• Location: Duluth, MN
• Date: June 20, 2015
• Official Time: 3:11:25 (7:18 pace)
• Division Place: 289 out of 1,313
• Gender Place: 467 out of 3,436
• Overall Place: 566 out of 6,075
• Official Results
PR at Grandma’s
Posted on June 26, 2015
The shrill of my alarm woke me up at 5:00 a.m. It took a few seconds for me to come back to reality, but when I did, I remembered I was in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, and today was race day.
Last weekend, I finished my fifth full marathon at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. I didn’t get the Boston qualifying time I was hoping for, but I did get a personal best (3:11:25)!
We started off the day by getting drenched head to toe before the gun even went off, with the heaviest of the rain occurring an hour before the start. It sprinkled on and off during the race, too. The skies didn’t clear until we got into the Duluth city limits around mile 20.
I got a bad side stitch at mile three, which is rare for me. It came back at mile nine and on and off during the rest of the race. It was so unusual as I never get side stitches. During strong episodes, I struggled taking in air, having to stop and put my hands over my head to get deep breaths. My stomach was feeling weird the day before the race and I think that carried over to race day, unfortunately.