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post #61 of 86
Sept 3, 2008

Hi SS:

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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
An opportunity has presented itself to potentially do the 1/2 or full marathon 11/19 with Team Parkinson. I'm considering the possiblity..????
Sorry, I misread the 11/19 as 10/19 and thought it was the Nike Marathon. Realized that it is a completely different marathon. Me Bad. Rule of thumb is for every mile you race, allow one day of light recovery/rest. There are some runners in a so called "Marathon a Month" club which is based on this "day per mile recovery" idea. Every month they will do ONE "long" training run of 26.2 miles. I've done 3 marathons back to back with similar spacing without any problems, health or otherwise. However, burned out mentally after the 3rd one. Haven't been able to get myself up to for another marathon in 2 years. Had serious surgery in May, so I will be on marathon vacation for probably another year.

Now are you sure it's 11/19? I checked the calendar, 11/19 is a Wednesday. Most marathons are held on Sundays. Depending on the length of your last long run, hopefully 18 miles or more, I would say that a 11/19 (or more likely 11/16, Pasadena Marathon?) marathon is very much in the cards. I'm basing this projection on you doing a 13.1 run on 10/19. On 11/2 (which is 14 days after the 13.1 mile run), you should do another long,slow run of 20-24 miles. That will leave you at least 2 weeks to taper for either a 11/16 or 11/19 (2.5 weeks). I would suggest making the call on the full marathon one week after 10/19 and base it on the progress of your recovery. However it would seem that another 13.1 miles run in mid-November should not be a problem as long as no injuries for the Nike run.

CP
post #62 of 86
Thread Starter 

Great Advice!

CharlieP,
It is the Pasadena marathon and you're right about timing. I will decide after Nike but many, many thanks for great advice. Very much appreciated!
Just to clarify, working on speed walking so far...a little tenative about doing walk/run intervals but will probably try w/new shoes!!!
Nike+--no GPS. There is a sensor attached to your shoe and a reciever attached to the IPOD. To calibrate you set a distance (1/4 mile track for example) and walk at your standard pace (same approach to set run calibration). Probably could be more precise but didn't seem too bad when I was measuring going around outside of track.
Its fun because there's a voice (you choose male/female) which tells you how much time/distance, etc. measurement you're tracking is left and summarizes at the end (#calories, distance, rate, etc). Then, you can choose a power song for motivation and if you start to poop out, you can press a button and your power song comes on. Obviously not a neccesity---just a fun toy!
Great advice on tapering phase...obviously not personally familiar, so very much appreciate level of detailed advice provided!!!
Will keep you posted!!!!!
post #63 of 86

A Tale of Two Marathons and One 11.3 Mile Race

Sept 5, 2008

Hi SS:

As you go into the final phases of your training, breaking in new shoes, deciding now on the outfit (includes shorts, tops, socks, hat, head band, shades, sun screen, energy supplement, pre-race dinner, race day breakfast, mp3 player etc) which you plan to use on race day is ALL IMPORTANT. Don't want any chaffing or indigestion occuring on that all important run. I'm sure this has been drilled into your head by your coaches.

I would like you to consider being "semi-self sufficient" on race day for fluid replacement. Let me recount three race day snafus which I've personally had the displeasure of experiencing. All three races run by experienced and competent organizations.

(a) 1997 Marathon (all races to be unnamed) last Sunday of October. Unusually hot and humid for that time of the year. Race was also unusually full. I think it was 14,000-16,000 runners. Approached the third or fourth water station (forgot which), no water but had paper cups. Well, I thought to myself "I can last two more miles and replenish at the next station". Big mistake, should have grabbed a cup. Approach the next station, had what passed as water fit to drink, but no paper cups. At this time, I was so thirsty that I would have, well enough said. Scrounged around on the road looking for a used cup which was in more or less "good shape". Selected a half-mashed cup with just a smidgen of dirt/mud on it. Gave it to the water volunteer for some water. He obliged by scrapping up some muddy water from the bottom of the barrel, since this wasn't the first muddy cup that had been dipped into the barrel. Ran with that cup for the next two water stations until I hit a station which had cups and water. While I was running with this bashed in cup, everybody around me were also running with paper cups. Suffered diarrhea for a week after the race.

