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2/8/11 9:15 P

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Thank you everyone for the feedback. I have started to implement the training program and I think it is definitely going to be the way for me to go- I did 8 miles this week so I think it will work for me.

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2/1/11 3:41 P

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This is such fantastic information!

I have heard of people having great success with the Galloway method. I might have to switch over to it!


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2/1/11 2:26 P

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I ran all of my first one but I was 16 and stupid and had a time goal. I think whenever it is your first half marathon just go out there to finish. No goal, just have fun, and if you have to walk more then what your plan calls for go for it. I think your first half you should always come away with a good experience and then you can beat yourself up about time and pace on all the rest! lol Good luck

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2/1/11 1:51 P

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I did a run/walk combo for my first half marathon last September. My son had been in the hospital and my training was derailed (which was fine given the circumstances). So I decided to go ahead and do the HM but not try and run it all since I knew I couldn't. I was just as excited to finish that way as I would have if I'd run it all to be honest.

I am training for my second half now. I am planning to train to run the whole way. But, I am going to walk through water stops and if my body says "WALK!" then I'm open to walking as needed. No need to hurt myself is what I figure.

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2/1/11 1:08 P

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I'm running my first HM at the end of April. My plans are to run the whole thing, except for short walk breaks at the water stations. Once I stop running, I have a hard time getting going again, so I'm going to run as much as possible.

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2/1/11 12:40 P

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Another option is to take walk breaks at strategic times. I like to walk the steepest uphill sections since I can walk them almost as fast as I run them. I also walk briefly to test my blood sugar and consume carbs or adjust my insulin pump if needed. No right or wrong anser to this question...whatever way works for you is the way to go!

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2/1/11 9:38 A

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During my first HM I ran solid until mile 8 then an injury caused me to take walk breaks frequently.

Now I'm a bit more conscious of what my body is telling me. I've found that if I feel I need to walk I do and I predetermine a point ahead at which I will start running again. Usually 15 to 30 sec. For me that's just enough to regain my strength.

I've found very little difference in time when I take short walk breaks vs running the entire time. In fact, I usually improve my pace after a short walk.

On the other hand, I have a friend that once he stops to walk, he can't get back into the grove again and the whole run suffers.

Just shows there's not one right way to do it, just whatever you need to do to keep going strong.

Jeremy

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1/31/11 10:21 P

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I had planned to run my first, but got injured, so I did a good bit of walking. Since then I have run all of my other HMs. You need to do what makes you comfortable.

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1/31/11 7:27 P

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I ran the whole way for my half marathon, but there is no right or wrong way to do it. I would only second a recommendation someone else gave, here, that you train for one way or the other. They both work and you can finish with a good time, either way. You just have to pick the one you feel most comfortable with both mentally and physically.

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1/31/11 1:19 P

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I run but walk through the water stops.

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1/31/11 10:09 A

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Hi! I ran/walked my first half marathon and continue training this way. It is the best for me and when I am in full swing of training, my time is actually faster run/walking than if I ran the whole thing. I love the Jeff Galloway method and plan to use it in future races! Good luck!!!

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1/31/11 9:31 A

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I am just finishing up my first month of training and I jogged 4 miles Sunday. I use 2 methods-the Galloway and my heart rate. Two days a week I incorporate the Peak 8. I believe that has greatly improved my card. My hamstrings are very tight so I am gradually increasing my stride-doing Nichols stretches after every workout. emoticon

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1/31/11 8:40 A

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I just ran my first Half in December and like a lot of folks have said, I ran it but for the water stops. I consider that running the whole thing. I was never not running for more than 10 seconds perhaps. That said, the main thing is do what you want and are comfortable with. There are plenty of folks who walk the entire distance and there's absolutely no right or wrong way to do it. Just figure out what you want to do, find a training plan to match that preference, stick to it, and you will rock the heck out of your race. Good luck!

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1/31/11 7:45 A

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I have ran 5 half marathons. For 3 of them, I actually ran the whole thing (including my first).

For the other two, the weather for both was really extreme (one was in March in a cold, pouring rain w/ 40mph winds, the other was in 80 some degree heat), and I had to walk some of those. I finished both, but they were a struggle.

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10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
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1/30/11 11:19 P

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I have only done one so far, but I power walked through the water stations and ran the rest. I might have a better finishing time if I did intervals, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could run the whole way.

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1/30/11 6:47 P

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I just ran my first in November and I used the Galloway method using run/walk intervals of 2:00/:30. I will be running my second in 3 weeks and plan on doing the same. I run much faster overall when I have a walk breaks.

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1/30/11 6:31 P

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I'd like to say that I have run all the races that I've done, but it's not the case. I always walk through the water stations and take short breaks as needed. I have found this allows me to run 95% of the race and finish strong.

Good luck!!

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1/30/11 5:39 P

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For my first half it was my goal to run all of it and I did. Other than one very short bathroom break I didn't even stop to drink or refuel, I just drank as I ran... But I REALLY struggled after mile 10. This year I plan on doing run/walk intervals. Right now my plan is to run 10 minutes and walk 1 but that may change as I get further in my training. I would like to say my finish time doesn't matter but I do hope to knock some time off of last year's finish, but my main goal is to finish strong.

Do whatever you are comfortable with. There is no shame in walking part of it. It doesn't make you less of a runner. Good luck with your training!!

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1/30/11 4:18 P

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I ran as much as I could and walked when I needed to. I don't think I could run 13 miles straight. I also have a really hard time drinking and running so I usually walk through water stations. But when I do walk I walk as fast as I can.

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1/30/11 4:07 P

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thanks for asking the question.. my first HM isn't until May and it was one i had been wondering about.. Everyone has such great answers.!

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1/30/11 3:56 P

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My very first half I went into it injured and walked alot of it - more than planned - but I finished which was the goal. My second I ran the whole thing and struggled. My last 2 I ran with the exception of the water stations - those I walked through, but ran the rest - and that seems to work really well for me.

Whatever you decide to do I suggest that you train that way... Best of luck to you during these last weeks of training and for your first of may halfs!!

Tami

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1/30/11 3:47 P

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I have only done one myself and I ran the entire time. I have been testing out running and walking and I think I could do better if I ran some and walked some. I think the Jeff Galloway method works. Find what works best for you.

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1/30/11 2:51 P

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I am also planning to use run-walk intervals for my first HM in May.

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1/30/11 2:32 P

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My time is faster when I take regular walk intervals. Maybe time yourself both ways and see what works for you.

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1/30/11 2:22 P

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I ran my first half marathon last May and ran all of it. However, I struggled a lot during the last 3 miles. I'm doing the same half again this May and plan to take some walk breaks so I can finish strong.

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1/30/11 1:55 P

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My first is still to come, but I plan to run a mile and walk a minute....that is what I am doing on my training runs and it seems to work for me.

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1/30/11 1:54 P

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I've only done two but I ran both of them. I did walk a few steps at the water stations, but only enough to drink the water, and then started running again.

Good luck with your race!

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1/30/11 1:37 P

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Shannon, my first few half marathons I ran as much as I could, walked to regroup, and then ran again.

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1/30/11 1:32 P

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I am currently planning on running my first HM on March 20th. So far my longest run has been 7 miles (straight run without walking in 1:29:00). I am still working on getting to my goal and I know that I will be ready and rocking it on March 20th. My goal is not to finish fast, but to finish as I have only been running since November 2010.

Question for all of you- at your first Half Marathon did you run it all or did you run/walk with intervals?

Shannon

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