Note from Editor: Heather participated in this marathon on behalf of Best Buddies of Illinois. She was able to raise over $1,000 for their cause. If you would like to learn more about the Best Buddies program, visit their web site.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I am not at all a runner, traditionally. But I started getting into running for exercise a few years ago. Then I began participating in short triathlons and road races for a couple of years, and enjoyed those. I broke my kneecap in February, earlier that year, and I was unable to really do much in the way of working out. And, then I fell out of the habit.
I trained for 4 months following a beginner's running schedule that I adapted to my needs. During my training I averaged 23 miles per week.
The 2006 Chicago Marathon was better than expected. The race was fantastic! The people cheering, and the energy was so much fun, and it kept you moving. Definitely a race worth doing!
My recovery wasn't bad. I took 2 Tablespoons of honey and two Advil immediately after the race. I was still sore the next day, but really not too bad.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
If I can do it, you absolutely can do it. I used to run between a 9:30 and 10 minute mile before the injury-- but after my injury I was running a 12 minute mile -- and that was really a bummer. I used to not want to run. I was so out of shape I could barely run a mile. But, if you take it a 1/2 mile, or mile at a time, you can train yourself to run forever.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons/half marathons. I want to run the Paris Half Marathon.