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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run as a hobby. I decided to run a half marathon because I enjoy the pure satisfaction of completing something I set out to do. It is now a passion of mine and one I enjoy doing with my running pals.

Training:

I trained for 3 months with the Fleet Feet Training Team. The training kept me focused and on schedule. I also meet some great people who I enjoy running with each week. During my training I averaged 25-30 miles per week.

The best training advice I received was:

  • Listen to your body and take a day or two off if you need to.
  • It is better to be undertrained than overtrained.
  • Drink, Drink, Drink to keep your body hydrated.
  • Cotton is rotten.
  • Good running shoes are very important -- even when they were a size bigger than I was used to wearing.

Race Day:

The 2007 Lewis & Clark Half Marathon was about what I expected. I thought it was well organized, and I look forward to participating in this race next Fall. I was a little disappointed in my time since I did better at St. Louis. I got an awful side stitch at mile 12 which impacted my overall time and performance at the end of the race. I had so many fellow runners helping me get through my pain and to the finish line. Thank you! It was nice to see my family at the end cheering me on.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't too bad. I sleep most of the day. I felt great after a nice 2-3 hour nap.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Brooks Running Shoes
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Garmin Forerunner
Helped me stay focused and motivated especially when it indicated the miles I had completed.
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GU Energy Gel
Gave me energy to continue when my body got tired.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Go for it! It is a great accomplishment and a great thing to become addicted too. I never would have thought I could run more than 3 miles, but I did and wow what a feeling! It is a time commitment, but again one you will not regret. I highly recommend getting involved in a training group, and running with others. There is nothing better than having others around to motivate you and keep you going especially on those days you don't want to run.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run half marathons because I truly enjoy the training and again the sense of accomplishment I feel when I cross the finish line. I also think it is great for my children to see me active and committed to running.

For my next half marathon, I'll wear my water belt. I don't seem to get enough liquids in my body when I stop at the stations. A valuable lesson I learned.

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