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I could say speed but I know I will be slow and I am ok with that...as they say a mile is a mile no matter the speed.

My biggest challenge has been coming back from an injury. I tore my calf at the end of last year. While going through physical therapy my therapist urged me to change my foot strike (heel to mid/front). I don't feel as though am anywhere near my abilities this time last year (pre-injury) in prepping for my half marathon. It's frustrating, but I keep going. If I don't I'll never get back to where I was and that is just not an option.

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knowing how to push myself without pushing too hard is the biggest challenge for me... i have hurt myself before by continuing to run on a painful joint, and i have also finished a 10K race and felt like i still had lots of gas in my tank that i didn't use because i was afraid to run out (and of course ended up with a really slow time as a result)

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6/18/13 7:01 A

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I know the feeling. I live in Las Vegas and I do most of my running between 5 & 6 am when it's coolest just before the sun comes up because in the summer it is typically still 100 degrees until after 10 or 11pm. I have never been a morning person, so it is definitely a struggle.

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6/18/13 3:45 A

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Finding the perfect time! I live in Arizona, and by 6:30am I already find it too hot (or moreso too mcuh sun in my face) to go running. And I don't like going running at night because even though the sun's not out, the temperature is still pretty high. I can't wait for the weather to cool down so I don't have to wake up before the sun just to get a run in!

I also am really bad at the whole mind over matter thing. Even when I'm doing great, once the idea pops into my head to stop, I can't muster up the motivation to keep going.

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toughest running challenge... there are so many to choose from! I'm in week 1 of training for marathon #2 and I need to slow down on long runs. I run too fast and then I am wiped out the rest of the day. I want training to not be such a life focus this go around. I want to be able to have a social life while training for a marathon. Is that possible? ;)

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My son just gave me a birthday/father's day gift of registration to the Walt Disney World Marathon in January. So now that I will be running one more Full marathon, my biggest challenge will be:

Mile 16.

I get thoroughly BORED with the whole thing at Mile 16. I start to wish my sunglasses would get Netflix.

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6/16/13 5:04 P

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Two things for me:

Pacing - If I'm by myself, I tend to run too fast, and (as someone else mentioned in this thread) all my runs look the same, whether it's long, tempo or steady. While I haven't been disappointed with any of my race results, I'd really like to be able to slow myself down more in the beginning so I'm not feeling quite so dead in the last 5/10k. I've solved that partially by training with groups so that we're all looking out for each other - it helps both by having a pace leader and occasionally being a pacer myself (if others are depending on me to hold a specific pace, I'm much more disciplined).

Nutrition - I was never a natural cook, so I've found that I start to run out of creative meal planning energy about a month before a major race, which leads to some less than ideal food choices. It's irritating, because I know I'd have better results if I could fuel myself properly (I'm getting better, but it's still a very easy trap to fall into).

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I forget about my other activities and concentrate on running too much. This may sound like blasphemy, but there is more to life than running. There is swimming, biking, lifting/strength training, hiking,

Oh, yeah and the family too.

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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My biggest challenge is getting in a proper amount of strength training.

I made sure to do at least one day of strength and stretching when I trained for my first half and was pain and injury free for 5 months of training.

After that, I let myself slide. When I let my ST slide, my weak back will occasionally cause me problems. Last year I had to skip one race (nearly missed 4!) and baby myself for a second because of my back issues.

Now that I'm back (no pun intended) into my training, again, I need to make sure I incorporate at least 1 or 2 days of mild strength training and stretching.

Many runners don't realize how much having a weak upper body affects your running. Especially endurance running.

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5/6/13 2:46 P

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My biggest challenge is not letting myself fall into desturctive tendencies before races. I train and get so excited for it, prepare well and everything. And then usually a month or so before, I start eating really badly and stop running so much. I don't know what my problem is but I have to consciously tell myself that's it's going to be fine as long as I don't shoot myself in the foot by making silly choices emoticon

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changing: My doctor always suggested I do that before I exercise and well, that felt like I had to admit I had a problem. So instead I use Advair one puff twice a day and oh, my gosh does that work for me! Before I started that, I couldn't bike up a hill. I am exercise induced, so really needed a preventative, but was too stubborn to take my emergency inhaler before I exercised. The allergy pill helps with whatever allergy triggers I have, like fresh cut grass.

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4/30/13 5:32 A

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SKIRNIR - I do use a rescue inhaler for prevention right before I run and that has helped some. I have thought about a allergy pill and I may give it a try.

ANNIE - Way to go! That is a great time, congrats!

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The half went really well. I held back for most of it - I had been through 2 weeks of bad fibro pain and m confidence was shaken. It POURED the entire race! My shoes were sloshing and I was drenched through. Ended with 2:04:36. Almost identical to my last half - the only other half I've run with fibro. I will get my time under 2:00 again!!

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Changing: Are you using a preventative inhaler for your asthma? I have to say that an allergy pill for me has done more for my asthma than anything else. Of course, I am a walker, and not a runner. But used to be biking I had trouble, but now don't tend to, but again I am slow.

