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Running Background:

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.

Training:

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.

Race Day:

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.

Recovery:

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:

Nike Hayward Running Shoes
The shoes I run in.
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Gatorade
My sports drink of choice.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Tips:
  • 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
Encouragement:
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.

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