Dan from Hillsboro, OR (Male)
Age on race day: 33
2007 Tybee Island - Tybee Island, GA
This was my 10th marathon and I finished in 2:57:55.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I continue to run marathons to keep motivated and committed to a healthy lifestyle. Even when you are tired, when you know you have a marathon on the horizon, you get out and run your training runs.
I trained for 4 months following my own training schedules with inputs from many readings and input from fellow runners. Philosophically, I follow the prevent injuries first, get the miles second, sharpen with speed workouts as the third priority. During my training I averaged 75 miles per week.
The best training advice I ever received was to stop when injured.
The 2007 Tybee Island wasn't quite what I expected. This is a small race that has about three times the number of half marathoners compared to marathoners all with a common start. The race is two loops with lots of turns. The weather was cold and a decent north wind. I was driving towards a 2:55, with a stretch goal of 2:52. I was mildly disappointed with the finish, despite breaking 3 hours for the first time.
The run itself was nice. Tybee is a little beach island, and the run was up and down quaint and quiet streets. There weren't many spectators, but no less than I would expect for a race this size. The aid stations were perfectly timed and placed for my preference. Although, like many races, the Powerade was too watered down.
The start was troubling. I lined up maybe 10 minutes before the start because of the cold. People would not let me pass to get up towards the front, despite saying I was targeting a 6:45 pace. I have not seen this behavior before.
I have run a marathon similar to this one before with the marathon course doing the half marathon course twice. I think Tybee did a fair job of giving the marathoners a special feel. They had separate medals, and were given fruit (only for marathoners) as well as the other options post race. Don't run this race if you want a big spread to refuel at the end. Granola bars and something I can't remember now is all that was offered.
I had fun, and if it was a local race for me, it might be an annual event.
My recovery wasn't bad. My calves were sore for a couple of days, but no biggie.
You only have one body, treat it well, and marathons, despite what non-marathoners, say is good for the body. Crossing the finish line at the end of a 26 mile race is an experience that is worth having at least once in your life.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons because it's a part of the life style now.
For my next marathon, I might bring down the mileage in training to allow for more cross training with the intent of going into a triathlon.