(b) Spring 2004 Marathon by the Shore. No shade and unusually hot. Since it was a spring marathon, not being in marathon shape after ski season, I signed up for the concurrent 10 mile run and agreed to provide run support for friends in the marathon. After my ten mile run, drove to mile 20 and waited. Were my friends glad to see me, since the water station prior had run out of water. As soon as they left, I went racing for mile 23 to wait for them. Again, the water station there had run out. After the race my friends told me they could not have finished if it were not for the "ice cold flat coke" which I provided.

(c) 11.3 Mile Race, first Sunday of October 2005. Again hot and humid for that time of the year. 18000 participants. I had my trusty water bottle with me. I didn't realize that water bottles were forbidden due to security reasons for that year. However, when I went through the security check point, the volunteer failed to spot it. Approaching water station at mile 6 got two cups of water (one to drink and one to douse my head) and heard the volunteer remark that they were almost out of water and cups and what to do. Approach mile 8 and realized that something was wrong, the race had been re-routed. I knew that the course was changed, since I've been running this race for the past 14 years. The re-routing took a turn a few hundred yards prior to the next water station. Later on I heard that people were so thirsty that they drank out of the water fountain (pool) which is at the foot of Capital Hill. In addition to missing the water station at mile 8, the re-routing changed the distance of the race from 10 miles to 11.3 miles. So there were people who ran almost 5.3 miles without water under that hot burning sun. Oh yes, the change in course was to avoid a suspicious package discovered under a bridge which the race passed over and water bottles were allowed on course the next year.

So, if you are not training with a water bottle, think of starting now and plan to bring one to the race. You should always have a back-up for unexpected contingencies such as lack of water, cold/hot/rainy/snowy/foggy/icy/sunny weather, change of course etc. Don't rely exclusively on the race organization. I'm sure that all races try to do their best, but "S" happens and it is best to rely on one self.

Have a good run on Saturday and by all means, don't over train.

CP

PS: 2006 went to the XXXX Ten Mile Race Expo to pick up my race number. Also picked up an "I ran the 2005 XXXX (10 mile, crossed out and replaced with) 11.3 mile race! (smiley face actually on the t-shirt, not a dramatization or added for effect)
post #64 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi CharlieP,
Thanks for great and in depth advice. I will have 2 water bottles with me on my fuel belt..so I should be fine and independent re: water.
Thanks for the stories; pretty horrible; glad you shared them...gives an idea of what they're like and how important it is not to depend on them.
We were away at a retreat for the weekend -- nice spot near Fresno. People very friendly, nice scenery..but temperature in the 100's. I did a practice w/people there but wasn't able t ofit in distance walk........so need to figure out if that's possible to do if I walk up early enough during the week...
A friend at work wants me to try Acai juice..she has very good intentions but not sure about introducing anything new at this point...........
Many, many thanks for the depth of your advice!
post #65 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi All,
Falling a little behind on workouts due to work and personal travel. Speed workout tonight though and goal of 10 miles for this Saturday (mentor led). Will do a 12 mile coached practice just before leaving for Italy. Struggling a little with schedule due to amount of daylight these days......so I've decided to opt for early work schedule...more time to workout in evenings...especially now that 90+ degree weather seems to be over.
I have gained some weight (noticeable on scale) but I think it may actually be muscle gain. I could definitely lose 10 pounds or maybe more (as was the case all along). Now I weigh more than ever before but the total gain does not look like fat to me...(???).
Good news..........walking faster.....but over what distance???????? More later.......
post #66 of 86
Sept 10, 2008

Hi SS:

Good luck on your speed work and on your 10, 12 mile trainings. It is very possible that the weight gain is "muscle" and not fat, since muscle is denser than fat. I remember when I first started running that I gained weight, but people were complimenting me on looking so fit. So if you look good to Mr SS and/or in the mirror, I wouldn't worry. It took a while with the addition of longer distances for my weight to come down significantly.

