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Four hours, forty six minutes, fifty two seconds. Official results posted here. The last 10 miles of the race was brutal, as it got cold (low 50s), cloudy, and windy (sustained 20-25 mph headwinds) I ran a large part of the race with this really nice canadian lady. We had good conversation. She's sixty years old. crazy...

Accomplishments:
  • ran a marathon. All 42 kilometers of it. yeah, 26.2 miles, but after chatting with the canadian, I decided 42 kilometers sounds more impressive =P
  • ran a marathon while sick (caught a cold on thursday, still sick now)
Failures:
  • Did not beat P-Diddy (4:14:54).
  • Did not beat Oprah (4:29:20).
Amandine was awesome and came up to vermont with me for moral support and drove us home after my legs shut down. On the way home, we made the obligatory celebratory I-93 stop.



Here's a chart of my training (miles completed). I definitely wasn't umm... rigorous near the end.
week  | sun   mon  tue  wed  thur  fri  sat
  1   | x     5    4    7     x    x    12.5
  2   | x     2.5  2.5  7.5   5    x    x
  3   | 10    x    3    2.5   x    x    x
  4   | 15    x    4    3     x    x    x
  5   | 16    x    x    2     x    x    x
  6   | 18    x    x    x     x    x    x
  7   | 12    x    x    10    x    x    x
  8   | 20    x    x    x     x    x    x
  9   | 4     x    x    x     x    x    26.2
Was it worth it? Totally. Would I do it again? Maybe, but not for a while. It'd be cool to do serious training and see if I could hit some milestones (e.g. beat P-Diddy, sub 4-hour run, etc.) but for now, I'm just gonna chill out for a while...





Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by Sonic • @ wwwReply
Albert is the coolest person I know.
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by stacy • • Reply
me too. b, you rock.
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by dareka • @Reply
albert, that just kicks a**. and that last picture of you running -- the look of steely determination in your face, the athleticism apparent from your lean figure, your straight and steady posture, the underlying power hinted by the blurred image of your sholders pumping and your legs driving your body forward -- is in direct contradiction to the fact that you couldn't beat Oprah. In all seriousness, congratulations.
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by kathy • • Reply
impressive. congrats!
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by Alice • • Reply
Dude, that's awesome. You rock! (How did *Oprah* run a marathon?...)
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by amandine • • Reply
humm... i just lazed around, stomped in the fields, picked pretty leaves and 15lbs of apples (yes, you read correctly, 15lbs of apples. i got carried away). i concur with albert: it was freezing and truly, had the weather been better, i say al would have beaten P-Diddy and Oprah.
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by amandine • • Reply
oh, and bought booze.
Re: my first marathon
Posted 16 years, 2 months ago by Sumi • @ wwwReply
I'm now quite convinced that there's nothing you can't do once you put your mind to it, Albot. Good god, 42k! I hope Amandine made you a congratulatory apple pie a la mode with 15lbs worth o' pickin'.... Mmm. Amandine's baaaking.



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