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9/16/12 6:38 P

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Race was today and I am extremely pleased. I did better than the two training runs I attempted prior to the race. I did feel some detraining after vacation but I bounced back pretty good but it took right up to the race.

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8/27/12 8:28 A

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Ah good intentions but I didn't do what I wanted. I really enjoyed my vacation and relaxed. A few times I did some exercises in the pool. Did some calf raises waiting in lines...when I remembered. Only got squats in one night. I just couldn't bring myself to get up early to do the stairwells, I didn't want to leave my kids in the room alone at all, they are just too young. We did a ton of walking so that helped.

We got home yesterday and I threw in laundry and hit the treadmill (couldn't wait to run). I wanted to run 5 miles but I was limited on time. 3.25 miles seemed a nice easy run to get back into the groove.

I won't risk injury trying to prove to myself I can make the mileage before the HM. I will push but not too hard. I just may have to walk some of the HM and find more races until I hit my goal of running the entire thing.



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

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Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 4, 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 8, 2014
Flyers Charities Halloween 5K Phila., PA - October 25, 2014
Perfect 10 Miler Trenton, NJ - October 26, 2014


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8/18/12 12:15 P

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I think on2victory is right, with all that experience behind you, you may not have a particularly dramatic decrease in your abilities. I would try and see if you can do cross training, or use the trail once or twice during your stay, but remember, you are on VACATION so you can relax alittle. Does the hotel have a pool? Could you cross train by swimming?

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8/16/12 1:00 P

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That's an impressive mileage base. I've read books by professional athletes and one thing that a lot of them bring up is anxiety based over training. The need to push due to a lack of confidence in the work already done. It is far better to enter an event on a set of legs that are fresh and well rested that can be pushed than to go and race on tired, worn out legs that cannot be pushed because you had to prove to yourself that you can do it.

I think that if you think a little outside the box with some alternate workouts and stair running, you will surprise yourself on race day but for certain, do not fall into the "make up the mileage" trap.

You got this, stay the course and believe in your training so far.

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8/16/12 10:58 A

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Thanks to all!! Part of me is just worrying too much. I have been doing about 15- 20 miles a week for at least 6 months and last month was closer 20-25 miles a week. I've been running for almost two years now.

I do plan on running stairwells and doing lunges/squats. After not running much last week, this week felt like any other as I slipped right back into my routine. That helped my frame of mind.

If I have to walk some of the HM, so be it, I have no doubt I will finish. As I said to a few folks that just means I keep finding other HMs to do until I reach my goal of running the whole thing :) I'm hooked!!! I love it!!! I will keep going!!!

Rebecca

"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 27, 2014
Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 4, 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 8, 2014
Flyers Charities Halloween 5K Phila., PA - October 25, 2014
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8/16/12 9:14 A

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I agree with Coach Nancy, it is going to depend a lot on how long you have been running overall. In my case there is a 7 day period every month where I rotate to night shift and do not run at all. Surprisingly, I come back like nothing happened if not better due to the downtime resting the joints etc...

Also, there have been times where my mileage decreased to almost zero due to injury and I maintained a surprisingly high amount of running fitness with lunges, squats, and other strength / weight bearing exercises. May sound crazy but if the place where you are staying has a stairwell and several floors, you would be amazed what a stairwell run will do for you. Talk about hill work.

My point is that over the years that I have been running I have found that you do not totally fall apart if you miss a few days due to life happening if you have been doing the work prior. It is far easier to maintain fitness than it is to build it.

Like Nancy said, don't try to make up my drastically altering your mileage or frequency to 'make up' for lost time., there is no such thing as cramming when it comes to running.

Goal 1 is to finish with a big smile on your face... Enjoy your race.

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8/15/12 12:23 P

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No gym at the hotel. There is a running trail. I have to see how much babysitting services are and what if any times are available.

I guess I'll try running in place in the room (although I know that won't last long as I will get bored to tears). A friend also suggested running any stairs near the room.

I have to make up my mind to do whatever it takes to get some exercise in, I've come too far and too close to the race to let this affect me.

Rebecca

"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 27, 2014
Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 4, 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 8, 2014
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8/15/12 9:42 A

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Does the hotel have a gym? If not, you might check and see if there is a gym in the area that has child care.

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8/14/12 9:39 P

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Hi Rebecca,

You will experience some detraining issues not running for 9 days and you will want to reconsider your finishing goal time for your half, especially if you didn't get a lot of running in last week. As to how much your training will be affected depends on the length of time you have been running. And whatever you do, I would not try to make up for lost time. Now is not the time to risk developing an injury.

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8/14/12 9:35 P

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This may not be the most fun but it will work, run in place in front of the TV or while listening to music. The kids may dance along. emoticon


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8/14/12 9:29 P

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I leave for vacation on Friday, just me and the kids 9 days in Disney. I won't be able to run and I am 4 weeks out from my half marathon. I didn't run for 5 days last week due to a move but pushed through a long run on Sunday (after lots of heavy lifting the day before). It was not one of my better performances - ran 9 miles walked 4.4 miles. My concern is that 9-10 day of not running will hurt my progress. Any suggestions on what I could do with kids around (they are quite young 5 and 8)? Any comments on what this may do to training and ability to finish the HM on 9/16? Appreciate any input...Thanks!!!

Rebecca

"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 27, 2014
Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 Miler - May 4, 2014
ODDysseyHalf Marathon Phila., PA - June 8, 2014
Flyers Charities Halloween 5K Phila., PA - October 25, 2014
Perfect 10 Miler Trenton, NJ - October 26, 2014


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