SparkPeople Half Marathon Team Messageboard Curious about HMs or love them already? Trying to lose weight or improve nutrition while training? Comfortable with the 10K or 10M distance? Join the team, swap concerns, and share race reports! SparkPeople Half Marathon Team Messageboard Marathon Running?? Have any of you decided NOT to run a marathon and stick with halves? I have intentions of running my first marathon in October this year. I have been reading some books about marathon stories and have talked to a few people and there are lot of people that say "never again". Of course, there are also a lot that keep doing them. <BR> <BR> I can see that to continue to do them takes a lot more effort and time then to continue with halves. How many of you have said "Nope, not for me"? <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:48:32 EST ChangingHorses and MBTepp Training 2015 Spring HM CH and I have our first HMs the first weekend in May. We are training together virtually, and virtually training! <BR> <BR> My HM is a Biggest Loser Event that is close to home in Crown Point, IN on May 3rd. For a highly publicized event, it is very inexpensive ($50). <BR> <BR> Which Half are you signed up for, Changinghorses? <BR> <BR> I am having difficulty getting motivated to train. When I thought I was training for an event on <BR> March 14th, I was training for 5 weeks before ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:07:34 EST When to switch to training pace? I have been running 3-4 miles 3 times a week at my 5K pace which is 13:30 per mile. Galloway method that I use says my training pace for a half should be 19:30 mi. As I start preparing, when do I switch to the slower training pace? <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:58:36 EST Garmin Forerunner 15 I recently bought a Garmin Forerunner 15 with foot pod. Has anyone else used this watch, do you like it? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:59:20 EST Stepping it up a notch? I have been running for about 6 months now using Galloway 30:30. I have run several 5Ks and want to do my first half next Jan. Since the half is so far out I wondered what would be the next step to stepping up my running? Should I try to get to a longer run/walk ratio? Or try for more distance at the same 30:30? And if I step it up for run/walk ratio would I increase 15sec at a time (ie. 45:30) or go to 1:00/30? Thanks for any suggestions. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:33:48 EST Hello All So excited and nervous to be doing my first half marathon in November. It is the space coast half in Florida. I'm a new runner (about 6 months) and have only run a couple 5K's so far. Going to use the Jeff Galloway method to train. Looking forward to reading all the posts here from experienced runners. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:00:04 EST Officially training for my first Half Marathon I am new to the team and my goal is a half marathon this year. A year ago I couldn't run at all, so this is a huge goal for me. I started the couch to 5k training program last March and would recommend it to any new runner. I am now running about 5 miles when I get out, not bad for 49. I looked at a 12 week training schedule on Pinterest so I plan on using it for a guild line for my training. There is a half marathon on April 4th that I am planning on doing. Training is a little tougher at ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:15:01 EST Winter Warrior Half Ran Winter Warrior yesterday afternoon/evening. Blogged my race report today: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851884 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the first race in the Four Seasons Challenge. Next up is Flower City Half at the end of April. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:41:34 EST Big D Half marathon in Dallas Anyone ever done this race? Coming from WI, so I wanted to check it out ahead of time. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:47:27 EST New to half marathon training Hi! <BR> I have been a member of Spark People for over a decade, have lost over 40lbs and kept it off for the last 10 years. I have a love/hate relationship with running and am back in the love phase and am going to sign up for a fall half marathon. I currently run 7 miles in about 1:41 and would like to get that down to about 1:30. My goal is to do the half in sub three hours. Excited to be part of this group! <BR> <BR> Cat Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:12:41 EST Half Training is Starting Hi, my name is Gloria I am running the half for the Music City in April. I will be training at the local Fleet Feet store and today they are having an "expo" for the people who are training with them for the half and the whole. Tomorrow starts training - only two miles for tomorrow! I am pretty excited but nervous too. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:10:31 EST 2 Halves in 1 Weekend? I just registered for a 1/2 and 1/2 Race. Half on Saturday and another on Sunday. I have done 2 half-marathons and an 18.12 race so far, as well as numerous 5, 10 and 15k's. I have 7 months to train for this with a half race 3 months before. <BR> <BR> When I told a couple people my news they said "you are dumb". I am excited to meet this challenge and a little upset at this response. I want to run a marathon this year also and I thought that this would be a good plan. <BR> May 2 - Half <BR>... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Anyone try the Sole F63 treadmill? My treadmill finally died and I need a replacement. I do not need super fancy programs etc. I like how this one felt and looks. It is at Dick's Sporting Goods. There is a private store too that sells exercise equipment and they are quick to dis other brands so cannot take their word on anything for sure. That and of the two treadmills they have that I was looking at, they were pushing the one for $100 more saying it was a much better machine. I kinda had to laugh as it looked really chea... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:44:28 EST $5 Gar Williams HM If you'd like an inexpensive HM, the Gar Williams is coming up on December 14 and is still only $5. No medals but there is unlimited food at the finish! (And parking is free.) Hurry - when they hit their capacity (and they always do), registration will close. <BR> <BR> The course is out-and-back on the C&O towpath so the HM is flat. Starts in Maryland and goes into DC for a little bit before returning to MD. <BR> <BR> Organized by the DC Road Runners Club. I've done a few of their races and... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:50:41 EST Running with a hurt foot I have been training for a half marathon that is on December 13th. I did my long run (9 miles) on friday before last, followed by a shorter run on last Monday (7 miles). I went out an ran on Thursday and about 3 miles in my right foot started hurting on the outside. It has done this before at the end of September when I decided it would be a fun challenge to run 100 miles in a month. I cut back the mileage after completion and gave myself a rest between thursday and sunday during a couple... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:38:30 EST Recovery Time after 1st - and first run km? Morning everyone. So 1 week has officially passed since my 1st half marathon ( insert applause - lol). <BR> My fellow runner who has run many marathons and halts said I shouldn't run for 2 weeks to let my body fully recover. <BR> I am planning on running this Sunday - already itching to get out there. ( Yep I guess I am really a runner). <BR> Now how long should my first run be? <BR> And your thoughts on length of recovery time? <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:50:58 EST Finished my first 1/2 marathon yesterday :) Started running in July - had issues with my knees - trip to emergency for stomach issues - total 3 months of training crammed in - finished in 2:47!!! <BR> <BR> I am sore today but feel so good that I accomplished this goal. Already looking forward to my next one June 2015 :) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:13:18 EST First HM: Flat or Not? A friend of mine is looking at signing up for his first HM and he's torn between a flat HM and one with some hills. Half of his friends are telling him that a race with some hills are the way to go (presuming you don't run them too quickly and burn out) because they make the race easier because you get to use different muscles. The other friends are telling him that flat HMs are easier because you use much less energy. <BR> <BR> I can see the merit in both positions and don't know who is rig... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:53:48 EST Newbie here Hello! I have been in the group for while, but haven't posted till now. I am new to running and to the whole idea of a Half Marathon. I haven't done one yet, but there's one in May here in Iowa that I am planning on running. <BR> I have done one 7miler and a large handful of 5K's. My average 5K time is about 33 minutes. I run/walk, although I can run the 3.1 if I push myself hard enough. <BR> I started running in December of 2013 and ran my first race in March of 2014 and from there I wa... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:33:03 EST Clothing question I ran my first half marathon at the end of June. Now my second one is tomorrow. Well here in Michigan the temperature is very different from June until now. But I'm worried about wearing anything but my normal shorts and short sleeve running shirt tomorrow for my half. I never expected it to be this cold. Today is was 50 degrees at noon, I have a feeling it will be even colder at 8:30 tomorrow morning. So my question is what do I wear? I looked at the weather and it is calling for 42 degrees ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:33:31 EST training tips for back to back half marathons Not sure if this is crazy, but I signed up for back to back half marathons in October. They are 8 days apart, so I do have a little recovery time in between. I have done several half's in the past, most recently last October. The first one is a hilly race, while the second is flat. Anything I need to consider/modify in my training? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:33:46 EST Very Happy Trails Women's HM Most HM's that have "Women" in the name allow men. Here's one that is really only for women. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In it's 22nd year, they really know what they're doing. Very low-key, low cost ($45), great aid stations (something for all the men to do) and limited to 240 runners so no congestion on the trails. <BR> <BR> Actually filled already but there is a waiting list and they are now taking runners from the list. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:17:30 EST Anyone purchase shoes from runningwar I have VERY fussy feet and have a great pair of Brooks right now. seems to be the only place I can find the exact same pair/color/size. Has anyone had any dealings with them, good or bad? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:45:38 EST Training during the Winter months This has been a good summer season for me. I've managed to build up to regular 2hr long runs and feel like I have the half marathon distance under my belt now BUT I'm becoming aware of the change in season and I'm starting to think about how to keep up the training, rather than cut it down and then have to build myself up again next Spring. <BR> <BR> Last winter I struggled with going out for longer runs. I kept up the outdoor training the whole season, but it was mainly 5-10km distances. Th... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:39:18 EST Urban Cow - Sacramento - October 5th Hi, <BR> <BR> It's been a couple of years since I race a HM (I've done 2). <BR> <BR> Is anyone else doing the Urban Cow? It's a pretty flat course and well run. <BR> <BR> Paul Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:58:41 EST Training for next half in September I ran my first half marathon at the end of June. I finished my recovery week and my first week of my training. Tomorrow is my first long run, 12 miles. I know that I can do it! I just took on a challenge with some friends from facebook to run everyday in the month of July. So far I've only missed one day and ended up running twice the next day, first 6 miles and then 2 miles shortly thereafter with my daughter. I'm sort of following the "what's next" plan from my training group I was a part o... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:18:54 EST No race, no refunds Just got this as an 'alert' from a local running club. Apparently there was a 'Mud" race in Iowa that was cancelled and no refunds given. <BR> <BR> "Folks be aware - according to some industry sources this is happening more and more often - races cancelled after you pay and no refund!! Google the race and the promoter - this one was a company called Hard Charge!" <BR> <BR> Have not had this happen to me yet, knock on wood ;-). <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:28:21 EST Great Smoky Mountain Half I was actually looking for another race, but found this one--wish I had seen it before I signed up for my one in September. The date for the race is 20 September and is run outside the park. Some elevation changes :-). It's run by Interestingly, they don't have water cups at the stations, but issue a hydrapouch in each racer bag that you wear and fill at each stop (if you want). Or you can bring your own water system. The race is part of the National Park Half Marathon ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:24:27 EST Hotlanta Half Marathon, August 24, 2014 Is anybody else doing this race? I am traveling in the area, and decided to cross Georgia off my 50-states list with this race. But I am traveling/running alone, so I wouldn't mind getting some tips from people. I know this is the inaugural running of this race, but anybody know anything about the organizers? About the course? <BR> <BR> Renee Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:20:41 EST Back where I started. But I'll do it again. Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Josh, and I've been here before. When I started on May 20, 2012, I weighed 403 pounds. I struggled to walk three miles at a time, usually finishing in an hour, sweaty and out of breath. But I kept walking, kept tracking my food, and the weight came off and the miles increased. On June 22nd, I walked six miles for the first time - I weighed 379 pounds. July 13th, I walked 8 1/2 miles at 365 pounds. On August 24th, I walked a half-marathon for the first time at 344.4 poun... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:54:55 EST Blue Water Half Marathon this morning 6/26/14 I ran my first half marathon this morning. It was great!! It is very hot and humid here in Michigan but I made sure I drank a ton of water yesterday and took drinks at every water station through the course. I ended with a time of 2:30 which was very close to my goal. I wanted to stay in the range of 10:30-11 min miles and did great up through mile 6.5. I felt strong and stayed under 11 min miles. But once I hit half way I started to slow down. I had several miles just over 11 min then went u... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:13:47 EST Sore foot three days before race - advice? My right foot began aching this evening. It's my taper week, and I did not run today, so I'm not sure where the pain came from, but now I'm concerned because I'm running a race on Friday evening. <BR> I've iced it, taken an ibuprofen and am resting it. I should be running a short slow 5km tomorrow. Should I not run tomorrow? <BR> I'm prepared and training has been on track, but it has been a stressful month. I'm hoping it's just tense muscles and that the pain will be less tomorrow. <BR> I... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:03:30 EST Half and Half Marathon Run 6.55 miles, eat a half smoke with chili and chips, run the remaining 6.55 miles. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> At $50, still seems reasonably priced. But they doubled the price this year and if that trend continues, I might not be able to afford it in the future. So I registered for this year! 4 months to train my GI system :-P Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:37:55 EST age group design I've seen too many HMs with 10-year age groups; I'd rather see 5-year AGs, reducing prize money if necessary. But check out last weekend's Worcester HM; only 5 age groups: <BR> <BR> 1-39 <BR> 40-49 <BR> 50-59 <BR> 60-69 <BR> 70+ <BR> <BR> What's with that first AG? 1-39. That is ridiculously wide. Clearly, the RD has no understanding of reasonable AGs. Indeed, for last week's HM: <BR> <BR> 1-39: 216 women <BR> 40-49: 110 women <BR> 50-59: 39 women <BR> 60-69: 4 women <BR> 70+: 0 women <BR>... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:53:40 EST New to Forum I completed a half early this spring thru the crappiest winter on record for the state. Hm, then gained a lot of weight as bad habits crept back in and my running fell off. Looking to do another half in the fall timeframe. And while I know long distance running and losing weight are sometimes at odds with one another, I'd like to give it a try, lol. Glad I'm here--there's a lot of interesting topics! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:15:24 EST 2014 North Face Endurance Challenge, D.C. Half I'll preface this with the words "I'm an idiot." <BR> <BR> I've done multiple 5Ks, I've run many 10K training runs and a 10K which I completed in May (with a PR too!). My friend, who runs with me, convinced me in March to sign up for a half on June 8. I said "Sure, that's months away!" ... Yeah, 10 weeks was hard to double that distance, but doable. <BR> <BR> The reason I'm an idiot? Neither one of us realized that it was a trail half marathon. We trained on roads. O_O Oops. <BR> <BR> But... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:35:45 EST Panicking! So ... my friend and I signed up for a half marathon about three months ago. <BR> <BR> We were training REALLY well for the first two months - it was great! Two short runs and a long run per week, with cross-training in between. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we're both teachers, so our standardized testing, end-of-year crazy murdered the progress we'd been making. <BR> <BR> Well, Sunday is our half ... and it's a trail half that's considered "moderate difficulty." (The Washington, D.C. North ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:54:35 EST Race Scam Be careful is you run any of the races mentioned. <BR> <link><BR>lf-marathon-cancellation-is-latest-by-<BR>race-director?page=1 </link> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:58:05 EST age-specific HM world records Last week, a DC-area 10-year old lowered the world record HM time to 1:35. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p/2014/05/28/rheinhardt-harrison-10-of<BR>-falls-church-sets-world-record-in-hal<BR>f-marathon/ </link> <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, I looked up the lowest age that my own HM PR (1:52) is competitive with. I learned that an 8-year old can beat me. :-P <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The two HMs put on by my local running club requ... Wed, 28 May 2014 21:19:10 EST Women make HMs expensive? Link fixed: <link><BR>/health/bs-hs-race-fees-20130710_1_rac<BR>es-corrigan-sports-enterprises-dave-gell </link> <BR> <BR> This article has insights from various RDs explaining rapidly increasing race prices. While many reasons are given, these two paragraphs caught my eye: <BR> <BR> "Running was once dominated by ultra-competitive males. Women now fuel the growth, and while they are competitive, they also want a fun, social experience." <BR> <BR> "Dri... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:50:01 EST that first HM vs the rest I regularly see statements like "Your first HM is the most rewarding" and similar sentiments. I'm wondering if people really believe this or are just saying it without thinking. Or maybe I'm missing something? <BR> <BR> Personally, I've found the opposite to be true. I enjoy my HMs so much more now that I know what I'm doing, am not worried by the race, pace, breakfast, can focus on the fun things, scenery, people, etc. <BR> <BR> I've also become better at choosing races that I like or tha... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:57:22 EST San Francisco Nike Womens Marathon Is anyone signing up for the upcoming Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco? Random draw opens Wednesday June 4. Is there a group? Thu, 22 May 2014 19:38:21 EST Most/Least Expensive We've discussed biggest/smallest HMs. Now it's time for most/least expensive! Let's make it by state. (If not a state, improvise. :-) <BR> <BR> Please only identify races that are open to the public with online results. <BR> <BR> For the most expensive races, use the earliest (i.e., cheapest) prices. For the least expensive races, use the nondiscounted prices. (No coupon rates, no special deals for club members, etc.) If you only know one (you just do cheap races), just submit that one. If ... Wed, 21 May 2014 12:42:37 EST "Pace" Training Run When they say pace do they mean average pace or constant pace? I tend to fluctuate my pace a lot because of my asthma but I was wondering what pace really means. I am hoping average, I don't think I could be constant. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:20:13 EST Doing my first half in September September 13th to be exact. I've got my training schedule on my RunKeeper app and I'm ready to go.... I think. Best advice you can give a newbie.... GO! Tue, 20 May 2014 16:46:56 EST Bridge The Gap Half Marathon Quincy, IL today<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697190 <BR> Above is the blog about my race today. I ran a 1:53 and had a blast. 2nd place in 45-49 age group. <em>104</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 19:21:23 EST New to longer distance runs I started running last fall and have done several 5ks. I have recently done a 10k and begun training for a 1/2 last month. I am up to running 8 miles and I have over a month left before my 1/2. The question I have for the group is about bowl movements while running. I do not have a problem in the mornings when I run, but since beginning to run with my training group I end up running in the evenings quite often. I have had to stop running and find a bathroom immediately b/c I could not hold it... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:34:20 EST seizures or hear of them caused by running? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just going out on a limb here for a friend. She has been training very hard for her <em>366</em> . She ran one in February. Is training with a local group. <BR> <BR> Last week she had a seizure and currently has not gotten to see the dr about tests yet (not because she hasn't wanted to, but because she can't get in!) <BR> <BR> I asked her if she had a long run the day before, she had not. curious if anyone has read anything about seizures brought on by exercise etc... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:51:08 EST Run it or rest it? I have a half marathon on May 18th, so about a week and a half from now. I'm new at this. On Sunday, I ran about 13.5 miles at a fast (for me) pace as a race day simulation. On Monday, I ran about 8 miles at a slower pace. I am used to those distances, though maybe not back to back. Yesterday, I didn't run because I went to move my daughter home from college. At some point yesterday, my right leg started to bother me. At first I thought it was soreness in the quad. That's how it feels when I... Wed, 7 May 2014 15:23:39 EST incentive for your next spark goodie As an incentive to get people to better prepare for their first HM, I am offering a sparkgoodie of your choice to anyone who signs up for the 10M team. (If you don't want to contemplate 10Ms, then you're not taking HMs seriously. 13.1M is more than 10.M, right?) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do is join the 10M team, post here that you have done it, and name your goodie of choice. To make it easier on me, also say which tab the sparkgoodie is ... Wed, 7 May 2014 14:26:14 EST bag check How does everyone feel about transparent bags at bag checks? I was looking at the instructions for the upcoming Frederick HM and it says: <BR> <BR> "... runners using bag check are asked to use a CLEAR BAG to check their belongings. If you bring your items in a non&#8208;clear bag, you may be asked to empty the entire contents into a bag provided." <BR> <BR> Does anyone think the volunteers give a damn what's in anyone's bag? Volunteers do not have the time for this. I predict no one will ... Fri, 2 May 2014 00:17:19 EST This month's spark goodie winner This month, MBTEPP is being recognized with a 1000-point spark goodie! She has posted some of the most careful and well thought through HM-related posts. Although I don't always agree with her, her posts are well written and a pleasure to read. These are the kinds of posts to which I feel motivated to respond to! <BR> <BR> As an example, here is an excellent post about her HM practice run (called "simulator" in the literature). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:14:51 EST 10-Mile Warm-up to Half-Marathon Just finished the Capitol City Classic 10-mile event as a warm-up to the half-marathon I will be running in October 2014. Took 1st in my division (65-69 Year) with a PR 1:36:40. Looking to do a sub-2 Hour Half. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:42:12 EST HM done differently I often hear people preach “Do nothing differently on HM day.” However, that seems a bit unrealistic, even for one's first HM. I sat down to think about what I do differently and it came to a lot of things! I was surprised how much. Here’s my list: <BR> <BR> - Different pre-race week: I taper for a HM; never taper for long runs. <BR> <BR> - Different wake time: For long runs, I wake up 1½ hour early and get to the start with ten minutes to spare. For HMs, I wake up 3 hours early - to make b... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:03:55 EST Largest/ Smallest It's obvious what the largest HM is (or was): According to <link> </link> , the largest ever was the Broloppet HM with 79,719 finishers in 2000. <BR> <BR> But what's the smallest? Wikipedia doesn't say. We should come up with one and fix Wikipedia's HM page :-) What's the smallest HM you've been in? Has to be a real race. (No Kip Litton imaginary races, please.) <BR> <BR> The smallest HM I've been in had 86 people. (Western MD HM in 2010.) Can anyone top... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:29:53 EST Race Week Nutrition I have run a half in the past, but was very lazy on the nutrition side of it. Now I'm training for one again and have been very conscious of the nutrition. However, I'd be curious to know how y'all handle nutrition leading up to the race? Do you keep the same diet routine or do you switch anything up? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:49:30 EST female:male, growth, big and little <link><BR>marathons-amazing-growth-in-3-charts?c<BR>m_mmc=Facebook-_-RunnersWorld-_-Conten<BR>t-News-_-HalfMarathonGrowth </link> has some interesting charts showing the ratio of women:men in HMs and the overall growth of HMs. I understand the growth but not why the ratio is so unbalanced. Any theories? <BR> <BR> I'm also astounded to read of HMs much, much larger than any I have done. From that article, the biggest 10 are: <BR> <BR> 45,126 Goteborg (Sw... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:59:53 EST Boston's Run to Remember Anyone running Boston's Run to Remember this Memorial Day? It will be my first half! :) Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:15:50 EST Training for Half with Plantar Fasciitis? Help! Hi! I'm training for my first half marathon and was recently told by a doctor that I probably have plantar faciitis (I'm seeing a podiatrist in a week and a half to confirm). Anyways, the doctor gave me some foot exercises and told me I can keep training. I'm worried that I'm going to hurt myself further if I do so. I'm 8 weeks away from the race and don't really have time in that schedule to take additional time off without completely blowing my training (my 7 mile long run is today). Oh, an... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:14:07 EST Beginning to believe I joined this team in December 2011, but I haven't been very active for a while. For much of the time, I didn't really believe I was a half marathoner. The short form of the history: <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Flower City Challenge Half Marathon in April 2012. Injured my right foot February 2, 2012, kinda sorta came back, and traded down to the 5K. <BR> <BR> Signed up for Flower City 2013. Injured my left foot March 9, 2013, kinda sorta came back, traded down to the 5K. Began to won... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:59:54 EST Thanks to you and a challenge This particular forum (originally "Challenges") has been unused for months so I'm going to put it to a new use. It is now "Spark Goodies" and each month one of the moderators of the team will distribute spark goodies to deserving members. This month, spark goodies are going to CHANGINGHORSES, GLADGAD, KAPELAKIN, and BAILEYS7OF9. <BR> <BR> Some of them have run many HMs, some haven't yet run their first HM. But all have sensible training plans, have expressed reasonable expectations, and in s... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:14:23 EST 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Is anyone going to be at the Cleveland Marathon on May 18th? Or know anything about it that they want to share with me? I will be running the Half Marathon, and it will be my first. I suddenly feel like I should know so much more than I do. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:31:20 EST Tailbone bruise - help! I slipped on the apparently neverending ice this morning and, I believe, bruised my tailbone. I have a half-marathon scheduled for May 4 and a marathon scheduled for July 26, so I've been putting in lots of miles in the last few months. Even though I know better, I've spent the morning reading horrific stories on the internet about weeks-long recovery times for bruised tailbones. Now I'm feeling worried. Can somebody give me some reassurance that this will clear up? Does anybody have an... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:56:03 EST Running store in London ? I will be in London this weekend and need to buy some new shoes, for trail running. Can anyone recommend a good running store ? <BR> <BR> I live in France currently but since I am transitioning into trail running I'd like to be able to discuss my needs & possibilities in what is almost my native language <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> (also posted in the Marathon Team) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:32:37 EST Frederick RUnning Festival This is the Half I missed last year because I overslept. That will not happen this year. <BR> <BR> 4 May 2014 for the Half. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:37:31 EST Are you looking for a challenge ? We (my company) is looking to recruit a woman to complete our team for The Raid Centrale, link below. The short list of requirements is : <BR> <BR> *5 day race from end of April / beginning of May <BR> *in the Swiss Alps <BR> *running & biking each day, about 50k total per day <BR> <BR> I know it is a long shot but thought I would post here on the off chance someone is willing & able (also posted in the Marathon team) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:42:28 EST A good average mileage run to stay in HM shape? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have fallen off the wagon but starting to get seriously back into running. I love it! All my running dreams are coming back! I am hoping to run two half marathons in October which might mean qualifying as a half fanatic. After October, I want to stay in half marathon running shape. When not in training, what is a good average mileage run? 6? 8? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Savannah Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:43:15 EST Loudon HM As if the DC area needs yet another HM, here goes: Loudon HM, April 13. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have no idea of the quality but at least it's cheap ($52) compared to its obvious competitor: Virginia Wine Country HM which is twice the price ($105). They make no reference to VWC but anyone from Loudon will be familiar with the astronomical price so it's great to see competition! <BR> <BR> Haven't decided to do it myself yet but it is tempting since I live o... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:13:45 EST Atlanta Half- Roll Call! Good morning, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> With the Publix Georgia Half and Full Marathon only 3 weeks and 5 days away, I was wondering who else was running the race. I'm coming in from NJ and will be running with a friend who lives locally. <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <BR> ~ Hazel Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:19:20 EST Clothing and nutrition I am running/walking my first half in 4 weeks. I am wondering what is the preferred clothing. running tights? yoga pants? shorts? capris? I need help with this. /also, for nutrition, I have bought and tried the gu chomps and also the sports jelly beans. Love them, and am using water belt for the water any other things I need to consider? I need help please. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:14:10 EST Clothing and nutrition I am running/walking my first half in 4 weeks. I am wondering what is the preferred clothing. running tights? yoga pants? shorts? capris? I need help with this. /also, for nutrition, I have bought and tried the gu chomps and also the sports jelly beans. Love them, and am using water belt for the water any other things I need to consider? I need help please. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:13:57 EST Increasing my long runs: time or distance? Hi, <BR> I'm busy building up for my second half marathon and decided that the way to do it was to increase my long run by 5-10 minutes every week (following the 10% increase concept). The plan is to build up to a 2hr long run, which was about the equivalent of 13 miles for me. I completed my first half in just over 2 hours. <BR> <BR> I'm noticing this time round that my pace is much slower, which is meaning that I'm completing a shorter distance in the same time than I was in my previous t... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:17:49 EST Couch to Half Marathon = Crazy? Hi, <BR> <BR> I just signed up for my first half marathon on July 20th in Chicago. This is going to be a challenge since I'm not a runner. I started the C25K training program tonight. I was able to jog for 2 minutes followed by 2 minutes of walking for a total of 52 minutes. I guess I have to start somewhere <em>41</em> ..... 154 days and counting down.... <BR> <BR> My husband was the crazy one who said "Why don't we do the half instead of the mini marathon" & I was the crazy wife wh... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:43:24 EST Back to running ...four years later Hi! <BR> I ran a half marathon in 2009 and am hoping to run another this spring. Since 2009 I've gained 40 pounds (1/2 of it is baby weight) and I have a 10 month old. <BR> <BR> Yikes! <BR> <BR> And did I mention that the half marathon is in 10 weeks and I'm starting to train TODAY? <BR> <BR> Double Yikes! <BR> <BR> And apparently the course has hills. <BR> <BR> Triple Yikes! <BR> <BR> For more about me, head over to my spark page. In the meantime, I'm going to hit the gym. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:37:27 EST first half coming quickly I am getting really nervous. Training was going fairly well until we got hit with temps below zero and lots of snow. Had been up to 8 miles. Lately I have only done 6 and this weekend I am battling a cold. Half is in March. This will be my first half. I am doing intervals of walking and running but am not very fast. Worried about what to wear and what to eat . Any help is much appreciated. Any advice for a newbie? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:08:32 EST Riverboat Series Riverboat Series <BR> 5 Days, 5 Marathons/Half Marathons, 5 States! <BR> Saturday April 12 - Wednesday April 16, 2014 <BR> <BR> "Many of the ideas for our races were collected during marathons in discussions with fellow club members of the Maniacs and the 50 States. <BR> <BR> "They rarely win, but you always see them out there running, and running and running. And sometimes walking. These events were inspired by and designed for them, and for those who just want to run long and often." <B... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:59:04 EST Alamo 13.1 This is in San Antonio Texas on 3/23. <BR> <BR> Who's in? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:03:26 EST Hilton Head SC 2/8 Anyone else in for that one? <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:36:38 EST Half Marathon in 3 Weeks, would that be crazy? First time posting here and I only joined the team yesterday. I just found out about a half marathon going on right in front of my house in 3 weeks. As of now, I am not a runner. I walk a few times a week and jog every now and then. I'm considering doing it. My goal would simply be to finish in under 3 1/2 hours. (The cut off time) It's an almost entirely downhill race. Do you think this is even feasible? Or am I crazy for even thinking of doing it. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:57:21 EST Time to leave the team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I know I have not been very active in this team for a while already. I have had too many health issues and other problems and last year I had to make a hard decision. I had to stop long distance running. <BR> <BR> 9 years ago I was diagnosed with RA. It was hard, but I learned to live with it and for a while was able to continue running, now using the Galloway method. I even ran 2-3 hald marathons per year. But last year I realized something was happening in my body I... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:09:40 EST Walt Disney World Who is at Walt Disney World this weekend? <BR> <BR> Half? Full? Maybe we can get together? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:27:11 EST Wish KKINNEA a Happy Birthday A little birdy tells me that it's KKinnea's birthday. Why not drop by her page and wish her a happy one and bomb her with SparkGoodies? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>INNEA#comments </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:06:23 EST Fuel for a Half Hi all: I'm training to finish a half-marathon in April. While my miles are still pretty low, I'm beginning to wonder about fuel during the race. I know it's an individual thing, but does anyone have any preferences for stuff? I mean, do you go for liquid fuel or candy or gels or something else? And how do you carry it, if you use it? Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:53:08 EST Compression Socks? Has anyone tried compression socks or the calf sleeves? I have thought about trying them out mainly for races or my longer runs but don't know about them. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:16:32 EST What We Did Wrong I'm always happy when a race issues a statement about how they're improving their race. Admittedly, they get to pick and choose what they want to admit was bad (and ignore things that will continue to be done as before). <BR> <BR> Today, I'm reading the Rock'n'Roll DC HM statement which lists the following changes: <BR> <BR> - Double the space to finish area. Sounds good. <BR> <BR> - More staff at water stations. Here, I give RnR props because, rather than just saying "improving", they adm... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:41:28 EST Hi I am signed up Rock N Roll Half Hi <BR> <BR> I live in Scottsdale and plan to run in the half this January. I am looking forward to talk to others who are running-I am a first timer and just completed a trial run of 13.1. If anyone has some experience or input on how they have kept themselves from: <BR> <BR> Peeing on themselves in the middle of running (sorry maybe tmi) <BR> Having their legs cramp up towards the end <BR> starving in the middle of the run <BR> How to pace yourself in a disciplined mature manner <BR> <B... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:36:10 EST First half: Vancouver! I just registered for my first half! It's the Vancouver (BC) Half and it's on May 4, 2014! Now we get to work. Does anyone who's run this race have any tips for a newbie? Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:37:56 EST Team Smitty & MB masters 1st HM spring 2014 I have started this thread for Smitty4RL and I to encourage each other on our quest to finish our 1st HM in the spring. We will welcome any banter from others that are running their first HM in the spring, or anyone that can make our experience more enjoyable. Thanks for checking in with us, and any encouragement you can give us. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:03:17 EST Cold Weather Tips Needed Good morning, all! <BR> As some of you know, I am trying to work my way back into running again after a year+ off following an injury. When I was running before, I was living in Tucson, Arizona where I was dealing with hot weather runs that were often in the triple digits. Now I have moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, and it's a whole new is currently only 9 degrees right now and will hit negative temps overnight. I won't get out there when it is as windy as it is right now, but... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 12:17:45 EST 2014 Mother's Day 1/2 Marathon - Wilmington, DE <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Link to register above Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:29:02 EST How to use compression sleeves I received a pair of compression sleeves from my sweetie for my birthday. Problem is, I"m not exactly sure how to use them. Do you use them when you run? After you run? Are they for warmth as well as to keep the blood flowing? I just don't want to use them incorrectly and look like I don't know what I'm doing. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:47:36 EST Running shoes for winter Anyone out there run in the snow? this is my first year and I am training for a half in March. I need to be outside but not sure what kind of shoes to wear. I want something warm and waterproof. I am in Pa and we get snow. Sneakers just don't seem to work. Hiking boots my feet got wet. Help Please. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:02:16 EST Returning to running It's been two years since I was training for my first half marathon and injured my hip in an uphill race...and quit. Just like that. I let the frustration and disappointment get to me and never went back. Then life got crazy...I moved from Tucson to Denver for 8 months, then on to Rapid City, SD where I live now, due to my boyfriend's job. It's been a crazy year of getting us settled in here and trying to find satisfying work for me (still a struggle with the work thing) but now it's time to ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:49:52 EST I'd like your advice on my race plans for 2014 Two Springs ago, I did my first half marathon. Last Spring, I did my second. I've decided now that I'd like to do at least one half every year. For 2014, I committed to a half with a friend at the end of April. Shortly after, my boyfriend said he wanted to do one together that is at the beginning of March, before knowing about the first that I had committed to. They are six weeks apart, so I feel I could reasonably do them both. I have been running consistently, so I keep my endurance y... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:43:49 EST Starting from scratch Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Does anyone have resources they can suggest for a gal who wants to return to running after 6 months off? I recently had a baby, and I'm eager to return to my passion -- I ran my last HM in October of 2012, and my goal is to run another one in October of 2014. I know that's a long way away, but with a newborn at home, 25 pounds of pregnancy weight, and a very long hiatus from running, I know I need all that time to build back! <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I built... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:56:20 EST plantar fasciitis I had heel pain last year and it went away. It came back at the end of September so I stopped running since then and my heel pain felt like it was completely gone for a few weeks so I tried running 10 minutes today. It felt fine while I was running but the rest of the day I had heel pain again. I'm beginning to think I'll never get rid of this. Anyone been through this have any suggestions? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:05:38 EST Slow runner I am a slow runner - I am not worried about hitting the distance for my 1/2 marathon in May, but I am worried about it taking FOREVER! Any tips on how to balance the distance running with speed? Or should I just not worry about it? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:47:51 EST Indoor training: stationary bike or treadmill? Hi, <BR> Winter is coming and I'm realising that there are some days when I'm going to be too cold to go out for my run, so I'm thinking about getting something for indoor training. I don't have a lot of space and know that both bikes and treadmills take a lot of space, but, realistically, I think I need to get one of them to keep up with my cardio. Which do you think is better to get, a bike or treadmill? (bearing in mind that I'll still go out for runs, but perhaps not as much as I do in t... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 03:08:09 EST Garmin or Timex?? I am looking at buying a running watch. Many to see pace and distance of my runs. <BR> What do you suggest? I do not have a smart phone so an app is out of the question. <BR> I appreciate your responses. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:35:15 EST New to the team I just worked my way up to running 5 miles without stopping. My goal is to run a 1/2 marathon by Mother's Day. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:48:15 EST How early do you sign up for your HMs? I'm working on an update of my annual HM Prices survey. Here's the one from last year: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733846 </link> <BR> <BR> One problem I've wrestled with is whether to compare regular prices or early-bird prices. For instance, I just received an email from a race I did last year. The email says registration is open but when I went to register, it turns out the early-bird period had already passed. How was I suppos... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:44:58 EST Running Music- JOIN IN! Good afternoon, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to look into making individual playlists for each race. So far it's been easy, as they've been 5K's and I've only needed 35 minutes of music. <BR> <BR> All my playlists have themes. I'll be running in NYC and I've got Newsies and Sinatra's New York New York, On The Town, 42nd Street, and some others. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to put playlists together for a Turkey Trot, a half in Atlanta, a half down the Jersey Shore, a 5K in New Orleans (It m... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:01:12 EST 2013 Tock and Roll St Louis Is anyone else running the St Louis RNR this weekend? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:51:34 EST Last Long Run & Tapering Hey Everybody! I am in need of some help here. I am running the Route 66 Half Marathon on Nov 24. This past Saturday, I did a 10 mile training run and plan to do 6-8 miles this coming weekend (I will be at my dads and am not sure which I will be able to get in). Should I go for a 12 mile run the weekend of Nov 1? As of right now, I was thinking I would and then start my taper after that. What do you think? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:15:35 EST Good Morning Hi, My name is Sheila Kolesar, I live in Manitoba Canada. I run outside all year round. When it hits -24 c I will not run, and will find an exercise video to do in the house. :) <BR> <BR> I did my first half marathon in August, and I was super slow, and completed it in 3:33:16. However I did complete it. I ran it with Team Diabetes, and raised $1,246 for the cause. <BR> <BR> Since my half marathon I have an average of once a week. That needs to stop! I need to increase my number of ru... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:26:00 EST Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon Lebanon Oregon My first walking half marathon is for ABC House. They provided resources for abused children like clean clothes, counseling, and medical care. The marathon is this weekend October 19th. I am going to be a virtual walker and will not walk until Nov.16th. My plan is to be able to walk next year at the event. <BR> <BR> Here is a link for anyone who might be interested: <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:05:14 EST The Zion Half Hi, I have started and stopped running programs due to time constraints and the weather. I am a new business owner and live in Pa. I love to run, but can't go for extended distances yet. However, I am working on doing that, we do intervals. Walk/jog and the jog time is increasing. I sometimes use the C25K other times just run, then walk when I need to. I am improving. I have done 3 5k's this year and have bettered the time each time. but still not fast. My daughter has recently talked me... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:19:59 EST Meet Boogie Butts, the marathon dog <link><BR>-butts-runaway-marathon-pooch-medal-10<BR>0913 </link> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 17:17:19 EST Freedom's Run vs Gettysburg vs Heritage HM? I'm shopping for a HM for the next two weekends here in the DC-MD-VA-PA area and came up with these three. (With so many races refusing refunds, transfers, and deferrals, I rarely sign up for races more than a week or two in advance.) All are about an hour's drive. <BR> <BR> Freedom's Run HM - I'm leaning toward this one. Just $50, even at this late date. Only thing that concerns me is that they've announced a new course to avoid national park closures and it sounds like it must be a comprom... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:05:56 EST Taper? My first half is coming up on 10/20. I've sort of created my own training program based on a combination of several programs I found online, and now that I'm almost there, I'm wondering what most people do about tapering for a half. Some of the programs I've drawn from include a taper and some don't. I did 13 miles yesterday, then will have two more long runs before the race. Thoughts/suggestions for how long those runs should be? (I do three mid-week runs between 4 and 6 miles each, in addit... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:01:33 EST Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend Hello all <BR> Is any one here doing the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge? I am an older runner, over 50, been running for a little over a year and have been plagued with injuries that I'm managing with physical therapy after a trip to the running sports doctor. I usually never run 2 days in a row but in order to do the GSC, I need to be able to run 6.2 miles on Saturday then 13.1 miles on Sunday. I started running 2 days back to back every other week and it is a challenge for me physically. ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:12:31 EST Addiction I'm Michelle and I ran my first half marathon a little over a year ago when I was 250lbs. Ran my 2nd one this last spring at 230lbs and just ran my first Tail Half marathon earlier this month at 220lbs. Running has become and addiction that I love. I signed up for another regular half marathon for the end of October. The trail half marathon was probably the most psychically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done. I wanted to give up at about mile 4 after I ran up a hill called "th... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:40:37 EST The Ads on SP are Driving me Insane!!! I was browsing on ModCloth for a vintage dress for a play I'm in. Now everytime I log onto SP, my banner ads are these absolutely adorable dresses and shoes that I can't afford! <BR> <BR> Has your online activity ever led to banner ads that drive you nuts? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:51:17 EST Pain issues 10 days before my first 1/2 <em>39</em> My 1/2 training has been going along just fine. I am in week 11. I am following Hal Higdon's plan. I have been running for about 3 yrs now, and yes I have good shoes! <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I did a 9 mile run and at 7.7 miles thought I was going to die. The intense pain in my left knee forced me to walk breaks. The hip pain wasn't that bad, but the knee...ow. Figured it is probably an IT Band issue. <BR> <BR> I got a foam roller and have been using that and stretching the I... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:39:24 EST New to half marathoning <BR> Hi I am new to half marathons and while I walk often never thought of a half marathon. My wlaking partner said lets do it and we are doing it - Nov 10th and we don't care if we are last, we just care that we cross that finish line. I hope to pick up useful advice from this forum. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:54:14 EST Whistlestop Half Marathon, Ashland, WI. Anyone? Just curious if anyone is doing the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI October 12th? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be there and it would be cool to meet some other Spark-friends :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:04:35 EST EX2 HM Despite the stupid name, I decided to do the EX2 HM this coming Sunday. I guess last week's race wasn't enough :-) Plus the weather is soooo nice. <BR> <BR> At last weekend's HM, I managed to come in under 2 hours but EX2 is a trail marathon with serious hills and a lot of single track making it a bit more of a challenge to keep an individual pace. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, they're capping the race at 450 runners. So that's nice. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:47:30 EST How do you Hydrate? My longest run yet is about 9 miles- would have been longer but I got dehydrated! I live in steamy North Florida, so I sucked down the bottle I took with me and needed more. I don't like running with a bottle either, it seems to throw my stride off. <BR> <BR> What's your preferred method of hydration while on a long run? Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:28:10 EST Rock 'n' Roll cancels one race, maybe more? I've been reading about this week's cancellation of RnR's St Petersburg HM for 2014. Given the winter schedule, some people arranged Florida vacation trips around the race and are, not surprisingly, unhappy. (Registration fees will be refunded.) <BR> <BR> What I do find surprising is that they'd cancel it due to "low turnout" and blaming it on too many other races. This year, about 4500 runners finished. Maybe that's too low for R'n'R's overhead? That's all I can think because otherwise, 450... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:08:02 EST September Mileage! I started September pretty well with a 15km race finishing in 1hr 36mins! <BR> <BR> 01/09/13 - 9.3 miles Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:24:07 EST Hike Day before Half? I inadvertently signed up to lead a 9 mile hike the day before my half. It is a pretty large group so I figured that I would break it into 2 groups, one fast and the other slower paced. I have an assistant so I figure on staying with the slower group which in most cases would drive me crazy but it is the day before my race so I think it is smart. <BR> Some say I should not go and take any chances on the day before, but I feel obligated now and I really don't think it is an issue. The mileage... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:35:22 EST New team member Hi my name is Chantelle, I will be starting my half marathon training this coming fall and will be completing my first half marathon next February or March of 2014. I trained for my first half a few years ago, got 15 weeks into my training and injured my knee one week before my race. After seeing a knee specialist and getting an MRI done I had torn something in my right knee and was not able to race, I was complete devastated. After all this hard work and training I was not able to complet... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:53:50 EST Route 66 Half Is there anybody doing this race? I am currently training for it. I am hopting to SMASH my PR and get close to 2:30! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:09:50 EST Injuries? Anyone ever had a case of Peroneal Tendinitis? I'm thinking that's what I have managed to do to myself over training last week. I found some info on the net and set an appt for the doc but wondering if anyone has had this type of injury and how long you rested before re-engaging in your training program? Sharp pain shooting from my ankle (kind of behind it near my foot) up into my shin and calf muscle that was slow onset after about 2 minutes of running this morning. I had to make it back... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:35:46 EST August mileage How many miles did you run this week? <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> John <BR> <em>223</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:03:44 EST Worst-Named HM? What's the worst-named HM you've heard of? I'm actually considering skipping a race because it's name is so bad. (The EX2 HM. The web page gives no indication that EX2 is an abbreviation for anything.) <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to come up with decent race names? You want to tell your friends, "I did the {memorable name} HM", right? But if the name sucks, then it's almost embarrassing. ("Huh? What was that race name?") <BR> <BR> Here are my rules for atrocious HM names: <BR> <BR> 1) Any r... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:05:09 EST Why do you race? I just wanted to make this an open-ended question because I was curious what motivates people to enter races. There are no wrong answers. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:10:55 EST Race advice please Hey everyone! I have a 16 mile training run next Saturday. Getting ready for my first full marathon in October. There is a 10k the day after my 16 miler...can I run a race after a long run, or just skip it and focus on training. Thanks for the input! Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:00:18 EST Anna Banana A little boy named Aidan or 80 died Sunday at 12:25 am. <BR> <BR> This is little boy, well I just have no words for him right now. He was beyond remarkable <BR> <BR> Here is a link to learn more about him <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway in order to honor him, several friends of mine are running this race. <BR> <BR> Anyone in the Area who would like to help fight cancer feel free to join <BR> <BR> <link> </lin... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:49:09 EST Running outside= new level of confidence My friend and I are training for a half in Oct. We both are treadmill runners ONLY. We ran a 5K together outdoors a few months ago but that's it. We both happened to be off work this morning and decided to bite the bullet and run together outside. We planned on a 6 miler. We ended up running 11.2 miles. A new PB for us both! Despite having several hilled areas to get through we found the outdoor run to be SIGNIFICANTLY easier and faster than the treadmill! Her Garmin indicated that several of... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:41:07 EST Coll Half Marathon Tomorrow we take off from Dingwall, Scotland and head up Loch Ness (and another loch I cannot remember the name of) (and up means upstream, not north) to Oban. On Friday I will take a ferry to the Isle of Coll for a half Marathon. It's not a big race, but it's a big deal for Coll. Once on the Island, I will rent (hire) a bike and get to the campground where I will set up my own accommodations ... a tent ... since there are no available rooms left. <BR> <BR> This is going to be fun! <BR> <BR... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:03:48 EST Carry anything with me? So there are aid stations at the 2, 4, 8 and 10 mile points with various drinks and goo. <BR> <BR> I already know that I will carry my cell phone and asthma inhaler with me. (I hate carrying anything, especially drink) I really wonder if I should carry a drink or snack just in case. I have been doing my LR at a nearby State Park where I just stop at the next available water spigot whenever I get thirsty or need to cool off. I don't want to worry about not having what I need nor do I want to... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:48:13 EST Harrisburg, PA Sept 8 Anyone else doing this? It will be my first half and also by the looks of it, the largest. (About 1,000 runners) <BR> <BR> I believe that my training is going well although I had to use my rescue inhaler yesterday a couple of times on my LR of 11 miles. That is the first time that I had to use it since I started training. I do feel confident in my ability to cross that line now and I have accepted that I may have to walk some to keep my breathing under control. <BR> <BR> The Harrisburg Hal... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:33:12 EST slective mindset! Here's an interesting thought that occurred to me the other day and I was wondering if anyone else is in the same camp..... <BR> <BR> For those of us who are training for a half marathon (or any race distance) or for those who are just beginning to run, I think we all realize that it takes time, a practice, and patience to reach our running goals. As runners we're "in for the long term" and realize to become good at what we do it takes mental toughness and a good amount of forward positive ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:01:17 EST Detroit Women's HM Anyone else running the first ever Detroit Women's Half-marathon? It looks like it's going to be a fun race. I'll be curious to see what the chocolate mile is like... somehow I don't really see myself eating chocolate during a race but you never know. <em>211</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:37:23 EST Rock 'n' Roll Dublin We came to Ireland and Scotland on vacation for our 40th Anniversary. That was the hook anyway. We really came for the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Whch I ran yesterday in 2:18:11. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty average Rock 'n' Roll. Fairly well organized with lots of volunteers and a moderately challenging course ... not entirely flat, not too many hills. The one thing they didn't have enough of was potties. Fortunately, this is Europe and there was no squeamishness about heading for the... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:34:44 EST Woooo! I ran 9 miles this morning! It was my furthest distance EVER so far. I planned on doing 7 but felt so great that I kept going! I finished at 6:30 this morning and I'm still excited! :) Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:21:53 EST Stressed about the training.... I have mentioned before my obsession with running a half marathon. I have recruited a few buddies to run one in October or possibly the Rock N Roll Philly Half in Sept. with me but they haven't started a training plan yet. Both are regular runners like myself. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. I haven't been following any formalized training schedule so far. I run 5-6 miles each day during the week and a long run of 8.5 miles at the furthest on Saturday. Thinking about running longer than 9 miles r... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:38:07 EST Acclimatizing for hot weather HM I like this suggestion on how to prepare for a hot HM: <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> 1) Move treadmill to kitchen and work out with oven at 400F and door open. <BR> 2) Drag a spare tire during long runs. A real tire, not your natural "spare tire". <BR> 3) Buy a running parasol. Or SPF 100 sunblock. Your choice. <BR> 4) Practice cursing. <BR> <BR> Reprinted (with permission!) from the facebook page for Riley's Rumble HM: <BR> <link><BR>e </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:12:38 EST Detroit Free Press International Half - Oct 20th I just stared my training for this one. This will be my 2nd Half and first one for Detroit Free Press. My daughter did this one last year and loved it. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:44:07 EST Leesburg "Almost a HM" 20K 20K is just short of a HM. The price is only $45 and includes a post-race brunch, tech shirt, and medal. (Not sure what they mean by "brunch" but that's got me curious.) Anyone ever done this race? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm very tempted. The only downside is that 1) it's mid-August so it could be very hot and 2) it's the day after a free club-sponsored XC 5K that I would probably have to run a bit slower than I'd like if I was going to rac... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:56:37 EST Entennman's Run - Long Island Seems kind of ironic that a cake company is co-sponsoring a half marathon lol This is just an smaller local run held in October...any Long Island Spark People out there interested in running this? <BR> <BR> - Patti Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:42:04 EST Still contemplating a half.... I have been running since the end of March after a ten yr stint of daily "power walking." I was able to increase my mileage without too much difficulty and have really come to enjoy the sport. Like many of you, I run in the early morning hours so it doesn't effect my time spent with the kids. <BR> I think about running a half marathon all the time. I'm kind of obsessed with it. I've reviewed many training plans. Currently I'm running about 40 miles a week but that's broken down to my longest ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:14:12 EST Healthy Protein Snack? I need some suggestions for a healthy protein snack (preferably something natural and not processed). I sometimes struggle with getting enough protein into my daily diet and would love to have a "go to" protein snack to fill in the gaps. I love almonds and peanut butter, but they're both so fatty. Any suggestions? Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:55:50 EST Holy Cow, Is it HOT!!!! This heat and humidity stinks for running, especially with asthma. I am doing my training for my first half and yesterday I had the moment of doubt. "Who the heck do I think I am anyway, wanting to run a Half?" Quit running and go back to walking. "NO!" I have to keep pushing and at least try to do it. I have a lot against me, but I have the fighter inside me that is not backing down. <BR> I have been running at a State Park near me where there is plenty of water, shade and a lake to jump int... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:14:03 EST Dog Attack I was attacked by two dogs while running in my neighborhood yesterday. Please be careful out there! I'm glad I had my cell phone with me and wish I had pepper spray! I won't run without either ever again! (I posted more info on my blog.) <BR> <BR> Be careful out there!! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:39:59 EST Long Beach Half Hi Everyone. I am Susan and I plan on doing a half marathon in Long Beach in October. Today I rean 6 miles and I am sore and tired. sigh....But I did it.I am not sure I can run the whole half, but I will try. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:29:37 EST Training question I have a technical question I'm hoping you all can help with! I'm training for a 10K in September (and a half in November!) and I'm following a training plan. <BR> <BR> My 50:00 pace run says I need to do 20:00 at an easy pace, then repeat 2:00/half marathon pace & 1:00/easy pace 5 times. Then 15:00 minutes of easy pace to finish. <BR> <BR> My question is this: Wouldn't my half marathon pace be slower than a 10K pace? I think the middle section is supposed to be harder than the easy 20 at... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 23:26:39 EST My Dance Card Here is my current dance card <BR> <BR> 8/5 Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon Ireland <BR> 8/17 Isle of Coll Half Marathon Scotland <BR> 8/31 Rockapulco Run Labor Day Half Marathon Rockaway Beach NYC NY <BR> 9/8 Run to Remember 5k Baltimore MD <BR> 9/14 Area 13.1 Denver, Castle Rock CO <BR> 9/16 Center of the Nation Series Bowman ND <BR> 9/17 Center of the Nation Series Belle Fourche SD <BR> 9/18 Center of the Nation Series Colony WY <BR> 9/19 Center of the Nation Series Albion MT <BR> 9/20... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:24:55 EST MapMyRun MVP MapMyRun is having a sale on their MVP upgrade- 20 bucks for a year. If you are using this program, do you think it's worth it? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:23:34 EST Want to lose weight while training I did my first half last year then got horribly out of shape. My next half is scheduled for September and I'm on week two of training. I would really like to lose some excess weight before the race but I'm concerned about restricting calories during training. If I'm burning around 3000 calories during week two what should my calorie limit be for weight loss (without inhibiting training)? <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:08:59 EST Finally registered for 1st Half! One of my biggest goals for this year is to run a Half. I will turn 50 in December and I wanted to do it this year. (What the relevance is...I don't know) I started running 4 years ago and have done 5k and 10k races to this point. Honestly I never expected to run anything other than the first 5k and that was it. I just wanted to see if I could do it. (I bet you heard that before) <BR> <BR> Anyway, as it happens to a lot of us, I just kept running and wanting to go further. Keep pushing and c... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:42:37 EST Countdown to the big day... I know this is the HM forum but this is my family and I share the big things with my family :) <BR> <BR> well, it sort of counts... there is a half marathon at the end of the swim and the bike... <BR> (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run) <BR> <BR> My first 70.3 is right around the corner. Taper starts Aug 1st. Race day is August 11th, Wisconsin Dells. <BR> <BR> Feeling fairly confident that all will be well. Need to work on my bricks and running in general. <BR> <BR> Man this is a looo... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:16:01 EST 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon Lottery picks out today for the Chevron Houston Marathon. I made it!! Anyone else? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:46:29 EST Brooks Adrenaline users? I was previously wearing the Mizuno Wave Inspire, which was good but I had to wear orthotics with it due to ball of foot pain. I switched last August to the Brooks Adrenaline 13, size 7.5 men's. It was also good and no more orthotics. But it lasted only 250 miles for me (I was getting 300 from the Mizuno), and I bought another pair of the Adrenalines back in March. <BR> <BR> But, apparently, the running shop here is behind the times and I wound up with the Adrenaline 12 in a size 8 men's...... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:55:46 EST Numb feet? When I run sometimes, especially longer runs, my feet go numb. Does anyone else experience this? Any ideas for fixing it? Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:31:46 EST Know Any Good Training Schedules? I'm planning on starting training for a half marathon in December and I was wondering if anyone knew a good training schedule/ program to follow. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:22:50 EST Marathon Mom Chases Down Bike Thief She was dressed for her workout and folding clothes when she noticed a man try to steal her husband's bike right out of their garage and she gave chase. <BR> <BR> "I was planning on running six miles that day, but I could do 12 if I needed to," she said. <BR> <BR> Read about it here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-mom-chases-down-bike-thief-18354947<BR>4.html </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite reader comment: <BR> <BR> 'Nothing more scary to a man than a woman r... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:57:05 EST Rewards for Moving through Earndit If you are a Fitbit, Nike+, Runkeeper, etc user I wanted to pass this on to you. You can earn rewards and discounts from Earndit for your exercise. It doesn't work with my Nike Fuelband (yet!) but it does work with my Nike+ Running. Looks like a fun way to keep moving. <BR> <BR> To get started, just use this link to signup: <link> </link> <BR> (you'll even get 50 bonus credits for joining via the link) <BR> <BR> The way it works is that you get points and credits based... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:12:29 EST Lansing's Capital City River Run I've decided I want to do this run on September 15th. Anyone else doing this one? I just did 7 miles for the first time this morning! <BR> <BR> Yummy. Chocolate muffin... great post-workout food :) Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:50:16 EST I'm Ba-ack! I've run 6 half marathons including the Las Vegas RNR Half which was my first back in Dec 2009. I built myself up to a climax last year when I ran half marathons on consecutive days in April. I then hurt my back doing strength training in June and muddled through a race a few days later before slowing down and de-training during the summer, and then focusing on only doing limited running and general fitness maintenance in the gym. <BR> <BR> Well, now I'm back. My son was born in April, an... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:52:30 EST Toying w/ my first half! <em>213</em> Hi all, <BR> <BR> Well I am toying with doing my first half. I have done two 5Ks a 10K and 10 nautical mile (11.52 miles) in '11. no races in '12. <BR> <BR> I certainly have found that if I don't have a goal of some sort, then I don't run as much. <BR> <BR> The half I am looking at limits at 400 for the 1/2 and 10K. last year there was 275 entrants, so smaller is better for your first I have heard. <BR> <BR> I have used the Jeff Galloway 1/2 training plan, but I think the... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:52:57 EST INSANITY Have any of you ever tried the INSANITY workout DVDs? I have not but am contemplating it…thoughts? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:24:58 EST 2 days until Half Marathon! Saturday is the Helvetia Half! Any last minute advice? I'm very excited; several of my friends are doing it, too:) Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:09:53 EST Too ambitious?? I will be running my 3rd HM this coming September. My personal best is 2:29 and I'd love to run a 2:15. I've always run on my own and kind of made up my own "training" schedule based on various plans I found online. I figured a great way to try and meet my new goal would be to join a local running clinic. The clinic runs from now until race day, about 17 weeks. <BR> Our first run was last night (4.5K), and I joined the 2:15 group. I was able to keep up for the first half of the distance, r... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:18:35 EST June Mileage 6/1 - 6 <BR> 6/4 - 2 <BR> <BR> Total - 8 miles Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:56:18 EST City to the Sea here I come Hi All. I just signed up for my first half! I am a little nervous about it but excited at the same time. One of the biggest challenges is having to train through the summer in the Phoenix area. Treadmills and I are barely on speaking terms but out of necessity I am trying to get past that. I am finding the mental game harder than the physical right now although there is a LONG way to go to get to distance. While physically I feel like I can keep on going, mentally I get very done before times... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:13:55 EST Never thought about half marathons this way. This is from a runners group on Facebook. Really makes me feel better about running half marathons. I just want to really stress about the BEER part. :( I miss my Three Philosophers and Chimay and.... <em>297</em> <BR> <BR> "13.1 Miles... It ain’t half of anything!!! <BR> <BR> I remember running my first half and thinking, “Oh, I’m only doing the half.” Excuse me? I’m ONLY doing the half? NO. No, no, no, no, no. I’m running 13.1 miles. THIRTEEN POINT ONE MILES. I’ve trained for 3 month... Mon, 20 May 2013 17:05:33 EST Anyone running and hoping to lose weight? I'm 5'7.5 and about 129#. I'd love to lose about 5 lbs but am having a lot of hunger mid afternoons following my runs. I run early, at 5am prior to my kids waking up. Admittedly I don't eat well in the morning b/c I am ridiculously busy trying to feed my two kids and get us all ready after exercising. I often eat 3oz carrots and 2 TBSP of peanut butter in the afternoons but I don't always feel satisfied. To be honest I never really feel "full" unless I'm having a carb and a fat/PRO.... usuall... Sun, 19 May 2013 13:28:09 EST HMs with non-medal finisher awards? As I plan out my HMs for the rest of the year, I'm thinking I've collected enough medals and wouldn't mind something more practical. Can anyone recommend good HMs that give finisher premiums that are NOT medals? That aren't expected to be worn around your neck? <BR> <BR> Don't tell me about medals that spin, open bottles, etc. unless it really IS a bottle opener and not a medal. I guess the way to know for sure is - do you keep it with all your medals or not. (If you keep it in the kitchen ... Fri, 17 May 2013 16:19:20 EST hello my name is Charity and I really want to be able to run my first half by next year. I was doing some research on my family heritage and found out that my family is part of the original McCoy's (from the Hatfield and McCoy's) so I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to run in the Hatfield and McCoy 1/2 marathon next year. Fri, 17 May 2013 04:09:21 EST transitioning from 10km to half marathon So far my longest race has been 10km. My PB is 48.16 (or something like that) and I really love that distance. However, as I've been doing that for about two years now, I felt it was time for a new challenge and signed up for my first half, which will be in October. <BR> I've already asked some of these questions, but will ask again: <BR> I know I need to slow down as I increase my distance time. Do I ever get to speed up again? <BR> Do I need to take water with me on longer runs? <BR> Wha... Wed, 15 May 2013 17:51:51 EST Ethiopoa Half and Full and 5K Saw that there's going to be a half and a full marathon in Ethiopia this fall (October I think) Mon, 13 May 2013 21:58:07 EST May Mileage and Other Goals I didn't see a topic started yet... so hope you all don't mind. <BR> <BR> May Goals Progress <BR> <BR> Walking Miles 75 <BR> <BR> 5/1 2.54 miles <BR> 5/2 2.63 <BR> 5/3 2.81 miles <BR> 5/7 9.72 miles <BR> 5/8 2.66 <BR> 5/9 3.55 <BR> 5/10 3.68 <BR> 5/12 1.18 <BR> <BR> Completed 28.77 <BR> To Go: 46.23 <BR> <BR> <BR> Biking Miles 75 <BR> 5/6 7.26 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Completed 7.26 <BR> To Go: 67.74 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 timed at least 3.68 mile walks (I wanted a slightly longer than 5K r... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:40:00 EST Fox River Trail Half Marathon Did it! DONE! Completed my first spring half-marathon! Wasn't my best half-marathon time (by a long shot), but wasn't my worst - and Garmin had the distance at 13.25. Finished right at the time I was shooting for and not as sore as I thought I might be, but tomorrow will tell. Not too bad for only having done 10.25 as my long run so far this year (until today, of course)! Now I have a good benchmark to gauge my improvement over the season before this falls Fox Valley Half and the RNR St... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:59:21 EST Run like the Kenyans. I found this and thought I'd share. I found the point about rest days interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ke-a-kenyan-10-lessons-recreational-ru<BR>nners-can-learn-from-the-kenyans/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 12:48:07 EST Maryland Half Marathon. This was, once again, a terrific race from registration to packet pick up at the Charm City Run Stores around Baltimore, to it's location in rural Howard County Maryland. <BR> <BR> They moved the start and finish a couple of hunudred yard so we were on Maple Lawn Blvd in Maple Lawn. It's like the Main Street to a created town. But it quickly got out on to county roads and some brutal hills. Experienced runners were commenting on them. This was a challenging course. <BR> <BR> This was almost... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:45:30 EST HIP PAIN I ran a half marathon a week ago and really pushed to finish in under 2.5 hours. Now my hips hurt. they hurt on the front where they bend. I assume it is tendonitis. Does anyone have any tips for getting better...other than rest, I mean? Sat, 11 May 2013 16:58:03 EST Running without earbuds?? <BR> I am running my first HM this Sunday and just recently noticed that they strongly suggest not using earbuds during the race for safety purposes. I'm freaking out because I can't imagine myself running for more than two hours without music or my runkeeper app giving me details on my pace. <BR> <BR> Is this a common thing during HM and Marathon races? What do you do? Wed, 8 May 2013 08:58:16 EST I missed a race today I am a poor sleeper normally and worse before a race. <BR> <BR> Last night before bed, I set the alarm for 4:30 so I could be out the door comfortably by 5:15 to be in Frederick 45 minutes away by 6:00. But my restless legs had other ideas. I remember seeing 3:00 and thinking I should just get up and go to Fred now and sleep in the car. <BR> <BR> Next thing I knew it look like daylight out the window. I thought 5:00. Nope. Clock said 6:30. Never rang. In the night I do recall knocking the c... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:05:38 EST Whew! That was a tough one! I ran in a local half marathon here in my town called the Great Western Half Marathon. We've gone from winter to practically summer in the last few days, but sadly the trees on the trails haven't caught up yet. The path we ran it on would normally be pretty shaded at this time of year, but it was still mostly full-on sun. I did okay the first 9-10 miles, but that last 5K was tough. My hips/IT bands were not happy with! I think I'm due for new shoes, so hopefully that will help. I'm s... Sun, 5 May 2013 19:29:44 EST Idk if I can do this! <BR> <BR> I've become a bit obsessed with the desire to run a half marathon. I started running daily about a month ago and have worked up to running 4-5 miles a day. I checked out some of the half marathon training schedules online and they basically have you running 2, 3, 4 miles a day and then a long run of 10mi on the weekend.Yikes! I can't imagine running that long (yes, I realize a half marathon is 13.1mi). Has anyone else run one? How did you train for it? And since I've started runn... Sat, 4 May 2013 13:46:43 EST My post got published... I am a big fan of Ben Greenfield and also Endurance Planet. I was pretty excited to see this in my inbox this morning :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment.... <BR> <BR> Link to my post... <BR> <link><BR>1 </link> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:48:02 EST Finished Your First Half? Post here!! One thing I totally love about running is the enthusiasm of a first time half marathon finisher. Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment and pride you feel when you cross the finish line. <BR> <BR> Share your first time race woo hoo here!! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:47:36 EST Name your toughest running challenge... Name your toughest running challenge and what you did to get through it. <BR> <BR> For me, as silly as it sounds, lack of flexibility has been an issue. Besides light stretching, I have really made use of a foam roller prior to my runs and rolling out my feet with a golfball. This has really helped me to loosen up prior to a run and I noticed a big difference on how well the first 2 or 3 miles go. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:46:39 EST Frederick Running Festival So much for convenient packet pick up. Nearest on is in Laurel, more than 30 minutes away. It seems that the Management Company which is based in suburban Baltimore, Elkridge MD, oriented their pickup toward DC. <BR> <BR> It could be worse I suppose. I could live in Virginia and only be able to get my packet in Baltimore. <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:24:24 EST First outdoor run of the year Winter has just not let up at all around here until today. If it hasnt been snow, it has been freezing rain and ice. I think everyone in my area is ready to raise the white flag and give up. <BR> <BR> Finally a break, the temps are climbing and today is the first day that has actually been good for safe outdoor running. In short, i did a 4.5 mile run, dodged some patches of ice and puddles and I feel great :) <BR> <BR> This has been a long time in coming. Im really excited to finally get m... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:37:06 EST Hospital Hill Half - Kansas City Missouri June 1st will be the 40th anniversary for the Hospital Hill run and I'm signed up for the half! I can't wait, but at the same time a bit anxious. This will be my toughest half yet. There are six major hills (with a 380 foot elevation difference) where the hospitals are/were. <BR> <BR> My goal is 2:30. The past two half's I've run I came in at 2:43 (20 seconds separated my two times). <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for people in the Southern Johnson County area (ie Olathe, Overland Par... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:40:11 EST Training advice <BR> Hi, I'm new to the team. I really want to do a half marathon. I can run 5k easily and am aiming to do 10k in a couple of weeks but need advice on building up my distance. Does anyone know any good smart phone training apps for going from 5k to half marathon? <BR> <BR> What kind of time would you allow to train for a half marathon? <BR> <BR> Also I wondered if any more experienced runners could advise me on socks. I get huge blisters on the soles of my feet when I run which is mostly f... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:21:55 EST Cardio ideas while resting piriformis? Can't run or cycle. Not sure about the elliptical. I need some cardio that won't tax a totally inflamed piriformis. Does anyone have some ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:18:30 EST Amby Burfoot interview on NPR Terri Gross did a short interview with Amby Burfoot on Fresh Air today. If you don't know, he won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and runs it every five years. He was running the Boston Marathon Monday and was .7 miles away from the finish line when the first bomb exploded. <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you want to give it a listen. "Every mile is a gift." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>athoner-amby-burfoot-every-mile-out-th<BR>ere-is-a-gift </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:46:45 EST Signed up for my second Rio de Janeiro I ran my first half in Kansas City in 2011 and since then have been running but just short runs. My hubby and I are now living in Rio (for a year) and the half is in August. I'm nervous and excited and a little giddy! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:46:47 EST Boston Marathon ... One of our own... It has come to my attention that one of our own.. <BR> <BR> John (Freedomstar) <BR> <link><BR>EEDOMSTAR </link> <BR> <BR> was running the Boston Marathon. Have not heard anything as of yet and no report on his FB page as well. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers for his safe return. <BR> <BR> Robert <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:52:59 EST Race Fees can be TAX DEDUCTIBLE If you are one of those people searching for every deduction, remember to keep your receipts for entry fees for any and all races that 'benefit' some organization. <BR> <BR> So the cancer walks, St Judes, etc. count as Charitable Contributions. <BR> <BR> I'm printing out the receipts and noting what program was receiving the benefits. <BR> <BR> Oh, and this information was given to me by H&R Block. <BR> <BR> Run on .. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:19:02 EST Good Article On Running And Weight Loss From Active .com <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Myths-About-Running-Calories-and-Weigh<BR>t-Loss.htm?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I got this in my inbox this morning, thought I would share. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:48:42 EST Parks HM - Best Race in Maryland?! Don't sign up for PHM if you want a medal. There are no finisher medals. Yet according to a survey by <link> </link> , readers voted <link> </link> the best race in Maryland. Not just the best HM but the best race period. <BR> <BR> Even ignoring the bias for proximity to DC (which would explain why it beat out 20 other HMs in MD), it's surprising that a HM beat out the hundreds of other races in the area. (The runner-up was Pike's Peek 10K.) <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:45:38 EST Can't get motivated to train Hey everyone! I'm training for Pittsburgh, which is almost exactly one month away, and my training is really far behind. I haven't skipped any of my long runs, but I've left out at least one training run (out of 4) and sometimes more/week. Do you all think I can make up for lost ground in the last four or so weeks? I do have four halfs under my belt already.... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:02:32 EST Ok to do half marathon with head cold? I have been training for 6 months for the half marathon this weekend. On Monday, I caught a cold. Boo! It's above the neck only - so congestion and sinus pressure, etc; But no coughing, hacking, etc; <BR> <BR> Everything I've read online seems to point to the direction that I'm ok to do the half. I don't have health insurance, so I can't ask my doc. :( But I did ask my Dad who I call Doctor Dad as he is an MD. He is ok with me doing the half as long as the cold doesn't move to my ches... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:50:21 EST Fun Races So I have been running HMs for a couple of years now and I am looking to change things up this year. I want to run races that are more than just running a long distance, I want to do some fun, interesting, challenging races. <BR> I am already signed up for a Mud Run next month which I am SO looking forward to. What other different kinds of races are out there that are more than a 5k? Are there any fun or different HMs or Fulls? Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:47:25 EST Buffalo NY HM in May 2013 I did my first half last year, and am getting ready to do it again this coming May. Training this time around is more of a mental struggle than last year was. Not sure why. Hoping the spring weather will flip my mental switch to get me going! Best Wishes all! <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:28:11 EST Walking a HM in under 3 Hours? I walked my first and only half marathon last spring in 3 hours and 13 minutes. I would like to do another half marathon this year and am a walker. We have since moved to Oak Ridge, TN, and their HM is right after Thanksgiving. My main problem is that I don't know if I can do the HM in under 3 hours and they have a 3 hour cut off. Any other walkers manage to walk a HM that fast? I know for you runners, that is not a fast speed. I just would like to do another HM and tend to not drive fo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:16:31 EST Fuel during training when i started running, it was purely running for weight loss, so the thought of sucking back 100 empty calories seemed inconceivable and counterproductive... however, now that i'm building up my distance training for a HM, i find that i am running out of gas around the 4.5 mile mark every time, regardless of what i eat before i run. so the more i read, the more i feel like it might be time to start trying out some of the gels or chews 'real' runners use... but i'm still having such a hard t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:24:36 EST Reston HM - if only all races were this good I just read about this race (it took place last month) and had to smile. From an interview with the race director: <BR> <BR> “We wanted a race where we took the good parts of races we have run and improved upon issues we have encountered at other larger marathons.” Free pasta dinner the night before, morning packet pick up, and a buffet of post-race food that included pizza, buffalo wings, corn bread, oranges, bagels muffins and more, were a few of the perks of this low key long distance rac... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:11:21 EST Woo Hoo's for April.. It's getting close to where us runners can really start getting out there... well at least those of us lucky enough to get temps over 32. <BR> <BR> This time of year is a great time to get the dust off, get out there, and rack up some woo hoo's! <BR> <BR> Share them here :) <BR> <BR> -Robert <BR> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:38:45 EST Zooma Chicago 1/2 Anyone running the Zooma Chicago 1/2? I'd love to meet some fellow sparkers! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:07:22 EST April Mileage Challenge! This is no April Fools' Joke! Let's do this for real. <BR> <BR> My mileage goals: 120 miles. <BR> <BR> What's yours? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:11:45 EST Foot Pain I am training for my first half marathon and have been experiencing foot pain since yesterday afternoon and can't figure out what it is exactly. I'm hoping someone in this team sees this post and has experienced a similar injury before and can point me in the direction of what may have caused it and how I can treat it. <BR> <BR> I ran 5 miles yesterday morning and don't remember having twisted or done anything in particular to my foot. During the day I gradually started to feel pain in one... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:31:39 EST Harpers Ferry HM I signed up for the Harpers Ferry HM on May 11. (It's only $50 now but the price goes up on April 1.) I've done this two years in a row now. It's a helluva good HM. <BR> <BR> A small fun race with variety: half road, half trails. Gorgeous scenery. Extremely well managed. Unlimited pizza and beer at the end. <BR> <BR> Oh, there are a few hills: Here's a comparison to the Baltimore HM and Frederick HM. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13_91482397e3_o.jpg </link> <BR... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:03:55 EST How should I space HMs? Hi, I'm training for my first half marathon in May, and already know I'm going to want to do more. I was looking over a list of races in my area and found a moderately priced one in my area on the day of my 55th birthday (in August) so I will definitely do that one. But I also saw one that looked great a month before that. Would running two HMs within a month of each other be too much? How do you space races? Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:44:11 EST how should I train? Hi Runners! <BR> I ran my very first half marathon yesterday in NYC! It was awesome! My time was 2:08:17, of which I'm very proud because I paced myself, enjoyed every moment, had fun and most importantly finished strong! <BR> I also signed up for the More Fitness Womens Half on April 14th and then the Brooklyn Half on May 18th. <BR> So that will be a half each month, my question is, how do I train for the next? What kind of plan should I follow? Any suggestions would be very helpful! THAN... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:36:08 EST Commercial HM comparisons For people who have done at least two commercial HMs: Describe how one HM did a great job on some aspect of the race and how another HM did it poorly. It's important that at least one HM does it wrong; no point in giving attention to things that all HMs do well! (PS: Let's skip club races here and just focus on commercial HMs.) Maybe this discussion will be of some help to people trying to choose their first commercial HM. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> - Corral Control <BR> <BR> Best: NY... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:55:27 EST Injured @ halfway through training I am in week 7 of my training for may 26th half marathon. Last week i developed posterior shin splints, wrapped and ran through the pain. Big mistake as the following day i could not bear pressure on my foot. I have been for two massages to work it out (have 2 more scheduled) and plan on cycling until i get the go ahead to run....i also practice yoga and i feel like my lungs could run forever, if only this body could keep up <BR> <BR> My question is- has anyone come back from injury and mad... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:43:21 EST Drinking water during training I find myself getting really thirsty on my 8mile+ training runs, and I think carrying some water would be a good idea ( I tried drinking more before I leave, but I just end up nearly wetting myself!) However, I have found carrying a water bottle in my hand to be a pain in the backside. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to keep hydrated without having to carry a water bottle? Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:27:34 EST The New Guy Morning everyone!! <BR> <BR> My name is Steve and I've been a member here at SparkPeople for quite some time now. I've been running for a couple of years on and off and so far I've completed several 5k and 10k races. I wanted a new challenge so I've signed up for the Bupa Birmingham Great Run in October. <BR> <BR> Just my luck as soon as I signed up for it I've been hit by a really bad chest cold. I've had it now for almost 3 weeks so that means I've done no cardio (other than walking) in t... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:55:22 EST Deciding on HMs There are so many new HMs that my head is spinning. Just in my state (Maryland), there are 25 HMs. (And MD is a small state!) I wonder how other people decide which HM to do when there are so many choices. Once you've gotten by the obvious stuff (trail vs road, hills vs flat), how do you sift through the remainder? <BR> <BR> Love to try a new race? Or love the classics? <BR> The nearest possible HM? Or far away (vacation-style, combine with travel)? <BR> Price? Refund, transfer, deferral pol... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:41:49 EST Running a half with a cold? Here I am, 3 days before my first half marathon race, and I wake up with a runny nose and a tickle in my throat. I made sure to start popping Zicam, drinking lots of fluids, will make sure to pick up some Airborne or Emergen-C today, and plan to have a couple of oranges today as well as tomato soup for dinner tonight. Hopefully, that will let the worst of it go through my system today and tomorrow, so I don't have to suffer on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else ran a half marathon race with... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:06:09 EST New to this team, and my dog has a question! That's right - my dog has a question for our fellow HM trainers! For those of you that run with your pooches, how do you make sure he stays hydrated during the long runs? Does he carry his own water, if so, how? <BR> <BR> I am training for my first half-marathon in May which is a trail run. Since a lot of my training is taking me onto remote 4WD hilly roads, I feel much safer having my 175lb pup with me, but I want to make sure he is well taken care off. Any suggestions/recommendations f... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:46:08 EST First Half Marathon of 2013 Yahoo! I've signed up for my first half of this year. It's one in my town, so it'll be nice and close. It's the first weekend of May, so I need to get my butt in gear! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:44:57 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:34 EST 1st half marathon questions, 27 days from race <em>213</em> fellow half marathoners! <BR> <BR> I've posted a few times before, and you have always been quick to respond with great advice & support. I'm hoping ya'll might answer some questions that arose during my 12.5 miler yesterday. <BR> <BR> First, is there an optimal prerun meal? I had a grilled chicken sandwich about 30 minutes before leaving. Plus I had eaten a normal breakfast. But my gas tank was empty by mile 4 & I had to break out my banana. Then my protein bar came ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:39:24 EST How long do your shoes last? I keep hearing that shoes *should* last for 500 miles. <BR> <BR> The most I've ever gotten is 350 and that was with pushing them 50 miles past when I started having foot & knee pain. The norm for me seems to be 250 miles before my knees and/or feet start to hurt. As soon as I replace the shoes I'm good for another 250 miles. So I don't think it is a budding injury but rather the shoes that causes the pain. <BR> <BR> So could I be doing something *wrong* that is causing my shoes to only las... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:12:21 EST Cross training ideas? What do you guys think about bellydancing for cross training? It's relatively low impact and is good cardio. Its not a common suggestion for cross training so I was wondering what everyone else thought. The main idea for cross training is low/non impact and something other than walking that is still cardio, yes? Also, is strength a good cross trainer or does cross training need to get your heart rate up? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:54:20 EST Just signed up for my first Half So I just signed up for my first half marathon the other day. The race isn't until October 20 and I already regularly run 8k-10k once a week and have done several shorter races (from the 5k-8k) range. <BR> I'm really excited and am using Runner's World's smart coach program to establish my training plan and it seems like I have more than enough time to train for the race! As this is my first time I have trained for this distance I would greatly appreciate any tips from others who have done t... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:23:02 EST new and looking for motivation :) i am a heavy runner, who is trying to make the jump from 10K to a half marathon by fall 2013. i am currently in a hate-hate relationship with my treadmill, since i'm from ontario and running outside is not an option until the 6 foot snowbanks melt away <BR> anika Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:42:13 EST Hello, I'm new! I just started getting back into running this year, I used to love it when I was in high school. I finished the RunDouble C25k program and started the 5 to 10k program. I just finished week 1 of 6 for that program. I'm in this team because running a half is one of my bucket list items that I hope to cross off this year. If all goes well, I'll be doing it at the Des Moines half in October. Will any other Sparkers be there? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:06:54 EST Shoe Update: Past the Return Date.... So I am now in Brooks Ravenna 3s, a full size bigger to try to hang on to my toenails this time around. <BR> <BR> My right foot is a little smaller than my left, and I feel my heal slipping in the shoe (I have done all the lacing tips the running store gave me, and am wearing thicker socks). I've even tried two socks on my right foot. <BR> <BR> My right heal is hurting when I run, started last week, doesn't hurt at all the minute I stop and take the shoes off. Today it started right when I ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:30:23 EST Everything is all set... finally... I have finally finished the last bits of planning and making reservations for my upcoming race in Wisconsin in August. <BR> <BR> I have already been assured by my boss that they would work with me on getting the necessary time off for this event if there are scheduling conflicts so that was a huge relief. <BR> <BR> It seems like it is finally coming together and my dream of finishing a 70.3 will be a reality soon enough. <BR> <BR> Anyway, thanks to all my friends for the words of encourage... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:24:56 EST Join The Woo Hoo Crew - Month Of March Post your victories here so we can share in the woo hoo!! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:19:30 EST Breaking in new sneakers Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm currently training for a half-marathon to be held on 5/5/13. I bought new running sneakers yesterday and am curious about the break in period. What is the best way to break them in? How long should I wait to wear them running and for what distance? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:54:46 EST Marvelous March Mileage Goals Anyone up for the challenge? <BR> <BR> My goal is 155 miles. <BR> <BR> 3/1 - 6 miles <BR> <BR> Miles to goal - 149 Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:02:49 EST Marine Corp Historic Half 5.19.13 Is anyone training for the Historic Half? I just started. 12 week program this week. I'd love for us to represent SparkPeople in May. Who's with me? Are you interested in my program? Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:23:19 EST How fast to go, when to speed up this Saturday I haven't been on here for a while because I did not run any HM since a year ago, too many health problems got in the way. Now I'm ready for one this Saturday, the first one where I'm hoping to improve my time of 2:47 a little from two years ago. My prep has been a little on the sloppy side but followed roughly Hal Higdon's Novice HM guide, but increased long runs by 2 miles every 10 days. <BR> My question is this: How do I know when to increase speed and how much? I run with a heart rate mon... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:11:04 EST newbie here from BC Canada Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> just joined this team as want to get connected with people going through what I am <BR> <BR> I am registered to a 1/2 waking marathon in May, was going to run it but injured by IT band and physio says no can do so i have joined a walking 1/2 marathon clinic and enjoying it and making new friends. <BR> <BR> also planning on partcipating in the Seattle 1/2 in June 22, anyone doing this one? <BR> <BR> also trying to get my groove and motivation back, almost reached goa... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:57:36 EST Comfortable workout clothes Can anyone recommend particular clothes that are more comfortable/appropriate for long distances. I did a longer walk today and I don't think my cotton sweats are the best idea. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:36:43 EST New to group Hello, I am new to the group. I signed up for the Helvetia Half-marathon on June 9th near Portland, OR. I did it once, years ago, before I gained the weight and am excited to do it again, hopefully getting healthier in the process. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:33:27 EST Shoe Advice/Thoughts I am going to post this message on both the marathon and half marathon team pages, sorry to those that see it twice! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been running many years (short distances for general fitness), started distance running three years ago. I've run several half marathons, 10 miler races, and a full marathon last summer. <BR> <BR> After my marathon I developed some bad IT band issues, which have now resolved with lots of PT and cross training. During that process, I had my... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:16:12 EST Hollywood Half April 6. <BR> <BR> Patrick and I will be driving a truck of furniture out for Mike and there just happens to be this little race that weekend so I figured, well, why not? <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:36:32 EST Treadmill to Lake Shore Drive? Tips, please! Hi, all.Today I mentioned to my workout buddy that I saw a bunch of people registering for the Chicago Marathon. I know I'm not ready for a full, but I told her that I'd been thinking of signing up for the half. Well, she posted it on Facebook, and now we're committed! Race day: September 8th! <BR> So tonight at the gym, I wanted to gauge just how much training I need to do. I ran 4.5 miles in 49 minutes (a constant 5.5 mph), and only sort of felt like dying after...I probably could've pushe... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:08:15 EST Half in every state...what race do you suggest? So, after my first half (after a few years of Tris), I was hooked...and my goal now is to run a half in every state in my life time. I have my first 7 states complete, and I am looking to do my 8th in March if possible, but can't decide where to go. Anyone have any suggestions? The one I really wanted to do falls on Easter weekend, and I won't give that weekend up for a race trip. Let me know (and any suggestions year round are great too!) <BR> <BR> PS - I already have Iowa, Wisconsin, M... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:14:49 EST Running while pregnant Hello team! <BR> <BR> I've been AWOL a few months, but I've been steadily plugging along and maintaining my base of 2-3x's a week, 2-3 miles a time, with the initial plan of 2-3 half marathons this year (I only ran 1 last year, and 2 in 2011). But, as the title of my post indicates, I am pregnant (w/embryo #1!!) and I have NO CLUE as to how this going to affect my training. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else competed half marathons while pregnant? How is this going to affect training? I know that ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:56:37 EST Dust Bowl Series I just signed up for all five races in the Dust Bowl Series: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Dalhart, TX 3/18 <BR> Guymon, OK 3/19 <BR> Ulysses, KS 3/20 <BR> Lamar, CO 3/21 <BR> Clayton, NM 3/22 <BR> <BR> The say "Go slow, Go far, Go often." <BR> <BR> So I plan to Run on Monday. After that I plan to run/walk. walk/run, or just walk. Because come Sunday 3/24, I will be in Corpus Christi to run with my daughter in her fir half marathon. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:33:22 EST New Knee Pain Some of you may be seeing this again, I just posted it in the Road Runners, but I'm trying to find a quick answer, so I'm posting it in here too: <BR> <BR> I've been running for over a year now. I typically run 5+ miles 2-3 times during the week and 1 long run 10+ miles on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I got new shoes for christmas, they are great and I've worn them consistently and I have never had a problem. <BR> <BR> Last weekend after I got back from my long run I felt fine, I stretched, and ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 10:09:17 EST Join the woo hoo crew- Month of February, 13 Post your victories here!!! lets hear it.... <BR> <BR> running, weight loss, non-scale victories all qualify :) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:32:07 EST February Mile Challenge Anyone want to keep track of their miles here? <BR> <BR> I'll start and if nothing happens I will just leave it.... <BR> <BR> February goal 150 miles <BR> <BR> 2/1 - 5 <BR> 2/2 - 10 <BR> <BR> Miles to go 135 Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:15:46 EST Running with a stroller Just wondering if there are any runners here that have run with a stoller? What age was baby when you started running/jogging with them in the stroller? I just had a baby and I am dying to get out running again. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:42:19 EST One Of Our HM Members BQ'd! Our very own MBSHAZZER ran a Boston Qualifier early this week and made it with one second to spare... talk about the big push to the finish line. <BR> <BR> If you have time, stop by her blog and pass on a big woo hoo to help her celebrate!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227363 </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:49:16 EST time to reset Hey all, <BR> <BR> Just looking for support and advice. <BR> <BR> When I first joined Sparkpeople 22 months ago, I was full force with my dedication to my lifestyle change. Then 2 major life changes happened, and I lost myself and my motivation. <BR> <BR> I've remained active on the site, and have managed to keep off 30 of the 38 I had lost a year ago. <BR> <BR> Now I need to get back. I ran my second half marathon back in October, and one of my original goals back in April of 2011 wa... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:03:33 EST Newbie questions Hi, I just joined the group. I'm pretty new to running and would love some advice from the pros! <BR> <BR> Background info- I started running in October using the couch to 5k program. I was not exercising before that point. I completed c25k in Dec and continued running 2-4 miles 3 times a week. About mid December I switched from running outside to the treadmill due to weather. In January I started training for a half marathon using this plan.<BR>_s... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:59:05 EST My 1st Half Hello! <BR> I have ran a 10k each spring for the last 4years and i enjoy a run just about every other day to exercise my dog.. I have signed up for the Ottawa Half Marathon May 26th and I am excited, nervous, happy and scared all at the same time <BR> <BR> I have trained for various long runs before (niagara international marathon & around the Bay 30km) and never made it to the start line due to i.t band issues. In training my longest run was 18km on a blistering hot july morning. <BR> <B... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:53:37 EST I don't think I'm eating enough? That said. I'm training for a half marathon and I've had some issues this week that I can't decide if they are hormones, not enough food or something. (when I say hormones, I mean the lady monthly kind) (and I'm doing a Whole30 right now)-- <BR> <BR> A typical weeks workouts- <BR> teach yoga four classes <BR> two days with personal trainer <BR> 5 days of running/walking 3-7 miles <BR> 2-4 gym workouts with weights.(alternateing upper and lower body) <BR> <BR> A typical day's food <BR> cof... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:50:39 EST Newton running shoes? I am considering trying Newton running shoes. Does anyone have any experience with them? How did the transition go? Did you transition on your own or use a running coach or clinic to help you make the change? What are the pluses/minuses? It is hard to find objective information! <BR> <BR> I currently run about 20 miles a week at a 7:30 pace for fast runs and a 8:30-9 min pace for LSRs. I am currently in Nike lunarons, which I like. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law wear Newtons and ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:17:41 EST Calling Midwesters... for Words of Wisdom! In the last couple years, I have started a pattern unintentionally. January-June I train for a half marathon. Than, July and August I don't run at all because of the heat and HUMID. It's like running in slow motion for me. Basically, I end up detraining and never keep my progress and I have to retrain every winter. Last year, I attempted to learn how to bike last year but my fear of falling won. I am currently considering training for Grandma's Marathon but afraid I will do poorly in front of... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:56:03 EST Blisters and Mentholatum What a lovely combo. I smell like Mentholatum from training (hip and foot) and in a separate incident, I messed up my feet yesterday. (badshoes so I took them off and did two more miles with just socks.) So now my foot hurts, and I have blister on the balls of my feet. 5.5 weeks to go til my next half and feel like sleep deprived crap. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:50:32 EST Pittsburgh half Anyone else running the Pittsburgh half this year? I'm trying out a new training program that incorporates a lot of walking and takes only eight weeks. I usually crap out on my training by around week 6, so I'm hoping this will work better for me. <em>104</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:17:32 EST Couch to Half Marathon!! I have six months to train for the Half Marathon. Is this enough time for me to train for such a heavy goal?? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:56:51 EST Flying Pig May 5, 2013 Half, 10K, Marathon For anyone interested this will be a fun event Half marathon, 10K, or Marathon a group of Sparkers will be participating in this race travelling from all over. Most of us are staying at Cinn. Hotel steps away from the Expo & the Race. <BR> <BR> John <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:12:53 EST Numbness? Hey all you runners out there! I am about 6 weeks into my training program and for the past 2 weeks I have noticed that at about 25-30 minutes in, my one leg starts to go numb from about the knee down more concentrated around my foot. I don't feel any discomfort and do quite a bit of stretching. <BR> Any suggestions? Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:40:48 EST How can I find a walker friendly UK half marathon? Can anyone tell me how to go about finding a UK half marathon that I can walk? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:49:42 EST Running after injury November/December the pain I had been tolerating in my calf turned out to be a tear. Through physical therapy I am about 95% recovered and have been allowed to start running. I have to re-learn how to run making sure I have a mid-foot strike (I had been a heel strike). <BR> <BR> Last year I did my first half marathon and was quite pleased with how I did. I am currently signed up for two HMs this year. The first is April!!!! So my question is, having had completed the distance before and... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:25:27 EST 2nd Half I did my 2nd official half on Sunday the 13th. The Armaco Houston half. It was cold and wet but I finished. I knocked a minute off my time, but i was hoping for more. The weather really slowed me down. <BR> <BR> Anyway today is my 2nd sparkiversary <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in my story or my half here is a blog with pictures <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211332 </link> <BR> <BR> Is there a way or what do you all do to p... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:15:50 EST Move from the Half to the Full So I have done 4 HM and really enjoy them. However this year I am thinking of trying out a full marathon for the first time. It is a daunting idea to say the least. <BR> <BR> I am just looking for comments, advice, training tips, stories, whatever from people who have made the jump to the full. I think that the HM will always be "my race" but I feel a full is something I have to try. <BR> <BR> So who has done a full? Anyone else thinking of trying one this year? Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:53:12 EST Newcomer to the Half Marathon Group I have run many 5k's and one 10k, but I would like to train for a half marathon. I am basically starting out from scratch because it has been about 4 months since I have trained. I need a beginner's schedule to start training. Does anyone have a schedule that I can follow and start slow? I haven't signed up for a race yet, but I am wanting to run one by the end of the year. <BR> Thank you. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:25:57 EST Lexington Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon I'll be running this one with my husband. It'll be my 13th HM...but it is his FIRST! I'm so excited for him! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:31:48 EST Hydration belts for long runs? I've been cruising the forums of various websites, trying to get some advice on hydration belts and if I really need one for a half marathon or for long runs that are less than 14-15 miles. I ran 10 miles yesterday, and ended up being just fine without water, since the hydration belt I had (can't remember the model number, but it's a Nathan) kept bobbling around and the water bottle kept popping out. The model I had ended up having one large bottle that was stored horizontally on the belt. ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:02:59 EST First Timer I've signed up for my first half marathon. I started my training on 1/10. The marathon is on May 19th. I'm so excited and I hope I can keep this enthusiasm through the next 4 months! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:17:04 EST During Run Nutrition So I'm running around 10-14 miles on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I carry water with me, but I find on the runs over 10 miles that I start to get a little hungry. I know they make the chews, the gels, the bars. But so far I haven't found a definitive "try this" answer. <BR> <BR> What does everyone use for fuel during a run? What should I try? What has or hasn't worked for you? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:55:50 EST Salt during HM/Marathon? Races sometimes offer salt tablets during HM and marathons. Is this a good idea? Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:51:39 EST How Long to Break In? Whenever I get a new pair of running shoes or inserts, I always feel like there's a 2 week breaking in period where I have a few new aches and pains until my body adjusts. Do you experience that also and if so, how long does it last? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:18:19 EST 10 Mile Spark Team It may seem strange to ask people to lower their sights but I'm doing exactly that. I've created a 10 Mile Spark Team and invite anyone to join. (Oddly, there are multiple HM and M spark teams and dozens of 5K and 10K teams but there's never been a 10M team.) <BR> <BR> While I love the HM distance, I am surprised that so many people want to jump right from their first 5K or 10K into a HM training program. While the enthusiasm is admirable, the 10M distance is worth exploring first. <BR> ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:46:44 EST Indy Mini on May 4th Is anyone else doing the Indy Mini this May? Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:38:56 EST New to the group Good morning everyone! I am new to the group and new to running overall. I never imagined I would love running as much as I do and am now logging 3 to 4 miles 5 to 6 days a week. My first half marathon is set for September 14th and I want to do a subsequent one on October 13th. I live in Kansas and so am trying to get used to the cold. I am excited to be a part of the group and excited to improve my run times. I just finished my first 5K on New Years Eve in 43:24.9 and 19th out of 29 in my ag... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:50:51 EST Winter running <BR> I'm new to running, but want to keep going in the winter..the roads here are plowed, but not well my run today, my feet were having trouble getting traction, it felt like I was running in sand. Way too much work for the small amount of forward motion I was going...I was thinking about adding ice cleats to the bottom of my running shoes, but not sure if its worth it or what brands are good.... <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried adding ice cleats to the bottom of their running shoes? ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:03:20 EST Rock n Roll Half Marathon, St. Pete, FL Will any of you love Spark folks be there? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:51:34 EST Hello planning to do my first half in July 13! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Natalie and my husband and I are planning to do our first half in July - my husband is a Marine veteran so he is used to long distance but this is my first experience with a long distance race since school. <BR> <BR> Excited and nervous - I know training starts now! <BR> <BR> Look forward to hearing all your advice and tips and good luck to everyone on your goals and resolutions :) <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 07:27:34 EST Join the woo hoo crew January 2013 2013 is a brand new year and with it, an opportunity to make strides toward our goals. Post your victories for the month here so we can celebrate with you.. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 01:43:07 EST Seeking advice for my first half marathon! Hello! I'm new to this group. <BR> <BR> A little bit about me: I'm over weight, I could stand to lose 50 lb, but I walk everywhere, I've walked 6 miles straight without thinking too much about it. I work at a gym so I have access to gym equipment. I'm scheduled to start my first half marathon on May 5th, 2013. I believe you have to beat a 13:45 pace to not get picked up by the shame van. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone could give any advice for training? <BR> <BR> Most places I've se... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:56:50 EST Rock 'n' Roll in DC on March 16th Anyone else running the RNR in DC on the 16th of March? It'll be my first half so I'm super excited about it! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:47:58 EST Favorite books about running? In preparation for my first full marathon in less than two months (!), I've been reading books about running, not training books but books about the experiences of runners. So I'm curious--what are your favorite books about running? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:25:41 EST Our brains love exercise! Makes me want to go for a long run... :-) <BR> <BR><BR>/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-b<BR>rain/?smid=li-share Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:27:03 EST free fitness calendar for 2013 I have been sharing this link all over the place today. It's a free downloadable calendar from Run Pretty Far. It has a great design & motivational quotes as well. If you need a calendar for your fitness goals, consider looking at it. I have printed my copy & will use it for my running schedule & study schedule. woo hoo!! <link><BR>e-shop/rpf-2013-free-calendar/ </link> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:58:52 EST Winter Running Sock Suggestions Hello Team - <BR> <BR> Any recommendations for winter running socks? I'd like a fairly thin, but warm pair to cover my feet and ankles. <BR> <BR> I'm in Florida, so I need a warm, but not necessarily an Arctic solution. :) <BR> <BR> Oh yes - any thoughts on hats that cover ears? My summer running cap is wonderful, but it leaves my ears exposed - and they get a bit chilly. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> Liz Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:48:05 EST Signed Up For My First Half 4/28/13! I just started training today! I laid out a plan to get myself back in the running game, as it has been a while since I have done anything consistent. I picked this one because it is in the spring, when it is still cool, and I don't do well in the heat! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:44:42 EST Running on Christmas Day I used to wonder what was wrong with those idiots out running on Christmas Day. <BR> <BR> Now I are one. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:24:31 EST Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon June, 2013? Anyone planning to participate in the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon in June? If so, I am interested in hearing about your training and perhaps encouraging each other along the way. I plan to do it but as of today am not really sure I could run a whole km but I'm going for it anway. <BR> <BR> Christie. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 01:28:34 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am training for my first half marathon in March. I have completed a 5k, 8k and a 10 k. Can use a lot of inspiration. Thank you. Happy holidays. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:49:42 EST Run Short or Run Long? <BR> For the past 15 years I have been focused on running 5Ks. Three miles always seemed such a long way. <BR> <BR> Then last year, while volunteering for the Rock n Roll half-marathon, I vowed I would run the next one (Feb 2013). <BR> <BR> Well, with training on longer runs and recently running my first 10K, I've discovered that I enjoy the long distances - a LOT! In fact, I get better then longer I go. I run smoother and faster as the miles pile on. Who Knew?! <BR> <BR> My goal for... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:45:57 EST First HM on St. Patty's Day 2013! Top o' the afternoon to ya! <BR> <BR> I currently live in Memphis and had always wanted to be a runner, but my weight kept it from happening for many years (too much stress on the knees). Once I dropped down to about 200 pounds this summer, I tried it again, and it stuck this time! <BR> <BR> I have now reached my goal weight and in maintenance these days, so I'm now focusing a bit more on reaching fitness goals. Since I started running, I've done 3 5k races and a 4 mile race, and I'm defi... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:44:10 EST Annual mileage goals?? Does anyone track annual mileage goals? If so, how's it going with the new year right around the corner? Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:44:59 EST First Half Marathon Training Plan Hello, <BR> <BR> I am signed up to run my first half marathon in May. I have looked at a lot of different training plans (including Jeff Galloway's, which was highly recommended) but have not found one that meets my needs well. I am planning on doing intervals of walking and running (maybe run 2 minutes, walk 1?). I tried to make my own training plan, basing it off different plans I saw. I made sure to have an easier week at least every four weeks and tried not to increase mileage by more th... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 12:06:57 EST First half on Sunday looking for tips I've been running since March 2010. This will be my first half. Started Hal Higdon training in August. Had some inflamation in my foot week of Thanksgiving that set me back. Longest I've run is 10 miles twice in mid/late Nov. Have only run 3 times in the last week - no more than 4 miles at a time. Just looking for some tips on nutrition, hydration etc. leading up to the race. Also looking for energy for during race. Tried Goo an Gatorade gummies. Both gave me horrible stomach cramps ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:56:41 EST Training for my first Half! Hi, <BR> <BR> I want to do a half marathon on April 13 and I began training yesterday. I've done 2 5ks and a 5 mile race, so I'm hoping to gradually work my way up to that amazing 13.1. I'm using this schedule: <BR> <BR><BR>ps_schedule_20_weeks.html <BR> <BR> Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:39:29 EST Foam Roller Routines As your distances increase training for your half, there is a need to go beyond just stretching. Foam rolling has helped me deal with alot of issues. <BR> <BR> For our newer runners out there, here is a link to Runners World for a demo of various applications of the roller to workout knots and adhesions that really can become problematic as your running demands increase.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-roller-video-series?cm_mmc=NL-Trainin<BR>gExtra-_-1119854-_-1... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:38:20 EST Join The Woo Hoo Crew - December 2012 Sorry for the late post... <BR> <BR> We have one more month to finish off 2012 with a bang.. let's make it happen :) <BR> <BR> let the woo hoo's roll! Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:34:25 EST Refueling for walking HM So I did RnR Las Vegas with a spark buddy who was unfortunately battling injuries & we walked pretty much the entire thing. <BR> <BR> I've really no idea how important it is to restock carbs after walking vs running . . . I ate far less during because I felt I wasn't working that hard: 1 GU right before we started, and about 8 honeystinger chews during . . . That was it. <BR> <BR> I had about 3/4 bagel, lox & cream cheese after, 4 chocolate covered PB filled pretzels, 1 very small cookie & ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:16:31 EST Races in England Some of my running buddies and I want to travel to England in the summer of 2014. (I know it's a ways off...) I wanted to know if any of you knew of any races over there during June or July. We are looking to do a half marathon, but maybe a 10k would be OK too. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 07:57:04 EST Patella strap Does anyone use one of these? i am thinking about trying one out as I am having knee pain Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:26:06 EST Rock 'n' Roll Tour Pass I'm curious if anyone has purchased a Rock 'n' Roll Tour Pass. It was $299 last year. I'm guessing it was popular since it went to $399 this year. I'm no fan of expensive races but this looks like a nice way to do the R'n'R series with a substantial cost break. Includes entry to both their marathons and half marathons. <BR> <BR> It gets even better if, like me, you don't want to register for races 6 months ahead but would prefer to register just a month ahead. No extra charge for late r... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:52:02 EST Pacers, anyone been one? So This past weekend I ran a HM and followed pacers for the first time. I followed 9:55 min/mile pacers to finish in 2:10. This was a stretch for me but I wanted to try it. In the end I lost the pacers, not by much but I was probably a minute behind them. <BR> <BR> I was bummed cause I thought I was running slower than I wanted to run. I found out that I ran faster than I thought and averaged a 9:52 min/mile. So. . . . how did I lose the pacers if I was going faster than their pace ti... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:09:29 EST completed first 1/2 marathon!! I was so excited that I was able to complete my first half marathon it was not the best time i ended up being over dressed and slowing down because my body was over heated but i finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes. I am hoping to bring that time down for my next 1/2 marathon and my first full in 2013. I have been absent from Sparkpeople but truly miss the motivation and helping others so I am going to try and be back on track again. Thanks to everyone for such wonderful support!!! You all a... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:14:04 EST