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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. This was my 7th half marathon and 3rd Sioux Falls Half Marathon.

In 2004, I started running road races. I've always participated in sports for hobby and I've been an occasional runner as a way to stay in shape. I found that having a race on my calendar really helps me stay motivated and consistent with getting out and running. And, the more I run, the more I enjoy it.


I trained for 3 months following the Runner's World 3-day/week plan. I really liked the flexibility of the plan. The speed workouts were very helpful! I've used this program before, but I made some of my own modifications to it. This time I followed the plan to the letter and set a new PR by 6 minutes.

Race Day:

The 2006 Sioux Falls Half Marathon was better than expected. It was a great race! The weather was cool and misty with a slight breeze. My goal going in was to run a 1:45 -- and I felt like that was a lofty goal. The first mile I was at 7:40. I thought it was a little fast, but I felt so good I continued at a 7:35 - 7:50 pace for the next 4-5 miles. I kept telling myself that if I could hold that same pace to mile 10, even if I had to slow down at that point, I'd still hit my goal. At mile 10, I was still feeling good so I held the pace. I finished in 1:41 and felt good from beginning to end.

This was my 3rd Sioux Falls Half Marathon. I love the race. The first 4-5 miles take you through the downtown area with some small hills. At the 4-5 mile mark you run through Falls Park and get on the bike trail. The rest of the course you run on the paved, tree-lined bike trail. For a smaller race, the crowd support is great and the organization of the race is excellent.


My recovery wasn't bad. I stretched and walked following the race. I eased back into training and ran a 7.5 mile race 2 weeks later.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Asics 2110 Running Shoes
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Thorlo Socks
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GU - Energy Gel
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Get out there and do it! Pick a race, put it on your calendar, find a training program, and do it.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run half marathons and marathons. I like the distance of the half marathon because it requires training, but not as much as a marathon.

I was really happy with how I did in this race, but I think I can still improve. I'm going to try to put in a few more miles and do more cross-training for my next race.

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