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JESSEEANNE Posts: 8
4/13/10 6:23 P

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Im in the early stages of training for a half marathon, it isnt until October, so my official training schedule doesnt have me starting until mid-July, however I finished my first 5K on March 6th, I have another this saturday, and I have a 10K on May 1st! Im excited to get training for the half though, its going to be so great!

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3/26/10 4:22 P

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Due to a job and moving situation, I have made the tough decision not to run the half-marathon in May. We are likely going to be relocating within the month and I have too much to do and not a lot of time to do it. Once we are settled in our new location, I will pick my training back up and find a half-marathon to run next fall.

I just love how this timing worked out. Someone could look at my situation and say that I wasted all that time training. But, I look at it that the training kept me sane during this time that my husband has been laid off.

~ Shirley



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3/11/10 10:07 A

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I am now in week 10 of my 19 week training program. The schedule has me running Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. At first, by Wednesday night, I was absolutely whipped! Now I am noticing that I am not so tired. I could run today - but don't have to - so I'll enjoy my day off. Earlier in the training I NEEDED these rest days because I was so worn out.

Saturday will be a 7 mile run - my first. I'm not too worried about it. I've done 3 different 6 mile runs. And I just have to remember that it is only 1 more mile!!

The weather has been awesome and I have been able to do most of my runs outside.

I have been using 5 pound hand weights for my strength training. This week I decided to increase to 10 pound weights and do less repetitions. My plan was to drop from 25 reps to 10. I was so amazed when I realized that even with the heavier weights, 10 reps was not enough!! I could do 15.

I'm working hard at hitting a calorie deficit of 500 - 1000 calories per day. I've hit that 2 out of 4 days so far this week. My weight hasn't changed since I started this training - but it is because I haven't been careful with my eating. So, that is a stronger emphasis right now.

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2/4/10 9:03 P

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I started with Hal Hagidon's schedule and revised it for the number of weeks that we had to train.

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2/4/10 7:46 A

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Way to go! Shirley, I'm curious, what source did you decide to use for your training schedule?

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2/3/10 2:39 P

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How exciting Shirley! I took a break from running after my 5K in September due to moving and starting work (teaching etc). Then, the weather got cold and I no longer have access to a treadmill. I actually love running in the colder weather, but get nervous about ice. Because of my work hours, I often don't see the light of day. This week, I am committing to 3 days of running and started the freeway to 10 K training program on podrunner.com So excited to have a new goal!

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2/3/10 12:04 A

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WOW you are doing GREAT. Keep up the great work and you will make it :)

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2/1/10 7:44 A

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This is week 5 of my 1/2 training. The workouts look like this:

Sunday - strength training. I'm now doing 20 reps of my workout routine
Monday - 3.5 miles
Tuesday - 2 miles
Wednesday - 3.5 miles AND strength training
Thursday - rest day
Friday - 40 minutes of cross training. I have been doing kettlenetics for this ... with some Biggest Loser workout now added in.
Saturday - 5 miles

I'm hoping by Saturday I could be back outside to run. I'm thankful for my treadmill - but 5 miles is a long haul on it!! I did my first 5 miler on this past Saturday. It is encouraging to think how close 5 miles is to the 1/2 way point of a 1/2 marathon!!

I feel like I say this all the time - but I am really having to focus on getting my eating under control. I was within calorie range Friday & Saturday. My goal is to be within range 6 out of 7 days a week. I am tracking that on my "other" goals.

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1/23/10 1:57 P

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Keep us updated. I'm interested.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." www.johnbingham.com/index.html

Go heavy or go home!


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1/22/10 6:20 P

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That's a really sweet thing for you to say. Thanks Briobrio.

Shari

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1/22/10 11:15 A

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Y'all are my heros! Best wishes on your training efforts. I can only dream of a 1/2 marathon.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." www.johnbingham.com/index.html

Go heavy or go home!


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1/21/10 4:02 P

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I will participate in my first half marathon in May (I'm currently 290 pounds so I hope I can finish). I'm starting slow and am determined!

Shari

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1/20/10 9:04 P

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I'm in in week 3 of my training. Nothing has changed yet. Next week my mileage will be going up and my reps for my strength training will also be going up. It seems like by now that a 3 mile run should be easy - but it's not. Maybe it's not ever supposed to be.

~ Shirley



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1/16/10 1:14 P

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Wow, Shirley! I'm so excited for you!

I'm definitely not ready to start thinking about a marathon, but the thoughts of a 10K are beginning to percolate in the back of my brain.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." www.johnbingham.com/index.html

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1/13/10 6:36 P

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If you are not a "runner" than start with a 5K. It is a 3.1 mile race and it is a great starter distance. Once you get your first race under your belt...you will be hooked. Do a couple of 5K's, then a 10K, then a half marathon and finally a marathon.
What I love about running is that there is Always another goal to reach. A longer distance, a faster time...etc. But you want to have a long running carrer...so don't go for the Marathon first.
Have fun and try all of the different races!
Good Luck!!!!

