Looking Ahead to Grandma’s 2015


After a three week hiatus from running, I’m back.

Since the Twin Cities Marathon (the last time I ran), I got married, went to London for a week for our honeymoon, moved to Chicago and started a new job. It has been a busy October to say the least!

I’ve been on a few runs this week and I’m relieved that my IT band seems to have returned to normal. The inflammation is down and I’ve not noticed pain in the three runs since my return to running.

I love running along Lake Michigan on Lakefront Trail and around the city streets of Chicago. Temperatures are in the 40s and low 50s—perfect fall running conditions.

Grandma’s Marathon is just under eight months away and already I’m looking ahead to my training calendar for the race. I might run a half marathon in that time, but my effort will be focused on getting stronger and faster for Grandma’s. My goal is to PR. Ideally, I will run the 26.2-mile course from Two Harbors to Duluth in 3:10 or faster.

I have plenty of time to train for the race and I really think my goal is achievable. My previous marathon PR is 3:13:41, so, in order to PR at 3:10, I would have to improve my per mile pace by eight seconds.