Alicia Christie from Tallahassee, FL (Female)
Age on race day: 21
2007 Tallahassee Marathon - Tallahassee, FL
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:11:32.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because it was in my town and I felt like doing something crazy. I also wanted to see if I could run that far.
I didn't follow a training program. I decided to do the race two days before the event. I did average 15 miles per week as a part of my regular running routine.
The 2007 Tallahassee Marathon was better than expected. The temperature was great, it ranged from the upper 30's to the lower 50's. The course is also very flat. Since I didn't actually train for a marathon, although I did run about 3 days a week from 3-8mi, I started really slow. The course is shaded and the 1/2 marathoners run with the marathoners until the turn-around, so it doesn't get quiet until after mile 6.5. After that, the runners thinned out and and I just ran with groups of people until I decided to pick up the pace and run with some other people.
I got a runner's high around mile 20 and picked up my pace. A couple of friends joined me on their bicycles for the last two miles and cheered me in to the finish. The race finishes on the FSU track, where I out sprinted an 18yr old guy that I was racing the last mile.
I was loving the marathon all the way until the next day when I could barely move my legs. Recovery was tough and took several weeks. I then learned the importance of training, especially now that I have a goal in mind for the next one.
I recommend this race for anybody who is self motivated and enjoys running canopied trails with the possibility of running for many miles with few people around.
My recovery was pretty rough.
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
If you have been running from 10-15mi a week for a couple of years, running a marathon is an attainable goal, even without proper training. But if you are an athlete who competes in other sports, not training for a marathon can have a detrimental effect on your performance in your other sport. If this is the case, I would suggest proper training.
Also, I would suggest a nutrition plan. I trained for the Jacksonville Marathon last year and ate horribly and I did worse than I did not training for the Tallahassee Marathon.
Plans to Run Another:
Yes, I'm planning to run more marathons. Marathons are awesome!
For my next marathon, I'm going to lose 10lbs, eat healthy, cut out alcohol, and stick to a good training plan with a race goal in mind.