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RSTAR13
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7/10/12 8:15 A

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Thanks all! Yeah I am not doing 3 HM in 3 months. If anything I may do November which would give me 2 full months to recover and still see if I can hit the 13.1 miles.

Rebecca

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7/9/12 10:12 A

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Congratulations!

I'd be careful with signing up for more races until you know how you recover.

I've always had a few months between HMs. I'm running my second full marathon in September, which will be exactly 16 weeks after my first full. Just now getting back up to marathon training after 4 weeks of recovery running, it's actually harder than I thought it would be! I figured I have trained smart and strong for the first marathon, I'd just ride on those coattails for the second. I didn't factor in the toll the first marathon would take, so it really isn't like you train up to a certain distance and then your are golden to keep running it, if that makes any sense. The race itself, and subsequent recovery, do knock you back down a few rungs on the training ladder (at least for me).

At any rate, listen to your body and have fun! I love RnR events, my upcoming marathon will be my third RnR race.


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7/9/12 9:50 A

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That's awesome! Congrats! My first is October 7th and I can't wait! Happy Training!


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5/26/12 10:05 A

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Congratulations and good luck...

Remember participating in a half doesn't always mean one must RACE each time. You can use the middle one as a slower training run!!!

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5/25/12 8:28 P

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I'll be on the side of waiting until after your first HM to decide about your second and third. Registering for your first is a huge step. Allow the excitement to soak in as you train. Once you finish your first half then decide about your second. You could choose to volunteer at a half or full to keep the excitement going. It really is a lot of fun helping other succeed.
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5/25/12 1:20 P

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congrats on registering for your first half... we are here to cheer you on!
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5/25/12 1:18 P

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Thanks all. I will certainly see how training goes and how I feel after the first. Not sure how quickly the other two fill up but I am sure I can find other races elsewhere.

For me it is mostly about finishing without walking - as was my goal for the Broad Street Run. I do want to increase my pace but that is secondary.

Rebecca

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5/25/12 12:38 P

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depends on what your goal is for the subsequent races ... if it's just finish, then go for it - if you have a time goal, I'd say wait and see how you feel after half #1

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I ran my first HM on October 30 and then, my second December 4th. I was sore after the December one and felt great after the October one. Go figure that one out. I agree that you should see how you feel before signing up for all of them. I originally signed up for the December 4th one and then, decided the day before to run the October 30th. Crazy? Yup, but I loved it!!

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I can't imagine the excitement you must be feeling!!! I'm just a beginner and running my first 5k tomorrow and I'm a wreck with giddiness! Lol.

SO excited for you and can't wait to hear how it goes! Definitely do one a month!! You CAN do it!

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I ran my first on Sunday. Had a fun time and beat my goal time. That said, I was sore until Wednesday. There's anohter half one day shy of 4 weeks after the 1st. After thinking, and so far feeling, that it's 13 days recovery and then two weeks of tapering would leave nothing in the middle. So, I'm signing up to volunteer either at a water stop our an intersection person.

I'd suggest at most signing up for the November one and then adding October after doing September if you're feeling up to it.

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5/25/12 8:43 A

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Hi Rebecca,

Congrats on registering for your first half-marathon. While I know the excitement is so contagious, be careful that you do not overextend yourself when it comes to racing. As to how close together you should race really depends on your training and your recovery. Some runners can do multiple races, while others cannot.

Focus on your training. See how you feel. See how you recover and then you may have a better ides as to whether the latter two races should be added to your schedule.

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5/25/12 8:25 A

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Not at all nuts! :) I think it's a great idea to plan for more than one. After all, with all that training behind you, why not? :)

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5/25/12 8:21 A

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I did it, I have committed to my first HM!!! Excited, nervous, and also thinking what have I done?!?!? I am more excited than anything. So the first HM is the Philadelphia Rock-n-Roll HM in September. Heard lots of good things about it as well as it being a fun crowd. Training starts in June.

And here is a really crazy thought I have had....There are two more HM close to me, AC in October and Philly in November. I am considering each of those. One a month am I nuts???


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"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indominable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

Run for the Vineyards 5 Miler (Mullica Hill, NJ) - April 2014
Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 2014


 
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