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2017 Grandma’s Marathon

story posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:45 pm GMT -5

With my lack of miles this spring, I wasn’t expecting much from Grandma’s this year. What happened last Saturday, though, was really something else. Talked into this race by my colleague Shannon, I was hoping to keep up with her for at least the first half. She followed a real training plan, though, and I had only one long run in the last month (and only 162 miles for the year).

The forecast looked warm (again), with clouds and a strong chance of rain. We rode the train to the start, which amazingly had no line to board this year. One last bathroom line wait and we were off. We stayed in front of the 4:15 pacer for a few miles, then I told her to take off (which she did, finishing in a strong 4:17). I crossed the 10K mark in 1:02:29 and was hoping to hold on to a ten minute pace. Unfortunately, a mile later I experienced a pain behind my right knee that I had never felt before. I tried the walk/run thing several times, but ended up basically walking the next 19 miles to the finish.

I believe last year was the first year they expanded the official race limit from six to seven hours, so I kept doing the math in my head to make sure I could walk and still get an official finish. When I finally got downtown, I asked a police officer when the streets re-opened and found out I had 30 minutes left to walk the last mile. No problem, right? I hobbled on and crossed the finish line after 6 hours and 36 minutes (nearly three hours slower than my PR – full stats here).

During that time, the green flags turned to yellow, the sun came out (frying my neck and face), it rained twice and the temp surged past 72F. Walking that long created large blisters on both feet, which caused me to walk crooked (and hurt my ankles). Most of the food was gone at the finish line, but I still got the coveted finisher shirt and medal. The music tent had a nice merchandise stand, so I was able to keep the race poster tradition alive too. The long walk from Canal Park up the hillside to the car was a struggle, as was the shower at my sister’s apartment. Hopped in the car and drove back to the metro right away to get to the Pantages for the Seu Jorge Bowie tribute show (which was amazing – story to come).

Not really sure what my running future holds now. I did sign up for the Donut Run in August (and am still registered for the Get in Gear next year). I’ll leave my name in the London lottery (since I didn’t have to pay anything and there’s like a 2% chance I’ll get picked). To be honest, it’s rather nice to not have any pressure to train right now – plenty of other stressors these days…

Kid two works here now

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Free music everywhere

pic posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 06:51 pm GMT -5

Not paying attention to deprecated functions + Apache config changes + permissions issues = 2am

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:06 am GMT -5

I spy a pizza girl

pic posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:43 am GMT -5

This is going to be a great week of nerd learning – tuning up by running some Homebrew and server updates

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 04:47 pm GMT -5

MoA lunch with kid one

pic posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:29 pm GMT -5

What the hell is this?

pic posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:27 pm GMT -5

This will be a good way to celebrate the completion of X Games – https://t.co/Ph03uLw7xv

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:03 pm GMT -5

Trying the ramen @ Masu

pic posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:08 pm GMT -5

Just saw my longest HR ever at Target Field – and it wasn’t Sano

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 08:36 pm GMT -5

Are we sure this isn't Wisconsin?

pic posted Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 07:12 pm GMT -5

What the hell, butterflies?

pic posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 06:53 pm GMT -5

Every day is Father’s Day

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Seriously?

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Taking a break from marathons after today

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I really miss Bowie

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Shannon before kicking ass

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Walking the last 19 miles of a marathon with an injury just to get the stupid medal and shirt? ☑️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 03:29 pm GMT -5

More carbs

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Wonder how many times I’ve headed north on I-35 from MSP (skipped Semisonic after seeing the set times)

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, June 16th, 2017 09:12 pm GMT -5

Had no idea the restoration of The Lex cost $5 million – that’s a lot of chicken pot pies

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, June 16th, 2017 02:37 pm GMT -5

Pre-race carbs

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If you think I’m crazy, you’re probably right. But I’m gonna have fun every motherfuckin’ night…

- Let’s Pretend We’re Married

quoted Friday, June 16th, 2017 10:48 am GMT -5

Let’s do this thang

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I’ve said this before, but MNDOT’s Highway Helpers are the greatest thing ever – thanks for the assistance

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, June 15th, 2017 09:54 am GMT -5

The (apparently) new dog next door has been barking for approximately fourteen straight hours

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 10:18 pm GMT -5

Special delivery from Up North

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Vikings of my youth

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Wanted the Preds 

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I could order this every day

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This is going to be a good summer https://t.co/rrUrsQ10SV

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 09:26 pm GMT -5

Proud (and slightly terrified) that my teenage daughters drove to Canada on their own today in search of beer and poutine 🇨🇦

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 05:44 pm GMT -5

Nothing more important than to know someone’s listening…

- Impossible Germany

quoted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 09:18 am GMT -5

Frankie Lee and Fancy Ray

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The Rayette seats don’t suck

pic posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:31 pm GMT -5

Dab Cat > Grumpy Cat

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Shh! It’s really a work trip

pic posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:27 pm GMT -5

What if you don’t have a Bro?

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Not the kind of weather system you want for championship Sunday at the Tapemark, but we should get it in eventually

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, June 11th, 2017 12:56 pm GMT -5

Will the Gopher hold on?

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When I get my wings and it’s my time to fly, call my friends and tell them there’s a party, come on by…

- Roll Me Up

quoted Saturday, June 10th, 2017 10:20 am GMT -5

Just your average 84-year-old

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I’m 99% sure Charlie Daniels is wearing an Apple Watch

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, June 9th, 2017 09:31 pm GMT -5

Waiting for Willie https://t.co/FQS24BLtYD

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, June 9th, 2017 08:09 pm GMT -5

Excited to try these out

pic posted Friday, June 9th, 2017 08:39 am GMT -5

Off and running at the 2017 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club https://t.co/4Ov4X3k4wU

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, June 9th, 2017 08:38 am GMT -5

Tot Boss in the ‘hood

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Glad Bono reconsidered

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WordPress 4.8 successfully tested and deployed to all our sites

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, June 8th, 2017 01:39 pm GMT -5

Since 1939

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Lowertown Stills

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I love this building

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Petty, Dyson, Revival/Easy & Oskey, U2, Super Bowl, Final Four, X Games, WWDC, Tapemark, Willie Nelson, Semisonic, Grandma’s, Mystic, Vegas

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 09:27 am GMT -5

Wonder vacuum has arrived

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So many great shows to binge right now: House of Cards, Better Call Saul, Fargo, Bloodline, Twin Peaks, American Gods

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:16 am GMT -5

Economist: world’s largest metropolitan police force is in Tokyo (never would’ve guessed that)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 05:36 pm GMT -5

We’re sinking down deep in the mud, and the fucks are at it again!

- Dr. Jacoby

quoted Monday, June 5th, 2017 09:39 pm GMT -5

The cure for Monday’s? Birthday happy hours with martinis and wings

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, June 5th, 2017 08:34 pm GMT -5

Happy Birthday Jen!

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I keep forgetting this is nearby

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Learn the system

pic posted Sunday, June 4th, 2017 08:54 pm GMT -5

How great is it that the “new guy” in the Heartbreakers has been playing with them for 24 years?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 10:46 pm GMT -5

Life's been good to me

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Played the bug capital of the world (Baker National) and shot 91 from the whites https://t.co/uoinDwgRZt

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 01:55 pm GMT -5
 

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2017 Mileage: 188.9

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