I came to Fox Cities on short notice. I had a Minneapolis workshop on the same weekend as the Twin Cities Marathon, so obviously I planned to do that. About three weeks before the event I realized that I hadn’t registered! I called and found that the field had closed just a couple of weeks earlier. Arggghh—
I found the Fox Cities Marathon in the Runner's World race calendar. Unable to get a number in Minneapolis, I enacted Plan B: when my workshop ended Saturday I drove 3.5 hours to Appleton, did the marathon Sunday, and immediately drove back to the Minneapolis hotel room I’d reserved for Twin Cities.
Ideal conditions, probably high 30’s at start to mid-50’s by mid-day. A huge early start at 8:00 (above), maybe 200 walkers, mostly casual. From miles 2–6 I enjoyed chatting with Pam, one of the few other racewalkers.
Stump pain in miles 6–8. Course goes through six communities, with strong spectator support in several neighborhoods. Plenty of well-supplied aid stations. Excellent race production all along.
Second half slightly faster than first, despite slump in final 10K (when I thought I was doing much better!) I thought today I might break my 5:30 PR, but I feel very content with my finish. My performance seems slightly better especially given the course’s subtle hills.