1. Thought I would get slower and my legs would feel heavy and rigid. Instead and my body soon adjusted to running lots.
After Modesto, my legs were tired. Thankfully they were sorted out with a free massage. After Crazy 8, I actually felt okay and could run slowly after. After Forrest Gump Challenge, my legs/body felt incredibly great! I could have probably fit in another couple of marathons after. With a small one week gap and doing nothing, my legs after the Garden Spot Village marathon went back to nearly feeling like after the Crazy 8. It is no wonder my body craved to run during the week I deliberately took off as a break.
2. I believe a once a week spin session helped me strengthen the complimentary muscles which in turn does improve my running!
3. If you are okay with much lower crowd support, smaller US marathons look after the runner far better than the larger marathons. It is like working with a small company who is much more personalised, with an attention to detail, rather than the larger corporations. This year, so far, Modesto and Garden Spot Village have provided first class treatment to their runners from the Expo to the run to after the run. Their "pasta dinners" are definitely worth going to. (Forrest Gump and Crazy 8 did not have pasta dinners). The Garden Spot Village had a yummy vegetarian offering of broccoli, baby sweetcorn, tofu and bamboo shoots.
Look forward to the future to see how Garden Spot Village and Modesto improve on their sustainability programs.
Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers for their hospitality and ecnouragement, and to everyone (including runners) for the acceptance of my madness.
Run on, be happy, throw trash only when at the aid stations and live in peace :-)
Next marathon will be a return to a local marathon that started up 2 years ago: Richmond Park marathon