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3.31.07

Got on the treadmill this a.m. My first run since the marathon. 5 miles, felt really, really strong and lite on my feet. I believe the marathon has made me stronger. It’s a shame to go back to 3 miles a day 3 days a week but I figure this old body could use a rest, at least for a little while.

3 more days before my girlfriends and I head for the MOA!
I CAN’T WAIT!!!

"It all seems like a dream, but sometimes goals fu…

“It all seems like a dream, but sometimes goals fulfilled are like the challenges we thought we couldn’t meet; once they’re overcome, we set the bar higher.”

– Matt Sanchez

"I strongly believe that a marathon is more of a m…

“I strongly believe that a marathon is more of a mental challenge than a physical one…Running never ceases to teach me things about myself and my life. That’s why I do it.”

– Elizabeth G

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the inten…

“Life is not a journey
to the grave
with the intention
of arriving safely
in a pretty,
well-preserved body,
but rather
to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up,
totally worn out
and loudly proclaiming,
Wow! What a ride!

—anonymous

3.30.07

The CCM is out. My running partner will have out-of-town guests that weekend. Maybe next year. I read that they have a live band every 1/2 mile, 52 bands in all. And, that you can actually hear the next one after you pass one. That’s so cool! THAT would keep you going! That’s something the GA Marathon lacked (another something…).

Will probably get on the mill tomorrow for any extended walk. I feel GREAT! I think that’s due in LARGE part to the Endurox XL and focus on proper nutrition and stretching. My running partner and I will get out on the road Monday evening for a run and then it’s off to the MOA Tuesday morning. Last time I was there I wore my pedometer and we logged like 10 miles a day. WHOA! We will return late Thursday evening and hopefully get in another run on the road early Friday morning. Then it’s back to a regular but MUCH scaled back schedule. Probably something like 3 miles a day, 3 days a week with the possibility of a long run on Saturdays and maybe Thursdays if the mood strikes me, which it probably will…

If we do the Marine Corp. Marathon, training for that will start in late June I believe. We will make a decision on that by May 9th.

Posted on the ING GA Marathon site

Nearly 97 Percent Finish First-Ever
ING
Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon

Race Team Already Planning Improvements to 2008 Event

(ATLANTA, March 28, 2007) – A record number of racers finished the inaugural ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, March 25. [I understand it was the LARGEST starting field ever for an inaugural marathon.] Nearly 97 percent who started the course completed it… [Glad I was one of those!] Under blue skies, spring blooms, and summer-like temperaturesa record 87 degrees Fahrenheit – 13,730 of the original 15,000 registered for the event started out on the neighborhood-based course, with 13,258 crossing the finish.

“We could not have asked for a better day for a better race in a better city,” shared Victoria Seahorn, race director of the first-ever ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon… Of course, like any first-time event, we plan to build on the best and learn from the rest for 2008.”… The greatest opportunity for improving the race next year and ensuring the safety of the runner is in improving the availability of hydration along the race course. “We understand that a number of runners were frustrated by water and sports drink availability at some water stations… [Actually, not by the “availability” but the LACK of availability.] “Even though adequate water and sports drink supplies were at the scheduled locations on the course, it was the logistics of getting it into the hands of racers that fell through. [So the water was there? hummmm…]

Despite the challenges, and the record high temperature, 4,340 racers finished the 26.2-mile marathon course and 8,918 completed the 13.1-mile half marathon… The 2008 event will maintain the tour of in-town neighborhoods with planned changes to the start and finish to better accommodate the racers. [The finish line was chaotic at best.]

Official Chip Time 5:08:56


Here I am, Shuffling across the finish line. My running partner said that while she was waiting for me to get to the finish line, some guy (with MUCH more energy than I) crossed doing a back flip. WOWzers!

Thinking about doing the Country Music Marathon in Nashville on April 28. I KNOW, I know… it wasn’t in the plans but the opportunity has presented itself and we are already in shape with plenty enough recovery time between now and then. Just thinking…


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