Fargo Marathon 2010

I ran the Fargo Marathon 2 weeks ago. I signed up for this race in the beginning of March, hoping to parlay any fitness I had left from my Fall marathons from last year. I ended up running a 4:18, which I was a little disappointed with, considering I was hoping to come in closer to 4:00. I think the condensed training cycle left me inadequately prepared. Traveling to North Dakota the day before didn’t help me either – two planes, one of which was a missed connection, sucked a little life out of me. Lesson learned: next time plan a day of travel for each plane involved in getting to the destination.

Fargo was a nice race – the entire city gets behind this race. It starts and finishes at the Fargodome, which is a nice touch and provided nice cover, considering it was pouring rain at the start. I didn’t realize until midway through the race that part of the course runs through Minnesota, which was cool and a nice prelude to the Twin Cities Marathon in October. I ended up sharing the last few miles with Janet (pictured below) who had previously run Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Mn. Thanks to Janet’s husband for my only race photo.

So I have 16 weeks until the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 2nd. I will likely treat Twin Cities as a training run for the Philadelphia Marathon in November but am still a little on the fence. The only thing I know for sure is I am anxious to run a ton of miles over the summer and to dedicate the bulk of it to training by heart rate. Other than that, I am just looking forward to running a bunch of races in the Fall.
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6 Responses to Fargo Marathon 2010

  1. Denise says:

    that’s what i worry about traveling for runs…the travel would mess me all up. but you did great!!

    i can’t wait for Philly…it’s all i think about. counting down the days till ultra training is over so i can switch gears and get ready for it!

  2. Ted says:

    Hey dude… you did good and you chalked this up. No matter how you did… all it matter is that you crossed the finish line in glory. Never knew that you ran through two states in Fargo.

    Now, lets aim for 3:40 in Philadelphia. I am in.

  3. Ted says:

    By the way, nice bling !

  4. Hey, nice effort out there. I’m with you on these summertime marathons with condensed training cycles and have already decided to make Missoula a no pressure marathon next month.

    Nice photo, and sounds like you’ve got some good races on the upcoming schedule.

  5. alicia. says:

    It sounds like you did pretty well! Congrats on finishing!

  6. Darrell says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but congrats on Fargo. It is a nice looking medal. Sorry that you didn’t get the time you’d hoped for. Looks like we’ll be be at Twin Cities. Good luck training over the summer. I’m struggling this year, for some reason.

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