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2014 Twin Cities Marathon Recap and Review

Are you going to run the Twin Cities Marathon? Don’t miss this Twin Cities Marathon Race Recap and Review–it will tell you everything you need to know about one the of the top marathons in the US!

Twin Cities Marathon Race Recap and Review. Get everything that you need to know about the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon! http://suzlyfe.com/twin-cities-marathon-recap-review/

I am going to break this up into two parts: the first will be a more formalized review of the race, and the second will be how it went for me.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Race Review

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Twin Cities Marathon General Information

I registered for the race in March, and in case you are interested, this marathon always occurs the first Sunday of October. The event caps off at about 12,000 people, and is the crowning event for a weekend of events (there are also family races including a 5k, 10k and 10 mile (the 10 mile is the day of)). Participants are separated into 3 corrals, with the first setting off at 8, the second (which I was in) at 8:08, and the third at 8:12.

Twin Cities Marathon Expo:

Getting the low-down on the course from Lucy. She wasn't very helpful.

Getting the low-down on the course from Lucy. She wasn’t very helpful.

OMG I loved the expo–great vendors, and reps from Saucony, Asics, and Brooks (who did the official shirts).

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Great gear stores, Larabar, Clif, Food Should Taste Good, Caribou Coffee (a major sponsor). Honestly, the best sized expo I’ve seen yet–easy to navigate, not too crowded, and not overwhelming–you know what I mean. I was really impressed by how well it was run and how much fun everyone was having. I got there when it was opening, and they were tossing things out into the crowd, etc, and people were just having fun.

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Smooth, there were lots of toilets (in previous years, the Metrodome was open to runners for bathrooms and to keep warm but it is now being demo’d, so there were portable toilets). We were lucky with the weather–the days before were cold, damp, and blustery. The fact that the race is on the smaller side for a Boston-seeder, and that was AWESOME. When I ran MCM last year, it was so. freaking. crowded. at the start and at many times throughout the course. But with TCM, I had room to move especially after about .5 mile from the start. The morning of, the weather was cold, but clear, not humid, and easy to deal with (I’ll talk about what I wore in a minute).

Twin Cities Marathon Course

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What. A. Beautiful. Course. A nice mixture of city, nature, and residential. It reminded me of the GA marathon in the fact that it really delved into the neighborhoods, but, as much as I love and adore my hometown, TCM wins with regards to the nature views and manageable hills. And yes, there were hills. And there were a few that made you be like WHAT THE BALLS MAN, but only for a minute.

If you look at the course map, you will see that you spend the first 2/3 of the course circling the lakes and going through the neighborhoods, and I loved it–it felt like running through a park, but then with the visual stimuli provided by the houses. The last 1/3 of the course you knew that you were heading toward St. Paul, so you started chugging for that and for the gorgeous Mississippi River crossing.

Then you finally get to Summit Ave, and you get to have fun with hills for the last 6 miles. But you know that you are in the last 10k, so you tell yourself just to do it. And there are gorgeous houses to boot. Then you run by the Cathedral, (gorgeous), turn a corner and crest a hill, see the State Capitol (which seems SO FAR) and the finish which is a straight shot and mercifully closer. And you haul as much ass as possible through screaming spectators.

Twin Cities Marathon Course Support:

(The best support :D )

(The best support πŸ˜€ )

Y’all, the people of the Twin Cities treat you like you are one of their children and that everyone there is part of the family. The neighborhood support is in-freaking-credible. I think they might even have a neighborhood competition for the cheering stations–we are talking bouncy castles, grilling out, balloon arches, music, bands, people handing out bananas and tissues. Clusters of port-a-lets were plentiful. My fave spectators might have been the 2 girls dressed up as bacon (You’re Shakin’ Bacon!) and eggs (Eggcellent job!), who, I might add, I saw at least 3 times on the course and were always shaking their bacon. Cyclists and other runners were on the side paths (we were on the roads) and they would cheer to us as they passed us.

EMTs everywhere, it seemed, and loved not having to fight with people at the water/poweraid stations (because of the size of the race and the number of volunteers, and streets were cleared quickly. One big difference between this and MCM was that there was only one big official aid station for Cliff Shots, where MCM had multiple official ones. But again, there was help everywhere, provided by spectators.

