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Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I didn't know if I could do it.

Training:

I followed Hal Higdon's Intermediate I Marathon Training Program. I trained for 4.5 months, and I averaged 30 miles per week.

The best training advice I received as to get comfortable, get into a rhythm, and listen closely to your body.

Race Day:

The 2007 New Hampshire Marathon wasn't quite what I expected. I ran at a comfortable pace with a few other people well past the halfway point. I began feeling fatigue in my legs and my blood sugar dropped rapidly. There was an empty aid station at mile 20 which was a bit disappointing. My legs felt as though they were going to cramp up so I had to switch to a run/walk pace. I was able to get something into my stomach ( a nice lady on the side of the road gave me some trail mix). After I ate the trail mix and got some Gatorade at the next aid station I was able to slowly start to run more. I was hoping to be sub-4 hours, but I just barely missed that goal. I don't consider it a failure as I learned how important the right nutrition is. I think I will need to include runs that pass into the 3.5 hour range to help build my endurance. It was very fun overall, and a real battle!

Recovery:

I didn't have any recovery problems. I had some massages in the days following the race, and I did lots of walking. In general, I took it pretty easy.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Do the training, that is the real challenge. The race is decided already based on your training. You'll get all the inspiration for your next marathon when running your current one.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run another marathon because I didn't reach my goal! I want to hit the higher mileage without breaking down! Plus I live in Boston... so I simply have to run it.

For my next marathon -- Gels Gels Gels, and make sure to train in the higher mileage area, to get my legs ready for it. I'm also going to do some strength training.

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