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10/5/12 2:11 A

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I have year to do my HM but just wanted to share my motivation... it's because I can (mentally and physically). Some people can't but I can so I should. Call it a bucket list item ;)

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10/1/12 9:25 A

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Thank you everyone for your responses.

I think I was worried that I was going in with a vague reason and wasn't sure it would push me to complete it. Now I'm not really worried about that - thanks. So here goes nothing.

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9/28/12 8:22 A

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Simple...because I can. Well not that simple. Friends and I were sitting at a table one New Year's and came up with a goal of running a 5K, 10K, and HM that year (2011). I was the only one who completed the 5K that February. I was half heartedly running throughout the year and signed up for the 10K in October 2011 to prove I could do it. The end of that year i some person challenges to get through; the finalization of my divorce, death of my father, and my 4 y/o having surgery on his knee for what turned out to be Lyme's disease. I coped by running and thankfully not eating.

Jauary 2012 I got and the treadmill and hit 7 miles - at that moment I was hooked. Signed up for a 10 mile race. Another family tragedy occurred, my youngest brother died, and I ran. My first HM was just a couple of weeks ago. I run for his memory.

Now I know I can go the distance, I want to do it again and again, and I know some day I will run a full marathon. Running is a part of my life as much as work and kids. I never thought I could run a mile let alone 13.1. Running is my time to think, decompress, plan, and yes relax. I enjoy the solitude of it. Why not attach it to a goal.

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9/27/12 4:48 P

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After a couple of 5's and a ten, I wanted more of a challenge. The half is a whole different challenge than the shorter (5 &10K's). I might someday want to attempt a full, but right now I just don't have the time to keep up with the training.

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9/27/12 2:08 P

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LadyRino: Glad you found something that works for you. It is every parent's nightmare to loose their child young. We all want to see them grow up and become adults. I don't know how one survives it.

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9/27/12 2:05 P

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I started my half marathon journey as a physical manifestation of working through the depression and grief over the loss of my 14-yro daughter 3 years ago. I tried the pills (didn't like how I felt), drinking was a slippery slope - so I had to find a way to deal with the overwhelming depression. I started walking - and then came the half marathon distance. I know am a very slow runner - but have completed 9 half marathons and #10 is in 2 weeks. I keep doing them as I am still walking through the depression and since I don't see that ever changing - I will keep doing the half marathons. I do them for Halleigh. I do them for me. I do them to celebrate life.


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9/27/12 7:35 A

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I was ready for a running challenge. If I didn't have a goal, I would run only 2 miles because I would be full of excuses of why I couldn't invest the time. After watching the contestants on the Biggest Losers run a HM. I was motivated and figured I should be able to complete too.

I was probably running 3 years before I even had an interest in this distance. I was so nervous on my first race!! Now I have done 4 HM and 1 Full. just like anything, Once you have some experience it feels comfortable. That is why I continue.

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9/27/12 6:50 A

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5 years ago i had started running (again) and the timing of a trip to sweden coincided with the HM in gothenburg and i just decided to DO IT. caught the bug, and immediately afterwards signed up for the chelan HM when we came home in september. then life (and weight gain, probably multiple times) got in the way, until this year - and we happened to see a marathon/hm right past our house, which i didn't know was going to be here. we had started running again, and i decided then and there to look for one for this fall, and start training. part way, i discovered run-walk-run, and that's the plan for next week's HM. and i'm already looking for one to aim for in spring...because i can.

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9/26/12 9:33 P

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I was running 5k and 10k. One year, the start of my second year of running I was visiting our daughter in Savannah for Thanksgiving. Rock 'n' Roll had just announced the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon for November 5, 2011. Dr Dani asked me, "So, Daddy, are you going to run in the Marathon next year?"

"Me? Oh no. No way. I don't have the time or desire to run a marathon."

Right after the Christmas holiday, I called my doctor to set up a complete physical ... including a complete cardiology work up. When I got the green light for a marathon, I signed up for half training and for the Maryland Half Marathon in May. And I signed up for Savannah in November, the full.

I called my daughter, "I'm in. How about you?"

"Who me? I don;t have the time to train I'm a resident. And I have no desire to run ... at all. But I will cheer you on."

Bottom line: I was snookered into it.

After Savannah, I decided that the full was not my distance and I would stick to half marathons. I have now completed two fulls (I did Baltimore as training in October), two twenty milers, and ten halfs. By November I will have completed four more halfs. I also hhave signed up for Rock 'n' Roll Dublin in August 2013.

Yep, I was snookered.

