race website, Safari Park Half Marathon

The race raises money for “rhino conservation in the wild by supporting anti-poaching laws, managing rhino translocations, reintroductions and improving security” as well as providing care to the rhinos at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The race website has links so some really cute rhino videos (there’s a baby rhino named Charlee – adorbs).
See also http://www.savetherhino.org.

If you’re interested in donating to the cause, you can do so on the race website. OR sign up for the race too!

Also found on the website – love it:


Workouts this week so far:
Sunday – 5 miles on the treadmill
Monday – cross-train – 25 minutes bike, 25 minutes elliptical, abs, arms
Tuesday – 4.09 miles (treadmill) in honor of Boston – marathon time when the bombs went off
Wednesday – biked to work (6 miles total). I have felt a little under the weather the last couple days, so I decided not to run too
Thursday (today) – still not feeling that great, but ran 4.13 miles outside because I couldn’t resist how nice it is outside 🙂

In other news, I added a “Races Page” to document races and times in the last couple years – and I’ll keep adding to it. Some photos too.

Happy It’s Almost Friday!!

Boston Marathon Tragedy

What a horrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon today. Thinking of those affected by this horrendous incident.

So thankful to hear that my mom’s friend and colleague, Maureen, is safe after running the marathon, as well as SR, a runner whose blog I read regularly.


I would also just like go take a moment to applaud those selfless individuals who put themselves in harm’s way in order to help those injured – police officers, fire fighters, race volunteers, and spectators – all good Samaritans.
A few quotes that spoke to me today:


“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer, first woman runner of the Boston Marathon in 1967. This is a great article:
Washington Post article

And one last: “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “the good outnumber you, and we always will.” -Patton Oswalt