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6/29/12 6:02 P

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Hi Shula,

I am not trying to discourage you from participating in this great event, but if you are new to running this is a very big feat to accomplish in a very short time.

I, along with many running coaches, recommend a solid 6 months to a year of running to be able to complete a race of this distance. Running is not just running. It's about building the tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles to run a distance of this duration in addition to developing the energy systems to take on the 13.1 distance.

If you are a new runner, my suggestion is to find a good half-marathon walking program. Trust me, many people walk half-marathons.. The risk for developing an injury is much greater for those who do not have a solid running foundation when they begin their training.

You can do this, but you may need to re-think your goal.

Coach Nancy

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6/29/12 5:35 P

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Do intervals and slow extend the jogging part. IE jog for a bit, then walk, then jog, etc. But overtime extend the jogging interval time and cut the walking shorter. But hey, don't feel bad if you walk the half marathon. I did!

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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6/29/12 5:32 P

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Hi there,

I just thought I would introduce myself: I have signed up for a half-marathon in October to raise money for Cancer Research as I'm currently caring for my dad who has terminal cancer. I know I'll make it round the course, however long it takes me, but I want more than that! Not so much on race day itself, but over the next few months: I want to use this as a motivation to finally start getting fit, and improving my health.

I'm feeling pretty daunted right now though, as the race organisers have provided a training schedule for beginners and the first week alone makes me feel nervous! I'm ashamed to say that even the idea of jogging for 20 minutes seems huge. emoticon

So, I'm happy to find this team, and I'm already enjoying reading all your posts and tips

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