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9/9/13 7:05 A

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TIMOTHYNOHE - There were several Half Marathons this weekend that I had to chose from. I knew people do all of them except the one I did.

The Harrisburg Half was really a nice route along the Susquehanna River in the city. The weather was gorgeous although it got a little warm the last two miles for me. I finished and I will do it again! I did a short blog and will do a better job with more photos later.

Thank you all for the encouragement.

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9/8/13 9:52 P

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How did you do?

GOsh. I could have pulled a double this weekend. Saturday was the Bird-in-Hand Half. Today was Harrisburg. Both really close to me.

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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9/8/13 4:20 A

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Hike went great! I am up and ready to run. Could have slept better but I guess that was expected the night before the first. All those last minute thoughts going through my head.
This is it!

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9/7/13 7:11 A

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Oh my gosh! I had better be extra careful today. First, I took off my glasses to get my pants. Then I put my glasses back on and proceeded to put shirt on backwards! Ugh.
Getting ready for my hike and anxious about tomorrow.

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9/4/13 1:11 A

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I went on a 25 mile bike ride the day before my half in Scotland. I think the Scots I was with were playing "Let's lose the dumb American" and whe I asked, they told me I was clearly not so dumb.

Wait a minute ...

Anyway ...

A little light to moderate workout the day before is often a good thing. Just don't overdo it.

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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9/3/13 2:36 P

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Especially since you are so familiar with this trail and the fact that you are going to take it slow, I do not think you should have anything to worry about.

As far as what to eat...Eat what you are familiar with. I think what you have chosen sounds like a good plan but I might add in a veggie that has carbs (sweet potato, reg potato, etc) but only if you have eaten something like that the night before a long run and have handled it well.

Good luck on your half (and your hike)!

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9/3/13 7:10 A

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Yes, I am hoping that it helps me sleep better the night before and I think as you said I would be very antsy. The hike will take my mind of it for a couple hours.

Speaking of eating, what do you normally eat the couple days before? I'm going to have my favorite on Friday night, Spaghetti and then I was thinking salad with Grilled Chicken on Saturday evening.

I'm really trying not to think too much but I know this does require some attention and planning.

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9/2/13 9:53 P

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Look on the bright side:

- You'll sleep better the night before your HM. (Always my biggest issue!)

- You won't feel antsy the day before. (I always end up doing chores instead of resting. I may as well have run!)

- You won't feel bloated from eating normally (or carbo-loading) the day (or multiple days) before a race.

- It will help keep things moving, GI-wise, to clear out your system the morning of the race.


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9/2/13 5:16 P

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Thanks Guys!
Ugh, Robert I get what you are saying and if something happened that I would not make the race, I would be very upset. It is my first half and I have done the training. I do feel good about it. I have considered the injury aspect but I can twist an ankle or fall right here in my house or at work. Crap does happen and hopefully it won't happen now. The hike is to celebrate the anniversary of the club and I would feel awful to bail on them now.

Actually, now that you mention it, I have done this hike the day before a run of 10.2 miles. I actually led it at night for full moon and then did the run the next morning. It was early on in my training and it 86 degrees but I did it. I feel like I've come along way since that run and I think I can do both. I know the trail like the back of my hand and at a slower pace I can and will be even more careful.

They are both important to me and I really should have double checked my schedule before committing. I am going to move forward with care and confidence and hope that I can sleep better now tonight. (I wake up and my mind gets me involved in the darndest debates)

I will do the easy short runs this week, rest on Friday, hike on Saturday morning, then rest until Sunday morning. Heck this sounds like too easy of a week.

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9/2/13 11:52 A

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I guess I would ask myself a few questions. You may be going with the slower group (good idea btw) but you are still exerting yourself as we'll as exposing yourself to risk of a hiking related injury/twisted ankle etc... No matter how careful you are, crap has a way of happening so I would ask myself how important are these events? If the HM is your "A" race and you're shooting for a new PR then I would can the hike. If you really don't care how you do so long as you finish then maybe if you also have no worries about bagging the race altogether if you exeperience a mishap on the trail, then maybe it would be a possibility.

If you are fit enough to walk that far varying some sort of load and don't care how you do then I guess that would be your judgement call. However, if the thought of bagging your HM because something happened gives you cold chills then I would dump the hike and explain the situation....

Just my two cents. Whatever you decide, make sure you have a smile on your face and enjoy :)

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9/2/13 11:48 A

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Go with the slow group and play it careful, but honestly, I think you are fine. Ever done such before your long run day? Did it make your long run day harder?

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9/2/13 11:42 A

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I don't think so. Nothing wrong with a little light exercise before a race :)

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9/2/13 11:35 A

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I inadvertently signed up to lead a 9 mile hike the day before my half. It is a pretty large group so I figured that I would break it into 2 groups, one fast and the other slower paced. I have an assistant so I figure on staying with the slower group which in most cases would drive me crazy but it is the day before my race so I think it is smart.
Some say I should not go and take any chances on the day before, but I feel obligated now and I really don't think it is an issue. The mileage really is nothing to me.
Am I being stupid?

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