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Running through Boston

Lorentz completes renowned marathon, plans for more

BY Anna Hinkemeyer
STAFF WRITER


    SAUK RAPIDS – Brooke Lorentz is always on the move, chasing after her next medal or shirt.
    “That’s really why I do this,” Lorentz said. “I love collecting the shirts and medals from the races.”
    Lorentz, a 2016 graduate of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, has been an avid runner since 2012, participating in 5K and 10K races. She competed on the Storm track and field team during her senior year at SRRHS. After her freshman year of college, her passion for running deepened with every mile.
    “I would run these races for fun and would get personal records every time,” Lorentz said. “I moved into running marathons, and I want to keep going.”
    Lorentz ran the most memorable race of her life April 15 as she participated in the Boston Marathon. Lorentz finished the race is 3 hours, 29 minutes and 11 seconds.
    “There is nothing compared to Boston,” Lorentz said. “It was cool to have so many fans watching and cheering you on, but the best is crossing the finish line with the thoughts of, ‘Oh my gosh, I did it. I completed the Boston Marathon.’ I wouldn’t trade that experience.”
    Lorentz qualified for the Boston Marathon after running the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon May 12, 2018, earning the qualifying time of 3:29.32.
    “I enjoyed the race,” Lorentz said. “It was a nice course and a bit of a smaller race. I was happy I qualified for Boston, beating the qualifying time by over five minutes. It just happened. Going from the Lake Wobegon race to Boston was crazy though, going from that small to that big. Boston was much more difficult, too, with all of the hills.”
    Lorentz trains for 16 weeks, running an average of 55 miles a week, varying short speed runs and long runs anywhere from 12-20 miles. She also integrates easy 5 to 6 mile runs into her training schedule, allowing her body a break.
    As she prepared for the Boston Marathon over the course of the winter months, she was in Key Largo, Fla., for an internship and spent her free time running around the area.
    “I would always run in early morning and had to bring a flashlight with me to run in the dark, especially when I would go out for my weekend runs at 4:30 a.m.,” Lorentz said. “Weekends I would run longer, approximately two to two and a half hours. I would see the sunrises across the bridges, bay and ocean. It was so pretty.”
    The humidity helped Lorentz prepare for the Boston Marathon as well as did the Florida temperatures.
    “Running in 50- to 60-degree weather and cloudy is great, so running in spring and fall is enjoyable,” Lorentz said. “But, I enjoy running in the heat of the summer, too. I find I run better in heat.”
    Now that Lorentz has accomplished running the Boston Marathon, her next goal is to complete the other five of the Abbott World Marathon Majors – Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. She plans to run in the Chicago Marathon in October 2020 and wants another chance in Boston in either 2020 or 2021.
    “When I think about Boston, it wasn’t a goal of mine initially,” Lorentz said. “It became a goal later on, but it was mainly because of my mom. It has been her goal for a long time, and I stole it from her. It would be fun to run it again, maybe with my mom.”
    Lorentz has the California International Marathon and the Chevron Houston Marathon as possibilities on her list as well. One thing is for sure, Lorentz plans to continue running and racing for years to come.