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03-02-2008, 10:52 AM
I didn't see a March thread started so I hope it's ok that I made one. :)

My foot is starting to feel better, but I may just walk on the TM :tread: tomorrow and resume walk/run on Wednesday. I don't want to push, but thanks everyone for your concern. :hug:

Have fun running everyone! Spring is on its way! :dancer:

03-02-2008, 10:54 AM
Thanks for starting the new month's thread, Diva!

Today is a rest day for me - back at my March mileage goal tomorrow! :wave:

03-02-2008, 11:36 AM
I forgot it was a new month! I would've posted in the February thread until June!!!

Seven miles for me. Hit the Zone around mile four, so the rest was cake. There was a bit of a breeze, and I didn't realize it was only 19* outside until I got home and saw the news. No wonder my face was chilly!


03-02-2008, 01:47 PM
4.64 yesterday for me. Accidentally ran teh 5K track at school wrong and only did 2.5 mils, so I went back and re ran the part near my apartment..... good job me.

03-02-2008, 05:13 PM
You're funny, Emily!


03-02-2008, 11:25 PM
I forgot to post for yesterday: 40 mins for the jogging part. Not sure of the mileage, because my sister was walking, and I was just going at her pace.

Diva, thanks for the new thread. I'm with Kara, I would have just kept on posting on the Feb thread, lol.


03-03-2008, 10:41 AM
I haven't run in more than a week - can't wait to get back into it!

I'm staying in the treadmill room at the hotel again so hopefully I can at least do some of that, though I don't really count it like running the way I do when I run outside.

03-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Hello! I'm back, I've done lots of eating, drinking and socialising and only a little running, but I've had a fantastic weekend which is what counts. I did a short run the morning of the wedding, and a 7.5 interval session yesterday, now I'm back home I'm going to get back into it and try for a long run this weekend - but with more rest before it this time!

I saw a few requests for photos - try clicking here (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=42145&l=0b39b&id=537540235). I think that you can view them even if you're not on facebook, if they don't work give me a shout and I'll try to upload them to somewhere else. There are also some more on the hotel's website (http://www.the-grand.co.uk/gallery/Goldthorpe/index.html), but I'm not on any of them!

There's a slight difference compared to the photos that are usually taken of me...


03-03-2008, 11:30 PM
Helen, you look fantastic! Glad the wedding went well!

Laura, I expect a full report from your laptop while your running again...including your laptop's heartrate!

Cheryl, way to go on the forty minutes jogging!

Today was my rest day from running, but it was gorgeous outside so I dragged the kids out for a walk. I'm getting up early to get my run in tomorrow.


03-04-2008, 08:59 AM
Four miles. Check!

It was 58* when I left the house at 6:02 this morning! I felt 20 pounds lighter running without my windbreaker, gloves, and hat! Sunday morning when I ran it was 19*! Quite a change in two days!

Got my four miles done in 35:18 - under a nine minute per mile pace. I was happy! Then I walked the remainder of an hour. I got back feeling terrific. I might add a half mile to a mile walk on the end of all my runs now. It's a great way to cool down! I've been walking for a couple minutes, maybe two or three, after a run, but today's extra mile and a halfish walk really was beautiful.


03-04-2008, 05:31 PM
Kara, do you do any warm up walking before your run? It says to do that with the c25k, but I wondered if folks keep doing that once they get to the straight running part, or does jogging become the new warm up? I usually walk for 5 minutes or longer before, and 10-15 minutes after, which seems to agree with me, but I'm just curious what more experienced runners do.


03-04-2008, 06:33 PM
Hi all - 3.5 miles for me today. Will get a long run in later this week.

Cheryl - I ALWAYS walk before and after I run. If I'm on the treadmill, I'll walk a 1/4 mile at 4mph; outside, I do the first song on my running play list - so about four minutes. I walk to cool down, too, which makes stretching that much easier ;)

Kara - I love watching your little running girl packing in the miles - and four miles in 35 minutes? Rock on! :D

Helen - I looked at the pics form your sister's wedding - you both look gorgeous!! I like your running one, too! ;) You have wonderful legs!! :yes:

How's everyone else?

Heather :D

03-04-2008, 08:58 PM
40 mins jogging for me. Was going for 45, but my sister showed up, so I quit early.

Heather, thanks for sharing what you do. :)

Helen, you look great in all your photos!


