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4/1/14 11:31 P

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Is there anyone doing the Rock n Roll half marathon on 6/1/14 in San Diego? I need a training buddy.

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2/18/14 11:23 A

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Thanks for the "Marothoning for mortals" tip, checking it out now. I was looking for a program so I can complete my first: emoticon



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For us to give you the best advice it would be helpful to know what your goals are.

I use to race 1/2 marathons and marathons with my best time of a 2 hr 50 minutes marathon.

Reading through this thread I read Jeff Galloway and Hal Higdon advice, I'm old enough to remember them as racers and know they have good programs.

Here's a sample of how some of those programs go.

pick you race date

work backwards from there

2 weeks before your race do your longest(LSD long slow distance) run

you probably could get away with a 11 mile run normally they say run 2/3's to 3/4"s of the distance in your training run.

the week you aren't doing long runs do 1 mile sprints gets you use to race pace or the pace you want to run at. I ended up doing 8-10 or 10-12 3-4 weeks before the race. It doesn't matter in the beginning your pace but as you stack them up you have to be on your pace. Find a flat one mile spot. Walk for 2-3minutes in between for recovery time. If possible train at whatever pace you want to run the marathon at or better 30 seconds faster than you planned race pace.

The last month or so before the race you are working more on your speed and tempo running.

The 1st couple of months you are working on your base conditioning.

Never increase more than 10% total mileage or speed workouts per week.

Every 3rd or 4th week take an easy work to let you body recovery time.

During the 2 months base workout you could do hill repeats. find a 1/4 mile hill and do repeats on it after warming up. Start out with 1 or 2 and maybe up to 6-8 or 8-10 Do the recovery on the downhill. If you were doing 6 2 slow 2 med. and the last 2 hard so that you don't know if you can make it or not. Builds leg strength.

On most of your training runs if possible kick it in the last 1/4 mile. Shorten your stride distance and concentrate on turning your legs over faster.

You can also do interval training once a week during the tempo speed built up phase after warming up sprinting between telephone poles. I n ever like track splits workouts as that seemed to injure me.

I couldn't drink on the run so I use to tie/tape a straw around my neck using kite string. I also use to tape splits on my wrists of general time splits I wanted to run.

Last 2weeks are tapering as you are set for the race.

Oh yeah another important thing find out what foods they are having at the race(and train eating them) unless you have some support out there as you don't want to try new foods on race day.
Good luck on your training and the race.

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 2/15/2014 (15:14)
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2/14/14 12:17 P

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My Half-marathon training is the following:

Week 5

Sunday - Strength
Monday - 4 miles moderate
Tuesday - Strength
Wednesday - 4 miles moderate
Thursday - 3 miles easy with 1 miles tempo
Friday - Off or strength
Saturday - 6 miles easy
TOTAL MILES = 17

Week 8

Sunday - Strength
Monday - 5 miles moderate
Tuesday - Strength
Wednesday - 5 miles
Thursday - 3 miles tempo
Friday - Off or strength
Saturday - 8 miles
TOTAL MILES = 21

Week - 10

Sunday - Strength
Monday - 5 miles moderate
Tuesday - Strength
Wednesday - 5 miles (2 miles tempo or speed work)
Thursday - 4 miles easy
Friday - Off or strength
Saturday - 10 miles
TOTAL MILES = 24

Week 13 Race day - Rest or slow jog day before; 2-3 slow miles two days before

The reason I run 4 days weekly is to give an extra day recovery. It seems to help build greater energy for my workouts and gives sufficient rest and tie for strength training.

Going for the half-marathon...if there is a road, run it. If there is a hill, run up it. If there is a finish line, cross it. Train...run...finish.


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POV - Ping Pong is also there featuring players at a high level between 80-100 yrs old.

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On PBS-Nova program a couple years ago, they followed 12 people who trained for the Boston Marathon through Tuffs University. They found that after doing a HALF marathon and then going on 4th months later to do the full marathon, that they had 90% of the health benefits doing the HALF and that they only got 10% more from doing the full, but ran a HUGE increase possible injury about doing the FULL. So, they strongly stopping at the HALF and not having the injury problem. I imagine this episode is still somewhere on the PBS web site or elsewhere on the internet.



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I will add my endorsement of Jeff Galloway. He is awesome. Great apps to support you. Depending where you already are with your "wogging" (walk + jog) Start with the 5k, go to the 10k and finish with the half marathon app.