It really felt like they were throwing the race for you, not that you were running a race through their territory. There was never a time when there wasn’t someone cheering, even on the bridges, and people stayed in line and everyone was respectful. And the end! HOLY COW you would think you were at the Olympics! And Mom said that people were helping each other look for their loved ones, getting out of the way for pictures, and just being supportive of all.

Twin Cities Marathon Finish Party:

This was all I had to give in the way of a picture at that point.

This was all I had to give in the way of a picture at that point.

Chocolate Milk from Kemps (which I took to the face), broth (chicken or veggie), raisin and wheat rolls, nut clusters, potato chips (all local businesses), PowerAid, Water, blankets, then pictures, then turn the corner to get your bags, a massage tent, and T-Shirt pick up (you had to finish to get your t shirt), and then a beer Garden. Spectators were kept out of that area–which was nice because you got a chance to breathe, get yourself somewhat together, and hear where your family was when you called them on the phone). And then once you got out, there were various other tents for merch, teams, a Moo-seum (Kemps), and Whole Foods gave away blue corn Food Should Taste Good chips (omg so good). Sprint charging stations. Coffee. All in front of the Capitol (unfortunately under construction), and blissfully near to the light rail line, which took us back to Minn.

The Finish Village

The Finish Village

Twin Cities Marathon Notes:

  • LOVED the recycling–there was recycling everywhere in both cities, which you know I was all about.
  • For those who run with hydration packs–you can do so at this race!
  • Entries are non-transferable–if you can’t run it, you can’t run it. Your entry is good for you, and that year only.

Twin Cities Marathon Race Recap

The numerical stuff: Official time: 3:40:50

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I PR’d by almost 30 minutes. πŸ˜€

As much as I have pretty much nothing but positive things to say about TCM, this was not an easy race for me. I ran MCM practically in a dream like state–I just kept being amazed that I was still going. This time, I worked for it. I tossed my throwaway jacket about at mile 5 or 6, I think, and I felt perfectly comfortable in what I had on (which I talked about yesterday). I did have to stop to pee about 2.5 miles in (which, apparently, I reaaaaally had to do, and was a good idea, haha).

It kinda bit me in the ass a little bit, though, because I then surged because I wanted to catch back up with the pacer (I wanted to stick with the 3:45 person a) because I saw them and didn’t see the 3:50, and I didn’t want to look and b) because I was feeling super perky. But I think that it made me push too hard–which got me moving but, in concert with the hills that we know not of in Chicago, meant that I could start to feel my legs as early as mile 11. And I continued to feel them (mostly my hip flexor and then my quads) the entire rest of the way. I ran this race hard. I really did. I didn’t let up on myself. But having done next to no speedwork during training, I don’t think my legs were adequately prepared for it. Oh, and then I launched myself into gear the last mile, and especially the last .25 miles. Mo knows what I’m talking about. She knows what happens haha.

I wasn’t ridiculously sore after MCM, other than my ITBands. This time, I earned and was rewarded with the marathoner waddle. That is for certain.

Bottom Line:

I would recommend this marathon to anyone and everyone who likes a bit of a homespun feel, a manageable field, and doesn’t mind a few hills but still wants a faster course–I liked the hills for the change of scenery and to help engage your legs. Gorgeous, beloved, well supported, and without the chaos of the larger races. And affordable all around–from hotel to the race itself.

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Let me know your questions about the Twin Cities Marathon below!

I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.

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102 Comments

  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Yay! Great job!
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you!

      October 8, 2014 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    You got me almost convinced to run this marathon : ) It sounds like it was a great course. And your time! You beast! Great job, girl!
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, thank you! And consider it a victory, even if it was just an almost, haha.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Yay! Loved reading about this, and I knew it was a pretty cool course as Esther had always told me how it was her favorite marathon, always made me curious about it, and someday i hope to do it. It thanked her…….in the best way possible!!!!! and you ran in a dreamlike state, which is great! Glad you had such a great experience, I am hoping the crowds can carry me around the course this weekend!
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If the crowds don’t carry you around, I will πŸ˜€ I can’t believe your friend won it–that is sooo cool!

