1st marathon in the books

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Race director Doug Yoder, left, and the competitors in Sunday’s Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind.( I’m fifth from right, in a gray T-shirt and neon headband.)

The atmosphere and camaraderie at Sunday’s marathon was awesome. I expected to be intimidated, especially after I learned I was the only rookie in the field, but everybody was extremely supportive. Telling example: The guy who won was still hanging around when I finished 2 1/2 hours later, and he ran the last lap with me for moral support.

My time was about what I expected — 5:31, a 12 1/2 minute pace — and I met my goal of running the entire distance (except for two water breaks where I walked about 50 meters as I drank). I was not last, finishing 22nd out of 27 runners, but I should note that everybody behind me had run the previous day’s marathon as well — and in some cases, four or even six marathons that week.

A great race, full of amazing people. I’ll have more details in another post.

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10 Responses to 1st marathon in the books

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Heartfelt congratulations Tisch… Awesome job running the whole thing.

  2. Wow, can’t wait for the recap, so many unique things about that marathon.

  3. Impressive! And classy for #1 to run the last lap with you. Now enjoy some rest! Elizabeth

  4. Congratulations on your first marathon. It’s a big accomplishment. Are you planning your next one all ready?
    If you got a medal and would like to put it on display for a reasonable price check out http://www.medalframz.com It’s my little business.

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