Geoff from Chicago, IL (Male)
Occupation: Flight Nurse
Age on race day: 30
1999 Chicago Marathon - Chicago, IL
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:15:30.
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.
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.
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.
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 I run in Saucony, currently the Omni. Search »
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.