Making miles

Over the weekend, my friends over at the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon capped about 16 months of planning for the inaugural race weekend. By all appearances, it turned out to be a pretty good event with better than expected turnout.

Several Greater Grand Forks runners, along with some familiar names from the Fargo-Moorhead area, also participated. I’m proud of my friends who helped organize the race for putting on a strong showing in the first year. Check out my column for some GGF results.

Also, a big congratulations to Eric Loeffler, the former NDSU standout who lives in Fargo and hails from Fergus Falls, Minn., for a fantastic effort at the Chicago Marathon this past weekend. If you didn’t catch it, Eric – who ran in the last U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials — covered the course in a blistering 2 hours, 18 minutes, 39 seconds – good for 24th overall.

It may seem a far cry from a marathon, but my pup logged his longest run Sunday morning. At 11 weeks old, Coby ran 1.92 miles with me, easily eclipsing his previous long. It was a much needed run after being stuck in the house for a couple days due to weather. And while I slowed down a bit so we could run together, he still managed a decent clip. The boy is going to be a runner.

Other notable items, I participated in my first-ever cycling class Saturday morning at my new club. What a rush. And it really was a workout that left me soaked in sweat.

The goal is to keep ramping up mileage, while managing some of the aches and pains that have been popping up, as I aim to lose some unwanted pounds and gain some speed back. It’s all geared toward getting back in fighting shape for race season 2014, which will include some big goals.

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