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Interesting you guys! Way to go pushing forward! You are all inspiring.

I'd say that one of my biggest challenges has also been to accept my own limitations. I have been having more and more difficulty with my asthma in the past six months and this has really put a damper on my running. I want to run my first half this year and I used to feel like "if I can't run the whole race, then it doesn't count". (My own thoughts for myself) I have come to realize that I may never be able to run the whole distance because of the asthma. I pretty much have got to keep the breathing regulated or I am never going to make it. That being said, I am limited by the asthma. So I have to learn to accept those limits and do what I can. If that means that I run/walk a half marathon then I guess that is what I have to do. Not doing it at all would be worse.

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Birgit Thanks. I'll have to do some reading on the Paleo and try it.

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Inspirational.... You guys rock....

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Annie and Linda,
I know there are many people who improve hugely with fibro on a paleo-type diet. Maybe take a look at our paleo spark team if you are not familiar with it. emoticon

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Annie I so understand what you are saying! I run some, but hike a LOT! Up and down mountains. I found that I hurt when I did nothing and I hurt when I did something so if I'm going to hurt regardless I may as well be doing something. I don't actually hurt as much sometimes though being active as I did when I was inactive. Fatigue is a huge issue for me too. I did walk a 15 mile event in March and I'm proud of that. It was to honor survivors of the Bataan Death March and was awesome and wasn't a race although many do it for time. This was my 4th year and last year I had to drop out at mile 11. This year I was so happy to make it all the way although I did have to stop and rest a few times. Just because we have fibro, we don't let it define us for sure!! You are awesome!

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Annie: I am impressed. Hope the half goes well for you and you don't feel sore or overly bad the next day!

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Running with fibromyalgia. After developing this chronic pain disorder, I was told that i wouldn't be able to run anymore. Well, I am. It's very difficult for me to accept the limitations fibro has on my body now. One of the main symptoms, besides muscle, tendon, and ligament pain is exercise intolerance. I've gotten a new 5k PR though, and am running my seconded half marathon with fibro on Sunday.

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Recognizing and respecting my body's limits before they turn into injuries. I'm still working on this one.

Sunday, for the second year in a row, I will be running a 5K that I traded down to after registering for the half. Or maybe doing run/walk intervals, depending on how my leg feels. The leg crapped out while I was (in 20-20 hindsight) pushing too hard to add distance, and I'm having a tough time figuring out how much activity to add back and when to add it as the leg improves.

I haven't given up on ever doing a half, but I'm not signing up 4 months in advance any more.


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Speed. I'm not a fast runner & I only have 1 speed for both my long runs & short runs. I can't run slower if it's a LSD & can't run faster if it's speed work. I run about the same speed every time I lace up. Some days I'm alittle faster/slower than others, but that's all to do with weather, nutrition, sleep & stress levels.

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Great responses from everyone here! Speed is one of my big issues too. I have been the slow, chunky runner that settles into one pace and slogs along. lately I have been pushing myself with sprinting intervals during my 5K runs. I prefer 5K distance for sprints or fartleks just because the distance is short enough that I can do it with a high intensity but long enough to really tax me and my endurance. I have noticed my overall pace is improving.

Lets keep pushing past our limits and break out of the mold...

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Mine was my very first race. I signed up for a 5k which got changed to a 5.6k due to maintenance within the park. I was about 16st and it took me 37 minutes to finish it. But I finished it and I haven't looked back.

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Speed, especially over distance. Last year I improved by training with a coach and got my 2 mile time to a 9 minute mile, my 10k to a 9:45 mile and my HM to a 10:15 mile. Speedy Gonzalez I am not lol. Today I am lucky to average between 11:30 & 12 minutes per mile, but I was training for a marathon so deliberately slowed down even more. Unfortunately my body now thinks anything faster is impossible so I have to start at the beginning again as far as speed is concerned.

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I would have to say sprinting. I decided to take the bull by the horns and joined a track club and even plan to learn how to do hurdles. But speed really does not come naturally to me, LOL.

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My first trail 50K should've been tough, particularly because I'm doing the CRON diet and then my arthritis flared up in my hip just days before. Through the miracle of ibuprofen, I got the inflammation calmed down by the morning of the race, ran the race very gently, and had a fun time out in the woods while consuming 2000c of sugary low-fiber foods for 8 hours :-P



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My toughest challenge was transitioning from treadmill to running outside. It took a while to learn that In needed to jog s-l-o-w-l-y until I built up endurance, even though I could go 20 minutes straight on the treadmill.

Right now, my toughest challenge is getting myself to go out and run hills. I always pretend I "don't have time" to drive somewhere that has better hills than my neighborhood, so I just end up not doing them.

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Name your toughest running challenge and what you did to get through it.

For me, as silly as it sounds, lack of flexibility has been an issue. Besides light stretching, I have really made use of a foam roller prior to my runs and rolling out my feet with a golfball. This has really helped me to loosen up prior to a run and I noticed a big difference on how well the first 2 or 3 miles go.

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