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Can I do it/Should I do it?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So there's a 15K this weekend. That's 9.3 miles, right. My runs this week are 3 4 3 8. Obviously 9.3 is longer than 8.

I'm wondering is that will make any difference? I could walk the last 1.3. Heck who knows how much I might have to walk to begin with.

I'm itching to run outside and we might have descent weather this week/weekend. Plus I want to see what my time is outside. I do better when I'm outside and in a race situation.

I talked to my sister and she says I shouldn't run it, cuz its more than this weeks training. One the one hand I agree with her, on the other....well I just want to do it! Just to see if I can! :) Well I CAN. But I'm interested to see how I will do in a "long-run race" environment.

What do y'all think?
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    I say GO FOR IT also.
    I feel the same as alot of people. You never really train at the full distance of a longer distance race.
    I can feel your excitment through the post. I think that alone will definitely help you finish.
    Walk/Run if necessary, but get out there and have some FUN!

    I will be there some day.
    2831 days ago
    I think that, if you're feeling it, you should try it out! A mile really isn't so bad...and if you're concerned about the weekly mileage being more, you could cut down the 3-miler at the end of the week?

    Yeah...go for it! :)
    2831 days ago
    I disagree with your sister. You are pushing a bit on the training, but 1.3 miles isn't going to hurt you. You right ahead and run this race. Do it for the training. You can do it. Heck I was to run 8 miles one weekend and ran both a 5K and just remember LSD - don't race it for a PR.
    2831 days ago
    You are ready! 8 miles is very close to 9.3 and for my first half marathon I didn't run more than 10. (most half marathon / marathon training plans don't have you go the full distance) You got this in the bag!
    2831 days ago
    Go with your gut and do what you really want. I think you'll have fun, not matter what the outcome. Have a wonderful day.
    2831 days ago
    Put me in the "Go for it!" column. It is definitely a reasonable distance, given your current training plan.
    2831 days ago
    ok - both places (fb and here) are saying GO FOR IT!!!!

    2831 days ago
    I say go for it!!
    2831 days ago
  • JWENZEL723
    normally when you're training for a big race, like a half-marathon or a marathon, you never even run the full distance in your training! i think if you feel up to it, you should totally do it. if you have to walk the last mile, then you big deal! don't push yourself to the point of risking injury, but pushing your mind and body that extra mile can surprise even you! the race momentum from the fans and fellow runners will take you a lot farther than you think.
    2831 days ago
    If you feel like you are up to, I would say go for it! You have been running consistently, and 1.3 miles isn't really that much more than your training run is supposed to be. And you could do a Galloway walk/run thing.... Run 3 min, walk 1... that kind of thing...
    Your love for running is obvious, Shelly. I have done longer runs than my training runs called for at times, and I've cut them short a few times, too. Just listen to your body and walk when you need to and don't push yourself too hard, and you should be fine... :)

    2831 days ago
    I would go for it. I dream of being a runner, but I can only run about a block. So, obviously I'm not too credible when it comes to this. You are obviously doing a good job with your running (based on the mileage you stated). I do not think that marathoners run 26 miles every day. If I were you, I would go ahead and do your best. Who cares if you walk part of it? Finishing it is a great goal in itself. If you do manage to set a pace that allows you to completely run it, won't you feel proud? I would. I don't think that this is too much of a stretch. You can do it!
    2831 days ago
    Won't say don't, but maybe it would be better to wait a bit and catch the next run. In the meanwhile you can prepare better for it.
    2831 days ago
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