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Note from Editor: If you're wondering what a marathon is like or how fun it can be, watch the video that Adam created of his Chicago Marathon experience. It's a great way to learn more about this race from a unique, first-hand perspective.

Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for hobby. I had run the Chicago in prior years and it is such a great race that I wanted to bring along a camera and make a video of the experience to share with everyone.

Training:

I play soccer 2-3 times a week. I start training about a month and a half before the race. I run a few 8 milers a 15 mile and maybe a 9-10 miler.

The best training advice that I would share with others is that it is almost all mental. If you are physically fit you need to get your mind thinking "I can do this" and you will be able to finish -- no problem.

I avoid the intense long run training programs. Training is specific to the runner. My body and mind get burned out and I loose the rush.

Race Day:

The 2006 Chicago Marathon was better than expected. I made a video to capture the event and my experience. The video shows my night before the race and the full race day. I put a ton of time and effort into producing this. Running the Chicago Marathon

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Recovery:

My recovery was pretty rough. I ended up getting runner's knee. This may have been due to my lack of long distance training.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Under Armor Skin Tight Long Sleeve Shirt
The shirt I wore during the race.
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ASICS GEL-Kayano Running Shoes
Great shoes!
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Knee-High Soccer Socks by Socom
I like these socks.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

You will have the time of your life. The rush you feel will carry you through most of the race. Pace yourself in the beginning. It is easy to get excited and run faster miles once the crowd thins out. Save energy to burst through the end.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run marathons because it's so much fun.

For my next marathon, I'm practicing a new method of running to alleviate stress on my knees. Once I fully migrate from the heel-toe method I currently use to the barefoot technique, I will run again.

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