I’m not much for repeating routes. It’s why I love living in a city laid out on a grid, with unlimited options for loops. (Even if running home on NE 27th isn’t all that different from NE 26th….) It’s why I’m so jazzed to use the FASTZach mobile app, which helps me find all sorts of new routes in Portland and when I’m traveling. And it’s what’s compelled me to never repeat a marathon until I tackled Boston (can ya blame me?!) for a second time last year. Prior to that, I’d run a dozen different marathons—a factoid I’m curiously proud of.
But one other route is so captivating—and lined with such enthusiastic spectators and organized with such runner-centric details—I’m once again going to break my one-and-done rule: the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) on October 1. It's also a goal race for the Train Like a Mother club, which means there will a huge BAMR contingent ready to run or cheer.
I ran TCM in 2012, and I have incredibly fond, vivid memories of it. The weather was crisp (below freezing at the start), but the sun shone brightly. The autumn leaves were at their peak, and thanks to the sunshine, it was like running under a stained glass window in glorious shades of yellow, red, and vermillion. The mostly rolling course went past numerous lakes, providing bursts of blues and greens into the stained glass effect.
The course winds by beautiful homes, many with large front yards with parties of cheering spectators—I’ve never seen or felt more exuberant hometown support at a race. Last year, I worked the race expo, and I keenly felt I was missing out on the fun on a solo run along the banks of the Mississippi River. I vowed that morning: I’m going to run TCM next year! So I’m making good on my promise to myself. While I won’t hop on the official Train Like a Mother Club training plan until the end of May, I’ve already done a few routes that simulate the final gradual-but-steady climb that greets runners in the final 10K of the marathon.
Of course, each of those simulation-routes were different 😉
If you want to join me at the TCM marathon on October 1, AMR is giving two lucky women an entry each to the race. To sweeten the deal, the winning runners will also get a free entry into the Train Like a Mother program (either traditional or heart rate) for this race. All you need to do is comment below with an answer to this question: are you a "never the same race twice-r" or a "give me a familiar route-r."
The fine print: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 3/29/17 and ends on 4/4/17. We will announce two random winners on our Facebook page on 4/7/17, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of this prize is $125 for race entry and $80 or $150 depending on the training program. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.