30 by 30 Update

May 9, 2012

Last year, after Joe and I ran our first half marathon, I talked a bit about a crazy idea I had to run 30 races by the time I turned 30. Considering I only started running races last year (at age 23) I’ve got a lot of races to run in order to meet my goal!

Even if I don’t end up hitting the 30 by 30 mark, I’m going to have fun trying. I’m hoping to add a couple more short (5k or 10k) local races to this list throughout the summer and fall. And, if I stay healthy and all goes as planned, my mom and I will be running the Twin Cities Marathon two days after my birthday in October!

I still feel a little hesitant even putting that goal out there for all of you to read, but running a marathon has been a goal of mine for the longest time. Both my parents are marathon runners, and a big part of me wants to carry on the family tradition. Plus, it seems like a great time in life to train, since I don’t have any major obligations on my plate.

Here’s a look at the other races I have planned:

Orange City Tulip Festival 5k
Orange City, Iowa 
Saturday, May 19th

Dam to Dam 20k
Des Moines, Iowa 
Saturday, June 2nd

Grinnell Games 5k
Grinnell, Iowa
Saturday, June 9th 

Grandma’s Half Marathon (with my sister-in-law, Amber)
Duluth, MN
Saturday, June 16th

Twin Cities Marathon
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Sunday, October 7th 

Do any of you have races planned for this summer or fall? Is running a marathon a crazy bad or crazy good idea? Help a girl out!

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  • Reply Charissa Steyn May 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I say go for it girly!! I’ve only run a half marathon so far, and am now preggo…so won’t be doing any racing til baby is out 🙂 But you better believe i will run a marathon!!! You should too- take it slow and have fun!!

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’m not really a racer (I’ve only done one race) but if that is something you love what a great goal! I think you should sign up for a NYC race:-)

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I’m running my next 5K in June, but no halfs (halves?) scheduled yet! I’d love to do another one…a really good friend of mine is doing the Hershey Park Half in October, but the park is so hilly that I think I might die if I tried it. Although all that chocolate sure is incentive!!

  • Reply Sarah Erickson May 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Kurt absolutely loved the Twin Cities Marathon last year. He said you get such an amazing tour of the city, so I’m sure you and Marilyn would have a blast. Kurt was considering running it again, but I’ll likely go watch either way. 🙂

  • Reply Micah Chaplin May 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I need to start getting on my 5Ks for the year. I want to do five of them, and I haven’t done any yet. Oops.

  • Reply MaryChar Erickson May 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I have a local 5K here this weekend, The Color Run in Minneapolis this summer, and hopefully the Chicago Monster Dash in October! I just started running last year.

  • Reply UrbanWife May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Definitely crazy good! As long as you train for it (that’s obvious, I know, sorry) you’ll be fine. 🙂 This year so far, I’m just signed up for a local 5k which is this coming weekend.

  • Reply Emily Holland May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The Dam to Dam 5k will be my first race! I’m going up there to run it with my aunt. Then on the 30th I am running The Color Run here in Kansas City. I think it’s awesome that you are wanting to do a marathon. Sounds like you will be able to get to that goal fast.

  • Reply Amanda Van Wechel May 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Madison, I talked to your mom at church the other day about the Twin Cities marathon, but I didn’t know you were planning on running it with her! That’s awesome! I’m running Chicago that same weekend, so we talked about maybe doing some of our long runs together! I’ll be running Tulip Festival too, the 10k. Hope to see you there!

  • Reply Katie H. May 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    That’s a great goal! I am signed up for nine races this season, ranging from 5Ks to half-marathons.

    Good luck with the full marathon! I am thinking about tackling one this year… Not sure, though, as I enjoy the 13.1 miles, but feel like 26.2 might be torturous 🙂

  • Reply Jessika May 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    My boss had a crazy idea that we should all join run the NYC Marathon in November. After a few a laughs and few weeks, I came to him and said let’s do it! So 23 of us are signed up to run the NYC Marathon. I’ve never been a runner and I struggle with 2 bad knees, but on Dec. 1st I decided to make a transition in my life to a new healthy clean diet (Mostly Fruit and Veggies, no gluten, no meat, no caffeine) and started running and cross training. It changed my life, I am now in the best shape I’ve ever been in and and feel amazing! I decided I would sign up for one race a month until the marathon. I’ve done five 5/10k and signed up for 3 races this month! I’m doing the seattle rock n roll half marathon next month and the maui half marathon in september. Keep it up girl, running is so rewarding!

  • Reply justinelorelle May 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    You can do it! I’ve been tentatively tossing around the idea of doing a full one next year. I’m doing my third half in October, so that will be my final indicator if I’m ready. Eeee…it is a little scary though!

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