Well I did it! My 24th consecutive Grandma’s Marathon is in the books. The lack of good training due to the knee had me worried. I left Bloomington at about 7 PM Friday as planned. Once again, I arrived at Duluth just before dark, picked up my packet and went to bed in the car. I woke without an alarm as the busses arrived at the DEC for the 1/2 marathon. It was an unusually clear day considering it was supposed to rain. The bus ride was uneventful. I arrived at the start and prepared for the race. After 24 annual visits, it is pretty routine.

The race start was simple. Took over 5 minutes to get across the start line. I was doing just over a 10 minute mile without much worry. Had a heart rate at about 130. Not much to worry about. I was surprised when someone called my name and there was Karen looking like she was out for a walk. It was nice to see someone I knew as you would think on the 23rd year, i should know someone…

Everything was going along fine when at the half way mark, I started to feel a pain in the inside side of the right knee. I walked for a while and tried to minimize the pain. Then started to run… The pain… moved, to the outside… Just like when I hurt it bad, the pain moved. I was upset and worried. Can I finish, I have to finish.

So I just went with the pain and did what I could. I finished justover 5:30 and was happy as that is only 15 minutes off my time last year. Of course this is over 80 minutes slower than 2006. Oh well.

The knee hurt today. When I woke, it was painful to bend, although as the day wore on, I had more general muscle pain than knee pain. I will take a few days rest and run. If the knee is low pain only, Afton is next.

As a side note, my Garmin 405 hit 18 of the 26 miles a 1.0 miles and the others as 1.01… The elevation was just over 4,000 up and down? I could not find information to verify what the actual elevation change is for this race. If anyone knows for sure, let me know. I still think the 405 is much more accurate as to elevation than my 305. If I did not forget the 305 at home, I was going to wear both. 

Oh well, there hopefully will be many more opportunities to compare them!

Carry on…



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4 responses to “24 DOWN…1 TO GO

  1. keith

    Congratulations, Londell! I hope your recovery is short and easy. See you at Afton!

  2. SteveQ

    Glad to see you were in shape to do it and look forward to seeing you at Afton.I find that I only agree with my Garmin when it gives the elevations I want it to.

  3. Kel

    Great job finishing Grandma’s – hope the knee recovers quickly.See you at Afton!

  4. Wayne

    Way to go, Londell… I’m glad you were able to get it done. I can’t believe you sleep in your car. 🙂 Karen passed me too, along with about 4000 other people — I started too far forward, oops.I wore my 305 and Garmin Training Center says 2395 Ascent and 2573 Descent. MotionBased says 1120 Gain and 1233 Loss. (FWIW, I don’t trust the Garmin/Training Center numbers at all.)

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