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MCHP1396
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2/1/14 5:34 P

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As long as your injury is better, you should definitely be able to do it! I ran my first HM exactly a year from my first 5k. I ran the whole thing except I walked through most of the water stations (I highly recommend this because you can drink without spilling on yourself and you can take a short break from running!) I loosely followed Hal Higdon's beginner half marathon training program and it worked well for me! You start out with a long run of four miles and build up from there to make sure you have solid base. Good luck! You can do it!

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1/26/14 5:24 P

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I think with consistent training, you should be fine to run a HM in May. I had never run more than 10 when I did my first HM. The endorphins from the race really do push you further than you thought you could go.

A HM with a 4 hour time limit is about an 18 min mile. So, even if you decided to run/walk it, you should be able to finish within time limits.

Good luck to you!!

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1/18/14 12:04 P

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You could follow a couch to half training plan. I roughly followed one of Hal Hidgon's plans when I ran my first half six years ago. Although I had been running for years, I never did any organized races other than 'Fun Runs'. And my longest distance prior to the half was 10 miles the week before the race.



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1/11/14 1:58 A

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I think that distance is doable. Just make sure you get longer runs in before then. There is a diff. between running 6 miles and running 10 miles. It's pretty tough on your legs. I was going to sign up for a half last year, but after running 10 a few times along with my reg. running, I developed a knee issue so I let it go for now. I will run a half this year though. Not sure when, but it will be done.




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1/9/14 9:52 P

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I had to go to the ER for extreme dizziness and nausea (turned out to be an inner ear infection). They were checking my heart rate when I first went in and the doctor started freaking out because it kept getting lower and lower and was in the low 40's and he demanded they do an entire cardiology work-up. I told him I ran and worked out a lot, but it didn't matter

They did the testing and the cardiologist came in, looked at it and said, "Wow, you're heart is in a lot better condition than most people including mine." LOL



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1/9/14 6:14 A

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Running thirteen point one miles --- maybe we need an EEG to see if our brains have something wrong with them.
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I am a big proponent of going beyond the EKG prior to running such a long distance.Letting the cardiologist check us out -- fibromyalgia aside because I know it is not a heart issue -- just to make sure that nothing is hiding out on us.

In my first full marathon, a man, Ulysses Thomas,. dropped dead about 100 yards in front of me at mile 23 marker. The next day his obituary read like my biography. His widow said that he had gotten his doctor's OK to run, but I still wonder if he had seen a cardiologist.

Jim Fixx was the running guru back in the 1970s. The Complete Book of Running. Prior to him almost no one ran. He dropped dead at age 52 from a post running heart attack. Fixx had been a big proponent of having a complete check out by a cardiologist prior to running but didn't do it himself. His heart attack was brought on by a congenital heart defect that could have been detected.

Between the effect of seeing a man die and the preventability of Jim Fixx's death, I prefer erring on the side of caution. My doctor is an athlete, lucky me, and he was thrilled that I asked for a complete workup before I committed to long distances. He told me that we probably wouldn't find anything, but if we did we would know and maybe fix it first.

It's like chicken soup.

Couldn't hurt.

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1/8/14 11:44 P

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TIMOTHY53, thank you for your concern. My primary care doctor cleared me to run a year ago. Fibromyalgia does not involve the heart and is not a life-threatening disease. I had an ECG done to check my heart prior to beginning a fitness program, just in case.


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1/8/14 10:10 P

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Considering you medical condition, I would suggest checking with your doctor.

In fact, it is a good idea to see if she wants you to see a cardiologist. It couldn't hurt and could save your life should there be some unknown condition.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi


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1/8/14 2:47 P

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I also started running in May 2013 and have signed up for my first half in May 2014! In fact, I'll run my half one year to the day from the day I started running. You (and I) can totally do it! If that goes well, I'm even considering a full later in the summer.


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1/8/14 11:56 A

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I forgot to add, the HM I'm looking at has a 4 hour time limit. I did my 10k in about 1:20.

Well, not entirely injury-free, since I had the patellofemoral pain syndrome for months. My knees still pop and crack at times but they aren't painful anymore unless I run downhill. I have fibromyalgia, which makes me a bit more injury-prone. But I am thinking even if I have to walk the last 3 miles, I should be able to finish,

I just want a medal to celebrate hitting my weight goal and running for a year. And to be able to slap a 13.1 sticker on my car. emoticon Plus, I figure the endorphin high from a HM has got to be even better than the high from my 10k.

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1/8/14 11:48 A

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I think you should be fine, if you've been running injury-free. I did my first half after roughly a year of consistent running and it went fine. Just be willing to take it slow; follow the training and don't push for a super ambitious time goal.

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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RAVELGIRLY
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1/8/14 11:30 A

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I started running May 2013. Summer and fall I had a problem with patellofemoral-femoral pain syndrome, but that's much better now. I am thinking about signing up for a half marathon in May 2014. I currently run 2-3 days a week and my long run day is 5.5 or 6 miles.

Is May too soon to run my first half? Will I be simply challenging myself or will I be risking injury?

First 5k -April 2013
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