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10/16/12 10:53 A

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LizRuns22 - which RnR are you doing in Feb?? I am planing on doing St. Pete =)

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10/15/12 4:41 P

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My first Half Marathon will also be in February. Its very exciting to be training for sure a big challenge. I'm doing a Rock n Roll event on a mostly waterfront city, so I'm excited about the route.


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9/25/12 2:10 P

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Congratulations on a big decision. No matter what kind of time you turn in, just finishing puts you in an elite class of runners. But more important than anything you do or donít do in training, you should do it because itís fun and you enjoy it; not just because youíre trying to keep up with your soon-to-be husbandís sisters. Running can be a group/team activity but in the end nobody can run for you: Itís you and the road. If youíre not enjoying it, you wonít keep it up.
The additional advice I would offer is to actually run the shorter practice races indicated on your training plan. They not only give you experience with the race environment, they give you a sense of accomplishment that you donít get from just training runs.
Iím currently gearing-up for my 3d HM and training runs can get a bit tedious; looking at the same scenery every day, running around in circles on a track or trying to figure out new places to run. The race is the fun part, the pay-off. It lets someone else worry about the route for a day. Itís a social event and you usually get a t-shirt out of the deal ;). Additionally, HMs are typically large affairs with thousands of participants. If you havenít done group starts before the whole thing can be a bit overwhelming.

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9/24/12 1:35 A

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I too am training for my first HM this feb and I hope to al teast walk jog complete it. Good luck on your training and dont give up.
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-a FM in Jan
-a 72K in Feb.

Aiming to complete within the cut off time.

I can do this!


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9/15/12 6:01 P

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Congrats! You have sound advise from many before me. I have successfully completed 10 half marathons so far and #11 is around the corner. My rules for me besides what everyone else has said is enjoy the scenery. I never know if I will run that race or course again and I try to remember to "smell the flowers along the way". I am a very slow runner so I keep with the motto that I don't have to go fast I just have to go. Smile and encourage the other runners. Smile for the cameras. HAVE FUN!

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9/10/12 1:10 P

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I just completed my HM. I started very early in the cycle as my training plan was based on a solid 3 mile starting base. Thus I built the beginnings of endurance by running a solid month of 3 miles jogs at the frequency the training plan would have me running (minimum of 3x per week but there may be a 4th run/cross train event too). I would also try and run around the same time as your race (usually in the morning timeframe).

Other general rules I got from my father (while not Coach Nancy he is an ultra marathoner and another person I trust for advice):

Arrive well rested and healthy.

Go slow for your first 3 miles, speed up a little for your next 3 if your body is feeling good, your next 3 should be faster yet depending on how your body feels. It is all about the body as others have told you.

Don't drink unless you are thirsty. Also be careful of over hydration. A lot of people including myself were suffering from that at my HM.

Have fun. As this is your first you have no PR to try and beat so the goal should be just to finish. Don't stress yourself on a finishing time unless you were trying to use this to qualify for something else. Didn't sound like that from your post though.

I hope you enjoy your journey to the finish line. Good luck!

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9/10/12 12:21 P

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Thank You!! My biggest concern is not to get injured. I know I have some more time than 12 weeks before the marathon....so maybe repeating a week isn't a bad idea! I'm happy just to complete the marathon, but I don't want to walk it. I'll be taking it easy and see how my body adjusts to this whole running thing. I was a very active swimmer and water polo player growing up. I am kinda hoping that this half marathon thing will eventually turn into a triathlon....but one thing at a time...

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9/10/12 11:52 A

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Hi Anna,

The most important lesson I tell my runners is to pay attention to the little cues your body is sending you. If you feel you are advancing too quickly and your body is not adapting to the changes, feel free to repeat a week or even drop your mileage. Your body does not have an odometer or speedometer so don't worry too much about your speed at this point in the game. If you were a seasoned runner (one who has a couple of years under her belt) that is a different matter, but as a semi-new runner, you want to concentrate on building endurance and staying injury free.

Enjoy this amazing journey!

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9/10/12 11:47 A

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Congrats on signing up. Thats half the battle.

I am on week 16 of a 17week HM training program. The one piece of advice I can give is to trust the training. I started off with 3 runs at 3km each and barely made it through. Now I am up to 5runs/week and just ran a 20k yesterday(mind you it was TOUGH but I did it). I run my 1st HM in 2 weeks and am excited. If you do the training, you will go the distance.

Have fun!!

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9/10/12 11:41 A

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So this will be my first time ever doing a half marathon. Both of my soon to be sister in laws have done marathons before. I'm getting married next June so I figured that training for something would also help keep me motivated to get in shape for the wedding. Besides that, they both just had babies so if they can do it, so can I! I am an occasional jogger on the treadmill at the gym. This morning I started my training program that I found online. It's a 12 week program, looks pretty intense but I can do it! I just did my first 3 miles this morning at 37 minutes! Anyways I am very excited...even though I just started LOL! If anyone has any advice or tips please share!

Here is the link to the schedule that I am following:
http://www.halfmarathons.net/training_ti
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