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5/10/12 6:02 P

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TAGPOINTE- Race in November? you totally got this. work hard and enjoy the journey. With that much time, you will own your first race. take your training slow and steady. One thing I would do is start asap. Even though you have so much time ahead of you, life has a way of happening and getting in the way of your long runs. If you give yourself a big time cushion, then there is no panic if and when you have to dump a weekend because of an obligation or you simply need to rest and recover a little more. the average plan is around 12 or so weeks, maybe a little longer. if you start training 12-13 weeks out, you are leaving yourself no wiggle room.

Start building a solid running base today. a long slow journey to your first half will leave you with a smile at the finishline. A panic induced training program will leave you being thankful its over.

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Boy, do I know that feeling!! With only a couple of 5k's under my belt, I got all crazy last summer and signed up for a 10 mile ALL UPHILL race! Now, going in I knew I wasn't going to run the entire thing...no way was I ready for that. But I just wanted a HUGE challenge, and it sounded fun!

Like you, the minute I hit the button I freaked out. And then when the day came and I was mulling around with all the other runners, panic erupted again. This was the first time this particular race had been done, and it was in a remote location, so there weren't many people around...and I had NOBODY there with me.

Believe me....the temptation to slip back into my car and quietly leave was screaming at me! But the words of my good friend Nicholas (Absolutzero) kept resounding in my ear from a voicemail he had left me, "You're not going to DIE out there, Erika!" :) And that thought helped me...really, if I'm not going to actually DIE out there, then what is the worst case scenario? I don't finish? Get picked up by the sweepers? Ok...so?? Then I asked myself which one would I regret more later...to not finish and be picked up by the sweepers, or to give up and succumb to the fears and not even try. Yeah, I stayed and did the race :) And even more meaningful for me than my performance in that race was that I fought through all those fears and did it.

And you can, too! And after you do it, and look back on it, you will feel SO proud of yourself for not letting those fears stop you.

Lean on the group for training tips and encouragement...this is by far the best group on Sparkpeople! :)

I am so excited for you!!

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5/10/12 3:18 P

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With multiple 5k's under your belt, this should be more than enough time to comfortably train for your race. You won't have to push your mileage up too fast and you will be able to move up slowly and comfortably. You can definitely do this!

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5/10/12 7:42 A

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Thank you all for the well wishes! For those who asked my race is in November which will give me plenty of time to prepare. Also, when I signed up I got a free training plan from Active.com so hopefully that will help me.

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5/10/12 6:32 A

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Awesome!! WooHoo!! You are pushing the envelope! There's no doubt that you can do this. You didn't mention how much time you have to prepare but let's assume that there's sufficient time. Like everyone else has mentioned -- breathe -- that will help you focus "on the now". Follow your plan, today. That is, focus on what you have in front of you today. Everyone talks about their 1st run... how challenging that was. Mine this time around, was back in September, 3.7 miles of wheezing, pain and misery -- the hardest one of them all since. Then 4, 5, 6, 7.8 miles and so on in the following weeks and months and BAM! 4/22 my first race ever, Half Marathon done! Two weeks later my first trail race another half marathon, done! If I can do it and if the rest of these folks on here can do it... Well, you can too...
You GOT this! Just get out there today and follow your plan and on race day it'll be all fun and games (mostly)! emoticon

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5/10/12 2:00 A

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Deep breath!!!!

You will be fine. Find a training plan (they are all over the internet!) and get running! I get nervous before every long run. I let my brain play tricks on me. But you know what, I'm running 10 miles this weekend and a year ago I couldn't run for 5 minutes.

You can do this. Is it hard? Of course. That's what makes it worth it. But its not impossible. Just get moving :)

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Just prepare by sticking to a training schedule. emoticon

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Once i get done training for a race I have some nerves about the outcome.

More importantly I have pride in the hard work I've put in and knowledge that I am fitter than before I began my training. I hold on to that knowledge that I am more fit. Even if something in expected happens during the race no one can take away that fitness.

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I don't "accept" wishes of "Good Luck" before a race. The only thing I need luck for is the weather and traffic and anything else I have no control over. The race itself, I have prepared for, I have worked hard. I am ready to run.

So wish for me as I wish for you ...
Run well, run strong, run YOUR race.

And take the advice from the cover of the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:"

DON'T PANIC

(and don't forget your towel)

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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5/9/12 5:41 P

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First, breathe.

