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9/30/13 10:47 P

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WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!


I'm so happy to hear that you had a GREAT race!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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9/29/13 8:49 P

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No more anxiety! Great race! Love it when it is an even pace. I am glad you shared. Congratulations!

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9/29/13 11:40 A

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First thank you, thank you, thank you for the support! It really made a difference to me throughout my training and race day! Which is why I think I had such a great race!

As you know, I had some heel trouble last week, which gave me some anxiety! I kept reminding myself that it wouldn't keep me from finishing, so as long as I had as much fun as possible, that it slowing me down didn't matter.

I read this great article on Friday. It said to break your race into 3 phases. Phase 1 is miles 1-4, phase 2 is miles 5-8, phase 3 miles 9-12, and the last 1.1 is your "glory mile"! I always try and break a long run to parts, but this specifity really helped me stay focused, without becoming to overwhelmed with the distance. It also encouraged high fiving as many spectators as you can. I'm kinda dorky like that, so I was game!

I've been training with a run/walk...but honestly the thought of that annoyed me for the race. I always hate moving over to the side every few minutes...so when I was trying to find my place at the start, and I found myself with the 5 hr marathon pace team leader who was so energetic and spunky...I knew I was going to pace with her for my half. I made instant friends at the start, and we ran together for the first mile before becoming separated.

I felt so great! My heel got tight when going up hill, but would loosen right up on the decent...and never reached pain. It was at "Phase 2" that I realized I could go faster. I would walk through the water stations, and the pace group caught up with me once...but I did something I never did during a race; I finished an entire cup of water at EVERY water stop! I would even stop and drink it, as slowly as necessary to keep from gulping, then start running again. I think this slow down paid off, because I felt great the whole way!

As I said before, my finish time wasn't important to me, and although I was tempted to check my pace...Between the amount of math that I would have to do, and the possibility of becoming disappointed kept me from doing it. I did realize that I was probably going to finish the race in 2:30 gun time did help me with that extra push at the end! But, whenever I started to get tired, I found some spectators to wave or high five! My favorite was the started to look bored...then I'd wave or high five and suddenly they'd perk up...like I made THEIR day! Ha! If they only knew that every time I got a smile, it would make a world of difference!

Anyway, I finished strong, with a finish time of 2:24:08. Not a PR but it was the best race I've ever run...which means more to me, and heck, I still beat my guess finish time of 2:30! I have no regrets. If anyone ever has a chance to run the Akron Marathon or relay, I highly recommend it! There was never a part without cheerleaders! The start of the race is enough to bring tears to your eyes (especially if you are mid-back pack). The view of all the runners is amazing...to feel part of something SO BIG! It was a sold out race, and the largest relay in the country! Everyone is treated like they won, and you really feel like they mean it when they say "great job!"

Anyway sorry for it being so long! But, I don't want to leave anything out!

Edited by: SUSANNAH at: 9/29/2013 (11:41)
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9/27/13 6:17 P

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Susannah, you can work through the minor things. Find your strong, and finish strong! Have a great race, you have earned it.

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I am not lost, I am exploring. ~Jana Stanfield

Chicago HM 09/07/14 PR 2:35:53.
Friendship 5k, 07/16/14 PR 31:24.
Chinatown 5k, 07/12/14
Rotary Run 10K, 06/07/14.
Chicago Spring HM May 18, 2014.
PUC Spring Fling 5K, 04/19/14.
Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.
Warm your Heart 5K, feb 23, 2014.
10K Hero Half, Oct 2013 1:07:34, 1st in AG. PR.

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9/27/13 5:02 P

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YaY!!!!!

I'm going to "start" the race with you, but am only going to run for about an hour. I'll be thinking of you and am really looking forward to hearing your "race report".

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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9/27/13 4:37 P

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My race is TOMORROW!!!! I had some achilles discomfort the first 4 miles of my last long run (but the last 4 was okay), and I only ran 1x this week...and it was 3 miles, and when my heel didn't hurt, my foot was numb. Kinda a bummer. BUT, it doesn't hurt at ALL when I'm not runing. Not first thing in the morning, and not even a twing of anything on stairs...so I'm going to go for it.

