Giving Thanks: Boston Marathon 2013 Race Report

In honor of the 2017 Boston Marathon coming up on Monday, I’m rebloging my 2013 Boston Marathon Race Report. I still get emotional thinking about that day. I’m finally feeling healthy and ready to try to qualify again and get back to Boston!

Runnin' From The Law

Part of me doesn’t want to write this race report.  Blogging about my running of the 2013 Boston Marathon feels a bit selfish and trivial, in light of the horrific events that transpired with the bombing at the finish line.  But a bigger part of me wants to write this race report.  As a big Fuck You to the terrorists who ruined so many lives and tried to (and did) instill fear in thousands of people Monday afternoon.  We are still learning the identities and stories of the victims of the bombing.  But I think it’s safe to say they were all runners or supporters of runners.  And I think it’s also safe to say that most of them loved the Boston Marathon experience, prior to being victimized.  So with no disrespect to the victims and their loved ones intended, I’m going to blog about the most incredible marathon experience…

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I have a plan!

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I need a plan.  A goal marathon. A training schedule. A race on the horizon. When I'm training I am happier. More productive. More disciplined. I'm just in a better place - physically, mentally and emotionally. I NEED that this year. So …

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Balmy Running Weather!

You know you're a Minnesotan when you wake up and are literally smiling and excited to run because it's FINALLY going to be 20 degrees and sunny outside!  Balmy.  Lovely. Exactly what I needed.  It's been a long couple of weeks of below zero temps, icy running conditions and a crazy work schedule - so …

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Happy New Year!

I think 2016 will go down as the year that I wrote the fewest posts on I just wasn't feeling it. Blogging, not running.  Running was actually great in 2016.  I ran 2001 miles!  And, I can honestly say that I loved all 2001 of those miles.  I am SO thankful to have had …

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Twin Cities Marathon 2016 in Photos

Photos courtesy of my awesome and talented photographer brother, Tom of ThomasJSpence Images. It was a slow day (3rd worst marathon time at 4:22), but a great day. Perfect running weather. Good company. Great crowds. Family and friends supporting. Healthy and happy! Loved every minute of it. I'll do a full race report soon.

The Best Is Yet To Be: Thoughts From A Mom With A (partially) Empty Nest

When I dropped my daughter off at college – 7 hours away from home – last week, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  Pride – about all that she has accomplished in her short 18 years. Sadness – about the change that we are experiencing. Excitement – about all that she has in store for her …

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