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9/26/12 7:35 P

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I am a walker. Yes, a complete walker. I may run if my life depended on it, or sometimes a slow jog to cross a street so I don't have to wait for the next light, but that is about it. Why did I decide to do a HM? Honestly, because I realized I could. I had been walking longer and longer distances, mainly because I could, I liked being outside and it was about the only time I had that I couldn't be interrupted by anyone. When I walked 10 miles, I thought wow, wonder if I could do a half? One time I forced myself to go a tad further and after about 11 miles, I came home and thought you know, I could do a half marathon. That was the end of last summer, 2011. Started considering a half marathon at that time and signed up in January for a half marathon on March 30th, I think it was. So mainly, I did a half marathon because I knew I could. Was afraid I might have trouble with cut off times, but didn't. I wasn't even last!

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9/26/12 6:16 P

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I needed more. 5k's were too short and I did the 10k and really do like that distance for my weekly long run but for a challenge I just did my first half. I'm doing my second in 3 weeks. It's challenging but not overwhelming. A full is not even on my radar screen.




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9/26/12 5:53 P

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For me its the distance - I LOVE distance!! When I was younger I did 5 full marathons and too many halves to remember, but when I started back to running in January I knew it HAD be be a half!! Anyone can run a 5k or 10k, but a half takes training and resolution. That's for me!! Plus as Jeckie mentioned it keeps you running longer distances in training which is good for your fitness program!! Go for it - but as was mentioned before, go for fun too!! Run to finish and train for the distance!! You won't regret it!!

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9/26/12 4:01 P

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My longest distance as a young runner was 10 miles, and when I started running again after a 17-year absence, I felt so good that I wanted to be able to really "get back," and to do the Disney Princess HM. It just seemed like a really fun way to celebrate being able to run again.

So as a test case, I ran my first HM locally last year, and LOVED it. This was supposed to be my year to do Disney, but I got derailed by caretaking and by a hip injury. So I'm working my way back up to it!

My advice is go FUN or don't go. Life's too short to do it any other way! :)

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9/26/12 3:54 P

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For the first HM I did, I wanted to prove to myself that I could it. Since then, it's become my favorite distance because it's long enough to be a challenge but not so long that I have to devote all my time to training. Sunday I'll be running HM #15!

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9/26/12 3:52 P

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Like Robyn, I started out (in my case walking, because of two MCL surgeries) just doing shorter distances. The HM is a goal for me, with my first one in 18 days! This one will be run/walk - mostly walking, but the important thing is that I can do it! I'm not sure that I'll ever do a full marathon, but I've got another HM scheduled for March!

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9/26/12 3:52 P

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When I first started running last year, I saw the Payette Lake Run, which does a 5K, 8.6 mile and 30K. It didn't seem worth it to drive 2+ hours to do a 5K, so I set my goal to run the 8.6 mile this year, and I did so at the beginning of this month. I was more than prepared for that distance, and running a 10 mile long run each week by July, so I thought I might as well sign up for a half. It's a good distance because the training is not as time-consuming as a full marathon, but it is still challenging, and works well with a mixture of weekly training distances. The Robie Creek half is a huge thing here in Boise, so I have a goal of doing that in the spring, and then going back to Payette to run the full 30K next September before I decide if I ever want to run a full marathon.

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9/26/12 3:22 P

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I did my 1st HM to lose weight and get my life under control. I was at my heaviest ever and could barely get up out of a chair w/o fearing my knees would crumble under me. Having that long term goal helps immensely w/getting up in the morning to workout and also w/eating a healthy diet. I need that. I've done about 10 HMs and my knees are MUCH better!

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For me it's about the training. I love training for this distance - up until about the three weeks before the half. lol Then I just get tired of it.

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For me, I did my first 5k in late April last year and said absolutely no longer distances, 5k was enough. But by late June I started training with a running coach to work on my speed for a 2 mile run I was required to do for black belt testing and he said to get faster on the short distances I should run longer distances, and the other runners were talking about the marathons...so I caught the bug and said I bet I could run a half so I signed up for one in September. I've since decided it's my favorite race distance because with a 5k or 10k I feel like I need to run fast and really push, but with a half I can go slower to pace myself and the "need for speed" is not as intense.

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I am not sure why I did a HM. Actually - after my first one last year I said I will NEVER do this again! Well, this past weekend I completed #7. LOL.

Why do I keep doing them? I love the distance. 5K is too short, 10K is ok but HM is my comfort zone. It is my "me time".

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The motivation to try and believe I could came from being involved with Spark running team.s

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A Sparkfriend who had similar weight loss and fitness goals had decided to do one and it sparked me to do it because I realized I was already well on my way mileage wise.

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Nice question - mine is because my father is an ultra marathoner and I remember him training for marathons all throughout my child hood. I plan on doing a marathon but Dad recommended a HM first. So, first one is now complete and I'm on to the next one.

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I've been debating on doing a half marathon now for 2 years and I feel like I'm finally ready to take on the challenge. I've got the time, the resources and of course, Spark and all the amazing support.

So I'm wondering, what pulled you to do a half-marathon (and then keeps you doing them if that's the case)? Was it a bucket-list thing, the next distance after the 10K, a friend roped you into it, a destination race?


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