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Running Background:

I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for the feeling of accomplishment the I get from completing races.

Training:

I didn't follow a specific training program, but I did train for 4 months in which I averaged 30 miles per week.

Race Day:

The race conditions were ideal -- around a 40 degree start, 65 degree finish and sunshine in the middle. The hills were short but tough toward the end -- I walked a few. My wall came at about 21 miles. I slowed down, had more rest stops, and had to walk a little. My hips were sore and it became a big mental game. But the finish... that was awesome! The last 100 yards was great with all the fans, then they announce your name as you cross the line!

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Spi Belt (Small Personal Item Belt)/Fuel Belt
I use a runner's pouch for my gel packs. I recently found the SPI BELT, just an elastic belt with a spandex type pouch that can hold 5 gels.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

The feeling of accomplishment you get by finishing is worth the pain that you may encounter in getting there.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run marathons.

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