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12/3/10 12:44 A

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NICE!!! Congrats:) I LOVE Hal Higdon's plans, but there are so many out there to choose from ranging from 6 months down to about 8-10 weeks. I soooo remember the feeling of registering for my 1st half!

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Tish

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12/2/10 9:27 P

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Thanks, Trish, and everyone!

I just registered for the Chicago Half Marathon in September. Eeep! I will spend this month reading The Runner's Handbook and thinking about various training options so I can hit the ground running come January!

Sarah

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12/2/10 1:28 A

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Hi Sarah,

I read this thread, and thought back to making that decision myself. I decided to go for it, but ended up having to drop it because of an injury. There was not the fall-back plan that you have though. I think, that because you have the alternative coure on this, that you will train smarter, rather than trying to make your bod do things it may not be ready to do.

You will run a race at this event for sure, I hope that it will be the one that your body is ready for at that time. YOU DO HAVE a lot of time to get ready, so I think you will be there as long as your bod says it is good.

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Trish

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12/1/10 5:31 P

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Sarah,

With the 5K option available that would be definitely a consideration. I am not sure about the Chicago 1/2 course, but I did the Chicago Marathon in 09 and RnR in Aug...and it is flat and fast, so that may be helpful, too when it comes to the 1/2. Best of luck with your decision.

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12/1/10 5:02 P

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Considering the start time rule and the option to drop to the 5k the morning of the race, I'd say go for it! You have plenty of time to train and if something with training doesn't go right then you can always run the 5k instead! Have fun!

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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12/1/10 4:56 P

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PEESALISA: You're right - they do start the clock on that pace when the last runner crosses the start.

Nancy, I was all for the RnR half in August and suggested it to my friends, but a few had already registered for the September half and it also has a 5K that some others are planning to do. Which allows for a decent fall back plan - someone registered for the half can run the 5K instead; that decision can be made the morning of the race.

I don't know if this race sells out quickly but it did sell out last year.

Thanks for everyone's comments!

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12/1/10 3:57 P

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Good luck! You may want to check to see when they "start" that time. In some races, they consider the last person crossing the start line the race pace. So, if you are somewhere in the middle when you begin your race, you should be fine:) But, if you are worried, I would look into another race, but I think you will do great as long as you keep your training up!

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12/1/10 3:51 P

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Good question...I look forward to answers from those in the know!!!

I signed up today for my first HM...I did not notice a pace limit. I guess I should of looked.

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12/1/10 3:51 P

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Sarah,

I don't like to give my runners a tight time limit for their first endurance run. Is it feasible, yes, but what I would suggest is delay signing up (is this a race that sells out quickly???) and see how your training goes and go from there.

Chicago does have the RnR 1/2 Marathon in August with a little more generous finishing time of 4 hours.

Just a thought...

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12/1/10 3:24 P

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I just signed up today for my first HM that's in May after running 5K & two 8Ks.

I'm going to look at Hal Higdon's running programs.

GOOD LUCK to both of us!!!



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12/1/10 3:20 P

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Hello!

I have a few 5Ks and 5 mile races under my belt and am ready for the next step. A bunch of friends are doing the Chicago Half Marathon in September and I'm anxious to do it. I really need a training goal like that to keep me active this winter and to focus on come spring.

I was all ready to sign up then I read on their web site that they require all participants to keep a 13 minute per mile pace; if you can't do that, you're SAG wagon bound. I do 13 m/m now in my 5Ks and 5 miles and am concerned about maintaining that for a half, even with nine months of training.

I'd hate hate hate for my first half marathon experience to include a SAG wagon, but I'm in real need of something like this to motivate me.

So, is this doable?

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