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Thanks for all the advice and encouragement!
Congratulations on taking on the HM challenge, it's a wonderful goal! Through your training you'll hone your inner athlete, then celebrate her victory on race day! Enjoy the journey!
A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.
Best wishes to you on your first half and on all the training that goes along with it! Enjoy the journey and the race. Don't put too many expectations on yourself - learn along the way. Enjoy this FIRST and then use all you learn along the way to set and adjust your own expectations for future races.
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
July HMs can be particularly challenging to train for because temps can spike as the race progresses.
Which HM is it? I'm hoping it's something far north!
The best I can offer is - run your own race. My first half is in Feb and it will be a run walk event. While I have a time goal in the back of my head, my objective is to finish standing up :)
If you and your husband are at different fitness levels, explore parts of training that you can comfortably do together, and be honest about training you may need to do separately.
Decide what really matters. Do you want to experience the course together and cross the finish line hand in hand? Or are you happy to start together, run individual races, and meet at the finish line?
Knowing those answers early on can eliminate anxiety and make the experience a lot more enjoyable.
Congrats on your wonderful goal!
***Just Keep Moving***
5K PR (recent) 38:49
5K PR (ever) 33:22
10K PR 1:28:52 (one month later)
10K (first ever) 1:32:11
HM PR: 3:31:10
Welcome Natalie and have great fun as your prepare and train for your first half! My biggest advice is to listen to your body and don't think pains will go away on their own. (I've wasted too much time by pushing thru injuries that ended up sidelining me much longer, than if I had just backed off at the beginning. Fine line though between pain because of injury, versus pain because you are making progess.) All the best to you!! Kathy
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them”
¯ Denis Waitley
Congratulations on your decision to run your first HM. Good luck and enjoy the journey.
And welcome to the team!!
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.
Excited and nervous - I know training starts now!
Look forward to hearing all your advice and tips and good luck to everyone on your goals and resolutions :)