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