What I did do, is double check the race completion time! I have 3.5 to finish the race, which will give me plenty of time, even if I have to walk! I have no expectations. I want to have the most fun possible!! I have been anxious all day, so I looked up how to calm pre-race jitters. I'm breaking my run into 4 mile phases, only concentrating on each phase. The last bit is my "glory run"!

I'll post how it goes as soon as I can. I thank everyone for helping me through this! Think of me tomorrow morning! My race starts at 7am...I "should" be done before 10am, drinking a beer at the finish! LOL!

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9/20/13 1:29 P

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MB - what an awesome and inspiring post!!! :)

I was thinking about you Susannah while I was at work this morning... Your race is a week away (as of tomorrow anyway)..

- Try and stay relaxed and do NOT overdo it. Running extra hard this week won't help you on race day.

- Be sure to stay hydrated all week (not just the night before lol).

- Lay out all of your race stuff the night before, to include pinning your bib on (if you pick it up early).

- Charge any and all gadgets that you may use (garmin, iPod etc).

- Set a back up alarm! ;)

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9/20/13 12:05 P

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Susannah, you are getting a lot of great advice here. I applaud you for registering for the run. Now you can focus on truly training for it. I tend to put off my registrations too. I am not sure why, because I am going to run either way, and I use 5Ks as a way to keep my interest going. I found I love the competition with myself when I do a race. I do not, nor cannot, run to win.

You got spooked with a bad race. I can tell you about a bad race. I almost got swept away by a micro burst, while being pelted by hail. It was not pretty, and there was no shelter to go to, so I kept running. The sense of accomplishment was overwhelming. I even did 5 miles under 60 minutes which was a feat for me.

Turn your last challenging race into a triumph. You overcame every hurdle. You did it! Now find a race that is dear in your heart, and harness the glory for your race on the 28th. It is all mental at this point, since you are putting in the miles.

What makes me strong for a race is a good taper. For 5K, that means I take out a run the week before and decrease my miles. I cross-train, but not as intense.

Good Luck! and Good Runs, always.

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I am not lost, I am exploring. ~Jana Stanfield

Chicago HM 09/07/14 PR 2:35:53.
Friendship 5k, 07/16/14 PR 31:24.
Chinatown 5k, 07/12/14
Rotary Run 10K, 06/07/14.
Chicago Spring HM May 18, 2014.
PUC Spring Fling 5K, 04/19/14.
Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.
Warm your Heart 5K, feb 23, 2014.
10K Hero Half, Oct 2013 1:07:34, 1st in AG. PR.

I am running from dementia.


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CNTRYGAL's Photo CNTRYGAL Posts: 1,675
9/14/13 11:46 A

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I was thinking about you this morning on my run.... were your ears burning? :)

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8/24/13 11:48 A

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How was your run Susannah??? My run ended up being a little shorter than expected - but it was a good one. The walk with my friends was pretty awesome as usual. :)

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8/23/13 6:48 P

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Absolutely Bobby!!!

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8/23/13 6:45 P

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you have all the rookie runners with you every run. believe me they are there, right CNTRYGAL!!!!

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8/23/13 11:56 A

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No pretending about it!!! :)

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8/23/13 11:54 A

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Looks like you might be doing around 9 miles too!! Maybe I'll pretend I'm running with you!

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8/23/13 11:52 A

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I'm running tomorrow for about an hour. I'll probably start around 0545, because I usually meet a friend on Saturday mornings at 0700 for a 4-ish mile walk.

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8/23/13 9:49 A

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That would be awesome!

I'm running 9 this weekend. I have to decide if I want to run at 6am tomorrow, in the evening tomorrow, or Sunday morning...decisions decisions! I wish I had a running buddy!

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8/19/13 3:37 P

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WOOOHOOO!!!!

I put it on my calendar, I don't know what my mileage will be that day - but I'll let you know as the time get closer. :)

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8/19/13 3:27 P

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September 28th!!

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8/19/13 3:03 P

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When is your HM? Maybe I can run a few miles of it "with" you!

