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I recall completing my first half marathon back in January. I ran it with Divine M, a fellow KRer and colleague.<br><br>
After the race when she asked me when I would do my first marathon I laughed and said “never, no way, that’s just crazy talk”.<br><br>
I gradually increase my weekend long runs, not really as part of a training program, just to see what I could do. When I began doing 18 comfortably I decided, OK maybe I can do a marathon.<br><br>
I focused on a modified Higdon Intermittent II-Advanced I program that I thought would work for me. I maxed out at 55 miles per week with some decent intensity and a longest run of 23.5 miles.<br><br>
I felt confident in my training.<br><br>
I wake up at 3:45 AM on race day morning, drink most of a pot of coffee, eat a bowl of oatmeal and I am out the door. I eat two bananas and drink about 20oz of water during the 1:45 minute drive to Hartford. Thank goodness for the empty port-o-john I found.<br><br>
I arrive a bit later than I had planned and my nerves were definitely off the charts; pre-race jitters and too much coffee. I find the Civic center, and get to meet GingerBread and her SO. She kinda smiles at me as I babble something incoherent and I run down stairs to check in. The lines were very long.<br><br>
I jog over to the Carousel looking for Shades, but must have missed her. I get over to the starting line at Elm St. and go towards the back of the pack. I wanted to force myself to start out slow.<br><br>
I maintain excellent pace discipline. After the first crowed mile or so I am running about 9:15 to 9:30 and get to the 13 mile marker in just under 2 :10, my negative split goal was in sight.<br><br>
I thought the race organization was excellent. We had great crowd support, ample water stops and plenty of race volunteers.<br><br>
I settle in behind the 4:00 pacer and ease into a nice rhythm. We approach what I though was mile 15 and it turns out to be mile 17. Great stuff; I am feeling strong and in control.<br><br>
I get to the bridge and then the muscle cramps kick in. My left calf feels like it is going to explode. From mile 21-24 I need to mix in walking with running as each new wave of cramps kick in.<br><br>
I get to mile 24 and feel much better. I can settle into a slow run and finish the course in 4:27:55.<br><br>
I am very happy with this finish.<br><br>
I walk around the park a bit and call my SO. I feel like a world beater. It was a very good day. She asks me if I will run another marathon and I say “never, no way, that’s crazy talk”.<br><br>
She calls me later that day to make sure I got home alright. I tell her there is a warm weather state marathon coming up that I am considering…<br><br>
Thank you for reading my first race report
 

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Congrats Jack!!! Been waiting for this RR for a while now buddy!<br><br>
Nice to hear that you worked through the rough spots. Keep moving forward.<br><br>
You're hooked now...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"> You did great! You'll work out the minor details to avoid cramps and all that for the next one. Imagine all the PR-ing you're going to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
You're a good report writer, too!
 

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Congrats on your first marathon--sounds like you did great! Good job working through the cramps and running the last couple of miles.<br><br>
Hope you recover quickly.
 

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Congrats - Have you done your mental post mortem? You did excellent, but cramps - that's something you need to figure out how to eliminate.<br><br>
Be careful - Its like a drug <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
For me its the perfect mix of the mental and the physical. Strategy - constant monitoring your body and making adjustments. Raw animal drive - To push your body past what you thought it was possible of.<br><br>
You are one of us now, you can not go back - You cherry has been popped. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Wooo hooo Jack! Congratulations, Marathoner!<br><br>
You trained very well and ran smart and steady too. That fact that your body held up well under Intermediate-Advanced training your first time is encouraging. Had you had any cramping in your training before?<br><br>
Celebrate and enjoy your accomplishment!
 

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Well done, JD!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Jack,<br><br>
You done good! That cramping thing I have worked on for years. I hate that feeling of having energy and not being able to use it.<br><br>
More or longer runs? If you figure this out, let me know.<br>
Craig
 

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Congrats on your first 26.2! Yeah, like Flounder said, it's like a drug. I SWORE this time (and last) that I'd NEVER do another. So why am I already talking about 2009? (I've already committed to not doing one in 2008, my family would kill me if I rescind!)<br><br>
On the cramping - did you hydrate enough & have gu and/or electrolytes? Those might help with the cramping. I know they've helped me, both during & after hard efforts.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/occasion14.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="occasion5"> Cheers!
 

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Nice job! It sounds like when you set your mind to do something, you can't lose! You should be a very happy Jack indeed.<br><br>
Btw, what warm weather marathon are you looking at?
 

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Welcome to the marathoners club Jack! We're an odd bunch, but a good bunch! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Congrats on finishing your first marathon!
 

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thanks for all the encouragement folks<br><br>
Diablita - I am not sure yet. I need to check with my SO and see if we cant synch up on something in the winter
 

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JD ROCKS!!!! Way to go buddy......<br><br><br>
Philly is in a couple weeks.....just sayin' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Congrats on your first marathon and race report. That's awesome that you went the distance. Very well done, way to manage your race. Thanks for writing the report!
 

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Congrats on your first marathon! It's a big accomplishment!<br><br>
When you figure out the cramp thing, let me know! I was plagued with them the last miles also.
 

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