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2007-11-06 8:44 PM

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Subject: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Anyone signed up for the Rock 'N' Roll half marathon in Phoenix on January 13, 2008? This will be my first one with the longest race prior to this being a 10K. I'm working on building up my running mileage. I'm at 80-90 miles a month with a long run once a week of 10 miles right now.

What is anyone else training schedule look like? Love to hear where people are at.


2007-11-06 9:37 PM
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I never did more than 10.5 before my first half-mary (ok, I've only done one).  If you're doing 80-90 per month, I'm sure you'll be fine. I'll be doing the Fiesta Bowl 1/2 in December and then the Chang's 1/2 in January.  Good luck!

2007-11-06 9:41 PM
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im doing the full run. I'll be doing some interesting workouts in the coming months especially after the tour de tuscon. Looks like there is no "off season" in Arizona!!
2007-11-07 12:48 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
I'm doing the 1/2, this is my first but I've done up to a 12 mile run so far. I don't have a set program but need to get it dialed in this week since the time is coming soon.
2007-11-07 8:18 AM
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I WAS going to do the half. I have my appointment with the orthopedist tomorrow and I'll possibly need surgery before the year is over

Since I already signed up my buddy is gonna run under my name. He better be training hard, I don't want to have a crappy time
2007-11-07 9:17 AM
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I'll be doing the half. I'm not really going to race it, so for me just getting in a 10 miler 2-3 weeks before will be fine. My weekly training mileage will probably be just over 20 miles. I know it sounds crazy now, but really, 13 isn't that hard. This will be my 3rd half...not including all the runs longer than a half I did training for a full.

Again though, if you want to race it, you'll want to up your mileage from mine.

-Jot


2007-11-07 9:44 AM
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teachertrek - it sounds like your training is right where you need it to be to finish the 1/2.  If you're going 10-11 in your training runs, 13 on race day is completely doable.  You even have a chance to increase your mileage a little before January if you choose to do so - that will allow you to finish even more comfortably with a better time.  If you increase the mileage, just remember the 10% rule - slow increases lead to less injuries.  

 I am training to do the full (the 1/2 last year was my first) this January- if I can stagger over the finish line sometime between 5 and 6 hours, I'll be happy

2007-11-07 11:09 AM
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Good luck! I did the full in 2006. Holidays messed up my training so my knees were injured going in. They decided to check out about mile 16. Still, struggled in at 5:15. Should have been 4:30-4:45.

Training for a full isn't twice as hard as a half...it's like 4x. Hence, only doing the half.

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2007-11-07 5:21 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
I am signed up for the half. I am a very slow runner but I am currently up to 9 miles. I plan to add 12/-1 mile per week until time to taper. I did my first half with my longest run being 10 miles. :>)
2007-11-10 9:07 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
JavaMom-How did you feel in the half marathon with your longest run being 10 miles? I have done 10 miles the last 2 weekends in 1:18:29 but I don't know if it's a mind game because it feels like a long run. I'm running by myself since my training partner has an injury, maybe that is why.

Any thing that might be useful to know about the race or racing conditions?? Does it ever thin out or are you dodging people for quite awhile? Any information you can shed on the race, I would appreciate it. Thanks
2007-11-10 9:20 AM
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teachertrek - 2007-11-10 7:07 AM JavaMom-How did you feel in the half marathon with your longest run being 10 miles? I have done 10 miles the last 2 weekends in 1:18:29 but I don't know if it's a mind game because it feels like a long run. I'm running by myself since my training partner has an injury, maybe that is why. Any thing that might be useful to know about the race or racing conditions?? Does it ever thin out or are you dodging people for quite awhile? Any information you can shed on the race, I would appreciate it. Thanks

Your pace on the miles loks good, but I don't know what your goal is.  My longest was. 10.5 before the half an I was fine.  Think of it this way - - it's only a 5K more than you've already run (10mi + 3.1). 

There were nearly 10,000 at the Disney 1/2 and it seemed to thin pretty quickly - although the first 1/2 mile was dodge left/dodge right.

PF Chang's was really cold last year - - buy some cheap clothes/goodwill that you don't mind shedding and losing (just in case)



2007-11-10 9:30 AM
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My goal is under 2 hours. Ideally, I would be thrilled to come in around 1:50. Cold won't be a factor. Living in Minnesota has conditioned me to that. I will run when it is -25 actual temp.

This will be my first half ever and am thrilled about the excitement of it. Also, who can beat escaping Minnesota in January...My parents winter in Mesa so it will be helpful to have someone waiting at the finish line.
2007-12-07 4:07 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
I am looking at  doing the full ,  What are the temperatures like ?  Does it stay cold  during much of  the morning  In January ?    
2007-12-07 5:30 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
It can be very cold at race start, but so many layers are pealed and donated along the way that I say, bring a cheap walmart $8.99 sweatshirt because after the first 45 mins you will be cooking - it is Phoenix, AZ after all!
2007-12-07 5:32 PM
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The weather should be fine for shorts and a tech tee. Last year the weather was very cold for Phoenix and I was warm by mile 3. I picked up a throwaway sweatshirt at Walgreens the night before. I doubt that it will be warm enough for a singlet.
2007-12-07 10:44 PM
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I was going to run and I even paid my entry fee but because of the surgery that I'm having two days before I'll be poppin' oxycodone all weekend instead.


2007-12-10 10:20 AM
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Changs was my first half (last year as well) I was a brand new runner and did some 12 week program with my longest run being 10 miles. I had ZERO problems going the distance. I am not a fast runner, but I had a lot of fun out there. You will be A-OK with your training.

Last year was the coldest day on record wasn't it? UGH it was bitter for us, 26 degrees at the start! YUCK! Website says its usually around 40 at the start. Make sure you sign up for a fast corral as it is PACKED!
2007-12-10 11:29 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Brrrrr !  Sounds like a cold start last year , 

What are the typical temperatures between  10 am and noon ?  

2007-12-12 12:34 PM
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a 26 degree start will feel warm for me. My 5 am running route has been about 5-6 degrees with no wind and below zero if any wind is up. Eyelashes freeze quickly. Thanks for any advice for those of you who have run this before. I ran 12 miles last weekend, and that's been my longest run so far. When would you begin to taper your miles?
2007-12-13 10:57 AM
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Recommended  Taper 2 weeks for the HAlf   3 weeks for the Mary
2007-12-13 2:54 PM
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I'm doing the full P.F Changs... 1 more Month!!! So nervous... haven't done as many long runs as I'd like, I've only done 1 20 miler, and 1 18 miler, hope to do 1-2 more 20's. I'm running about 45-55 miles a week, sort of following the Pfitz 11/55 plan.


2008-01-03 10:20 PM
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My wife and I will be "running" it (and hanging out with Javamom and other blogging buddies)! Man, we are so amped to get out there. Oh, and run too, I guess.
2008-01-05 3:10 PM
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Everyone ready for race day??? Just a week away. I flying in from Minnesota so it will be a warm welcome. Happy racing!
2008-01-06 7:45 AM
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I'd be happy if yesterday's weather was the same for next Sunday!  Nice and cool, but not cold.
2008-01-06 6:10 PM
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Are there any plans to carpool? Either to limit the number who have to shuttle, or
at least the number that have to drive.

-Jot
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