Your decision on the Acai juice is right on. No more new stuff to "acclimatize" to at this late date. Hope you have fun in Italy and do some light training while you are there. Consult with your coach and get him/her to recommend a maintenance/tapering schedule for your trip.

CP
post #67 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi CharlieP,
Missed speed training but working on it on my own and getting faster (at least per Nike+...those messages from Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong when you go further or faster on your workout are definitely a fun aspect of the Nike+IPOD.).
Was late for distance training yesterday but made it, so started on my own. Lots of people on trail prepping (although not as many TNT people as expected). Some confusion about distance covered as I had my old shoes w/out sensor and ran into the mentor on the trail..who gave me turnaround point for 11.5-12 miles, but I think there may have been some confusion. At any rate, there's no doubt that I covered at least 8 and felt quite strong at the end...so I think I will be ready for 13.1
From now on, will be using new shoes...like them, very stable. Just trying to figure out pacing. I'm trying to do negative split (ie. faster 2nd half than first half of the whole half marathon....but seems like it would work best with pace goals for different mileage points...ie. if I go a certain speed from 2nd half onward, will I be able to maintain that pace until the end or will I hit a wall of some kind). My one mile (ie. one mile alone) pace has increased quite a bit from first training but I can't keep that up over 6 miles or so (at least I don't think so). Anyway, I think the best thing seems like a steadily increasing pace as you near the finish? What do you think? I could be out to lunch (wouldn't be the first.....or last time)!!!!!!
post #68 of 86
Sept 15,2008

Hi SS:

At this point, discussion about "hitting the wall" or "bonking" as it is commonly known should be touched upon. Conventional wisdowm is that we carry about 2000 calories of glycogen in our bodies. Glycogen is the preferred "source" of energy since it is most easily available to our bodies during physical activities. Since we usually burn about 100 calories per mile of effort, this translates to roughly hitting the wall at the magical 20 mile mark. Since you will be doing a 13.1 mile run, this would seem not to be of concern. However, it is not unheard of to "bonk" on 6 miles runs due to low blood sugar levels affecting one's central nervous system and/or brain. So, it would be prudent to carry energy bars or gels and replenish every hour of the race.

The most important issue for you in the next two weeks (until 9/30) is to do one 12 mile and one or two 7 mile speed training runs. I would suggest a speed run of 7 miles this weekend, a 12 mile distance session on the weekend of the 27th. An optional speed session (6-7 miles) some other day selected in these two weeks. The 12 mile session is to properly prepare you to be able to finish the half marathon. The two speed session is to self determine the pace you will be most comfortable with. I would advise starting and ending each speed session slowly i.e. the first and last mile done at talking speed. For the intervening five miles do your usual speed training. Twelve mile long run should be done at talk test speed or even slightly slower. Race speed and pacing are the most difficult areas to discuss and determine. Race speed is commonly accepted at 70-85% max heart rate. In your two weeks in Italy, if you could squeeze in one more 10-12 mile SLOW run in on Oct 4th and a final speed session on Oct 9th or 10th that would be ideal. If you can get in a speed session on the 9th, you may want to forgo the optional speed session prior to 9/30. From the Oct 12th onward, just one or two 2-3 miles runs at most.

Finally, to run a negative split, one should start out slowly. As you have said, pacing is all about being able to maintain a certain effort until the end of the race. Usually, the first and second mile might be two minutes slower than race speed for each mile. Third and fourth mile might be one minute slower each mile. Fifth mile onward at race speed. Final few miles at a speed which you feel that you can maintain until the end. All changes in pace should be done gradually and smoothly. Walk through each aid station from beginning to end. This will help you to slow down and provide for recovery and rest to maintain speed. The worst is to start out too fast, run out of steam and do the last 4-6 miles at sub race speed or even at a crawl. I've discovered that if I start out slowly, inject a minute or two of walking each mile, I can maintain a decent race pace and actually speed up during the last few miles. Although walking slows one down, the increase or maintaining of speed associated with rest and recovery to the legs will more than compensate for this slight loss in time.

