NEW ULM - A few years ago, New Ulm resident Aleda Beranek found out she had high blood pressure and she didn't want to take the medicine to treat it.
She admitted she was also putting on weight, so she decided that exercise and running was the route to go. Ten years later, she's taking the morning jogs to a whole new level.
This past weekend, Beranek, who has six grandchildren [a seventh is on the way], ran at the Gary Bjorklund half marathon in Duluth. She finished the run in 2 hours, 26 minutes.
Beranek is no longer a stranger to competitive running. In fact, she's competed in three half-marathons and one full marathon. She also runs in the Twin Cities 10-mile run, where she's competed five times.
"I always say, but I have more endurance than speed," she said.
The day of the race was cold, which made it tough for the competitors.
"It was a little cool, and it was a little on the humid side even though it was cold," she said. "I felt good, it's well-organized, there's lots of water and food."
Beranek has been training nearly every day since her diagnosis. She gets up and runs at 4:30 a.m.
She does a few short runs during the week and a long run [about 10 miles or more if she's training for an event].
She'd like to continue running in the future.
"I'd probably like to do one more marathon," she said.