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3/24/15 10:29 A

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Thanks everyone for all the encouragement, it really meant a lot. None of my friends or family are runners, so the communication I got on Spark People was really invaluable for me. To prove I am totally addicted, I just signed up for my next HM, Sunday, October 4, 2015, the Mo Cowbell - just signed up!

Good luck everyone in your races!!!

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3/23/15 6:03 P

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Congrats to you! I just completed my 4th half marathon yesterday. They sure are addicting!!

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3/23/15 2:33 P

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WooHoo! Way to go!

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My motto in life: I am not lost, I am exploring. ~Jana Stanfield

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Hero 10K, 10/13/2013 1:07:51
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3/23/15 12:32 P

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Congratulations! There's no greater feeling than a good race!

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3/23/15 8:37 A

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Congrats! Excellent job!

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3/23/15 8:33 A

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Well, not only did I survive my first half, it was totally pain free. Loved the whole thing, well the hills were pretty insane, not sure I'll do another one with a 'suicide' hill, although I've learned to never say never when it comes to running! I was able to consistently keep the pace I wanted, the weather was great, I really, really enjoyed the whole process. Can't wait to sign up for another one this fall!

Edited by: SCHYLLAEIRENES at: 3/23/2015 (08:35)

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3/20/15 4:39 A

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Hi, just wanted to wish you luck!! Yes, you will survive your first half!!

The good thing about the taper week is that it is all about relaxing and rejuvenating your body, so if there ever was a time for you to rest up and recover, this is it! I had foot pain just before one of my half marathon's last year and went into a panic, but found I was still able to run the race with no problems at all.

For me, the first one was just about getting to the finish line, and I have to say that the moment I reached mile 10 and realised that all that was left was the equivalent of a 5km, and that, yes, actually, I know how to do a 5km, is a memory I will keep with me for a long time. It was a sudden realisation that, hey, actually, I can do this!

So, have fun, enjoy results of all your training, and hydrate and rest up until Sunday.

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3/19/15 1:31 P

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Rest and let the taper do the work. It is amazing what rest will do. Trust in your training. You have come a long way. Your only goal for your first Half is to make it to the finish line. With all the hills, you may want to tell yourself to walk them, or shuffle them.

I hope the pain stays away.

Good luck!

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My motto in life: I am not lost, I am exploring. ~Jana Stanfield

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Hero HM, 10/19/2014 2:34:27
Hero 10K, 10/13/2013 1:07:51
Space Race 5K, 09/21/2014 30:56
Fall Frolic 4M, 11/02/2014 41:07

Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.




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3/19/15 8:23 A

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Thanks for all the encouragement, but I got some bad news. I did the 3 mile run on Tuesday and when it was over, so was I. That little Ďtwingeí in my knee turned into a screaming nightmare. Went straight to the docís and found it was runnerís knee. Basically rest, ice, and Aleve and maybe I can run Sunday. So, I had a big Ďol pity party yesterday, even took the elevator at work, hadnít done that in years. I worked ortho enough to know that I couldnít just sit; so, feeling pain free this morning I went back to the gym and figured I would get a work out in the pool. Swam about a half a mile, kicking just enough to keep my legs up, that went well, no pain. Then I treaded water for about 40 min, sort of running in place and still no pain. I figure thatís enough for the day, just going to rest again. Tomorrow Iíll go back to the weight room, work my upper body out for an hour Ė thatís my regular schedule, weight room an hour four days a week, then rest up on Saturday. I think Iíll be good for Sunday. I already took Monday off work, figured I would need the extra recovery time. I may have to run at a slightly slower pace on Sunday, but I think I will be fine.


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3/18/15 8:24 A

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You've done the training and you're a runner now. Remember that.
You're going to go out on Sunday and do something that most people don't (and won't) do.
You're going to do awesome!

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3/17/15 11:51 P

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We will be ringing cow bells for you!

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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3/17/15 9:27 P

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I wish you the very best AND want to see you reach your triathlon goal. :-) I have the same goals although its going to take me longer since I'm learning HOW to swim!

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3/17/15 12:21 P

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You are going to do great! I think we tend to amplify any minor aches or pains we have when a race is looming. I remember before my first half, my toe was nagging me and I was convinced I'd have to pull out. But I finished in 2:14 and felt like a total champ. You'll be surprised at how much of a boost adrenaline can give you. But I second that you shouldn't run through injury, if it gets that bad. Good luck! Don't forget to post a race result!

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3/17/15 11:19 A

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Thank you, seriously. I am not sure why I am in my head so much about this. I am not worried about times, if I have to walk part of it I will. I for some reason am feeling overwhelmed about it today. I have a easy run planned for tonight, I am hoping I will have worked it out when I am done with that. The nice thing about running is I can burn off some of the anxiety while I am doing it.


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3/17/15 11:03 A

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You did a 12 mile trail run a week ago in 2:27. Unless you have injured yourself since then, I think you'll be surprised with your results in Sunday's race. My first half was three years ago with a similar length of prior running experience to yours. I wanted to break three hours on the hilly course and came in at 2:25. I felt great afterward.

Since then I have run five full marathons and many more half and shorter races. I just turned 62 last month so I don't expect my times to improve as much as yours will if you want them to.

Sunday, run mindfully. Avoiding injuries that may sideline you for the season is more important than your place in the race. -Enjoy it.

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3/17/15 9:53 A

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Iíve been getting nervous. My first Ĺ is this Sunday. I couldnít 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 Ďdifficultí, itís 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 foot Ė but only when I am running, not walking. All of this is nothing, I am absolutely sure of it, I am just getting in my own head. I am proud that I have lost over a 120 lbs in the last year, I am proud that I am attempting my first half this weekend and training for my first triathlon in August; however, there is still that 320+ fat girl in my ear telling me to knock it off, stay home, sleep in. I think I am driving myself crazy. Could some of you relate your first half marathons? You all survived them right???

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