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8/2/14 3:43 P

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The race occurred. What happened? Lessons learned - either good or bad?

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5/22/14 4:12 P

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RABBLE, Congrats on your 5K and 10K. How long did it take for you to recover from your 10K?

PS: Which HM are you signed up for?

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5/22/14 3:12 P

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Coming to the conversation kind of late on this one. (thread just recently got bumped) I completed a C25K last winter ending in early February then went into a 5k-to-10K bridge from early Feb to late April (ran the 10K race 26 Apr).

After that I started on a 12 week half-marathon program that is going well and I'm signed up for the race in late July. Hopefully the started of the thread if they're still around will give us a progress report.





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5/22/14 11:54 A

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Since you're about halfway from the time you first posted and your race, it would be interesting to hear what you've learned, how your training is coming, and what kind of adjustments you've made in either direction. (And are you still calling yourself crazy :-)

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2/25/14 10:27 P

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It is totally doable for the amount of time you have given yourself. Just do not over do it or you risk getting injured. As you are building up in your training you want to try to get in a few 10 mile (or 2 hour training runs).

I would suggest Galloway for your first. I trained for my first full doing Galloway and it really is a great program for beginners. Very easy to follow. The other thing i did was actually schedule some races into my training so you may want to schedule a few 5k's and 10ks into your half training as well. Races build confidence! Good luck and have a great race!

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2/18/14 12:07 A

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While I can't say that you can't do this ... nothing is impossible ... and you have already signed up ... yes, I would vote for crazy.

As a non-runner, it may have been advisable to run a few 5k and 10k races in your first year before deciding to for the half.

But since you have already signed up, take your training very seriously. You have a long way to go in a relatively short time.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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2/17/14 3:13 P

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You can TOTALLY do it!!

Life is for living!

Don't let yourself down.


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2/17/14 12:12 P

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SCUB, that is a great goal to have. Please make your training injury free as a top priority, Find a training plan for beginners. Jeff Galloway is the best choice for running injury free, and completing such a goal.

Chicago puts on a great race. I plan 2 HM in Chicago this year. I am training for my first one in March (It was a 12 week plan with Hal Higdon). My 1 year anniversary of road running is in March. I have come a long way from my first 5K, but I have built up the mileage very slowly. This is key to running injury free.

Good luck, good health and happy running.

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2/17/14 10:06 A

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Hi SCUBAMAE,

Good for you!
And how nice that you will have your daughter joining you as well.
I am running my first official half marathon with my 68 year old dad in 3 weeks, and am really looking forward to this as well!

I live in the Netherlands, and over here we get very limit time to finish a half marathon (2.5 hours), I guess because they only want fully trained people at the start who will not get injured quickly.
But if you have 3.5 hours to finish yours, I think you can walk parts as well and still arrive in time.
I hope you will enjoy the training in the coming months!
Carine


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2/17/14 9:20 A

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CARINEVE,

I love your idea about first starting with the C2K and then follow the 10k program. That would give my body time to adjust. I'll see how the training goes and adjust on race day if needed.

I'm just realizing that I am actually excited about this challenge. Last year, I talked about doing the Rock & Roll Marathon but never followed through. This is the YEAR and my 22 year old daughter decided to join me. emoticon

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2/17/14 9:06 A

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I'm so glad that walking is an option for the half marathon. I would have never guessed, but little did I know. Yes, I think that the run walk intervals would be perfect. I have no problem walking for a couple of hours so even walking alone would bring me to the finish line by the time limit of 3.5 hours.

Thank you!

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2/17/14 8:09 A

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2/17/14 6:53 A

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TRain for it and see what happens. But don't push yourself too hard and wind up injuring yourself. I also suspect you will be doing run walk intervals, which is great. I walked two half marathons, so as long as you aren't going to get annoyed if you have to walk a fair amount, I suspect you can do it.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8
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2/17/14 1:22 A

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It is great that you and your husband are setting challenges for yourself, that is a good way to motivate yourselves to get off that couch!

From personal experience I think it is too short a time to properly train yourself for a half marathon, your body will take some time to adjust to a high impact sport such as running, but you can always decide later that it is too early for this kind of distance and sign up for a bit less. Most people start with a 5k race, but with the amount of time you have given yourself, a10k is also a possibility.

For now I would just follow the couch25k program (build it up slowly, so you don't hurt yourself), then follow a program to get to a 10k, and see by then where you stand and how much time you have left until Race Day and make a desicion then. If you need motivation you can always sign up for a shorter distance.
As said, don't try to increase mileage too quickly if you don't want to get injured (a runners worst nightmare)!
Good luck!

Carine
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2/16/14 11:43 P

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Hi,

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 emoticon ..... 154 days and counting down....

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 who reluctantly said "Sure why not".



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