Note from Editor: Brent was featured in Runner's World magazine (A Sick Pace) for his remarkable battle with chronic myeloid leukemia. If you would like to learn more about how you can help with blood cancer research, visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society web site. You can help the cause by running a marathon with the Team in Training program or donating money.
I somewhat followed the training program for advanced runners on the Boston Marathon Web site. I run 85-95 miles per week which is higher than what they outline. As the race approached I followed the program more closely. I don't do as much speed work as they suggest, but I run more miles. I run by myself so speed running is tough.
The 2007 Twin Cities Marathon was worse than expected. I came into the race in good shape. I don't think I was quite at my 2:54 marathon level of one year ago, but I was close. In April I ran a 3:03 in bad conditions, and I took it easy and ran a 3:05 at Grandma's on tired legs. I drank fluids along the course and prior to the race knowing it was hot. I believe the temperature was about 85 and humid.
My recovery wasn't too bad. I started training almost right away. Because of the cramping, I hadn't exerted myself as much as normal. I tried to get extra sleep (tough with 3 kids).
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Don't try to get ready on a 16 week plan unless you are all ready in fairly good shape. I trained for a whole year before my first race. If you are ready for that 1st race, I think you will continue to run marathons.
Plans to Run Another:
I ran the Las Vegas marathon a couple months after this race. Having races planned keeps me focused. For my next marathon, I'm going to start at a leisurely pace and accelerate as the race goes on.