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2/17/10 6:33 P

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To go off of PINKCHICK130's tip, a wet sponge inside your coolmax hat works great, too!

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2/1/10 9:16 A

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Thanks for the tips! That's great. Garbage bag and layers it is! It was -25 here the other day... hope it warms up a little before March 7th! :)
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FitMeg - I ran the Disney Half in Orlando in Jan (during the freak freezing/sleeting weather) and the one thing I did that made it bearable other than layering a longsleeve wicking top under windbreaker jacket was put a large silver garbage bag over me during the wait until we began to run! The wind is what chills you while you are waiting, and it was amazingly warm inside that thing! Then, just tear it off and discard once you start up. Good luck!

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Dress is layers! As you warm up you can start peeling off layers~

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1/15/10 9:56 A

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Morning!
Does anyone have tips for running cooler races?
I've always run in the early fall or summer... I have a race coming up on March 7th in Burlington, Ontario and it's going to be chilly!!!
TGIF!!

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Aspen, it depends on how you feel. Some people run every day; some run as little as 3 days per week. Personally, I think it's good to vary your distance (keeps the body guessing) and to take rest days as needed. It's also important to do some cross training (other forms of cardio, strength training, core, etc)

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How important is it to take days off of jogging or have light days? I have been jogging 5.5 miles 5 or 6 days a week. I walk some but am beginning to jog most of it. Is it important that I vary my days such as 4 miles one day and 7 or so the next? I want the calorie burn but I also want to make sure my body heals and that I do not get hurt. Thoughts?

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To LCWATER, if you're averaging a 17 minute mile, for example, you can expect to finish in about 3.5 hours. With a 15 minute mile, or 4 miles/hour, you'd finish in a little over 3 hours.

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I've done 11 HM and 2 Full. My fav tips for staying cool are use a small sponge. Wet it and stick it in your sports bra. It's amazing how cool it keeps you and the "girls". The other is a bandana tied around the nexk. Both items can be redampened at water stations during the event and will make a big difference in making you more comfortable during your run.

I also carry sunscreen with me. I place enough in a "snack" size baggy and staple one side of the "zip" to behind my race bib. You can easily zip it open, squeeze up and apply what you need then zip it closed.

One can also use the baggy idea instead for ID/money (bills, no coins) for emergency purposes. This is great if you don't like to wear any kind of waist belt.

My next HM is Vegas in December but I have a few shorter events between now and then. Good luck everyone with your upcoming races.

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Anyone walking 1/2 marathons? My question is what you would consider a reasonable time for completion??

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It's been such a long time since i've posted on here. I'm going to catch up on this week's postings :).

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Run Like Hell in Portland is going to be my first HM too--also happens to be my 35th birthday. Not planning on a costume, but I can't wait to see what other people come up with.
Just wanted to say good luck!

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What's the dael with jelly beans. I hate jelly beans, and can't see the benefit of them as a fuel source. I would think you'd get a quick rush, then crash. But maybe it's just that I don't like them : ) The fruit snacks might be easy to try. But there isn't many in a package. Do they really provide good fuel for longer runs?

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I'm glad to hear that about the fruit snacks-- I bought some fruit leather to try-- MUCH cheaper than any of the fancy stuff! I hope it works well for me!

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I completed my 7th half on May 31st beating my previous PR by just over 12 minutes! This was after I had a horrible training season last year and was diagnose with a stress fracture after running one half in November and having my worst race ever. I was out (and devastated) for my half I'd planned on for December but got my new PR and well sub-2:00 half I'd been looking for.

I've tried Gu, jelly beans, shot blocks, everything and the best thing I have ever found for fuel is fruit snacks! Yup, the ones you can buy for your kids. They have almost as many carbs as those others, taste a lot better and are a lot cheaper and lower calorie!

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OONAOWL-the Stick is a self massager that looks like a slim rolling pin that has movable parts-almost liiks broken. Looks like you know alot about massage, so anything that works for you is great.
Remember your first race is always a PR
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Tigger,
Thanks for the advice & encouragement! What is a Stick?! I actually just ordered a foam roller for self massage & am awaiting it in the post. I am an almost-licensed massage therapist, so I know a few things about massage.
I will not be running for a time, but simply to finish the first one. PR's can wait,lol!

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OONAOWL, welcome and I think you will end up liking the half distance.Follow a good workout plan and you will do well.
Advice-listen to your body. Sometimes you need to rest or do something else, so don't beat yourself up if you don't run one day. Get back on track.
Stretching is a must and I encourage everyone to get a Stick or something that will help with a self massage. I'm not a fan of massages and this is a great way to work out muscles after a long run and race. It really works!
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I am an experienced runner & short racer, but have not yet done a HM. I am beginning training for my first in Late October 09. It is a halloween themed costume run in Portland Oregon. I am going to the website others have mentioned here for more advice on training. I don't want to do it with a team, just solo.

