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marathon done!


Monday, April 26, 2010

17 weeks of training lead up to April the 25th and the 26.2 miles that faced me..
To say I was nervous the day before would be a understatement.
The day before was a fog all I thought about was the race.. The night before I may have gotten 21/2 hours of sleep.Running over and over in my head how should I run it. If to use a pacer at a slower pace, hoping to conserve my energy toward the end. Or run strong at first and hope the excitement would keep me gone..
I choose a pacer with the time 4 1/2 hours at a 10min.15 sec pace per mile...
I am so glad I did, being with the group made the first 15 miles go by easy(everyone happy and talking)...After that people in the group started dropping back people became more focused on the run and the breathing started getting heavier..
At mile 17 I felt strong and got out a little bit head of the group, but at mile 20 I was back running with the pacer and the few that was left in the group.. mile 21 pacer told us we were head of time by about 5 minutes and he would be slowing down to stay on pace and if we wanted to just go on head ,but remaining group liked the idea of staying with the pacer..
At mile 22 I stopped and grabbed water and a orange slice and walk with it through the water station.Turned out to be a mistake, thought I would just sprint back to the group,but my legs did not want to start moving again..The last 4 miles was a struggle for me I wanted so bad to make the it in 4 and 1/2 hours..I stopped and stretched hoping that would help and then took off,but the pace seemed much slower then before..
All the cheering the last 2 miles kept me gone..I was so happy to see the finish line and my friends and my wife(who all ran the half marathon..)
I crossed the finish line in 4 hours and 34 minutes.(10 minutes and 21 second mile).
It was a great experience,but honestly don`t see me running a full marathon again..
I do plan to run a 1/2 marathon with my wife and also sometime run marathon relay with friends..
Thanks everyone for all your support and great comments..

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KJRUNNIN 5/18/2010 11:57PM

    Congratulations on a race well run!

I figure you have to do two before you can decide if you like it... because the first one is about learning. I'm running my first in 6 weeks... and have already signed up for my second (in October) because I know if I wait until after I've run one, I'll have second thoughts. LOL.

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SPIRITRUN 4/27/2010 9:44PM

    Never say never.
Eighteen years after running my first marathon, I am less than three weeks away from running my second.
"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." (Frank Shorter)
Congratulations on your successful race!
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JOYFULSPIRIT920 4/27/2010 7:20AM

    Congratulations!! What an awesome accomplishment.

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JUSTTRIING 4/26/2010 9:52PM

    Congratulations on a great race! I think you ran a smart race.

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MOMJMGR 4/26/2010 4:35PM

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CPRENSCH 4/26/2010 4:24PM

    Wonderful job and great time! Congratulations!

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MARATHON_MOM 4/26/2010 4:17PM

    Comgratulations on a fantastic finishing time and on the huge accomplishment of running and completing 26.2 miles! Awesome!

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CRYSBROWN1 4/26/2010 3:19PM

    Congratulations on your finish!! WOW, 26.2 miles is a HUGE deal & you did it with a fabulous time! Perhaps once your legs stop being sore you may decide to do one again.

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JOPAPGH 4/26/2010 3:10PM

    Congratulations!

I had my first planned for my 50th in October but a heel stress fracture made me change my plans. Currently shooting for my first full next May.

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ZENRUNNING 4/26/2010 1:42PM

    Congratulations, Marathoner!

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IPA-RAY 4/26/2010 12:35PM

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If you only run 1, you are a marathoner! But don't be surprised if you get the urge to do another after a while.


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ELISEL 4/26/2010 12:22PM

    Way to go!!! Congrats!

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HARRINGTON5 4/26/2010 11:40AM

    Congratulations! Your time was fantastic! What an experience. You did it once and that is something a very small percent of us has done. I have run a half, but have no desire to ever run a full marathon, so I am really in awe of you for taking the challenge and finishing in a great time.
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DRAGONFLY1974 4/26/2010 11:08AM

    Congrats!!!! You did well, only 4 minutes off!!!!

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SHORTY20 4/26/2010 10:45AM

    Yayyy, congratulations!!!

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GOODMAR 4/26/2010 10:19AM

    That is great! Congratulations!

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ETTEZEUS 4/26/2010 9:15AM

    Congrats! You're a Marathoner!! Thanks for sharing your story. I get to run mine in January so I'm soaking up all the knowledge I can get from others. Thanks!

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