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8/19/13 1:22 P

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Thanks guys!!! I can't even tell you how much all this encouragment helps!! I had my 8 mile run over the weekend, and I kept thinking I might not have anyone racing next to me, but I'm not racing alone! Between the runners there (is it just me, or are runners some of the most supportive people you know?!) and you guys, I've got the support I need.

I know one thing, I'm not going to regret it! It might not be easy, but that's okay!!

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8/18/13 9:07 A

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You can do this Susannah!!!

Speaking from PERSONAL experience, when going into a HM very under-trained... GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to take walk breaks. Enjoy the scenery, spectators and even the other runners. Take a small camera (or phone) and snap pictures.

Even though the HM distance is tough for me (I'm always under-trained or injured lol). I don't regret starting each and every one. I have some great pictures, wonderful memories and FANTASTIC bling.

During my last HM, I saw a sign that a spectator was holding up and it said... "The last 100 impress me MORE than the first 100". Since I don't normally have anyone at the races for me - this sign and the message has stuck with me ever since.

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8/17/13 8:01 P

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I finished dead last in my first 9and only so far) half marathon. It certainly felt pretty darned good. I know it was better than did not start:)


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8/15/13 3:23 P

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I so needed this!! You're right!

I signed up...I think I'll still need some moral support, but I feel releived I just signed up. I think the stress from other things in my life is starting to make me doubt myself in ways I didn't expect.

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8/15/13 12:02 P

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Girlfriend, look what you have in your personal signature--

There ain't a thing I've faced that's been too much for me - Classified "Inner Ninja"

You have this--I do 90% of my training solo--this is the time for me to think about life--I do most of my races without music and in all fairness I prefer it that way--it allows me to mentally persevere...you have it in you--I am just getting into the core of my marathon training--where my long runs start getting in the 15, 18, 20 mile range, this is what will separate me from others--but it will also connect to others training for this distance--it's not going to be easy, but I can, and YOU can do this!!!

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8/15/13 10:22 A

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Thanks Nancy!

I don't really know whats bothering me most. Maybe doing it alone? Or, that it'll be as horrible as my last half? I say I don't have a time goal, but of course I don't want to be running for forever! So, my time does give me anxiety too. AND, this last 6 weeks is the challening part of the training...so even though I've ran 26.2 miles before, I haven't ran more than 6 in over a year!

It doesn't help me at all that although my husband doesn't discourage me from running, he isn't exactly supportive either. So, the fact that I'm going to shell out almost $100 for a race that he's not going to cheer me on at, or just be proud of me in general for...doesn't help boost my confidence.

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8/15/13 10:03 A

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You can do this! As my running coach tells me all the time--the mental demons are far worst to our running psyche than the physical training that goes with it. What are your fears? Are you afraid you will be the last one finishing? Do you have too aggressive of a finishing time so that if you fall short of that you will feel defeated?

Running 13.1 miles is not easy, as you know--if it were everyone would do it--last year over 1.8 million runners raced in a half-marathon--which is now becoming the most popular endurance run to participate in--but know that you hold the power in running this event, but you must believe you can do this--or it will make for a miserable experience.

Go get'em!

Nancy

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8/15/13 9:46 A

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I'm not really a rookie...I've ran my fair share of races, but I don't think it was completely on accident that I didn't make the cut-off to signing up for the local Half Marathon to get my name on my bib. I still have 6 weeks to train, but I'm suddenly in a panic about this race, and if I should do it!!

Last spring, I ran a half marathon, and it was HANDS DOWN the worst running experience I've ever had...and it was a RACE! I had a horrible experience with the heat, the race wasn't "fun", my running buddy got really sick at mile 3, so I ran alone. Then I had a really slow time to boot. That race really ruined me for running for a long time. I finally decided to pick up my shoes again and train for a Half in Septemeber. I've done the race before as a half AND relay 2x. It's a great race. But, I'm suddenly douting myself, and if I want to do it. I have the registration screen up on my computer, and everytime I look at it, I have a mini panic attack!!

I've been treating this training as if it's my "first race", just to take the pressure off. And, unfortunatly, its my first race I'm running 100% alone...could it just be jitters? I'm afraid if I don't run it, I'll regret not doing it...I was so looking forward to it 6 weeks ago!

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