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Old 01-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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2014 Princess Half-Marathon

Hi! I'm a newbie to this whole thing but am planning on the Princess Half for next year. I have registered for my first 5K in April and have been doing C25K for two weeks now. I am overweight and out of shape and a Disney race is my motivation to get up off my butt!

I welcome all advice, race info, etc. that anyone is willing to share!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Hi Rhonda!
This is a lot all at once, and I hope I don't overwhelm you. Just know that people here are SUPER supportive and you can lean on them when you need to.
I would say just stick with your training plans, sign up to do a few races (5k's and a 10k) prior to the Princess, and know that you CAN do this.
Running other races prior will give you confidence that you can do it, and also get you used to how races run in general. I'd recommend that your 10k be as close to the deadine for online submission OR you can bring proof of your time to the Expo. The reason I say this is- regardless of what time you give them- you'll get a better corral placement and that means less of a chance of being swept.

I would also say- try not to get anxiety over any of it. You're running this race against yourself and no one else. Just keep up with your training- you'll have good, bad, and ugly training days. Everyone does. The key is in the consistency.

Another tip- While you want to definitely push yourself to get better- always err on the side of safety and keeping yourself injury-free. Again- finishing is what the goal should be. However, I will say that after doing many 5k's and a 10k in the past months, starting was way harder for me than finishing. So, just know that by starting-- you've conquered the hardest part!!

FYI- I started running in August and am running the PHM this year. On my first practice run, I ran 1/4 of a mile at a nearby park, freaked myself out because there were other people there, and got into the car and left. The key is- I got back out there a couple of days later. Don't be scared and if you ever feel like you can't do this- just know that all of us have these thoughts and feelings. You just need to push that aside, get out there, and do your best.
In the beginning, I was hoping to make it with a 15 min mile. I'm down to a 12 min mile now I was 45 lbs heavier last May than I am right now. It CAN be done. I promise that you can do this
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Hi Rhonda!
This is a lot all at once, and I hope I don't overwhelm you. Just know that people here are SUPER supportive and you can lean on them when you need to.
I would say just stick with your training plans, sign up to do a few races (5k's and a 10k) prior to the Princess, and know that you CAN do this.
Running other races prior will give you confidence that you can do it, and also get you used to how races run in general. I'd recommend that your 10k be as close to the deadine for online submission OR you can bring proof of your time to the Expo. The reason I say this is- regardless of what time you give them- you'll get a better corral placement and that means less of a chance of being swept.

I would also say- try not to get anxiety over any of it. You're running this race against yourself and no one else. Just keep up with your training- you'll have good, bad, and ugly training days. Everyone does. The key is in the consistency.

Another tip- While you want to definitely push yourself to get better- always err on the side of safety and keeping yourself injury-free. Again- finishing is what the goal should be. However, I will say that after doing many 5k's and a 10k in the past months, starting was way harder for me than finishing. So, just know that by starting-- you've conquered the hardest part!!

FYI- I started running in August and am running the PHM this year. On my first practice run, I ran 1/4 of a mile at a nearby park, freaked myself out because there were other people there, and got into the car and left. The key is- I got back out there a couple of days later. Don't be scared and if you ever feel like you can't do this- just know that all of us have these thoughts and feelings. You just need to push that aside, get out there, and do your best.
In the beginning, I was hoping to make it with a 15 min mile. I'm down to a 12 min mile now I was 45 lbs heavier last May than I am right now. It CAN be done. I promise that you can do this
Thanks so much! I live in an area where running isn't a big thing, so I am having to go about an hour and a half from home for the 5K. Will definitely find some more races to run too, definitely a 10K in there before the 1/2 marathon. Thanks again; I really appreciate the info!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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My biggest piece of advice is to remember that exercise is 10% body and 90% mind. The biggest issues people have with sticking to a plan and making it to a goal are mental. Don't scare yourself with the "But I'm overweight." "But I'm so out of shape." or the excuses of being too busy or the weather not being right or you not feeling it etc, etc. Trust me, they will come. Up until July 1 of last year, my exercise consisted of chasing my young kids and Zumba once a week. I started C25K and it was tough to do the minute of running. But I adapted quickly, I just had to stick with it. I did my first 10k in October, and have done a handful of 5ks since then. I went from barely being able to run for a straight minute to being able to run an entire 5k in under 30 minutes, and being able to job as much as 7.5 miles at a time.
You can do this! You just have to keep telling yourself this. If exercise were easy, everyone would do it. The biggest step is not actually running for a certain amount of time or a certain distance, it's actually starting, and keeping with it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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My biggest piece of advice is to remember that exercise is 10% body and 90% mind. The biggest issues people have with sticking to a plan and making it to a goal are mental. Don't scare yourself with the "But I'm overweight." "But I'm so out of shape." or the excuses of being too busy or the weather not being right or you not feeling it etc, etc. Trust me, they will come. Up until July 1 of last year, my exercise consisted of chasing my young kids and Zumba once a week. I started C25K and it was tough to do the minute of running. But I adapted quickly, I just had to stick with it. I did my first 10k in October, and have done a handful of 5ks since then. I went from barely being able to run for a straight minute to being able to run an entire 5k in under 30 minutes, and being able to job as much as 7.5 miles at a time.
You can do this! You just have to keep telling yourself this. If exercise were easy, everyone would do it. The biggest step is not actually running for a certain amount of time or a certain distance, it's actually starting, and keeping with it.
Thank you! Let me know how your Princess race goes next month. Best of luck to you!
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:35 PM   #6
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Hi Rhonda!

