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Running Background:

I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I wanted to challenge myself and push my fitness to the next level.

Training:

I didn't follow a specific training plan, but I did train for 3 months during which I averaged 20 to 30 miles per week.

The best advice I received while preparing for this marathon was to slow down to run further.

Race Day:

The 2005 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon wasn't quite what I expected. When they say that the first 13 miles are all uphill, they aren't joking. Combined with the altitude and my limited ability to train in the winter months, made for dead legs by the halfway mark.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I rode my Harley the 2,100 miles back home the next day.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Any one can "run" a marathon, even if you have to walk some of it. Just a matter of training smart and putting in the time. 26.2 is just a number however...

Plans to Run Another:

I continue to run marathons. I recently ran my fourth marathon, but as a training run for my first 100 mile ultramarathon.

After my first marathon, I learned how to train smarter, longer and put in the necessary miles. The improved training paid off big time. I still have no problem walking if I feel like it -- it's only about me. I'm not out to impress anyone!

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