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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for weight/control loss. I decided to run a marathon because it's been on my list of "things to do" for years. I turned 30 one week prior to the race, I was in the best shape of my life, so I figured it would be monumental.

Training:

I trained for 4.5 months following Hal Higdon's Novice Marathon Plan. During my training I averaged 25-30 miles per week. For people thinking about running a marathon I would tell them to make sure you listen to your body! Cross-training is just as important as logging miles! It's okay to take a break.

Race Day:

The 2005 Chicago Marathon was better than expected. I thoroughly enjoyed the race day experience. I had a great night's sleep and I was excited about the whole experience. I was very aware of my surroundings, the crowds, the scenery. I just tried to soak it all in!

My ultimate goal was to finish and not be crawling across the finish line. Mission accomplished. I would have been thrilled to finish in under 4:30, which I missed by about 8 minutes...those last 4 miles really are rough!

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't too bad. I kept walking and moving as much as I could after I crossed the finish line, I stretched, took Tylenol as needed for pain, and took a cold/ice bath.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Body Glide
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GU
Energy gel.
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Race Ready shorts
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

To someone thinking about running a marathon I would say make sure you listen to your body and utilize cross-training to help your body recover from the pounding of running.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run the NYC Marathon in 2006. I didn't think I would do it again, but with an automatic bid, how could I refuse?!

I am a big fan of the half-marathon distance (and shorter!). I'll definitely be keeping up at that pace well into the future.

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