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I am training for a full marathon, I have done 3 halves already.. This is what I am doing.. Week one Sunday is your start day. 5 mile easy Mon off but do strength training (30 minutes) Tuesday 3 miles hard. Wed 3 miles medium and strength traing, Thursday 2 miles eazy, Friday 3 miles medium and strength training, Sat OFF. Week two Sunday goes up to 6 Monday and sat are your off days. Tueday 4 hard wed 3 med, Thursday 2 miles easy Friday 3 miles med, Week three Sunday 8 miles easy Tues 4 hard wed 3 med, thurs 2 easy Friday 4 medium Week 4 Sunday 10 miles, tues 4 hard wed 5 medium, thursday 3 easy fri 4 med Week 5 Sunday 12 miles.. Write this down and see the pattern and continue.. Don't forget about strebgth traing MON WED and FRI.. You can do it.. I did all trail halves and those are the best.. Paved runs torcher your body!! Good Luck and I hope I helped.. I am doing my 10 mile run this sunday!!



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Though I have not done a half marathon personally, I know that the Couch to 5k app exist for half marathons. My best friend has been quite successful with it, so you could compare your existing running schedule to theirs. :)

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Thanks for this thread!!!!

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I'm training for my first half marathon in mid-October as well. I've been using the Hal Higdon Novice 1 training program, but I modified it a bit so that I would run 13 in my training and not stop at 10. It scared me to think race day was the first day I would run that distance!

I've also had a hard time sticking to the strength training, but I'm not sure why. I KNOW that it helps and have been able to tell in shorter runs that I'm stronger and it makes it easier, but that's usually the first thing I let slide when my kids activities get in the way.

I usually do my long runs on Sunday mornings and I definitely think mornings are much easier than evenings! I try to each a really big pasta or carb meal on Saturday for dinner and I think that really sets me up for a good run Sunday morning!

Good Luck everyone!



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Wow, GREAT thread! It never occurred to me that you could walk part of the half, nor did I realize some races have time limits. I would like to be able to run a half someday, but right now I've only managed 5Ks, and I'm not sure I could do that much emoticon I kind of slacked off over the summer. What kind of strength training would you do? I never can seem to get a strength-training routine going for very long, and I absolutely HATE lunges emoticon I'll look into the "Galloway" method, but does it include strength training for runners? Pilates for sure, I already do that, and some yoga stretches as well, but not sure on weights. emoticon



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I am training for my first half marathon, which is on October 20th. Last Saturday I did 9 miles and am running 11 this weekend. It will be my longest run of the training! I ran 3 miles today, as per the program I am following, and realized that my legs/knees/ankles were feeling the stress. Need to be watching out for potential injuries!



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i did my first 5k today. it was the terry fox run. what a trip the finish line was a beautiful sight

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I will be re-starting my training for a half due to an injury. I will use Hal Higdon Novice Half Marathon Training program this time around because it's for 4 days a week. Additionally, I will be focusing on the following:

1. Strength Training
2. Strengthening my Core
3. Eating Clean

Edited by: STEVIEBEE569 at: 9/15/2013 (18:57)
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I walked a very hot half marathon on my own once and ended up in the hospital. I do want to walk another, but not sure I have the strength now due to declining ability due to ms and arthritis. However, have done some short hikes that were challenging, so I'm not going to say never.



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Half marathon is on the list!



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Congrats to all the half marathon runners out there! I hope to be one of you next year.

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Did a KrazyMex half marathon run today. Raining, thunder and sprinking the whole way!
62 years old. Time of 1:59.4 I found that hills, sprints, interval training, weight lifting and riding my bike helped a lot

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Gosh, thanks so much for all the tips and encouragement everyone! This really helps to keep me motivated and feel pretty good about what I'm accomplishing! Everyone's training is different, so I guess you just have to find the best method for you...but all of these suggestions are great! I'm excited to feel that sense of accomplishment when I cross the finish line! :-)

Good luck to all of you who are training as well!



