Mkimbaji from Hillsboro, OR (Male)
Age on race day: 33
2006 Portland Marathon - Portland, OR
This was my 9th marathon and I finished in 3:03:31.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I started running marathons to help motivate a friend who was down in the dumps. Since then the motivation has been to keep lofty goals out there to keep the training up.
I trained for 3 months following a training program that was a blend of Higdon's, Galloways and various suggestions from other runners. During my training I averaged 40 miles per week.
All of the training advice I receive has merit, and I file most of it away for later. In particular, the best advice I have ever received is stop running when you are injured.
The 2006 Portland Marathon was what I expected. I did not have high hopes for this race. Portland is somewhat of a challenging course and I had already set a big PR at marathon distance already this year. The point was to run well, feel good, and have a sub 3:05 time. All accomplished - so it was about what I expected.
My recovery wasn't too bad. It's been a bit of a challenging week this week (week 2 of recovery) but I've been able to run all my scheduled runs, just not quite up to the speed I'd like.
Running Gear Recommendations:
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Be true to your running schedule, but think more in terms of weeks instead of days. i.e. this week I have two 5 milers, two 10 milers and a one 20 mile run. Give yourself some flexibility to accommodate those runs on days different the planned.
Don't make up for missed runs outside of the week.
Stop when injured
Ice bath after long runs (20+ miles) and before the race
Do it! The race day is inspiring, and the accomplishment no matter what time or speed is exceptional. As a 3:00 marathoner I give more credit to the 5 hour+ runners. I don't have that sort of determination :)
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons because I have incorporated marthons as part of my life. Right now I'm shooting to run 3-4 a year. It's a great way to stay motivated to keep running even through the cold winter months.
For my next marathon, I am looking to dial up my weekly mileage quite a bit and increase cross training to dramatically reduce my PR.