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4/14/15 4:58 P

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I didn't mean to imply running 13-15M runs was overkill. I mentioned that only in the context that you couldn't even spare 2 hours for a long run as you said in your first post.

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4/14/15 2:34 P

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Thank you for your input Pastafarian! Much appreciated. I'm not sure I have a very clear motivation, other than to have a goal to work towards and lose weight/get healthy in the process. I'm not really in it for glory, medals, recognition. I might just want to prove to myself I can manage the discipline and self-motivation to do what I did in 2008.

I looked up a training plan for doing a half-marathon under 2 hours, which involves several 13-15 mile runs in the weekend. I found it on Runkeeper. So you think that that plan would be overkill?

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"If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements." - HH 14th Dalai Lama

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4/13/15 5:21 P

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It would be easier to advise you on motivating your husband if your own motivation was clearer. You wrote that you want to to do it "just for the sake of proving I can do this by myself" which is a bit unmotivational since 1) you're already done a HM so "proving" doesn't seem applicable and 2) no one needs a race to prove they can run 13M; just train and run the miles by yourself. If race conditions are important to you, you need to explain why. (Friends doing it? You want cheering? Want a medal? Something else?) Some people might think my request for more insight into your own motivation to be rude but since you mention your husband questioning the very point of a race, I think it a reasonable question.

Maybe your husband would be more inspired if he saw you training (rather than just musing). My advice: 1) ignore husband, 2) train. He'll come round if he sees you taking it seriously. Initially, long runs won't be particularly long so he shouldn't be annoyed at you taking much time on weekends. At your pace, a long run of 2 hours isn't even necessary. Running 10M is enough for your longest run and, at your pace, you could do an LSD 10M in an hour and a half. (And there's always the option of waking up a bit early to get long runs in.)

PS: 1:56 for your first HM is impressive! Congrats! (And congrats on your children and weight loss!) Maybe call your experienced running friend and ask for the training plan your friend was using. Sounds like it worked perfectly for you!

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4/13/15 2:03 P

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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.

Since then, I gained weight from infertility treatments and bringing my two healthy twin boys in the world. Now that they turned 3, I am reclaiming some of my me-time to lose the weight. I am also toying with the idea of doing another half marathon, just for the sake of proving I can do this by myself.

My problem is time constraints. I don't have 2-3 hours over the weekend to go for a run. My husband works full time, like me, and also contributes equally to the household and chores. So, I guess I need to convince him to give me this time to fulfill my goal. He's exercises but doesn't really see a need to participate in races. Anybody have any suggestions on how to convince him?

Edited by: SWIM4SLIM at: 4/13/2015 (14:07)
"If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements." - HH 14th Dalai Lama

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Height: 5'6"


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