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2/3/15 12:10 A

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Good Luck and keep at it even when it gets nasty out.

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1/17/15 7:40 A

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Good luck!!

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1/14/15 8:51 P

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Welcome, and best of luck!

I also went through 5K training, and self-trained up to a 10K in short order. Then something happened. I couldn't get up to half marathon distance without injuring myself.

The third time through, I paid for group training. It was a good decision. Besides all the excellent suggestions arleady made by others, the most important thing is:

Run those long runs S...L...O...W. Seriously, a true long run pace will feel ridiculously slow at first, like you're not exercising at all. That's the way it's supposed to be, anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes per mile slower than your race pace. The best thing that happened to me in paid training was when the coaches slowed me down to a minute and a half per mile slower than what turned out to be my half marathon pace. That got me to the start line, which is a prerequisite for finishing the race!

After that first paid training, and a subsequent injury, I've been able to train myself up to two other half marathons, and I have three more on my schedule for 2015. But I couldn't do this if I hadn't learned to RUN SLOW. Fast is fine and good for race day, but a Bad Idea for the every week long run.


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1/14/15 1:44 A

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I want to say welcome and wish you lots of luck! It is an amazing feeling to cross the finish line of your first half marathon. I'm currently training for my 4th that's on March 22nd, and I can say even now I still can't get over the fact that I'm actually doing it! It's awesome.

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1/13/15 1:35 P

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HM after just one year of running is very aggressive. GLADGAD and AIMLESS have pointed out just a few areas (pain awareness, in-race nutrition) but there are many more (strength training, stretching, rest, etc.), that runners need a lot of time to get straight in order to avoid injury, burnout, etc.

I encourage you to focus on (and enjoy!) intermediate distances (10K, 8M, 15K, etc.) in order to build up important knowledge and experience that pay off during later HM training. It is not simply a matter of placing one foot in front of the other for 13M!

At 49, you have many running years ahead of you. Don't rush!

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1/13/15 12:59 P

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I second all of GLADGAD's suggestions and would add a tip to research nutrition during your run. When I started training for my first half, I never carried any snacks or water, and by mile 10 I was always in total agony because I was thirsty and hungry. Now I carry a hand held water bottle (like this one http://www.amazon.com/Nathan-Sprint-Handhe
ld-Bottle-Carrier/dp/B0083SK4WA/ref=pd
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DQP6XZX) with a gel or some gummies in it, just in case.

Good luck with your half! Run strong!

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1/13/15 7:19 A

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Good for you!! Good luck on your training and your first HM.

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1/12/15 10:31 P

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Five miles is a good start for a long run. Since you're a relatively new runner, just listen to your body through your training. Don't push through pain - muscle soreness is okay, but if you experience sudden, sharp pain, stop and cut the run short. Also, read up on pre- and post-run nutrition to make sure that you're getting the right nutrients for optimal recovery.

Enjoy your training. The Half Marathon is a great distance.

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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 this time of year in Wisconsin, but I won't over heat. LOL.

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