Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Maine Marathon

In April of this year, Chris and I made the decision to run the Portland, Maine Marathon, which took place this past Sunday, October 3. Chris and I ran the Twin Cities Marathon five years ago, and it took me four years before my mind could even tolerate running another marathon. It's been a long summer of training - lots of hot, early morning runs with bottles of Gatorade in our hands. However, September was a beautiful month for running, reaffirmed by a slow tapering into the shorter, brisk fall runs that Chris and I both enjoy so much.

We drove to Portland Saturday afternoon, ate a pasta dinner and fell asleep early. The weather Sunday was perfect: chilly and still. Chris and I wound up two minutes back in the starting queue but jumped off to a relatively quick start along the ocean and kept a decent pace through about mile 20 when we started to slow down. Even though he undoubtedly could have finished much sooner, Chris ran with me the entire race. Our goal was to cross the finish line under 4 hours, and we just squeaked in at 3 hours and 57 minutes.

Downtown Portland on Saturday

Waiting for the starting gun

After crossing the finish line - tired!


Blogger Bonny said...

Great job! What an accomplishment! You must feel so good to have it done & to have made it through within your goal.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoosier Daddy

Great job finishing together! That makes it really worth something, each of you doing something for the other through the whole process, and finishing the final run in under 4 hours. Now, give your hips and knees a break for awhile.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Katrina Custer said...

Wow, you're amazing!!!

9:12 AM  

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