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I really had to stop and evaluate my reasons for wanting to do this... I think it would be an accomplishment, but im also realistic. I am 24 and have no major health issues (besides being overweight). Ive never had joint, blood pressure issues, or any other problems besides laziness :) i am 100% ok with walking every step of the race because that would give me a benchmark to start from. My goal is to keep doing races. I would love to be a runner and someone who could get up early in the mornings, tighten those laces, and start running down the street. I cant really say that i have a bucket list yet, but to me i think this goal goes a little deeper than that. I am hoping this can be the start of something great and long lasting. I know i can run a mile and then walk for an hr after that at a quick pace and that i can walk 7.5 miles straight at a fast pace at a trail by my house. I think thats a start. In july i do my 5k, which will give me more info too. Ive found yrs ago when i did SP the first time that trying to do the gym everyday isnt realistic for me. I do too much, cant sustain that level, and then quick entirely. I want to keep this forever, so im sticking to between 2-4 days. Ill see how ready i am and go from there. I have the rest of my life to break my own records.... Right now just showing up to the race would be an accomplishment lol

-Sara:)

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I really had to stop and evaluate my reasons for wanting to do this... I think it would be an accomplishment, but im also realistic. I am 24 and have no major health issues (besides being overweight). Ive never had joint, blood pressure issues, or any other problems besides laziness :) i am 100% ok with walking every step of the race because that would give me a benchmark to start from. My goal is to keep doing races. I would love to be a runner and someone who could get up early in the mornings, tighten those laces, and start running down the street. I cant really say that i have a bucket list yet, but to me i think this goal goes a little deeper than that. I am hoping this can be the start of something great and long lasting. I know i can run a mile and then walk for an hr after that at a quick pace and that i can walk 7.5 miles straight at a fast pace at a trail by my house. I think thats a start. In july i do my 5k, which will give me more info too. Ive found yrs ago when i did SP the first time that trying to do the gym everyday isnt realistic for me. I do too much, cant sustain that level, and then quick entirely. I want to keep this forever, so im sticking to between 2-4 days. Ill see how ready i am and go from there. I have the rest of my life to break my own records.... Right now just showing up to the race would be an accomplishment lol

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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I really had to stop and evaluate my reasons for wanting to do this... I think it would be an accomplishment, but im also realistic. I am 24 and have no major health issues (besides being overweight). Ive never had joint, blood pressure issues, or any other problems besides laziness :) i am 100% ok with walking every step of the race because that would give me a benchmark to start from. My goal is to keep doing races. I would love to be a runner and someone who could get up early in the mornings, tighten those laces, and start running down the street. I cant really say that i have a bucket list yet, but to me i think this goal goes a little deeper than that. I am hoping this can be the start of something great and long lasting. I know i can run a mile and then walk for an hr after that at a quick pace and that i can walk 7.5 miles straight at a fast pace at a trail by my house. I think thats a start. In july i do my 5k, which will give me more info too. Ive found yrs ago when i did SP the first time that trying to do the gym everyday isnt realistic for me. I do too much, cant sustain that level, and then quick entirely. I want to keep this forever, so im sticking to between 2-4 days. Ill see how ready i am and go from there. I have the rest of my life to break my own records.... Right now just showing up to the race would be an accomplishment lol

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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6/12/12 6:05 P

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I really had to stop and evaluate my reasons for wanting to do this... I think it would be an accomplishment, but im also realistic. I am 24 and have no major health issues (besides being overweight). Ive never had joint, blood pressure issues, or any other problems besides laziness :) i am 100% ok with walking every step of the race because that would give me a benchmark to start from. My goal is to keep doing races. I would love to be a runner and someone who could get up early in the mornings, tighten those laces, and start running down the street. I cant really say that i have a bucket list yet, but to me i think this goal goes a little deeper than that. I am hoping this can be the start of something great and long lasting. I know i can run a mile and then walk for an hr after that at a quick pace and that i can walk 7.5 miles straight at a fast pace at a trail by my house. I think thats a start. In july i do my 5k, which will give me more info too. Ive found yrs ago when i did SP the first time that trying to do the gym everyday isnt realistic for me. I do too much, cant sustain that level, and then quick entirely. I want to keep this forever, so im sticking to between 2-4 days. Ill see how ready i am and go from there. I have the rest of my life to break my own records.... Right now just showing up to the race would be an accomplishment lol

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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6/12/12 4:34 P

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Sara I think your statement that even walking the whole thing would be awesome is the key to avoiding injury.

