Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate, and dark coffee.Nathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results.Nathan's day job is a Consultant with Leadership Vision in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Jill Merkel

    Good post! I am training for a half marathon in October and just signed up for my second full marathon in April (Big Sur!) I actually enjoyed my marathon training the first time around more than I thought I would and I certainly wouldn’t have thought I’d do another one! I am a little nervous about training in the winter especially now that I moved to Minnesota! But I am looking forward to the challenge and the structure and the hard work it took the first time. A couple weeks after my marathon, I remember driving really early in the morning one Saturday and I saw someone running and I thought to myself “I miss my early morning long runs” and then I laughed because I couldn’t believe I even thought that! I am not a morning person. The marathon really does change you!

    • frenat

      It really does change a person, and hopefully for the best! Good luck with your training. I’m actually contemplating putting a winter running course together for people such as you!

      Nathan

  • Nice post! I’d have to say “Me too” on almost all fronts – I ran Grandma’s as my 2nd marathon in June and was disappointed in a few ways with my performance. However, just doing Grandma’s was a bucket list item for me, so yay! I’m not nursing any injury and am sort of in limbo, also doing some shorter distances since June and through this fall. I can’t decide whether to do another marathon in the next year, but a friend reminded me that I signed up for Icebox 480. That one can be a marathon if I want it to be, albeit a trail one. Cheers and thanks for the reassurances!

    • frenat

      Thanks Arah! Good luck and stay warm at Icebox!

      Nathan

  • Terry Dreyer

    We are 3 days post Twin Cities Marathon. It was my 6th. I’ve already signed up for Grandma’s next year (it’s the 40th, awesome bling and who wouldn’t want to say you ran Grandma’s 40th!) and as I’ve been doing 2 marathons/year for the last 3 years, I’m struggling already with whether I’m going to sign up for Twin Cities next fall or another fall marathon somewhere else. Your article hits home on so many points, but it doesn’t make the decision any easier! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • frenat

      Terry what would help you decide? It’s definitely a tough call!

      • Terry Dreyer

        I have no idea what would help me decide. I guess I’ll wait until after Grandma’s and then decide. It will probably be either Twin Cities again or perhaps Madison, WI? That one is in November so there would be a nice break between Grandma’s and the start of training for Madison.