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Grandma's Marathon

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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I was lucky enough to be in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon – as a spectator, of course. Grandma’s is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon so it attracts a lot of people from everywhere. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the passengers on my flight out of Duluth bright and early Sunday morning included me, my husband, and 51 marathoners because they were all really skinny and wearing lightweight tech-type running jackets.

It would have been cool to be further along in my Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon training to participate in the Garry Bjorkland Half-Marathon happening the same day; but given that it was cold, gray, and rainy, I didn’t feel too badly about missing out on the race opportunity.

My friends and I explored the Essentia Health and Fitness Expo happening downtown the day before.

You didn’t need to be a runner to score some cool race swag and freebies.

I wasn’t looking for anything specific, but enjoyed all of the edible samples – particularly the pork tent. I think they win for the best freebies – I got a meat thermometer and a silicone basting brush. My husband spun a wheel at a different tent and won me a Simple-Trends headband – haven’t had a chance to try it out yet to see if it slips like other headbands, but I think it looks pretty cool. Not as cool as the cowbell my friend won at the Chocolate Milk tent, though – her second year in a row winning a cowbell.

Because – when you are cheering on friends running a marathon – you gotta have more cowbell.

I had heard that you could find pretty good deals and discounts at the expo too, and was excited to see a tent selling my favorite shoe – the Saucony Hurricane – for $85! New models have come out since I purchased my last shoe, and they were selling the old models cheap. I had hoped to stock up for the next two years, but they didn’t have a single pair in my size. My husband found his favorite shoes in his size (but in a different color), so he picked up a pair to hang on to for our Disney run in November.

One man checked out about 10 boxes of Power Bar gels, and the cashier commented that he must be one hard-core runner. He shared that there are no running stores where he lives. It reminded me how convenient things are here in New Jersey – I’m glad to have my RoadRunner Sports nearby so that I can easily buy whatever I need whenever I want.

Anyway, we did brave the cold and rain to cheer on a marathon-ing friend, who achieved his PR time of 3:05. And if THAT seems fast, consider that the winner finished in 2:11.

Geez. I feel like such a slacker with a 2:00 HALF marathon – inspired me to pick up the training plan now that I’m back home.
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