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Training for the Local Half Marathon

Sunday, September 08, 2013

With all the encouragement of my SparkFriends, I will attempt to get up at 3:50 AM tomorrow morning and get to a 4:40 run starting at the golf course. I'll be running with the pace setter and a group of us that hope to make a half marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes on a fairly hilly course for Florida with more than optimal heat expected.

So, for the next 8 weeks I'll have my usual Saturday alternating long runs and speed work and Monday middle-of-the-night group runs. On Wednesdays or Thursdays I am to run-walk in a 3 minute:1minute ratio with a run pace of 10:15/mile (5.85 mph) and a walk pace of 17min/mile (3.75 mph). I think that is very do-able and I love having this specific training plan.

I expect to be the oldest person in this group, but I will find out tomorrow. Either way works for me, whether there is someone my age to relate to or if I'm the master runner. It is a joy to be this fit at this age!! Who would have ever dreamed it - 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 years ago when I was such a couch potato??!?


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TXPATRIOT 9/9/2013 12:13AM

    emoticon Way to go!

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WATERMELLEN 9/8/2013 8:06PM

    Age is irrelevant, it's fitness that counts . . . and you've got that so you'll fit in anywhere!!

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MARGARITTM 9/8/2013 7:27PM

    I hate getting up - but this should be worth it. ...... don't even think about the ages of your group - who cares you can certainly hold your own.

Thank goodness you are healthy enough to do this !!!!!

Save me some water at the finish line!

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MSLZZY 9/8/2013 7:08PM

    emoticon You go, girl!

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NATPLUMMER 9/8/2013 5:32PM


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/8/2013 4:45PM

    Good luck! You will do great, AND you'll fit in, whatever your age.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/8/2013 12:38PM

    I've never tried to control the pace of the individual run / walk segments, just the average pace. I'll just give you my experience, for what it is worth. What has always worked best for me is to find (and use) the pace that allows me to run relaxed (speed work is perhaps the exception, but not as much as you might think). Trying to control pace as precisely as you will be just invites you to tense up, which is will wear you out quickly and slow you down more than you might expect. You would be surprised as how slow I am in my walk segment. It's about recovery and being ready to run faster when I am running. The very few seconds you might gain by walking so fast you could lose very quickly if you aren't recovered before you start running. Average speed is affected most by how fast you can sustain comfortably (from start to finish) during the run segments, not by the few seconds you might lose by walking a 20 min vs a 17 min pace during your one minute walk.

Instead of spending the whole run staring at your watch to manage pace, pay attention to how you are feeling as you run and find the pace that FEELS the best. To do otherwise means you will be forcing the pace, not running easy. These mid week runs should be easy runs. Just my humble (very humble) opinion.

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PMFISH 9/8/2013 12:35PM

    Way to go lady!!! My money is on you!

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GABY1948 9/8/2013 12:30PM

    I KNOW you can do it! It's not even an are inspiring ALL age groups! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/8/2013 11:21AM

    3:50 am, midnight runs, wow, this is going to wreak havoc with your sleeping patterns! Hope you can cope with that and still get enough sleep to get adequate rest and recovery.
Enjoy your new challenge, I am sure you will rock it! Age is just a number. You are only old as you think you are. Diane proved to us anything is possible when you set your mind to it!
You go girl!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/8/2013 11:10AM

    emoticon job!

Keep up your training. It's working so well! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/8/2013 10:59AM

    I like the sound of you being a "Master Runner" !!! You've done an amazing job, Marsha! Keep up the good work!

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JOYINKY 9/8/2013 10:15AM

    You're ageless! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/8/2013 10:05AM

    Go! Go! Go!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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ONMYMEDS 9/8/2013 9:50AM

    You are a star!! And it IS a joy to be fit at our age. Keep up the great work.

As me and sparkfriend BOILHAM always say to each other,

!!Geezers rule!!


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ELRIDDICK 9/8/2013 9:40AM

  Thanks for sharing

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