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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 09:38
Hi everyone!
I just signed up for my first half marathon in November, and I was wondering if there were any serious runners out there who had any input for good high-energy foods, running tips, and ideas for incorporating other exercises into training plans.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:05
I'm doing a half marathon next weekend, I used to make a training schedule (they call it Smart Coach). It's free but you have to make an account with them.
There's a bunch of interesting articles on there too, and a whole section on 1/2 training:,7123,s6-238-244-258-0,00.html

I don't eat any differently, will just take it easy and carb load a few days before the race
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Posted: 19 Oct 2011, 13:11
I am just getting interested in running. I started over the summer and have two 5k's under my belt. I wills step up to an 8k next weekend, and then I'm considering signing up for a half next spring. I'm terrified, but if I don't take a chance, I'll never get there. I used the Shamrock 8k training schedule. They've also got a good looking schedule for the half:
I'm not much help when it comes to eating suggestions. I've been doing low carb, which seems to be a bit incompatible with running. I'm tinkering with it though, and hope to be able to find a way to continue losing weight and enjoying running at the same time. Good luck on your half!

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 12:53
I'm a runner and multi sport athlete. I did a 10K/45 mile bike ride in August, an olympic length triathlon in September and ran a half marathon in September. A few tips - don't do anything new on race day. Don't wear new sneakers, don't try a new gel, etc. Arrive early to be able to park and get yourself to the start line without feeling stressed. Make sure you look into the rules to see if you are allowed to use your ipod or not. I use an app called endomondo, which is great. It uses the GPS on your phone to track your mileage, pace, route, etc. It's really cool. My 'super foods' are siggi's yogurt, ezikiel bread and wraps, egg whites, chia seeds, bananas, apples, berries, smoothies with protein powder, fruit and made with coconut or almond milk, cold water, wild caught fish, organic chicken breast, veggies, quinoa, brown rice and I 'juice' as well. I have a juicer and make carrot, apple, celery juice or other kinds. I drink half my weight in ounces of water a day as well. In addition to your runs, strength train for an hour twice a week - think push ups, pull ups, sit ups, lunges, squats, bicep curls, tricep dips and do a one hour yoga class a week to stretch. I workout six days a week. One short run (4-6 miles), one long run (7-10 miles), a spin class, a yoga class, an interval workout and cardio sculpt/stregth training workouts. Good luck in your training!

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 13:50
I am also new to running. I have 2 5Ks under my belt as well. I'm working on improving my speed. I have no aspirations to do a half marathon at this point in time, but that could change as I get better at running. I'm probably not a good person to talk to about foods for race day, other than I carb up a little the day before and make sure to get my protein shake in the morning of race day.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 14:05
I run and have for many years, including two marathons, numerous half marathons and 5ks. Eat a normal diet but keep it a bit light the night before. Doing anything different for food can mess you up. And don't drink sugary sports drinks in excess during the run. That's my advice in a nutshell.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 14:32
Thanks for the info everyone! I forgot I put this post out here.. I'm glad it resurfaced.
I'm in the heart of my training (week Cool and I unfortunately had to take a hiatus for two weeks. I had some serious shin splints that needed to be rested.. But now I'm back on track and training!

4 weeks to go until the half. Thanks for all the great tips.. I'll definitely start putting them to use.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011, 14:33
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