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Tammy Finishes Twin Cities Marathon

This is really a post for Tammy, but she hasn’t been writing much on her site so I decided to write instead.

This past weekend Tammy finished the Twin Cities Marathon! This was her first marathon attempt ever. She now has that 26.2 mile event under her belt. In 2004 she did the TC 10 mile run.

She wasn’t real sure about the marathon. She signed up for it months in advance, as required, and started her training right on track. She did a great job, but started to not enjoy the running once it got over 2 hours. She backed off a bit and took another go at it, but still just found that mentally after 2 hours she was sick of running. She started to really not like running, and rather than hate it entirely decided to remove the pressure of the marathon.

Then, a couple of weeks before the marathon, she decided to just go out and see what she could do. It’s rather crazy when you think about it. Her strategy was to run the first half-marathon, which she could do easily, and then run/walk the last half-marathon. She did as planned and crossed the finish right around 5 hours 40 minutes.

She was really exhausted after (duh!) and took a couple of days to get the soreness out. She currently says another marathon is not in the works. We’ll see. I think there is possibly some glimmer of another marathon there.

Congrats to Tekester! Check out these photos from the marathon.


  1. congrats Tammy! Very impressive…

  2. Congrats indeed! I especially love how she decided to run the marathon on her own terms.

    Does it seem like interest in these things are taking off lately? Maybe it’s a coincidence but this year there seems to be far more people I know, or people who know people I know, running marathons.

  3. Thanks to Lou and Jim for the congrats…I’m all recovered now and ready for more.

  4. Hi Tammy,

    You don’t know me — I’m a fellow marathoner and just stumbled upon Jamie’s post of your accomplishment. It’s been more than a month since your event, but a feat as great as finishing your first marathon is worth commenting on, even late. Awesome job!

    Glad to hear you’re recovered and ready for more races! Maybe you’ll consider the 2008 ING NYC Marathon next November?

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