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Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a half marathon because I need a goal to keep me motivated. I find with a busy family and demanding job it is easy to put my needs aside. If I have a goal I am much more likely to get my runs in. Surprisingly, when I do take the time for myself to run, I am a much happier mom and that translates into happier kids/home.

Training:

I trained for 4 months and I averaged about 20 miles per week. I didn't follow a specific training plan.

The best advice I received while preparing for the half marathon was to do some speed training -- it really helped improve my time.

Race Day:

The 2006 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half Marathon was exactly what I expected. It was a beautiful run through the Black Hills on a fast downhill course. The entire race was well organized and the aid stations and crowd support were great!

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I took a long soak in a hot bath.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Saucony Grid Running Shoes
The shoes I run in.
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iPod
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Garmin 205
Perfect for keeping track of how far and how fast you're running.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Sign up!! That is motivation enough. Everyone that enters is a winner. The only losers are the ones sitting at home!

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run half marathons because I love the motivation of preparing for a race.

For my next half marathon, I'm going to try to do more speed training to improve my time!

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