Gail from Rapid City, SD (Female)
Age on race day: 36
2006 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half Marathon - Deadwood, SD
This was my 4th half marathon and I finished in 1:57:07.
I 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.
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.
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!
My recovery wasn't bad. I took a long soak in a hot bath.
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