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Old 01-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #496
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Excellent another walker! Welcome!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #497
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Another walker here. This will be my 5th Princess half but I get just as nervous as I did before my first one. Because I have gotten older (65) I am trying to do a lot more strength training, core training and stationary bike work. Today I did 8 miles with a lot of hill work at a 16:30 pace. Hopefully, flat Florida will be kinder to my arthritic knees, feet and hips so that I can get that time closer to 15:00. 5 weeks to worry about the sweepers,
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #498
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I am glad to see there are so many other walkers. This is my first 1/2. I am coming with others but they are runners. I've been training but I am still about 16 min/mile. I am just hoping to keep up with others and prayfully finish.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #499
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Queen mimi...I walked with a wonderful woman last year I met along the way...is it you? Is your name Jean?
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:49 PM   #500
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Nope, my name is Meg. I walked with my daughter who is pregnant this year. But, I did meet a great lady before the race who was walking. we started talking because we were all going for the Coast to Coast medal, having just completed the Tinkerbell in Dl. We ran into her again at the end of the race and had our pictures taken together. That was one of the most emotional times I have had in completing 20 half marathons. But I still get so worried about this race!
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #501
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Thanks for answering Meg. Sounds like your a real pro!
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:10 PM   #502
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OK, this might sound Goofy but I just want to give Dreamer2012 a BIG for starting this thread way back on 9-29-2011 because I think it has been very informative and an inspiration for many Princess and other Event Walkers.

I would bet that D2012 would never have thought she would have a living thread with her being the #500 reply poster. In my judgement it just shows how significant this thread is to so many women athletes.

Rock on D. and keep on having fun.

Once again, good luck to You, DD and all others. Maybe some day I will have the pleasure of meeting you.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #503
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Thanks John VN! You have always been my biggest supporter! How did I get so lucky? You practically got me through my first PHM in 2012...no matter the question you have always been there! I can not tell you how much it has meant to me (& countless others who have followed along...) and how very grateful I am to have benefitted from your expertise. You made me feel that I could still participate AND complete the PHM even though I was never going to be a runner - a gift beyond measure. What I hope for this thread is that it will inspire others who are not runners to still experience this amazing Disney race, and that YOU will stop by and encourage them the same way you did for me...I really do hope we get to meet someday - that is my new "dream". Thank you for encouraging me and believing in me when I needed it so very much...
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:07 PM   #504
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I am glad to see there are so many other walkers. This is my first 1/2. I am coming with others but they are runners. I've been training but I am still about 16 min/mile. I am just hoping to keep up with others and prayfully finish.
Welcome!

And I am in the same boat -- training as much as I can but still in the 16-17 mm range. Oh, dear....trying not to let the sweepers rule my thinking, or the 26,000 other participants!

I must remember:

*I know I am much more fit and trim than I was when I started training for this over a year ago.

*I've truly enjoyed my training and know this will be a part of my life for the rest of my life.

*I've met lovely people who have enriched my experience so far [through the DIS, FB, and the races in which I have participated].

*Whatever happens on the race will not change any of the above. Or any of the other wonderful components of my richly blessed life.

With all of that good stuff, why am I getting so stressed about this??!?!?!!?

Oh, and welcome to the other walkers.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #505
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Please try not to worry so much about the sweepers. You have worked really hard and you have done the training, you will be fine.

I recently walked in the January marathon--due to injury and a variety of other challenges, I was not able to go as far in my training as I'd hoped. I had done 15 -16 miles, but was unable to go longer distances due to Achilles tendon issues. I was averaging about 17-19 min/miles in my training too, so I was really stressing about time. I knew I most likely wouldn't be able to finish, but I really wanted to go at least halfway. Ultimately I got swept at mile 14....BUT I averaged just under 15 min/mile my first 10 miles...and I was able to stay ahead of the sweepers for the first 12. They were really great about communication and letting you know if you were falling off pace so you had lots of warning if you needed to pick up the pace, and when I was passed by the "balloon ladies" they told us that we needed to be in front of them at the next mile marker so I would still have had some time to keep up if my injury hadn't been giving me so much trouble.

I stopped twice to use the facilities and stopped once in MK to refill my water at a fountain, and once in MK to take a castle picture....even with those stops I was well ahead of pace the first 8 miles (14 min/mile) which is really fast for me...they are telling the truth when they say you get an adrenaline rush that really helps!

