Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
3/10/10 1:26 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Anika, the first two times I did a half marathon, I used "Smart Coach" from www.runnersworld.com

It's a free program and gives you your basic training runs. Someone who loves going over plans is Beth (COOPSM). She is one of our co-leaders here. If you get a plan in place, put it in a blog, and ask her to come comment on it. I'd love to see it too.

The main thing is to listen to your body as you are increasing your distance. Base training is really good to have in place before you start too. By base training, I mean already running three times per week for 4-6 weeks prior to starting the plan.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
HENRYNOLAN's Photo HENRYNOLAN Posts: 866
3/9/10 7:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hi - i'm a relatively new runner (this time around that is!), and i've been able to get up to 9km at a go... and i really want to start training for a half marathon. i was just wondering if any of you had any recommendations on a training program?
thanks!
anika

PB races:
5K ~ 11/25/12 ~ 31'58
10K ~ 4/28/13 ~ 67'55
Half Marathon ~ 10/20/13 ~ 2:29:52


 current weight: 226.0 
 
311
278.25
245.5
212.75
180
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/21/10 6:00 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wow, it sounds like you are a real runner! You are doing all the right things - including taking an easy week. Hope everyone is feeling better, and that the trial doesn't last long.


Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ELIZABETHANNEW's Photo ELIZABETHANNEW Posts: 456
2/19/10 4:12 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
HAHAHA...I just reread my post; I really sound apprehensive and naive! Of course this is psychological; we're runners...HELLOOOOO.

DEEJ: Thank you. I will check out the articles.

CASSIOEPIA (Judi): I often visualize myself as a runner. I use a lot of positive self talk and speak of myself as a "runner" and find it very reassuring AND overwhelming (if that makes sense)?!

I firmly believe that I am ready to increase the miles...and respecting my self. I have really made good food choices. I go to bed (MOST nights) by 8:30/9pm. I think I am hydrated; I have a doctor appointment in 3 weeks re: hydration, drinking too much, etc....I mentioned a bit in my post re: hydration/water/fuel a couple weeks ago. Also, I make sure not to run consecutive days and stretch (including yoga). ??????????????? I think I just need to stay on track and continue to give myself "pep talks"!!! :)

The training is good. I was off this week; I had a jury summons and was chosen for a criminal trial for a few days...YUCKO...all while my son had some horrible stomach bug whick meant I was up all night Wed with him. I think I am beginning to feel better again myself. This week I did easy 4mile, 3x1 mile (speed) and Sat I will do 5. I am slowly trucking along.

Thanks for all you do!!! As always, and I will say it again, YOU inspire me!!! ;)

ELIZABETH

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
-Helen Keller


 current weight: 153.9 
 
183
168.75
154.5
140.25
126
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/19/10 8:28 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Like Deej says, running has alot of mental part to it. For me, I never could believe that I could be a runner in the first place. Once I got past that hurdle, the rest has been easier (not easy, but easier).

As for increasing mileage, it isn't just getting past the mental block. You also need to respect what you are doing, and act accordingly. Eat properly, get enough sleep and rest for your muscles, make sure you stay well hydrated, and on and on and on. If you treat the body in training as if it is in training, then the mental hurdle seems to be easier.

How is your training going? What miles are you running this week?

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
DEEJ4FITNESS's Photo DEEJ4FITNESS Posts: 11,690
2/19/10 8:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi ELIZABETH! Well I'm no expert but there's certainly a "mental element" to running and our minds can have a great influence on our performance but there's also that physical element that comes into play where we need to build our mileage gradually and allow our bods to adapt to the increase as the impact of running can be handled by the bod as long as it's trained for it gradually.

I try to stick to the rule of thumb of increasing my longest run by about 10% each week, then ev few weeks I drop back a little, then start my climb again.

There are some good articles at the Runners World site on "mind over matter" and they're VERY interesting reads. I read a section of a book one time on how to engage the mind in situations where it tries to hold you back & used those tips during my last half :)

I'm running a half on Apr 24th then again the following Sunday, May 2nd. Wish you the best!!!

Edited by: DEEJ4FITNESS at: 2/19/2010 (08:21)
~Deej -

“Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting…”Wow! What a ride! Thank You Lord!”
~ Author unknown


 current weight: 1.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
ELIZABETHANNEW's Photo ELIZABETHANNEW Posts: 456
2/19/10 7:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello All! QUESTION:

Is building mileage psychological? Surely it has to be...

