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11/9/14 8:22 A

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I am glad I found this thread. Lots of great information here. I am planning on running my first HM May 16th of 2015 and then another two weeks later, on May 30th.

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9/23/14 4:38 P

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Ran my first half in July and training now for another one in mid October.

I plan on running my first full in mid April 2015 and just yesterday saw where they are running a race (half and full) along the parkway that runs the length of the county. I often train on the parkway as it's only about a half mile from home. The last section of the parkway was finally completed earlier this year so this race will be the first time it's been run. Very much want to run that race but it's just 5 weeks after the full. Likely will sign up and just run the half.




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9/9/14 1:05 P

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Guess I became a Half Fanatic when I ran my first 2 half marathons in 2013. I was scheduled for a 12 mile run and went to the expo here in Modesto just to check it out because I didn't get to go on a trip to Spring Training with my husband as my father was in the hospital. Since I wasn't needed at the hospital until noon I decided why run by myself when I could run with a group, so I registered and did it. Two weeks late was the Santa Cruz half marathon that I was training for and did it. My Modesto (no hills) time was better than the Santa Cruz (hills) time. I didn't do another half until the Modesto half this spring and then the Missoula half in July. Don't know when the next one will be, working on healing my heal.

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9/9/14 8:33 A

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You are absolutely correct, I did mean "when" emoticon

Here is web link for Half Fanatics

www.halffanatics.com/

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9/9/14 8:22 A

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You mean WHEN I finish both, not if. :) What is a half fanatic? Sounds intriguing.

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9/8/14 12:54 P

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I agree with ONMYMEDS in that it depends on what you expect from them. And different people will prefer different options. For most people (who have already run several HMs as you have), I doubt it matters much as it doesn't take more than a few days to recover from a HM unless you're pushing incredibly hard.

Now I get to take my own advice: This past Saturday, I joined some friends for a hilly 10M run (at easy pace) and, as these things often go, we ended up doing 14 miles. I'm doing Parks HM (an unhilly race) this coming Sunday, 8 days later after my 14.

My taper? Same as my regular schedule. The only difference will be that I'll get a day off on Saturday (which is the day I normally run long) since the race is on Sunday.

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9/8/14 8:24 A

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I just finished back to back HM, one on a Sunday, and one a week later on Labor Day Monday. I finished both within a minute of each other. They were both rather hilly, but I was not racing either one or trying for any PR's. So it can be done, but it depends a lot on what you expect from each run. If you are racing, I would suggest going very easy on the first, hilly race, treating it more like a long slow training run. Take a day or two to recover, then slow, short runs until the next race. Then go all out on the second race.

Just an FYI, If you complete both, you will meet the qualifications to join Half Fanatics if that appeals to you.

Good luck on your races.

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9/8/14 7:33 A

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Not sure if this is crazy, but I signed up for back to back half marathons in October. They are 8 days apart, so I do have a little recovery time in between. I have done several half's in the past, most recently last October. The first one is a hilly race, while the second is flat. Anything I need to consider/modify in my training?

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