      October 8, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    My sweet, amazing, beautiful, wonderful friend…

    WAY TO ROCK THAT THE EFF OUT! I am SO proud of you!
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you!!!! And your turn in just a few days!!!!

      October 8, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Amber

    I was reading this and was SO excited for yoU! CONGRATS SUZ, YOU’RE KICK ASS, seriously! Way to push yourself and push through, and tell your body I OWN YOU, YOU DON’T OWN ME. As for the positive vibes from the post race activities and the crowd cheering, so jealous! I love it!
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It really was a very wholesome, genuine energy that came off the crowd, in a way that I hadn’t experience before. See, sometimes our bodies can surprise us in the best way!

      October 8, 2014 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    This course sounds amazing. If I was a marathon runner, I’d be all about doing this one. I just love that you were around neighborhoods but also the water and the city. It makes the time broken up, too. You did so great on this race! A 30 minute PR?! You’re such a champ. I’m so glad you pushed yourself and finished strong. That was all the hard work you put into training for the race!
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you–I was really proud of the decisions I made leading up to it, and proud of the decisions during it–even if I surged too early, it got me going and believing.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    This looks like a great race! I think that for this time of year that is a great location for marathon. The course sounds great, and I love a race with good crowd support! And it must have some type of magical powers because a PR of 30 minutes?!!? That is freaking amazing and like I wrote about today….SO inspiring!!
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwww thank you! I am happy to oblige πŸ˜€ But yeah, this is a fabulous race, even if a bit early for you, lol

      October 8, 2014 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Wow I love running marathons vicariously through you! Congrats on the amazing PR. Love the pic with your mom. So sweet that she was there. You crushed it πŸ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha Well, then I will GLADLY continue doing so! Having Mom there is crucial. I seriously couldn’t do it without her.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Danielle@T-Rex Runner

    You are absolutely amazing and I’m SO proud of you! I’m so glad that you not only HUGELY PRed but also loved this marathon that you agonized over signing up for. Clearly a good decision πŸ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, chalk it up to you for getting me to sign up for it! If I remember correctly, I was sitting behind the Ramblen table when I finally did it! But thank you, it was really amazing, and I’m still having it set in πŸ˜€

      October 8, 2014 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I have so much to say but first and foremost, congrats! You KILLED IT! How amazing!!!! Looks like such a lovely race and I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself and everything went so well! Great job, you worked for it and you earned it!
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you thank you thank you. It was seriously amazing also knowing that I had so many friends rooting for me in cyber space.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    I haven’t even ran my marathon yet and I want to run this one next! I love courses with great support and lots of people cheering because that is what really keeps me going. Congratulations again, a 30 minute PR is amazing and you deserved it!
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha! Well I take that as a good sign–that means you are ready for this one!

      October 8, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    That sounds like an awesome race all the way around. I would love to have a race where there are people cheering all over the whole course. I’m sure that helps keep the runners spirits up! How many runs and what mileage were you averaging for training? You know, just in case I maybe, possibly am going to do a marathon in 5 months…
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
      We need to talk. Seriously. PS I will be in GA, Greensboro area, at Tgiving. I will drive to see you. Seriously.
      I can scan and send you what I did, if you like! I only ran 3 times a week, generally 8 milers during the week, and then a long run on the weekend. yoga and spin in between.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Rae

    Congrats on the amazing PR! This sounds like a great race.
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And you are up next!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    girrrrrrll.. look at you! AMAZING. This seems like a fun course, i never ran a marathon but i think the mix of the scene would totally help me push thru! πŸ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was a great course, and I loved the changes in the terrain and scenery–totally different than what I’ve been training in, and great distraction!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Katie @ running4cupcakes

    Woo hoo!! I am glad to hear that my hometown marathon treated you well. I think it is one of the best ones out there!! And congratulations again!!