I find that even though my body seems to be doing good, when it comes time to increase distance, I proceed with extreme caution. I don't feel like I have increased as I should. (Training for 1/2 May 16)

THOUGHTS? TIPS?

Thx!

ELIZABETH

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
-Helen Keller


 current weight: 153.9 
 
183
168.75
154.5
140.25
126
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/15/10 8:47 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey there Deej! Glad to have you and all your experience aboard the thread. I'm sure you have lots of stories to share.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
DEEJ4FITNESS's Photo DEEJ4FITNESS Posts: 11,690
2/15/10 6:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! Great advice you all are getting and giving :) I too have to opt for the treadmill more often than I'd like these days w/ snow on the ground & more coming. Runner's World had a good article recently on how to best mimick road training; you might want to look that one up @ RunnersWorld.com :)

I'm running back to back half marathons this spring which is not necessarily something I'd recommend for anyone else but I'm approaching it as I would a full marathon with a week's break between the front and back halves LOL and not expecting to PR in either one, just run with walking a little an option I would never have allowed myself in the past (stubborn runner I am!)

I'm happy to have found this thread to share tips specific to half or full marathon training!

WAY COOL!!

~Deej -

“Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting…”Wow! What a ride! Thank You Lord!”
~ Author unknown


 current weight: 1.0  over
 
5
2.5
0
-2.5
-5
TAMBOURINEDREAM's Photo TAMBOURINEDREAM SparkPoints: (6,034)
Fitness Minutes: (1,968)
Posts: 611
2/10/10 1:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm 5 weeks into my training and I still haven't gotten outside to do my shorter runs during the week. I don't like running in the dark, and by the time I get home from work and ready to go, it's there, plus I'm a wimp when it comes to cold weather running, so I've relied on the treadmill. I vary my incline and pace to try to reflect outdoor conditions as best I can.

I do my longer weekend runs outside - I've gotten really lucky with the snow factor - it's been cold, but at least sunny. And I haven't had any problems adjusting between the two. I was able to do 6.5 miles last weekend in under an 11 min pace - which is right where I would expect to be doing straight road running.

 current weight: 130.8 
 
140
135
130
125
120
ROSIEJP's Photo ROSIEJP SparkPoints: (146,367)
Fitness Minutes: (113,519)
Posts: 6,583
2/10/10 12:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I usually do two of my training runs on the treadmill and try to get outside for my long run. Honestly, I run with a little bit of incline and I don't notice an negative effect when I go outside. I'd rather be outside, but tempo runs on the treadmill are great since I'm able to run at a steady pace.

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
- Joel A. Barker


 current weight: 163.0 
 
190
181.25
172.5
163.75
155
ABETTERKGIRL's Photo ABETTERKGIRL Posts: 1,008
2/10/10 10:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the reply, but yeah I was running outside before then with being sick and the snow I've only been able to run on the treadmill. I'm hoping to get out and run on the pavement this Saturday morning. But I have been running with the treadmill on an incline. I felt like as long as I have the incline on I should be ok and it won't affect me as much when it's time for me to run outside. What do you think?

¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.*Krystolyn*´¨)*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•*(¸.•* (¸.•*




CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/9/10 11:13 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Krystolyn, it's been recent that you've been sick and that we've had that huge dump of snow. Were you running outdoors before that? If so, I don't think this past two weeks will hurt that you ran on the treadmill.


Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ABETTERKGIRL's Photo ABETTERKGIRL Posts: 1,008
2/9/10 11:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey everyone I need some advice. I'm training for my first half marathon, which is May 2nd. With being sick last week and with all this snow we've been getting I've only been able to to run on the boring treadmill. My concern is that once I get back on the pavement, hopefully soon, will I be behind in my runs since I've mostly been running on the treadmill? I know this may sound silly but I'm just concerned because I want to do well during my race.
Any advice would be great

¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.*Krystolyn*´¨)*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•*(¸.•* (¸.•*




CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/8/10 9:04 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Kirsten - Great job! Way to get over that mental barrier.
emoticon

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ELIZABETHANNEW's Photo ELIZABETHANNEW Posts: 456
2/8/10 2:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
GOEGIRL- How exciting for you! And an awesome time, too.

CASSIOEPIA- Thanks for the education and yes, I have gotten a couple "hits" on the fuelbelt thread. GREAT IDEA, Thank you.

I am all for endurance over time, too. Of course, I am about a 13-14 minute miler myself...