03-05-2008, 08:24 AM
I'm really bad about warming up: I don't do it. I usually do walk and stretch as a cool down, but when I'm getting started, I just go.

Kara - I'm posting this from the treadmill, just for you ;)

03-05-2008, 09:43 AM
Cheryl, I just start running. Literally, right out the front door. I do walk at least a half mile to cool down and I ALWAYS stretch for about ten minutes after I've finished.

Heather, thanks for the compliments on my littler running girl! Some days I feel like she's just chugging along and some days I feel like there's so far to go!

Laura, you make me laugh! Enjoy your time on the hotel treadmill!

I got in my five miles this morning but it was a battle the entire time. I still came in at 46:30, though. I don't know if what I ate last night was too much (it was a lot of protein, no junk to speak of), if I was just not feeling great (I'm kind of sad that Tom's not back yet), if I ran too hard yesterday, or if it was just some unexplained hump day deal. I pushed through. My goal is to RUN all the training miles because I want to RUN the whole marathon, so I figure I'm going to have to deal with some feeling unmotivated on race day and this is just a little splash of training for that. Hopefully tomorrow's run will be better.

Off to get breakfast.


03-05-2008, 07:45 PM
Oops, not a lot of time - 8 miles for me today - chat more soon!
Heather :D

03-06-2008, 01:04 AM
Thanks, Kara and Laura, for sharing. I might try that some time, when I've got more jogging miles under my belt.

No jogging for me today, since I had skating.


03-06-2008, 01:12 PM
3.5 miles today :D

03-06-2008, 09:11 PM
45 min jogging today. :)

03-08-2008, 07:42 AM
I've been a bit quiet recently, one of my hamstrings has been playing off so I decided to take a couple of days off running before attempting a long run this weekend. Then typically the weather today was horrible, the sort of wind that it's very hard to run into, and I picked a route I'd never tried before which had rather steeper hills than I remembered!

At about 13 miles I just wanted to give up. My leg wasn't hurting particularly, but I was fed up of battling the wind and my head was trying to convince me that my leg would benefit from another short run this weekend, but I hadn't done anything over 13 for 3 weeks so I made myself push on, on the basis that even a bad 20 miler is still a 20 miler. In the end I managed 20.25 and although it was slower than normal, it was still within a minute per mile of target marathon pace so hardly a disaster.

I think I'll skip cross country tomorrow though. I wanted to run it, because it's the last this season and will seal our victory in the league, but I don't think my legs would thank me.

03-08-2008, 02:19 PM
Helen, I hope your leg feels better soon! Isn't it funny when you feel that divide between your head and your body. My feet can be running along fine and my head is whining and complaining about nonsense and then I realize, "Hey, I'm still running!" It always makes me laugh at myself!

Heather, you're a machine! Keep up the great work!

I got in four miles in between rainstorms this morning, so I didn't have to do it tonight (I hate running at night) on the treadmill (I hate running on the treadmill). YAY! I've got eight on the schedule for tomorrow and it's supposed to be VERY windy so we'll see how that goes. I tell myself I'm burning extra calories when it's windy. Do you think that's true?


03-08-2008, 05:43 PM
45 mins jogging for me today

Diva, what's the word on that ankle of yours?

Everybody else, WTG on the mileage. :)

03-08-2008, 06:34 PM
Hi, sorry I havent been on here much. dh is hogging the computer and I havent been very much in a weight watching mood lately

Anyway...I was sick with the flu last week which bummed me out because i had been training so hard for this 10K...so here is my race report:

Second 10K of '08

After spending the week sleeping and coughing, I forced a gentle run friday to loosen things up. I've had some chest colds respond well to that and this was about the same, wheezed and coughed, left 1/2 a lung out on the road, but in the end it seemed to open up my breathing. Started to feel that I would be ready to race by Sunday :p

Saturday I drove down to the race not sure what to expect. My original goals were 8:05, 8:10, 8:15 (perfect, target, backup) pace. Warm up felt a little sluggish but not too bad. I decided to go for it.
Mile 1 I struggled to hit the 8:15 backup pace...came in at 8:14 but I was worried. Halfway through mile 2 I hacked up the other 1/2 lung and started to breathe easier. 8:11. Really got in to a rhythm after that. Garmin was useless on this run so I had to pace myself and I just really focused on holding a 2-3 breathing pattern (for me that seems about right for a 10K...if I go to 2-2 I am too fast, 3-3- I am too slow). Just focused on the breath the rest of the race. Mile 3 was 8:00, mile 4 was a little hilly 8:03, mile 5 7:59 - nice even pacing I felt. Looked at the watch and decided to go for it. Started alternating segments of 2-2 (end of race/5Kpacish) breathing in ...some intervals. Mile 6 7:50. Then I went all out for the finish 1:32 (7:40) TT 49:52 (8:02)Woohoo!

