As much as I enjoyed my first marathon, I now know that I didn't fuel properly or recover properly. I started back slowly, which was good, but within a few weeks, I felt terrible and had no energy. I was working out too much and eating too little. I ran with a group of friends and could barely keep up. But, I wouldn't quit for anything--not even bronchitis...big mistake. A couple of friends and I had signed up for the Seabrook Lucky Trails half marathon on March 17, 2007. I was determined to do it no matter what. I got better before the race, but was still having some respiratory problems.
My time was 2:20...not impressive, but I'll take it. I should not have been out there in the first place. I ended up with exercise induced asthma for several months and had to use an inhaler. Lesson learned.