SparkPeople Half Marathon Team Messageboard Curious about HMs or love them already? Trying to lose weight or improve nutrition while training? Comfortable with the 10K or 10M distance? Join the team, swap concerns, and share race reports! SparkPeople Half Marathon Team Messageboard Air pollution at New Delhi I often call out HMs to avoid but this one is worse than any I've ever done: Air quality in New Delhi is very unhealthy. Not only doctors have advised against running the HM but even the sponsor is considering backing out due to the air quality. <BR> <BR> Quote: <BR> <BR> “Air pollution poses serious health risks and it is important that these concerns are addressed urgently and appropriately by the authorities for Airtel to continue associating with the event next year and beyond,” Airtel ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:11:46 EST Amazon Prime deal for September Thought I would mention if you are an Amazon Prime member that one of the free Kindle books for September is "A Beautiful Work in Progress" by Mirna Valerio. It is an engrossing true memoir of her life running and a fun read. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rk-Progress-Mirna-Valerio-ebook/dp/B01<BR>N21CG4I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=150<BR>5822044&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=mirna+<BR>valerio+a+beautiful+work+in+progress </link> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:57:29 EST HEAT 25K (15ish miles) I wrote about this last year but figured I'd mention it again because it's such a good race. <BR> <BR> This is my favorite "close to a HM" race (25K is 15.5M). <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Modestly priced with great food at the aid stations and finish. Amazing food, actually. I've done a lot of HMs and this race race easily surpasses them all for food. Very enjoyable terrain and scenery. My race report from a few years ago if you want to hear more. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:32:28 EST What was I thinking? Good morning from the great state of Texas! My name is Sue. I am not sure what I was thinking, but I just signed up for the Alamo Half Marathon in San Antonio in April 2018. Thankfully, I have a lot of time to train and this won't be my first HM. However, this past March I caught a cold that led in to a sever upper respiratory infection with a sinus infection and eventually pneumonia. Before that, I was running 8-10 miles regularly. Unfortunately, when I finally recovered I April, I found mys... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:28:02 EST Want to see medal beforehand? One of the HMs I like posts photos of the finisher medal *before* the race. Do other people like that? Personally, I prefer the medal design to be a nice surprise at the end. If it's shown ahead of time, some of the appreciation of the design is gone. <BR> <BR> Am I being too picky? I do a bunch of races each year that give finisher medals and none of the others post pics of their medals ahead of time. <BR> <BR> By the way, when I say "before the race" I don't mean the week before. They pos... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:38:30 EST $30 HM: Riley's Rumble How can a HM be only $30? Because: no shirts, no medals, no cash awards, and no profit. (It is chip timed but the club owns their own chip system so there is no cost as long as you return your chip afterward.) Money mostly pays for food, permits, and police. <BR> <BR> 5 water/gatorade/gel stops with electrolyte popsicles at mile 8! At the finish, unlimited fruit, bagels, and cookies at the end. Watermelon, mmm! <BR> <BR> What's the downside? Well, it is July 30 and, in Maryland, that usuall... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:31:59 EST returning after injury Hello! Can you recommend a running plan for after injury? I've googled but there are so many! I had pretty bad plantar fasciitis and I stopped running in September. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance! Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:50:04 EST What has been your favorite Half Marathon so far? I was pondering this question and trying to figure out what my favorite run has been so far. I would say I have several in the top five that were all unique and enjoyable in their own right. My top five (in no particular order) <BR> <BR> Run the Riverwalk Half - Astoria, OR <BR> Avenue of the Giants Half - Redwoods in CA <BR> Disney Princess Half - Orlando, CA <BR> Portland Half - Portland, OR <BR> Bridge of the Gods Half - Cascade Locks, OR/WA <BR> <BR> I also really enjoyed the AZ Rock ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:54:27 EST $99 Shenandoah HM I often post about all the great inexpensive HMs near me so I figure I'll post about an expensive one for a change :-) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In Virginia, the Shenandoah HM is only an 1.5 hour drive from me and, although it's on pavement, it looks kinda pretty and it's hilly so I'd consider it if not for the price: $99. Ooh. And that's the early price which you can only get if you register 189 days in advance. After that, it goes up to $124 and for th... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:01:30 EST $30 Little Patuxent River HM Why not a pretty HM in February 2017. At $30, it's a good price. While not sub-$10, it's well below the median $60 for HMs in the MD-DC-VA area. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:40:55 EST First HM Hello and Happy Friday SP, <BR> <BR> I love running, it's such a wonderful way for me to relieve stress. However, I am planning on running an HM in April and would love some input on the best training/meal plans. I've run a couple 10k's and loved it. I didn't really have a strict training program though. I just went for runs and hoped for the best. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly received! Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:44:40 EST Half Marathon Training I did the Tinker Bell Half Marathon this past May and will be doing it again this coming May. I lived in an area with snow and ice in the winter, and wasn't feeling stable enough to train on a treadmill. Now I live in a warmer climate and will be able to train a lot better. What I did for "training" last year, basically focusing on increasing my steps with my fitbit and doing some training long-distance walks, got me through the race just barely. So this year I want to train better and longer... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:55:53 EST California Races Anyone know of any half marathons in California that aren't high priced? I'm just curious and want to check some out. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:52:08 EST NCR HM $6 I'm thinking about doing the NCR HM this Sunday. It's only $6 on race day morning. I figure even if the race sucks, I'll probably eat $6 of food at the end so it won't be a total loss of my time. But they've been doing this race for 10 years so they must know what they're doing by now, right? <BR> <BR> If you're interested, the race is just north of Baltimore, MD. And NCR stands for North Central Rail trail. It's on an old railroad bed. The elevation profile looks surprisingly hilly for a ra... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:32:59 EST Nike + Runners? Hi Yall, <BR> How many of you are using the Nike+ running App? <BR> Im looking for some run buddies to add on Nike + app. <BR> Feel Free to add Me ; KSBride. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:59:38 EST $25 HM: Riley's Rumble I know - this heat is crazy. But Riley's Rumble is in just two weeks. Hey, it's a July HM in Maryland - what did you expect? <BR> <BR> Only $25 and yet very well organized. And the price won't go up. $25 all the way thru race day! <BR> <BR> In case you're wondering how a HM can be only $25, it's because: no shirts, no medals, no cash awards, and no profit. (It is chip timed but the club owns their own recyclable-chip system so there is no cost as long as you return your chip afterward.) Mo... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:22:14 EST Training for my first full run HM Been on SP before, then went away for a long time and now back again with 20lb to lose. <BR> SP was the reason I started walking and then running, and now training for my second half marathon. (did my first in 3:30 and walked almost 99% of the way) <BR> <BR> Love running outdoors, but since moving to India, it has not been very enjoyable (or safe), so invested in a treadmill, but will still try to get an occasional run done outside. <BR> <BR> So, yes, I am training for a HM on a treadmill... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:32:22 EST I35 Challenge this challenge includes the Kansas City, MO and Des Moines, IA races in October Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:21:11 EST Ragnar Great River Ragnar Relay in MN. Anyone else going to be there? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19:51 EST Run/Walk/Run Galloway Method I am a Galloway Pace Group Leader in my town. Does anyone out there use the run/walk/run method? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:17:58 EST is there a sunscreen that won't ruin light clothes I am so sick of sunscreen ruining light colored clothing! Is there anything out there that will not turn your clothes orange? <BR> <BR> and is there any help to getting rid of the orange? It wasn't discolored until it came out of the dryer. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:56:54 EST $30 Larry Noel HM Anyone close to DC should be interested in the Larry Noel HM this September in lovely Greenbelt MD. Despite the low price ($30), the event includes a very artistic shirt with NO sponsor logos! If only other races were like this. <BR> <BR> And at no extra charge, includes a 150' climb in mile 12. But you'll be warmed up then, right? What's not to like?! <BR> <BR> Kidding aside, it's a small, low-key race on a pretty course with excellent support. Sponsored by the DC Road Runners. (The race i... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 17:46:40 EST overeating after HM I'm interested in advice for dealing with post-HM food, especially at the finish line where: <BR> <BR> - Junk food (or quickly digestible, low fiber food) abounds, often in unlimited quantities. <BR> <BR> - The sense of entitlement looms large. (I just ran 13M. My body needs food. And all this food is specifically provided for me.) <BR> <BR> - Most other runners at the finish are eating voraciously. (If they're doing it, I should too.) <BR> <BR> - Even if I don't feel hungry, I'm very awa... Tue, 3 May 2016 13:30:29 EST Jogging strollers? Hi <BR> I am now back into a regular jogging routine after the birth of my baby, who will soon be 6 months old. <BR> What I am wondering if whether it is worth buying a jogging stroller. Do people use them a lot - enough to justify the hefty price tag? <BR> I am thinking of using it for my shorter runs during the week, which I currently do really late at night when my husband is home and I can get out. But we live in. Windy and rainy country and Summer is not all that long - do people go out... Tue, 3 May 2016 13:03:52 EST Gunpowder Keg 25K (free) Another "almost HM" race this weekend: Gunpowder Keg Ultra near Baltimore MD. Runners bring water and food so there's no registration fee although they suggest a $5 donation to the park. The food will be better than any commercial race since runners always bring fun stuff (and way too much). <BR> <BR> If you do two laps, it's a 50K but I haven't been running much trails lately so I'll be doing the 25K (about 15M). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>x?did=37463 </link>... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:04:27 EST HMs that sell out quickly Runners World just did an article on races that sell out quickly. They gave a list of some of the fast-filling races and I was saddened to see that the distance that had the most fast sellouts were HMs: <BR> <BR> sold out in 4 minutes, B.A.A. HM, 2000 spots <BR> sold out in 8 minutes, Covered Bridges HM, 2300 spots <BR> sold out in 17 minutes, Napa to Sonoma Wine Country HM, 2000 spots <BR> sold out in 28 minutes, SeaWheeze HM, 10,000 spots <BR> sold out in 52 minutes, Brooklyn HM, 25,000 s... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:23:36 EST The Perks of Small HMs I figured it was time to give small HMs some love. (I'll admit if you want continual crowd support, this is not the place.) <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of stories. Feel free to share some of your own. <BR> <BR> 1) Bachman Valley - A small HM in Maryland: The RD shook every finisher's hand and congratulated each of us individually as we crossed the line. Loved that! <BR> <BR> 2) MD Heat - Another tiny Maryland race. I sprained my ankle a week before the race. Asked the RD if I could transf... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 01:57:40 EST 25K (almost a HM!) with great food This is my favorite "close to a HM" trail race: the MD HEAT 25 (which works out to 15.5M) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Price is a bargain. The food and party afterward - hard to explain how just unbelievably good. Read my race report from 2 years ago if you want to hear more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760369 </link> <BR> <BR> Registration is $45 (or $35 if you also do a bit of park cleanup). <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:54:02 EST finisher premium ideas? I just got an email from Bachman Valley HM (now in its 34th year!) asking for suggestions for this year's finisher premium. They explicitly say they want to avoid yet another finisher medal and instead are considering headbands or pint glasses but want to hear other ideas. <BR> <BR> Anyone got any good ideas for alternative finisher premiums? Probably has to cost close to $2 (that's what they spent per medal last year) and it's a very very low cost race (just $15) and food at the end is alre... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 11:41:18 EST Greetings All Hello! <BR> I am not new to running but it has been a LONG time. Right now I feel very discouraged. I Keep getting shin splints that shut me down and force me to take time off. I cant seem to get past 4-5 miles <BR> <BR> Any and all advice you have would be great! Thu, 3 Mar 2016 01:58:48 EST Aspen Valley Marathon Is anyone else going to this Julys Aspen Valley Marathon? <BR> <BR> Has anyone gone in the past and have tips or tricks? Thu, 3 Mar 2016 01:53:12 EST To race or not to race? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been away from the team for a bit - I went and had a baby! My healthy little boy is now three months old. <BR> <BR> I stopped running at 6 months pregnant after gradually reducing my distances to 5km. I began training again just after Christmas - so that means I had about 4 months with no running. <BR> <BR> I have been gradually building up my run distances again. So now I can run 5km easily and smoothly and do that twice a week - with one of those runs also... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:12:54 EST What type of medal would you prefer? A new HM in my already-HM-congested area at least has the thoughtfulness to ask: "Which Type of Awesome Medal would you Like to See Around your Neck?" <BR> <BR> Here are their choices and the current voting: <BR> <BR> 42% "spinning parts" <BR> 23% "super big" <BR> 17% "bottle opener" <BR> 13% "shiny, like gold" <BR> 5% "slider" <BR> <BR> Given their choices, spinning parts sounds ok to me although I have no idea what a slider medal might be. I really don't understand why so many people vot... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:08:01 EST Anyone doing the Grand Canyon Half? My family and I are doing the Grand Canyon Half in May. Is there anyone here training for that as well? Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:05:14 EST NY Half - March Anyone running the NYC Half in March? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:03:29 EST Prediction 10M (leave your watch home) For people training for a HM, the Prediction 10M is a great workout and a race where you won't care about running fast. Indeed, you're not permitted to wear a watch. You just need to predict your finish time. Person closest to their prediction wins! <BR> <BR> Another great thing (if you've been following my suggestions, you'll also guess ...), it's cheap! Only $5 (or free if you're a Frederick Running Club member) until start time! <BR> <BR> And the food? Bring a dish to share! Not surprisi... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:35:51 EST JFK 20K, bargain ($5!) almost-HM This weekend is the JFK 20K (that's 12.4M) for just $5. No medal or shirt but there is unlimited food at the end. If only all races were like this! <BR> <BR> Easy course (flat!) with scenic views of the Potomac River and the C&amp;O Canal the entire way. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k </link> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:32:31 EST speed walking a half! Does anyone know anything about any walk training programs for half marathons? I signed up for one and I know I've got to get training practically immediately :) I walk most and jog probably about a mile of it. I just walked a 10k in about 15 min a mile, so I really think it is doable but I am not sure if I should just modify a running training program or what. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:25:17 EST 10M Club Challenge (free!) The annual 10M Club Challenge is on Feb 28, 2016. A great tune-up for an early 2016 HM. <BR> <BR> Limited to 1000 participants, this race always fills quickly. <BR> <BR> I've done it several times and it's a nice course. Despite the low price (free!), it has aid stations, unlimited food at the end, and everyone gets free race gloves. (I take last year's, drop them mid-race after my hands get hot, and then get a new pair at the finish!) What a deal! <BR> <BR> The downside? You must be a mem... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 02:16:36 EST Patience with injury - any tips? Was all set to begin 16 week training in earnest for HM in April. Had a back issue that kept me in bed over the holidays and was finally up to running - did the little 5k Resolution Run I had signed up for months ago. We had a 40cm snow dump the day before so the course was a little slippery.... and lo and behold, the next day, I'm hit with an angry flare of hip bursitis! Tried a short run yesterday and had to walk out half. <BR> Maybe the universe is telling me not to go for the HM? But I d... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:21:02 EST In training/Going slow I am new to the team and have been on sparkpeople for a year now. Have ran several 5k's and two 10k. I did push my body further than it was ready to go and learned to go alot slower than my mind wants. Backed off and rested body with low impact and less miles for a couple weeks. Feeling great and now starting to train the right way. Plan is to run Half Marathon in Lincoln NE in May. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:30:45 EST First Half Marathon March 2016 Started running 2010, ran a 15k in 2011 then put on a lot of weight in 2011-2013 (and I was pretty heavy to start with) and basically quit running in the course of events, started up again last year and ran my first 10 mile (longest distance to date) a couple months ago which I finished in a decent time (for me) but it really threw me for a loop, took me a very long time to recover (I had thought I was pretty well prepared). <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, on a total whim, I entered the dra... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 13:39:52 EST What Half are you running next? I'll be running the Buckeye Half in Buckeye, AZ on Dec 12th. What is your next event? Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:36:16 EST Turkey Burnoff: 10M for $10 <link><BR>/turkey-burnoff/ </link> <BR> <BR> Ten lovely/hilly miles of Maryland countryside to burn off all those pies you ate. It's my local club's post-Thanksgiving race. Only they screw it up but putting out all sorts of yummy food at the end. (Only people with the strongest willpower can end up in calorie deficit at this race.) <BR> <BR> Nice feature: It's a two-loop course so you can bail after the first loop and they'll record you having run the... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:27:07 EST Why 10M? Ten miles - an interesting distance overlooked by many, particular those on their fast quest for a HM. Sadly, many HM and M wannabes burn out in their enthusiastic rush to do those distances when they're not ready. <BR> <BR> By mastering the 10M race, you can then make a more rational decision about whether to go for longer distances or not, before laying out the hundreds of dollars that beginners often find themselves thoughtlessly spending on race registration fees, training programs, etc.... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 21:33:47 EST New to this Team Hi! I am Sharon and am new to this team! I am not new to Spark People. Joined back in 12/09 and not new to Running Half Marathons. <BR> <BR> I took a few years off after moving to NC and having surgery. I started Running again last year and ran my first Half Marathon since moving 2010. This year I had a goal of Running 3 within 90 Days to qualify for Half Fanatics Running Group. I ended up doing it in 63 Days. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward in getting to know everyone on the team.. <B... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:48:31 EST Disney Star Wars? Anybody running it? <BR> <BR> It will have been 5 years since my last half when this one comes around in January. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:35:40 EST advice with running, training and nonsense For the second year in a row I finished my half marathon with little to no training. ( under the 4 hour mark, but well over the 3 hour mark) <BR> <BR> I really *really* want to be a running kind of person. <BR> <BR> However, I find myself have a hard time running on a regular basis or training. I went out for a run tonight and 2 miles was such a struggle. (In my defense, my neighbor told me he was impressed because it is fire season and really hot here, but really it is just as hard for... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:39:41 EST medals out of desperation? Attendance at Parks HM (Bethesda, MD) hit its capacity (2500) for several years and then took a significant dive last year with less than 2000. Coincidentally, the 2014 race offered a beer glass as a finisher premium for the first time. <BR> <BR> I'll get off my chest that I think a beer glass is pretty lame, first because I'm not a beer drinker but second, if I was, I'd want more than one and I'm not so stupid that I'm going to repeatedly do a race 2 or 4 years in a row just to get a set of... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:57:30 EST anybody doing whistlestop half marathon in Ashland Anybody running this beautiful course on trail nothing tough Ashland Wis in October <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 17:25:15 EST Indoor cycling as an alternative to running? Hi, <BR> I've been scarce on this team for a few months, mainly because I am pregnant, and so have scaled back on my usual half marathon summer events. I'm now almost 6 months pregnant and my legs are beginning to feel the strain of the bump! <BR> I have been running regularly, just much slower and shorter distances, with the aim of keeping fit and just keeping my muscles used to the activity of running, but now I'm getting concerned about leg injuries, simply due to the pressure of weight o... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:54:26 EST Nike Women San Francisco Anyone look into this HM? My first reaction is: "Who would pay $200 for a HM?" The website doesn't provide an answer. In fact, it pretty much says nothing! Huh? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:16:37 EST New Member Starting Training for First 1/2 Sept 12 Hello everyone, <BR> Just decided to take on a 1/2 this year. July 2014, I was bad diabetic, Insulin the whole thing 300lbs. Today off 8 Meds - CPAP is packed up in the Closet, I am down 100 lbs. I ran my first 5K in January and a 10k in March. I am Going to train all summer to Run the Great Smoky Mountain 1/2 on September 12th. It is just South of Knoxville Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. <BR> <BR> I could use advice on Diet during Training. Historically I have not ea... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:00:19 EST Hatfield Mccoy Double Half I'm looking at this upcoming race but it is so weird. It's advertised as two different HMs at the same time and you can run both (I guess back-to-back) or a marathon. <BR> <BR> I guess the organizers figure that they can offer two HMs as the only extra effort is having more timing equipment. And the benefit to HM runners is that they can choose one that's relatively flat or hilly. <BR> <BR> What makes no sense is why anyone would do the "double HM" which is only almost twice the price of th... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:07:28 EST One more time! Hi all! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm back!! Formally known as starofdoom, I've since had a baby and have fallen out of my good habbits....but I'm back to it and excited to be here. I have a 5k set for June, but the prize is set for a half marathon 9/27. I am prone to injury, so for this endeavor I'm striving to include more yoga into my workout routine in an attempt to stretch and strengthen the feet, knees and hips so I don't screw up my knees again. I have a horrible record of injury while tra... Tue, 12 May 2015 00:01:06 EST Back to back races I am running my first full marathon in October, but still want to do a half marathon that I always run that would be 3 weeks after the full marathon. Having never done a full marathon, I am not sure if this is a really stupid idea or one that is possible given I dont know how I might feel after the race. I realize that everyone recovers differently, but some general feedback on how you felt after your first and if you think you could have done a half 3 weeks later would be helpful! Also, if a... Wed, 6 May 2015 19:33:04 EST When to take that last gel I've done several HMs where I find myself running on fumes in the last mile. I just want to stop. Fortunately, knowledge that the race is ending soon gives me enough willpower to continue running but I suspect that all I need is one gel at the right time so it kicks in when needed. But when is the right time to take a gel to survive that last mile? <BR> <BR> Although I've done a couple of HMs with multiple gels, I've come to the conclusion that most gels are unneeded and that I should only n... Wed, 6 May 2015 16:53:36 EST HM taper I'm curious how everyone tapers during the final week. I'm not asking about the final long run, a week before the race. Rather, I'm asking about the 6 days between the last long run and the race. <BR> <BR> I've done a bunch of HMs but not particularly fast (just under 2 hours) so I googled "intermediate half marathon training programs" and was surprised. The first hit was Hal Higdon's intermediate training plan: <BR> <BR> race day - 6: stretch & strengthen <BR> race day - 5: 4M <BR> race da... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:20:06 EST Achilles Tendonitis Don't know if anyone has had any experience with it. My problem seems to come and go. I am not sure exactly when it started, but it was sometime over winter. The first time I remember feeling any tenderness was either x-c skiing or hiking. I felt my boot bothering me on two occasions but I don't remember which came first. I really thought it was the boots. Last month I started feeling it while I was running long miles so I started to try and take it easy. I was training for a half and so I to... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:48:33 EST Harpers Ferry HM: 1000 ft up! For anyone who wants to test if their hillwork has been enough, it's two weeks to the Harpers Ferry HM. <BR> <BR> Starts with some modest hills and after you're suitably tired, you encounter a monster of a long and steep hill followed by a crazy downhill and another monster uphill just a mile and a half before the finish. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1000 ft of elevation gain! <BR> <BR> I'm registered and anxious. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:59:52 EST Flower City Half The second of four half marathons in the Four Seasons Challenge. I PR'd it at 1:30:58.05, but finished second in the 55-59 male age group behind Superman. More detail in today's blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918032 </link> <BR> <BR> Next half in Four Seasons is Shoreline in August, but before I can think about that I need to get through the Buffalo Marathon on May 24. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:42:31 EST Havana HM Anyone willing to pick up some cigars for me while you're there? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-2014/half-marathon-21km/ </link> <BR> <BR> Looks like a great experience! And pretty reasonable price for an international HM - only 50€ (about 53 USD). They even offer deferrals for injury or weather issues. Better than many US races! <BR> <BR> Some of the rules are interesting (if only for their language). Example: <BR> <BR> 11. Everyone that competes using aux... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:45:39 EST Getting headaches after a run Any tips or tricks to not get them anymore? I only started getting them the last few weeks. I haven't I have changed anything in my diet and I drink between 64-80 oz of water daily. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:37:36 EST New here - toying with idea of doing 2nd 13.1 Hi, I'm new to this group. I started SP in Jan 2015. I have 10 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. More than that, I want to get back into an active life style. I ran my first and only half marathon in 2008 (Tybee island, finish time 1:56:41). I basically tagged along with my experienced running friend, can't really remember what training plan (if any) we followed. <BR> <BR> Since then, I gained weight from infertility treatments and bringing my two healthy twin boys in the world. Now that t... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:03:01 EST back again I joined before but now I am actually training for a half marathon a year from this month. walking for now but hopping to build up to jogging eventually. looking for tips, inspiration and encouragement. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:54:10 EST Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon I was wondering if anyone else is doing this race? I've been wanting to do it for forever and I'm really excited. <em>100</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:54:19 EST New Runner with Gravel Knees (Crepitus) Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jamie and I'll be running a 1/2 marathon in May. I'm obese, but have been training since February. I have been doing a mix of treadmill and recumbent bike workouts with the treadmill being the most painful. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have recommendations for braces and exercises I can do to prevent injury? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:01:58 EST My First Half is just days away! I’ve been getting nervous. My first ½ is this Sunday. I couldn’t even run for 60 seconds as of last August. I ran my first 5k in November, and now my first half is in just a few days! I chose it because it was labeled ‘difficult’, it’s a very hilly course with a total gain of 484 feet. I always feel I do better if I push myself really hard. Now the fear is setting in, my knee has been twitching since my long run Saturday, not bad, but I feel it. I have some pain in my metatarsal area in one f... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:53:28 EST Marathon Running?? Have any of you decided NOT to run a marathon and stick with halves? I have intentions of running my first marathon in October this year. I have been reading some books about marathon stories and have talked to a few people and there are lot of people that say "never again". Of course, there are also a lot that keep doing them. <BR> <BR> I can see that to continue to do them takes a lot more effort and time then to continue with halves. How many of you have said "Nope, not for me"? <BR> <B... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:48:32 EST ChangingHorses and MBTepp Training 2015 Spring HM CH and I have our first HMs the first weekend in May. We are training together virtually, and virtually training! <BR> <BR> My HM is a Biggest Loser Event that is close to home in Crown Point, IN on May 3rd. For a highly publicized event, it is very inexpensive ($50). <BR> <BR> Which Half are you signed up for, Changinghorses? <BR> <BR> I am having difficulty getting motivated to train. When I thought I was training for an event on <BR> March 14th, I was training for 5 weeks before ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:07:34 EST When to switch to training pace? I have been running 3-4 miles 3 times a week at my 5K pace which is 13:30 per mile. Galloway method that I use says my training pace for a half should be 19:30 mi. As I start preparing, when do I switch to the slower training pace? <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:58:36 EST Garmin Forerunner 15 I recently bought a Garmin Forerunner 15 with foot pod. Has anyone else used this watch, do you like it? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:59:20 EST Stepping it up a notch? I have been running for about 6 months now using Galloway 30:30. I have run several 5Ks and want to do my first half next Jan. Since the half is so far out I wondered what would be the next step to stepping up my running? Should I try to get to a longer run/walk ratio? Or try for more distance at the same 30:30? And if I step it up for run/walk ratio would I increase 15sec at a time (ie. 45:30) or go to 1:00/30? Thanks for any suggestions. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:33:48 EST Hello All So excited and nervous to be doing my first half marathon in November. It is the space coast half in Florida. I'm a new runner (about 6 months) and have only run a couple 5K's so far. Going to use the Jeff Galloway method to train. Looking forward to reading all the posts here from experienced runners. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:00:04 EST Officially training for my first Half Marathon I am new to the team and my goal is a half marathon this year. A year ago I couldn't run at all, so this is a huge goal for me. I started the couch to 5k training program last March and would recommend it to any new runner. I am now running about 5 miles when I get out, not bad for 49. I looked at a 12 week training schedule on Pinterest so I plan on using it for a guild line for my training. There is a half marathon on April 4th that I am planning on doing. Training is a little tougher at ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:15:01 EST Winter Warrior Half Ran Winter Warrior yesterday afternoon/evening. Blogged my race report today: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851884 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the first race in the Four Seasons Challenge. Next up is Flower City Half at the end of April. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:41:34 EST Big D Half marathon in Dallas Anyone ever done this race? Coming from WI, so I wanted to check it out ahead of time. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:47:27 EST New to half marathon training Hi! <BR> I have been a member of Spark People for over a decade, have lost over 40lbs and kept it off for the last 10 years. I have a love/hate relationship with running and am back in the love phase and am going to sign up for a fall half marathon. I currently run 7 miles in about 1:41 and would like to get that down to about 1:30. My goal is to do the half in sub three hours. Excited to be part of this group! <BR> <BR> Cat Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:12:41 EST Half Training is Starting Hi, my name is Gloria I am running the half for the Music City in April. I will be training at the local Fleet Feet store and today they are having an "expo" for the people who are training with them for the half and the whole. Tomorrow starts training - only two miles for tomorrow! I am pretty excited but nervous too. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:10:31 EST 2 Halves in 1 Weekend? I just registered for a 1/2 and 1/2 Race. Half on Saturday and another on Sunday. I have done 2 half-marathons and an 18.12 race so far, as well as numerous 5, 10 and 15k's. I have 7 months to train for this with a half race 3 months before. <BR> <BR> When I told a couple people my news they said "you are dumb". I am excited to meet this challenge and a little upset at this response. I want to run a marathon this year also and I thought that this would be a good plan. <BR> May 2 - Half <BR>... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Anyone try the Sole F63 treadmill? My treadmill finally died and I need a replacement. I do not need super fancy programs etc. I like how this one felt and looks. It is at Dick's Sporting Goods. There is a private store too that sells exercise equipment and they are quick to dis other brands so cannot take their word on anything for sure. That and of the two treadmills they have that I was looking at, they were pushing the one for $100 more saying it was a much better machine. I kinda had to laugh as it looked really chea... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:44:28 EST $5 Gar Williams HM If you'd like an inexpensive HM, the Gar Williams is coming up on December 14 and is still only $5. No medals but there is unlimited food at the finish! (And parking is free.) Hurry - when they hit their capacity (and they always do), registration will close. <BR> <BR> The course is out-and-back on the C&O towpath so the HM is flat. Starts in Maryland and goes into DC for a little bit before returning to MD. <BR> <BR> Organized by the DC Road Runners Club. I've done a few of their races and... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:50:41 EST Running with a hurt foot I have been training for a half marathon that is on December 13th. I did my long run (9 miles) on friday before last, followed by a shorter run on last Monday (7 miles). I went out an ran on Thursday and about 3 miles in my right foot started hurting on the outside. It has done this before at the end of September when I decided it would be a fun challenge to run 100 miles in a month. I cut back the mileage after completion and gave myself a rest between thursday and sunday during a couple... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:38:30 EST Recovery Time after 1st - and first run km? Morning everyone. So 1 week has officially passed since my 1st half marathon ( insert applause - lol). <BR> My fellow runner who has run many marathons and halts said I shouldn't run for 2 weeks to let my body fully recover. <BR> I am planning on running this Sunday - already itching to get out there. ( Yep I guess I am really a runner). <BR> Now how long should my first run be? <BR> And your thoughts on length of recovery time? <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:50:58 EST Finished my first 1/2 marathon yesterday :) Started running in July - had issues with my knees - trip to emergency for stomach issues - total 3 months of training crammed in - finished in 2:47!!! <BR> <BR> I am sore today but feel so good that I accomplished this goal. Already looking forward to my next one June 2015 :) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:13:18 EST First HM: Flat or Not? A friend of mine is looking at signing up for his first HM and he's torn between a flat HM and one with some hills. Half of his friends are telling him that a race with some hills are the way to go (presuming you don't run them too quickly and burn out) because they make the race easier because you get to use different muscles. The other friends are telling him that flat HMs are easier because you use much less energy. <BR> <BR> I can see the merit in both positions and don't know who is rig... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:53:48 EST Newbie here Hello! I have been in the group for while, but haven't posted till now. I am new to running and to the whole idea of a Half Marathon. I haven't done one yet, but there's one in May here in Iowa that I am planning on running. <BR> I have done one 7miler and a large handful of 5K's. My average 5K time is about 33 minutes. I run/walk, although I can run the 3.1 if I push myself hard enough. <BR> I started running in December of 2013 and ran my first race in March of 2014 and from there I wa... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:33:03 EST Clothing question I ran my first half marathon at the end of June. Now my second one is tomorrow. Well here in Michigan the temperature is very different from June until now. But I'm worried about wearing anything but my normal shorts and short sleeve running shirt tomorrow for my half. I never expected it to be this cold. Today is was 50 degrees at noon, I have a feeling it will be even colder at 8:30 tomorrow morning. So my question is what do I wear? I looked at the weather and it is calling for 42 degrees ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:33:31 EST training tips for back to back half marathons Not sure if this is crazy, but I signed up for back to back half marathons in October. They are 8 days apart, so I do have a little recovery time in between. I have done several half's in the past, most recently last October. The first one is a hilly race, while the second is flat. Anything I need to consider/modify in my training? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:33:46 EST Very Happy Trails Women's HM Most HM's that have "Women" in the name allow men. Here's one that is really only for women. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In it's 22nd year, they really know what they're doing. Very low-key, low cost ($45), great aid stations (something for all the men to do) and limited to 240 runners so no congestion on the trails. <BR> <BR> Actually filled already but there is a waiting list and they are now taking runners from the list. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:17:30 EST Anyone purchase shoes from runningwar I have VERY fussy feet and have a great pair of Brooks right now. seems to be the only place I can find the exact same pair/color/size. Has anyone had any dealings with them, good or bad? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:45:38 EST Training during the Winter months This has been a good summer season for me. I've managed to build up to regular 2hr long runs and feel like I have the half marathon distance under my belt now BUT I'm becoming aware of the change in season and I'm starting to think about how to keep up the training, rather than cut it down and then have to build myself up again next Spring. <BR> <BR> Last winter I struggled with going out for longer runs. I kept up the outdoor training the whole season, but it was mainly 5-10km distances. Th... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:39:18 EST Urban Cow - Sacramento - October 5th Hi, <BR> <BR> It's been a couple of years since I race a HM (I've done 2). <BR> <BR> Is anyone else doing the Urban Cow? It's a pretty flat course and well run. <BR> <BR> Paul Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:58:41 EST Training for next half in September I ran my first half marathon at the end of June. I finished my recovery week and my first week of my training. Tomorrow is my first long run, 12 miles. I know that I can do it! I just took on a challenge with some friends from facebook to run everyday in the month of July. So far I've only missed one day and ended up running twice the next day, first 6 miles and then 2 miles shortly thereafter with my daughter. I'm sort of following the "what's next" plan from my training group I was a part o... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:18:54 EST No race, no refunds Just got this as an 'alert' from a local running club. Apparently there was a 'Mud" race in Iowa that was cancelled and no refunds given. <BR> <BR> "Folks be aware - according to some industry sources this is happening more and more often - races cancelled after you pay and no refund!! Google the race and the promoter - this one was a company called Hard Charge!" <BR> <BR> Have not had this happen to me yet, knock on wood ;-). <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:28:21 EST Great Smoky Mountain Half I was actually looking for another race, but found this one--wish I had seen it before I signed up for my one in September. The date for the race is 20 September and is run outside the park. Some elevation changes :-). It's run by Interestingly, they don't have water cups at the stations, but issue a hydrapouch in each racer bag that you wear and fill at each stop (if you want). Or you can bring your own water system. The race is part of the National Park Half Marathon ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:24:27 EST Hotlanta Half Marathon, August 24, 2014 Is anybody else doing this race? I am traveling in the area, and decided to cross Georgia off my 50-states list with this race. But I am traveling/running alone, so I wouldn't mind getting some tips from people. I know this is the inaugural running of this race, but anybody know anything about the organizers? About the course? <BR> <BR> Renee Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:20:41 EST Back where I started. But I'll do it again. Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Josh, and I've been here before. When I started on May 20, 2012, I weighed 403 pounds. I struggled to walk three miles at a time, usually finishing in an hour, sweaty and out of breath. But I kept walking, kept tracking my food, and the weight came off and the miles increased. On June 22nd, I walked six miles for the first time - I weighed 379 pounds. July 13th, I walked 8 1/2 miles at 365 pounds. On August 24th, I walked a half-marathon for the first time at 344.4 poun... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:54:55 EST Blue Water Half Marathon this morning 6/26/14 I ran my first half marathon this morning. It was great!! It is very hot and humid here in Michigan but I made sure I drank a ton of water yesterday and took drinks at every water station through the course. I ended with a time of 2:30 which was very close to my goal. I wanted to stay in the range of 10:30-11 min miles and did great up through mile 6.5. I felt strong and stayed under 11 min miles. But once I hit half way I started to slow down. I had several miles just over 11 min then went u... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:13:47 EST Sore foot three days before race - advice? My right foot began aching this evening. It's my taper week, and I did not run today, so I'm not sure where the pain came from, but now I'm concerned because I'm running a race on Friday evening. <BR> I've iced it, taken an ibuprofen and am resting it. I should be running a short slow 5km tomorrow. Should I not run tomorrow? <BR> I'm prepared and training has been on track, but it has been a stressful month. I'm hoping it's just tense muscles and that the pain will be less tomorrow. <BR> I... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:03:30 EST Half and Half Marathon Run 6.55 miles, eat a half smoke with chili and chips, run the remaining 6.55 miles. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> At $50, still seems reasonably priced. But they doubled the price this year and if that trend continues, I might not be able to afford it in the future. So I registered for this year! 4 months to train my GI system :-P Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:37:55 EST age group design I've seen too many HMs with 10-year age groups; I'd rather see 5-year AGs, reducing prize money if necessary. But check out last weekend's Worcester HM; only 5 age groups: <BR> <BR> 1-39 <BR> 40-49 <BR> 50-59 <BR> 60-69 <BR> 70+ <BR> <BR> What's with that first AG? 1-39. That is ridiculously wide. Clearly, the RD has no understanding of reasonable AGs. Indeed, for last week's HM: <BR> <BR> 1-39: 216 women <BR> 40-49: 110 women <BR> 50-59: 39 women <BR> 60-69: 4 women <BR> 70+: 0 women <BR>... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:53:40 EST New to Forum I completed a half early this spring thru the crappiest winter on record for the state. Hm, then gained a lot of weight as bad habits crept back in and my running fell off. Looking to do another half in the fall timeframe. And while I know long distance running and losing weight are sometimes at odds with one another, I'd like to give it a try, lol. Glad I'm here--there's a lot of interesting topics! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:15:24 EST 2014 North Face Endurance Challenge, D.C. Half I'll preface this with the words "I'm an idiot." <BR> <BR> I've done multiple 5Ks, I've run many 10K training runs and a 10K which I completed in May (with a PR too!). My friend, who runs with me, convinced me in March to sign up for a half on June 8. I said "Sure, that's months away!" ... Yeah, 10 weeks was hard to double that distance, but doable. <BR> <BR> The reason I'm an idiot? Neither one of us realized that it was a trail half marathon. We trained on roads. O_O Oops. <BR> <BR> But... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:35:45 EST Panicking! So ... my friend and I signed up for a half marathon about three months ago. <BR> <BR> We were training REALLY well for the first two months - it was great! Two short runs and a long run per week, with cross-training in between. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we're both teachers, so our standardized testing, end-of-year crazy murdered the progress we'd been making. <BR> <BR> Well, Sunday is our half ... and it's a trail half that's considered "moderate difficulty." (The Washington, D.C. North ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:54:35 EST Race Scam Be careful is you run any of the races mentioned. <BR> <link><BR>lf-marathon-cancellation-is-latest-by-<BR>race-director?page=1 </link> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:58:05 EST age-specific HM world records Last week, a DC-area 10-year old lowered the world record HM time to 1:35. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p/2014/05/28/rheinhardt-harrison-10-of<BR>-falls-church-sets-world-record-in-hal<BR>f-marathon/ </link> <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, I looked up the lowest age that my own HM PR (1:52) is competitive with. I learned that an 8-year old can beat me. :-P <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The two HMs put on by my local running club requ... Wed, 28 May 2014 21:19:10 EST Women make HMs expensive? Link fixed: <link><BR>/health/bs-hs-race-fees-20130710_1_rac<BR>es-corrigan-sports-enterprises-dave-gell </link> <BR> <BR> This article has insights from various RDs explaining rapidly increasing race prices. While many reasons are given, these two paragraphs caught my eye: <BR> <BR> "Running was once dominated by ultra-competitive males. Women now fuel the growth, and while they are competitive, they also want a fun, social experience." <BR> <BR> "Dri... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:50:01 EST that first HM vs the rest I regularly see statements like "Your first HM is the most rewarding" and similar sentiments. I'm wondering if people really believe this or are just saying it without thinking. Or maybe I'm missing something? <BR> <BR> Personally, I've found the opposite to be true. I enjoy my HMs so much more now that I know what I'm doing, am not worried by the race, pace, breakfast, can focus on the fun things, scenery, people, etc. <BR> <BR> I've also become better at choosing races that I like or tha... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:57:22 EST San Francisco Nike Womens Marathon Is anyone signing up for the upcoming Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco? Random draw opens Wednesday June 4. Is there a group? Thu, 22 May 2014 19:38:21 EST Most/Least Expensive We've discussed biggest/smallest HMs. Now it's time for most/least expensive! Let's make it by state. (If not a state, improvise. :-) <BR> <BR> Please only identify races that are open to the public with online results. <BR> <BR> For the most expensive races, use the earliest (i.e., cheapest) prices. For the least expensive races, use the nondiscounted prices. (No coupon rates, no special deals for club members, etc.) If you only know one (you just do cheap races), just submit that one. If ... Wed, 21 May 2014 12:42:37 EST "Pace" Training Run When they say pace do they mean average pace or constant pace? I tend to fluctuate my pace a lot because of my asthma but I was wondering what pace really means. I am hoping average, I don't think I could be constant. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:20:13 EST Doing my first half in September September 13th to be exact. I've got my training schedule on my RunKeeper app and I'm ready to go.... I think. Best advice you can give a newbie.... GO! Tue, 20 May 2014 16:46:56 EST Bridge The Gap Half Marathon Quincy, IL today<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697190 <BR> Above is the blog about my race today. I ran a 1:53 and had a blast. 2nd place in 45-49 age group. <em>104</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 19:21:23 EST New to longer distance runs I started running last fall and have done several 5ks. I have recently done a 10k and begun training for a 1/2 last month. I am up to running 8 miles and I have over a month left before my 1/2. The question I have for the group is about bowl movements while running. I do not have a problem in the mornings when I run, but since beginning to run with my training group I end up running in the evenings quite often. I have had to stop running and find a bathroom immediately b/c I could not hold it... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:34:20 EST seizures or hear of them caused by running? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just going out on a limb here for a friend. She has been training very hard for her <em>366</em> . She ran one in February. Is training with a local group. <BR> <BR> Last week she had a seizure and currently has not gotten to see the dr about tests yet (not because she hasn't wanted to, but because she can't get in!) <BR> <BR> I asked her if she had a long run the day before, she had not. curious if anyone has read anything about seizures brought on by exercise etc... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:51:08 EST Run it or rest it? I have a half marathon on May 18th, so about a week and a half from now. I'm new at this. On Sunday, I ran about 13.5 miles at a fast (for me) pace as a race day simulation. On Monday, I ran about 8 miles at a slower pace. I am used to those distances, though maybe not back to back. Yesterday, I didn't run because I went to move my daughter home from college. At some point yesterday, my right leg started to bother me. At first I thought it was soreness in the quad. That's how it feels when I... Wed, 7 May 2014 15:23:39 EST incentive for your next spark goodie As an incentive to get people to better prepare for their first HM, I am offering a sparkgoodie of your choice to anyone who signs up for the 10M team. (If you don't want to contemplate 10Ms, then you're not taking HMs seriously. 13.1M is more than 10.M, right?) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> All you have to do is join the 10M team, post here that you have done it, and name your goodie of choice. To make it easier on me, also say which tab the sparkgoodie is ... Wed, 7 May 2014 14:26:14 EST bag check How does everyone feel about transparent bags at bag checks? I was looking at the instructions for the upcoming Frederick HM and it says: <BR> <BR> "... runners using bag check are asked to use a CLEAR BAG to check their belongings. If you bring your items in a non&#8208;clear bag, you may be asked to empty the entire contents into a bag provided." <BR> <BR> Does anyone think the volunteers give a damn what's in anyone's bag? Volunteers do not have the time for this. I predict no one will ... Fri, 2 May 2014 00:17:19 EST This month's spark goodie winner This month, MBTEPP is being recognized with a 1000-point spark goodie! She has posted some of the most careful and well thought through HM-related posts. Although I don't always agree with her, her posts are well written and a pleasure to read. These are the kinds of posts to which I feel motivated to respond to! <BR> <BR> As an example, here is an excellent post about her HM practice run (called "simulator" in the literature). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:14:51 EST 10-Mile Warm-up to Half-Marathon Just finished the Capitol City Classic 10-mile event as a warm-up to the half-marathon I will be running in October 2014. Took 1st in my division (65-69 Year) with a PR 1:36:40. Looking to do a sub-2 Hour Half. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:42:12 EST HM done differently I often hear people preach “Do nothing differently on HM day.” However, that seems a bit unrealistic, even for one's first HM. I sat down to think about what I do differently and it came to a lot of things! I was surprised how much. Here’s my list: <BR> <BR> - Different pre-race week: I taper for a HM; never taper for long runs. <BR> <BR> - Different wake time: For long runs, I wake up 1½ hour early and get to the start with ten minutes to spare. For HMs, I wake up 3 hours early - to make b... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:03:55 EST Largest/ Smallest It's obvious what the largest HM is (or was): According to <link> </link> , the largest ever was the Broloppet HM with 79,719 finishers in 2000. <BR> <BR> But what's the smallest? Wikipedia doesn't say. We should come up with one and fix Wikipedia's HM page :-) What's the smallest HM you've been in? Has to be a real race. (No Kip Litton imaginary races, please.) <BR> <BR> The smallest HM I've been in had 86 people. (Western MD HM in 2010.) Can anyone top... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:29:53 EST Race Week Nutrition I have run a half in the past, but was very lazy on the nutrition side of it. Now I'm training for one again and have been very conscious of the nutrition. However, I'd be curious to know how y'all handle nutrition leading up to the race? Do you keep the same diet routine or do you switch anything up? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:49:30 EST female:male, growth, big and little <link><BR>marathons-amazing-growth-in-3-charts?c<BR>m_mmc=Facebook-_-RunnersWorld-_-Conten<BR>t-News-_-HalfMarathonGrowth </link> has some interesting charts showing the ratio of women:men in HMs and the overall growth of HMs. I understand the growth but not why the ratio is so unbalanced. Any theories? <BR> <BR> I'm also astounded to read of HMs much, much larger than any I have done. From that article, the biggest 10 are: <BR> <BR> 45,126 Goteborg (Sw... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:59:53 EST Boston's Run to Remember Anyone running Boston's Run to Remember this Memorial Day? It will be my first half! :) Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:15:50 EST Training for Half with Plantar Fasciitis? Help! Hi! I'm training for my first half marathon and was recently told by a doctor that I probably have plantar faciitis (I'm seeing a podiatrist in a week and a half to confirm). Anyways, the doctor gave me some foot exercises and told me I can keep training. I'm worried that I'm going to hurt myself further if I do so. I'm 8 weeks away from the race and don't really have time in that schedule to take additional time off without completely blowing my training (my 7 mile long run is today). Oh, an... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:14:07 EST Beginning to believe I joined this team in December 2011, but I haven't been very active for a while. For much of the time, I didn't really believe I was a half marathoner. The short form of the history: <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Flower City Challenge Half Marathon in April 2012. Injured my right foot February 2, 2012, kinda sorta came back, and traded down to the 5K. <BR> <BR> Signed up for Flower City 2013. Injured my left foot March 9, 2013, kinda sorta came back, traded down to the 5K. Began to won... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:59:54 EST Thanks to you and a challenge This particular forum (originally "Challenges") has been unused for months so I'm going to put it to a new use. It is now "Spark Goodies" and each month one of the moderators of the team will distribute spark goodies to deserving members. This month, spark goodies are going to CHANGINGHORSES, GLADGAD, KAPELAKIN, and BAILEYS7OF9. <BR> <BR> Some of them have run many HMs, some haven't yet run their first HM. But all have sensible training plans, have expressed reasonable expectations, and in s... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:14:23 EST 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Is anyone going to be at the Cleveland Marathon on May 18th? Or know anything about it that they want to share with me? I will be running the Half Marathon, and it will be my first. I suddenly feel like I should know so much more than I do. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:31:20 EST Tailbone bruise - help! I slipped on the apparently neverending ice this morning and, I believe, bruised my tailbone. I have a half-marathon scheduled for May 4 and a marathon scheduled for July 26, so I've been putting in lots of miles in the last few months. Even though I know better, I've spent the morning reading horrific stories on the internet about weeks-long recovery times for bruised tailbones. Now I'm feeling worried. Can somebody give me some reassurance that this will clear up? Does anybody have an... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:56:03 EST Running store in London ? I will be in London this weekend and need to buy some new shoes, for trail running. Can anyone recommend a good running store ? <BR> <BR> I live in France currently but since I am transitioning into trail running I'd like to be able to discuss my needs & possibilities in what is almost my native language <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> (also posted in the Marathon Team) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:32:37 EST Frederick RUnning Festival This is the Half I missed last year because I overslept. That will not happen this year. <BR> <BR> 4 May 2014 for the Half. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:37:31 EST Are you looking for a challenge ? We (my company) is looking to recruit a woman to complete our team for The Raid Centrale, link below. The short list of requirements is : <BR> <BR> *5 day race from end of April / beginning of May <BR> *in the Swiss Alps <BR> *running & biking each day, about 50k total per day <BR> <BR> I know it is a long shot but thought I would post here on the off chance someone is willing & able (also posted in the Marathon team) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:42:28 EST A good average mileage run to stay in HM shape? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have fallen off the wagon but starting to get seriously back into running. I love it! All my running dreams are coming back! I am hoping to run two half marathons in October which might mean qualifying as a half fanatic. After October, I want to stay in half marathon running shape. When not in training, what is a good average mileage run? 6? 8? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Savannah Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:43:15 EST Loudon HM As if the DC area needs yet another HM, here goes: Loudon HM, April 13. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have no idea of the quality but at least it's cheap ($52) compared to its obvious competitor: Virginia Wine Country HM which is twice the price ($105). They make no reference to VWC but anyone from Loudon will be familiar with the astronomical price so it's great to see competition! <BR> <BR> Haven't decided to do it myself yet but it is tempting since I live o... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:13:45 EST Atlanta Half- Roll Call! Good morning, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> With the Publix Georgia Half and Full Marathon only 3 weeks and 5 days away, I was wondering who else was running the race. I'm coming in from NJ and will be running with a friend who lives locally. <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <BR> ~ Hazel Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:19:20 EST Clothing and nutrition I am running/walking my first half in 4 weeks. I am wondering what is the preferred clothing. running tights? yoga pants? shorts? capris? I need help with this. /also, for nutrition, I have bought and tried the gu chomps and also the sports jelly beans. Love them, and am using water belt for the water any other things I need to consider? I need help please. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:14:10 EST Clothing and nutrition I am running/walking my first half in 4 weeks. I am wondering what is the preferred clothing. running tights? yoga pants? shorts? capris? I need help with this. /also, for nutrition, I have bought and tried the gu chomps and also the sports jelly beans. Love them, and am using water belt for the water any other things I need to consider? I need help please. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:13:57 EST Increasing my long runs: time or distance? Hi, <BR> I'm busy building up for my second half marathon and decided that the way to do it was to increase my long run by 5-10 minutes every week (following the 10% increase concept). The plan is to build up to a 2hr long run, which was about the equivalent of 13 miles for me. I completed my first half in just over 2 hours. <BR> <BR> I'm noticing this time round that my pace is much slower, which is meaning that I'm completing a shorter distance in the same time than I was in my previous t... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:17:49 EST Couch to Half Marathon = Crazy? Hi, <BR> <BR> I just signed up for my first half marathon on July 20th in Chicago. This is going to be a challenge since I'm not a runner. I started the C25K training program tonight. I was able to jog for 2 minutes followed by 2 minutes of walking for a total of 52 minutes. I guess I have to start somewhere <em>41</em> ..... 154 days and counting down.... <BR> <BR> My husband was the crazy one who said "Why don't we do the half instead of the mini marathon" & I was the crazy wife wh... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:43:24 EST Back to running ...four years later Hi! <BR> I ran a half marathon in 2009 and am hoping to run another this spring. Since 2009 I've gained 40 pounds (1/2 of it is baby weight) and I have a 10 month old. <BR> <BR> Yikes! <BR> <BR> And did I mention that the half marathon is in 10 weeks and I'm starting to train TODAY? <BR> <BR> Double Yikes! <BR> <BR> And apparently the course has hills. <BR> <BR> Triple Yikes! <BR> <BR> For more about me, head over to my spark page. In the meantime, I'm going to hit the gym. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:37:27 EST first half coming quickly I am getting really nervous. Training was going fairly well until we got hit with temps below zero and lots of snow. Had been up to 8 miles. Lately I have only done 6 and this weekend I am battling a cold. Half is in March. This will be my first half. I am doing intervals of walking and running but am not very fast. Worried about what to wear and what to eat . Any help is much appreciated. Any advice for a newbie? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:08:32 EST Riverboat Series Riverboat Series <BR> 5 Days, 5 Marathons/Half Marathons, 5 States! <BR> Saturday April 12 - Wednesday April 16, 2014 <BR> <BR> "Many of the ideas for our races were collected during marathons in discussions with fellow club members of the Maniacs and the 50 States. <BR> <BR> "They rarely win, but you always see them out there running, and running and running. And sometimes walking. These events were inspired by and designed for them, and for those who just want to run long and often." <B... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:59:04 EST Alamo 13.1 This is in San Antonio Texas on 3/23. <BR> <BR> Who's in? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:03:26 EST Hilton Head SC 2/8 Anyone else in for that one? <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:36:38 EST Half Marathon in 3 Weeks, would that be crazy? First time posting here and I only joined the team yesterday. I just found out about a half marathon going on right in front of my house in 3 weeks. As of now, I am not a runner. I walk a few times a week and jog every now and then. I'm considering doing it. My goal would simply be to finish in under 3 1/2 hours. (The cut off time) It's an almost entirely downhill race. Do you think this is even feasible? Or am I crazy for even thinking of doing it. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:57:21 EST Time to leave the team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I know I have not been very active in this team for a while already. I have had too many health issues and other problems and last year I had to make a hard decision. I had to stop long distance running. <BR> <BR> 9 years ago I was diagnosed with RA. It was hard, but I learned to live with it and for a while was able to continue running, now using the Galloway method. I even ran 2-3 hald marathons per year. But last year I realized something was happening in my body I... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:09:40 EST Walt Disney World Who is at Walt Disney World this weekend? <BR> <BR> Half? Full? Maybe we can get together? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:27:11 EST Wish KKINNEA a Happy Birthday A little birdy tells me that it's KKinnea's birthday. Why not drop by her page and wish her a happy one and bomb her with SparkGoodies? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>INNEA#comments </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:06:23 EST Fuel for a Half Hi all: I'm training to finish a half-marathon in April. While my miles are still pretty low, I'm beginning to wonder about fuel during the race. I know it's an individual thing, but does anyone have any preferences for stuff? I mean, do you go for liquid fuel or candy or gels or something else? And how do you carry it, if you use it? Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:53:08 EST Compression Socks? Has anyone tried compression socks or the calf sleeves? I have thought about trying them out mainly for races or my longer runs but don't know about them. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:16:32 EST What We Did Wrong I'm always happy when a race issues a statement about how they're improving their race. Admittedly, they get to pick and choose what they want to admit was bad (and ignore things that will continue to be done as before). <BR> <BR> Today, I'm reading the Rock'n'Roll DC HM statement which lists the following changes: <BR> <BR> - Double the space to finish area. Sounds good. <BR> <BR> - More staff at water stations. Here, I give RnR props because, rather than just saying "improving", they adm... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:41:28 EST Hi I am signed up Rock N Roll Half Hi <BR> <BR> I live in Scottsdale and plan to run in the half this January. I am looking forward to talk to others who are running-I am a first timer and just completed a trial run of 13.1. If anyone has some experience or input on how they have kept themselves from: <BR> <BR> Peeing on themselves in the middle of running (sorry maybe tmi) <BR> Having their legs cramp up towards the end <BR> starving in the middle of the run <BR> How to pace yourself in a disciplined mature manner <BR> <B... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:36:10 EST First half: Vancouver! I just registered for my first half! It's the Vancouver (BC) Half and it's on May 4, 2014! Now we get to work. Does anyone who's run this race have any tips for a newbie? Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:37:56 EST Team Smitty & MB masters 1st HM spring 2014 I have started this thread for Smitty4RL and I to encourage each other on our quest to finish our 1st HM in the spring. We will welcome any banter from others that are running their first HM in the spring, or anyone that can make our experience more enjoyable. Thanks for checking in with us, and any encouragement you can give us. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:03:17 EST Cold Weather Tips Needed Good morning, all! <BR> As some of you know, I am trying to work my way back into running again after a year+ off following an injury. When I was running before, I was living in Tucson, Arizona where I was dealing with hot weather runs that were often in the triple digits. Now I have moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, and it's a whole new is currently only 9 degrees right now and will hit negative temps overnight. I won't get out there when it is as windy as it is right now, but... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 12:17:45 EST 2014 Mother's Day 1/2 Marathon - Wilmington, DE <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Link to register above Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:29:02 EST How to use compression sleeves I received a pair of compression sleeves from my sweetie for my birthday. Problem is, I"m not exactly sure how to use them. Do you use them when you run? After you run? Are they for warmth as well as to keep the blood flowing? I just don't want to use them incorrectly and look like I don't know what I'm doing. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:47:36 EST Running shoes for winter Anyone out there run in the snow? this is my first year and I am training for a half in March. I need to be outside but not sure what kind of shoes to wear. I want something warm and waterproof. I am in Pa and we get snow. Sneakers just don't seem to work. Hiking boots my feet got wet. Help Please. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:02:16 EST Returning to running It's been two years since I was training for my first half marathon and injured my hip in an uphill race...and quit. Just like that. I let the frustration and disappointment get to me and never went back. Then life got crazy...I moved from Tucson to Denver for 8 months, then on to Rapid City, SD where I live now, due to my boyfriend's job. It's been a crazy year of getting us settled in here and trying to find satisfying work for me (still a struggle with the work thing) but now it's time to ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:49:52 EST I'd like your advice on my race plans for 2014 Two Springs ago, I did my first half marathon. Last Spring, I did my second. I've decided now that I'd like to do at least one half every year. For 2014, I committed to a half with a friend at the end of April. Shortly after, my boyfriend said he wanted to do one together that is at the beginning of March, before knowing about the first that I had committed to. They are six weeks apart, so I feel I could reasonably do them both. I have been running consistently, so I keep my endurance y... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:43:49 EST Starting from scratch Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Does anyone have resources they can suggest for a gal who wants to return to running after 6 months off? I recently had a baby, and I'm eager to return to my passion -- I ran my last HM in October of 2012, and my goal is to run another one in October of 2014. I know that's a long way away, but with a newborn at home, 25 pounds of pregnancy weight, and a very long hiatus from running, I know I need all that time to build back! <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I built... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:56:20 EST plantar fasciitis I had heel pain last year and it went away. It came back at the end of September so I stopped running since then and my heel pain felt like it was completely gone for a few weeks so I tried running 10 minutes today. It felt fine while I was running but the rest of the day I had heel pain again. I'm beginning to think I'll never get rid of this. Anyone been through this have any suggestions? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:05:38 EST Slow runner I am a slow runner - I am not worried about hitting the distance for my 1/2 marathon in May, but I am worried about it taking FOREVER! Any tips on how to balance the distance running with speed? Or should I just not worry about it? <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:47:51 EST Indoor training: stationary bike or treadmill? Hi, <BR> Winter is coming and I'm realising that there are some days when I'm going to be too cold to go out for my run, so I'm thinking about getting something for indoor training. I don't have a lot of space and know that both bikes and treadmills take a lot of space, but, realistically, I think I need to get one of them to keep up with my cardio. Which do you think is better to get, a bike or treadmill? (bearing in mind that I'll still go out for runs, but perhaps not as much as I do in t... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 03:08:09 EST Garmin or Timex?? I am looking at buying a running watch. Many to see pace and distance of my runs. <BR> What do you suggest? I do not have a smart phone so an app is out of the question. <BR> I appreciate your responses. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:35:15 EST New to the team I just worked my way up to running 5 miles without stopping. My goal is to run a 1/2 marathon by Mother's Day. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:48:15 EST How early do you sign up for your HMs? I'm working on an update of my annual HM Prices survey. Here's the one from last year: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733846 </link> <BR> <BR> One problem I've wrestled with is whether to compare regular prices or early-bird prices. For instance, I just received an email from a race I did last year. The email says registration is open but when I went to register, it turns out the early-bird period had already passed. How was I suppos... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:44:58 EST Running Music- JOIN IN! Good afternoon, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to look into making individual playlists for each race. So far it's been easy, as they've been 5K's and I've only needed 35 minutes of music. <BR> <BR> All my playlists have themes. I'll be running in NYC and I've got Newsies and Sinatra's New York New York, On The Town, 42nd Street, and some others. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to put playlists together for a Turkey Trot, a half in Atlanta, a half down the Jersey Shore, a 5K in New Orleans (It m... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:01:12 EST 2013 Tock and Roll St Louis Is anyone else running the St Louis RNR this weekend? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:51:34 EST Last Long Run & Tapering Hey Everybody! I am in need of some help here. I am running the Route 66 Half Marathon on Nov 24. This past Saturday, I did a 10 mile training run and plan to do 6-8 miles this coming weekend (I will be at my dads and am not sure which I will be able to get in). Should I go for a 12 mile run the weekend of Nov 1? As of right now, I was thinking I would and then start my taper after that. What do you think? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:15:35 EST Good Morning Hi, My name is Sheila Kolesar, I live in Manitoba Canada. I run outside all year round. When it hits -24 c I will not run, and will find an exercise video to do in the house. :) <BR> <BR> I did my first half marathon in August, and I was super slow, and completed it in 3:33:16. However I did complete it. I ran it with Team Diabetes, and raised $1,246 for the cause. <BR> <BR> Since my half marathon I have an average of once a week. That needs to stop! I need to increase my number of ru... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:26:00 EST Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon Lebanon Oregon My first walking half marathon is for ABC House. They provided resources for abused children like clean clothes, counseling, and medical care. The marathon is this weekend October 19th. I am going to be a virtual walker and will not walk until Nov.16th. My plan is to be able to walk next year at the event. <BR> <BR> Here is a link for anyone who might be interested: <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:05:14 EST The Zion Half Hi, I have started and stopped running programs due to time constraints and the weather. I am a new business owner and live in Pa. I love to run, but can't go for extended distances yet. However, I am working on doing that, we do intervals. Walk/jog and the jog time is increasing. I sometimes use the C25K other times just run, then walk when I need to. I am improving. I have done 3 5k's this year and have bettered the time each time. but still not fast. My daughter has recently talked me... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:19:59 EST Meet Boogie Butts, the marathon dog <link><BR>-butts-runaway-marathon-pooch-medal-10<BR>0913 </link> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 17:17:19 EST Freedom's Run vs Gettysburg vs Heritage HM? I'm shopping for a HM for the next two weekends here in the DC-MD-VA-PA area and came up with these three. (With so many races refusing refunds, transfers, and deferrals, I rarely sign up for races more than a week or two in advance.) All are about an hour's drive. <BR> <BR> Freedom's Run HM - I'm leaning toward this one. Just $50, even at this late date. Only thing that concerns me is that they've announced a new course to avoid national park closures and it sounds like it must be a comprom... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:05:56 EST Taper? My first half is coming up on 10/20. I've sort of created my own training program based on a combination of several programs I found online, and now that I'm almost there, I'm wondering what most people do about tapering for a half. Some of the programs I've drawn from include a taper and some don't. I did 13 miles yesterday, then will have two more long runs before the race. Thoughts/suggestions for how long those runs should be? (I do three mid-week runs between 4 and 6 miles each, in addit... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:01:33 EST Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend Hello all <BR> Is any one here doing the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge? I am an older runner, over 50, been running for a little over a year and have been plagued with injuries that I'm managing with physical therapy after a trip to the running sports doctor. I usually never run 2 days in a row but in order to do the GSC, I need to be able to run 6.2 miles on Saturday then 13.1 miles on Sunday. I started running 2 days back to back every other week and it is a challenge for me physically. ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:12:31 EST Addiction I'm Michelle and I ran my first half marathon a little over a year ago when I was 250lbs. Ran my 2nd one this last spring at 230lbs and just ran my first Tail Half marathon earlier this month at 220lbs. Running has become and addiction that I love. I signed up for another regular half marathon for the end of October. The trail half marathon was probably the most psychically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done. I wanted to give up at about mile 4 after I ran up a hill called "th... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:40:37 EST The Ads on SP are Driving me Insane!!! I was browsing on ModCloth for a vintage dress for a play I'm in. Now everytime I log onto SP, my banner ads are these absolutely adorable dresses and shoes that I can't afford! <BR> <BR> Has your online activity ever led to banner ads that drive you nuts? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:51:17 EST Pain issues 10 days before my first 1/2 <em>39</em> My 1/2 training has been going along just fine. I am in week 11. I am following Hal Higdon's plan. I have been running for about 3 yrs now, and yes I have good shoes! <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I did a 9 mile run and at 7.7 miles thought I was going to die. The intense pain in my left knee forced me to walk breaks. The hip pain wasn't that bad, but the knee...ow. Figured it is probably an IT Band issue. <BR> <BR> I got a foam roller and have been using that and stretching the I... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:39:24 EST New to half marathoning <BR> Hi I am new to half marathons and while I walk often never thought of a half marathon. My wlaking partner said lets do it and we are doing it - Nov 10th and we don't care if we are last, we just care that we cross that finish line. I hope to pick up useful advice from this forum. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:54:14 EST Whistlestop Half Marathon, Ashland, WI. Anyone? Just curious if anyone is doing the Whistlestop Half Marathon in Ashland, WI October 12th? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be there and it would be cool to meet some other Spark-friends :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:04:35 EST EX2 HM Despite the stupid name, I decided to do the EX2 HM this coming Sunday. I guess last week's race wasn't enough :-) Plus the weather is soooo nice. <BR> <BR> At last weekend's HM, I managed to come in under 2 hours but EX2 is a trail marathon with serious hills and a lot of single track making it a bit more of a challenge to keep an individual pace. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, they're capping the race at 450 runners. So that's nice. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:47:30 EST How do you Hydrate? My longest run yet is about 9 miles- would have been longer but I got dehydrated! I live in steamy North Florida, so I sucked down the bottle I took with me and needed more. I don't like running with a bottle either, it seems to throw my stride off. <BR> <BR> What's your preferred method of hydration while on a long run? Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:28:10 EST Rock 'n' Roll cancels one race, maybe more? I've been reading about this week's cancellation of RnR's St Petersburg HM for 2014. Given the winter schedule, some people arranged Florida vacation trips around the race and are, not surprisingly, unhappy. (Registration fees will be refunded.) <BR> <BR> What I do find surprising is that they'd cancel it due to "low turnout" and blaming it on too many other races. This year, about 4500 runners finished. Maybe that's too low for R'n'R's overhead? That's all I can think because otherwise, 450... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:08:02 EST September Mileage! I started September pretty well with a 15km race finishing in 1hr 36mins! <BR> <BR> 01/09/13 - 9.3 miles Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:24:07 EST Hike Day before Half? I inadvertently signed up to lead a 9 mile hike the day before my half. It is a pretty large group so I figured that I would break it into 2 groups, one fast and the other slower paced. I have an assistant so I figure on staying with the slower group which in most cases would drive me crazy but it is the day before my race so I think it is smart. <BR> Some say I should not go and take any chances on the day before, but I feel obligated now and I really don't think it is an issue. The mileage... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:35:22 EST New team member Hi my name is Chantelle, I will be starting my half marathon training this coming fall and will be completing my first half marathon next February or March of 2014. I trained for my first half a few years ago, got 15 weeks into my training and injured my knee one week before my race. After seeing a knee specialist and getting an MRI done I had torn something in my right knee and was not able to race, I was complete devastated. After all this hard work and training I was not able to complet... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:53:50 EST Route 66 Half Is there anybody doing this race? I am currently training for it. I am hopting to SMASH my PR and get close to 2:30! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:09:50 EST Injuries? Anyone ever had a case of Peroneal Tendinitis? I'm thinking that's what I have managed to do to myself over training last week. I found some info on the net and set an appt for the doc but wondering if anyone has had this type of injury and how long you rested before re-engaging in your training program? Sharp pain shooting from my ankle (kind of behind it near my foot) up into my shin and calf muscle that was slow onset after about 2 minutes of running this morning. I had to make it back... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:35:46 EST August mileage How many miles did you run this week? <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> John <BR> <em>223</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:03:44 EST Worst-Named HM? What's the worst-named HM you've heard of? I'm actually considering skipping a race because it's name is so bad. (The EX2 HM. The web page gives no indication that EX2 is an abbreviation for anything.) <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to come up with decent race names? You want to tell your friends, "I did the {memorable name} HM", right? But if the name sucks, then it's almost embarrassing. ("Huh? What was that race name?") <BR> <BR> Here are my rules for atrocious HM names: <BR> <BR> 1) Any r... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:05:09 EST Why do you race? I just wanted to make this an open-ended question because I was curious what motivates people to enter races. There are no wrong answers. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:10:55 EST Race advice please Hey everyone! I have a 16 mile training run next Saturday. Getting ready for my first full marathon in October. There is a 10k the day after my 16 miler...can I run a race after a long run, or just skip it and focus on training. Thanks for the input! Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:00:18 EST Anna Banana A little boy named Aidan or 80 died Sunday at 12:25 am. <BR> <BR> This is little boy, well I just have no words for him right now. He was beyond remarkable <BR> <BR> Here is a link to learn more about him <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway in order to honor him, several friends of mine are running this race. <BR> <BR> Anyone in the Area who would like to help fight cancer feel free to join <BR> <BR> <link> </lin... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:49:09 EST Running outside= new level of confidence My friend and I are training for a half in Oct. We both are treadmill runners ONLY. We ran a 5K together outdoors a few months ago but that's it. We both happened to be off work this morning and decided to bite the bullet and run together outside. We planned on a 6 miler. We ended up running 11.2 miles. A new PB for us both! Despite having several hilled areas to get through we found the outdoor run to be SIGNIFICANTLY easier and faster than the treadmill! Her Garmin indicated that several of... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:41:07 EST Coll Half Marathon Tomorrow we take off from Dingwall, Scotland and head up Loch Ness (and another loch I cannot remember the name of) (and up means upstream, not north) to Oban. On Friday I will take a ferry to the Isle of Coll for a half Marathon. It's not a big race, but it's a big deal for Coll. Once on the Island, I will rent (hire) a bike and get to the campground where I will set up my own accommodations ... a tent ... since there are no available rooms left. <BR> <BR> This is going to be fun! <BR> <BR... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:03:48 EST Carry anything with me? So there are aid stations at the 2, 4, 8 and 10 mile points with various drinks and goo. <BR> <BR> I already know that I will carry my cell phone and asthma inhaler with me. (I hate carrying anything, especially drink) I really wonder if I should carry a drink or snack just in case. I have been doing my LR at a nearby State Park where I just stop at the next available water spigot whenever I get thirsty or need to cool off. I don't want to worry about not having what I need nor do I want to... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:48:13 EST Harrisburg, PA Sept 8 Anyone else doing this? It will be my first half and also by the looks of it, the largest. (About 1,000 runners) <BR> <BR> I believe that my training is going well although I had to use my rescue inhaler yesterday a couple of times on my LR of 11 miles. That is the first time that I had to use it since I started training. I do feel confident in my ability to cross that line now and I have accepted that I may have to walk some to keep my breathing under control. <BR> <BR> The Harrisburg Hal... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:33:12 EST slective mindset! Here's an interesting thought that occurred to me the other day and I was wondering if anyone else is in the same camp..... <BR> <BR> For those of us who are training for a half marathon (or any race distance) or for those who are just beginning to run, I think we all realize that it takes time, a practice, and patience to reach our running goals. As runners we're "in for the long term" and realize to become good at what we do it takes mental toughness and a good amount of forward positive ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:01:17 EST Detroit Women's HM Anyone else running the first ever Detroit Women's Half-marathon? It looks like it's going to be a fun race. I'll be curious to see what the chocolate mile is like... somehow I don't really see myself eating chocolate during a race but you never know. <em>211</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:37:23 EST Rock 'n' Roll Dublin We came to Ireland and Scotland on vacation for our 40th Anniversary. That was the hook anyway. We really came for the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Whch I ran yesterday in 2:18:11. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty average Rock 'n' Roll. Fairly well organized with lots of volunteers and a moderately challenging course ... not entirely flat, not too many hills. The one thing they didn't have enough of was potties. Fortunately, this is Europe and there was no squeamishness about heading for the... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:34:44 EST Woooo! I ran 9 miles this morning! It was my furthest distance EVER so far. I planned on doing 7 but felt so great that I kept going! I finished at 6:30 this morning and I'm still excited! :) Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:21:53 EST Stressed about the training.... I have mentioned before my obsession with running a half marathon. I have recruited a few buddies to run one in October or possibly the Rock N Roll Philly Half in Sept. with me but they haven't started a training plan yet. Both are regular runners like myself. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. I haven't been following any formalized training schedule so far. I run 5-6 miles each day during the week and a long run of 8.5 miles at the furthest on Saturday. Thinking about running longer than 9 miles r... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:38:07 EST Acclimatizing for hot weather HM I like this suggestion on how to prepare for a hot HM: <BR> <BR> Suggestions: <BR> 1) Move treadmill to kitchen and work out with oven at 400F and door open. <BR> 2) Drag a spare tire during long runs. A real tire, not your natural "spare tire". <BR> 3) Buy a running parasol. Or SPF 100 sunblock. Your choice. <BR> 4) Practice cursing. <BR> <BR> Reprinted (with permission!) from the facebook page for Riley's Rumble HM: <BR> <link><BR>e </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:12:38 EST Detroit Free Press International Half - Oct 20th I just stared my training for this one. This will be my 2nd Half and first one for Detroit Free Press. My daughter did this one last year and loved it. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:44:07 EST Leesburg "Almost a HM" 20K 20K is just short of a HM. The price is only $45 and includes a post-race brunch, tech shirt, and medal. (Not sure what they mean by "brunch" but that's got me curious.) Anyone ever done this race? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm very tempted. The only downside is that 1) it's mid-August so it could be very hot and 2) it's the day after a free club-sponsored XC 5K that I would probably have to run a bit slower than I'd like if I was going to rac... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:56:37 EST Entennman's Run - Long Island Seems kind of ironic that a cake company is co-sponsoring a half marathon lol This is just an smaller local run held in October...any Long Island Spark People out there interested in running this? <BR> <BR> - Patti Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:42:04 EST Still contemplating a half.... I have been running since the end of March after a ten yr stint of daily "power walking." I was able to increase my mileage without too much difficulty and have really come to enjoy the sport. Like many of you, I run in the early morning hours so it doesn't effect my time spent with the kids. <BR> I think about running a half marathon all the time. I'm kind of obsessed with it. I've reviewed many training plans. Currently I'm running about 40 miles a week but that's broken down to my longest ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:14:12 EST Healthy Protein Snack? I need some suggestions for a healthy protein snack (preferably something natural and not processed). I sometimes struggle with getting enough protein into my daily diet and would love to have a "go to" protein snack to fill in the gaps. I love almonds and peanut butter, but they're both so fatty. Any suggestions? Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:55:50 EST Holy Cow, Is it HOT!!!! This heat and humidity stinks for running, especially with asthma. I am doing my training for my first half and yesterday I had the moment of doubt. "Who the heck do I think I am anyway, wanting to run a Half?" Quit running and go back to walking. "NO!" I have to keep pushing and at least try to do it. I have a lot against me, but I have the fighter inside me that is not backing down. <BR> I have been running at a State Park near me where there is plenty of water, shade and a lake to jump int... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:14:03 EST Dog Attack I was attacked by two dogs while running in my neighborhood yesterday. Please be careful out there! I'm glad I had my cell phone with me and wish I had pepper spray! I won't run without either ever again! (I posted more info on my blog.) <BR> <BR> Be careful out there!! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:39:59 EST Long Beach Half Hi Everyone. I am Susan and I plan on doing a half marathon in Long Beach in October. Today I rean 6 miles and I am sore and tired. sigh....But I did it.I am not sure I can run the whole half, but I will try. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:29:37 EST Training question I have a technical question I'm hoping you all can help with! I'm training for a 10K in September (and a half in November!) and I'm following a training plan. <BR> <BR> My 50:00 pace run says I need to do 20:00 at an easy pace, then repeat 2:00/half marathon pace & 1:00/easy pace 5 times. Then 15:00 minutes of easy pace to finish. <BR> <BR> My question is this: Wouldn't my half marathon pace be slower than a 10K pace? I think the middle section is supposed to be harder than the easy 20 at... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 23:26:39 EST My Dance Card Here is my current dance card <BR> <BR> 8/5 Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon Ireland <BR> 8/17 Isle of Coll Half Marathon Scotland <BR> 8/31 Rockapulco Run Labor Day Half Marathon Rockaway Beach NYC NY <BR> 9/8 Run to Remember 5k Baltimore MD <BR> 9/14 Area 13.1 Denver, Castle Rock CO <BR> 9/16 Center of the Nation Series Bowman ND <BR> 9/17 Center of the Nation Series Belle Fourche SD <BR> 9/18 Center of the Nation Series Colony WY <BR> 9/19 Center of the Nation Series Albion MT <BR> 9/20... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:24:55 EST MapMyRun MVP MapMyRun is having a sale on their MVP upgrade- 20 bucks for a year. If you are using this program, do you think it's worth it? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:23:34 EST Want to lose weight while training I did my first half last year then got horribly out of shape. My next half is scheduled for September and I'm on week two of training. I would really like to lose some excess weight before the race but I'm concerned about restricting calories during training. If I'm burning around 3000 calories during week two what should my calorie limit be for weight loss (without inhibiting training)? <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:08:59 EST Finally registered for 1st Half! One of my biggest goals for this year is to run a Half. I will turn 50 in December and I wanted to do it this year. (What the relevance is...I don't know) I started running 4 years ago and have done 5k and 10k races to this point. Honestly I never expected to run anything other than the first 5k and that was it. I just wanted to see if I could do it. (I bet you heard that before) <BR> <BR> Anyway, as it happens to a lot of us, I just kept running and wanting to go further. Keep pushing and c... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:42:37 EST Countdown to the big day... I know this is the HM forum but this is my family and I share the big things with my family :) <BR> <BR> well, it sort of counts... there is a half marathon at the end of the swim and the bike... <BR> (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run) <BR> <BR> My first 70.3 is right around the corner. Taper starts Aug 1st. Race day is August 11th, Wisconsin Dells. <BR> <BR> Feeling fairly confident that all will be well. Need to work on my bricks and running in general. <BR> <BR> Man this is a looo... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:16:01 EST 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon Lottery picks out today for the Chevron Houston Marathon. I made it!! Anyone else? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:46:29 EST Brooks Adrenaline users? I was previously wearing the Mizuno Wave Inspire, which was good but I had to wear orthotics with it due to ball of foot pain. I switched last August to the Brooks Adrenaline 13, size 7.5 men's. It was also good and no more orthotics. But it lasted only 250 miles for me (I was getting 300 from the Mizuno), and I bought another pair of the Adrenalines back in March. <BR> <BR> But, apparently, the running shop here is behind the times and I wound up with the Adrenaline 12 in a size 8 men's...... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:55:46 EST Numb feet? When I run sometimes, especially longer runs, my feet go numb. Does anyone else experience this? Any ideas for fixing it? Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:31:46 EST Know Any Good Training Schedules? I'm planning on starting training for a half marathon in December and I was wondering if anyone knew a good training schedule/ program to follow. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:22:50 EST Marathon Mom Chases Down Bike Thief She was dressed for her workout and folding clothes when she noticed a man try to steal her husband's bike right out of their garage and she gave chase. <BR> <BR> "I was planning on running six miles that day, but I could do 12 if I needed to," she said. <BR> <BR> Read about it here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-mom-chases-down-bike-thief-18354947<BR>4.html </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite reader comment: <BR> <BR> 'Nothing more scary to a man than a woman r... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:57:05 EST Rewards for Moving through Earndit If you are a Fitbit, Nike+, Runkeeper, etc user I wanted to pass this on to you. You can earn rewards and discounts from Earndit for your exercise. It doesn't work with my Nike Fuelband (yet!) but it does work with my Nike+ Running. Looks like a fun way to keep moving. <BR> <BR> To get started, just use this link to signup: <link> </link> <BR> (you'll even get 50 bonus credits for joining via the link) <BR> <BR> The way it works is that you get points and credits based... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:12:29 EST Lansing's Capital City River Run I've decided I want to do this run on September 15th. Anyone else doing this one? I just did 7 miles for the first time this morning! <BR> <BR> Yummy. Chocolate muffin... great post-workout food :) Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:50:16 EST I'm Ba-ack! I've run 6 half marathons including the Las Vegas RNR Half which was my first back in Dec 2009. I built myself up to a climax last year when I ran half marathons on consecutive days in April. I then hurt my back doing strength training in June and muddled through a race a few days later before slowing down and de-training during the summer, and then focusing on only doing limited running and general fitness maintenance in the gym. <BR> <BR> Well, now I'm back. My son was born in April, an... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:52:30 EST Toying w/ my first half! <em>213</em> Hi all, <BR> <BR> Well I am toying with doing my first half. I have done two 5Ks a 10K and 10 nautical mile (11.52 miles) in '11. no races in '12. <BR> <BR> I certainly have found that if I don't have a goal of some sort, then I don't run as much. <BR> <BR> The half I am looking at limits at 400 for the 1/2 and 10K. last year there was 275 entrants, so smaller is better for your first I have heard. <BR> <BR> I have used the Jeff Galloway 1/2 training plan, but I think the... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:52:57 EST INSANITY Have any of you ever tried the INSANITY workout DVDs? I have not but am contemplating it…thoughts? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:24:58 EST 2 days until Half Marathon! Saturday is the Helvetia Half! Any last minute advice? I'm very excited; several of my friends are doing it, too:) Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:09:53 EST Too ambitious?? I will be running my 3rd HM this coming September. My personal best is 2:29 and I'd love to run a 2:15. I've always run on my own and kind of made up my own "training" schedule based on various plans I found online. I figured a great way to try and meet my new goal would be to join a local running clinic. The clinic runs from now until race day, about 17 weeks. <BR> Our first run was last night (4.5K), and I joined the 2:15 group. I was able to keep up for the first half of the distance, r... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:18:35 EST June Mileage 6/1 - 6 <BR> 6/4 - 2 <BR> <BR> Total - 8 miles Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:56:18 EST City to the Sea here I come Hi All. I just signed up for my first half! I am a little nervous about it but excited at the same time. One of the biggest challenges is having to train through the summer in the Phoenix area. Treadmills and I are barely on speaking terms but out of necessity I am trying to get past that. I am finding the mental game harder than the physical right now although there is a LONG way to go to get to distance. While physically I feel like I can keep on going, mentally I get very done before times... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:13:55 EST Never thought about half marathons this way. This is from a runners group on Facebook. Really makes me feel better about running half marathons. I just want to really stress about the BEER part. :( I miss my Three Philosophers and Chimay and.... <em>297</em> <BR> <BR> "13.1 Miles... It ain’t half of anything!!! <BR> <BR> I remember running my first half and thinking, “Oh, I’m only doing the half.” Excuse me? I’m ONLY doing the half? NO. No, no, no, no, no. I’m running 13.1 miles. THIRTEEN POINT ONE MILES. I’ve trained for 3 month... Mon, 20 May 2013 17:05:33 EST Anyone running and hoping to lose weight? I'm 5'7.5 and about 129#. I'd love to lose about 5 lbs but am having a lot of hunger mid afternoons following my runs. I run early, at 5am prior to my kids waking up. Admittedly I don't eat well in the morning b/c I am ridiculously busy trying to feed my two kids and get us all ready after exercising. I often eat 3oz carrots and 2 TBSP of peanut butter in the afternoons but I don't always feel satisfied. To be honest I never really feel "full" unless I'm having a carb and a fat/PRO.... usuall... Sun, 19 May 2013 13:28:09 EST HMs with non-medal finisher awards? As I plan out my HMs for the rest of the year, I'm thinking I've collected enough medals and wouldn't mind something more practical. Can anyone recommend good HMs that give finisher premiums that are NOT medals? That aren't expected to be worn around your neck? <BR> <BR> Don't tell me about medals that spin, open bottles, etc. unless it really IS a bottle opener and not a medal. I guess the way to know for sure is - do you keep it with all your medals or not. (If you keep it in the kitchen ... Fri, 17 May 2013 16:19:20 EST hello my name is Charity and I really want to be able to run my first half by next year. I was doing some research on my family heritage and found out that my family is part of the original McCoy's (from the Hatfield and McCoy's) so I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to run in the Hatfield and McCoy 1/2 marathon next year. Fri, 17 May 2013 04:09:21 EST transitioning from 10km to half marathon So far my longest race has been 10km. My PB is 48.16 (or something like that) and I really love that distance. However, as I've been doing that for about two years now, I felt it was time for a new challenge and signed up for my first half, which will be in October. <BR> I've already asked some of these questions, but will ask again: <BR> I know I need to slow down as I increase my distance time. Do I ever get to speed up again? <BR> Do I need to take water with me on longer runs? <BR> Wha... Wed, 15 May 2013 17:51:51 EST Ethiopoa Half and Full and 5K Saw that there's going to be a half and a full marathon in Ethiopia this fall (October I think) Mon, 13 May 2013 21:58:07 EST May Mileage and Other Goals I didn't see a topic started yet... so hope you all don't mind. <BR> <BR> May Goals Progress <BR> <BR> Walking Miles 75 <BR> <BR> 5/1 2.54 miles <BR> 5/2 2.63 <BR> 5/3 2.81 miles <BR> 5/7 9.72 miles <BR> 5/8 2.66 <BR> 5/9 3.55 <BR> 5/10 3.68 <BR> 5/12 1.18 <BR> <BR> Completed 28.77 <BR> To Go: 46.23 <BR> <BR> <BR> Biking Miles 75 <BR> 5/6 7.26 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Completed 7.26 <BR> To Go: 67.74 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 timed at least 3.68 mile walks (I wanted a slightly longer than 5K r... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:40:00 EST Fox River Trail Half Marathon Did it! DONE! Completed my first spring half-marathon! Wasn't my best half-marathon time (by a long shot), but wasn't my worst - and Garmin had the distance at 13.25. Finished right at the time I was shooting for and not as sore as I thought I might be, but tomorrow will tell. Not too bad for only having done 10.25 as my long run so far this year (until today, of course)! Now I have a good benchmark to gauge my improvement over the season before this falls Fox Valley Half and the RNR St... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:59:21 EST Run like the Kenyans. I found this and thought I'd share. I found the point about rest days interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ke-a-kenyan-10-lessons-recreational-ru<BR>nners-can-learn-from-the-kenyans/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 12:48:07 EST Maryland Half Marathon. This was, once again, a terrific race from registration to packet pick up at the Charm City Run Stores around Baltimore, to it's location in rural Howard County Maryland. <BR> <BR> They moved the start and finish a couple of hunudred yard so we were on Maple Lawn Blvd in Maple Lawn. It's like the Main Street to a created town. But it quickly got out on to county roads and some brutal hills. Experienced runners were commenting on them. This was a challenging course. <BR> <BR> This was almost... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:45:30 EST HIP PAIN I ran a half marathon a week ago and really pushed to finish in under 2.5 hours. Now my hips hurt. they hurt on the front where they bend. I assume it is tendonitis. Does anyone have any tips for getting better...other than rest, I mean? Sat, 11 May 2013 16:58:03 EST Running without earbuds?? <BR> I am running my first HM this Sunday and just recently noticed that they strongly suggest not using earbuds during the race for safety purposes. I'm freaking out because I can't imagine myself running for more than two hours without music or my runkeeper app giving me details on my pace. <BR> <BR> Is this a common thing during HM and Marathon races? What do you do? Wed, 8 May 2013 08:58:16 EST I missed a race today I am a poor sleeper normally and worse before a race. <BR> <BR> Last night before bed, I set the alarm for 4:30 so I could be out the door comfortably by 5:15 to be in Frederick 45 minutes away by 6:00. But my restless legs had other ideas. I remember seeing 3:00 and thinking I should just get up and go to Fred now and sleep in the car. <BR> <BR> Next thing I knew it look like daylight out the window. I thought 5:00. Nope. Clock said 6:30. Never rang. In the night I do recall knocking the c... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:05:38 EST Whew! That was a tough one! I ran in a local half marathon here in my town called the Great Western Half Marathon. We've gone from winter to practically summer in the last few days, but sadly the trees on the trails haven't caught up yet. The path we ran it on would normally be pretty shaded at this time of year, but it was still mostly full-on sun. I did okay the first 9-10 miles, but that last 5K was tough. My hips/IT bands were not happy with! I think I'm due for new shoes, so hopefully that will help. I'm s... Sun, 5 May 2013 19:29:44 EST Idk if I can do this! <BR> <BR> 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 runn... Sat, 4 May 2013 13:46:43 EST My post got published... I am a big fan of Ben Greenfield and also Endurance Planet. I was pretty excited to see this in my inbox this morning :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment.... <BR> <BR> Link to my post... <BR> <link><BR>1 </link> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:48:02 EST Finished Your First Half? Post here!! One thing I totally love about running is the enthusiasm of a first time half marathon finisher. Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment and pride you feel when you cross the finish line. <BR> <BR> Share your first time race woo hoo here!! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:47:36 EST Name your toughest running challenge... Name your toughest running challenge and what you did to get through it. <BR> <BR> For me, as silly as it sounds, lack of flexibility has been an issue. Besides light stretching, I have really made use of a foam roller prior to my runs and rolling out my feet with a golfball. This has really helped me to loosen up prior to a run and I noticed a big difference on how well the first 2 or 3 miles go. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:46:39 EST Frederick Running Festival So much for convenient packet pick up. Nearest on is in Laurel, more than 30 minutes away. It seems that the Management Company which is based in suburban Baltimore, Elkridge MD, oriented their pickup toward DC. <BR> <BR> It could be worse I suppose. I could live in Virginia and only be able to get my packet in Baltimore. <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:24:24 EST First outdoor run of the year Winter has just not let up at all around here until today. If it hasnt been snow, it has been freezing rain and ice. I think everyone in my area is ready to raise the white flag and give up. <BR> <BR> Finally a break, the temps are climbing and today is the first day that has actually been good for safe outdoor running. In short, i did a 4.5 mile run, dodged some patches of ice and puddles and I feel great :) <BR> <BR> This has been a long time in coming. Im really excited to finally get m... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:37:06 EST Hospital Hill Half - Kansas City Missouri June 1st will be the 40th anniversary for the Hospital Hill run and I'm signed up for the half! I can't wait, but at the same time a bit anxious. This will be my toughest half yet. There are six major hills (with a 380 foot elevation difference) where the hospitals are/were. <BR> <BR> My goal is 2:30. The past two half's I've run I came in at 2:43 (20 seconds separated my two times). <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for people in the Southern Johnson County area (ie Olathe, Overland Par... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:40:11 EST Training advice <BR> Hi, I'm new to the team. I really want to do a half marathon. I can run 5k easily and am aiming to do 10k in a couple of weeks but need advice on building up my distance. Does anyone know any good smart phone training apps for going from 5k to half marathon? <BR> <BR> What kind of time would you allow to train for a half marathon? <BR> <BR> Also I wondered if any more experienced runners could advise me on socks. I get huge blisters on the soles of my feet when I run which is mostly f... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:21:55 EST Cardio ideas while resting piriformis? Can't run or cycle. Not sure about the elliptical. I need some cardio that won't tax a totally inflamed piriformis. Does anyone have some ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:18:30 EST Amby Burfoot interview on NPR Terri Gross did a short interview with Amby Burfoot on Fresh Air today. If you don't know, he won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and runs it every five years. He was running the Boston Marathon Monday and was .7 miles away from the finish line when the first bomb exploded. <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you want to give it a listen. "Every mile is a gift." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>athoner-amby-burfoot-every-mile-out-th<BR>ere-is-a-gift </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:46:45 EST Signed up for my second Rio de Janeiro I ran my first half in Kansas City in 2011 and since then have been running but just short runs. My hubby and I are now living in Rio (for a year) and the half is in August. I'm nervous and excited and a little giddy! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:46:47 EST Boston Marathon ... One of our own... It has come to my attention that one of our own.. <BR> <BR> John (Freedomstar) <BR> <link><BR>EEDOMSTAR </link> <BR> <BR> was running the Boston Marathon. Have not heard anything as of yet and no report on his FB page as well. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers for his safe return. <BR> <BR> Robert <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:52:59 EST Race Fees can be TAX DEDUCTIBLE If you are one of those people searching for every deduction, remember to keep your receipts for entry fees for any and all races that 'benefit' some organization. <BR> <BR> So the cancer walks, St Judes, etc. count as Charitable Contributions. <BR> <BR> I'm printing out the receipts and noting what program was receiving the benefits. <BR> <BR> Oh, and this information was given to me by H&R Block. <BR> <BR> Run on .. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:19:02 EST Good Article On Running And Weight Loss From Active .com <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Myths-About-Running-Calories-and-Weigh<BR>t-Loss.htm?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I got this in my inbox this morning, thought I would share. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:48:42 EST Parks HM - Best Race in Maryland?! Don't sign up for PHM if you want a medal. There are no finisher medals. Yet according to a survey by <link> </link> , readers voted <link> </link> the best race in Maryland. Not just the best HM but the best race period. <BR> <BR> Even ignoring the bias for proximity to DC (which would explain why it beat out 20 other HMs in MD), it's surprising that a HM beat out the hundreds of other races in the area. (The runner-up was Pike's Peek 10K.) <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:45:38 EST Can't get motivated to train Hey everyone! I'm training for Pittsburgh, which is almost exactly one month away, and my training is really far behind. I haven't skipped any of my long runs, but I've left out at least one training run (out of 4) and sometimes more/week. Do you all think I can make up for lost ground in the last four or so weeks? I do have four halfs under my belt already.... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:02:32 EST Ok to do half marathon with head cold? I have been training for 6 months for the half marathon this weekend. On Monday, I caught a cold. Boo! It's above the neck only - so congestion and sinus pressure, etc; But no coughing, hacking, etc; <BR> <BR> Everything I've read online seems to point to the direction that I'm ok to do the half. I don't have health insurance, so I can't ask my doc. :( But I did ask my Dad who I call Doctor Dad as he is an MD. He is ok with me doing the half as long as the cold doesn't move to my ches... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:50:21 EST Fun Races So I have been running HMs for a couple of years now and I am looking to change things up this year. I want to run races that are more than just running a long distance, I want to do some fun, interesting, challenging races. <BR> I am already signed up for a Mud Run next month which I am SO looking forward to. What other different kinds of races are out there that are more than a 5k? Are there any fun or different HMs or Fulls? Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:47:25 EST Buffalo NY HM in May 2013 I did my first half last year, and am getting ready to do it again this coming May. Training this time around is more of a mental struggle than last year was. Not sure why. Hoping the spring weather will flip my mental switch to get me going! Best Wishes all! <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:28:11 EST Walking a HM in under 3 Hours? I walked my first and only half marathon last spring in 3 hours and 13 minutes. I would like to do another half marathon this year and am a walker. We have since moved to Oak Ridge, TN, and their HM is right after Thanksgiving. My main problem is that I don't know if I can do the HM in under 3 hours and they have a 3 hour cut off. Any other walkers manage to walk a HM that fast? I know for you runners, that is not a fast speed. I just would like to do another HM and tend to not drive fo... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:16:31 EST Fuel during training when i started running, it was purely running for weight loss, so the thought of sucking back 100 empty calories seemed inconceivable and counterproductive... however, now that i'm building up my distance training for a HM, i find that i am running out of gas around the 4.5 mile mark every time, regardless of what i eat before i run. so the more i read, the more i feel like it might be time to start trying out some of the gels or chews 'real' runners use... but i'm still having such a hard t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:24:36 EST Reston HM - if only all races were this good I just read about this race (it took place last month) and had to smile. From an interview with the race director: <BR> <BR> “We wanted a race where we took the good parts of races we have run and improved upon issues we have encountered at other larger marathons.” Free pasta dinner the night before, morning packet pick up, and a buffet of post-race food that included pizza, buffalo wings, corn bread, oranges, bagels muffins and more, were a few of the perks of this low key long distance rac... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:11:21 EST Woo Hoo's for April.. It's getting close to where us runners can really start getting out there... well at least those of us lucky enough to get temps over 32. <BR> <BR> This time of year is a great time to get the dust off, get out there, and rack up some woo hoo's! <BR> <BR> Share them here :) <BR> <BR> -Robert <BR> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:38:45 EST Zooma Chicago 1/2 Anyone running the Zooma Chicago 1/2? I'd love to meet some fellow sparkers! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:07:22 EST April Mileage Challenge! This is no April Fools' Joke! Let's do this for real. <BR> <BR> My mileage goals: 120 miles. <BR> <BR> What's yours? Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:11:45 EST Foot Pain I am training for my first half marathon and have been experiencing foot pain since yesterday afternoon and can't figure out what it is exactly. I'm hoping someone in this team sees this post and has experienced a similar injury before and can point me in the direction of what may have caused it and how I can treat it. <BR> <BR> I ran 5 miles yesterday morning and don't remember having twisted or done anything in particular to my foot. During the day I gradually started to feel pain in one... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:31:39 EST Harpers Ferry HM I signed up for the Harpers Ferry HM on May 11. (It's only $50 now but the price goes up on April 1.) I've done this two years in a row now. It's a helluva good HM. <BR> <BR> A small fun race with variety: half road, half trails. Gorgeous scenery. Extremely well managed. Unlimited pizza and beer at the end. <BR> <BR> Oh, there are a few hills: Here's a comparison to the Baltimore HM and Frederick HM. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13_91482397e3_o.jpg </link> <BR... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:03:55 EST How should I space HMs? Hi, I'm training for my first half marathon in May, and already know I'm going to want to do more. I was looking over a list of races in my area and found a moderately priced one in my area on the day of my 55th birthday (in August) so I will definitely do that one. But I also saw one that looked great a month before that. Would running two HMs within a month of each other be too much? How do you space races? Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:44:11 EST how should I train? Hi Runners! <BR> I ran my very first half marathon yesterday in NYC! It was awesome! My time was 2:08:17, of which I'm very proud because I paced myself, enjoyed every moment, had fun and most importantly finished strong! <BR> I also signed up for the More Fitness Womens Half on April 14th and then the Brooklyn Half on May 18th. <BR> So that will be a half each month, my question is, how do I train for the next? What kind of plan should I follow? Any suggestions would be very helpful! THAN... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:36:08 EST Commercial HM comparisons For people who have done at least two commercial HMs: Describe how one HM did a great job on some aspect of the race and how another HM did it poorly. It's important that at least one HM does it wrong; no point in giving attention to things that all HMs do well! (PS: Let's skip club races here and just focus on commercial HMs.) Maybe this discussion will be of some help to people trying to choose their first commercial HM. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> - Corral Control <BR> <BR> Best: NY... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:55:27 EST Injured @ halfway through training I am in week 7 of my training for may 26th half marathon. Last week i developed posterior shin splints, wrapped and ran through the pain. Big mistake as the following day i could not bear pressure on my foot. I have been for two massages to work it out (have 2 more scheduled) and plan on cycling until i get the go ahead to run....i also practice yoga and i feel like my lungs could run forever, if only this body could keep up <BR> <BR> My question is- has anyone come back from injury and mad... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:43:21 EST Drinking water during training I find myself getting really thirsty on my 8mile+ training runs, and I think carrying some water would be a good idea ( I tried drinking more before I leave, but I just end up nearly wetting myself!) However, I have found carrying a water bottle in my hand to be a pain in the backside. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to keep hydrated without having to carry a water bottle? Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:27:34 EST The New Guy Morning everyone!! <BR> <BR> My name is Steve and I've been a member here at SparkPeople for quite some time now. I've been running for a couple of years on and off and so far I've completed several 5k and 10k races. I wanted a new challenge so I've signed up for the Bupa Birmingham Great Run in October. <BR> <BR> Just my luck as soon as I signed up for it I've been hit by a really bad chest cold. I've had it now for almost 3 weeks so that means I've done no cardio (other than walking) in t... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:55:22 EST Deciding on HMs There are so many new HMs that my head is spinning. Just in my state (Maryland), there are 25 HMs. (And MD is a small state!) I wonder how other people decide which HM to do when there are so many choices. Once you've gotten by the obvious stuff (trail vs road, hills vs flat), how do you sift through the remainder? <BR> <BR> Love to try a new race? Or love the classics? <BR> The nearest possible HM? Or far away (vacation-style, combine with travel)? <BR> Price? Refund, transfer, deferral pol... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:41:49 EST Running a half with a cold? Here I am, 3 days before my first half marathon race, and I wake up with a runny nose and a tickle in my throat. I made sure to start popping Zicam, drinking lots of fluids, will make sure to pick up some Airborne or Emergen-C today, and plan to have a couple of oranges today as well as tomato soup for dinner tonight. Hopefully, that will let the worst of it go through my system today and tomorrow, so I don't have to suffer on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else ran a half marathon race with... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:06:09 EST New to this team, and my dog has a question! That's right - my dog has a question for our fellow HM trainers! For those of you that run with your pooches, how do you make sure he stays hydrated during the long runs? Does he carry his own water, if so, how? <BR> <BR> I am training for my first half-marathon in May which is a trail run. Since a lot of my training is taking me onto remote 4WD hilly roads, I feel much safer having my 175lb pup with me, but I want to make sure he is well taken care off. Any suggestions/recommendations f... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:46:08 EST First Half Marathon of 2013 Yahoo! I've signed up for my first half of this year. It's one in my town, so it'll be nice and close. It's the first weekend of May, so I need to get my butt in gear! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:44:57 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:34 EST 1st half marathon questions, 27 days from race <em>213</em> fellow half marathoners! <BR> <BR> I've posted a few times before, and you have always been quick to respond with great advice & support. I'm hoping ya'll might answer some questions that arose during my 12.5 miler yesterday. <BR> <BR> First, is there an optimal prerun meal? I had a grilled chicken sandwich about 30 minutes before leaving. Plus I had eaten a normal breakfast. But my gas tank was empty by mile 4 & I had to break out my banana. Then my protein bar came ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:39:24 EST How long do your shoes last? I keep hearing that shoes *should* last for 500 miles. <BR> <BR> The most I've ever gotten is 350 and that was with pushing them 50 miles past when I started having foot & knee pain. The norm for me seems to be 250 miles before my knees and/or feet start to hurt. As soon as I replace the shoes I'm good for another 250 miles. So I don't think it is a budding injury but rather the shoes that causes the pain. <BR> <BR> So could I be doing something *wrong* that is causing my shoes to only las... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:12:21 EST Cross training ideas? What do you guys think about bellydancing for cross training? It's relatively low impact and is good cardio. Its not a common suggestion for cross training so I was wondering what everyone else thought. The main idea for cross training is low/non impact and something other than walking that is still cardio, yes? Also, is strength a good cross trainer or does cross training need to get your heart rate up? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:54:20 EST Just signed up for my first Half So I just signed up for my first half marathon the other day. The race isn't until October 20 and I already regularly run 8k-10k once a week and have done several shorter races (from the 5k-8k) range. <BR> I'm really excited and am using Runner's World's smart coach program to establish my training plan and it seems like I have more than enough time to train for the race! As this is my first time I have trained for this distance I would greatly appreciate any tips from others who have done t... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:23:02 EST new and looking for motivation :) i am a heavy runner, who is trying to make the jump from 10K to a half marathon by fall 2013. i am currently in a hate-hate relationship with my treadmill, since i'm from ontario and running outside is not an option until the 6 foot snowbanks melt away <BR> anika Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:42:13 EST Hello, I'm new! I just started getting back into running this year, I used to love it when I was in high school. I finished the RunDouble C25k program and started the 5 to 10k program. I just finished week 1 of 6 for that program. I'm in this team because running a half is one of my bucket list items that I hope to cross off this year. If all goes well, I'll be doing it at the Des Moines half in October. Will any other Sparkers be there? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:06:54 EST Shoe Update: Past the Return Date.... So I am now in Brooks Ravenna 3s, a full size bigger to try to hang on to my toenails this time around. <BR> <BR> My right foot is a little smaller than my left, and I feel my heal slipping in the shoe (I have done all the lacing tips the running store gave me, and am wearing thicker socks). I've even tried two socks on my right foot. <BR> <BR> My right heal is hurting when I run, started last week, doesn't hurt at all the minute I stop and take the shoes off. Today it started right when I ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:30:23 EST Everything is all set... finally... I have finally finished the last bits of planning and making reservations for my upcoming race in Wisconsin in August. <BR> <BR> I have already been assured by my boss that they would work with me on getting the necessary time off for this event if there are scheduling conflicts so that was a huge relief. <BR> <BR> It seems like it is finally coming together and my dream of finishing a 70.3 will be a reality soon enough. <BR> <BR> Anyway, thanks to all my friends for the words of encourage... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:24:56 EST Join The Woo Hoo Crew - Month Of March Post your victories here so we can share in the woo hoo!! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:19:30 EST Breaking in new sneakers Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm currently training for a half-marathon to be held on 5/5/13. I bought new running sneakers yesterday and am curious about the break in period. What is the best way to break them in? How long should I wait to wear them running and for what distance? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:54:46 EST Marvelous March Mileage Goals Anyone up for the challenge? <BR> <BR> My goal is 155 miles. <BR> <BR> 3/1 - 6 miles <BR> <BR> Miles to goal - 149 Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:02:49 EST