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I joined some friends at the Ventura Marathon. They were running the half, but I did the 5k. I have run 10ks, but that was a while back. I need to work my way up to a 10k again, then work up to a half. After Ventura, I just can't get the idea out of my mind.
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My best advice is food! Find what works for you to eat before, during, and after your runs especially the long ones. You may not feel like eating during, but it truly does help. I experimented with sports beans, Clif blocks, and different types of gel before I found the brand and flavor that worked for me. Sipping water is also critical. I still don't like to, but force myself. I know that eggs are not a good idea for me before a long run/race, but peanut butter on toast or a bagel plus a banana is perfect. I sometimes get an icky stomach after a long run depending on how hard I've pushed and discovered that peanut butter crackers and a fountain diet coke settle it right down. Plan your meals for the entire week before your race making sure to get plenty of good carbs and lean protein. Your body will thank you with a wonderful race! Good luck!

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Congrats on your first half! I have run several halfs and fulls and the half has become my all time favorite distance. My first half was back in 1999 and I did not train well. I ended up maxing my long run at about 7-8 miles and then ended up with a mean case of PF that sidelined me for awhile after. Now years later, i feel like i know better lol... my advice is to get in about 3-4 runs during the week that are around 3-5 miles each. Then get that long run in on the weekend and max out at about 11 miles and you will be fine. The most important part of any long distance training plan is that long run. Also, build up to it so you do not injure yourself. I did Galloway for a few years and walking is a great plan for your first. Do not focus on time, just finish and enjoy yourself. About a week or so before your race taper it down a bit so your legs are ready. As far as stuff to eat, my favorites are Clif Blocks and Honey Stingers. Honey Stinger has these chews that are delicious and honey shots that are very gentle on the tummy and absolutely yum. You can find them in specialty running stores and they have a website: http://www.honeystinger.com/nutrition.html

Good luck! Have a blast!

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Another thing that I did was get a blank calendar and filled it in with the training program so I already had it written down exactly what I needed to do. It made things very easy to follow and also plan around my training.

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Great information!
I started running one year ago, and my goal for 2013 was to run 13 5k races. I've well surpassed that, and have run a few 10k's, so I have just started training for a half-marathon in March. I know it seems like a long time to train, so I've modified the No-Meat-Athlete plan so that I only increase my long runs by half a mile. I'm up to 7 miles now, and am feeling pretty prepared for a 5 mile race I plan on running this weekend.
I hadn't heard of the Marathoning for Mortals book, so I just downloaded it on my kindle, and am looking forward to the read. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Best advise I ever got on long distance race training:

Find one plan - and stick to it!

There are so many opinions and plans it can get a bit confusing and if you look at too many you find yourself doing what is "convenient: and not necessarily what you need to do.

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ITSABSURD - That is what I used for my first half too. I made some very slight alterations over the weeks but it certainly got me where I wanted to go. I finished in 2:29:41 on Sunday and I am a happy girl looking forward to another.
Admittedly, I did not really follow the plan during the race. I kept my pace and only walked when I was taking fluid or chews. I just wanted to keep running.
Good luck!

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I'm currently training for a half-marathon, too. I don't think my race will be until mid-November or early-December. I've been using this training schedule: http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51312/Half-Marathon-Novice-2-Training-Program



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Woohoo! I just found Hal Higdon's Marathon Training book at Ollie's for quite bargain! It was $3 and is full of good info that can be used for any length of running. And trust me this is not reading material for when you are trying to sleep. I know this because I keep looking at it and not falling asleep. It's gets my motor running!
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Thanks LULUCALLY for the encouragement! I had been thinking about using a swimming pool to keep working on my plantar fasciitis, as well as stretching exercises and a recumbent bike.
I hope that all of these messages encourage you to go for it and sign up for a half marathon! Have you done a 10K yet?

As for the book that has been mentioned a few times earlier, "Marathoning for Mortals", I am convinced to check that one out, thanks to everyone's recommendations. Thanks!!!

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Congratulations on your decision to run a half marathon. Aside from the Higdon website, I find the mcmillan running website helpful as well. Make sure you get your long runs/walks in. Try not to be too conscious about the time when you do this. The important thing is you are out there running/walking long distances. This conditions your mind about keeping focused and teaches your body how to metabolize fat (which you need for a half marathon). Good luck.

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If you've never done one before, this will be a great experience. I walk/jogged in 1/2 marathons in 2011 & 2012 and then my first full marathon in Feb 2013. I do about 75% walk/25% jog. Since courses have time limits, make sure you are aware of the limit for the course you are on. If you can maintain a 15 min mile or better you will be fine. In my first 1/2 mara, I averaged 16:42 per mile (I had a goal of 18 min per mile. So I was happy). However, with more training a year later I did the same course with a 15 min per mile goal and averaged 14:51. Get your personal best knowing that success in one area makes one fill empowered to take on other challenges. I wish you the best!