But hey...that was my whole 2008 10Kgoal and I have 6 more 10K's :D

Funny stuff on the course...it took me about 5 miles to lose this guy who from the beginning was breathing with this weird moan. If I heard that elsewhere I would have thought "oh ****, heartattack" Finally at mile 4 I relaxed and figured since he was still running 8mm he was PROBABLY ok. But dang...at least 20 years older than me.

Then there was one guy who was pacing me a little closely. At about mile 4 1/2 he said.."I really like your pace". We exchanged pleasantries and he tucked in back aways. It was less flattering when I reached the end and he did the turnaround to head out on loop 2 of his 30K. He was 20 years older than me too.

03-08-2008, 06:35 PM
Hey Helen ,now that Paula is sitting out that podium is all yours ;)

03-08-2008, 11:20 PM
Congrats on your race, Ennay!

I have a 15k tomorrow morning that I'm actually a bit nervous about. Last week was my ski trip, so I didn't do my weekly long run outside, and during the week I never really get to run much (mostly just walking on the treadmill with a few short speed bursts). I did run outside on Thursday morning, and I ran really slowly and felt terrible. Hoping I haven't gotten out of shape that quickly! This morning I went for a short 2.7 mile run, trying for speed, and I managed 8:13, but felt out of breath the whole way. This in contrast to a few weeks ago when I did a 4 mile race at an 8:00 pace! Hopefully tomorrow will be okay... I'll let you ladies know.

03-09-2008, 07:34 AM
Good luck with the 15k!

ennay, I think I'll need to speed up a bit before that happens, but I did get my registration pack through yesterday so it's starting to feel real now. I'm on the same start as the elites, but I'll be a long way behind them ;) Well done on your 10k!

My leg actually feels a lot better now, and I'd probably have been OK doing the xc, but I've got a bit of a cold too so I thought I'd play it safe. The marathon is getting too close to trip over a tree root or aggravate my leg.

03-09-2008, 04:16 PM
The race is done (report on my blog). I did a 9:13 pace and felt pretty yucky throughout. I really need to get back to doing intense cardio more often - I think that's what's been killing me and getting me out of shape. Cardio is one of those things that I dread, because it takes so much energy, but I feel so great AFTER I do it. I just need to suck it up and start doing it right when I get home from work.

03-09-2008, 05:29 PM
It was less flattering when I reached the end and he did the turnaround to head out on loop 2 of his 30K. He was 20 years older than me too.

:D Have to smile at this, Ennay. Three cheers for the old guys, though! I've been in that situation when I do my 5K races. Being passed by someone who looks like she's in her 70s is a bit demoralizing.

Finally worked up to a little over 3K today, and at a pace I liked. I think the aqua jogging class I do three times a week (HIIT) is helping my breathing, etc.

03-09-2008, 06:08 PM
Ennay, I'm glad you did so well on your race! And that you kicked that flu.

Helen, I ran a cross country 8 miles for you today. Not really, but the winds were so bad yesterday and today that so many tree branches were down all over the place and I had to keep high stepping over them. I thought of you while I was doing it, and dedicated my run to you! :D

Sheila, way to go on your running pace!

Laura, congrats on the race finish!

I think I am really getting the idea of pacing myself. I did eight miles today in winds that were UNbelievable. I seriously thought I was running in place for part of the time! But I haven't done eight miles for awhile so I started off at a really comfortable pace, ran through the wind, and was still able to speed up for my last mile. I came in at a little over 74 minutes, which I was VERY happy with, given the conditions. ('Course I'm very happy with anything under a ten minute mile.)


03-09-2008, 09:44 PM
Hi guys...it sounds like you all have experience with running! I need some motivation and advice...one of my lifelong goes has always been to run in a marathon...well most likely nothing like the Boston, but even just a community one...I mean run..i just want to run and I think I need some advice and support...ideas how to get started, what works best for everyone...etc..etc...any advice...id appreciate! Thanks!

