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From: John(HI) (
Subject:         Re: Half Marathons!
Date: February 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm PST

In Reply to: Half Marathons! posted by Jenna on December 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm:

I've run lots of half marathons--and marathons--and 15ks, 10Ks, 8ks, 5ks. In fact, I just ran a 5k this morning on Pearl Harbor Naval Base sponsored by the SeaBees.
I could give you some basic advice; but it's all pretty standard if you've been doing distance running for any time.
Here are my recommendations for your half marathon:
--you must stay hydrated over that distance (lots of water the day before, the morning before and during the race; use the water stops throughout the race.)
--do some serious stretching before the race
--don't use this race to break in new shoes.
--wear loose-fitting running gear that you've run in before. If you expect to be running in the sun, wear sunglasses and a hat.
--your pace looks reasonable (10+ per mile); but don't go out too fast or you will fade the last few miles of the race. Pay attention to the mile markers and try to stay on your pace.
--sometimes on these longer races, you will start to fade and lose your motivation. If that happens, forget about your pace and start running/walking, using landmarks (i.e., "I will run to that street lamp ahead, then I will walk for x minutes, then run to the next street lamp").
--sometimes it's useful to find someone running about your pace to use as a pacer. Ideally, linking up with a friend who runs your pace will get you both through the ordeal.
--energy gels are good, both before and during the race. Take them with water.
--if they are using a timing chip, don't worry about getting to the front at the starting line; your time doesn't start until you cross the electronic pad.
If you have any specific questions, post them here and I'll start checking this forum.
Good luck and let us know how you do.

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