Pam and Imre's Running Adventures


This page is all about our running adventures...
Click here to see NYC 2004 marathon pictures!
Click here to see International Marathon 2005 pictures!

Below you will find a table of our running times and our times, we're getting faster!

Buffalo Niagara International26.2mi10/23/20054:48:113:54:59
Carlsbad (San Diego)26.2mi1/21/20074:43:393:30:48

Interesting footnote on Pam's 2007 Carlsbad Marathon: She ran it 4 weeks pregnant! We didn't know at the time, but it may explain why she was especially exhausted during the race and why she was nauseous... hmm...

Some more words on Marathons: What makes marathon running so different and exciting cannot be explained by just a few factors - it is a combination of things such as commitment to training, meeting new people, the excitement of the actual race itself, pushing your self to see what you can accomplish, and of course the generous amounts of endorphins released by your pituitary glands after the race.

Because of the distance involved, you can't just go out and run a marathon some random weekend. To run this race properly, it requires a commitment to train for 3-4 months. I set a goal at the beginning of the training and outline 4 months worth of training - how far to run each day and how fast. I find it easier to motivate myself to workout when I have a specific workout planned for the day (I get one day a week off from cardio workouts). There is much less temptation to "bag" a day if I have the set plan and I know that doing so would put me behind. The culmination of this work is race day when you are ready and it makes the marathon that much more special and exciting knowing that you have invested a lot of effort and you have worked very hard.

Meeting interesting runners like you is also an unexpected (but welcome) side-effect of long distance running. Doing your long runs with other people makes them go by much faster and helps you get more out of your workout. You are much less likely to slow your pace and there are people right there to push you. Rochester has several informal running groups that meet once a week for things like runs or track workouts, your city does too.

You know you're not competing to win the race, but damn, that adrenaline is really pumping anyway. It's your first race, or you have a previous best to beat or that guy in front of you is fatter than you are. The race goes by much faster than you would think, my problem is that I always start out too fast, I think that's what most people do. Don't get caught up in it and let people pass you - you know that you'll get them in a couple of miles or even sooner. No matter what the goal, make sure you look around once in a while and enjoy the race, you've worked hard for 4 months and it will be over in a couple of hours.

Now the good part: finishing - when it's over. When you achieve your goal, it feels great - all that work paid off and/or you gave it your best. That "runner's high" is for real, especially after races of this distance. Don't worry, your brain will do its best to pump pain killing endorphins into your body after the race. Enjoy the whole experience!!!

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