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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I wanted to see what a marathon felt like so I could decide if I wanted to run an Ironman.

Training:

I trained for 5 months averaging 20-35 miles per week without following a specific training program. I was training for triathlons and I just gradually increased my running mileage.

Race Day:

The 1999 Chicago Marathon was what I expected. I was not training specifically for the marathon, but for an olympic distance triathlon. I upped my running milage for the summer to prepare for the marathon. I was hoping to maintain 9 minute pace but at mile 22 needed to stop to use the bathroom and my legs locked up after that. I felt pretty good up until then.

Recovery:

My recovery was pretty rough. I was really sore for about 4 days after the race but felt a little better by the end of the week. I spent quite a bit of time stretching and walking slowly.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Saucony Running Shoes
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Hammer Gel
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

To someone thinking about running a marathon I would say race nutrition is very important. Find what works for you during training and don't experiment with new things on race day.

Plans to Run Another:

I'll probably run more half marathons because I'm not really interested in the full distance since I concentrate on triathlons. The half is a good distance for training. Since this marathon, I have run a half marathon and I was much better trained. I was running as a pacer for a friend and felt great the entire time. I have figured out race nutrition since my marathon and this has helped immensely.

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