Whelp marathon number 9 happened and it was awesome! On a side note, if someone asks you what number marathon this is and you can't remember without looking at your blog have you done too many?
I highly recommend the Twin Cities Marathon. Even if you don't have your own cheer committee (I had my own cheer committee!!), there are tons of spectators on the course, it is beautiful and everything was perfect. Unless you don't train very much and then you will have full body melt down at mile 20. But we will get to that.
|Just take all my money.|
The expo is a nice size. It is not super huge but has enough stuff to be interesting and plenty of items to throw you bills at. My favorite part was the dressing room I used. Runners, we love the john.
|Smelled better than the ones on race morning.|
My friend was super nice and drove me through the entire course on the way to the expo. It was fun to know where I was in the race and know when the turns and hills were coming. Less fun maybe when you think 'oh god, I have insert mileage here to go'. Knowing the course made me more calm on race morning. Plus it is a beautiful drive.
|The goal. I am coming for you finish line!|
Other fun marathon tip- BUY A BALLOON. One, balloons are freakin fun. Two, they make it super easy for you to find your friends! That balloon was like a magnet. Way easier to see than an actual individual on the crowded streets. Plus look at the jellyfish, so cute!
|We named her Jemima. Jemima the jellyfish. Yes we are adults.|
|Thanks New Balance for all my swag. They sent me a box of gear and I discovered you can buy my love. I love you New Balance.|
|Just hanging out downtown with my running friends.|
|I am totally not fake smiling. Running is fun.|
|Hey more marathon runners.|
I got weirdly sweaty for the cool temps, and then realized that it was humid cause there is water and trees. Not used to that living in the desert.
|Hey look more runners and trees.|
|Two thumbs up for marathons.....or making it to mile 18 without pooping your pants.|
|Spectator finisher chute view.|
|I love you Jemima|
|Just the cutest. I can't even deal.|
Overall I would highly recommend this marathon. It is a great course to PR on (try training that will help you PR), it is a super friendly first time marathoner course and really with various distance races throughout the weekend is a great event for anyone who loves running. Minneapolis and St, Paul are fun cities to visit. The races are well done and the swag is top notch.
Now on to the next thing. A half marathon on Sunday....cause I just got feeling back in my hamstrings and can now go up stairs without crying so why not destroy that with a half that goes up and down a mountain? Runners, we are so crazy.