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.
  • Terry Dreyer

    I finished the 2016 Twin Cities Marathon, but it wasn’t pretty. I signed up the day registration opened (2/2/2016) which also happened to be my birthday, and got injured (meniscus tear) 2 weeks later. So that and being under trained did not make for a pleasant experience! But I beat my Grandma’s finishing time fir this year by almost 20 minutes!! A finish is a finish and I didn’t get swept up by the sweep bus!! 🙂

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  • Dale Kovar

    How was it? One of my answers was “it was ok, fantastic, and a disappointing struggle.” I also described it as when someone pukes from drinking too much and still claims that it was fun.
    It was all of those. I made it through the training and a minor injury, arriving at the start line well prepared.
    The first few miles were the ok part. I didn’t really get settled in or comfortable, especially going against the sun without a visor.
    Miles 13-16 on Minnehaha Parkway were fantastic. Maybe it was the porta-potty break. Maybe it was knowing it was half done. I had expected both good and difficult stretches, and this was the good one. I met my cousin around mile 14 for a quick hug, passed a guy in a Prince costume, and really tuned in to the great spectators along the way.
    Minneapolis was good to me, but St. Paul wasn’t. After mile 19 crossing the river, my lower back started stiffening and everything got progressively more difficult from there. I made it to about 22.75 before my body said “Walk!”
    I tried again a couple more times, shuffling through the Mile 24 cheer zone and again at the point where Summit curves. Coming up to the cathedral, I picked a point to start running again for the finish, then delayed it twice until the actual downhill. And then it was nothing that could be accurately called “running.”
    There was the huge American flag hanging over the course, the view of the capitol, spectators packing both sides of the street, my family in the stands (wondering why I was a half-hour late from what the tracking predicted) . . . but I was too spent to enjoy the finish. Later, I laughed when seeing my finish video as it looked like my main concern was trying not to touch the ground with each step.
    Reviewing, I couldn’t come up with anything I should have done differently. I knew what to expect. I didn’t go too fast too early. I pretty much just wore down from the miles of pounding.
    My initial answers about another marathon were a pretty firm no, but even within a few days, a stronger feeling of wanting of give it another shot kept growing. I really want to go back to the Loony Challenge for next year – “You get to the do the finish line three times, and actually enjoy it when you get there,” I told others.
    But if I do, I am partial to this one. It is a beautiful course, spectators are great, Twin Cities in Motion runs it so well, I am familiar with the logistics of the start and finish areas. We’ll see.

    • frenat

      Dale this is amazing! Thanks for sharing. Have you registered for another marathon yet? 🙂

      Nathan