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Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I had to undergo radiation therapy for cancer reoccurance and wanted to be in top shape to overcome the side effects. I joined a marathon training team (Fleet Feet) to get ready for the 2007 Chicago Marathon. This half marathon was part of our training. I ran the 1/2 and then went out for an additional 9 miles for a total of 22 for the day. This race and the rest of my marathon training went well -- I am a 21 MILE SURVIVOR of the 2007 Chicago Marathon.


I trained for 6 months with the Fleet Feet Training Team. During my training I only averaged 15-20 miles per week, because I was restricted due to side effects from radiation therapy.

The best training advice I would share with others is to keep a steady pace on long runs, slower than race pace to build endurance. Do speed training on another day.

Race Day:

The 2007 Lewis & Clark Half Marathon was better than expected. We had wonderful weather, especially after the high heat and humidity of our summer training! The race went smoothly. All of the aid stations were well supplied and staffed. There were great crowds and good finish line staff, and the results were posted very promptly. The post-race support was excellent as well.


I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I concentrated on stretching, hydration and protein intake quickly after the run. The beer tasted really great too!

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Join a training team! It provides wonderful encouragement, support and expertise. If running long distances for the first time, focus on finishing and just having fun, don't worry about your time.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run marathons. I ran Chicago after this race. I plan on working on my speed over the winter, doing a half marathon in the spring and possibly a full marathon in the fall or spring.

For my next race, I'll focus on early pace control. I want to run fast enough to be able to meet time goal, but slow enough to not be able to have negative splits.

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