CP
post #69 of 86
Thread Starter 
Coach CharlieP,
I did at least 10 miles in today's distance practice (i.e. followed TNT markers on trail). I used the Nike+ sensor also and per that I did at least an extra mile or so--earlier start point than trail markers).

I have to say that last mile and a half was noticed. Got off to a later start than I should have, wore the newer shoes (no blisters but a little sensitive). I tried to follow your advice and go slow. I know the trail pretty well but rather than feeling like a short distance, that last mile and 1/2 seemed a bit more drawn out. So, I guess it was a good idea to make sure I got that much distance in.

One of the things I noticed was that I probably wasn't sufficiently hydrated at the onset and perhaps should have had more to eat also. I had a couple of watter bottles with gatorade/GuH20 and a couple of bars chopped up into pieces. About every mile or so, I would have a sip of liquid and eat one of the bar chunks. By about mile 7, I noticed that I felt almost completely empty......you know that bottomless pit feeling...as though you had to consume something. I stuck to the same schedule of a sip or two plus a bar chunk (about 1/8 of a bar) and I felt like I had increased energy that would last me through the mile (although lessening) but by the time the Nike+ said another mile had gone by I was back on empty. Is this normal?
I wasn't lightheaded, just empty. I usually feel that way after a day of skiing or pretty far into a bike ride (but I think I understand hydration/nutrition better where cycling is concerned). Anyway, it came as a surprise.

Knee is ok. I'm ok; just tired and still in need of more hydration.

Next Saturday there is a coached training - 12 miles! Thanks for depth of coaching CharlieP!
post #70 of 86
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
Coach CharlieP,
I did at least 10 miles in today's distance practice (i.e. followed TNT markers on trail). I used the Nike+ sensor also and per that I did at least an extra mile or so--earlier start point than trail markers).

I have to say that last mile and a half was noticed. Got off to a later start than I should have, wore the newer shoes (no blisters but a little sensitive). I tried to follow your advice and go slow. I know the trail pretty well but rather than feeling like a short distance, that last mile and 1/2 seemed a bit more drawn out. So, I guess it was a good idea to make sure I got that much distance in.
Great, can't over emphasize the importance of distance training. Nothing beats the feeling and confidence of going into a race and knowing that you can comfortably finish the course because you have already completed the distance a few times before. Nothing is as debilatating as the gnawing feeling of "am I there yet" flashing through your mind at the late stages of a race when your eneryg level is low. I'll have to inject a word of caution here as well. As in all things "too much of a good thing", so build up your distance training gradually. One or two additional miles each week, and at slow speeds at that. The reason is that if you "over train" this week, you may not have sufficient time to recover for next week's training. If you go into next week without recovery, it may lead to injuries.

I'm honored by your "salutation" but being a lowly "slogger", I'm embarrassed as well. How about a friendly "Comrade-in-Feet""? With over 2200 viewings of this thread, I must give credit where due. Meet your coaches: Joe Henderson "Jog, Run, Race" and "Running 101". "Marathon!" Jeff Galloway, "Lifetime Running Plan" Bill Rogers and "The Complete Book of Running" Jim Fixx.

