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Running Background:

I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because my daughter is a runner and likes to discuss fitness topics with me. We have run several half marathons over the past several years. We enjoy discussing the race after we complete it.


I trained for 3 months following Hal Higdon's Senior Marathon Program. During my training I averaged 25 miles per week.

To make sure I was well hydrated on my weekly long runs, I would freeze drinks and place them along my course. This is something I would recommend to people who don't have easy access to water stops or don't want to carry water with them.

For this marathon I focused on a run/walk combination for the entire race. I trained using a 4 minute run/1 minute walk for the whole race. I found out that doing this enabled me to complete my runs faster than if I ran them straight. It is quite strange. It is also very hard to walk for a minute when you are only 4 minutes into the race. When I did this during the marathon I felt like people were saying "next time train if you can't even run 5 minutes." I ran this marathon faster than I did my first one. I would do it again.

Race Day:

The 2006 Twin Cities Marathon was better than expected. I love running the TCM. This was my second time doing it. The Twin Cities are beautiful in October. I have run a lot of half marathons with fewer people in the crowd. The crowd support is great. There are a lot of great sights along the course. I would recommend this race to others.


My recovery wasn't bad. I walked and made sure I stayed hydrated.

Running Gear Recommendations:

I loved listening to music. It takes your mind off of the run.
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Brooks Running Hat
I wore a Brooks hat for the first time. It sucked up the sweat.
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Power Aide
I drank a lot of Power Aide!
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

If I can do it, anybody can.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run more marathons/half marathons because I enjoy running with my children.

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