At this time last year, I was putting all my eggs in one basket: running a personal best at Grandma’s Marathon. Training resembled a typical marathon cycle, stretching nearly 20 weeks, with intense speed work and structured long runs, a program designed by running coach Greg McMillan.
Now, with 2 days to go before the 2011 version of Grandma’s, my training has been anything but structed. There is no illusions of setting a personal best, especially not compared to the nearly 5-minute best I posted last year, this year. No, this marathon is about celebrating the chance to keep running, and returning to the race that is one of the best around. Making it better will be the chance to share it with a lot of friends who will be making their way to Duluth, too.
If you know someone running this year, you can visit the marathon’s website by clicking here, where you can sign up for runner tracking or watch a live webstream of the finish line.
A few days ago, Duluth News Tribune reporter Kevin Pates wrote a terrific story about the history of Grandma’s, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. To read all of the News Tribune’s coverage leading up to the race, click here.