Advice?!? --1 Week to 1st Half Marathon!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

OMG people. OMG...(laughing)

I've got one week and counting. Wow...
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So, quick entry this week! Today was 6 miles on the training schedule. But to allow my knee to heal, I didn't run with the group. Instead I took to the elliptical machine since it's less stress on my knee joint while still digging in a workout.

So to the gym I went. And it worked like a charm.

Mile 1... weak in the knee a tiny bit, but at least have a fluid motion. My breath was good and I quickly increased to a running motion.

Mile 2... very strong. So strong that I didn't even have to slow down until about ten minutes in. Then I slowed to a walk for a minute, and kicked out another 8 minutes running surprisingly easily.

Mile 3... still strong and hanging in there.

Quick break to configure my shoe inserts and re-adjust the movie I was watching (that's a trick I use to stay on the treadmill or elliptical for long training... I watch a movie on my iphone), then I was at it again.

Mile 4... super easy.

Mile 5...still moving well, but knee getting a bit stiffer.

Mile 6... home run and done. Knee is stiff but working enough to keep me going.

Overall, very happy.

I even did another hour of strength training I felt so good.

So little by little I'm gathering everything I'm going to need for this race. Anyone have any advice, I am all ears... especially if anyone has done A1A in particular.

Talk to you all soon. And yes, I'm icing my knee as "we speak".

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    Keep taking care of yourself and working hard! I'm so proud of you!!!
    3462 days ago
    Thanks everybody! I'm taking it all in... can't believe it's almost here. emoticon
    3462 days ago
    Enjoy the 'rush' you will feel at the event. Finishing is the best experience. Have a fun!
    3462 days ago
    I have done two half marathons so far... here are a few thoughts.

    Be careful about going out too fast at the start. It's harder than it you think when you're in a crowd and people are passing you. It seems like everyone else is running faster than you, but that's only because you can only see the people in front LOL

    Also, ice like crazy afterward. I have heard that sitting in a waist deep tub of very cold water for 30 min helps tremendously. I have never tried this one, but some marathoners swear by it.

    Stop and drink at all the hydration stops, whether you feel like you need it or not. If you feel like you're struggling, just focus on reaching each mile marker, one at a time.

    Have fun! Good for you for taking on the challenge!

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    3462 days ago
    I'm new to the team but saw your blog and decided to comment since I just finished my first half with the ING. It is completely doable and it goes by faster than you expect. I honestly did not train consistently (bad, I know) and the mere thought of 13 miles left me sleepless a couple of nights before but I started jogging, focused on my music, and next thing I knew I was at mile 10 and 11. I'm sure you will do great- best of luck!!!
    3462 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7221782
    Have fun and enjoy the whole thing - take it all in!!! when you get to mile 9 - 10 and it seems like the end will never come, that's when you crank up the tunes!!!!
    Enjoy the experience!!! Post a picture for us!!!! :-)
    3462 days ago
    April, you can do this. While you are running, just keep thinking of all the support you have here on Spark. I have not run anything beyond a 10K so the best advice I can offer is to listen to your body.

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    3462 days ago
    Day before, do NOTHING! That helped me out greatly with my knee issues. Avoid the urge to walk around the expo. Warm up before the race, we ran about a half mile before. You will be awesome! I'll be thinking about you this weekend!
    3462 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5197542
    You'll do just great! You've done the training, now enjoy seeing where it can take you. Go out there and have FUN!

    3462 days ago
    Aprile, you are going to do GREAT! Just take things easy this week, get plenty of rest and visualize yourself crossing the finish line. It's ALL mental from here on out!
    3462 days ago
    Let the countdown begin.....What time is your race? Looks like we will be doing some virtual running again! You are ready! Your training will guide you to the finish line! Woohoo!
    3462 days ago
    I love the 1/2 marathon - you'll really accomplish something HUGE by crossing the line. Just be sure you run YOUR race. Don't start out too fast and get sucked in by the pace others will set. The finish line will be there for you - as will the celebration party!

    3463 days ago
    If this is your first half, then you get a personal best for crossing the start and another for crossing the finish, so enjoy your run!

    Good running and be careful out there.

    3463 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Trust your training, you'll do great! Have something for an energy boost in your pocket, and run all the downhills to let gravity help you. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the experience. You're ready!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3463 days ago
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