Note from Editor: Lori is one of five runners featured in the feature-length film, Spirit of the Marathon. If you would like to learn more about this movie and Lori's experience at the 2005 Chicago Marathon, check out the web site.
I trained for 5 months following Hal Higdon's marathon training program, in particular the one focused on the Chicago Marathon. During my training I averaged 25-30 miles per week.
Wow! It was an amazing day. I really enjoyed the sights and sounds along the course. I remember at one point dancing to a band playing "Sweet Home Alabama" (because it was a song that I often had in my head during training). Stopping to high-five my mom at around mile 21 was a great memory, as well. I finished feeling great and with enough gas in my tank to enjoy the rest of the day with my family.
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I slept a lot the week after the race and kept my calorie intake a little higher than usual. The main thing was really listening to my body and not pushing any exercise too hard.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
You can do it if you set out a realistic plan and stick to it. It helps to find a good source of motivation to keep you focused. For example, I chose to fundraise for an organization that was very near to my heart. On the days I felt a little tired, I just thought of them and the people that donated and it helped me to get out and run. Also, running with a group can be a fun way to make long runs go by quickly!
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run another marathon because racing has become part of who I am. I had such a great experience that I feel like I have to do it again. Besides, now that I know I can finish, I want to try to go faster! :)