Shannon from Billings, MT (Female)
Occupation: Human Services
Age on race day: 33
2007 Lewis and Clark Half Marathon - Bozeman, MT
This was my 1st half marathon and I finished in 2:29:11.
I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for weight control/loss. I began running a 5 mile race that I thought I would never finish, since then I have learned to love running and the half was a natural progression for me. After taking on a couple of 10K's and feeling good about them, I decided I needed a bigger challenge. I also wanted to test myself to see if I could go that far.
I trained for 3 months following a program that I downloaded from Runner's World. During my training I averaged 15-20 miles per week.
The best training advice I received was that you cannot prepare for a long distance unless you log the miles, the miles you intended to run do not help you finish the race. Also don't get a time goal in mind the first one you run; it is a big accomplishment to finish!
The 2007 Lewis and Clark Half Marathon was what I expected. This race course was not what I trained for, it had a lot of hills and a lot of trails, but it was doable. The weather was raining a little and cool, which I will take any day over 100 degrees! I felt great until about mile 10 then it was all guts from there. I tweaked my knee going down a hill on a trail and that was painful, but I walked it off and began running again. I finished and it was a great feeling to know I can go that far.
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I rested, rehydrated well, ate within 30 minutes after finishing, and took gel on the course. The only bad thing is I ended up with blisters which took a little more time to heal than I wanted so I couldn't run for awhile.
It is the best feeling in the world to know you just ran that far, it makes the training worth it. It is a great way to get to know others and make new friends, it will put you in another class for sure!
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run a full marathon next summer.
For my race, I'll prepare my feet for blister prevention.