My boyfriend finished the marathon and he said the balloon ladies caught up with him around mile 16 so he stayed within sight of them the rest of the way. He said there were times when he would fall behind and they would encourage him and warn him (and the people around him) so he was always aware of what he needed to do to stay in it.

I KNOW you can do it!!! Your regular pace is already in line with where you need to be, so you should be fine. Just trust your training and HAVE FUN!!!

I loved my marathon experience even though I didn't get to finish. Considering where I started, I am very proud of how far I've come and how far I went in the race. Can't wait for next year when I WILL finish it....and for some half marathons I'm planning for May and July.

Keep training and keep walking!!!!!

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:25 PM   #506
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I'm walking. I've done 11 miles at about 14 minute miles in training, so hopefully should be ok on pace, but I've trained in the gym so bit worried about keeping the right pace on the day.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:23 PM   #507
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Please try not to worry so much about the sweepers. You have worked really hard and you have done the training, you will be fine.

I recently walked in the January marathon--due to injury and a variety of other challenges, I was not able to go as far in my training as I'd hoped. I had done 15 -16 miles, but was unable to go longer distances due to Achilles tendon issues. I was averaging about 17-19 min/miles in my training too, so I was really stressing about time. I knew I most likely wouldn't be able to finish, but I really wanted to go at least halfway. Ultimately I got swept at mile 14....BUT I averaged just under 15 min/mile my first 10 miles...and I was able to stay ahead of the sweepers for the first 12. They were really great about communication and letting you know if you were falling off pace so you had lots of warning if you needed to pick up the pace, and when I was passed by the "balloon ladies" they told us that we needed to be in front of them at the next mile marker so I would still have had some time to keep up if my injury hadn't been giving me so much trouble.

I stopped twice to use the facilities and stopped once in MK to refill my water at a fountain, and once in MK to take a castle picture....even with those stops I was well ahead of pace the first 8 miles (14 min/mile) which is really fast for me...they are telling the truth when they say you get an adrenaline rush that really helps!

My boyfriend finished the marathon and he said the balloon ladies caught up with him around mile 16 so he stayed within sight of them the rest of the way. He said there were times when he would fall behind and they would encourage him and warn him (and the people around him) so he was always aware of what he needed to do to stay in it.

I KNOW you can do it!!! Your regular pace is already in line with where you need to be, so you should be fine. Just trust your training and HAVE FUN!!!

I loved my marathon experience even though I didn't get to finish. Considering where I started, I am very proud of how far I've come and how far I went in the race. Can't wait for next year when I WILL finish it....and for some half marathons I'm planning for May and July.

Keep training and keep walking!!!!!

Brooke


Okay, Brooke, your words could not have been more helpful - THANK YOU!!!!

So glad to get your report from the marathon - I prayed for all of you that weekend, especially when the weather reports came in. You did so well in such hot conditions. I hope you are taking care of that tendon, too.

My emotions have been swinging from a determined 'let's get-er done' to 'oh-my-goodness, I can't do this!' Brooke, your post has really helped swing me back in the right direction.

And I love your determination to try again next year. You go, girl!!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:41 PM   #508
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So happy to see new walking princesses joining!! Welcome ALL
My husband woke up very sick...and Im so ashamed to say my first thought was "I better not get it" less than 2 weeks until we leave and I really cant afford to be sick....
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #509
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Did my last 10 mile walk. Kept a pretty good pace but definitely counting on adrenaline on race day. Two weeks to taper. No shin splints or sore feet. Will continue short walks and work outs. I need to stop worrying about the sweepers!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:27 PM   #510
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In a perfect world...

Wouldn't it be nice if we could all take all the worry we share about the "sweepers" and channel it into positive energy to help us believe in ourselves, our journey and our own abilities! I know last year (my 1st 1/2) I too spent countless time and energy worrying about being swept and the "bus of shame" (which I DONOT personally believe in - EVERYONE who trains and shows up to race is automatically a winner to me!) - only to have finished without ever having even seen a balloon rider....so relax! If you have trained and you have worked towards this goal you WILL DO IT!! Your medal is only 13 days away!!
Keep your eye on the prize and your heart in the game!
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