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11/1/14 12:41 A

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Go as far as you like. Back when I was starting out, I ran a 5k the week after my first half. Now I regularly run doubles.

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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10/28/14 12:19 P

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My last half was 9 days ago. I've been doing some gentle running since, and my _slow_ pace has made it really clear that I'm still recovering. Eager for my legs to regain their speed, but I'm respectful of the hard work they accomplished at my race.

It's hard to beat a person that never gives up. ~Babe Ruth

Never stop exploring. ~Dean Karnazes

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10/27/14 10:24 P

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Hi: My Fleet Feet coach sent an email to our group saying the exact same thing that LBTHOMASJR says.

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10/27/14 9:06 A

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While every runner is certainly different and will require more or less time to recover, a general rule of thumb I have often seen and used myself is to take one day off for recovery for every mile that you raced. Thus two weeks for a HM is just about right. When you come back, take it easy at first. I like to reverse my last week of training for my first week back. That is, if my last training run was an easy 3 miler, that would be my first run when I returned. If the second to last was, say a 35 minute tempo run, that would be my second workout coming back, and so on.

Good luck in your recovery and congratulations on your accomplishment!

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
- Thomas Carlyle

5K - 23:45 (6 races)
10K - 50:12 (3 races)
10 Mile - 1:27:07 (2 races)
Half Marathon - 1:56:35 (1 Race)

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10/27/14 8:50 A

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Morning everyone. So 1 week has officially passed since my 1st half marathon ( insert applause - lol).
My fellow runner who has run many marathons and halts said I shouldn't run for 2 weeks to let my body fully recover.
I am planning on running this Sunday - already itching to get out there. ( Yep I guess I am really a runner).
Now how long should my first run be?
And your thoughts on length of recovery time?

Life is good - Live yours today!

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