ELIZABETH

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
-Helen Keller


 current weight: 153.9 
 
183
168.75
154.5
140.25
126
ROSIEJP's Photo ROSIEJP SparkPoints: (146,367)
Fitness Minutes: (113,519)
Posts: 6,583
2/8/10 12:27 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon GOEGIRL!

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
- Joel A. Barker


 current weight: 163.0 
 
190
181.25
172.5
163.75
155
ELISAJANE1's Photo ELISAJANE1 Posts: 37
2/8/10 9:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon That's great!!

 current weight: 140.0 
 
140
135
130
125
120
GOEGIRL's Photo GOEGIRL SparkPoints: (22,463)
Fitness Minutes: (18,565)
Posts: 3,188
2/8/10 9:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just wanted to share this with SOMEONE who will care/understand...

I FINALLY BROKE 10K yesterday!!! My first ever. I did it in 65 minutes.

I finally feel like 21.5K is possible!!!!

Kirsten
Peterborough, Ontario

si matris est non gauisus nemo est gauisus
(translation: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!)


 August Minutes: 0
 
0
150
300
450
600
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/7/10 5:14 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
LOL ElisaJane, me too!!! I've been at this for almost four years now, and have managed to bring my miles down from 15 minutes to around 12 minutes . . . sometimes to 11 minutes. I just can't imagine an 8 minute mile, or being 1st place in my age group! But what I can imagine, is running for longer and longer distances all the time.

Endurance over speed - that about sums me up!!

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ELISAJANE1's Photo ELISAJANE1 Posts: 37
2/7/10 5:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for your reply. I'll probably find a 10k to do sometime after the 5k, just to work up to the distance of the HM. I'm all for endurance over speed.

 current weight: 140.0 
 
140
135
130
125
120
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/7/10 4:33 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
(the following is from www.mayoclinic.com):

Hyponatremia is a condition in which your blood level of sodium is abnormally low.

Sodium, an electrolyte, helps regulate water levels in the fluid in and around your cells. In hyponatremia, one or more factors ¡ª ranging from an underlying medical condition to excessive water intake during endurance sports ¡ª cause sodium levels to drop. When this happens, your body's water levels rise, and your cells begin to swell. This swelling can cause many health problems, from mild to severe.
Symptoms:
¡öNausea and vomiting
¡öHeadache
¡öConfusion
¡öLethargy
¡öFatigue
¡öAppetite loss
¡öRestlessness and irritability
¡öMuscle weakness, spasms or cramps
¡öSeizures
¡öDecreased consciousness or coma

emoticon emoticon emoticon

The 1.5 mile stations should be okay, there's nothing stopping you from taking two glasses or whatever you need at each station. The fuel belt will serve you well to carry fluids other than water, such as gatorade or accelerade or whatever mixture you use. If water wasn't provided, you would carry water as well.

I saw your thread started. Hope you get some useful responses.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ELIZABETHANNEW's Photo ELIZABETHANNEW Posts: 456
2/7/10 3:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Judi- Thanks for the reply. What can you say about drinking too much water? I'm curious. I will start a new thread re: fuel belts.

I think I do sweat a lot and I definitely think that I listen to my body and drink when I need it. The race I'm running in May indicates water stations at each 1.5 mile mark...so that sounds AWESOME!...but I keep worrying on race day that the water stations just wont be enough for ME!!!!

ELIZABETH

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
-Helen Keller


 current weight: 153.9 
 
183
168.75
154.5
140.25
126
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/7/10 12:46 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Elizabeth, I just re-read your post and realized I didn't addrss the fuel belt question. I don't run with one, and so far, haven't had to. However, up here where I live, it is pretty cool, and the water stations along the way are enough. I do know people on these boards who use fuel belts, and like them. You might want to start a new thread under the "General Discussion" area asking about fuel belts in particular. You'll get more answers with a new thread than asking it here.


Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/7/10 12:44 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Elizabeth,
The sweat factor is so different for people, based on their own make up, plus based on the heat and humidity that they are running in. Don't be afraid to drink along the way if you feel the need to. The training period leading up to the HM will help you decide how much is right for you. Keep in mind that as we head toward warmer days, your need for water will increase. Just watch for signs of "over-drinking".

ElisaJane - I like that you are doing a 5k first, and working up to the HM distance. All the training programs I've seen for the HM distance are in the 12-16 week range, and before you start you should be running three times per week, with your long run in the 3-6 mile range. I like to see it closer to six, so you don't have to drastically increase your mileage -- but the first time I did it, my long runs were only in the 3-4 mile range, and I went through without any injuries.

