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1/15/10 1:18 A

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Hi Mackenzie and Laurie:

Welcome to the team. Yes, I also improve my time when I run in an official race. To see the crowd, to hear the final countdown before the start of the race, to hear all the footsteps as raindrops.. It´s exciting...

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1/14/10 8:49 P

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER, you bring up a great point...running an official race is definitely different than doing the same distance on your own. When I ran my first official 5K, I shaved over 3 minutes off my time...simply because the energy of crowd motivated me to push myself in a way that I wouldn't have if I were on my own.

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1/14/10 6:48 A

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Welcome to the Team Laurie.

I love your goal. I would suggest, you start with an official 5K run and or 10K run. It is a different animal than running by yourself.

Find a Half Marathon plan you can live with, there are tons of them out there. Find a Half Marathon that excites you for any reason and then train.

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1/14/10 6:25 A

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Hello Everyone, my name is Laurie, I have never done an official run.

I have many personal runs under my belt, 5k, 10k and have Ran 10 non-stop miles on Jan. 1st.

I would like to train for a Half Marathon.

I'm an advid walker at heart so I have been Motivated to get a half under my belt Official.

I need all the help I can get with training.

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1/12/10 9:51 A

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HI!

I don't win races, but I always cross the finish line. I'm not fast, but I try my best to become faster. I don't have sports endorsements or earn a paycheck, but that doesn't stop me from running. My pace does not define me. Just because "professional" does not precede "athlete" in describing me doesn't make my running any less valuable. I am an everyday athlete; leading a normal life, but with big goals and dreams.
I am an athlete. I am a runner. (runzoerun.com)

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1/12/10 5:38 A

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Hi Mackenzie. Welcome to the team. Glad you are back on the training wagon. I think you are headed back on a good track. Doing forget during your 10K training there is nothing wrong with running a 5K as a challenge, to mix up training.

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1/12/10 12:31 A

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Hi everyone! My name is Mackenzie and I am 25 years old and live in Orange County, CA. I was training to run for a marathon but i fell off the wagon around October and really want to get running again. I think part of the issue was I challenged myself TOO much. I've never run a race before so now i'm shooting to do a 10k, then half marathon, THEN the marathon! Cant wait to make friends, share stories, advice and all that good stuff!

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