03-09-2008, 10:46 PM
Hi Mama! I just started training recently for my first marathon. About two years ago I decided I wanted to be able to run five miles. I'd never run more than a mile, in gym class, you know? I just needed something new for an exercise goal and that's what I picked. It took me seven months, but I did it. Then for about a half a year I ran five miles a couple times a week and then decided to work up to ten, which took me all of three weeks. I piddled around at ten, eleven, twelve miles a run once a week or so and then around Christmas decided to try to train for a marathon. I'm using the schedules at marathontraining.com. They have a mileage build-up schedule and a marathon training schedule. The website says that if you can run thirteen miles at a time and are running about 25 miles a week, you're ready to start the marathon training schedule. I could do the thirteen miles, but I wasn't doing anywhere near 25 a week, so I started with the mileage build-up schedule. I'm several weeks in and my schedule this week looks like this:
Sunday - 8 miles
Monday - rest
Tuesday - 4 miles
Wednesday - 6 miles
Thursday - 4 miles
Friday - rest
Saturday - 4 miles

Hope that helps!


03-10-2008, 12:40 AM
Hi Tomkandra!! Thanks for letting me in on your goal setting and reaching!! Thats awesome! I dont know why, but Ive always wanted to participate in a marathon of some sort...I mean, I know Im far from fit...but I know its not impossible...when I was 200lbs..i ran in a bootcamp that our gym held....we ran three times a week..I cant remember how long we ran...but I managed...and the trainer told me that I obviously have running experience... ( in highschool i did belong to a running club, but once I graduated I just began to bike...a LOT (and ran a couple of times a week or so for a maximum of 20 minutes..that was my wall..or so I thought!)...so anyway I biked hardcore for about 10 years...until I graduated from uni...got a car...and well...had two kids...and...well!!! in the past 6 years gained a lot of weight..and I just want to get back outside...for me!...I have an old co worker who runs 3 times a week...im scared to say I will go with her, because I dont want to emberass myself in front of her or her friends...and definetley dont want to hold her up!! sigh!

03-10-2008, 03:29 AM
MamaC, have you heard of the Couch to 5K (C25K) program? It's on the Cool Running website, free, and is a beginner's program for running. I know you said you're not a beginner, but it would give you some ideas on how to ease back into it. There's another thread here on the Exercise forum for the C25K, and they just started in the past week. I'm sure you could join in on that thread, too, if you decide to do the C25K and don't want to go it alone. You'd be able to catch up to your friend at work in no time!

03-10-2008, 05:45 PM
mamac - if you want to do it, that's great. Some people run because they feel like they have to to lose weight, and hate every minute, and some people run because they want to run, and love it. Of course there are all sorts of in betweens (I know I hate it some days and love it on others), but if you want to run and have a proper running goal it seems to work better than only running because it will help you achieve something else.

Start slowly, build up gradually, and you'll get there. I couldn't run to the next lamppost when I started out, but I worked at it, and now I run marathons. You don't need to run marathons to be a runner, but it's a great long term goal to have because it will make sure you stick to your routine for more than a couple of weeks!

03-11-2008, 01:31 AM
HI guys...so i have a fitness plan too...with regards to the running part anyway! Tomorrow I am going to start the Couch to 5K program!! ALSo, starting April 12 at my gym (YMCA) they have a running clinic...with the goal of running in the 5km race June 1!! SOO...those are my current goals!! I decided...I should Just Do it...rather than talk about it...and forget about being scared....i know I can do this...its just as much mental as physical right!!! Im happy to hear from others who are running, and running to train for marathons or increase their running! Look forward to keeping you updated!!! Thanks!!!!

03-11-2008, 03:52 AM
MamaC, congrats on the decision to start the C25K. I'm sure you'll do great!

45 min jogging for me tonight. I'm too tired to think now, so I'm off to bed.

03-11-2008, 08:28 AM
WOW! You're all doing so well! :hug:

I restarted the c25k yesterday. After 2 weeks of limping, my foot was FINALLY well enough to resume, but I was so out of it, that even doing week 1 again was tough. My old faithful tennis shoes served me well. NO more NEW shoes for a while. My legs were screaming at me and I didn't think I was going to make it through but I did. It's amazing how fast you lose your momentum isn't it? I just wanna run for a straight 30 minutes or more like most of you do. I swear, Helen is my hero! You rock woman!:high:

03-11-2008, 08:41 AM
Helen's pretty much on a pedestal for me, too! Good job getting restarted, Roni. Hope you get back in the swing of things soon!

