You may recall my panicky post from two weeks ago, entitled HELP, in which I wondered how I'd be able to finish my first marathon. Anyway, I did it, specifically the Manitoba Marathon. I'm waiting for them to post the official time, (in my joy of finishing, I forgot to stop the stopwatch) but it's somewhere just under 4:50. I realize this isn't a great time by the standards of this website, but my goal was to finish. I figured I'd do it in somewhere between 4:30 and 5:00. The first 20 miles were comfortable, on pace for a 4:30 marathon. They say the last 6.2 miles are the second half of the marathon, and that's certainly true. From 21 to 24 I walked a lot, but I ran (if not quickly) the last 2.2 miles. The weather was perfect for running.
I just want to thank a number of people who've responded to various posts: EdG, Trae, and Emily who responded to my plea for help. EdG, mura_kura, SMP, and brendan for advice about running in Orlando/Kissimmee (frankly I only got to do a few laps around the resort parking lot, but the help was appreciated) and Ollie who gave me some early advice about getting started. If I can avoid sounding like a long-winded Academy Award winner, thanks to everyone else who shared knowledge, suggestions and encouragement on other posts. Many people I know think my love of running is nuts. It's great to correspond with kindred spirits.
P.S.- I've heard good things about the Queen City Marathon in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 12th. Any suggestions on a training plan for someone who just completed a marathon and wants to run another one in just under 3 months?
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