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So, I'm on my way to becoming a runner. I've never really enjoyed running until recently. Now I'm completely hooked.

I'm planning to run my first half marathon (13.1 miles) with my husband (he's run one already) on June 5. There is one half marathon in Seattle that I really really really want to run (it's on my bucket list). This year it just happens to be exactly 20 days after that first one I'm running with DH.

A friend posted about registering for the Seattle race on FB tonight and I told her that I wanted to run it, but was holding off on registering because of the race I was running earlier in the month. I told her I was going to wait and see how I felt and then register at the last minute if I felt up to running another one.

She told me I wouldn't want to run one that soon, but admitted she could be wrong. She was just going based on her experience after her first one. Then her husband commented that she's right. It's possible, but there's no way I'd want to run it.

A mutual friend of ours popped up and said basically don't listen to them, if I want to run them both and train properly for them there is no reason why I shouldn't or couldn't. AMEN!!

Then my DH popped up and said "You can't talk to her, all you can do is sit back and watch." I talked to him after he posted that and he says he was just trying to be funny, but it really pissed me off.

I know I've never run a half marathon before and all of these people have, but if there is one thing I HATE is for someone to tell me that I can't do something. To me it felt like my husband was saying "she won't listen, so all we can do is sit and watch her fall on her face." I was FUMING. He apologized, but it still doesn't take the sting away.

I may or may not feel up to running the damn race, I'm the first to admit that, but why does everyone have to tell me I can't do it???? Why can't they just say "hey, more power to ya! I wouldn't want to do it, but if you want to, go for it."

Sorry....had to get that off my chest. :nrant:
 

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At first quick glance I wonder if you starting in running is now --somehow---a threat or 'whatever' to your husband?

Just a thought............

I say................:clap: YOU GO GIRL!!! :tay:

Come over and run the Bloomsday -----over here!! I will be there to cheer you on!!! :cheergrl:

Bloomsday 2011 - Over 50,000 runners, joggers and walkers!
 

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At first quick glance I wonder if you starting in running is now --somehow---a threat or 'whatever' to your husband?
I can see how it might look that way, but it's really not. He's really excited to share this hobby together and our kids are getting excited about running and races, too. We're looking at this as something we can all do together as a family and I really don't think he's threatened by it.

Come over and run the Bloomsday -----over here!! I will be there to cheer you on!!! :cheergrl:

Bloomsday 2011 - Over 50,000 runners, joggers and walkers!
Holy smokes that's a HUGE race, but it looks awesome! Hhhmmm, May 1st....I may have to check my calendar :D
 

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Holy smokes that's a HUGE race, but it looks awesome! Hhhmmm, May 1st....I may have to check my calendar :D
It is a monster............this town swells to bursting with people. It is televised (which is where I usually watch it :laugh:) but is supposed to be tons of fun. (have friends that walk it each year)

They have clinics for training for it and everything. The day before, when you pick up your numbers, there is a huge 'show' type thing for buying goodies and tons of freebies given away.

GOBS of people from west of the Cascades come over for it.
 

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Is the second race the Seattle Rock and Roll?? If it is, you might not want to wait until last minute to sign-up. Those are pretty popular races and sometimes they sell out. (I have NO idea if it sold out last year -- but if it did, it's a safe guess it will sell out again).

Okay, now to the matter of running two halves within 20 days. A few questions, how long have you been running? What distances have you completed? Have you ever raced before? What is your training plan? Do you do run/walks?

I'm asking all these questions, because it can be feasible to run both, but it would depend on some things. You don't want to finish the second race (the one you "really really really want to run") with an injury and never run again.

A half-marathon distance is nothing to sneeze at. Also, if you do decide to do both, make the second race your "A" race. In other words, use the first race as a training run of sorts (actually some training plans have you do the distance before). Don't worry about time. Take walk breaks (look into Jeff Galloway) If you think you're going too slow, you're going too fast. It's easy to get caught up in the moment of the race and go out at full speed even though you never intend to.
 
