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7/7/14 12:16 P

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The good news is, I finished the half-marathon on Friday. It was just about my slowest time ever, but I finished. And I am completely recovered, ran 3.25 miles this morning in good time. (I was trying to run easy, but my daughter and her dog made me go faster than planned.)

I have another half planned for August, and one for September, so that should qualify me for the Half-Fanatics! Slow, but steady...

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6/16/14 1:08 P

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From what I've been told, if you can run 10 you can run 13.1. This is coming from experienced runners not from personal experience. So as long as you can do that, you should be fine. Also, don't worry about speed or walk/run, just do the best you can and have FUN!!! That is so key in running, this is from personal experience!! :) Good luck!!

Don't put off till tomorrow what you can accomplish today!


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6/16/14 12:18 P

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Wondering how it went, it should have been last weekend, right?

I am in the same mode, so your topic title grabbed me--I have a half-marathon on July 4th, and my training has been seriously derailed. Some of it has been due to circumstances beyond my control, but some of it has been pure lack of motivation.

My longest run this year has been about 9 miles. Frankly, I did 3.5 this morning, and I can feel it. I feel like I should be able to blast off 3.5 miles without any consequences at this point in my training, but no.

I like the idea of the walk-run method, but I walk really slowly. (I run slowly too, but I have friends that can powerwalk so fast, I have to jog to keep up.) Plus, everytime I have tried it, it seems like giving myself "permission" to walk means that I walk a lot more than I otherwise need to.

Ideas? Will I make it? What should I do to finish up my training in the next 3 weeks?

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6/14/14 10:22 P

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My best advise to you can be found on the cover of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"... it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover."

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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6/10/14 4:59 P

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I agree, just relax and have fun!! You will both surprise yourself. Running is a great stress reliever!! It will help you both out with your end of the year stress!!! Good luck!!

Don't put off till tomorrow what you can accomplish today!


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6/9/14 1:18 A

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Don't worry too much. Just relax and enjoy it. Go at your own pace and run your race :)

Life is for living!

Don't let yourself down.


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6/8/14 11:22 P

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I recently ran my first two half marathons. The week before each, I had a day of absolute panic. I was completely beside myself not knowing if I'd be able to finish (even though I knew that I should be capable). My husband was seriously concerned the first time it happened.

Go out there and do whatever you can do! It's all about the experience. I have also heard great things about the run/walk method.

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6/8/14 7:52 P

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Totally agree with the run/walk method. Many people, including my 67 year old self have shown faster times and less fatigue using run/walk than run entirely. The reason is, that you are running faster during the run portions due to the rest of the walk breaks, and not running on empty the entire race. Good luck!

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6/6/14 8:56 A

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If you don't already do so, try the Galloway method: run, walk, run at regular intervals. That will get you to the finish line! But start it from the beginning of the race, don't wait until the going gets tough.

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6/6/14 8:54 A

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So ... my friend and I signed up for a half marathon about three months ago.

We were training REALLY well for the first two months - it was great! Two short runs and a long run per week, with cross-training in between.

Unfortunately, we're both teachers, so our standardized testing, end-of-year crazy murdered the progress we'd been making.

Well, Sunday is our half ... and it's a trail half that's considered "moderate difficulty." (The Washington, D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge Series.)

The time they've given everyone to finish is four hours.

We can easily run seven miles without any issue. Do you think the half will be impossible to complete within that time frame? We are both incredibly worried about the DNF showing up on our time stamps. We generally run 12:30-14:00 miles at a comfortable pace ... mathematically it should be fine, but we are slightly panicking ...

Any advice (even "wow, you guys are dumb ... just keep moving!" haha) helps!

Thanks guys! :) I'm excited to be a part of the 13.1 club!

Linz

Reinvigorated. 2013 was part one. Now it's time to finish the job. :)

Starting at 282.2. Glad I caught it before it caught me!


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