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Old 12-27-2013, 09:14 AM   #376
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First, congrats to you! I'm in a similar boat, in that I had been doing well in training but have fallen behind. Well, I've done the long runs, but it's the in-between conditioning runs that I'm slacking in.

I'll be doing the 14 miles this weekend too.

Being swept happens if you end up behind the "balloon ladies". They are the last to start. They go at a 16 minute mile. So YES, being in an earlier corral gives you a cushion of time. If you went at 16 minutes/mile starting in an earlier corral you would never even see them.

The clocks you see at each mile started when the race started; it's not personalized for you unless you crossed the line at the very beginning.

I've read that you'll be talked to by the balloon ladies and by people on bikes, etc, if you are slowing down so much you're heading towards being swept. I've read that you will be encouraged to help out with any mental issues (hitting the wall, etc...I don't mean *issues* LOL) and also watched over to make sure you're not going to fall over or something. Unless you are beyond out of it, you won't be surprised to be swept; you'll know they are around you, from what I've read.

Please don't worry too much about this!
Thank you for talking me down! That sounds good. Unless something unexpected happens I should be ok. I think it's more the unknown than anything. I'm hoping that there will be so much going on that it will distract me from any difficulties on the mental side - especially if my phone battery dies before the end!
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:13 AM   #377
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I think it varies from runner to runner - I'm happiest in pretty new shoes - 50 miles or less. But I know plenty of people who want closer to 100 on them for a race. But it's also been my experience that shoes don't ever "break in" for me; either they're just right straight out if the box, or they're just plain wrong for me and will never be right.
Have you had a recent long run in the older shoes? How did your feet/legs/hips/back feel after? In comparison to how you feel after running in the new ones? That might help you decide.
Well, I actually ran a half-marathon (on my own) about 2 weeks ago in my old New Balance "zero" shoes which may have been the last time I actually used them! I was obviously a bit tired, but can't remember any aches or pain associated with them. I then switched over to the new New Balance "trail" (accidently) shoes shortly afterwards. It's wierd, the new "trail" shoes felt almost identical to the old ones in the store and the first few times I went out running. They both have the vibram soles so they should be similar, but I think the problem might be that the trail versions are slightly thicker and stiffer than the vibram zero's (which are minimal road shoes). I'm just nervous that something will crop up during the race in the old shoes as the back soles are quite worn. The "zero's are very thin to begin with and was curious what is really considering high mileage on a pair of shoes like that? Seems to be quite a variance from one person to the next!

I might try to do a long-run in the new shoes (with better socks) and then perhaps try both during my 2-week taper, but I'm leaning with going with the old more comfortable shoes at this point. Even after 320+ miles they fit like a glove ...

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Old 12-27-2013, 07:05 PM   #378
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The course is lit fairly well. While there may be some darkish patches here and there, I've never felt the need for my own light.
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #379
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14 miles DONE. With hills. And new smaller shoes. And compression calf sleeves (loved them even though I felt like I was trying to be Britney Spears since I was also trying out my running skirt). Done done done.

Shoes literally went from bad to good and back again and again, left good left bad right good right bad etc. no one to blame but me of course. Good news is that my toes hurt far less than in the too big shoes.

Nutrition and water plan worked. And it turns out that running in the morning is interesting! Going from the moon to sunrise to bright sun is neat. If only I had had better sleep but that was probably good practice for the 11th. (And 9 since DS and I are doing the 5k)
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #380
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14 miles DONE. With hills. And new smaller shoes. And compression calf sleeves (loved them even though I felt like I was trying to be Britney Spears since I was also trying out my running skirt). Done done done.

Shoes literally went from bad to good and back again and again, left good left bad right good right bad etc. no one to blame but me of course. Good news is that my toes hurt far less than in the too big shoes.

Nutrition and water plan worked. And it turns out that running in the morning is interesting! Going from the moon to sunrise to bright sun is neat. If only I had had better sleep but that was probably good practice for the 11th. (And 9 since DS and I are doing the 5k)
Good job!

And I might be into the Britney Speers look too! I have BRIGHT pink compression sleeves with matching pink skirt!
Lack of sleep is unavoidable...so much adrenalin pumping through everyone...its hard to sleep..the night before a race.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:15 PM   #381
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Okay, I am now READY! Went for 11 today and got it done; with no injuries at all. Yippee! It's all taper from here.

What isn't ready is a race outfit. GAH! A black Sparkle Athletic skirt will be waiting for me at the expo, but I haven't decided on a shirt to go with it. I'd like to pack, but I don't trust the forecast until a couple days out, so that'll have to wait.

