Connie from Fenton, Mo (Female)
Age on race day: 24
2009 Bass Pro Shops Marathon - Springfield, MO
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:42:29.
I decided to run a marathon because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I also liked having a training program to follow and working hard to be successful. I feel like I can do just about anything I set my mind to now!!
I trained for 3 months following the beginner's marathon training guide in "The Complete Book of Running for Women" by Claire Kowalchik.
Although I did have to cut out the "speedwork" part of the training due to plantar fasciitis.
The best training advice I received was: Take it slow. You don't win awards by having fast times in a training run. Be smart and run easy days when you need to.
The course was beautiful and so was the weather. The volunteers were awesome and super supportive (as were family and friends watching the race).
The only downfall of the course was a fifteen foot section of the course that was completely covered by a few inches of water (my shoes and socks were soaked and now I have huge blisters). But that wasn't their fault, it's because of all the rain the week before.
My recovery wasn't bad. I elevated my legs for short spans of time and I took the next day off work and basically just lounged around.
Running Gear Recommendations:
Asics GT-2140 The one time I wore a different shoe and I got hurt. These are the only shoes that help keep my feet healthy and happy:) Search »
Women's One a Day Multivitamin I took this and a Calcium + Vitamin D supplement. Search on Amazon >>
Marathon by Hal Higdon I read this book and it had a ton of very helpful advice. Search on Amazon >>
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
You really can do it, you just have to try. Speed is not important, endurance is.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run another marathon because I like training and having a goal. Plus I know that the majority of proceeds from races go to good causes/charities. I also like feeling the sense of accomplishment and the boost in self esteem after finishing.