Note from Editor: Brent was recently featured in Runner's World magazine (A Sick Pace) for his remarkable battle with chronic myeloid leukemia. If you would like to learn more about how you can help with blood cancer research, visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society web site. You can help the cause by running a marathon with the Team in Training program or donating money.
I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for stress relief. I continue to run marathons because I'm trying to work my time down to where it was before I had leukemia. Running is a great stress reliever for me, but I get lazy if I don't have a goal. I hadn't competed on a flat course before, so I was looking for a fast time at Chicago.
I trained for 6 months without following a specific training program. I run probably more miles than I should. I try to do a couple of tempo runs per week, but I don't do a lot of speed work. A month prior to the race I start doing intervals, hills, or other speed work. Usually I run 85-110 miles per week.
The 2006 Chicago Marathon wasn't quite what I expected. My goal for the race was to run under 2:50 and get close to what I had trained for the year before.
My recovery wasn't bad. I've had some leg problems, so I took a break from running.
Running Gear Recommendations:
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Start slow and increase your mileage gradually. If your legs are sore, running on a treadmill gives you a smoother run.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run more marathons because running is a great stress reducer and I can eat as much as I want.