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If you don't mind my asking: what is your time goal, if any, for walking the 13.1?

I know a lot of people do that, and most events are cool with that- I remember the one that i did was not too cool about that though, as there were a handful of walkers who didn't finish when the course was opened back up to traffic about 3 hours and 30 minutes after it started. I think thery kept the finish line, but the walkers did not like being buzzed by traffic.

You may want to make sure that you know about those time limits or how the course and streets will be operated...



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Hi
I am walking my first half marathon in October. I am very excited. I knew I would not be able to run at this point. So I decided to walk instead. Here is the 12 week walking half marathon schedule I am following. Hope it helps. I just finished week six and started week seven today.



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My library doesn't have Marathoning for Mortals, but it does have Running for Mortals. Since I'm just beginning, I'll check that out first.

These tips are all giving me encouragement to get out there and start. Thanks!

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Hi All - Great pointers here! There are also quite a few HM Spark Teams you can join, and there are a ton of forums there as well specifically about HM topics.



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emoticon for "Marathoning for Mortals" by John Bingham

I had never done anything like this EVER and this book took me through 3 half marathons & 1 full marathon. And I'm NOT a runner! He made it accessible for anyone!
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Hi! I just did my first half since having my baby :) it rocked. My tips:
1. If you do nothing else, do your long run. I mean, I tend to follow my programs religiously, but seriously, while I flex other works out if life happens, I always fit in the long run.
2. Strength train and stretch. For me, if Im not strengthening my core, my hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings Im setting myself up for injury. (especially gluteus medius, so like all kinds of leg lifts a la jane fonda, deadlifts and bridges). Same goes for stretching- for me gotta keep the hips loose, IT band flexy, and yeah the calves. Heard of a guy who never stretched and a tendon in his ankle actually snapped! ouch!
3. Think about what you eat part 1. So the night before a long run, I dont eat a big bowl of popcorn because well, um, runners trots.... But I do eat good quality carbs though out the day before a long run or race.
4. Think about what you part 2. Fuel up for hard runs. Dont try and save your calories- you need them for this! So for me who works out at crazy am hours to be up and back before the baby, I dont have time to eat breakfast, but I do shove down a banana before my long runs and my speed workouts. I have really appreciated cliff shots for the long runs or for when we run out of bananas. Some folks dont like those on an empty stomach, but I think they really give me the energy I need to run well.
5. Think about what you eat part 3. Refuel well or you will feel that workout all week. So plenty of protein and carbs. Yogurt, milk, oats, etc.
6. Lay your clothes out if youre an am jogger- make it as darn easy as possible to get out the door. I lay out my contacts, my clothes including shoes and socks, my watch and iphone carrier.
7. Run at least three days a week, no more than 5... more than 5 and i always get injured. cross train instead. I did my most recent half on 3 days of running, 2-3 of cross training and came in at exactly 2:00:00, which i feel pretty good about being recently pp.
8. negative splits. run the first half of your long run or race at a slower pace, the second half, bump it up! i dont know why, but I **always** get better times this way than trying to do one even pace.
9. dont ginore injuries. ice them, massage. if you really feel like it requires a recovery day try shuffling your runs so you dont lose too much mileage, OR try some pool running.
10. keep it fun! change your music up a lot. think about life. try new paths. have a variety of workouts, long runs, timed speed runs, fartleks, hills, easy runs, etc. another tip: dont get too married to your watch. its a tool! thats it! sometimes if you let yourself just go, you might surprise yourself! i sometimes run for distance, sometimes for time, just to mix it up. and i keep getting faster :) without a lot of stress. you dont know what all youre bringing to a run or race each time, so while it can be motivating to achieve prs, you have to focus on doing the best you can for THAT day.

i could keep going haha, and im definitely no pro. but i do love to run.

best of luck and have a blast!

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You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Thanks for suggesting Marathoing for Mortals... I'm going to check it out!

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I recommend the book "Marathoning for Mortals" by John Bingham. He is known as the Penguin Runner, because he champions slow running (he isn't saying all should run slow, he just is a relatively slow runner). He's married to running coach Jenny Hadfield, who helped design training programs included in the book. But whether or not you use the training program, the book is an entertaining look at everything you need to know to get you to the finish line. I used it for both my half and full marathons.

