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MedCity Marathon Recap

Hello!  How about a quick marathon recap?  It fortunately isn’t too late, only 8 days later thanks to a busy week with David traveling again and a certain toddler deciding to boycott bedtime all week 🙂 .  Last Sunday, (May 29th) I ran the MedCity Marathon in Rochester, MN!

MedCity Marathon Finish


My official finish time was 3:43:49 with an average pace of 8:33 per mile.  I actually finished 9th woman overall and 3rd in my age group!

Overall I loved the race and had a great time.  It was well organized and big, but not overwhelmingly large or congested.  Everybody was super friendly, both the volunteers and the spectators.  I didn’t really know what to expect or what my goals should be going in to the race but I had kind of set a goal of finishing in under 4 hours and keep a relatively easy pace throughout the race.

The race starts in Byron and the first six miles went by really quite fast and were also the hilliest so it worked out great!  I personally think the Rochester area is really pretty so I didn’t mind the hills and they really aren’t bad, they are more like little rolling hills than anything else.  Once we got into Rochester there were more spectators and over all I never really got bored with the course (am I the only one with this problem?).  There were water stops about every 2 miles so I didn’t need to stop at each one even though it was by far warmer on Sunday than it was during any of my training runs!  I trained in 30-40 degree weather and it was 60-70 Sunday morning, definitely a temperature range I’m not used to running in yet, especially with the humidity 🙂 .

MedCity Marathon

The week before the race I ended up getting the flu and then having a huge allergy flair up so while I wasn’t feeling 100% I was still hoping to meet my goals.  My training went really well.  I completed all my runs (running 4-5 times a week) except for my 20 miler!  I ended up not feeling well the week I was supposed to run 20 miles and never completed it!  Mentally, this was more nerve-wracking than anything else.  Just in case this happens to anyone else, don’t let it concern you!

I also started having trouble with my foot just a couple of days before the race.  It has been bothering me on and off for the past couple of years and when it started to feel a little sore I cut out speed work which seemed to help up until the last week.  My doctor had said to keep it stretched and ice it and that it was fine to continue running as long as the pain didn’t worsen throughout training and it really wasn’t horrible until the last week.  Obviously I wasn’t about to not run having just finished all of the training and my x-rays looked good (no stress fracture) so I just iced and stretched a lot before Sunday.  While the icing and stretching may have helped it still hurt quite a bit by the end of the race and I am still not running yet.  I went to the doctor on Monday and was told to take a week off but I will have to play it by ear since, while it is significantly better it still isn’t great (it is a tendon issue and the marathon really aggravated it).

Overall I had a great time and hope to be able to run this race again someday, both the half marathon and marathon if all goes well!  I don’t have any current race plans for the rest of summer as I am waiting to see how my foot heels but I hope to run a 5k in late summer/fall!

Do you have any summer running plans?

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Winter 5K run

Hello!  I have been super busy this past week and probably will continue to be busy until my children go to school 🙂 .  Really, however, we seem to have been hit with a small cold running throughout our house so hopefully it will subside soon 🙂 .

Today I am sharing a quick 5K workout I love to do when running outside.  I find on the treadmill it is easy for me to change my pace all the time and even sprint.  Outside, however, sprints are not as easy for me since I tend to not push myself as hard.  This workout goes fast and, for the winter especially, I find the 5K is a great distance.

winter 5k run

Nice and easy for a quick winter run!  I hope that those of you who have the holiday off are have a great day!


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Pick your distance treadmill workout

Happy Thursday!  We have officially been a household of two toddlers for a week now and it has been crazy 🙂 .  Asher has really started to show his own personality and has started walking a ton more ( and is much more stable) in the past month.  He and Max have started to play together a little bit and have really started to build a bond.  They still require a ton of attention as they usually end up fighting over toys and not getting along for too long but it has been fun to see them interact a little more.


I wasn’t planning on posting this week as we are having Asher’s birthday party this weekend and David and I have quite a bit to do yet but I wanted to quick share a treadmill workout I have been enjoying lately.  It is great because you simply repeat the same five minute interval for as long as you want to run.  It keeps me from getting bored and since Max and Asher can be a bit unpredictable it is nice that I can adjust the length of my run so easily without feeling as though I skipped part of the workout.


Feel free to adjust the times and speeds to fit your needs!

I am finally really getting back into running after my marathon.  I took some time off, obviously, and then started running slower runs and have just recently really started to feel like fitting in some tougher runs and have even started to look for a race (just a 5k or 10k) to run yet this fall.  There are plenty of runs in the cities but with our schedule and two kids it can be difficult to get up there in time for a run, especially a Turkey Trot or something on a holiday where we also want to spend time with family.  It may not happen this fall but hopefully by early spring!

I am off to finalize the birthday party menu!  I am horrible at nailing things down for a party and am always planning it up to the actual day of the party 🙂 .

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Our weekend and running plans

How was everyone’s long weekend?  Ours went by all to quickly as David left for another work trip for the week!  Max and Asher are also ready for fall.


Or at least Max likes when they dress alike and loves his fleece vest and lone mitten he found while we where going through old clothes.

I did manage to get some great workouts in as well as some shopping for the up coming fall.  I even ran a bit!  I have been itching to run this past week but wanted to take two full weeks off so this weekend was the day!  Overall I felt really good.  I took it easy and relatively slow. My knee felt decent, it felt a little off at only one time but it was for a very short time and I actually forgot about the twinge by the end of my run.  So it was pretty insignificant, I think doing some shorter runs for a while will work out well and keep my knee happy 🙂 .   I probably won’t run again until next weekend, when David gets home so I am happy I was able to fit in some running the past weekend.

I don’t currently have any race plans in the near future so I plan on trying to run about 4 times a week, maybe 5, for 30 minutes or so mixed with about thirty minutes of strength training.  Once I decide what my next race will be I will figure out my training plan.  Although it will probably be a short race, 5Ks will always be one of my favorite distances 🙂 , so the training won’t be as time intensive.  I am also going to try to start sharing my weekly workouts again.  Since I pretty much always workout at home I know of a lot of fun YouTube workouts I can share!

I was also able to fit in a bit of shopping on Saturday!  Not a ton since the whole family was in tow but we definitely did some damage 🙂 .  New jeans for me and a ton of new clothes for Max and Asher.  They are going to be pretty darn cute in their new clothes 🙂 .  I can’t wait for fall!

In case anyone is looking for some super soft jeans Gymboree has some great options for little boys!  I’m pretty sure Max would live in pajamas if I let him (not that I can blame him) so find soft pants is a must if I am going to have a chance to get him to wear them 🙂 .

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I may not have much time to post this week so if not I will be back next week.

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