Run Half-Marathon day after wedding with new hubby? Good idea? Bad idea?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

HeartsandSparkles:  We are runners and running halves are no sweat for us– we run at least that every weekend.  I would not have been up for a race the next day. I had eaten a lot of non-GI friendly food,  had a lot of wine throughout the day, and had been standing in heels for over 12 hours.  I was exhausted and slept 10 hours.  Then lots of family and friends were still in town. I would have had a horrible race if I would have gotten up (which would’ve been really hard).

 

I love Disney. I love running long races. I would not have enjoyed it the day after our wedding (2 days later I would have been all in!) Plus, when would you have time to do packet pickup?

Post # 4
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Helper bee

HeartsandSparkles:  it sounds like you really want to do it! Why not just sign up for the race and if you dont feel like going just sleep in? Atleast youll have an option the next day? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I say no. ita not a normal day, so it’s incorrect to think “oh I’ve had my 8 hrs of sleep the night before, I won’t be tired” because it’s a different kind of tired. I was on the go constantly and even at a small wedding felt like I was being pulled in ten different directions. It’s emotional and exciting and exhausting, I just wouldn’t do something strenuous the day after, even for an active couple. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Agree with others that weddings are physically and emotionally exhausting. You will likely have been up late for a few nights before the big day seeing people, diffusing drama or sorting out details. The reason people tend to schedule a relaxing honeymoon right after the wedding is because they really need some time out to recover. If running is your idea of relaxation, then maybe it’s a good idea. Otherwise I would probably give it a miss this time (especially with a 5:30am start, yeouch).

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I would say no, because no matter if you sleep your 8 hours or not your wedding day is just so exciting, emotional, hectic, and so many other things and emotions happening, besides your are on your feet almos all day!! I think you might be too tired to actually enjoy the run and running without enjoying it is so hard!!

I ran the disney half marathon last year and loved it but, as all runner know, if the race starts 5.30 you have to be there long before that to warm up, get to your spot etc etc.. 😉 So consider that as well 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

It sounds like a fun thing to do together. It’s not the same as running right before or the day of your wedding.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You will probably be too drained to enjoy your half or do well.  Maybe save it for a 1st year anniversary trip?  

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

HeartsandSparkles:  Girl, I am being honest with you. Don’t do it. I am also a distance runner and I was going to run just a 10-miler on the Sunday after my Friday wedding and I was SO GLAD I didn’t. I don’t know how to explain it but weddings make you really out-of-body and lightheaded. I was SO out of it. I thought I needed an IV. Seriously! I didn’t even drink that much. You will emotionally be very frazzled/ high/ low/ crashing. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

and yeah wtf where are the polls!!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I LOVE running all distance races, but I’d draw the line at the day after my wedding!  The thing I didn’t expect was that my feet were absolutely killing me the next day because I had been standing, dancing, and walking around greeting guests for 6 hours.  Also, I wore the traditional long wedding dress, which didn’t feel heavy at first, but definitely felt heavy by the end of the night.  My feet were still pretty sore even 2 days after the wedding.  And that’s not even mentioning about the food, drinking, and other things PP’s posted about – all were true for me as well.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ll be honest… I read your subject line and thought “you’re effing crazy.”

I’m a runner, but not dedicated enough to schedule runs on my calendar the day of/ after my wedding. However, we’re not even leaving for our relaxed, beach honeymoon until 2 days after the wedding because I KNOW from others who got married that the day after you’re at the highest level of exhausted that you’ve pretty much ever been at.  We’re going to relax at home the day after so we are already partially recovered when that early morning flight alarm clock goes off.

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