Bark in the Park & Throwback Thursday – Twin Cities Marathon 2013

Last week, one of my friends and I (along with my family) took our pups to Bark in the Park at the Texas Ranger’s Game! It was so fun to bring the dogs to a game. We got there about an hour and a half before the game and stood in a pretty long line to get our tickets. Once we got our tickets and got in the stadium, we immediately joined the line to parade the dogs around the field.

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park - They had no idea how cool this was!

Best Friends Walking around a MLB park – They had no idea how cool this was!


Once we looped the stadium, we headed to our seats to meet up with my family. What is really nice about Bark in the Park is that they give you extra seats for your dogs! With my family, we had 2 full rows to ourselves in our section! It was nice having so much space.
Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.

Cute sign in the stadium showing where the dogs were allowed.


Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad's lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.

Selfie in our seats! Kara was sitting in my Dad’s lap and I actually got her to look in the right direction.


It was a pretty long game that the Texas Rangers ended up winning, I think the pups had a good time at the game. They were EXHAUSTED when we left, they both fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car.
Pup watching the game.

Pup watching the game.


My Kara - love this pup so much!

My Kara – love this pup so much!


Now that I have caught you up on what I have done recently, I thought I would do a Throw Back Thursday Race Report! This one is about the Twin Cities Marathon (LOVE!).

The Twin Cities Marathon was honestly one of my favorite marathons I have run (I have run a total of 10). I loved everything about this race — the course, the expo, the size, the weather, the group I went with, the location — EVERYTHING.

The marathon is on a Sunday, we flew out from Dallas on Friday and got into Minneapolis on Friday Night. We slept in on Saturday morning, got some coffee (duh) and headed to the expo. The expo wasn’t huge, wasn’t small and was pretty easy to get through. We went and got our bibs and then did a little shopping! I ended up purchasing 2 Brooks jackets with the Twin Cities Marathon logo on them. The rest of the day we took it really easy — we got some lunch at Whole Foods and then went and saw a movie. We then went back to the hotel for a bit before heading to go eat some Italian Food for dinner. My favorite part of this day would be when my husband realized how far he was running the next day. This definitely was not his first marathon but it was hilarious how all of a sudden it hit him that we were running 26.2 miles tomorrow. My mom was supposed to be running this race too but was injured but still came along to cheer us along the course! We had another friend also injured and one of our friend’s girlfriends cheering as well. I cannot tell you how much better it makes the race knowing that you will see friends along the way!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!

Picking up my bib at the expo! Love the coffee wall!


Race day morning we woke up and walked over to the Vikings Stadium (where the starting line was). We LOVED getting to wait inside (pretty chilly outside) and getting to use real bathrooms before the race! It was so seamless about 20 minutes before the start, we checked our bags and then walked over to the start line.
My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!

My first race in my Oiselle Team jersey!


Once the race started, we ran through downtown before getting to the scenic lakes we ran by. When the race descriptions state “prettiest course” that is not a lie, this course was gorgeous. With the leaves changing colors and the lakes and all the runners, it was just perfect. This race was also a perfect size for me — I had people to run with but I wasn’t completely surrounded by runners (the bigger races can make me feel a little claustrophobic) . My favorite part was seeing our cheering squad! It helped break up the course and gave me something to look forward to!
Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.

Waving to my mom around mile 6! And yes my shoe is untied.


I was definitely hoping to negative split this race but it wasn’t in the cards that day. I was hoping to be in shape to run a faster marathon but with my inconsistent training due to sickness/injury it wasn’t in the cards on that day. However, this is the best I had ever fueled during a race and I didn’t slow down nearly as much as I had in the past. I am lucky I finally figured out that my stomach can handle honeystinger gels/chews and not any other brand. I finally had a race where I didn’t feel nauseous the last half!
My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.

My husband, Jim, running. He loves to get the spectators excited.


I had been warned by numerous people about the hills from mile 20-22 and I have to say they weren’t nearly as bad I was expecting. I felt like I really didn’t slow down too much because of them and it was really nice that the last few miles were slightly downhill.
Running up Summit Ave - getting so close to being done!

Running up Summit Ave – getting so close to being done!


I was so happy to see the finish line and it was such a beautiful scene – so many American Flags and so many people cheering me in! I didn’t hit my “A” goal but I did finish with a Boston Qualifying time of 3:33. Not too long after I finished, my husband finished. He also loved the course and survived all 26.2 miles.
We did it!

We did it!


We then headed back to the hotel, showered, took a short nap and then had a couple drinks and went to dinner! It was a pretty low key celebration as all of us were pretty tired after running 26.2 miles (and cheering for 26.2 miles) — just ate some bar food and watched some football!
So. Cool. Matching Jackets.

So. Cool. Matching Jackets.


I HIGHLY recommend this marathon – it is one of the best ones around!! Thank you Twin Cities In Motion for such a spectacular experience!

What is your favorite race?
Have you taken your dog to Bark in the Park before?

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