Monday, June 7, 2010

Coming Soon: Minneapolis Marathon Race Recap

I've been working on a detailed race report of the Minneapolis Marathon, and I've decided to postpone publishing it until I receive the photos that were taken of me during the race (to, you know, be brutally honest about all the joy as well as all the suffering that happened).

Yesterday I learned what a marathon physically means, and you'll get to read about all of that with pictures.

Today I'm realizing what a marathon mentally means.

In approximately 26.5 miles (since I suck at running tangents) I learned more about what it actually means to be a runner. I learned about the secret places on a marathon route that are not detailed on any course map: The places where space and time swirl around and stab you at the core. Where deal-making and mental tricks begin in honest earnest and end up in full-out bargains with the devil. I've learned about that little place where a complete stranger's words are a lifesaver at that exact second in time. Where limits are pushed, where goosebumps live, and where heart is on the breakfast menu -- and breakfast is served all day long.

For now, I can say I finished. And I can also attest to when Dick Beardsley said, "When you cross the finish line, it will change your life forever."


  1. AWESOME!!!! Guessing you are changed forever??? :-) Looking forward to the full report and pics! You did GOOD!!!!

  2. Hey girl,
    I wish I would of had someone take my picture standing behind that very cool boarder:) You look fantastic:)

    I do have pictures of you and your family. You should still e-mail my at my work address and I will send them to you:)

    I can't wait to hear your race report:)

  3. Can't wait to read all the details. You look awesome at the finish - congrats!

  4. Good job! Cant wait to read about it in detail!