Phantom - The middle/end of April is too close to be doing a HM, if you aren't running consistently already. The running places more pounding on all of your body's systems than the elliptical does, even though the motion is basically the same. Is there a shorter distance you can run at that time, and do the half marathon a little later? You may be able to do the HM, but there is a big risk of injury by trying to get there if you aren't running already. I'm not sure by your question if you are running three times per week, or if you can run 4 miles occasionally. I'm thinking if you are doing elliptical that often, that you may not be running too. Let me know, as it makes a difference.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ELIZABETHANNEW's Photo ELIZABETHANNEW Posts: 456
2/6/10 10:12 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Water/Hydration question: I drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. I do not feel thirst. I do not ingest "mass quantities" of sodium...when I run, I drink a lot of water. I am only up to 4 miles. Is this normal? Or is this simply my normal? Also, I am working toward a HM mid May, what are your thoughts on a fuel belt? I always thought they would be akward but a necessitiy if I'm already excessively thirsty!? Yes, I know there will be water stations along the route...PLEASE ADVISE.

ELIZABETH

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
-Helen Keller


 current weight: 153.9 
 
183
168.75
154.5
140.25
126
ELISAJANE1's Photo ELISAJANE1 Posts: 37
2/4/10 5:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello! I'm in need of a bit of advice. I've recently started running, but would like to work up to a half marathon. I know that it will take 8-10 weeks to get in shape for a 5k, my goal for the spring. My question is, how long should I expect to train for a half marathon, safely? Thanks!

 current weight: 140.0 
 
140
135
130
125
120
KTGPHANTOM Posts: 22
2/3/10 11:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So my question, I want to run a half marathon in the end of April, I am a little worried though because I don't do a ton of running, I do go to the gym and do the elliptical on high intensity for 45 minutes 4-5 days a week, and I can run 4 miles without stopping at about 5.5 mph once I push past my mental block. Does it seem reasonable for me to shoot for the HM in the middle/end of April?

Goals:
1: Get to where I am no longer considered obese by my BMI.
2: Run a half marathon this year and a full marathon next.
3: Realize that I am stronger than I think I am.
SW: 202
GW: 142
CW: 193
2/1-500 in 43
2/3-575 in 45


 current weight: 194.0 
 
202
189
176
163
150
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
2/3/10 6:06 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I did two half marathons following the "Smart Coach" program from www.runnersworld.com but this last one I created my own program. I knew the travel and work challenges for the winter months, and made my program fit them. It was working wonderfully, until an injury due to a dislocated toe.

I try to run on every other day which works out to three days one week and four days the next (or seven days in a two week period).

Good luck with your training. That is so exciting!

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
JUSTAJOGGER's Photo JUSTAJOGGER Posts: 46
2/3/10 4:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am training for my first HM at the end of May. I did my first 10K last spring, but have stopped running for several months. Now I'm back at it, looking at several different training programs, but inevitably customizing my own. I am cross-training as well on elliptical, bike, and doing strength some. I was wondering how many days a week everyone devotes to just running?

Change is not a one-time decision. It is the choices we consciously decide on every minute of every day.


 current weight: 134.0 
 
145
138.75
132.5
126.25
120
ROSIEJP's Photo ROSIEJP SparkPoints: (146,367)
Fitness Minutes: (113,519)
Posts: 6,583
2/1/10 11:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to test out a few different products on my next few long runs. Hopefully, they'll help me as I continue to add time and distance.

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
- Joel A. Barker


 current weight: 163.0 
 
190
181.25
172.5
163.75
155
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/31/10 11:23 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You may get a ton of answers to this question, and all of them different! Part of the training process is finding out what works for you.

For me, I like the sport beans. They are easy to carry, and I kind of use them as rewards at the end of each mile!

I generally use them any time I plan on going out for longer than about 75 minutes.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
ROSIEJP's Photo ROSIEJP SparkPoints: (146,367)
Fitness Minutes: (113,519)
Posts: 6,583
1/31/10 9:39 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Does anyone have recommendations on eating gu or gels during training runs? I'm up to 7 miles now and am wondering at what point I'm going to need to consider refueling on training runs.

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
- Joel A. Barker


 current weight: 163.0 
 
190
181.25
172.5
163.75
155
HANNAHGRACE23 Posts: 15
1/30/10 6:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
thank u so much for all of ur advice, u have been the first person on here to really respond with such honesty!! thank u!! and i will keep u posted on the progress

 Pounds lost: 7.6 
 
0
5.35
10.7
16.05
21.4
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/29/10 6:52 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The Couch to 5k program states that you can run a 5k at the end of it's program, and that is nine weeks. I think you can train for a 5k without risking injury in the amount of time you have.

