Grandma’s 1/2 Marathon Race Recap (Gary Bjorklund 1/2)

State #44 Half Marathon #54 I was originally going on this trip alone, too, with the intention of staying with my old neighbors and “second parents” who live in Minnesota.  After Boston, my friend Amanda decided to join me and race the full (she wanted to see if she could snag a BQ again since she barely missed it in April). It was a super long week for me, I had work meetings in NYC and flew straight to MN on Thursday night and Cindy (old neighbor/second mom) picked me...

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Fargo 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

State #43 Half Marathon #53 After 42 states, North Dakota was my first race to travel alone. I do this for work ALL of the time, but I’ve never traveled for pleasure by myself. Pre-Race I flew out early Friday morning and arrived in Fargo around 2pm.  I rented  a car and immediately went downtown to explore a bit. I headed to the Fargodome to get my packet, had a chance to listen to Dave McGillery and then headed back downtown to grab dinner. I tried two different restaurants but...

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Boston Marathon Race Recap

  Repeat of state Marathon #10 Pre-Race I woke up at 6am on Monday and got ready. I ate a little baked potato and rice and Nuun and packed my bagel for my second breakfast. I had set everything out on Sunday so I didn’t feel rushed. My stomach was okay, and was able to go to the bathroom 3 times before I had to leave for the buses to meet Molly and Michelle. We had planned to take an Uber to not have to walk, but their cars couldn’t get to us because of security (our airbnb...

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Boston Marathon Training- April and Marathon GOALS!

April was the beginning of the taper, which kinda stinks because I was finally getting some speed back (with a little speed type work in my plan) and feeling like my old self. I wish I would’ve had a few more weeks, but perhaps this training cycle will lead to fresh legs on Marathon Monday. Read all about January, February and March. Week of April 1 Saturday- 13.1 MGP miles @ 7:51 avg pace around the ATL Sunday- 4 endurance miles @ 8:17 avg pace TOTAL MILES FOR THE WEEK- 17.1 (not...

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Boston Marathon Training- March

January was AMAZING, February pretty much SUCKED, and March was all about the rebuild and getting through it. Week March 1st Wednesday- rest day/strength with Brett. Thursday- 4.86 mile skill run.10 min w/u, 100 steps per leg zone 4/5, 50 steps zone 1, repeat for 200/100, 300/150,400/200 for 20 minutes. Friday- 3.5 miles skill run. Agility drills-high knee, butt kicks, high knee running, carioca. Saturday-13.1 Liberty half marathon. Worst half marathon. EVER. Sunday- rest day. Got a shot at...

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Boston Marathon Training- February

Where the wheels fell off. Read about January, here. Week Febuary 1st Wednesday- 45 min plyometrics (hotel) Thursday- 6 endurance miles @ 8:19 avg pace Friday- rest day/travel day home (11:30pm bedtime) Saturday-9.36 miles Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15K. Sunday- 5.14 miles. Cut short from 8 miles due to call about grandmother. This was the beginning of the issues. I was sick on Saturday and slept for 12 hours that night. I ran around lunch time on Sunday and was groggy. I felt my hamstring a...

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Boston Marathon Training- January

I never blogged the many ups and downs of marathon training this cycle and I know I will want to have it for myself later so here goes 4 posts or so to summarize it. Weeks 1 & 2 of marathon training were actually blogged about here, finishing up with a major high at the First Light ½ Marathon. Week January 9th Monday- 2.02 recovery miles @ 9:54 avg pace Tuesday- 8 hilly miles @ 8:18 avg pace Wednesday- strength training with personal trainer (Brett) Thursday- 9 miles with 6×1 mile...

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