TC 10K & marathon weekend – checking off state #10

Hey, internets, long time no see! You’re looking good; what’ve you been doing? Really? Tae Bo is still a thing? Well, I can see it’s working.

Me? Well, I haven’t been blogging, that’s for damn sure. The list of reasons for my impromptu summer/fall hiatus is as boring as it is long, but suffice it to say that the dust has settled & I’m back in the saddle.

I’ll get to the usual foods later this week; for now, it’s just running rambling after a great weekend in Minnesota ticking the 10th state off my Race In 50 States list and watching our friend & Team Flail-mate Andrew hand the TC marathon its butt on Sunday!

TC marathon

Photos courtesy of Joe & Leah Lofgren

On Saturday, Flail Subteam Alpha (Adam, Alison & Adam) met up in the wee dark hours of the morning & ran the TC 10k.

Team Flail

The condensed version is that I ran up a hill, around a corner, and back down a hill. After a 21-day running streak in July, followed by nearly no running in August and a respectable but modest 60-mile September, I just stuck to a fun-run pace and finished in 55:26, for 30/190 in F3539. But there were PRs all around since this was a first-time 10k for everyone.

That race marked by initial foray into double-digit territory for my goal to race in all 50 U.S. states and D.C., so I’m pretty excited regardless of time.

But I think my vicarious excitement may have been even greater on Sunday when we all watched Drew power through the 26.2 route from Minneapolis to the capitol building in St. Paul. He had a bone to pick with that race, having run it before under hot, pace-wrecking conditions; and he owned it this go around with a 3:44:11 time and a shiny new PR.

Not going to lie – that spectating rekindled some marathon lust in me. But while I await the return of my sanity, I’ll be targeting Maine next with a 5k in a couple weeks. Here’s hoping that knocks some sense back into me.



  1. Portia says:

    I’ve missed you! Great to see you back at it, both racing and blogging. Good luck in your 5k in Maine – is that state 11? Also, please send me some marathon lust.

    • eatingtheweek says:

      Thanks! Also good to see you back in the blogosphere!

      Maine will be #11, and the last of the easy pickings (I’ve done everything else here in the NEast). Lots of airline miles or roadtrips in the Prius from here on out.

      Re: your post, I’m also trying to work myself back up to double-digit LRs. That July running streak was the best worst idea I’ve had in awhile; fun to see how long I could go, but it set me back a few months when my knee freaked out.

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