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4/1/13 7:29 P

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Haha! I was the runner who was high-fiving all the spectators lol! It was a gorgeous race day indeed!


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3/31/13 4:32 P

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Awesome race for your first Half Marathon!! That you ran well and enjoyed yourself is a testament to your good training, so give yourself a huge pat on the back!!

Now you're a half marathoner so you know at least one way that works for you. There's plenty of great advice here already but mine--not that i'm an expert--is to remember what works for you and try to keep those things as part of your training. Good luck and enjoy your recovery, training and next race!

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3/29/13 11:29 P

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Congrats on your first HM!!! So good to hear it was such a positive experience for you.

I ran a HM in mid-March and my next is the first weekend in May. I took a good week+ for recovery and have eased back into training. I used the same plan and just cut off some weeks. I have much different goals for various races.

I would not jump up to an intermediate training plan quite yet. I'm familiar with Hal Higdon's and there is a big difference. For now, stick with what has worked. Next year, take it to that level and you'll crush your PR!



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3/27/13 10:21 A

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Congrats on your first half!!! I was actually one of the spectators at that race. I was the one with a dorky orange sign that said "You shamROCK our socks off!" Little St. Patrick's Day humor. You got a gorgeous day considering it snowed the day before and the day after lol. Hal Hidgeons has training programs for half marathons at a few different levels. You could see where you fall and try one of the intermediate levels maybe. Good luck and great job!

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3/26/13 10:15 A

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I'm late to the party, but wanted to congratulate you on a great half!!

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3/24/13 9:58 P

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Thanks! I hope to run it again next year! It was so much fun:)

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Hi Melissa, congrats on your first half. you have already gotten some great advice from coach Nancy but I wanted to give you a big woo hoo for a job well done, what an awesome time!

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3/19/13 10:14 A

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Thanks Coach Nancy, I will keep that in mind!

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3/18/13 5:54 P

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Just remember, while you may feel like you can run, now is the time to play it safe. Racing is not training so you may feel good, but your body did experience some inflammation that can take days and weeks to diminish. Remember most running injuries aren't caused from faulty shoes, running surfaces, hills, etc, they are caused from overuse and not allowing your body a full recovery. This is why it is so important to listen to those little niggles and know when to pull back even if that means you don't PR the next race.

For now, enjoy your recovery!

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3/18/13 5:42 P

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Thanks Coach Nancy, I actually feel pretty good today just my quads are a little sore but who isn't after 13.1 miles! It's bearable, I'm able to walk around and up and down stairs fairly easily. Maybe it was the post race Guiness recovery drink haha! I was thinking of doing that this week just taking it easy, a few short slow runs. Then back to a long run 8-10 miles next weekend.

PASTAFARIAN- the More Fitness Half is thru Central Park but two loops this time I think the biggest grade is 4% at Cat Hill. But I ran the loop during the NYC half yesterday and I felt like it wasn't to bad at all. The hills I usually run on are bigger near my home. Brooklyn I think is flat, I don't see the race map posted yet. But I really felt good during my race I ran at a comfortable pace that I was able to talk with fellow runners. And at the finish line I felt like I could have kept going. I didn't have a time goal in mind for this one, I just wanted to finish:) So now I have a time to beat.

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3/18/13 4:25 P

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Before answering your question, you need to provide more info. What have your long runs been like - both mileage and effort. And what was your effort during the race?

The reason I ask is that it is unusual to go from your first HM immediately into running one a month. I'm not saying you can't of course. Just that additional training depends on what you've been doing and how hard you've been pushing yourself.

In addition, it would also be helpful to explain if you want to do these next HMs at the same or an easier pace or whether one in particular as a goal race for pushing harder, setting a PR, etc. Offhand, I'm not familiar with those two other races you mention, so if their courses are significantly hillier, etc., it would be good to know.

PS: 2:08 is a great time for your first HM! Congrats on the good pacing! (Pacing is more important than PRs. You're doing the right thing by focusing on pacing.)

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3/18/13 3:54 P

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Hi Melissa,

Congrats on an AWESOME half! I ran the NYRR NYC Half last year and what an amazing race it was!!! One of the highlights of my running career!

As for your question--it's OK to take some time off and allow some recovery and repair to take place---I would do a short run of no more than 20 min Thursday and a run of no more than an hour on Saturday--don't worry about the distance--just go out for time--mentally this will take some work on your part as so many runners are conditioned to run for distance and not time--then I would do some short runs the following week giving a day off between runs and the consider doing a LSD run of 9-10 miles the next Saturday--that said let yoir body be your guide--if you have any pain, lingering soreness or niggles take the extra time off--your body now knows the distance and better to give some time to recover than end up injured.

GREAT JOB!!!
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3/18/13 3:39 P

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I don't have any advice, but, I just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. That's an awesome time for your first!! Welcome to the Half Marathon World!! emoticon

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3/18/13 2:36 P

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Hi Runners!
I ran my very first half marathon yesterday in NYC! It was awesome! My time was 2:08:17, of which I'm very proud because I paced myself, enjoyed every moment, had fun and most importantly finished strong!
I also signed up for the More Fitness Womens Half on April 14th and then the Brooklyn Half on May 18th.
So that will be a half each month, my question is, how do I train for the next? What kind of plan should I follow? Any suggestions would be very helpful! THANKS!
~Melissa

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