I have a friend who lost her mom to leukemia last year. She did a half marathon with Team in Training (a group that raises money for the leukemia and lymphoma society) in May, having never run before, and is about 75 pounds over weight. She did a very slow walk/jog approach to training and made her goal of just getting across the finish line injury free (walked more than she ran).

The cool thing is she lost about 20 pounds, and realized she does want to be a serious runner. She has now started from scratch and is doing the Couch to 5K program in earnest, with plans to do a 5K this summer (running the whole way), and work her way up to running longer distances at a safe and gradual increase rate.

A lot depends on your goal. If running a half marathon is a bucket list item that you only care to do one time, that is very different from deciding you want to be an actual long distance runner, in which case avoiding injury is the most crucial, and training must be very gradual. For the bucket lister, it's a one time thing just to say they did it (nothing wrong with that!). My only point is to really decide now which of these two camps you fall into. You don't want an injury that could put your running career into early retirement!

Edited by: SCHOOLNURSE86 at: 6/12/2012 (16:35)
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6/11/12 10:46 P

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thats true. Ill have to see how the training goes. Even if i could walk the whole thing that would make me happy too. Gotta start somewhere

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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Another Option would be to train for a 10K for your birthday. Then train for a 1/2 marathon for your next years birthday. That would give your body More time to adapt.

Bottom line listen to your body.


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Good luck! Keep us posted.

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emoticon to the team. Once you finish your 5k look for a half marathon program to follow. It will help you achieve your goal and complete your half! Good luck and have fun!

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6/11/12 1:55 P

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Thanks for all the tips! Ill have to look at those other programs. This is the one i had heard about...

http://www.marathonrookie.com/half-maratho
n-training.html

-Sara:)

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"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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Good luck! Just be sure to listen to your body, most running coaches suggest a full year of running regularly before taking on a half marathon. However, that doesn't mean you can't do it! I would highly suggest considering Galloway or another walk/run approach, injury is your biggest enemy right now.

Personally I am a huge Hal Higdon fan, just did my first full marathon and have always followed his plans.

I know runners who have had great success with both plans.

Edited by: SCHOOLNURSE86 at: 6/11/2012 (17:54)
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6/11/12 12:37 P

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I did Jeff Galloway beginner plan for my previous half marathons. This time I am trying Hal Higdon. I think the main difference is Galloway puts higher mileage on weekly long run but keeps the midweek runs at 30-45 minutes. Higdon is slightly more conservative on the long run length (but still gets to around 10 mile for the long run for the half) but also adds in an extra mid-week semi-long run. I'm not far enough into the Higdon plan yet to decide which I like better --guess I'll know know after the race.

Another good one I really like for after C25K is the One Hour Runner plan.
I can't remember where I found it originally (it was a long time ago) but here is a link to it I found just now: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Hour-Ru
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and then it seems natural to build to a half-marathon after this.


Edited by: JESSAAMI at: 6/11/2012 (12:41)
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6/11/12 12:36 P

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Yes, I remember. I remember doing walking and running for the C25K...thinking running for 3 straight minutes was nearly impossible. BUT STICK WITH IT! Before you know it, you'll be running for15, 20, 30 minutes at a time. By October, you'll be ready! So awesome!

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6/11/12 12:24 P

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Thats really encouraging. It seems so far away since i can only do a mile right now lol

-Sara:)

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"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

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Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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Hey, first of all, congratulations! You are doing exactly what I did last year. Got off the couch, did a 5k in July, and trained all summer for a half marathon (my first) last October! YOU CAN SO DO THIS!!! Way to go!

I found a beginner's training program online. Hal Higdon.

Keep in touch!

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6/11/12 11:48 A

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Right now i am doing the C25k. Then i was going to do the half marathon rookie training program. Now that teachers r out of school i have more time to do the programs. What kind of training have u done?

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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LINDAKAY228- whats that 20 level thingy? emoticon

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What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Congratulations on your decision. You can do this!

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emoticon on your decision. Enjoy your training.


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I will see you in October over on Light Street! Well, maybe not since we will be there with 11,000 of our closest friends.

Who are you training with? Fleet Feet or Charm City Run?



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Hey. I am doing the C25k program and running my first 5k in july. I signed up for the baltimore running festival half marathon in oct. I did the c25k program a few yrs ago, but never followed through with Nything. This yr is gonna be different! Plus the half marathon is the day after my bday!

-Sara:)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton



"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions.

Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny."- Positive thoughts become positive outcomes


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