Keep that goal of a half in your mind though. You will get there, and I hope you get there without suffering any injuries along the way.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
HANNAHGRACE23 Posts: 15
1/29/10 10:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Cassi, after reading this and taking into careful consideration the time I have to prepare, I have chosen instead to work on 5ks. There are several coming up and I think I can make it through that much easier than a half. How long is appropriate to train for a 5k?

 Pounds lost: 7.6 
 
0
5.35
10.7
16.05
21.4
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/28/10 9:39 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, I still feel like you would be pushing it to be ready to run 13.1 by April 24th. However, it is impressive that you can run those distances just after two weeks. "Too much, too soon" - remember those words, and be sure to back off if you start to show any signs of overtraining.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
HANNAHGRACE23 Posts: 15
1/28/10 9:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
i agree, i suppose i should look at all of my options so that i dont burn myself out injure myself. i had just read articles that stated i would have enough time to be ready when the time came. Now my longest run this week thus far was 3.3 miles and sunday and i am going to do a long run plus a 2.5 mile tommorow, u think with that sort of training i would still be pushing it for the half? thank u for the advice!!!

 Pounds lost: 7.6 
 
0
5.35
10.7
16.05
21.4
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/28/10 8:14 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
HannahGrace - I don't want to tell anyone that their goal is too lofty. I think that it's great that you want to run the half marathon distance. However, even someone who already runs three times per week usually takes 12-16 weeks to build up their distance in order to run a HM. A mistake many befinners make is to do too much too soon, and then never run again.

I guess your decision is this: Do you want to be a lifetime runner, or (possibly) a once in a lifetime runner? The risk of injury is high when you are going from not running to running 13 miles in three months.

The race on April 24th . . . is there a 5k distance that you can run? Even 10k is alot when you haven't been running. I'd love to see you do a 5k in the spring, then a 10k in the summer, and then the HM later in the year.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
HANNAHGRACE23 Posts: 15
1/28/10 5:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
CASSIOPEA, I HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR TWO WEEKS NOW. i HAVE BEEN RUNNING AND THEN WALKING INTERVALS. SO FAR I CAN TELL A BIG DIFFERENCE IN MY STAMINA AND I WAS THINKING THAT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN I WOULD BE ABLE TO RUN THAT FAR, IS IT TOO LOFTY OF A GOAL??

 Pounds lost: 7.6 
 
0
5.35
10.7
16.05
21.4
TAMBOURINEDREAM's Photo TAMBOURINEDREAM SparkPoints: (6,034)
Fitness Minutes: (1,968)
Posts: 611
1/28/10 9:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've gotten horrible cramps where I've had to stop running and even trying to walk through them was painful. (At about mile 8 of a 10 mile run I honestly thought I wouldn't make it home.) Focusing on breathing and taking deep breaths really helps whether or not you're walking or slowing down your pace and running through them (which I've done for less severe cramps).

I also find it helps to make sure I'm properly hydrated before runs. So if I'm going in the morning I'll drink my water before and make sure I drink plenty the night before

I've been lucky to not run into that problem with my training this year yet...I still have a long way to go though lol.



 current weight: 130.8 
 
140
135
130
125
120
CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/28/10 8:13 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How new to running are you? Just asking, because Apr 24th isn't very far away, especially if you are just beginning. 13 miles is a long distance!

Side cramps are just the diaphragm's way to let you know it's there, and it's not used to the activity. As in all the body's systems, it will take a little while to build up to the pounding that running places on the body. For the side cramps, you can try slowing down and walking through them, or try breathing slower and deeper, but know that in time they will subside.



Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
HANNAHGRACE23 Posts: 15
1/27/10 9:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey everyone I am new to running and plan on running a half April 24 in Nashville. I have been training and today especially I ran into some side cramps that were pretty hard to get through. Anyone have suggestions to get through them or prevent them???

 Pounds lost: 7.6 
 
0
5.35
10.7
16.05
21.4
SPENSER1's Photo SPENSER1 Posts: 507
1/12/10 11:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone! I've been off the forum for a bit. I'm very motivated to run again now because my daughter just ran the Disney HM Saturday which was awesome! But we're used to warmth and humidity, unlike Tracy (Good Luck!!) so she was miserable because it was hailing in Orlando with wind chill in the 20s!!!

