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2/8/17 11:09 A

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We have a nearby mountain. Summit around 3k ft. Starting line around 1,100 ft. Annually there is a 13.1 (Half Marathon) run. 13 person relay, 4 person relay, and Individual. About 3-4 miles is very steep uphill, while the other miles are rolling along on the ridge line, so not too bad. I joined my workplace relay team this year. I was a fool and took the most difficult mile leg. (Time constraints, I have to leave as soon as my leg is finished so I took an early one.) Should be a fun challenge though. :-)

I am also an Asthmatic runner. Slow and steady, and what another said, cold weather is hard on those lungs. Keep the inhaler handy. I"ve not had to stop and use an inhaler on a run for over 20 years, but you never know.

I would start off with the couch to 5k program, then move to the 10k program. That will work you slowly into that distance. It would be 16 weeks total time to get to running a 10k (6.2 miles) Right at your split distance for the Half relay. Not sure of your timeline. But those two training programs are great to start running and stretch your distance out.

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1/10/17 10:53 A

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AIMLESS_AM! Sounds like a Ragnar to me! "Ragnar Florida Keys"
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In Florida, we do have all kinds of long distance runs where you have a Team Relay involved. The Keys 100 & 3rd Annual Dawn to Dusk 12 Hour Team Run and Ultra Challenge come to mind. We're addicted down here. Lots of Halfs are starting to relay up. I think it's great as the next thing you know, those relay members are doing Half Marathons on their own.
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We do the same in our Triathlons. I did my first St Amthony's Triathlon alone. Then one of my runner teammates wanted to do the run leg of St A's Tri. Her girlfriend (a Kona Med Support Dr for the Ironman World Championship) wanted to swim it. They asked me to do the bike leg! We came in fourth in 2016, and looking to do better in 2017! I'm all about having fun together.
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12/20/16 2:25 A

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Over the past few years, I have seen a lot of relays for both 1/2 and full marathons...I think it is a wonderful idea. I have also run several relay races - Hood to Coast was by far my favorite. The best thing about relays, is that you get to know and have fun with others with similar interests.

Hope you enjoy your training!!

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I haven't run a half marathon relay, but I have run as part of relay team. Ours is a ten person team that runs 110 miles altogether. I love it because it means that there's space on the team who can run longer distances (10+ miles), or folks who want to run as few as five. It's really inclusive and training as part of a team is fun. I think you should do it!

I'm an asthmatic runner too, and don't forget that if your daughter training in the cold outdoors, it'll be harder to breathe than it would normally be if she was exerting herself! Keep that inhaler handy! Her lungs will thank her for doing all that hard work, though.

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Apparently this is a new thing in the "Go Girl" run that's coming to OKC just in time for my birthday! emoticon The idea is, two women will split the half-marathon halfway, or roughly 6.5 miles each. emoticon I tried to train for a half-marathon about 2 years ago, ended up with a foot injury & couldn't complete the training or do the run. emoticon But now my daughter, a 25-yr-old, has asked me to help her pick out some running shoes, so I asked her if she'd be my relay partner. Thing is, she's never run before, and I'm very surprised she's even asked. She was taking boxing classes for awhile and has a stationery bike. She's also maybe 50 lbs overweight and has asthma. We picked out some shoes last night, and I promised to find a rookie training plan for her to start on. Unlike me, she doesn't have a treadmill, so I'm looking for running tracks in her part of town. (I confess, I'm more of a treadmill than outdoor runner emoticon ) Anyway, just wondering if anyone's ever done this, and if anyone has some suggestions for my daughter - or me, for that matter.

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