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TOPIC:   1/2 Marathon in 10 weeks--Need Advice! 

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6/13/12 9:58 A

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I'm on the side of "not wanting you to push too far too soon". Are you walking any kinds of distance right now? What is your current long distance per week that you are consistently doing?

I am also thinking that this race is doable for you, but not at a running pace. When you are still at 100 pounds to goal, you are carrying alot of extra weight with you. Trying to push a running pace for 13.1 miles in ten weeks, when you aren't currently running very much, is begging for injury.

There is certainly no shame in walking a half marathon. In fact, people are amazed at those kinds of distances when you tell them how far you really went. But saying that, you still need to train for the distance, even walking it is not an easy task.

Check with the race directors and see if you can switch up to the 5k distance if you still want to be able to run that day. Many events will allow a switch in distances.

Don't give up on your goal of running a half marathon. We just want to see you get there in a good state, and not get frustrated with injuries along the way.

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6/13/12 8:51 A

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Have you been run/walking for at least 4 weeks? Do you think you can run/walk at least 3 miles right now?

If you answered YES to both of those, then I think you can do it...but you'll have to be very careful not to do too much and get injured.

You said you can only run 1 minute at a time...then run 1 minute, walk 1 (or 2, or 3, etc) and run/walk that ratio for whatever the prescribed distance is for the day.

This is a training program I found for 10 weeks. As long as you're commited...and prepared, I think you can do it.

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6/12/12 9:18 P

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Suzi you are taking on too much to fast and you will get hurt. start with the C25K (couch to 5K) program. it is designed to turn anybody into a runner in a safe manner. also go to a real running store get fitted for running shoes. that will help reduce the chance of injury.

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6/12/12 4:31 P

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Hi Suzi,

Even a run/walk would be tough. 10 weeks would only give you an 8 week window to really train (most 5K --3.1 mile programs are that long) while allowing for a 10 day to 2 week taper.

If you have to drop out from this race, you are NOT a failure. In my 6 plus years of running I have dropped out from many-a-prepaid race before, but not being prepared to tackle a race of this event may leave you injured which could keep you from reaching your goals.

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6/12/12 4:24 P

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Do you think I could still do the race but run/walk it? I don't want to quit. I know its a huge stretch, but I do not want to quit. :)

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6/12/12 4:20 P

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I would see if you can locate a walking half-marathon plan and see if that is an option. I do not want to rain on anyone's parade, but 10 weeks is too short to build the musculo-skeletal systems, energy systems and the endurance to run a race of this duration.

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6/12/12 4:14 P

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I am new to this group. I am signed up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of August. My training has been terrible-I still cant run more than a minute or two at a time. I am overweight (100 lbs) and need to know how best to get prepared to just FINISH this damn race. Any advice!? :)

Thank you!
Suzi in Minnesota

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