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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
One of the things I noticed was that I probably wasn't sufficiently hydrated at the onset and perhaps should have had more to eat also. I had a couple of watter bottles with gatorade/GuH20 and a couple of bars chopped up into pieces. About every mile or so, I would have a sip of liquid and eat one of the bar chunks. By about mile 7, I noticed that I felt almost completely empty......you know that bottomless pit feeling...as though you had to consume something. I stuck to the same schedule of a sip or two plus a bar chunk (about 1/8 of a bar) and I felt like I had increased energy that would last me through the mile (although lessening) but by the time the Nike+ said another mile had gone by I was back on empty. Is this normal?
I wasn't lightheaded, just empty. I usually feel that way after a day of skiing or pretty far into a bike ride (but I think I understand hydration/nutrition better where cycling is concerned). Anyway, it came as a surprise.
Welcome to the world of bonking. Recall that I said that one might bonk even in a run of 6 miles. What you said "I felt almost completely empty......you know that bottomless pit feeling...as though you had to consume something" is almost the perfect description of bonking. Your "sports/biking" experience lead you to realize that it was energy intake related. I suspect you are correct. However, your drinking/eating schedule as you described seems about right so I'm at pains to explain it. What did you have for breakfast? I know your are too experienced and knowledgeable to have foods high in "simple sugar" content. I would suggest grapes, peaches, bananas, oranges, yogurt and bagels WITH cream cheese two hours prior to your start. Half hour prior maybe some more grapes. At the time of "feeling completely empty", what foods did your body crave? If at all possible, bring some of that food with you during training and especially during the race. Around mile 20 of a marathon, my body craves salted peanuts and butterscotch candy. I always have some with me. Listen to your body, it knows what it wants and needs. One final guess, could it be due to "too much" hydration and your "serum ion levels" were down? i.e. not enough potassium/sodium in the blood. See following:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercis...drink-too-much


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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
Knee is ok. I'm ok; just tired and still in need of more hydration.

Next Saturday there is a coached training - 12 miles! Thanks for depth of coaching CharlieP!
Great to hear that the knees are doing well. Just keep a close watch on them for pain and/or soreness. I think that it is behind you. Feeling tired is normal. As long as it is a "good" tiredness which you recover from in a day or two that is fine and to be expected. You've come a long way and the end is in sight. I think two more long runs (12, and one final one of 12 or 13 or14) should suffice. Two weeks from now your energy level will be high, your training will be behind you. You will be feeling your new sense of power. Don't blow it on a few "fast runs". That is what tapering is all about. To rest and fill up your energy reservoir. REMEMBER, two weeks from now, there is nothing you can do to help you with the race, but you CAN BLOW the race in the final two weeks. Keep on schedule and on course. Your looking GOOD. Hope your "feeling GOOD" ("Trading Places")

CP
post #71 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi CharlieP,
I guess "bonking" does make sense as a description although I always thought of it as being in a state where your body basically stopped functioning (for example, I was on a challenging bike ride coming to the end; I felt a bit hazy but thought I was ok but when the brain said :" take the feet out of the pedals --nothing happened. I was staring down at my feet ordering them to respond and nothing was happening....so of course the bike and I fell over.....then I had some type of food and water and started to feel better.
You'd have to know me to know that I've probably never been overhydrated in my life...usually the opposite. I think I was on schedule to drink/munch on bars during workout but had to be off at the starting point. I had oatmeal for breakfast but the quick kind and not that much to drink to start with. In past rides, I would have been a lot more serious about planning hydration and food before, during, after ride.....so time for me to figure out how it applies to 1/2 marathon prep...thanks for detailed suggestions.
Saturday was a big rest day after 10 miles but was fine by Sunday. Am developing very significant callouses on feet/toes and that's just fine. Next Saturday's 12 mile effort should be quite an experience. Glad I did do 10 miles (at least)! Will update you after that.........especially as we will be leaving for Italy the following Tuesday and I will not be bringing a laptop along!!!!!
post #72 of 86
Thread Starter 

Craving French Fries covered with Salt

Forgot to answer your question, CP, on what my body was craving. I kept remembering that our group leader (we all practiced as a group outside of our official club rides) brought out chunky oven fries coverd with salt for the last stop of our metric century graduation ride (bike club course). That's what I was thinking during the latter parts of the 10 mile practice. I was also thinking that I was going to have more food with me next time so that I wouldn't be thinking of running out of food!