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All some great ideas! I am on my final rest days for my first half on Sunday! Woohoo! What an experience it has been!

I used a combination of training, but mostly Hal Higdon. The one thing he says that I have heard before is we are not skimp on our long runs. The long runs are the most critical. I do believe this to be true.
Fuel the way you need to. Taper at the end.
And as someone also said, do not let a "bad" run get you down. There is no such thing.
Create a schedule and stick to your plan as best you can, but remain flexible. Always have a Plan B just in case. Be prepared.

There is more then one way to reach that finish line and that is part of the fun and the journey of training. I have learned so much about myself through the training and crossing the finish line will just be the icing on the cake!

Good luck!

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Thanks, Eric !

I'm going to do some research on the Galloway method this weekend. I know there isn't a whole lot I can do in two weeks, but it can't hurt to give it a try and see what happens. I think my surging days are long past. LOL !!!



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Arch- Good luck in your racing! Let us know how you do.

One thing about the "Galloway run/walk" method: Jeff galloway suggsts that you use the run/walk ratio right away, even at the beginning of a long run or race. if you run for as long as you can and then switch to run/walk, you might be too tired to benefit from it.

Instead, by doing run/walk, you conserve energy to keep the steady pace throughout and finish strong- you can empty the tank and go as fast as you can at the end!

That was what I did for my half-marathon. I basically had a consistent 10:30/mile pace for the entire 13.1 miles, which was kind of cool to me- no surges, but I did not flame out and finished strong.

Just a thought- happy running!



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I started training for a half in july. At the time, I wanted to try for the BAA Half that's in October, but that's locked out in less than 25 minutes. So, I looked around for another race. I've opted for the All State Half that's running in two weeks.

Am I ready ? I won't be fast, but hopefully, I will be consistent. Thanks to ERICWS for posting that run 3 min, walk 1 minute regime. I'm going to try to run as far as I can for as long as I can, but towards the end I may well end up with a run/walk combo. there is a 3.5 hour limit on the course. So, my motivation is to drag my kiester across that finish line before the van picks me up.

I am still considering signing up for the Philly half that's running in November. Whether or not I do it will depend on how I do in two weeks. My big concern ? How long it's going to take me to recover. The race is on Sunday and I still have to go to work the next day. And I'm not getting any younger ! LOL !!

Honestly, like others, the longer distances are starting to beat me up too. I'm finding I need longer recoveries.



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Hey DAWNGW, I'd admire your tenacity. For cross training you might try water jogging until your plantar fasciitis heals. I suffered from that when I first started running. I love all this talk on the half marathon and I want to start training too.

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Wow, I am so happy to see this topic here.

I am also training for my first half marathon which takes place in early November. I've been developing plantar fasciitis on my left foot and kept running on it anyway, but finally now been giving it a rest and doing some cross-training instead.

Reading these posts have given me a lot of encouragement! I was giving up hope that I'd be ready in time for the race, but I think I will still keep trying once my foot feels better! If anything, I can walk most of the 13 miles, stubbornly, lol.

Thank you, SparkPeople!! And best of luck to you Caitlingermer!!! :)

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I'm so glad that I saw this forum. I was in the middle of training for my first HM in November, then my ankle started to hurt which definitely impacted my training. Yesterday, I ran for 20 minutes at a very slow pace and I'm fine with that. Also, I went to the doctor to see about my ankle and I have a mild case of Achilles Tendonitis. So, I'm going to take it easy for the next few weeks until my ankle is completely healed. I will do the HM in November, but I will do it with both walking & running. There is absolutely no shame in that. My goal is to complete it because I've never done one before.

So, thanks everyone for the tips. I will definitely put them into practice.

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Agreed, Rottonone- there is no such thing as a bad run (unless you get injured/ill). The benefits of any run outweigh any perceived issues with not hitting #'s, etc. I liked your point there!

I also "gallowalked" my first half marathon. I used the Hal Higdon 12-week beginner plan, and once the long run distances went beyond 7 miles, felt pretty beat up and slow for recovery. I started a Galloway-style run/walk, that really helped.

Using a 3 minute/1 minute run/walk ratio, I finished my 13.1 race in 2:23, which was better than my goal of 2:30, and I recovered relatively quickly. I was pretty happy with that!

I would like to do another 13.1 next year, and may very well use the Galloway-style run/walk again!