    October 7, 2014 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, it definitely did. I most certainly approve of your home and its citizens!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Awesome job!! Hope stair are a little easier today. Doubtful though πŸ˜‰
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Getting there. Not easy, but not excruciating haha

      October 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    Congratulations!! Way to PR!! This looks like an amazing race. From your recap, it seems like the type of race I would enjoy. Big City with a hometown feel. There’s so many races where you feel like you’re invading a neighborhood and the community isn’t supportive, that’s awesome to hear how on board locals were.
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would (obviously) recommend it. And I know exactly what you mean–like they are thinking, ugh, when will this be over? Not here. They were just as pumped and cheering for everyone!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    Hahaha your cover pic totally made me laugh. Love your personality.

    Great job with your fun ,and totally tearing apart your previous PR!!!! You are sooo awesome!!
    Weird side ntoe–I’m the biggest fan of recycling. That woulda made me so happy haha!
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    October 7, 2014 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hehehe You know me. And thank you! Charlottesville was also big into recycling. I wish Chicago was as well. Especially after having worked in restaurants.

      October 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Anna - PipersRun

    Congrats! I love your recap….make me think about my half this weekend and all the fun little things that go along with it! Way to push it!!!
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    October 7, 2014 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay! I hope that it helps you keep on getting yourself psyched up for the race. Don’t over anticipate, let it come to you. Like flirting with a guy (obviously not a thing for either of us, but you know what I mean!).

      October 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    What an awesome experience, if I were up for running another marathon, you are very convincing that this would be an awesome one to do! Congrats again on your PR, that is an incredible time!!!
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    October 7, 2014 at 9:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aww thank you. I also liked how much they made it an entire weekend–lots of other options for races and such. But you are conquering your new job, and raising a kid. That is more than enough!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    This sounds like a great marathon, right up my alley. I’ve only done 1 so far and that was MCM, so i am worried that I have the bar set too high. I worry that I’m too dependent on crowd support and that branching out to other races would suck πŸ™‚ This one definitely sounds great though, I love the running by the lakes! And you did amazing, and I can’t believe you did that without any speed work. Great job!!
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    October 7, 2014 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s part of the reason that I didn’t want to do Chicago–I didn’t want to try to compete with it. But I can say that this one literally has people the entire way through, and they get excited.
      Thank you so much! Next time, I might try some speed work, and see what happens, but hey, I am tooootally ok with this result.

      October 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Everyone I know who has done this race RAVES about it, so I’m not surprised you had a great experience! The reviews on marathon guide are comparable to Grand Rapids.

    That’s not just a PR – that’s a MONSTER PR. You put in the work, and that’s a pretty sweet reward IMO.

    Haha I adopted the crank it mode – finished my 18 miler with 2 9:15s, at the very fastest of my training pace. And I didn’t die, so win.

    Pizza date? Soon? Yes?
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    October 7, 2014 at 10:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had a pretty sweet training partner. And you are up next, missy. We have some serious carb loading to do in prep. PS I am going to find a place on the marathon course to cheer for you and then after you monster PR, I am going to tackle hug the sh*t out of you.
      HELL yeah Crank It. Crank it reeeeel guuuud.

      October 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That looks like a great course. I’m glad you had such a good race πŸ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It was a great (literal) change of scenery, which I desperately needed. I needed a different type of lake to run by!

      October 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Great job on your marathon. And awesome time even after stopping for a sec. The course sounds beautiful. There is nothing worse than running a race without spectators cheering for you. This race sounds like it did not disappoint. I love a good expo although sometimes that is not good for my wallet. Glad to hear the weather wasn’t too cold. Love your pic at the end:)
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    October 7, 2014 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was all just what I wanted and needed–not overwhelming, but just enough of everything. And I loved how different the course was from everything that I am so used to here in Chicago. And you know me, I’m a total ham haha.

      October 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Wow, couldn’t have been better, you rocked this! And congrats on an amazing PR! Also good that you got the bathroom stop out of the way early on. I’ve had bad luck with bathroom timing in recent races and holding it always sucks. I think I need to lay off water before my marathon.
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    October 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, I know! I was like blarg, but apparently it couldn’t be avoided, and it is one thing to hold it for a few miles, another for 26. I’ll just take it as meaning that I was really, really well hydrated.

