CR from Pasadena, CA (Male)
Age on race day: 27
2005 Los Angeles Marathon - Los Angeles, CA
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 3:35:55.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I first toyed with idea of entering the 2005 Los Angeles Marathon a year earlier when I managed to do a 15 mile run, more than twice the furthest distance I had previously run! Slowly I built up my mileage, running several times per week and enjoying it. My first distance race for six years suggested that I was better than I had thought, reinforcing my belief that I could do a marathon. Within six months I entered my first 10km race and soon after that I did the Long Beach half-marathon (October 2004).
My training schedule was based on the book Running Start to Finish by John Stanton. I trained for 4.5 months averaging 40 miles per week. For people thinking about running a marathon I would say keep a log book to stay motivated.
The 2005 Los Angeles Marathon was what I expected. The weather was great - sunny but only about 65F, 20 degrees cooler than the previous year's race. I cruised through the first half and first slowed down at around mile 18. Then from mile 22 I had to alternate between walking and running. My goal was to finish without injury and feeling good and though it wasn't pretty I was able to do just that.
My recovery wasn't bad. I didn't do anything special other than stay off my feet that day. I was back to running slowly within a couple of days.