Twin Cities Marathon - 2016

Discussion in 'Chapters' started by TD Moose, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. TD Moose

    TD Moose
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    242
    I have signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon coming this October 9th.

    Official TCM website

    Anyone else signed up yet, or planning to sign up?

    I have no idea what I'm doing. I've run about a half-dozen half-marathons in bare feet, but, I've never run a full marathon in shoes or in bare feet. If my memory is correct, at least one or two others from this group have done the TCM in past years.
     
  2. TD Moose

    TD Moose
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    242
    What have I gotten myself into? Just under 9 weeks left, and, I have run 13 miles at the most at any one time.

    I still feel confident I can finish, but, I'm definitely farther behind schedule than I wanted.

    On a positive note, seal-coating on sections of the course was done during one of the hottest, sunniest times of the year. Those sections have been swept, and the pavement looks relatively smooth already.

    Anyone else signed up yet, or planning to?
     
  3. Barefoot TJ

    Barefoot TJ
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    1. Test Chapter
    2. Nomad
    3. Hidden...
    4. Hidden...

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    19,876
    Likes Received:
    6,074
    Walk it if you have to, right? Good luck!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    happysongbird and Bare Lee like this.
  4. Bare Lee

    Bare Lee
    Expand Collapse
    Chapter Presidents
    1. Minnesota
    2. Presidents

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,906
    Likes Received:
    6,570
    Good Luck Moose! I'm sure you can do it, even if you have to walk the last few miles.

    Unrelatedly, are you interested in becoming the Minnesota chapter president? Last summer I found out I have degenerative menisci and so I can't really run any kind of distance anymore, although short hill sprints might still be OK. I'm going to start trying to work them into my cycling and see how it goes. Anyway, doesn't seem right to have a non-runner be president, and I would never be able to participate in any group runs.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. happysongbird

    happysongbird
    Expand Collapse
    Chapter Presidents
    1. Idaho

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Messages:
    2,165
    Likes Received:
    5,416
    Always leave yourself room to adjust your goals. There is no shame in downsizing to the half for a better experience!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. TD Moose

    TD Moose
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    242
    Less than a month to go. I'm feeling good about about finishing somewhere around 4:30. My challenge has been learning to slow down and fight my competitive urges. I also plan to be one of the last to start. I really don't like getting run over by people I end up passing later on. Besides, if I start at the very back of the pack, my passing statistics look so much better :)
     
    dutchie53 likes this.
  7. Barefoot Ken Bob

    Barefoot Ken Bob
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    1. California...

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Messages:
    579
    Likes Received:
    585
    The tried and true Ken Bob Method. Start at the back, and you are likely to pass more people than pass you ... even if you finish last, the stats will be about even.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. TD Moose

    TD Moose
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    242
    Three more days to go. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. For the last month, I've been putting on the miles, and practicing my race pace. One of my biggest challenges will be suppressing my competitive nature and sticking to a pace I know I can handle for the full distance. The weather should be good. Perhaps it will be a little warmer than ideal for me (50s and sunny), but, definitely not hot. My other plan is to just have fun. After years of watching this event, I'm thrilled to be participating this time around.
     
    Barefoot TJ and Kyrrinstoch like this.
  9. Barefoot TJ

    Barefoot TJ
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    1. Test Chapter
    2. Nomad
    3. Hidden...
    4. Hidden...

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    19,876
    Likes Received:
    6,074
    Good luck and have fun!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. Bare Lee

    Bare Lee
    Expand Collapse
    Chapter Presidents
    1. Minnesota
    2. Presidents

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,906
    Likes Received:
    6,570
    Represent!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. dutchie53

    dutchie53
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Canada

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,739
    Likes Received:
    2,802
    Run well this weekend, enjoy the day. Weather looks good, cool in the morning and just right for a run a little later.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  12. TD Moose

    TD Moose
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    242
    Woohoo! I made it! I crossed the finish line standing up, under my own power. It was a tough slog from about mile 15 - 20, but, some of that was just uncertainty from never having completed a marathon before.

    The weather was nearly perfect -- a little cool near the beginning ( about 38 F ), but it warmed up nicely, and never got too warm either. I brought a pair of cheap socks to the start in case I needed the warmth while waiting for the race to begin, but, didn't need them after all.

    While I think I could have used more distance training, I think training to a pace in the last month really helped. By that I mean that I timed myself on my training runs and adjusted my pace accordingly. I'm generally a much faster runner at shorter distances (21 min 5K, 1:41 half marathon), but, I knew there was no way I could hold that pace over a marathon. Learning the slower pace and learning to suppress my competitive nature allowed me to finish without hurting myself.
     
    Barefoot TJ and Kyrrinstoch like this.
  13. Kyrrinstoch

    Kyrrinstoch
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Minnesota

    Joined:
    May 20, 2014
    Messages:
    238
    Likes Received:
    284
    Well done!
     
  14. dutchie53

    dutchie53
    Expand Collapse
    Barefooters
    1. Canada

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,739
    Likes Received:
    2,802
    Congrats on your marathon, way to fight through that wall at mile 15.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  15. Barefoot TJ

    Barefoot TJ
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    1. Test Chapter
    2. Nomad
    3. Hidden...
    4. Hidden...

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    19,876
    Likes Received:
    6,074
    Congrats, Moose!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page