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I'm signed up for the Disneyland 1/2 with my DH. And the day before I'm doing the 5k with mom, dad, bro, SIL, DH & both kids.

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I finished my 3rd HM yesterday (One America Mini Marathon - Indy) and had a personal best! Only had one blister (little toe - just can't seem to do it without getting one there). Trying to decide which HM to do in Oct. or November.

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Is anyone planning on doing the disneyland half in Sept?

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I am so happy to join this group! Yesterday was my first Halfie! It was so much fun. I totally want to run another. Yes I am hooked!!! The training was so helpful.(I used the 10 week marathonrookie.com) The helpful advice that helped me was, at the water stations I did not stop, I just grabbed the cup pinched the top and I drank a few sips and ran. It didn't slow me down :) I loved the Body glide. It totally prevented blisters-what a lifesaver. My goal was to run the whole time and I did it!!!

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4/5/09 9:15 A

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For the week of the race, the HM plan I use (marathonrookie.com) calls for Monday run 3, Tuesday Rest, Wednesday run 3, Thursday Walk 2, Friday Rest, and Saturday race 13.1.

Personally I x-train Monday, run 3.5 Tuesday, x-train Wednesday, run 3.5 Thursday, rest Friday and race Saturday.

For the true 2 to 3 week taper, check out various HM plans. Then you can work out your own plan. I don't really taper much but I don't "race" races so much as participate.

My week after I usually run Tuesday 3, x-train Wed, run Thursday 3, rest Friday and run Saturday 5.

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Lesley, during training for a half, I usually run about 30 miles a week. During my taper week, I cut that down to 15 miles (usually run 5 miles on M, W, F, cross train T, Th, rest on Saturday).

I keep a similar schedule for the week after.

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What does a typical taper week look like before your half, I need ideas and what about the week after?

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After my first half I needed lotion or something to soothe chafing and all I had was sunblock.

Thanks to a few of you who mentioned BodyGlide I'm going to try that out on my half on Saturday. I also found positive feedback on Sportslick. Thanks. This is great! I didn't know they had stuff like that.

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hi there--

i can officially post to this thread.. i completed my first half this past Sunday.. i am reading your post MBSHAZZER about soreness.. well, i have tremendous soreness and i have just now been able to stretch... i will keep in mind your ideas for next time..

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Just wanted to share a new tip with everyone... usually after a half marathon, I am so stiff and sore I can barely walk for the next few days. After my half on Sunday, I went to the gym and biked for 20 minutes (very easy) and stretched out and I have been fine! No soreness or stiffness at all! It really did the trick!

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Okay, good... I was afraid it was just me! :)

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LOL... I am the same way. Some ladies that I run into running every day invited me to do packet pickup the day before a big race and I was like, "NO, I have my rituals that must be adhered to!"

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Well, this past weekend in Austin I learned that the weekend of a race is NOT the time for a first road trip with friends! This may not be the case for everyone, but I have a race-day (and before-race-day) routine and I am extremely anal about it. It got really messed up this weekend, which made me cranky. So, I'm not sure I still have those friends. :)

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These are some great tips. It seems that every race we run we learn something new. I appreciate having a place to get ideas from other runners.

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marathonrookie.com training schedule was the best that I found for all three of my 1/2s
Body Glide is amazing.
Must have Jelly beans...I like the pink running ones...keep them in the package... My first run I put them in my pocket and it was pink with sweat/melting forever more.
Tissue is a must...Why does my nose always run?
Gum, the active people kind...I go through one peice every two miles.



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I just wanted to share with you all something wonderful that I'm involved in. My fiancé and I are training for our 2nd (my 3rd) half-marathon at the end of April.
This year I am doing something special. I'm raising money for Special Kids, a not-for-profit Christian organization located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee that provides speech, physical, occupational, and recreation therapy and skilled-nursing for children with special needs. While a majority of group insurance plans pay a limited amount for the various therapies, many of the services offered at Special Kids operate in a deficit due to extremely low reimbursements from insurance. The services at Special Kids are offered to all participants regardless of the ability to pay.

My participation in this team is even more special to me because I'm currently completing my last clinical for OT school at Special Kids. I get to see the children who will be benefited by these funds every day.

You can read all about my child partners on my spark page. My goal is to raise $1000 for this team and for my kiddos. It would be wonderful if you could all help me out. Every little bit helps, whether it's $1 or $100. You can donate online. It's easy!

1. Logon to the Internet and visit Special Kids at www.specialkidstn.com.

2. Click on the word “Ways to Give” in the drop down box.

3. Under donation type, click the drop down arrow to the right and select “Financial Investment”.

4. Click on the word “click here to donate”

5. Indicate the amount of your investment.

6. Complete all pertinent information below. Important note: if your company has a
matching program, please indicate and increase your investment to Special Kids
through you’re your generosity.