Second, you are in the right place. When I did my first half marathon, I was very panicky. So much so that I tripped on the day I ran. Before that, I have never tripped while running.

Thirdly, the training will make you a confident runner. You learn you CAN and WILL run the distance. Trust the training and you will ROCK your race!

Lastly, believe in yourself! YOU CAN DO IT!

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i suppose i should ask when this half is? It is always a scary feeling to commit to something that you know is beyond anything you have done before. However, if you have given yourself enough time to train, you will be surprised as to what you can do.

If you have done the work, you have every reason to trust your training. I was so nervous at all of my first races but once i got to the starting line, i would calm down. At that point, in my mind, it was just another training run and mentally i was ready. Finishing your first big challenge will be a huge confidence booster.

One thing, beware of anxiety induced over-training. Follow the plan, they follow a pattern of periodization that allows your body to slowly adapt to the increasing mileages with a minimal risk of injury.



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I suspect being nervous may be a result of how much value we attach to performance (however we define that). If you consciously shift your goal to something other than performance (finishing the race, running a certain time, setting a new PR etc.) you may find that you can enjoy the race a lot more. In your mind you can make the race a people watching event, like going to the mall, or a sightseiing tour. You can run in your mind before the race and practice what you will be thinking about (what brands of running shoes are the most popular, which runners are the best dressed, worst dressed, friendliest, have the best form, etc. anything to occupy your mind. Another perspective change that is useful is to remember that NOBODY who runs the race themselves cares how fast you are running or how you look because they are all preoccupied with how they are doing themselves. emoticon

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So, you're good with the 5K distance? How about doing four, consecutive 5K's? When you start the HM, imagine it's a mere 5K (although you may have to modify your pace a little). Then when you get just past three miles, do another 5K. By the time you've done your fourth 5K, you'll have the finish line in sight.

Sounds corny, I know, but it might work. You have the ability to go the distance but just have to convince yourself.


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You can do this!

I ran my first half in October, and I just started running a year ago. I remember thinking, "How am I ever going to do this?" But with a good training plan, you'll be running your weekend 9 and 10 milers before you know it, and feeling AWESOME!

Have fun! You can do it!

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It is not uncommon to be nervous for a race, even if you've done a number of them in the past. This is especially true when it is the first time at a new distance. So don't worry about that part of it.

As for getting ready for the HM, you didn't mention when it is, but the key to getting ready, both physically and mentally, to me at least, is finding the right training program for you and following it. I don't necessarily mean you have to follow it precisely as outlined right down to every little detail. Rather it should serve as a guide which you tweak to fit your own needs and schedule. It is critical, however, to have something to serve as a road map to get you to the Starting Line (and ultimately the Finish Line) on Race Day.

If you have been running for three years and already have shorter distances under your belt, you know what is involved and you have the dedication to do it. Just find a program that you're comfortable with, follow it, trust that the Training will see you through to the Finish Line and most of all, enjoy the whole Experience!

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5/9/12 1:48 P

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Hi Tami,

Stepping up your game can be overwhelming, but don't let the fear keep you from reaching your goal to run a half-marathon. Find a good training program and read as much as you can and feel free to ask questions.

RUN SPARK STRONG!
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I panic before any race :) including the 5 mile this Saturday and I have run 4 marathons! So, it is normal to be nervous, but don't let that make you think you can't do this. At the very least, you can walk it and even doing that is HUGE, so remind yourself that this first time out you can walk/run the race and walking is not wrong and okay. When I say that to myself it seems to take the pressure off. -- Years ago when I heard people ran races, I always assumed they ran them like a "sprint" but distance running is doing it slower and steadier, so remember that as well, slow and steady will get you through!

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So a few weeks ago I signed up for my first half marathon for my birthday and as soon as I hit the button for them to take my money and become all official....I panicked!!! I literally stared at the screen as it was congratulating me wondering what I had just done. As of right now I have been a runner for three years. My first race was a five miler but mostly I have stuck to 5k's. My problem is I'm not a confidant runner. Even though I have completed the 3.1 distance many times I still worry at the beginning of each race. I also struggle with self doubt through most of my runs. Despite that I have always wanted to say that I ran a half marathon and figured if I signed up I would have to go through with it. Please any tips you can give me will be much appreciated. Thanks!

"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough." --Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder
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Wesley Chapel 5k 11/7/09: Done! 37:04
Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k 2/27/10: Done!43:04
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Women's Half Marathon!!! 11/18/12: 03:12:32


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