      October 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Incredible! You are a little speedy road runner! And 30 min PR?!?! What in the WHAT?! You amaze me every day Susie! Congrats times a million πŸ˜‰
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    October 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha I know! and thank you! Today I think that it actually hit me. Like, DAMN.

      October 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    Great recap and awesome job once again. I am always in awe of the 26.2 runners. As much as I run, the marathon is something I don’t see myself training for and find it fascinating each time I read a recap. It is such an accomplishment!
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    October 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It’s funny, I never had any desire to even think about it until about a year and a half ago. And then it became, I don’t know when I will ever a) be able to do this or b) have the desire. So I just capitalized on it. And now, I truly do love it. This one, I pushed a bit harder than I originally thought, but I’ve already told Alex that there will be another, haha.

      October 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    Awesome! Running a marathon is so emotional – and props to you for pushing yourself so much. Feeling your legs since mile 11 is a huge deal – I can’t believe you pushed yourself the other million and half miles (which I’m sure felt like it).

    You’re so inspiring! Congrats on finishing well and PR-ing. Also you and your momma look so much alike!
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    October 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      wwww yay mommy! I was telling someone else–I look so much like both of my parents that if you saw me next to my dad, you would say that I looked like him! And thank you! It’s funny how you mind gets when you are doing these things (at least for me)–it is like THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. I wish I could apply the same mentality to other things!

      October 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    After reading this, I HAVE to do this race! πŸ™‚ I have friends in MN and St Paul, so really, it’s a no-brainer πŸ™‚

    Also WHAT THE BALLS MAN is pretty accurate when it comes to hills πŸ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha. You would love this, especially if you have friends there. It is so spectator friendly, both for the people spectating (and needing to get around) and also for the people running–all the people!

      October 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    Good to know! No marathon for me this year but already thinking about what races to do next year. I kind of want tofind a spring marathon? Just not sure which. I like a bigger field. I feel like I need those supporters to get me through 26.2 miles haha. Can’t wait to read the rest of your recap!
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    October 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can say that even though this was a smaller marathon, there was absolutely no shortage of cheering! You should look into Pittsburgh!

      October 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Shannon @GirlsGotSole

    Great recap! This race sounds like it’s a blast! Made me think of the 26.2 with DONNA, how the community comes out in force to support the runners. I always love that, as there’s more cheering! I am definitely going to have to add this one to my now growing list of races I’d like to do in the future.
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    October 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know how you feel with the growing list of races! I’ve heard that the DONNA races are incredible.

      October 8, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Uh-mazing!!!! Congrats, friend!! I loved reading about how you pushed through–I need to read stuff like that going into my marathon in a few weeks. I hope to channel my inner Suz whenever I start to struggle <3
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    October 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha channel it for sure, but you don’t want me in there–keep the inner Suz to a manageable portion ahaha. You’ll be great!

      October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am
  • Reply April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere

    Your recap reminds me a lot of the Gate River Run 15k in Jacksonville, FL that goes through neighborhoods and has a big party mood. I love the mimosa station around mile 8! Awesome job on the huge PR and great recap! Thanks for linking up with us today!

    October 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHAT??? a mimosa station? that is glorious. And thank you!

      October 8, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Salt

    I don’t think it would be possible for me to be prouder of you. Seriously. Can I have some of this mojo for spring? Because you are a superstar. <3
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    October 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just happy that you are back!!!! But thank you my friend. You haven’t been doing too shabbily yourself, either, though! And Ange wants me to do Dopey with you all in 2016….

      October 8, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply MCM Mama

    Sounds like an awesome race! I’m a midwestern girl, so I’d love to run this one. Assuming I ever run a marathon again LOL.
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    October 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, you are on unspecified leave. And, there is always the 10 mile option!

      October 8, 2014 at 10:04 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    NO MARATHON is the type of marathon that works for me, ha ha aha ha ah aha! I am an indoor exerciser LMFAO! I like to KNOW when my run is over – bah aha! I do 13 miles a day, but I can see it on the monitor on the treadmill. I know, sounds weird, but psychologically it works for me! LOL!