Other than that, I was thinking that my bottoms of my feet felt tender and that I now understood clearly why the practices start so early in the morning....because they end that much earlier and it's so much more comfortable and fresh than it is later..................
post #73 of 86
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Forgot to answer your question, CP, on what my body was craving. I kept remembering that our group leader (we all practiced as a group outside of our official club rides) brought out chunky oven fries coverd with salt for the last stop of our metric century graduation ride (bike club course). That's what I was thinking during the latter parts of the 10 mile practice. I was also thinking that I was going to have more food with me next time so that I wouldn't be thinking of running out of food!
Sept 23, 2008

Hi SS:

That's it: "oven fries coverd with salt". You crave "salted oven fries", I need "salted peanuts". The common denominator is "salt", so, unless "salted oven fries" are compact and portable, you may want to think about some other food rich in salt for those crucial final miles. I really suspect hyponatremia, low serum sodium/potassium levels. Do you sweat a lot? I do and that's why I have this problem.

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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
Other than that, I was thinking that my bottoms of my feet felt tender and that I now understood clearly why the practices start so early in the morning....because they end that much earlier and it's so much more comfortable and fresh than it is later..................
You sure you are not my "long lost sister"? That happens to me all the time. After 22-23 miles, I have "sore feet" and my running suffers because of it. This is one of many problems which I can't help you with, since I don't know how to take care of it myself. I hope some "Running Bear" comes up with a solution for the both or us. Soak feet in vinegar the night before?

Glad to hear that you recovered so quickly. That is great. You will be in good shape for the 12 mile run. Remember, start out slow and run slowly, since you might want to do one more long run after that. Everything now is looking up for you. After next weeks 12 miles run, I would suggest one final long run of 12-14 miles on Oct 6th-8th. Still slowly. Throw in 2 short runs of 4 miles between Oct 1st and Oct 11th. After you get back 1-2 short runs of 2-3 miles will probably do it.

Have fun in Italy.

CP
post #74 of 86
Thread Starter 
CharlieP,
12 miles today (seemed longer)...decidedly slow but finished! Discovered salted pretzels full of peanut butter -- a must have for the actual Nike 1/2 marathon. Today was team's final practice followed by a free massage (can you believe it?). Thanks to all who have helped along the way, especially you CharlieP! Next report will probably be after 1/2 marathon! Special thanks to Bears and Divas who have been SO supportive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #75 of 86
Sept 28, 2008

Hi SS:

Well, the long hard work is over. At this point, a few short runs and hopefully one more long run. Knowing the difficulty of training while traveling, the long run is up to you. I'm glad that you found your "energizer" of choice. Would you believe that on Saturday, at mile 10 of a 12 mile run, I had some pretzels as well? However no peanut butter. I'll have to remember the peanut butter next time.

Again, have a great time in Italy and waiting to hear all the good news about your 1/2 marathon race. Go get em Diva.

CP
post #76 of 86
Thread Starter 

Hi from Italy

CharlieP,
A quick hi from Italy. Still training, a little hilly but amazingly beautiful countryside to train in. Staying on track in spite of really good wine and also carboloanding to the max!!!!!

Ciao!
post #77 of 86
This is useless without pics
post #78 of 86
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CharlieP,
A quick hi from Italy. Still training, a little hilly but amazingly beautiful countryside to train in. Staying on track in spite of really good wine and also carboloanding to the max!!!!!

Ciao!
Oct 5, 2008

Hi SS:

Thanks for taking the time to keep us posted on your travels. I've finished a 10 mile race today and it was awful. I should practice what I preach. Keep up the good work and enjoy.

CP
post #79 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi All,
Spending week-end in Minneapolis with father in law. Pictures and trip report to follow. Amazing!!!!! Will share when we return Sunday or Monday.