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I am a runner wannabe - currently training for my first 5k this summer. One of the things on my 'bucket' list is to run a 5k by my 55th Bday, coincidently, this race is three days before then. I've been working up to running on the treadmill, I am starting the C25K program tonight, week 1 day 1 LOL.

Only YOU will know how you feel after the first race, frugrrl has some good suggestions that may allow you to run both races, whatever you decide, we will be your virtual cheerleaders! :cheer4::cheer4::cheer4:
 

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Yes, the second race is the RnR ~ and it will likely sell out, but there are always bibs available on craigslist. If I can get one great, if not there is always next year :)

I'm a big fan of the Jeff Galloway running style and I have every intention of using his run/walk methods

I've been running for about a year, but am just now coming off of an injury. My max mileage right now is about 3 mi, but the first half isn't until June 5 so I have plenty of time to get my mileage up.

I do not intend to go "all out" on either race. My only goal is to finish. I love racing and I love running but I have no delusions of placing or even competing.

I have no idea if I'm going to want to run the second race or not, which is why I'm not registering for it in the first place. After this injury (and another similiar one right when I first started running) I am going to be smart. If my body doesn't feel good I won't run. If my body feels good I will.

It just really annoys me when someone tells me I can't. Especially my husband!!! Anyway, after talking to my husband last night (he's flying so not home, this whole conversation happened on the phone) and sleeping on it I feel better. I was just irked last ngiht.
 

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I am a runner, do marathons, love them but did deal with a injury from over extending, and took a while to heal. :)

Good luck ,enjoy your race, and the world of running. You will do fine.
 

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In his defense, he didn't say anything about you falling on your face. He just said that you won't listen. And apparently he's right about you not listening, because you said yourself that you hate when people tell you that you can't do something.

And you SHOULDN'T listen to to people who tell you that you can't, so to me, it really seems like he was paying you a compliment. :)

Good luck with the race!!
 
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Awww Nishu, I've missed you :D Seriously girl, we really need to get together. We've been neighbors for how many years now???

ShadowMom ~ you GO girl!!! The C25K program is AWESOME!! It's what I used to get started and coming off of this injury, what I'll be doing (with a friend to get her started) to ease myself back into running.
 

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Yes, the second race is the RnR ~ and it will likely sell out, but there are always bibs available on craigslist. If I can get one great, if not there is always next year :)
One of these years, I'll do the Seattle Rock and Roll. I LOVE Rock and Roll races!! They are SO well supported and just wonderful!

I'm a big fan of the Jeff Galloway running style and I have every intention of using his run/walk methods
JG is awesome!!

It just really annoys me when someone tells me I can't. Especially my husband!!! Anyway, after talking to my husband last night (he's flying so not home, this whole conversation happened on the phone) and sleeping on it I feel better. I was just irked last ngiht.
You're right, it is annoying when someone says that you can't. When that happens to me, I almost take it as a personal challenge!!

I do not intend to go "all out" on either race. My only goal is to finish. I love racing and I love running but I have no delusions of placing or even competing.
I guess I should have clarified, sometimes we get caught up in beating our time from a previous race or beating our usual pace. Races are just so darn exciting!! :D

I've been running for about a year, but am just now coming off of an injury. My max mileage right now is about 3 mi, but the first half isn't until June 5 so I have plenty of time to get my mileage up.
What is/was the injury? And does the time you had the injury include they year you've been running? (For example, started running in Jan 2010 and injured in June 2010.) What's the longest distance you ran before the injury?

I have no idea if I'm going to want to run the second race or not, which is why I'm not registering for it in the first place. After this injury (and another similiar one right when I first started running) I am going to be smart. If my body doesn't feel good I won't run. If my body feels good I will.
This is wise.
 

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Yes, the second race is the RnR ~ and it will likely sell out, but there are always bibs available on craigslist. If I can get one great, if not there is always next year :)

I am planning on this one someday as well.

I'm a big fan of the Jeff Galloway running style and I have every intention of using his run/walk methods

I love his style as well




It just really annoys me when someone tells me I can't. Especially my husband!!! Anyway, after talking to my husband last night (he's flying so not home, this whole conversation happened on the phone) and sleeping on it I feel better. I was just irked last ngiht.

