I was so excited to see that Jordan was going to offer another Donut Run! If you remember I took part in this run last year and had an absolute blast.
Interestingly enough last year as of race day I hadn’t had a run longer than 5 mile distance after breaking my ankle at Superior 100 in September. I ran 16.5 at the Donut Run and was feeing fine. Healed!
This year as the run approached I had not run longer than 6 mile distance since Twin Cities Marathon in October as I have been dealing with Morton’s Neuroma injury which took place at Superior 100 in September. That Superior 100, it tries to do me in. I can’t wait to run it again in 2015!
The Donut Run is a FREE run that is the brain child of Jordan. This was the third annual, I believe. Last year there were under 50 that took part, this year over 150 were going to start!
Jordan offered a 5 mile, a 10 mile and a 17 mile run. The course that I chose was the 17 mile again..I figured I’d turn around and head back to Lake Nakomis if my nerve became unruly. Deep down I knew I’d suck it up and run the 17 regardless.
I was wondering if after all of the fun I had last year if this year would seem like a let down. You know how that sometimes happens? Not with runs, but with other things in life? There was no let down. I had a blast.
I arrived to Lake Nokomis at 735. Pretty early for the 800 start but I thought parking might be a pain. It wasn’t. I found a spot and meandered to the start where I knew coffee would be served. After I drank a cup there I refilled my cup and headed to my car to wait. It was downright balmy outside. Last year it -20F plus high winds. Today it was 20F with NO winds. The sun was out! Amazing.
At the start I ran into Maria. Again, as last year, we ran together the whole way. Yippee! It was quite funny how we ended up together with John Taylor again, just like last year, for most of our run.
We began to run away from Nokomis toward bakery #1, A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop, (no web page) our first bakery. Neither of us had to use the bathroom nor were we going to eat here, so we just ran past.
On our way to bakery #2, Bogart’s Doughnut Co., we ran along toward Lake Harriet and Calhoun. We took the steps up away from the lake and there was Bogart’s. I walked in and became anxious. It was very tiny but smelled delicious. I went outside to wait, ate a gel here and pulled out my Advil. My foot was killing me. I was trying to spread my toes so that the pressure would be relieved upon my nerve. I purchased a bottle of water. It was so nice not to have to carry any drink along. Maria purchased something here…I think it was a Nutella filled donut!
The sun was shining, it was a beautiful morning. Maria, John, Travis, Mike and a few others were enjoying ourselves while running through the city. We were all smiles, telling stories.
Maria was a compass. She knew where to turn and which bakery was up next. Isle Bun and Coffee was next. We ran along Lake Calhoun, talking about everything. I enjoyed this run so very much. Maria and I have known each other for many years have loads of fun with one another.
I could smell bakery #3- Isle Bun and Coffee a few blocks before we approached. I smelled icing, coffee and caramel! MMMM! This shop was upscale-Isles area, Uptown. We walked in and the little shop was full of residents and some runners. Maria got in line for a puppy dog tail. They were offering free lemon water. I had a few glasses and went outside to sit in the sun. The sun felt fabulous. I saw down and waited for everyone. Took another Advil and had a gel.
John came out with a mango filled scone, Travis with a puppy dog tail. Travis ordered the last one so they were creating a new batch for Maria. They smelled divine. I stretched, soaked up the sun and smiled. John and Travis ran out ahead.
On to bakery #4, Glam Doll Donuts, which was on our route last year. I love the bright pink Christmas tree, the vibe of the place: big fixtures, lots of ceramic and glass, nice bathroom-which I took advantage of! Bacon seemed to be the theme here.
The route between bakery #4 and #5 was the longest stretch of all. I ate a few gels, an aid station was set up by fabulous volunteers. We ran along the River, soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the view. We spoke of the past, the present and the future. We spoke of races, training , family and life.
Shortly after each of us mentioned that we needed to use a bathroom, one appeared! While Maria was in the biffy I found an outlook over the River. Just beautiful. I stood there looking out to the river, over to the U of M, thinking that Troy was over in that direction. The sun was shining on my face, warming me up. I felt at peace. My foot wasn’t getting any worse, I was able to block out the pain. I'm good at that.
Maria and I continued on. We were getting tired. As soon as I mentioned that I now had to use the bathroom, Maria spotted one. We then moved along, toward bakery #5 Mel-O-Glaze. Lake Nokomis, our finish, was a short distance from the bakery.
We wondered about the Western States 100 mile race lottery. Were we selected? Neither of us run with our phones so we didn’t know. We would soon enough!
We trudged into Mel-O-Glaze and I was surprised that there were no other runners around. We each purchased a dog bone to bring home for Maria’s Tahoe and my Topaz. They loved them!
We came to my car first after 18.5 miles of fun and happiness. Big hugs good bye with a good luck hug for the lottery!
I would have been so sad had I not been able to take part in this run. It is a blessing to be able to do something that I enjoy so very much. Running, friends, sunshine…I am blessed..