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KELLY_R Posts: 2,858
5/28/13 7:06 P

Great points!

The shoes I'm training in will be the shoes I use for the race (I will need to get new ones after the race, though!). Good to think about the clothing, too. I'm going to be wearing a visor during it to represent my work (which is sponsoring my participation - yay!) so I should probably start wearing that on my training days so there's no surprises.

Part of my "training", too, is getting up early on the weekends because the actual race itself starts at 6am. So... getting myself used to being up at the crack of dawn beforehand.

The course itself is pretty flat for the most part with the exception of a couple hills. Unfortunately it's in an area where there are no sidewalks - just shoulders and there are always cars parked in the shoulders, so I'm not doing any of my training on the course itself since I don't like worrying about getting smashed by a car while I'm on the road. They'll have the road closed for the actual race.

I've been training on mostly flat surface the last few weeks, but recently I've added a path that includes hills so I can be prepped for that.

I will definitely review the race map and the aid station locations and plan out possible stops and what I would do at those stops. I haven't thought much about how I'll walk / jog it. I'm kind of at the mercy of my friends joining me, I think, so I'm going to ask them what their plans are... or if I should plan to just branch off by myself.

Thanks for the advice!

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5/28/13 6:37 P

Think of your long runs leading up to the race as true practice runs - that means you're not just practicing the running itself, you're practicing everything: Food, hydration, clothing, etc. You don't want to try anything new on race day. Aside from gatorade, you might want to try some gels and other nutrition. Think of it this way - if you're going to experiment, you don't want to do it in an environment where the clock is ticking and there's eight people lined up at the port-a-potty. Every runner is different, and it takes some practice to really find what works (and what doesn't work) for you.

If you haven't already, try incorporating some different types of runs into your training. You want to build distance with long runs, but it also helps to work on faster shorter runs (even if you're not planning on setting any records) and things like hills. My last HM was in a different city and was much hillier than it looked on the elevation map. I was very glad that I'd gotten lots of strong hill training in.

For the race itself, I find it helps to go through a strategy ahead of time. How are you going to run it? Are you going to take walk breaks, and how often? When are you going to fuel? What pace are you aiming for? I also like to go over the map and pick out potential trouble spots. Don't be afraid to deliberately hold yourself back at the start. It's really easy to get caught up in the crowd at the beginning and to run faster than you intend... which feels awesome for the first few kilometers, and not so awesome an hour and a half later.

Good luck!

KELLY_R Posts: 2,858
5/28/13 5:12 P

Great feedback! Thanks.

I just started testing out the electrolyte drinks - grabbed a pack of Gatorade, and I'm only using it if I do six miles or more. It's not the same brand that the race will be using - that particular brand is expensive and hard for me to find, so I'm hoping the Gatorade will be okay for me to at least train with.

When I did my eight miles Sunday, I sipped just a little Gatorade before, and then after I did six miles, I took a couple swallows of it and then drank the rest after I finished the whole eight miles and I felt like I did okay - I didn't crash out from total exhaustion later afterwards, either. I made sure I ate a little bit of oatmeal and drank some Naked juice just before the eight miles, too. I learned the hard way after doing seven miles a couple weekends ago that I needed way more fuel in me before my stints if I'm going longer than six miles (only had a cup of naked juice before that one and also no electrolyte drinks at all during and I was toast after that!)

Good to know about the headphones. Wasn't planning on wearing any (I just have the iPod earbuds that like to fall out if I jog.) I'm going to be going with a couple friends, too, so we may be chatting a bit during.

And yeah, I'm all for staying out of the way of the faster people! Haha.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
5/28/13 4:59 P

Have you practiced using the electrolyte drinks (I'm assuming Gatorade or Powerade) during your longer runs? You might want to if you haven't, to find how well they work with your stomach.

Carb loading is mostly useful for marathon and longer distances. I've run several halves, and have never changed what I ate the week before.

Race etiquette doesn't change, no matter the distance. Are you planning on running with headphones? If so, have you checked if the race allows them?

Line up towards the back if you expect not to be very fast. If you expect to be doing run/walk move to the sides of the course. Try not to stop abruptly in front of people when you change paces.

Overall, have fun!

KELLY_R Posts: 2,858
5/28/13 4:33 P

Hi everyone! :)

I've been training recently to participate in a half-marathon that is coming up on June 23rd.

I'm going to be walking / jogging it for the most part. Not out to set any records or anything - basically doing it to say I've done it, and for the benefits that the training schedule has been giving me (I completed 8 miles Sunday). It's a new fun goal to work towards.

I've only ever participated in a couple 5k and 10k's in the past. So I'm wondering what folks would like to share about what it's like to participate in a half-marathon. Anything special I should know that I maybe haven't seen in my online research?

I've learned about proper carbo-loading (ie: gradually eat more the week preceding, but don't overdo it the evening before, and try to stick with food you're used to.) I've learned about making sure I utilize electrolyte drinks during the race so I don't completely crash.

I'm thinking of scheduling a nice massage for myself this coming weekend (I'm a little over my half way point of my training and figure a good massage might be beneficial to my body in the middle of it). How about massage after the big race?

How about the "culture" and good race etiquette?

Whatever you'd love to share about your half-marathon experiences, I'd love to hear it.

Thank you!

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