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Running Background:

marathon photoI 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.

Training:

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.

Race Day:

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.

Recovery:

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.

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