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9/16/14 4:16 P

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Thanks MBTEPP!!! emoticon

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


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9/16/14 3:29 P

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emoticon Patti! That is emoticon !

It is excellent that you contemplate pros and cons of training and race day! That means more success in the future.

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Hero 10K, 10/13/2013 1:07:51
Space Race 5K, 09/21/2014 30:56
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9/15/14 8:44 P

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Well, my second marathon is over!! I barely survived!! I learned a couple of things from this training/half marathon:
1. I need to make sure that I do more long runs during my training. I only ran 10 miles and 13.1 miles once each through out my training. All the other "long" runs were less than 7 miles!!! Now I know better and will make sure I put in the time on my long runs!!!
2. I need to make sure I run more than 4 times for a total of 15 miles during my two taper weeks. I really think that hurt me as well b/c I felt strong up until 8.5 and I really hit the wall. Plus my left knew and left foot started hurting, too. I contribute that to my body just not being use to running as much during this time period and then I had to run 13.1 and my body was in shock from head to toes!!! LOL
3. I need to focus on one race long race a year. I started training in April for my first race in June. I took a few weeks to recover and then started training for my second race in September. I really did not take enough time off. (I think this contributed to my lack of long runs b/c I was just feeling to tired to do them!!)
4. My pace was much better, too. I worked really hard this time to set my pace according to how I feel. I have really worked hard since my first half to focus on this rather than the number/pace on my phone. It is a hard thing to do but I think I have really improved on it. I've learned that how I feel is directly associated with my surrounds, some days 11 min/miles feel easy, while other days 12 min/miles feel hard. LOL It is hard to tune into ones body but so helpful!!!
5. I will not take an outside running challenge while I am training. Some facebook friends had a challenge to run everyday in July. Which I completed, I ran 31 times in the month. I missed two days, but I ended up doubling up on two days. Granted I did not do any long runs, but my miles added up to over 100 for the month. This set me up for fatigue going into August and ultimately caused me to not be able to have the energy to do the long runs needed for running a half marathon!!!

I ended up running my second half in 2:39:29, which was 9 minutes slower than my first one in June. The weather was perfect! Cool and breezy, my hands were actually cold when I started out to give you a clue as to the cool weather. Even at the end it was not warm or hot. Within a few minutes of finishing the race I had to change my shirt and put pants on. So the temp/heat was not a factor in this race.

I will say I do believe I am stronger and in better running shape since my first b/c I truly felt strong up until 8.5 miles. I started out slightly faster than goal pace for the first four miles, then I picked up the pace for mile 5, slower for mile 6, faster for mile 7, slower for mile 8 and started picking it up for mile 9 but was able to maintain. In the first run I hit 6.5 miles and was forced to do a walk/run for the remainder of the race.

Thanks for listening and thanks for the advice on what to wear!!! I am glad the race is over and I am beginning my off season. So I can focus on strength training, speed training and running easy miles!!


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9/13/14 9:11 P

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I am doing the Richmond to Romeo half in Michigan!! LOL Good luck!!!! Run fast and hard!!! Can't wait to hear about your race!!

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9/13/14 9:01 P

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Which HM are you doing? Coincidentally, I'm running a HM tomorrow as well! (Parks HM)

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Thanks everyone. I plan on wearing the normal clothes I've been running long distances and layer over top. I plan on removing the pants just before running and then zip up hoody when I need to. I don't know if I will see my family at all during the race so I can just tie it around my waist. I appreciate all your ideas and you sharing them with me!! Looking forward to running in the morning!!!

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9/13/14 6:18 P

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My spring HM was a bit chilly at the start, so to stay warm I did bring an old sweatshirt that was discarded before the race, but if I had not been warm, I would have started the run with it. I kept with my shorts, but used compression shorts under the running shorts to keep my bum warm. Tights or capris would do the same thing, Skull cap and gloves will keep you surprisingly warm, tuck them in your shorts if you do not want to lose them. Don't sweat it too much if you have cooler weather clothes that you have run in before. Just make sure you are comfortable at the start of the race.

Good Luck! I love running distance in cool weather.

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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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9/13/14 4:30 P

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Nancy's suggestions are all good. I would also check with a local weather station specific to the course for more detail such as temps during the time you'll be running (not just the start). Also the wind forecast and whether the course is sheltered, exposed, in a valley, etc.

It would also help to know if, given the choice, you'd rather be too hot or too cold.

I prefer being on the warm side so with the limited info you've given, I'd wear lightweight running tights and a long-sleeve shirt with throwaway windbreaker, gloves, and hat. Nancy mentioned throwaway sweatshirt - good at the start but I prefer a windbreaker so that I can run with it for several miles and gradually unzip as I warm up. Or bring both and discard them in stages.

To address your concern about chafing, I would bring a tiny tube of Aquaphor (what I take with me when I test new clothing on long runs) or equivalent.

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9/13/14 3:49 P

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Hiya Patti,

I like your idea about wearing your shorts and shirt and bringing a jacket--the reality is, once you start running your core body temp is going to rise in relationship to your effort--remember too, that the temp reported is ambient (or air temp) so if you have any sun at all, the actual temperature may be slightly higher due to direct heating from the sun and reflective heat from the running surface.

My suggestion is to bring an old sweatshirt to wear while you're waiting--this will keep you warm--you can then either toss it on the side of the road before the race begins (many races collect the clothing and donate it to charities) or hand it off to a family member or friend. Another thing to consider is your hands--if my hands are warm, my body remains warm--so wearing a cheap pair of gloves (I got a bunch on sell at OLD NAVY for $1 a pair and wear them, once my body warms up, I toss them at a water station). You don't want to be shivering before your race as this can lead to a faster depletion of glycogen from the liver and muscles which you want to retain for your race.

Lastly, remember to bring a change of clothing for after your race--once your body temp begins to drop you may be chilled.

All the best on a GREAT run!

HAPPY RUNNING!

Nancy

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9/13/14 3:33 P

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I ran my first half marathon at the end of June. Now my second one is tomorrow. Well here in Michigan the temperature is very different from June until now. But I'm worried about wearing anything but my normal shorts and short sleeve running shirt tomorrow for my half. I never expected it to be this cold. Today is was 50 degrees at noon, I have a feeling it will be even colder at 8:30 tomorrow morning. So my question is what do I wear? I looked at the weather and it is calling for 42 degrees at 8:30. I haven't ran in long sleeves or long pants since last spring. And I certainly haven't ran long distances in long pants and long sleeves. But I'm worried about being too cold. Now I do know that you are suppose to dress for temp 20 degrees warmer than the real feel. But I'm scared that I will wear something that will rub or cause issues for my half tomorrow. Anyone have this issue? Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking about going with my normal shorts and a short sleeve shirts with one of my zip up jackets that I have ran in many times before, just not for longer distances. So any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

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