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Running Background:

marathon photoThis was my 150th and last marathon for a couple of years, as I planned to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Latin America and knew I would have few opportunities to run regularly and none to compete. My PR in my 40s was 2:47, and I still have dreams of glory and then set out at an unrealistically fast pace.

Training:

I didn't follow a specific training program. I did train for 3 months, and I averaged 45 miles per week.

The best training advice I received was to take frequent rest days.

Race Day:

The 2007 Big Sur was worse than expected. I had wanted to run Big Sur for a long time, but April was usually my month to run the Boston Marathon, so it didn't happen until 2007. I started out at a 3:20 pace, and it was too much once I got through the hills. The last few miles were a long, slow struggle.

I knew the course was hilly, but I underestimated the effect it would have on my endurance.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't too bad. I did some light walking for a couple of days, and I made sure I stayed fully hydrated.

Running Gear Recommendations:

ASICS Gel-Speedstar
Nice, lightweight shoe.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Start slowly, particularly on a hilly course and/or in the face of tough weather.

Plans to Run Another:

I plan to continue to run marathons because I love the challenge.

For my next marathon, I'll take more recovery time in training.

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