AK from Scottsbluff, NE (Female)
Occupation: Social Studies Teacher
Age on race day: 23
2006 Denver Marathon - Denver, CO
This was my 4th marathon and I finished in 5:24:45.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for hobby. I decided to run this marathon because I ran a personal worst at the Twin Cities Marathon two weeks prior to it. Though I will say that my poor performance at the Twin Cities Marathon was because I didn't train. Period. I was averaging 12 miles a week in September and I thought maybe I could redeem myself a bit by running the Denver Marathon.
I didn't follow a specific training plan because I really didn't train. I had just moved across the state, started a new job, and was coaching volleyball. By the time I was done with volleyball practice (around 7pm), I was in no mood to run. I did two half marathons in September, but that was basically the extent of my training.
The 2006 Denver Marathon was better than expected. We stayed at the Adam's Mark hotel which was a block or two away from the race site. I hadn't told anyone that I was planning on running the Denver Marathon for two reasons: 1) It was probably not the smartest thing to do, since I had run/walked Twin Cities two weeks before, and 2) I wanted to make sure that I finished it. I actually got some sleep before the race and woke up ready to go.
My best half marathon time is 1:39. Based on time comparison charts, I have the potential to run between 3:15 and 3:30. Luckily, I was smart enough to figure out that if you don't put in the training, you can't run a 3:30 marathon. I lined up with the 5:00 Clif Bar team. The team that I ran with was great! We jogged for around 11 minutes and walked for a minute. This was going great until around mile 18. I had to use the bathroom really bad, so I had to leave the group. I found a bathroom with no lines and quickly rushed in. I must note here that this was probably the dirtiest bathroom that I have ever been in.
I made it to mile 19 with no problems, but I am pretty sure that I was out of calories at this point. One of the problems that I have had in previous marathons is that I am unable to replenish calories very well. If I eat or drink, I tend to get sick to my stomach. The next 7 miles were a mix of running and walking. Unlike Twin Cities, I remained positive the entire 26.2 miles, and took 20 minutes off my time at Twin Cities (at altitude!) :D
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I took a week off and felt completely normal.
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
You can't expect to do well if you don't train properly.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons. I'm signed up to run Grandma's Marathon in June and then Denver again in October. I think that I might actually do some long runs this time.
For my next marathon, what am I going to do? Umm...train?