Running Buddies, Best Friends and More
Last Saturday, at the 100% Irish for a Day TC 10 Mile, Angela Lemke and Kim Wilke ran their final race together as simply running buddies. After eight years of competing in events together and supporting one-another in running and in life, the duo will attach additional titles to their unique relationship: mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.
Angela will marry Kim’s son Corey at a ceremony in tropical Key West, Florida on March 16.
“I started running races eight years ago with Kim,” Angela told Twin Cities In Motion. “In 2006, she was the mother of my boyfriend at the time, Corey. I’ll never forget, Kim asked me to run Race for the Cure with her and her family. I was ecstatic she had asked me to do something with her.”
Prior to the invitation, Angela, who works in marketing for Target and teaches yoga sculpt and barre, had not been a runner.
“She is why I got started,” the bride-to-be said of Kim, a kindergarten teacher. “The way I felt during this race, seeing men and women of all ages running together started my running journey with Kim. Since our first race together, we have run over 30 races together.”
“Being a running buddy is something I think only runners would understand ....
You help each other. You encourage each other. You love each other.”
Last summer, the pair – who are sometimes asked if they mother-and-daughter, sisters, or even twins – completed their first marathon together at Grandma’s in Duluth.
“Being a running buddy is something I think only runners would understand,” Angela told us. “You call each other at 9 p.m. when you just finished an awesome run. You text each other at 4:30 a.m. to say you don’t want to get up to run, but you need to get your 10 miles in before the work day.
“You meet for coffee on the weekend to go over your highs and lows of the week,” she added. “You take long walks discussing how you will ever have enough time to get in your run tomorrow when you have 100 other things to do. You support each other. You help each other. You encourage each other. You love each other.”
“For the last 8 years,” Angela concluded, “this has been done with one of my best friends. Someone who started out as my boyfriend’s mom turned into my running buddy. My running buddy turned into one of my best friends. And now one of my best friends will be my family. My mother-in-law.”
Photos: Angela Lemke (left) and Kim Wilke (right) at the 100% Irish for a Day TC 5K and TC 10 Mile.