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Author Topic: Ran my first full marathon in my VFF KSO's  (Read 1491 times)
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« on: October 14, 2009, 03:22:55 PM »

I ran the 27th Mohawk Hudson River Marathon (my very first) on Sunday, Oct. 11 and it was GREAT!  I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day or better results!  My time was 4:29:36.   I am thrilled with my over all time as well as my splits.  I remained pretty consistent throughout each mile.  I struggled a bit for the last 2.5M but I can't say I hit a "wall" - thank God!  I am feeling pretty good overall.  My feet did great and by the end of the race they were tired, like the rest of me.  I got a lot of comments and had some great conversations regarding my VFF's.  One older gentlemen (running his 77th marathon of the year and had just run the ING Hartford Marathon the day before) from CA said he was impressed as he has male friends that run in them but I was the first female he had seen running in VFF's.  There was a barefoot runner in this race (from NH I believe).  He was dressed as a Mohawk Indian with the loin cloth skirt, Mohawk hair cut and his face and chest were painted with war paint.  He finished just behind me and was dragging pretty bad at the end but, his feet looked fine!  This was an amazing experience (the training and the race) and one I will never forget.  I will certainly run another marathon(s)!!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 03:27:15 PM »

That's awesome! Way to go. Now it's only a little jump from 26 to 50, and from there...
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 03:34:47 PM »

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mad props on the marathon, kel!
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 04:57:29 PM »

Thats fantastic Kelbeltoo - I am running my first - NYC - in 2 weeks and could not be more nervous!! I will be doing it in my old running bricks as I got my KSO's only a few weeks ago and am just to scared to start running in them until after the race so I can adapt slowly.  Did you do all your training in the KSO's? Any advice on the marathon in general not just footware??
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009, 06:32:03 PM »

Way to go and help pave the way for future VFF marathoners Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009, 06:47:09 PM »

seriously! congrats! I hope to be a VFF marathoner one day.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2009, 10:08:41 PM »

Thats fantastic Kelbeltoo - I am running my first - NYC - in 2 weeks and could not be more nervous!! I will be doing it in my old running bricks as I got my KSO's only a few weeks ago and am just to scared to start running in them until after the race so I can adapt slowly.  Did you do all your training in the KSO's? Any advice on the marathon in general not just footware??

Best of luck on your marathon.  I had done all my training in my KSO's.  I got really nervous the week before.  I couldn't decide if I was hungry or wanted to vomit, and it was all for nothing.  I had myself so worked up and worried about so many things that didn't matter.  I began carbo-loading and getting in good hydration 3 days before.  I slept well the two nights before.  The morning of the marathon I awoke and was suprisingly calm and very matter-of-fact, and followed the same routine I had followed numerous times before for my long runs and 20k race.  I based my goal pace for the race on my 20M long run and the 20k race I had done on Labor Day and used McMillian's Running Calculator.  Even though a first time marathoner's goal is supposed to be just to finish, I couldn't help but set a time goal which was 04:30:00.  I concentrated on my pace (using my Garmin and how I felt), not the time/miles that had passed or how much longer/farther to go.  I was so preoccupied by, and afraid of, hitting the "wall" and it just didn't happen which I think is a testament to my training and pre-race preparation.  The saying "plan your race, race your plan" (or something like that) is so very true.  I don't think that you can shake the nervousness but hopefully you can take some comfort in knowing that you have done (and continuing to do) all you can to be ready and let the day just happen.  May your experience be as wonderful as mine.  It is an amazing accomplishment (the commitment to training and the race itself) and one you will always be proud of.  GOOD LUCK TO YOU and keep us posted.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2009, 10:30:38 PM »

"plan your race, race your plan"

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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2009, 11:25:30 PM »

I'm late to this thread, kelbeltoo, but want to add my congrats to everyone else's!

Well done!

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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2009, 01:16:27 PM »

Way to go! Congrats! I'll be doing my first marathon next month in Philly, and I'm also doing all my training in Vibrams. This is the third week of training, and I can't believe how easy it has become to run in them on a regular basis. Doing daily short runs in them this week has really helped loosen up my legs.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2009, 01:53:24 PM »

Congrats kelbeltoo! Smiley

And good luck to those training for up coming marathons! 

I am hoping to be able to do a half marathon this spring in my VFF's.  I have only run in regualr running shoes once since I started running in my VFF's - and it cramped horribly! Sad   That said...all I run in now is VFF's...I am not looking forward to running in colder wet weather that's coming this weekend....but I will try it.  I don't mind wet feet, as long as they are warm. 

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