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Jan. 5th, 2008 | 09:59 pm
posted by: magaggies in mn_runners

Are any of you planning to run Grandma's this year? I've run Twin Cities the last 2 years, and I was half-thinking that I wouldn't even do a marathon this year and focus on other fitness-related things. Now a friend of mine is begging me to do Grandma's. I was not at all mentally prepared to start marathon training again so soon, but maybe training in the cooler months wouldn't be so bad. I recall that the weather has been pretty hot/humid the last couple of years for Grandma's, so maybe we're due for an ideal weather day this year. Registration is coming up fast. Grandma's veterans, sell me on this! :)

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Callista Scully

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from: callistascully
date: Jan. 6th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)

Well, my first two marathons were Grandma's (what am I saying? my only two marathons!) I'm good and fed up with the miserable weather, so I'm doing Green Bay in May as a serious marathon and thinking of doing Grandma's this year just for the hell of it.

It's a beautiful course (provided it isn't so humid that you can't see the lake that is feet from you) and I do love it, despite my annoyance with the heat. For the first 19 miles, there isn't a ton of fan support but it's surprising how many people do show up for the cheering. Those first 19 miles are very beautiful, as well. The rest of the marathon, there are a ton of people everywhere and it's really nice to suddenly have cheering crowds.

It's awesomely organized. The volunteers are great and everyone is really focused on making it a good race for everyone. There was plenty of water, sponges and ice both years, despite the crazy heat.

All female finishers get a red flower at the end. Sometimes a rose, sometimes a carnation.

Bad things - hotels suck. They jack up the prices and make you spend two nights, it's best to find a dorm room (both UMD and UWS offer this) or go camping in Two Harbors. The weather has been miserable lately and though they claim to have flags along the course, I have yet to see one after the start line.

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from: magaggies
date: Jan. 7th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)

Thanks for the info! I'll probably end up caving and signing up--my friend is pretty persuasive. I've heard nothing but good things about the event. I think I could handle a sparse crowd at the beginning. Those last miles are the ones where you really need the crowd support. The flower is a nice touch!

My friend that is trying to talk me into this has had a hotel room reserved in Two Harbors for awhile now, plus I have friends that live in Duluth that I could crash with, so the lodging is no problem.

Thanks again!

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from: sarahontheleft
date: Jan. 7th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)

I'm planning to do Grandma's for the first time this year, too, along with a coworker and possibly my sister in law. I'm lucky to have family living up there so I don't have to worry about my lodging, either. I'm looking foward to not doing my training during the hot, humid summer months, plus this way, I have the rest of the summer left for run races or even not-running activies.

For what it's worth, I've heard that Grandma's is an "easier" course than Twin Cities... if there is such a thing ;) I'm really really really hoping that the weather will be cooler this year!

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Jan. 7th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)

If you don't have to worry about lodging, then you should do it. Just remember to wear extra sunscreen on the left side of your body ;)

I did Grandma's last year and plan to do TC this year.

Best of luck!

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from: this_nic
date: Jan. 14th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)

I'm coming from Seattle to do it (as long as I'm able to get registered), I grew up in MN and remember all the hoop-la surrounding Grandma's... this will be my second marathon and I can't wait!

(here's hoping for cooler temps though)

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