Paul H. Evenson from Arlington, SD (Male)
Age on race day: 40
2007 Siouxland Lewis and Clark Marathon - N Sioux City, NE
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 3:50:14.
I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for the feeling of accomplishment the I get from completing races.
I didn't follow a specific training program, but I did train for 4 months in which I averaged 30 miles per week.
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!
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. Search on Amazon »
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
The feeling of accomplishment you get by finishing is worth the pain that you may encounter in getting there.