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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I first toyed with idea of entering the 2005 Los Angeles Marathon a year earlier when I managed to do a 15 mile run, more than twice the furthest distance I had previously run! Slowly I built up my mileage, running several times per week and enjoying it. My first distance race for six years suggested that I was better than I had thought, reinforcing my belief that I could do a marathon. Within six months I entered my first 10km race and soon after that I did the Long Beach half-marathon (October 2004).

Training:

My training schedule was based on the book Running Start to Finish by John Stanton. I trained for 4.5 months averaging 40 miles per week. For people thinking about running a marathon I would say keep a log book to stay motivated.

Race Day:

The 2005 Los Angeles Marathon was what I expected. The weather was great - sunny but only about 65F, 20 degrees cooler than the previous year's race. I cruised through the first half and first slowed down at around mile 18. Then from mile 22 I had to alternate between walking and running. My goal was to finish without injury and feeling good and though it wasn't pretty I was able to do just that.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I didn't do anything special other than stay off my feet that day. I was back to running slowly within a couple of days.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Asics GEL Landreth
The shoes I wore for the race.
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Under Armour Tee
Good quality technical shirt.
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Ultimate water bottle and holster
I used this for all of my long runs.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

The earlier you get into the habit of running for fun the better! The sense of accomplishment you feel at the end definitely makes all the training worthwhile.

Plans to Run Another:

I plan to run another marathon because I think I can go faster. For my next marathon, I'll do more stretching after runs which definitely helps flexibility.

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