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Thanks for motivating me with this discussion. I'm training for my first half and have had one horrible time getting running milage in. I've not been able to run 3 miles straight in a couple of months. The heat and humidity is a big part of it but seeing some of these success stories and the support I have at home gives me hope to finish this one and do better on the next.
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Congrats on the goal and know that you can do it. I have now completed 7 half marathons in 9 months. My first one I walked the whole way. Each time I have changed the pacing a little more and am comfortably at walking 4 minutes and running 1. My last run was yesterday in Seattle at the See Jane Run and I ended with a personal best by 11 minutes. As I have gotten fitter my walking pace has increased as well as the running pace and then the intervals have gotten closer. I am still a back of the pack runner and that is ok. I have been dead last before and that is ok....because eventually we all cross the same finish line. I personally am a huge fan of John "The Penguin" Bingham. I am a firm believer that a dead last finish is greater than a did not finish which is a million times greater than did not start. I am proud of you for starting!
"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Olympic Marathon Winner
Well, welcome to crazyville ! I ran my first 5k this spring and next spring it will be the half. My goal is to be at 10 miles by the first snowfall. Currently I am at 6 miles ! Let's go out and reach our goals ! WHOOHOO!!
Good for you for taking on the 13.1 mile challenge. Just a word of caution here is throughout your training, really listen to your body. It takes the body a good while to adjust to the rigors of running. It's not just your cardio and muscles, but your joint, ligaments and tendons, too. Most people can get the cardio rather quickly, but the rest of it takes time and smart training. Push the mileage too soon or try to take on too much and you will get injured. The fact that you still have 80 lbs to lose means that you really need to slowly ramp up your miles in the beginning.
I'm not trying to pooh-pooh your goal, I'm just saying to do it smart. Most people don't even start training for a HM until they have been running consistently (at least 3x a week) for a year. You might want to look into the Galloway running program. It's a run/walk that makes it easier to do the distance.
Best of luck on your goal. I know you can do it!
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
You can do it!! A year is enough time to build a base & train for a HM.
Don't worry about your speed. This is something I use to worry about when I started running. Now I don't worry about it, becuase as I'm out there running & that's all that matters.
Mountain Time Zone
'Pain is temporary, glory & pride are forever'
"It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop."
"You haven't failed until you stop trying"
You can definitely do it! A year is plenty of time to go from no running to 13.1 miles. I couldn't run more than a few minutes when I first started and I did my first HM in May. Definitely don't worry about your speed though. No matter how slow you're going, you're still lapping those on the couch.
5k PR: 30:38 (9:41 pace) Gettysburg 5k 6/23/12
8k PR: 49:19 (9:50 pace) Celtic Solstic 5 miler 12/15/12
Half Marathon PR: 2:26:39 (11:07 pace) Baltimore Half Marathon 10/13/12
You can do it!!!! You have given yourself a year to build up a base and train. I have only been running a year and a half and my frist HM is scheduled in September. When I did my first 10 mile race, I had the biggest smile on my face crossing that finish line. The feeling is amazing.
Check in often here. Lots of advice and LOTS of support!!!!
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indominable will." - Mahatma Gandhi
Run for the Vineyards 5 Miler (Mullica Hill, NJ) - April 27, 2014
Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 4, 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 8, 2014
You can do it, it is an Awesome feeling when you cross that finish line.
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Crazy? Yes. But you're going to have fun doing it. Crossing that finish line will feel fantastic.
I did it. At first I struggled to jog for one minute but I did complete the HM. And then I did another one. You can do it. Simply stick to your plan and don't quit. Good luck.
My name is Colleen and I just joined the team tonight. I recommitted myself to losing weight in January and have lost 26 pounds so far. Not great, but it''s a start. I am hoping to lose another 80 by June 2013. With a little nudge from a friend, I am going to go from being pretty much a non-runner to running a half marathon next June! I'm really excited but completely scared at the same time. I am currently trying to get some speed going on the elliptical while losing more weight. I hope to try out jogging on the treadmill soon.