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Running Background:

I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to see how far and fast I could run and at the same time inspire others to run and appreciate life.

Training:

I trained for 4 months following a training program that I created based on the research I had done on marathon running. During my training I averaged 32 miles per week.

The best advice I received in preparing for the Buffalo Marathon was to not worry about my race results because there will be other days and races to improve on my time.

Race Day:

The 2004 Buffalo Marathon was about what I expected. I was kind of nervous going into the race because I had no idea what to expect. Before the race my goal was to finish around 3:30. At about the eighteenth mile my legs started cramping up and I ended up limping for the last couple of miles as the temperature started reaching the 70's. I ended up finishing in pain, but reaching my goal of finishing in 3:35.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I massaged my legs, took short recovery runs, drank a lot of water, and ate a lot of carbs.

Running Gear Recommendations:

New Balance 901 Running Shoes
The shoes I ran in.
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GU Energy Gel (Just Berry)
My friend told me it works and so far it has.
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GU Energy Drink (Lemon Lime)
Great for fluid replacement.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Run for others. If you are lacking inspiration, think about friends and family members that are deceased or in need and run in memory of them. Most importantly believe in yourself and believe that you can do it.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run marathons because I love running them. It challenges me and inspires me to become a better person.

For my next marathon, I'm going to train harder.

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