Ciao!
post #80 of 86
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Hi All,
Spending week-end in Minneapolis with father in law. Pictures and trip report to follow. Amazing!!!!! Will share when we return Sunday or Monday.

Ciao!
post #81 of 86
Thread Starter 

The End is Very Near

Just getting ready to leave; the race is tomorrow. Don't expect to be particularly fast but just to finish. I expect this will be an amazing experience and I hope it feels like a Team in Training focused experience because that has been so worthwhile (in spite of training absences for Italy, etc).

Picked up race packet Thursday and was somewhat perturbed with overwhelming feel of commercialism (perhaps it was the person who pointed out that I could get matching running shoes for my Nike marathon tshirt).

Anyway, thanks all and very special thanks to CharlieP for so much help! Italy trip report w/photos once Mr. SS returns and gives me access to photos. A final report after race tomorrow (report next week) and this thread will finally end and we can all focus on skiing....thankfully!
post #82 of 86
Ski Spirit - you will do great ! All the best wishes for a safe, fun, exhilarating event ! I'll be thinking of you the whole day tommorrow.
post #83 of 86
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Ski Spirit - you will do great ! All the best wishes for a safe, fun, exhilarating event ! I'll be thinking of you the whole day tommorrow.
Oct 18, 2008

SS:

I second that

CP
post #84 of 86
Thread Starter 

It's Over

Finished the Nike Women's 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I walked the whole thing (except for jogging to catch up with my walk partner after a potty stop). It went really well in comparison to training. My pace was not lightning fast but it was 40 minutes better than my last formal 12 mile practice (which was amazingly slow.).

I felt so good at the end that I was actually surprised when I turned into the finishing gate!
It was a great experience. Great to be part of TNT, great to be part of that marathon.

Thanks 911 and CharlieP for last words of support! They helped.

In particular, CharlieP, you have my heartfelt gratitude for all of your training suggestions, the depth of them and the sheer level of effort.

I loved the experience. I am tentatively going to train for the full Nike women's marathon next year. In between, I will probably do SF 1/2 or full. We'll see.

As I made it through injury free, I will now go back to walk/running and try to develop the running/jogging side more (hopefully strengthening rather than injuring anything).

Thanks all Bears/Divas for all of your support! It meant a lot!

Can't wait for snow!!!!

Trip report on Italy once I get photos from Mr. SS and learn how to embed them.
post #85 of 86
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
Finished the Nike Women's 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I walked the whole thing (except for jogging to catch up with my walk partner after a potty stop). It went really well in comparison to training. My pace was not lightning fast but it was 40 minutes better than my last formal 12 mile practice (which was amazingly slow.).

I felt so good at the end that I was actually surprised when I turned into the finishing gate!
It was a great experience. Great to be part of TNT, great to be part of that marathon.

Thanks 911 and CharlieP for last words of support! They helped.

In particular, CharlieP, you have my heartfelt gratitude for all of your training suggestions, the depth of them and the sheer level of effort.

I loved the experience. I am tentatively going to train for the full Nike women's marathon next year. In between, I will probably do SF 1/2 or full. We'll see.

As I made it through injury free, I will now go back to walk/running and try to develop the running/jogging side more (hopefully strengthening rather than injuring anything).

Thanks all Bears/Divas for all of your support! It meant a lot!

Can't wait for snow!!!!

Trip report on Italy once I get photos from Mr. SS and learn how to embed them.
Oct 22, 2008

Hi SS:

Congratulations. I'm so happy for your good experience and that you are planning to do a full and maybe another 1/2 or full. Let me be the first to welcome you to the fellowship of endurance road sports enthusiasts i.e. runners/joggers/walkers. Your skiing will thank you for the amazing aerobic shape you are in (ref: This issue of Ski Magazine, article by Chris Fellows).

One final word to the wise: "Train don't Strain".

Again, congrats.

CP
post #86 of 86
WOOO HOOO ! GREAT JOB SKI SPIRT !


A truly inspiring accomplishment !
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