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7/12/12 12:55 A

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Thanks for the advice everyone. There is no time limit on the race and walking is an option. I will call my doc and see what he thinks. I definitely didn't think about other injuries due to my stride being off. Yikes!

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7/12/12 12:46 A

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Never doing a half marathon before, but understanding where the others are coming from, I also agree with Coach Nancy. My first half marathon is in October, and I know that I want to enjoy that experience to the fullest extent and to do that, I know I need to go into it injury free. Not worrying about aggravating something or damaging something even more. I want to be able to give it all I've got. Make sure to get healed up first, then sign up for another one and train, being very careful not to hurt yourself and then enjoy the whole experience of it. As I was told by several people about my first race, an 8k, it's a day you'll never be able to do over and a feeling you'll only get once. Same goes for the half marathon, but I've heard it's even more intense. So make the most of it. Good luck to you :)

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7/11/12 8:38 P

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Second, third, and fourth Coach Nancy and Robert's thoughts. Heal and enjoy your first HM as disappointing as it may be to miss this one.

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7/11/12 4:19 P

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I totally agree with Coach Nancy. This being your first HM, you want it to be a great experience. Like she said, it is painful to withdraw and no one wants to lose money but consider this...

injuries that have been aggravated by running hurt far worse (trust me), they are LONG lasting, and cripple the morale. Therapy is far more expensive than a forfeited race fee.

Your first HM should be a joyous experience and you want to finish with a big smile for the photographer at the end. It shouldnt be a "survival of the fittest" situation. I would cut my losses and bail. there will be LOTS of other events to do this year when your shoulder heals up.

It has taken a number of painful incidents to finally get me to realize that you dont get extra points for being a hero.

To quote Cicero "Discretion is the better part of valor"

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7/11/12 8:24 A

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Does the HM have a time limit? If not, perhaps you could walk it instead. Of course, as Nancy says, you would need clearance from your doctor with regard to your shoulder. That might stop some of the disappointment about not participating in the event.

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7/11/12 8:21 A

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Tiffany,

My advice...I would not recommend that you run this race. The reason, in the time you have been forced to take off due to your shoulder injury, your body has experienced detraining issues. One may not think that a shoulder injury could cause issues with running, but it is the natural swing of the arms that propel us forward. While you may feel fine covering a little distance as you advance on you may create a bigger issue with your shoulder OR worse you may unknowingly change your stride to compensate for your lack of swing which could lead to injury issues up and down your kinetic chain.

TRUST ME I know how disappointed dropping out from this event will be, I did the same over 5 years ago when I injured my foot 3 days BEFORE my first. I was devastated, but as my running coach told me at the time..."Is you goal to be a life-long runner or a once in a life-time runner?"

Even walking requires a swing of your arm and if that is an option, you need to get clearance from your doctor that you can do this with a healing separated shoulder.

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7/11/12 1:30 A

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I registered for my first half marathon which is next Saturday (July 21st). I posted a few weeks ago about separating my shoulder in a mountain biking accident in June.

I took several weeks off from doing anything - was in plenty of pain and struggled to do basic things. Last week I did an easy 3 mile jog. Got through just fine, but was a little sore the next couple days. I put in 2.6 miles tonight (I think the heat and humidity were getting to me too). The shoulder didn't feel "normal" but was only slightly uncomfortable.

I still plan on finishing my half next weekend. My question is where do I go from here?

My last long run was 12 miles a month ago. Since then I have run twice, 3 miles and 2.6 miles. Should I try to get a long run in this weekend and then the half the next weekend? Or should I be more conservative and skip a long run until my half?

I was thinking about maybe doing 8 miles this weekend, usually a good distance for me where I feel like I'm working but it's not that hard. But then if I can do 8, maybe I should do 10 miles instead... I just really have no clue what distance to run.

This is my first half, I do not have a time goal. My plan is just to finish (even if I must take frequent walk breaks). What would you do?

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