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6/17/11 9:55 A

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Anytime Turtle.. that's what we're all here for :)


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6/15/11 6:05 P

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Ahh darn it! But way to go listening to your body!! You will be stronger and better off because you know how to TRAIN SMART! I'm sorry for your disappointment, but have no doubt there are more races waiting for you when you feel better :)

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6/15/11 5:30 P

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Thank you ladygwen for all your encouragement. You are very sweet

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6/15/11 8:40 A

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I"m sorry to hear that TurtleI hope you feel better soon... and remember the road will always be there. :)

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6/14/11 11:44 P

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I am so so sad but I've decided after seeing my doctor today I will no longer run the race this Sunday. I am not getting better with the present treatment and will start something new tomorrow. New meds and all. So sad. I kind of lost it at the doctors but I'm alright now. There are many other blessings in life and I need to be healthy for my family. It's too unpredictable what 13.1 miles will do to me. My glands hurt right now and I'm feeling the symptoms. All those prayer warriors out there please pray for healing. Thank you for your support and encouragement all!!!

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6/10/11 1:19 P

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i agree tapering is important.. mostly because your body needs to heal and be at it's freshest. Sounds like you have a good plan going.. can't wait to hear your race report! :)

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6/10/11 1:04 A

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I went twice this week did my Key run #1(interval run) and #2(tempo run)for the week and my long distance this week is 8 miles. This is the last two weeks leading up to the half marathon in my FIRST training book. I might not do the 8 miles for my long run then. Maybe a shorter run. I'll find a yoga class for the week of the race and take it easy like everyone said.

I ran 4.25 miles of my tempo run on 1% incline to mimic the road and boy it was tiring. I'm feeling alright though. I took an extra E, B6, B12, D3 and vitamin C. Protein shake too. I am so nervous. Don't know what's wrong with me.

Anyhow, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ADVICE. I'll take it easy next week and report back on how I did :)
Happy Father's Day in advance just in case.

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6/8/11 9:31 A

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I know I am still a relative half marathon rookie, having only one under my belt so far. But one thing I really forced myself to believe, and found to be true, was that during the 10 or so day taper period prior to my race, there was NOTHING I could do that would improve my fitness or endurance significantly enough to improve my time or my overall race. Training hard would ONLY result in sore, tired, worn out muscles on race day. It's the training during the MONTHS leading up to the race that determines the outcome. I am true believer in the taper!

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6/8/11 9:26 A

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i second what everyone is saying Turtle.. One thing that will save your knees in the races..which they DO ALLOW is running in the dirt right next to the road... It's softer on your legs over all and saves your joints.

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6/8/11 12:20 A

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The only other advice I would add to what you've already been given is to not worry too much about your time. Your first race is really more about proving to yourself that this is something you can actually do. Once you have one under your belt you will have more confidence and be able to focus on getting the best time possible

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6/7/11 11:33 A

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I think it depends on how you are feeling. Do you currently have any injuries? I know you mentioned that you have CFS, so over working right now won't help at all.

I think if you can get three sessions in, just to stay loosened up, you would be fine. Short runs with some gentle stretching/yoga would keep your muscles loose and conditioned and leave you feeling good for race day. Take two full rest days before your race, and focus on eating well this week.

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6/7/11 1:06 A

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what is the minimum amount of training I should do a week before the race. i went to the gym once last week and once the week before. So bummed right now.

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5/23/11 12:08 A

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Turtle...take care of yourself and listen to your body until you feel better. I know it is a bummer but important not to add more stress to your body. Eat healthy and rest. I hope you're better soon.

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5/22/11 7:51 P

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Hope you feel better Turtle. Those I've know with Epstein Barre have had a hard time figuring how to balance the rest with the workouts. Taking care of yourself is most important, so as the others said, don't push beyond what you can handle right now.

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5/22/11 4:10 P

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I'm not sure if I shared but I have chronic mono or the chronic Epstein Barr Virus so I'm not doing well lately and it's getting worse so I'm a little bummed and not training much.

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5/19/11 12:53 P

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No advice just taking all the advice in and trying to figure my program. I'm really learning a lot and enjoying this team... emoticon

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5/19/11 4:08 A

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THANK YOU so much all for giving me a bit of reality check. A friend is doing a road run of about 12 miles and my training book says 15 miles but 30 secs. slower than the HM pace. Can you believe I was thinking about doing one or the other on the road? My husband said no road and you are saying that as well. Since I ran outside two weeks in a row I'll wait and do a shorter run when my friend start tapering off for the race.
i'll bring my water next time too :)

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5/18/11 8:34 A

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I actually blogged about this yesterday. Due to a hip/IT band injury, I was forced back on my treadmill just as I was transitioning back to outdoor running, for the remainder of my half marathon training.

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I did FINE in my race, better than I had hoped, and my hip feels great. My goal is to do 50% of my training on my treadmill, the remainder outdoors. I'm going to transition this gradually over the next few weeks. I have learned a very hard lesson: gradual is key for many aspects of training!!

I would not try to FORCE your body onto a new surface right before your race, it won't like that at all. I'd stick to what is working. Entering my race pain-free became my goal, and I am so glad!

In my case, I actually feel great post race (it has been 3 days). Minor quad soreness (hills), but no painful joints, ligaments, etc. So the asphalt surface during the race didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.

Good luck!! You might want to google the benefits of treadmill training. It really helped to encourage me and raise my spirits while I was stuck on the treadmill.

Edited by: SCHOOLNURSE86 at: 5/18/2011 (09:20)
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5/18/11 8:31 A

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TURTLE4CHRIST,

You can't change where you are right now in your running, nor can you rush the process.

That being said, every one of us have had some really crappy runs prior to a major where panic almost sets in. Training is the time to learn what to do and what not to do. This is why we train to race, we do not race to train. You are gonna do fine. Listen to your body. Do not feel the need to run daily (not sure if that is in your training plan) and be sure to ice your knees.

As long as you are not in pain, some soreness is to be expected.

Hang in there...RUN SPARK STRONG!
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5/18/11 8:29 A

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11 miles is great! I found that my knees hurt when training on our road because of impact, but the next road over has a wide, soft grassy shoulder and is a little more flat. It has helped to improve my distance:) Oh, and no matter the length of the run I always have water with me. I can't live without it:) It's my crutch, and I think it improves my time. Sometime I need it and sometime I don't, but it's always there. The bike and elliptical trainer are also a nice break on the knees for me. This isn't true for everyone though. Hope this helps a little. Good luck!

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5/18/11 3:56 A

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Oh my goodness. Tonight was my third time ever running on the road. My 6k was my first. Last week about 11 miles and today we did a fun 6 miles with a running group so I ran closer to what I felt like was my running pace. I have to say it felt hard.
My race is June 19th and I feel really discouraged I won't make good time. I also didn't bring any water. I didn't feel really thirsty but my body was sluggish and I don't think I could have done 7.1 more miles faster.
I gotta train on the road besides the treadmill but is it a bit too late and what should I do to train without hurting my knees?

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