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5/11/13 1:29 P

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I'm thinking I may need to sign up for a 10K before I tackle a half. I actually gained several pounds when I first started running, which did drop off again after a few weeks. Interesting b/c I didn't realize it was due to inflammation which makes sense. I'm hoping to buddy up with someone for the long run. Right now I pretty much hit the wall at 5 miles. Wondering if it's a mental block, but I also don't want to injure myself.

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5/10/13 6:11 P

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you can get a lot of info from runners world on line if you want to sign up that way. It isn't the same as the magazine, but it is free.

I usually run 5 miles four times a week and when I do half's, I just increase by a mile each week. It suprised me that you got up to 5 miles in a month. that took me over a year to do. of course that was before I started doing races.

I always drink a protein supplement after a long run. It helps to rebuild muscle and stave off hunger. I usually try for 1500 calories a day, but will let my self have 200 more on long run days. Even with all the running, I struggle to lose weight. The other guy is correct about weight fluctuations. After my half marathon last weekend, I gained 5 pounds by the scale. I knew exactly what I had eaten so I knew it had to be retaining water from inflamation...sure enough, 3 pounds dropped off pretty quickly and the other 2 are slowly dropping as well. It is very frustrating. I'm never sure of my true weight....congrats on the running and the enthusiasm for a half marathon...I love them and do at least 2 a year. I'd do more, but they are pretty pricey sometimes.

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5/9/13 3:33 P

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^^ Thanks for the info. I wonder if I should subscribe to Runner's World. I'm getting ready to run my first 5K on may 25th, which seems like it should be pretty easy. I'd like to plan on running a 10K soon but some nutrition suggestions would be nice! :)

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5/6/13 8:40 A

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If you have worked up to running 4-5 miles/day you are well on your way to being able to run a Half Marathon. That's pretty much the schedule (actually a little more aggressive) for most training programs you'll find, but for the long run. Start with 5 or 6 miles and add a mile a week. You'll be there before you know it.

I would also second the suggestion to use one of Hal Higdon's Training Programs. I've used one for 2 of my 3 HM's and ran sub 2 hours each time, to my utter amazement! I havenever used Jeff Galloway, but if you feel the need to do a walk-run combination, he's pretty much the guru of that style.

As for the hunger, well welcome to the Dark Side of Endurance running! Actually a recent Runner's World Article tackled this sucbject head on. It was great. I think it was the April issue but I could be off a month. I just subscribed and three months worth came in the last week alone so I have a difficult time rememebring which is which. At any rate, it discussed the subject in detail and offered nutrition (and other) suggestions for both shorter distance (5K and 10K) and longer distance (HM, Full Marathon) runners.

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5/4/13 11:05 P

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I use Hal Higdon. I justed started running 1 1/2 years ago and have ran 4 half marathons. Like all the other advise you work up to ru long runs on the weekends. I didn't start until I was 50. Sp if I can do it you can too! Good luck! emoticon

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5/4/13 7:46 P

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I also recommend the Galloway run/walk/run program. I started running last January with my first couch to 5K program through the gym I belong to. I had never thought I'd be able to run, and joined the program with the encouragement and guidance from a trainer at the gym. and was pleasantly surprised I was able to complete the program. I was so excited that I was able to complete that, that I found myself signing up for my first half marathon training the following month (June). I considered it a daunting goal to undertake at the time, but was encouraged to try by a couple of women I work with that had trained with the program. Since last June, I've completed 2 half marathons using the Galloway training, and have run several shorter distances as well. For me, the training program, along with the group of supportive runners I've met, made the training both possible and enjoyable, and I look forward to our next training session next month. (I'm in my mid 50's) Good luck with your training!

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I used Hal Higdon training program for a half marathon. I ran two half-marathons this year.
Nutrition based on the advice of spark people. The plan is somewhat personalized.
About two hours before the race I eat muesli ( 50 grams) with yogurt (150 grams ) and banana. About 20 minutes before the race I took half a sneakers bar and a few sips of fluid.
During the race, frequency of drinking liquid depends on the air temperature. During my last half marathon was 20 degrees celsius, and I drank a sip every ten minutes. Before I felt thirsty.
Every seven kilometers I took Isostar carb gel with fluid, two packs per race. When I finished, half of sneakers and medium banana.
Just to mention, I am 55 old man, my personal best was 2:01:12.
I'm satisfied with the result, although I think it could be better.
Well that was my experience.
Best regards and sorry for my bad English.

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5/4/13 3:01 P

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Welcome to the most rewarding fitness accomplishment ever! Finishing my first half was an epic experience.

1) I would highly recommend a Galloway approach (run/walk intervals)

The whole purpose of a plan is to slowly and safely bring your mileage up to a half marathon readiness while ensuring that you are cross training and taking rest days. Having had a few running "boo-boo's" I would seriously make sure that you listen to your body and follow the recommendations.

2) Hunger during training... expect it. When you start training for something epic, you leave the world of dieting and enter the realm of training and eating for performance. Both John Bingham, Jeff Galloway and other running icons agree that this type of training should not be done with weight loss in mind. I can furnish quotes and page numbers from their books of needed but I dont have it handy right now. As you increase your mileage, your body is going to demand more nutrition and proper fueling will be critical to be at your best.

While we are on the subject, keep an eye on your weight for educational reasons but that's it. If you suffer from "scale-itus" where every fluctuation triggers tons of negative feelings, running is not for you. Some may disagree but.....

You have heard that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, the same is true in this case. With water being such a major component in your body, your water weight will sometimes swing up and down due to inflammation, carb intake, dehydration, and a number of other reasons. i have found that when you go through heavier training (the action), it is impossible for your body's systems to remain static, there will be a reaction.

My best advice is that you leave the dieters mindset behind and start thinking like an athlete, seek out the best, most nutritious foods you can to give yourself a much needed edge. Your body will thank you.

A good place to start your reading would be on Runners World.

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5/4/13 2:04 P

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You work up to a 10 mile long run on the weekends. Look for a training schedule like from Hal Higdon or some other plan that works for you. I started running in my late 40's (I'm now 53) and while I am still a very slow runner, I have been able to do the training plans and have completed 6 halfs. You might also look for a running club to run with on the weekends. That was how I got started and it really helped to have a group that ran at my pace to do the long miles with. Make sure that in your excitement for the running that you don't overtrain and hurt yourself!

Congratulations on becoming a runner and good luck on your training!!!

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5/4/13 1:49 P

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Oh and BTW it's actually a huge accomplishment for me to be running at all. I've been a walker for the past ten years or so, scared to take the plunge into running thinking I couldn't do it!

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5/4/13 1:46 P

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

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