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CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (100,650)
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5/6/13 11:29 A

You should not be running every day. I would recommend for your first half to follow a training schedule. I've done two. The first time I followed a training schedule and the second time used a similar approach, but since I already had an idea of what I was doing, I didn't specifically follow one. Yes, the long runs do get long, but that's why you build that distance up over time. That's also why you don't spend the other 6 days of the week using up everything you've got.

Running, especially LONG runs, always make me ravenous! You don't have to treat the short runs special, but make sure you eat a quality carb before your long runs, especially 7+ miles, and a quality protein afterward. I always eat a Greek yogurt after and try to fill up with water to conquer some of that hunger.

Good luck. Know that if you stick with a training schedule you'll be well prepared and able to tackle the 13.1 on race day without it killing you.

5/6/13 7:38 A

You may also want to read some of the sport nutrition books by Nancy Clark (Registered Dietitian). A great resource on eating for running/training/competition day, etc.


PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 1,737
5/6/13 5:16 A

^^Thanks. Done.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/5/13 9:31 P

PINKPANTHER, if you add Dietician Becky as a friend, and share your trackers, they will only be visible to your friends. :) We can't see them otherwise because your page is private!

PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 1,737
5/5/13 9:04 P


While I wouldn't mind sharing my tracker with you personally, I have had the misfortune of encountering inconsiderate remarks in the past when making my tracker available on these message boards, which to me is counter productive! Unless there is a way of sharing my tracker with you individually I will have to maintain with some "general" advice.

5/5/13 8:24 A

It is difficult to give suggestions for your hunger (meal and snack ideas) without seeing what you are currently eating. Please share your nutrition tracker, and I maybe able to give more help. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.

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NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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5/4/13 10:41 P

The training programs I'm looking at suggest things like walking, swimming, cycling, or strength training for cross-training on non-running days.

PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 1,737
5/4/13 9:33 P

No, I have not been following any formal training program so far. I have always been a walker and rarely missed a day on the treadmill. So once I started running I haven't missed a day of that either. I don't have any weights or resistance training equipment at my house. I exercise at 5am before my kids wake up and have limited time to go to a gym. I am probably not eating enough calories at this point, but have been told many times that it is very easy to gain weight while running due to increased appetite, so I am having a mental dilemma with eating more. I would appreciate a few meal and snack suggestions or suggestions for an off day of training (I can't just sit around and do nothing that day).

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5/4/13 2:00 P

How many calories are you eating in a day, and have you updated your calorie burn here to account for your increased activity level?

It's difficult to provide any help abotu your diet, since we don't know what you're doing, how much you're eating, or how much you're burning.

How long have you been running? Generally speaking,beginning runners should *not* be running every day. Even seasoned marathoners don't... they have days off, by necessity. I'm also guessing you aren't doing any strength training, since you're running daily? That's a big part of your program missing, if so.

Are you following a training program?

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
5/4/13 1:58 P

1. if you're more active, make sure you have adjusted your calories burned goal to reflect what you are doing, not what you were doing. this should adjust your ranges.
2. i did my first half last year and i didn't do anything near 2-4 miles a day then a really long run for training. i used the galloway model for the disney races i did the beginner one. so i was doing half an hour [and really more like 25 minutes if i am being honest here] twice a week and then the longer run on the weekends. i finished upright and had plenty of energy to play around in the park afterwards. and i should also note that i didn't run straight, i alternated with walking.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 5/4/2013 (14:00)
PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 1,737
5/4/13 1:07 P

I'm pretty sure I'm not eating adequately for lunch as I am starving everyday around 2:00 at which time I eat 3ozs of carrots and 2tbsp peanut butter and remain pretty hungry.

PINKPANTHER444 Posts: 1,737
5/4/13 1:06 P

I've become a bit obsessed with the desire to run a half marathon. I started running daily about a month ago and have worked up to running 4-5 miles a day. I checked out some of the half marathon training schedules online and they basically have you running 2, 3, 4 miles a day and then a long run of 10mi on the weekend.Yikes! I can't imagine running that long (yes, I realize a half marathon is 13.1mi). Has anyone else run one? How did you train for it? And since I've started running I've been SO HUNGRY!

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