So I have a year to train and I'm very excited. Next year the Disney HM falls on my 50th Bday so that's my goal. I have run a couple of 5Ks but I will have to find a HM training plan. I work nights and have a lot of problems sleeping so I see that as my main obstacle.
Cheryl

If it is to be, it is up to me....


 current weight: 170.0 
 
193
179.75
166.5
153.25
140
WANT2BFITMOM26's Photo WANT2BFITMOM26 Posts: 55
1/11/10 10:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks Cass for the support!I am flying to Jax and running the Donna Deegan Breast cancer race..I think my other fear is the weather difference..I am use to running in the cool weather and enjoy it..When the wind is not blowing,I will run when it is in the 20's and a foot of snow.I think my profile pic speaks alone..LOL..I know I will be fine but we all know it is nice to hear it from others it will be ok.Thanks again!

Edited by: WANT2BFITMOM26 at: 1/11/2010 (22:27)
Tracey
"What have you done today to make you feel proud"


 current weight: 187.0 
 
187
172.75
158.5
144.25
130
GOEGIRL's Photo GOEGIRL SparkPoints: (22,463)
Fitness Minutes: (18,565)
Posts: 3,188
1/11/10 12:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Absolutely! Looks like we're assembling quite a group for May!!

I just did my first indoor run yesterday - it was interesting. Very different from outside!! Now that I have the option of going indoors when the weather is too cold, I'm confident I'll make it to 21K by May. It's going to be a lot of work, but at least I don't have to miss any workouts on account of weather. Excuse GONE! :0)

Kirsten
Peterborough, Ontario

si matris est non gauisus nemo est gauisus
(translation: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!)


 August Minutes: 0
 
0
150
300
450
600
STARTSWITHQ Posts: 130
1/11/10 12:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi all!

I'm a (sorta) newbie to this group and have just decided to tackle my first half as well.
I joined Spark a while ago, but then totally fell off the wagon and let this thing go kinda dormant.

I've decided to go for a half in May, though and I'm pretty excited about it. Last year, I ran in the same race at the 5 mile distance. It was my first race ever and I finished it. Slow, but finished it. I was so proud of myself. It was my first real foray into running. This year, I decided that I wanted to go back, but to do the half distance.

The race is on May 31st and I just started training. I figure 6 months should be enough. I am adapting the training program from Runner's World and slowing it down a bit since I'm not in quite as good of shape as I would like to be heading into this.

I notice that a number of people here are going for similar distances at about the same time, so I'm hoping that this could be quite the good little support team!

CASSIOEPIA's Photo CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,024
1/10/10 4:18 P

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello newbie Tracie! This winter has dealt us some severe training weather, that's for sure. I have my half coming up in mid-February, and haven't decided yet on running a second one later in the spring. I find that there are weeks where I don't get all my training runs in, or if I do sometimes the mileage isn't what I wanted it to be due to being forced back in from the cold. My real goal for these winter half's (halves???), is to keep myself training. I'm sure if I didn't have to train, there would be several cold mornings I'd rather stay in my nice warm bed.

Good luck, and hopefully your weather turns better soon.

Judi
Saskatchewan, Canada


 August Minutes: 310
 
0
375
750
1125
1500
WANT2BFITMOM26's Photo WANT2BFITMOM26 Posts: 55
1/10/10 3:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello All..Newbie to this team..I am running my first HM the end of Feb..My training was going great until this weather turned on me...It has been difficult getting out there but I will get it done if it takes me all day I will finish the race..I am racing to finish not for the time..My next will be the Cleveland HM in May so I hope to be ready to run for time...

Tracey
"What have you done today to make you feel proud"


 current weight: 187.0 
 
187
172.75
158.5
144.25
130
GMEAN2055's Photo GMEAN2055 Posts: 1,900
1/10/10 2:27 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Judi--thanks,, I am scared too, because I have had som many injuries, but I am going to learn to train smarter and like you said I can run/walk it. Its my goal of the year.

gail

 current weight: 151.0 
 
151
145.75
140.5
135.25
130
Page: 2 of (17)   1 2 3 4 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Rookie Running Group Distance Training Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Running shoes 11/18/2013 1:54:10 AM
Plantar Fasciitis 12/16/2013 8:07:12 PM
Has anyone used "Run Less Run Faster" training 1/8/2014 3:20:52 PM
Wanted: A Smartphone app that does intervals PLUS 4/28/2014 12:47:03 PM
Doctor says I can't run until further notice 8/13/2013 8:03:00 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=296x2189x7218856

Review our Community Guidelines