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Its Not about how you start...Its about how you Finish!
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1/13/10 11:27 A

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wow, those r awesome goals. i'm a newbie to but i have not done anything yet. i've been bombarded with excuses and now marathon time has come around again and i am not ready. i'm in nashville. the music city marathon is in april. not being a runner or having any endurance scares me. i'm hitting the gym soon. but i see ppl runnin in this winter weather. that cant be healthy. i'd die. i'm hoping the treadmill will help. we have a traning schedule that has started out really low which is great for me. we do our first group 2 mile run this saturday. i'm praying. i need serious motivation. need a physical buddy soooo bad!

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1/12/10 2:48 P

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make sure your on an incline of 1 while on the treadmill...it will make the transition to outside a little easier. But nothing compares to running outside. Try to start as soon as possible.

"The road to hell is paved with couches."


Its Not about how you start...Its about how you Finish!
- someone great

“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”


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1/11/10 4:03 P

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I've completed the first week of my training and week 2 has begun. Week 2 is actually a repeat of the first week.

Today I ran my 3 mile run at 4.1, instead of 4.0, like last week. Every bit is something to cheer about. Also, I ran my last lap (.25 miles) at 5.0!! I've decided that I want to finish strong. So, in January I'm speeding up that last quarter of a mile of my run. In Feb. I'll speed up the last half a mile. In March, I'll be running faster the last 3/4 of my run. And in April, I'll be working at running the last mile of my run faster than the rest of the run. It will be a bit harder outside than on the treadmill - but I'll keep working at it!

Thanks for all your kind words and encouragement. I love hearing from you.

~ Shirley



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1/11/10 4:00 P

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Congratulations on starting your training!
I started running last year too. I did a 10k in March, then in August started training for my first 1/2 Marathon, which I completed in November.
I trained with an organized team with coaches. We started with running 3 mi - 3 days/week, with a long run on Saturday (started with 4 miles). Each week we increased the Long Run by a mile (but every 3 to four weeks dropped back 1-2 miles for a recovery week). The middle run during the week was the greater of 3 miles or half the long Saturday run mileage (so if you are going to run 8 miles on Saturday, run 4 miles on the Wednesday before). This worked really well, and you definitely need those recovery weeks along the way!
I am now training for my second 1/2 Marathon, which will be in Chattanooga at the end of February.

Good luck with your training!

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1/9/10 12:43 P

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Here is a website that I found interesting. I'm also currently training for a half marathon but my boyfriend made us up a running schedule that increases our miles on Saturdays every 3 weeks. Good Luck!

http://www.marathonrookie.com/

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I don't drink or smoke that's why I love my body"- Timbaland

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Good luck to all working towards a 1/2 marathon. I am not there yet but would like to be someday!

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1/5/10 5:43 P

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Good luck! I'm training for my first half-marathon this year too - the More/Fitness Half-Marthon in Central Park on April 25. I finished my first 15K in December so I'm looking forward to a new challenge.

I'll think good thoughts for you on those long runs! emoticon

Is fada an bóthar nach mbíonn casadh ann.
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(tr. - It is a long road that has no turning.)


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1/3/10 9:40 P

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Good luck! I completed my first half marathon in October! It was great!
A word of warning.... Be very dilligent with your food. The extra training causes you to be hungrier than normal. Make sure you are getting enough to fuel your body but don't over eat.

"The road to hell is paved with couches."


Its Not about how you start...Its about how you Finish!
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“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”


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Can't wait to hear how it all goes. I have similar goals, but got sidelined with an injury so had to put it off a bit. I'm ready to start now, hoping to get permission to begin again in Feb. I'll be following your blogs and cheering you on! You can do it!!

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1/3/10 8:34 P

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Today I have begun training for the Cleveland 1/2 marathon on May 16th. I'm going to be sharing with you and through blogs about the training and the marathon. This a first for me and I am very excited about it. I began my running in 2009 and completed a 5k. I remained consistent with running the entire year. Doing any exercise consistently for that long is something that I have never done.

I have taken a 12 week training program and expanded it to 19 weeks. Due to my husband's schedule (who is going to run with me), our program is set up for the longest runs of the week to always be done on Saturdays. Here is basically what the training schedule looks like:

Sundays - strength training
Mondays - medium run (starts at 3 miles)
Tuesdays - shorter run(starts at 2 miles)
Wednesdays - medium run (same length as Monday) AND strength training
Thursdays - REST day emoticon '
Fridays - cross training day(starts at 30 minutes)
Saturdays - long run (starts at 4 miles)

I have also set a goal to lose 40 pounds in the first 6 months of 2010. I think this kind of training should help me with that goal.

~ Shirley



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