My First Marathon


First off, my calves are still killing me. I stretched beforehand, I stretched afterward. I iced them for 30 minutes, I bribed my 8 year old to go over them with a rolling pin. And they still hurt. And yet the race was fantastic (Super Jock & Jill Half-Marathon in Woodinville, WA on September 1st, 2008). I completed the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 56 minutes, and around 28 seconds (need to verify the seconds once the race results have been posted online). My average heartbeat was 160, but on the hill it got up to 181. Overall, I had plenty of 100_0515 energy…..until mile 11. Basically, I just ran out of gas, and finished on fumes. What I needed at mile 10 was one more of those energy gels, but the final water stop didn’t hand any out as I ran by. So now I "need" one of those runner’s belts with room for a couple small water bottles and gel packs.

The best part was seeing my family there at the end, with my wife taking all of these great pictures. My sister Michal James, who lives in Maltby, participated in the 4 mile walk (she’s working her way back up to the half-marathon after having her 5th baby) and was nice enough to stick around to see me finish, as well.

My goal is now to run at least one, possible two, long runs a week. I’ve mapped out some 12-15 mile jogs around my town, and plan to get right back into it this weekend. I’m now closing out week 12 of100_0501 my 20-20 program, having lost near 35 pounds (I’ll verify tomorrow morning) and looking for my next adrenaline rush. I’ll be talking to my personal trainer tomorrow morning about training for a full marathon. I know it is going to take some time and effort to get ready for 26 miles, but I am ready to get started.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.