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First Marathon Finished!

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    bensmith91
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    Yesterday, I finished my first ever marathon – the Columbus Marathon!! I had done several half-marathons in the past, but training for the full was a different beast. The 80/20 level 1 marathon plan was perfect for getting me there in a sustainable, injury-free way.

    It was a cool, clear fall morning, which was absolutely perfect for the race. I was very cognizant of my pacing early on – the first half is shared with the half-marathon course, which has more participants, so I wanted to be sure not to burn out by getting caught up in the atmosphere. But I kept my pace in check and actually had a slightly negative split for the second half. Nutrition was another huge component, and I feel like I was pretty successful here. I never really hit a wall (advice from Matt’s “The New Rules…” was a huge influence on my nutrition plan), where I saw a lot of others dropping off to walk between miles 17 and the finish.

    Since this was my first marathon, my goals were to finish and to not walk at all, both of which I was able to accomplish. My time was 4:35:04, which I was very happy with for a first effort. I wasn’t sure if this was something I would do just once or would come back to, but now that I’ve done it, I feel like another one is probably in the cards somewhere down the road.

    Thanks to 80/20 for the plan and for this community’s advice along the way!

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    alancraig
    Participant

    Congratulations, Ben! That’s a great accomplishment. Thanks for letting us know!

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    Matt Fitzgerald
    Keymaster

    Way to go, Ben! It seems you avoided the rookie mistakes I made in my first marathon.

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    Gerald
    Participant

    Absolutely amazing Ben. Thanks for sharing.

    #14814
    dcollins25
    Participant

    Nice, Ben! … glad to hear you kept your pace in check to make sure you made it across the finish line. That was key advice for me to hear as well. Thanks.

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