Stephanie McDuffie from Fitzgerald, GA (Female)
Occupation: Dental Assistant
Age on race day: 29
2007 Jacksonville Marathon - Jacksonville , FL
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:14:21.
I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for hobby. I ran 5K's and began winning those like crazy and craved something bigger!
A year of training I started when my son was 2 months old. I would usually run 5 to 6 miles each day. Then I began doing double runs, soon after I decided I wanted to do a marathon. I began a 12 week program closer to the marathon that was extremely intense which included close to 60 miles a week or more!
The best training advice given to me by my coach was not to dwell on my injuries while I was in training -- just move on!
My 1st marathon was on December 16th, 2007, and it will be a day I will always remember! The weather was horrible the night before and the morning of the race. I prayed the whole night for it to clear up for the run. When I got up to get ready it was still pretty bad outside, but as the morning went on it began clearing up! Then I went to the location of the race and the race began. It was excellent! I just kept in my mind that I had trained for a whole year and I could accomplish this. I never hit the wall and even at the end finished with a surge!!!!! It was an excellent marathon and I now have the fever and want another one soon:).
My recovery wasn't bad. I rested, took recovery walks, and ate carbs.