Post # 1
Let me start off by saying I am not a runner. I used to run distance in High School, but that was 7 years ago. This would be my first real race. My brother and I are thinking about running it and then I realized it would be right about 4 weeks before the wedding. The race is September 12th and our wedding is October 9th.
Not only am I worried about being sore, tired, crabby before the wedding. What if I hurt myself and I can’t even walk down the aisle?! Also..with the stress of planning the wedding when it gets down to that last few weeks am I going to be able to fit in my training? And my Fiance will be coming home from Iraq sometime in April which will put a damper on my training as that is the last thing I will want to be doing!
I guess I just need some advice. Do you think this is possible or would it be just too much stress to add to the mix?
Post # 3
I’m on a team that’s running a 200 mile relay race 2 weeks before my wedding hahah. I’ll end up running 15.5 miles total. This will be my 3rd time running this event and I actually did get hurt last year (knee) but I was easily able to walk fine the day after the race, just a little sore. I think with 4 weeks between the race and the wedding you’ll be fine. I understand your worry about stress and training but think about using your training runs as a stress reliever? Just put some good tunes on your ipod and maybe use that time to not focus on all the wedding planning? Plus, think about how all the training will help you get in really good shape 🙂
PS I’m certinaly not a runner, this event is the only real running thing I do. Feel free to PM if you have any more questions.
Post # 4
First of all, I think it’s totally awesome that you want to do a half marathon. I don’t mind running, but I could never do that. So you totally rock. 🙂
Second, I think running is a GREAT stress reliever and it can only help you get through all of the wedding-related stress.
As for the rest of the stuff you’re worried about- yes, there is a chance you could hurt yourself during your training or during the actual race. I recommend talking to a running coach or a friend who has trained for marathons before or getting ahold of a training book so that you can prepare properly. And as far as your Fiance coming home from Iraq (that’s amazing btw, I bet you are so excited!), yes, you’ll probably want to spend time with him instead of go running, but after a week or so you’ll probably be getting back into a normal routine and you will be able to schedule in your runs AND spend quality time with him.
You can do it!
Post # 5
I think training for the race will make you more focused and not obsessed with your planning! If it weren’t so hot here, I would consider doing a race even the week before my wedding (because then my recovery would be during my honeymoon).
Post # 6
You should be fine. I just ran a half marathon (my first) and I was sore for 2-3 days after…you defintely won’t be sore 4 weeks afterwards!
As for getting injured…the way I figure it, I can get injured walking to my kitchen, down the stairs of my apartment, to the bus, etc. No reason to stop things you want to do because of the possibility of getting injured.
Post # 7
I just ran my first half marathon last year, I was only sore for about 2 days so you’ll be fine. I’m not going to lie though, I trained for it and was really sore after..but a few days later I forgot the pain and I want to do another now. I suggest you really train for it, that way you’ll be a little sore after but no real injuries. Good for you!
Post # 8
Thanks for the advice!!! I think we will do it I am just nervous!
Post # 9
I’m doing a half marathon 4 weeks before my wedding too! I’m running the OKC Memorial Marathon (the half) on April 25 and my wedding is June 26. I seriously doubt you’ll have any soreness that far down the road, and so long as you stretch and hydrate properly, you should be able to avoid injury. Even if you were to get injured, by the 4 week mark you should be doing plenty well enough to walk down the isle and give a twirl on the dance floor : )
Post # 10
I’m planning on running a half marathon a couple months before my wedding! I know it’s not 4 weeks but just wanted to say that you should go for it!
Post # 11
I say go for it! I was similar to you when I did my first half-marathon (hadn’t done any serious distance running in years) and had some setbacks in my training (I was in my senior year of college and trying to do it all – writing a thesis, applying for jobs, going on Spring Break with friends, etc) and I was definitely sore for a couple of days, but nothing beyond that. After my first full marathon this year, I had a minor foot injury that cropped up in the aftermath, but I just rested it and was 100% fine within 3 weeks (and would have been fine to walk down the aisle before that.)
If you do it, be sure to wear good shoes that are broken in (I would have avoided my marathon injury had I done this.) Run the race at a pace that is comfortable for you – enjoying the experience of your first one is far more important than your time. And just think about how killer your in-shape bod is going to look on your wedding day!
Post # 12
ok so i am doing a similar thing. i am doing my FIRST half marathon on April 11th and my wedding is june 6. not too close together but i am overweight and so a half marathon is a big task for me. it is a goal for me. i might have ot walk 99% off it but as long as i can finish i will be proud. I am starting to train immediatly.
i think this is great! it is good motivation to get healthy and fit before your wedding! congrats! i say go for it
Post # 13
I actually think that’s great timing! You’ll be all fit for your wedding b/c of trainig but you’ll have TONS of time to rest up and be busy with wedding stuff afterwards.
Be careful to follow a safe training regime and buy really good quality shoes to avoid injuries, but even if (HEAVEN FORBID!) something does happen in all likely hood you’ll be fine in 4 weeks.
Post # 14
And good on you girl! Good luck in the race!