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I also used Galloway for my first half worked well. I am currently shooting for a run in novemeber that I want to run the whole thing. Motivation if you never done one...its an awesome feeling when you get across that line!!
agree with everything everyone has said so far.
on the gel packs (or blocks is what I use.) start using them on your training runs and so you dont have any nasty surprises on race day. Might also want to start wearing your race clothes so you know what those will feel like as well..ie too hot, chaffing, etc.
Hydration...goes with with the nutrition part...how or what does your body need on the LR.
Also, adhere to the rule of not doing to much to soon, no matter how strong you feel. I recently stepped it up to much and missed all of July and August to a shin splint that had me limping when I walked...trmendous pain. It has mostly passed and I am getting back into it but my endurance took a hit, even though I continued to cross train.

Lastly, dont get despondant if you have a "bad" run...there is no such thing. It may not have gone like you planned but you were on your feet and got training out of it.



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I've always used the plans on halhigdon.com to train for half marathons and marathons.

I find that I don't need to carry a snack until I get up to around 15 miles, and I don't need to carry water unless I'm doing at least 10. When I start getting past 5 miles on my runs I get a bit bored, even if I'm listening to music, so I download a bunch of audiobooks on iTunes to listen to on my long runs. It got me through all of my solo marathon training long runs, and I would highly recommend them to anyone needing a distraction while running :)

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I'm also training for my first half in mid-October! My training schedule is kind of a mish-mash of a bunch of different programs I researched, worked to fit my lifestyle. I do three runs during the week (usually either 4, 6, and 4 miles, or 5, 6, and 4 miles), and then a long run on Sundays, which I increase in distance by a half-mile each week with a cutback week every three weeks or so and a couple of weeks of tapering before the actual race. The rest of my long runs are
- 9/8: 11.5 miles
- 9/15: 12 miles
- 9/21: 6.2 miles (a 10k race on Saturday instead of Sunday)
- 9/29: 13 miles
- 10/6: 9 miles
- 10/13: 6 miles
- 10/20: 13.1 MILES! :)

I was taking a Gu gel at the 5-mile mark when my runs got past 6 miles, but I really wasn't needing it. After talking to some serious runner friends, I've started waiting until 8 miles. That worked well for me this past week (the first time I tried it), so I'll keep that up.

As for motivation, for me, just being registered for the race is my motivation. I'm excited to tackle the distance, and will be running it with a couple of friends, too. I have extra motivation once a week, because I have a running buddy for my 6-mile run. (The down side to that is that I have to get up at 4:15am to run with her, but I love going out with someone for a change, so it's worth it.)

I hope that helps some, even though I'm just as new to all of this as you are. :) You'll do great!



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I think the method LIVN2BFIT was trying to reference is actually called the "Galloway" method (pioneered by Jeff Galloway). It works. You run and walk for certain intervals, that is, as long as you have enough time to build up to the endurance level necessary. Mid October seems a bit aggressive to start training for a half marathon right now, so take it slow. I run roughly 10 to 15 miles per week (not a lot) and just started training for a HM in December. It will be my second one.

My first half marathon was last December. The most important thing is to listen to your body. Take an extra day off from running if you need to. Don't run on consecutive days. Run slower than you think is necessary. Research fueling. You probably want to start fueling when you start doing long runs of longer than 6 miles. Do two short runs a week and one long run. Make sure you have been fitted for running shoes. Vary your terrain. STRENGTH TRAIN! Even if you can't run the entire way prescribed by your training plan, at least walk what you can't run. The time on your feet is just as necessary as the time building your leg and lung endurance. CROSS TRAIN! Research recovery methods. Have fun!

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I've run 10 HMs and am running numbers 11-14 in the next 3 months.

as for motivation? why are you doing it? fear of failure gets me out the door..and wanting to do well ensures that I run every single kilometre and then some on my training program.

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There are lots of good training programs out there, including the 'Gallagher' method, which alternates running/walking, which is what I'd recommend...my first half I walked the entire distance because I hadn't even been running-time was 3:30...the 2nd half I ran the first 5 miles/then ran/walked the rest and finished in 2:57...have fun! emoticon

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Hey Everyone!

I am training to run a half marathon in mid-October. I printed a training schedule and am trying to follow that as much as possible. I'm not really much of a distance runner (more of a sprinter/sports lover), but I'm trying to get in a groove.

I just wondered if any of you had run any Half Marathons and had any tips/tricks/motivation for training, eating etc.??

Thanks in advance for the help and support! :-)



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