Note from Editor: Monica participated in the Team in Training program and raised over $1,500. If you would like to learn more about Team in Training, visit their web site.
I trained with Team in Training and followed its program. The program was about 5.5 months and I averaged about 24 miles per week.
The 2007 PF Chang's Marathon was better than expected. My race day experience was great! I enjoyed the crowd, had lots of my own supporters, and finished! The weather was very chilly for Phoenix, though. Next year I'm sure it'll be better!
My recovery wasn't bad. I walked a lot right after the race and stayed on my feet the rest of the day/night. I didn't get a chance to ice like I wanted, so I'm sure my recovery would have been even faster if I'd had a chance to do that.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
You can do it if you prepare and follow a good training program. Enjoy the race experience; your run will be a lot better!
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run another marathon because I really enjoyed the whole experience, and it's a great feeling crossing the finish line. Signing up for races also encourages me to stay in shape.