Marathon Follow Up
Matthew Knight, B.S, CSCS
Excel Fitness Personal Trainer
Recently, I just finished my first marathon and I am very pleased with my results. I finished the 26.2 mile run in 3:40:55 which placed me 458 out of 2,314 people. I was able to maintain a 7:49 mile pace thru the first 13 miles then miles 13-20 my pace dropped to 8:10 per mile and thru the last 6 miles my pace dropped to 8:27 per mile.
The run was very difficult; I experienced bad chafing about half way during the run so ended up just losing my shirt. But the hardest part of the run was definitely the muscle cramping. Throughout the last 3 miles I had to battle thru severe muscle cramping in my hamstrings which definitely showed in my results. Around mile 16 and then again around mile 22 I took a sport gel packet which gave me some carbohydrates and replenished some electrolytes, also threw out the run I tried to drink water to prevent dehydration.
Overall I had a great experience training and running the Hartford Marathon. Now that the race is over my body is very sore, not just my lower body but my shoulders, biceps and back too. A goal of mine would be to eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. In the future I plan to keep on running and improving on my results.
To see my results and an online video of myself crossing the finish line follow the link below…