    I DO however LOVEEEE EXPOS!
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    October 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, whatever works! And I know how you feel–but with the long runs, I have to take it to where I know how far I have to go, but I can’t see it tick tock away lol

      October 8, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    LIKE A BOSS. Loved, LOVED reading this Suze! I’m so proud of you! And your Staying Alive Quasi Usain Bolt picture is EPIC. I might steal that pose. I’ll call it The Suze. xoxoxooxxo
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    October 8, 2014 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I give you permission. I like to think it is a mix of John Travolta, Usain Bolt, and Michael Flattley (lord of the dance). All the greats πŸ˜‰

      October 8, 2014 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Um you PR’d by half an hour?! Unreal! You really downplayed that one hahaha. I love courses that are a mix of city, nature, and residential. I love when communities come out to celebrate like that! I bet running thru those neighborhoods was adorable πŸ™‚
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    October 8, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And I kinda wanted to jump in the bouncy house…

      October 8, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Sarah

    What an amazing time – and such a huge PR! Congrats! I loved this race – so pretty, awesome crowds and amazingly well organized. Agree 100% – I would recommend this to anyone!
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    October 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and lord, you totally killed it, too!

      October 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    You kicked butt, lady!! So awesome, congratulations!!
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    October 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It was pretty fantastic all around. And having mom there was just the best!

      October 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Cat

    Sounds like a wonderful race and it’s so nice when there are lots of goodies at the finish line – it’s like the cherry on top of the victory cake! There are so many races in North America I want to run, not sure if I’ll get the chance with half of them (or make that 99% of them).
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    October 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhaa I like that–and I also think that victory cake sounds like something that needs to become a standard. Maybe we should all get victory cakes at the finish?

      October 10, 2014 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Ursula

    First off, that’s a great photo! And secondly, congrats!! You did so awesome and it sounds like a great race. I like that they transfer your race registration aaaaand recycle since people generally throw stuff everywhere. So proud of you my dear
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    October 9, 2014 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you my friend. I was seriously super excited about the recycling. Such a nerd.

      October 10, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Awesome job, girl! Congrats on the stellar PR!!

    October 9, 2014 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you love! I’m thinking about doing NYC sometime soon. I expect a major Queens cheering section….

      October 10, 2014 at 10:53 am
      • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

        oh of course! I’ll dress in crazy colors and make a big sign!

        October 10, 2014 at 10:53 am
        • Reply suzlyfe

          ….ironically this may also describe me as I run it…

          October 10, 2014 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Fun, Functional Fueling for Fitness and Running - Suzlyfe

    […] 2) Race Morning Breakfast: (and what I ate before the marathon) […]

    October 10, 2014 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And thank you for spectating!

      October 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    Congrats girl-a 30 minute PR IS AMAZINGGGG!!! I hope you are not still waddling! I absolutely loved this recap!!!

    October 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not currently waddling, but even 30 minutes of easy bike reminded me that I put them through a lot this past weekend. Thank you!

      October 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Girllll you ran SUCH AN AMAZING TIME. SO PROUD OF YOU!! Can you send me some of your speediness (via dove, of course!). xoxo CONGRATS!! (Ps the official shirt is SO cute!)
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    October 11, 2014 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love the official shirt! It is sooooo comfy, I wore it today! And I will dove mail some of that speed to you, sister. You know it!

      October 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Krysty

    Awesome!!
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    October 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It was such a blast!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    you are so speedy! must be the support system. hehe. Love the course and the post race party face!

    October 21, 2014 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you Lindsay! Support is such a huge part of it (like you and your husband!) The course was fab, and you know that I gotta do it up Suz style!

      October 22, 2014 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Travelling and Business Cards: Thinking out Loud - Suzlyfe

    […] I had several marathon-related things to say, but I stifled them for your sakes You are welcome. But I can’t promise […]

    October 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply J @ semplicemente ... J

    Came across your blog looking for a Twin Cities Marathon review. It’s going to be my first and I’m nervous. Thank you for the recap. What a finishing time!
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    September 5, 2015 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Twin Cities is still one of my favorite marathons, you will have so much fun! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      September 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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