I just wanted to jump in and say I'm right there with you! A little behind, as I just did week 2 day 1 of c25k today, but I'm also aiming to do the princess half next year.

Hoping to do the ToT 10miler in preparation for it, but we'll see how that goes.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:01 PM   #7
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Hi! I just wanted you to know that I'm lurking here as well! I have wanted to do the Princess for 2 years now and 2014 WILL be the year I do it! I ran my first 5K back in October but I have plantar fasciitis in my feet, so I have to build up slowly so I can hopefully get to 13.1! Slow and steady, right?!!

The first time I started running, quite a few years ago, I did C25K, it's a FANTASTIC program and you won't believe how you can run when you are done!
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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Hi! I just wanted you to know that I'm lurking here as well! I have wanted to do the Princess for 2 years now and 2014 WILL be the year I do it! I ran my first 5K back in October but I have plantar fasciitis in my feet, so I have to build up slowly so I can hopefully get to 13.1! Slow and steady, right?!!

The first time I started running, quite a few years ago, I did C25K, it's a FANTASTIC program and you won't believe how you can run when you are done!
Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #9
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Hi, Ronda! Just wanted to let you know thatyou're not alone. I'm doing the PHM in 2014 and I just signed up for my first 5K on March 2nd. Big dreams, and we can do this! I'm looking forward to the official 2014 thread so that we can all root each other on.
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Hi Rhonda!
This is a lot all at once, and I hope I don't overwhelm you. Just know that people here are SUPER supportive and you can lean on them when you need to.
I would say just stick with your training plans, sign up to do a few races (5k's and a 10k) prior to the Princess, and know that you CAN do this.
Running other races prior will give you confidence that you can do it, and also get you used to how races run in general. I'd recommend that your 10k be as close to the deadine for online submission OR you can bring proof of your time to the Expo. The reason I say this is- regardless of what time you give them- you'll get a better corral placement and that means less of a chance of being swept.

I would also say- try not to get anxiety over any of it. You're running this race against yourself and no one else. Just keep up with your training- you'll have good, bad, and ugly training days. Everyone does. The key is in the consistency.

Another tip- While you want to definitely push yourself to get better- always err on the side of safety and keeping yourself injury-free. Again- finishing is what the goal should be. However, I will say that after doing many 5k's and a 10k in the past months, starting was way harder for me than finishing. So, just know that by starting-- you've conquered the hardest part!!

FYI- I started running in August and am running the PHM this year. On my first practice run, I ran 1/4 of a mile at a nearby park, freaked myself out because there were other people there, and got into the car and left. The key is- I got back out there a couple of days later. Don't be scared and if you ever feel like you can't do this- just know that all of us have these thoughts and feelings. You just need to push that aside, get out there, and do your best.
In the beginning, I was hoping to make it with a 15 min mile. I'm down to a 12 min mile now I was 45 lbs heavier last May than I am right now. It CAN be done. I promise that you can do this

Wow! This was so encouraging! Thank you for sharing, it's just what I needed to read.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #11
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Hi there!

The best advice I can give is to start small. Start with a slow comfortable pace and work towards finishing a 5k. Once you've done that, you can continue to up the goal to 10k, 1/4 Marathon, etc. Check the internet for a training plan that works for you. There's tons of information out there!

Like a PP poster said, running is a completely mental sport. Sure, your legs will get tired and you'll want to stop but what makes a runner is the ability to keep going. Sure, you're legs might heart now, but you'll forget that completely when you make it across the finish line and they put a medal around your neck. That is the best feeling I've ever had in my entire life!

I'm also planning to run the 2014 Princess Half, so best of luck to you! I know I haven't given you a whole lot of technical advice, but I'll leave you with one of my favorite running sayings. I don't know it word for word, but its goes a little something like this:

She who finishes last is stronger than she who doesn't finish and she who didn't finish is stronger than she who didn't start at all.
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Have the dates for the Princess in 2014 been announced yet? I'm hoping to do the Princess Half next year too
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Hi! I'm a newbie to this whole thing but am planning on the Princess Half for next year. I have registered for my first 5K in April and have been doing C25K for two weeks now. I am overweight and out of shape and a Disney race is my motivation to get up off my butt!

I welcome all advice, race info, etc. that anyone is willing to share!
Rhonda...ME TOO!!!! I'm in week 2 of C25K and am doing the Princess Half in 2014!!! I'm overweight (hopefully not for long) and until now SOO not a runner!!! We can do this! Heck, we'll be doing a half marathon in our happy place! How bad could it be! Good luck in your training! I hope to see you in a year!
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My guess is the weekend of Feb 21-23...that is what I am planning on, I could be wrong!
That's what I'm thinking too.
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