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Running Background:

I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I wanted the feeling of accomplishment.

Training:

I trained for 5 months using Jeff Galloway's Training Program. During my training I averaged 16 miles per week.

The best training advice I received was to do the same thing on race day as I did during training.

Race Day:

The 2008 Chicago Marathon was better than expected. The marathon this year was awesome. I finished with a new PR, knocking 9 minutes. I did not hit a wall until mile 24, but it was all mental. I kept telling myself the 2 miles was a turn around point for a 4 mile run....not a good thing to tell yourself at the end of a marathon. I was a little disappointed in crowd support. It was not as good as it has been the previous three Chicago marathons that I participated in. It started to get a bit hot especially toward the end. Overall it was a good race.

Recovery:

My recovery was pretty rough. I drank a lot of Propel.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Follow your training program!

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run another marathon because I am addicted.

For my next marathon, I'll probably take a different attitude toward the end.

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