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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a half marathon because the distance requires training, but not as much training as a marathon.

Training:

I trained for 9 weeks following a 3-day per week program from Runner's World magazine. Tuesday's were speed workouts, Thursday's were tempo runs and Saturday's were long runs. In addition, the program recommends cross-training on off days which I didn't do, but probably should have. During my training I averaged 10-15 miles per week. For people thinking about running a half marathon I would make sure you don't skip the long runs and run them slow. Use the speed workouts and tempo runs to improve your speed.

Race Day:

The 2006 University of Okoboji Half Marathon was not quite what I expected. The weather was extremely hot and the course was hilly. The race course is nice after mile 4 because you run around Lake Okoboji which is nice. I didn't meet my goal, because I was hoping to run it in 1:45 and I missed that by about 8 minutes. I wasn't too disappointed considering the heat and hills.

Recovery:

My recovery was pretty rough. My quads were stiff and sore for several days. I'm not sure if it was because of the hills or heat and dehydration. I stretched after the race, but it didn't seem to help.

Running Gear Recommendations:

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

To someone thinking about running a half marathon I would say find a training plan that fits your schedule and stick with it. A half marathon obviously requires training, but isn't as much of a time commitment as a full marathon.

Plans to Run Another:

This was my sixth half marathon and I'm planning to do several more if I can remain injury free. I would also like to do a full marathon in the near future. For my next half marathon, I'll try to increase the intensity of my speed workouts and increase my overall weekly mileage. The program I followed recommended cross training which I didn't do and I think that is something I'll do next time as well.

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