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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for stress relief. I decided to run a marathon because I ran the Lincoln Half Marathon the year before and decided to further challenge myself just to see if I could actually do it.

Training:

I trained for 4 months following a 16 week training program through the local YMCA. During my training I averaged 35 miles per week.

The best advice I received during my training was to listen to your body, don't push yourself too hard, but most of all have fun.

Race Day:

The 2006 Lincoln Marathon was better than expected.

There's nothing quite like running a marathon, there are so many excited runners and fans. I was nervous since it was my first marathon, but had set my goal low enough that I only hoped to finish.

I ran the first half with a friend and felt good when we split up, so I was motivated to finish. As I ran I made sure to encourage those around me which helped me stay focused.

My family was very supportive and met me at several points throughout the course to encourage me, which helped tremendously.

Recovery:

My recovery was pretty rough. I took advantage of the post race massage which helped a lot. Then I iced my shins, took ibuprofen, and rested. I struggle with post-run rectal bleeding, so I suffered a lot the day of the race.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Just do it! People are very impressed with the accomplishment and it's something you'll never forget. I would also recommend having a training plan and a training partner to help guide you and motivate you when the last thing you want to do is lace up your shoes and go for a run.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm not planning to run another full marathon, but I am planning on running more half marathons. One marathon was enough for me.

For my next half marathon, I'm going to stick with the training program religiously, I didn't do the long runs every week, which showed in my performance.

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