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So I’ve got a wild hair to do a half marathon after I turn 50 in March. There are a lot of training methods out there but I decided to make one up myself. I get on my treadmill several times a week, run outdoors once a week, and increase my distance by one mile a week. I’m up to 8 miles on the treadmill.

When I’m on my treadmill I mix up my workouts to include hills and some variation in speed but my main focus has been to increase my distance and stamina. For the most part the training has been very positive. I feel pretty good when I get off the treadmill, even on a long run. But the not so good stuff is, I’m experiencing chafing on the upper part of my ribcage from my running bra rubbing on my skin. Yesterday it actually started to bleed. So I’m working on solving that issue.

But last night we had our Christmas party and a friend of ours came who was an olympic nordic skier in the 70’s. I told him about my training schedule and he really validated my method and said it would build a strong foundation and stamina for the increase in speed and intensity I’ll be doing later. That felt good. He also told me to get a heart rate monitor and stay within a certain range so I’d build capillaries. I found one online today that is actually built into a sport’s bra. That may eliminate the chafing problem. I’m going to buy one with some Christmas money.

Other than starting school in January, the half marathon is going to be my other primary focus for the first half of 2011.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 19, 2010
    • I forgot, if anyone is interested in a sport’s bra with a built in heart rate monitor, this one looks good.

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      Keep in mind you also have to have a watch that’s compatible. This company has one but the transmitter also works with a Polar watch.


      Chocolatier, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Max0125 wrote Dec 20, 2010
    • Cynthia,

      I think that it is great that you are doing so well with your training. You might mant to check out the advice boards on runnersworld.com. They have advice on preventing chaffing and blisters. Good luck!

      Mary



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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 20, 2010
    • I’m so impressed you‘re doing a marathon, From the bathroom to the bedroom is my running limits. estaticestaticestatic



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 20, 2010
    • A big high five and when I was working out at the gym the same thing happened with the chafing..I used antibiotic cream and a moisturizer with aloe, that did the trick.estatic



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 21, 2010
    • Cynthia....way to go!  I am so proud of you for wanting to do this.  I do believe that once I lose some of this weight...I too might like to run in a half marathon.  My niece, Caroline, who lives on Hilton Head Island, SC ran one in over Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia.  She did fairly well.
      Maybe once I get some weight off next year I can join you in this endeavor.  Of course not literally join you...wish I could but do a half marathon too.  

      I really do admire you for going back to school.  I just don’t think I could do it!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 21, 2010
    • Cynthia, I wish I could be there cheering you on from the sidelines too. I’m so impressed you‘re doing this half marathon, 13 miles is a long ways to run, but it sounds like you are doing real well with your training. You Go, Girl!  ;oD  

      Cathie



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