Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fargo Half Marathon Review

Love race bling
Confession: Winter got the best of me this year and I freely admit that I wasn't as well trained as I wish I was. The treadmill and I are no longer friends. I need a good long summer and fall to forget my hatred for the treadmill before next winter comes. I am full excuses for this one. Blah.

With that being said I ran the Fargo Half Marathon - I love running Fargo, it is soooooo gloriously flat. I love the people in Fargo, I love that it is a Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. I love that many of my friends participate in many different races - I love that we are supportive and push ourselves to do what we can and push just that last little bit.

My friend Suzi and I post race
Please ignore my afro - I had been sweaty & in the rain
The Running Reformers - our self proclaimed name - a group of graduates from Wartburg Theological Seminary who meet (generally in Fargo) to run races, we even made shirts. We come together to work on our health and fitness, we come together to unite, we come together to try to make a dent in the statistic that often claims clergy as one of the most obese professions in the USA. I love this group of friends, we span several different graduating classes from WTS and are inclusive to wives, husbands, and children of graduates, as well as anyone else who wants to join our tomfoolery. I am a little sad that I didn't actually get to see many of this group this time due to having to rush back to church for a wedding.

2013, 2012, 2011 Fargo Marathon Finisher Medals
The race was what it was. The course had been altered a few times due to flooding and so I wasn't certain what to expect in terms of the route, it wasn't one that I had run before - although it wasn't as horrible as it could have been. I didn't PR this race - and going into it didn't think I would. However, given the circumstances I did run better than I anticipated and not as well as I wanted.

It had been thunder storming all night before the race and rained buckets for about the first six miles or so. Not to mention there were places along the course that we had to jump through some pretty big puddles. It was worth it and it was lovely in the end I am ALWAYS thrilled to have finished and have that medal hanging around my sweaty neck.

I had to book it home from the Half Marathon to attend my office manager's wedding. See tomorrow's post for a full report on that.





Do you have any favorite races you run every year?
What is your favorite distance to run?

8 comments:

  1. I missed you so much! I'm sorry we didn't get to see each other. Wanna come run near us? I would come cheer you on now!

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    1. We should find a 5k and run together.

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  2. You made it! Congrats! Love your group's name! And don't hate on the treadmill!!
    emma @ amomrunsthistown.com

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    1. Hahaha. Okay, I will try not to hate on the treadmill. Really November through about March the treadmill isn't the bane of my existence, however, April-October I prefer my miles to be on the road.

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  3. I'm sad that I didn't get to see you guys either! I did wear my "Running Reformers" long sleeve tee yesterday though. I bought one so I could wear it and cheer you all on. One of these days maybe I'll be brave enough to do the 5K!

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    1. Yes! YOU CAN DO IT! Just sign up and commit to it!

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  4. Sorry about the rain but congrats on the 5K! Great job!! Love your post-race shirt, too! :0)

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    1. I love the runDisney long sleeve shirts! They are amazing!

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