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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 a friend of mine got a wild hair and thought it would be FUN!

Training:

My friend and I trained for 3 months following The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer by David Whitsett. Since we were already running about 20-25 miles a week, we decided to just jump in where it listed our level at. One of the reasons we chose this book is because it's written to FINISH a marathon as opposed to running a certain pace. We ended up averaging about 25-36 miles per week during our training.

The best advice I received while training was that when you get into the long runs it's mostly a mental game. Realizing that was key.

The worst advice was "make sure you stop at every drink station during the race". We followed that advice and it slowed us down! We wanted to finish in under five hours and would have if we hadn't stopped at every drink station.

Race Day:

The 2005 Twin Cities Mararthon was better than I expected. It was really fun! The excitement in the air and the sheer number of people was amazing. The spectators were WONDERFUL! They cheered for everyone! They'd holler out the color of your shirt and say "Go lady in Pink!!" The spectators lined the entire route! You were never alone!

We wanted to run it in under 5 hours and we missed it by 8 minutes. Despite not meeting our time goal, overall it was a great experience and we were happy to finish.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I slept! I also walked for a week after and then started running again. I was training for another relay run two weeks following the marathon.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

To someone thinking about running a marathon I would say it's a GREAT experience and a Super Accomplishment! You'll be greatly rewarded by choosiing to do it and finish. Have fun and don't get too hung up on running the race in a certain time.

Plans to Run Another:

I plan to run another marathon because I think they are a challenge and we all need challenges in our lives that help us grow and change. For my next marathon, I won't stop at every drink station!

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