7. Proceed to the next section that reads:
“If this is a Team ASK investment, please enter name of Athlete”
Please enter the information listed below.
Name of Athlete: Erin Chapman
Name of Event: Country Music 1/2 Marathon

8. Click the box entitled “Continue”

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Thanks for your help!!!!!!

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These are all great suggestions!! One other that I would add is don't try a new food or even a new resturant the night before a race. Tried a new dinner before my first half, and it was horrible. There just wasn't enough potty stops!

Jan

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I admit that I am very high maintenance and need to have a ton of things with me for and after the run. Also, test your clothes out on a long run prior to wearing them for races - nothing is worse than chaffing. Have at least two pair of shoes that you can use for races that you normally train in.

For the run Ipod shuffle (fully charged), two tissues, one bathroom wipe in individual wrapper, one gu or power gel packet, one piece of gum.

After the run. Most races have a place to store a bag or I leave it in my car or with my race supporter friends. One shower kit (shampoo, conditioner, soap, flip-flops, towel), a whole tub of wet wipes in case there is no shower, a complete change of clothes to include undergarments (nothing worse than putting back on a sweaty sport bra after a shower), and food. I am always starving after a run and find that if I pack healthy food I will eat it....if not I end up at the crepe stand.

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+1 to bringing wet wipes or tissue on your run. But don't do what I did.....

On my 4th of July race, I figured I would need a wet wipe of some kind to mop my face and neck so I tucked a couple of those moist bathroom wipes inside my jog bra. Well let me just put it this way: those are flushable wipes that are designed to dissolve - and DISSOLVE they did once I started sweating. When I took off my bra I was covered with a pulpy mess! ICKKKK!

Learned my lesson, bring wrapped wet wipes!

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The asthma thing happened to me after the half marathon in Vegas in December. It was my first HM and I wasn't thinking. I refused medical attention and actually coughed for a whole day. It was awful. My asthma didn't bother me until after I kicked at the end and then stopped running

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I DEFINITELY second the vote for doing some training runs around race time. I'm a night person by nature and those 7am start times KILL me. I usually have to start adjusting my sleep & running schedules about 3 weeks out to fully adjust.
I'm also a big fan of bringing a small (16-20oz) throw-away water bottle. It's not so heavy as to be annoying, and it allows you to skip the first few (and always most crowded) water stops!

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Great idea PKELLAM!
I powerwalked 3 1/2's last year and plan to do at least 4 this year including the inaugural Seattle Rock & Roll in June.

My new fav thing is Blister Shield powder for my feet. You simply put 1 teas of powder in your socks, shake them, then put on. Works really great! I use it for hiking as well.

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I always bring toilet paper or a wad of tissues for the porta potties too. I'll throw a cooler in the trunk with some wet washcloths in a zip lock bag - another good way to freshen up a bit before the long ride home.

The other thing I can't live without is Body Glide - under my bra line and anywhere there is a seam that might chafe. Body Glide is the best!

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I also stuck a little wad of toilet paper in my fuel belt pouch since after race time the porta potties can be out of supplies and pretty nasty!!! emoticon



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that wet nap idea is a great one. I have only run one other half but I was pretty stinky by the end of it and I definately agree, the main thing that I learned was to bring a change of clothes because being tired and stinky and wet is not fun!

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Oh yeah, I knew more would come to me!

Bring a wet nap with you and tuck it into a pocket. Use it to wipe off your face and neck when you're finished with the run - makes it much more pleasant to hang around and cheer on others.

Also, bring a dry shirt and either stash it in gear check if they have it or give it to a non-running friend. That way you'll be warm and dry and you can take advantage of all the post-race fun!

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1/1/09 7:08 P

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if u use an asthma medication make sure that you take it on race day adn bring rescue inhalers with you!!!!!!! I got trapped in the medical tent once because i wasn't smart enough to have my inhaler on my person at the end of a race...

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1/1/09 6:21 P

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I've only run two 1/2s, and I'm running my third next weekend. My only tip that has helped me is don't try anything new on race day. Eat the same breakfast, keep the same routine, don't try any new fuel during the race, and enjoy the run!

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1/1/09 5:45 P

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Sharon - great tips! Good luck on the Miami Half.

-Carolyn

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1/1/09 4:44 P

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Great idea, Penny!

I am getting ready to run my 9th half marathon. Some things I would suggest are to double tie your shoes! Leave PLENTY of time to use the restroom before the race. If you run in the afternoon or evening and the race will be in the morning, try getting in at least one training run around the time the race starts.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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1/1/09 3:06 P

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This is your place to share tips, experiences, ask questions and even brag on yourself a bit!

Penny


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