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Apprehensive About My 1/2 Marathon


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

After months of training and anticipating...my half marathon is this Sunday the 10th.

I am both thrilled and terrified.

My biggest fear..being too slow. There is a 18:19 pace (4 hour limit).

Now, in good form, I am quicker than that, but when I'm tired and dragging, I struggle to even walk that fast.

I think the first 8 miles will be smooth, after that I cross into barely known territory. My longest training distance was 11 miles and I did manage a race-acceptable 17:13 pace with my run/walk combo.

Deep inside I know I can do this...but every so often I am afraid.

On the positive side, I did find the Power Bar energy Gel that I have been training with. My running store didn't carry them anymore, and I have been hunting for a couple of weeks. Finally found them at my local bike shop and bought a 24 pack...lol

My clothing is set. Everything is comfy and has endured long miles with me.

The race starts a mile from my apartment so its a nice warm-up walk to my corral. The weather is supposed to be between 64 and 77, a little warm for most, but quite nice for this Florida girl.

Please, please, please wish me stamina, wish me strong, light legs that endure, wish me a nice cooperative tummy, and most of all, wish me a Rocking Good Time.

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STARGIRL20 2/9/2013 9:13PM

    Good luck! You can do it! Have fun. Don't worry too much about time. Today I did a 5k (a lot shorter, I know), but I ran it several minutes faster than I thought possible with a pace that I have not come close to achieving before. The adrenalin will keep you going. Have fun!

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/6/2013 8:56AM

    Oh, you do sound like you are ready and we are all rooting for you.
Trust your training, you have been doing your work. Enjoy the moment!
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PMRUNNER 2/6/2013 7:41AM

    Yay! You will do great, it sounds like you are well prepared. Stick to your plan and don't worry about the time, it will take care of itself!

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JLITT62 2/6/2013 7:29AM

    I think you'll surprise yourself - amazing what race day adrenaline does!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/6/2013 1:27AM

    emoticon go get 'em Liz! Enjoy your HM experience, I'm looking forward to your race report and celebrating your success! emoticon
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ANGIEMRC 2/5/2013 7:04PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is no easy feat!

You will be fine, I promise. I'll be sending prayers and good vibes your way.

I love running HM's. I always worry that I'll be last one to cross the finish line...but you know what?...even the last person finishes better than the person who never tried. :)

So, get out there and run those 13.1 miles!!!!...and then go eat something with a lot of calories (but still good for you), take a shower, and rest...you deserve it! Got get 'em!

I fully expect a long race report afterwards. :)

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HOPPERV 2/5/2013 1:43PM

    You will do great Liz!

Start slow. Don't get caught up in the start and take it easy for the first mile. There are so many people and it is very easy to go out to fast which can screw you up in the end.

Walk when you need to and do not feel bad for doing so.

Be careful on the cobble streets. I twisted my ankle last year and had to walk the last 5 miles and got tape dup as soon as I finished.

I ran/walked it last year and finished in 3:06.

This is your race and I know you can do it.

I will be volunteerin at the expo Friday 2-6 and Sunday in the finish area 6-11.30.

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MIRAGE727 2/5/2013 1:29PM

    OK! Embrace your Half! Enjoy it all! You've trained well! Pace yourself accordingly (I mess up on this all the time!)! Rock this thing! You will finish!

Wait a minute! Are you doing the RocknRoll in St Pete? If so, I'll bet on you! We did it last year, our first Half! Every mile is a friggin' party with either a band or a DJ! Don't forget the cheer squads! The last 500 yards are such a rush down the sweetest finish! I'm excited for you! No worries and cool running!
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ARCHIMEDESII 2/5/2013 1:29PM

    Enjoy the race !!

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Believe me, once you're at the starting line, you're going to soak up all that energy around you. An adrenaline rush like that can give a person a huge push towards that finish line.

You're going to surprize yourself.

Have a fantastic race !

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KAYOTIC 2/5/2013 1:19PM

    Sounds like you are trained and ready, my prediction: You will blow your socks off! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/5/2013 1:18PM

    You can do it!! Yes, have a Rocking Good Time!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/5/2013 11:51AM

    No need to worry, you will do just fine, you have trained and are prepared, have fun, and remember to enjoy the journey to the finish line. You totally got this.

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KANDOLAKER 2/5/2013 11:48AM

    Wishing you the best - and it is normal to be stressed and worried. The other runners, the atmosphere, and any spectators will give you some gumption that you don't receive on your training runs - and that will give you energy you didn't know you had!! With 11 miles under your belt, you'll do just great!! Have fun!

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JADZIA1111 2/5/2013 11:44AM

  Good luck for your race!

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NATPLUMMER 2/5/2013 11:43AM

    You can totally do it in 4 hours. I had to walk injured 12.5 miles of my HM in December and finished in less than 4 hours.
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HEATHERBITTNER 2/5/2013 11:40AM

    emoticon Good luck!!

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