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I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because having a goal keeps me on a regular running schedule in order to improve and maintain my overall fitness. I love the CIM because it is in early December, and after all the fall training I can recover from the marathon during the holidays and enjoy them guilt-free!
This was my 50th marathon so over the years I have developed my own training program - one that works well for me. It is comprised of a mix of speed intervals, tempo runs, long training runs and easy day shorter runs. I do a gradual build-up of overall mileage to a high mileage week of 55, I have an easy week after two "build-up weeks," and a three week taper.
The 2006 California International Marathon (CIM) was better than expected. This was my 16th CIM so I know the drill and have never been disappointed by the efficiency of the race management. I considered driving to Sacramento (only 35 minutes from Auburn during non-commute hours) to take the bus to the start because runners are allowed to stay in the bus and keep warm right up until 10-15 minutes before the actual start. Then I would have my car at the finish, too. But opted to have my husband take me, mostly to be sure he would be at the finish to cheer me in.
I didn't have any recovery problems. I did some walking and very easy jogging following the race.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Be consistent in your training. Set up a steady mileage build-up schedule with no more than 10% per week mileage increase. Do your longest run 3 weeks before the marathon (although when I was younger I did it 2 weeks out). You can add speed work and tempo runs for variety and for improving your times, but to finish the most important piece is to build up to and run two long runs of around 20-miles.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons for the exact same reason I ran my first marathon - as an incentive to lace up my shoes and run for improving and maintaining my fitness. I will run my 13th Boston Marathon in April '07. Then rest up a bit and plan to run the 25th Anniversary CIM in December.