Jeremy runs the 2012 Minneapolis Marathon

26.2 miles, tweeted.


  1. The 2012 Minneapolis Marathon was my fourth marathon, and my first springtime one. A mild winter made the training-up a lot easier, and the early June race date meant the weather should was tolerable, before everything goes all Minnesota-tropical for the summer. And, since I took my iPhone along for run-time tunes and podcasts, I could live-tweet photos of the course as I ran!

    I posted about the race the night before:
  2. And folks offered good wishes and advice:
  3. Also, I did some carb-loading. Too much? Turns out it wasn't.
  4. I woke up at 5 a.m. to grab breakfast, then walked to the starting line in downtown Minneapolis. I love the view from the Hennepin Bridge.
  5. I got to the start a bit after 6 a.m., and people were already gathering.
  6. At 6:30 a.m. on the nose, we were off. We ran through downtown, then turned down onto the riverfront road, first heading north to Broadway for a turnaround. And then it was long way south. My playlist was: "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," by John Williams, which is great for that starting motivation; "Barbra Streisand," by Duck Sauce—good for setting up a pace in the first mile; and then the Slate Political Gabfest, because I listen to podcasts on all my training runs, and so they go in my marathon playlist, too.

    About an hour in, I remembered to take photos again.
  7. Playlist about now: "I Could Have Danced All Night," sung by Julie Andrews in the original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady;"  "Laura," by the Scissor Sisters; and On the Media, because nothing motivates me on a run like some political outrage.

    By now we're south of Marshall Avenue on the West River Parkway. Oh, hey, I run past this place all the time:
  8. And then we got down into Fort Snelling State Park.
  9. I totally missed the halfway marker.