It does sound like your hubby loves you so much, is supportive and probably didn't realize how much he hurt you. It pushes me to when someone says I can't, and makes me try harder as well...lol.

I think it is fantastic your drive, goals, involving your whole family in health. Good luck to you, you will do fine. Go for it girl.

I use to do mountain bike races, now run more.
 

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One of these years, I'll do the Seattle Rock and Roll. I LOVE Rock and Roll races!! They are SO well supported and just wonderful!
Oooh, tell me when you do! I'll either run it with you or be there to cheer you on!!
You're right, it is annoying when someone says that you can't. When that happens to me, I almost take it as a personal challenge!!
EXACTLY!!!!

I guess I should have clarified, sometimes we get caught up in beating our time from a previous race or beating our usual pace. Races are just so darn exciting!! :D
I know what you mean. I have been known to "start out fast" in races before, but I really really have every intention of just running my own race for this first half. It's one of the most beautiful half marathons in the country and I don't want to miss a second of it! I just want to relax and enjoy myself!

What is/was the injury? And does the time you had the injury include they year you've been running? (For example, started running in Jan 2010 and injured in June 2010.) What's the longest distance you ran before the injury?
I started running in May 2009. That fall I ended up with some issues with my right foot and took most of the winter off, starting PT in early Spring 2010. By June/July I was back to running & working out consistently. This past November I upped my weights in my strength class and then went and ran a mile on the treadmill after class. My legs were fatigued (due to the weight increase) and my form got shot to he!!. I ended up with tendonitis in my left heel which morphed into a bruised heel. I took all of December off from working out (other than PT) and started easing myself back in at the gym in January. I'm now consistently strength training, doing the elliptical & the stationary bike with the occasional swim thrown in for good measure. I'm consistenly pain free now, so I'm slowly easing myself back into running (at the gym on the treadmill). This week I plan to go for my first outdoor run since my injury. I'll go about two miles just to see how it feels.

The longest distance I've gone to date is 4 miles.
 

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Or, you could come and run Robie Creek in Boise. Considerd the toughest 1/2 marathon in the mountain west! Problem is....numbers sell out immediatly and usually the website crashes during registration.....
 

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"Oooh, tell me when you do! I'll either run it with you or be there to cheer you on!!"
You bet I will!! That would be fun!!


I started running in May 2009. That fall I ended up with some issues with my right foot and took most of the winter off, starting PT in early Spring 2010. By June/July I was back to running & working out consistently. This past November I upped my weights in my strength class and then went and ran a mile on the treadmill after class. My legs were fatigued (due to the weight increase) and my form got shot to he!!. I ended up with tendonitis in my left heel which morphed into a bruised heel. I took all of December off from working out (other than PT) and started easing myself back in at the gym in January. I'm now consistently strength training, doing the elliptical & the stationary bike with the occasional swim thrown in for good measure. I'm consistenly pain free now, so I'm slowly easing myself back into running (at the gym on the treadmill). This week I plan to go for my first outdoor run since my injury. I'll go about two miles just to see how it feels.

The longest distance I've gone to date is 4 miles.
Ouch! Yikes! I think it's good that you are doing a lot of cross-training.

I hope the run this week outside goes great! I love running outside! All the fresh air and the sunshine (sometimes).

Let us know what you end up deciding.
 

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My first half was the WDW Half in 2008. I LOVED it. That being said, I wouldn't have wanted to do another 20 days later... but I hadn't properly trained to do that either. I say, if it's something you want to do, just be sure to train for it and keep running! Halfs are by far my favorite distance.

In October 2008, I trained for and ran my first marathon. In 2009, I was training for my second marathon and pulled my AT. My recovery took 13 months. I went from running 15 miles at a time to not being able to jog across a parking lot to my car without pain. It SUCKED. Now, I'm using the C25k program to come back to it. It's been great. Just be sure to watch those injuries!

I think you can do whatever you want. Enjoy every step of it!
 
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