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Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for weight control/loss. I decided to run this particular marathon because it is claimed by many to be the world's toughest marathon, and to complete the world renowned HI-3 marathons.

Training:

I don't follow a specific training program when preparing for marathons. I'm continuously training and running with a great group of people, the Bay Front Road Runners. I did average about 45 miles per week leading up to the race.

The best training advice I received was to have fun!!!

Race Day:

The 2007 Kilauea Volcano Marathon was what I expected. The crowd support is very limited due to the terrain, but the aid stations and the people manning them were A #1!! I couldn't imagine a race with better support. The race is definitely as claimed -- THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST MARATHON!! But, at the same time, it is the only marathon where I can honestly say after I finished "I want to do that marathon again!" Being that it is so challenging, the fellow runners pick you up and motivate you to continue. This is definitely a marathon everyone should do at least once in their lifetime.

Recovery:

I didn't have any recovery problems. I continued to run in the days following the race.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Trail Shoes
Not totally necessary...I ran with Nike Frees...the lava will eat up your shoes though!!
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Light Colored Dri-Fit Shirt
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Water Bottle
Carry a water bottle -- although there are aid stations about every 2.5 miles having that extra water was a blessing -- thanks Marie!!
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Run with some friends and just enjoy the experience!!

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run marathons.

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