10 Bucket List Marathons

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

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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!

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I love this city.

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Last Week of “Summer Vacation”

Happy Thursday! I am having a relaxing last week before my new job starts. August is flying by!

This morning I made a fruit smoothie with Pomegranate kefir, frozen berries, and a splash of orange juice. Yum!

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Over the weekend, I ran my longest distance yet – 17 miles (you may recall I’m training for my very first 26.2 miler – The Twin Cities Marathon – in October). I didn’t leave the house as early as I had hoped so it was getting kind of warm/humid and I had a hard time keeping hydrated. I brought a water bottle and have been trying out the Nuun Hydration Tablets for longer runs, which I think helps. The last few miles were a struggle but I finally made it! I definitely have my work cut out for me the last month and a half or so until race day but I’m getting excited for the challenge.

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I regularly run around Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles in combination or by themselves, and decided to add on Cedar Lake for my long run. It was great, except then somehow I found myself in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden which I was not expecting, but pleasant nonetheless.

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Source: artsconnected.org

The route:

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From my nikeplus.com account

The rest of the week has been a little lighter since I am running the Gopher to Badger Half Marathon this weekend! I’m getting excited.

Workouts this week: Saturday – 17 miles, Sunday – long walk, Monday – rest, Tuesday – 4 miles, Wednesday – 7 miles. I am resting today and tomorrow before the race but will take some walks.

Yesterday I went to REI and picked up some new supplies for long runs. I’m excited to try the Cherry Limeade flavor of Nuun hydration tablets. I’ve been using watermelon which is pretty good. I like that it doesn’t add any sugar but adds nice flavor and is packed with electrolytes.

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Other fun things this week:

I got to babysit this cutie for a few hours the other day. Love him!

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My hubby and I took a lovely walk to the Tin Fish last night for dinner – what a gorgeous evening!

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Have a great day!

It’s No Secret

It’s no secret: I LOVE Minnesota.

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There are a lot of great things about my home state: “hotdish”

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Uffda, I could go on all day, dontcha know, but either you’re from Minnesota and already know why it’s great, or you have no idea what I’m talking about. I just wanted to make a couple announcements regarding my beloved motherland that I’m a little over the moon about…

1. We’re moving to Minneapolis at the end of June!!!!! It’s taken us awhile to decide what was next for us after this year, but we’re making some final decisions on jobs and will be heading back to the Midwest the last weekend in June. It’s pretty much the best 30th birthday gift this displaced Minnesota girl could ask for (we’ll be moving right after my birthday. Can I bring birthday cake with me in the moving van?)

2. I signed up for my very first marathon – The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon October 6th!! I’m really excited slash a little terrified.

20130515-121718.jpg I know several people who have run it before (including my mom years ago) and late September/early October is usually a pretty nice time of year. The course starts at the Minneapolis metrodome (domed sports venue in downtown), goes along several beautiful lakes, and eventually ends up at the Capitol building in St. Paul. I’ve already started scheming with a dear friend, Rachel (who has been my friend since the FIRST GRADE) about races to do this summer in anticipation of the 26.2. She’s been doing some half marathons and triathlons in the area the last few years, so we’re looking at which half marathon(s??) look like fun this summer. Next on the agenda: “tri-ing” out some triathlons with her?!?

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