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10/27/08 10:41 A

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I've got the perfect 11 miles! I have no experience without a taper, but I think the taper worked pretty well for me. I think I ran 10 miles two weeks out.

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10/27/08 9:16 A

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For all but one of my other HMs, I ran 12 miles every weekend up to the weekend of my race (for about 4 or 5 weekends). This is the first year that I will be "tapering", which is freaking me out a little. I guess I will see how I feel next week and either go 10 or 12.25 based on how I feel.

Thanks for all the feedback.

Edited by: MBSHAZZER at: 10/27/2008 (09:16)
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10/26/08 9:15 P

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I too have done some reading for my training. I agree that you should just stick to your plan. Don't worry about making up the miles. You need to taper so that you will peak on race day!! Just my opinion.


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10/26/08 12:29 P

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I'd make up the miles, just so you feel better. Not a biggie though.

10/25/08 11:27 P

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I would stick to your plan. You'll need to give yourself that mental and physical taper. My last half, the farthest I ran before was 9 miles. I averaged 20 miles a week total. I ran a pr (1:46). It looks like you have enough long runs in to get past the mental barrier in the half. I would focus on quality runs now.

10/25/08 6:39 P

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I'm still really new..just completed my 1st 1/2 2 weeks ago but I have been reading tons and what I got from most training books is to not try to make up the miles of one missed run...just stick to the plan!!! So that being said, I would STICK TO THE PLAN!!! Do the 10 on the 1st and 8 on the 8th!!!


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10/25/08 10:50 A

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I think it sounds great. I have done 12 halfs and have done what you are planning on doing. I think you will be just fine.

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10/25/08 9:57 A

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Sounds like it would work to me, I've done 8 HMs myself, training for my 9th and before my 7th I had to modify my training like you are talking about and it went okay. Hope it will work for you!

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10/25/08 9:42 A

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I have a HM on November 16. This WAS my plan:

During the week, run appx. 20 miles, then on Saturday:

12.25 on Oct 18 (done)
12.25 on October 25
10 on Nov. 1
8.5 on Nov. 8
Race on Nov 16

Slight glitch... I had a glass of wine with dinner last night and had a raging headache this AM, so today's run was only 10 miles.

What if I go 12.25 on Nov. 1 and 8.5 on the 8th? Any thoughts as to whether that will work for a enjoyable race?

This is my 7th HM, so I don't know why I'm so concerned - this is just the first time I'm actually paying attention to my training.

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