This is a blog post I’ve been waiting a long time to write — my first full marathon recap! I ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN on Saturday, June 22. A lot can happen over the course of 26.2 miles, so I’ve got plenty to share. Let’s dive in:
The week leading up to the race
About 10 days before the marathon, I started having pain in the same spot as my stress fracture from last fall (my right tibia). I made the decision to skip my final week of runs and rest my leg for the race. I did my best to manage the anxiety that developed along with the leg pain. Re-reading Deena Kastor’s “Let Your Mind Run” helped quite a bit and helped keep my spirits and excitement high. Since I couldn’t really control my knee pain, I tried to focus on things I could control: icing/resting my leg, getting lots of sleep, hydrating and fueling well, and packing/making sure I had everything I needed for race day (spoiler alert: I still forgot some pretty important stuff).
The day before the race
My family few into Minneapolis the day before the race, which was so exciting and wonderful. We went out to breakfast and played a few games of Bananagrams (a family favorite) before I headed up to Duluth around 12:30 pm. Duluth is about 2.5 hours away from the Twin Cities but I got stuck in terrible traffic on my way up, so it took me closer to 3.5 hours. When I finally pulled up to our hotel (The Edgewater), I was feeling super exhausted from being in the car for so long, plus getting up really early to finish cleaning my casa before my family arrived. I checked into our room and then headed straight to the Expo, which was held at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.Continue reading “Race Recap: 2019 Grandma’s Marathon”