POST Marathon Reflection

13942_206696601191_533271191_2944757_3212058_nWith my first marathon in the bag, I wanted to do a brief reflection on my experience. Running 26.2 miles was amazing. The course was a great tour through Charlotte, and everything was organized very well. During the marathon I had great support from many friends, plus locals that came out to support the runners. Below are a few things that I will remember for next time…

1. Start out slower. My first 13.1 mile split was 1:37, and my finishing time was 3:34. The last half of the race I slowed down considerably. At mile 18 and mile 23, I had to stop and stretch due to leg cramps.

2. Stretch more before the start. Yes, I am guilty of not stretching before the race. I did go for a 10 minute jig-jog, and when I got back to stretch it was too close to the start, so I just lined up.

3. Better diet. The night before the marathon I ate a few pancakes and a couple pieces of bread. The morning of the marathon I ate a banana with half a bagel. Next marathon I will eat a bit more food to ensure extra calories are stored.

I wanted to extend a special thanks first to my wife Adrienne. She provided amazing support and dealt with my training program / diet for the last 4 months. Second, my parents who made the 5 hour drive to run in the 5k, and support me at the finish. Third I would like to thank the local Charlotte Running community for all the tips and support prior and during the marathon; especially Tony Jabon, Shelby Harrington, Ieva M. Augstums, Kristen Rigby, and Rasmus Eger Pedersen – thank you!

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  • Congrats again on the marathon!
    A couple of ?s: How often do you coldsoak or is there a particular number of miles that you always try to CS after running? I’m not finding a lot of info online re: best practices so I thought I’d ask someone who does it.
    And is that a post-run beer on the edge of the tub?

  • Philip

    Great questions. Personally I only do an ice bath after runs of 18 miles or more. Everyone is different, but after 18 miles my legs can begin to become very sore, and a good batch of ice helps.

    Yes, that was my celebration beer after the race. Funny thing was it took over an hour to drink.