On the eternal subject of shoes... I <3 the Brooks PureFlow2! I've been so happy with the original PureFlows, I was unsure of the newer ones, but nope, I like them even more. Yay! Too bad the neon pink color matches exactly none of my clothes, lol!
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:52 PM   #382
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Good job!

And I might be into the Britney Speers look too! I have BRIGHT pink compression sleeves with matching pink skirt!
Lack of sleep is unavoidable...so much adrenalin pumping through everyone...its hard to sleep..the night before a race.


Today's wearing of the new running skirt (the Gym Girl, which is shorter than the Happy Girls I already had) showed me that I dislike it for the LONG run. It'll be great for the 5K, though. For the Half it'll be my Skirt Sports Redemption Shorts. Which is going to make the compression sleeves look even MORE interesting, if I decide to wear them. I tell ya, it's a hot combo. Shorts, compression sleeves, the hydration backpack...ooh yeah. Might as well put on a satin jacket and some rollerskates.

I noticed that CEP is a vendor at the Expo, and that's the brand of sleeves I got. So I might have to check them out to see if they have other colors, because the white is somewhat boring!

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Okay, I am now READY! Went for 11 today and got it done; with no injuries at all. Yippee! It's all taper from here.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #383
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I have not worn my sparkly skirt or pink skirt in any practice...I have worn a tutu in a race before with no issues...I think if worse comes to absolute worse and I hate having it on (which I truly doubt but one never knows) I will toss it at the side of the road...

So I have my Cinderella dress to wear to the 5k, the Minnie mini for the 10k...either the Minnie mini again for the half or a sparkly green skirt for a Tink look and the full I will wear the patriotic getup.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:29 PM   #384
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The course is lit fairly well. While there may be some darkish patches here and there, I've never felt the need for my own light.
I carry a tiny flashlight when I race. it's great for using the porta potties--I just clip it to my clothing.
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I carry a tiny flashlight when I race. it's great for using the porta potties--I just clip it to my clothing.
That is a great idea, thanks!
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:22 PM   #386
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14 miles DONE. With hills. And new smaller shoes. And compression calf sleeves (loved them even though I felt like I was trying to be Britney Spears since I was also trying out my running skirt). Done done done.

Shoes literally went from bad to good and back again and again, left good left bad right good right bad etc. no one to blame but me of course. Good news is that my toes hurt far less than in the too big shoes.

Nutrition and water plan worked. And it turns out that running in the morning is interesting! Going from the moon to sunrise to bright sun is neat. If only I had had better sleep but that was probably good practice for the 11th. (And 9 since DS and I are doing the 5k)
I didn't go any where near that far today, so I am super impressed! Now it is down to the "I hope I have trained enough" and hope for the best. Two weeks and the half will be behind us all.
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I have not worn my sparkly skirt or pink skirt in any practice...I have worn a tutu in a race before with no issues...I think if worse comes to absolute worse and I hate having it on (which I truly doubt but one never knows) I will toss it at the side of the road...


I'm a highly irritable runner, so it's good to know what works for me and what doesn't. I found that the running skirt caused a bit of chafing on ONE leg that I didn't even feel while running, so that was odd.

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Two weeks and the half will be behind us all.
Aw, that's kind of sad! And happy.
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Aw, that's kind of sad! And happy.
You are right, it kinda is sad! But yes... also happy!! Then I will be focussing on the next RD event that I hope to tackle.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:14 AM   #389
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Good Morning Marathoners
Less than 2 weeks now!!!
My daughter and I where planning on wearing a small pouch and bib holder combo by Fitletic. We read somewhere (can't remember where )
that Disney requires your bib to be attached at all four corners. Is this true?
We are first timers. Sorry for the dumb question but with the way the combo attaches at your waist and hangs down from your waist there is no way to attach the bib at the bottom.
Thanks for your feedback!!
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ok, I'm slightly freaking out....I haven't been able to train as well as I had hoped to for this race. I am in school full time since September and it's been a struggle to balance that with home, kids, work, and training. I pretty much have been able to keep up with one long run and 1 or 2 short runs per week. I got as far as a 10 mile long run in the middle of December, then got sick for a week, then had finals to contend with, then Christmas shopping etc...I tried to pick up best I could running a few shorter runs (3 miles, 5 miles, 6 miles) and was able to run 10 miles on Friday (albeit slowly! and painfully!)

Woke up the other day with some mild SI discomfort, saw my chiropractor and figured all would be good, so I went out and ran the 10. I think that was a bad idea cuz my back is killing me now. Going to have to head back to the chiro a couple times this week and hope it improves soon! but I think I may have to back off running until it gets better and I had hoped for one more long run before the 1/2. Freaking out! Tell me it will be ok! I had high hopes for this race and do not want to have to bail
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