Kate from Chicago, IL (Female)
Age on race day: 30
2005 Chicago Marathon - Chicago, IL
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:38:49.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for weight/control loss. I decided to run a marathon because it's been on my list of "things to do" for years. I turned 30 one week prior to the race, I was in the best shape of my life, so I figured it would be monumental.
I trained for 4.5 months following Hal Higdon's Novice Marathon Plan. During my training I averaged 25-30 miles per week. For people thinking about running a marathon I would tell them to make sure you listen to your body! Cross-training is just as important as logging miles! It's okay to take a break.
The 2005 Chicago Marathon was better than expected. I thoroughly enjoyed the race day experience. I had a great night's sleep and I was excited about the whole experience. I was very aware of my surroundings, the crowds, the scenery. I just tried to soak it all in!
My ultimate goal was to finish and not be crawling across the finish line. Mission accomplished. I would have been thrilled to finish in under 4:30, which I missed by about 8 minutes...those last 4 miles really are rough!
My recovery wasn't too bad. I kept walking and moving as much as I could after I crossed the finish line, I stretched, took Tylenol as needed for pain, and took a cold/ice bath.