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7/1/13 11:47 P

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I am glad I saw this because I was wondering something similar. Thanks for this post so I know how to plan accordingly.

OT...how do you run in the winter? I have been wondering that since I started running. We sometimes get several inches of snow...up to 20 sometimes, how do you run through that?

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6/9/13 8:22 A

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I agree with those that vote for a spring HM. especially of you'd like to lose weight. Endurance training and weight loss are tough to mix. We'd like to think that more miles = more pounds lost. But lots and lots of steady state cardio is not the most effective way to lose weight. For me it's also mental, when I'm training I am so focused on race goals. Nutrition is not top priority. I'm working on finding that balance!

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6/2/13 2:16 P

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emoticon question and responses!!

thank you and I'm glad you asked...great food for thought

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6/1/13 12:01 A

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Linz, having run some 70 races overall, I would suggest setting your sights on a spring half for your first one. It gets bloody hot running in the summer. I ran my first "summer" run of the year today and it just drained everything from me in only 6.5 miles.

I had been running for a little over a year when I went for my first half marathon training. We started in February for a May race. September can have good running days, sure. Not at all like July or August, but then again it can have those types of days. The problem is your training will be in June, July and August. And just getting up at 4:30 to train won't save you. I don't know where you live, but even early morning can be brutal here on the East Coast and in the South.

Here's another idea. Running in the winter, if it's cold you can always put on another layer. In the summer? There is only so much you can take off. Even running nekkid won't help in 75-90 degree weather.



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5/31/13 7:07 P

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Re: the weight loss, it could be a number of things. It makes some people hungry so they start to eat a lot more. Stress, including a lot of exercise, can build up cortisol in the body, so it could be that as well. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Some people even gain weight during training. Others do lose, but just so you know. Sometimes it's just error. If you are eating 2500 calories a day (or whatever amount) to support distance training and are off in your measurements by 10% (a common amount) that's 250 calories per day, versus less if you were eating less too.

Weight loss just runs counter to the goal of distance training. In distance training, you are building up mileage so your body can store more and more carbs for race day. At the same time, through dieting you are depleting it of energy. It also puts a lot of stress on the body and not eating enough through dieting can cause poor recovery, overtraining and injury. If you do diet while distance training, it's not recommended to have a deficit of higher than 200-400 calories a day due to this.

Anyway, just FYI. I've found that training for longer distances is much more pleasant when I'm not dieting and I've really felt like I've prepared for the distance, for all of the above reasons plus improved performance.



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5/31/13 2:45 P

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Linz - Based on my experience alone, I'd have to agree with a lot of comments here. Could you do it? Probably, especially if you're not concerned about a particular time. Is it a good idea? That's debateable at best. Some might do great with the motivation of such a challenge. I would fear that the danger at least exists, that this would be too much too fast and you could potentially dislike the experience so much that you sour on running. Thus, I'd suggest a better plan might be to more gradually move towards that goal by picking a 5 mile race or 10K for this fall and maybe a 10 mile race in the late fall or winter, then shoot for the spring HM. Also, one thing that Nancy said cannot be overstated, running in the summer is the pits! You'll naturally be slower, which can be discouraging and it drains you more than any other time of year. I never thought I would have said this when I satrted running, but give me winter running anyday over summer!

Whatever you decide, good luck. You're doing great!

Edited by: LBTHOMASJR at: 5/31/2013 (14:46)
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5/31/13 1:38 P

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For one thing, you need to fuel your long runs. It's difficult to lose weight and do long runs because you absolutely need to eat enough to fuel your body.

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5/31/13 1:22 P

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Howso? Sorry I'm just curious to get more info.about the weight loss.

Linz

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Also training for long distances can be detrimental to weight loss for many people for a number of reasons, just fyi... !



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5/31/13 12:20 P

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Linz,

I just ran the MC Historic Half a few weeks ago--it will be a GREAT first half--even with Hospital Hill--it was truly one of my favorite half-marathons of the 26 I have run!!!

You are doing an amazing job!!!

Nancy

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5/31/13 12:16 P

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This is exactly why I asked!!! It's one of those things where a lot of factors come into play, I'm sure ... I'll probably be (educated guess) about 30 lbs. lighter by September, but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. Even then, I'd be sitting at about 270 lbs., NOT a decent running weight, I know. :/

My plan of action was initially to do the Diva 5K, and then train for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon next May, which after reading a few things, seems better. :)

Thank you all for your help and input - I really appreciate it!

Linz

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5/31/13 11:53 A

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Why not train for a 10K in that time frame and a half four months later? I still think that would be pushing it. The bones, muscles, and external systems need to be conditoned for the ditance but so do other systems not as visiable such as the endocrine/hormonal system etc. Could you do it? Probably. Not sure how good it would be for your body though.

Just my opinion after running for 25 years.



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5/31/13 10:46 A

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First of all, great job!! It sounds like you're motivated and eager!! I ran my first half last summer, I had only ran 5Ks and a couple of 10Ks prior. I've only been running for a couple of years- I'm 50 yrs old. For me, training for the half was tough. In fact, I went into the half thinking I was never going to be able to run the whole thing. But I did! I'm a slow runner and I'm not down to my goal weight. I keep thinking it may have been easier if I was lighter, but that might be in my head. So, I think there are a lot of factors and it depends on where you're at. Good luck and most of all- HAVE FUN!!!!

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Yes, you can do it. I did my first half 5 months/1 week after I ran my first step ever. My finish time was 2:14:26. Be sensible with your training, and go for it.

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5/31/13 10:34 A

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Linz,

My take is that running is progressive and while four months seems like a long time, in the running world that is a drop in the bucket, especially for a new runner who has yet to tackle the 5K distance. While none of us can say you should or should not do this, I do believe that you would be better off gradually increasing your running time and maybe consider a spring half-marathon...summer running is tough--it can be very difficult to stay motivated and consistent with your running when temps are in the 80s and 90s and the humidity equally so.

Just my two cents!

Nancy

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5/31/13 10:28 A

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So, there is definitely a school of thought that you should be running for at least a year before you start training for a half marathon. But I had a great experience doing my first 5K in September and my first half in April, which is 7 months. I think if you find a sane training plan and don't stress about speed you should be fine!

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Hey folks!

I have my first 5K coming up in just over 8 days (woo!), and I know this is all a training/learning curve for me ... Do you think it would be too lofty of a goal to attempt a half-marathon by September 14? It looks like a lot of fun, and I think I'd really enjoy it ... But I'm not sure I can go from 3 miles to 13 in the span of four months.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

Linz

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