Mama, way to go making a plan! Sounds like you have some great ideas, and I can't wait to hear how your race goes. It'll be here before you know it!

Cheryl, hope you got good sleep!

I did an easy four miles today. I'm still in awe that I can say that..."easy four miles"...ha. There was a time, not too long ago, that I couldn't even say "easy one mile".


03-11-2008, 08:42 AM
And look! Less than 800 miles to go! :lol:


03-11-2008, 10:11 AM
Hi ladies,

I have a question. I have been running for about 13 years but have never been able to increase the size of my stride. I seem to short step my stride and it wears me out very quickly. I run about a 1.5 miles 3 times a week. i used to run more and hope to increase it again over this summer. I would like to be able to run a marathon one day. But I know I need to find a way to increase the size of my stride to be able to train properly. I would appreciate any suggestions.


03-11-2008, 10:30 AM
Hi Dawn! I have never really thought about the size of my stride... Is it comfortable for you? Because, really, on long runs, running comfortably is so much more important for me than focusing on breathing or time or my route or anything. I give myself a free pass on my weekly long run to run at any pace I want without pushing myself, because on that particular day my goal is to run the whole time.

Maybe the other, more experienced runners will have better advice.


03-11-2008, 04:53 PM
Take that pedestal away, quick. Today I managed 0.75 miles before giving up and getting on a bus (I was meant to be running to work). A slight leg niggle, which I don't want to take any chances with, was my excuse, but it's still knocked my confidence a bit. Fingers crossed it will heal up nicely before the weekend, I was planning to do a 20 mile race but I don't want to risk it if it doesn't feel right.

03-11-2008, 06:07 PM
Hi ladies,

I have a question. I have been running for about 13 years but have never been able to increase the size of my stride. I seem to short step my stride and it wears me out very quickly. I run about a 1.5 miles 3 times a week. i used to run more and hope to increase it again over this summer. I would like to be able to run a marathon one day. But I know I need to find a way to increase the size of my stride to be able to train properly. I would appreciate any suggestions.


Most running things I have seen say to focus on stride cadence (the NUMBER of steps you take in a minute) and not stride length. As you develop leg strength, endurance and speed, your stride length will naturally increase slightly, but trying to force a change is more likely to cause injury than success. Overstriding will actually slow you down, not speed you up.

Personally, I say dont worry about stride length OR cadence, just go out and run. Run more, run consistantly.

03-11-2008, 06:11 PM
Woohoo! Broke 300 miles for the year this morning....still behind for the month, but thats ok.

Kara - I have been meaning to ask...how did you arrive at your year mileage goal? For a long time I thought it was 1000 miles, but realized it wasnt.

03-11-2008, 09:51 PM
I'm not an experienced runner, but I wonder if the shortened stride could be related to something like a tightness in the hamstrings, and whether it could be helped with some type of stretching?

03-11-2008, 10:53 PM
I ran outside tonight! Got out early from work, and I thought I had enough time to do a 3 mile run before it got completely dark. Unfortunately, I missed a turn, and ended up doing 4.9 miles... in the dark, while wearing black, in a strange city on a path I don't know!!! Scary, and very dumb of me. It all worked out okay, but I don't think I can try running after work anymore, even if I get out early like tonight. I wish we didn't have daylight savings so I could still run in the mornings :(

The good news is, I ran at an 8:58 pace, and it felt very easy and relaxed. Kara, I totally agree - it's weird that 5 miles feels like nothing to me, whereas a year and a half ago I couldn't even run a mile!

03-11-2008, 11:47 PM
I ran outside tonight! Got out early from work, and I thought I had enough time to do a 3 mile run before it got completely dark. Unfortunately, I missed a turn, and ended up doing 4.9 miles... in the dark, while wearing black, in a strange city on a path I don't know!!! Scary, and very dumb of me.

OMG! Very dumb indeed! DO NOT make me come up there and whip your tale young lady! Don't you ever do that again. Laura have you looked in the mirror lately? You are a very pretty girl and I know you turn heads. I don't want you doing things like that and turning the WRONG heads! Ya got me feeling all motherly here, lol! I DO have a son your age...anyways, please don't do that again. You may not be so lucky next time. :hug:

Helen, i hope your leg niggle is all healed up for your race this weekend. :)

03-12-2008, 11:48 AM
I thought I had time to run before it got dark but I completely underestimated. I definitely won't do it again, Roni, you don't have to worry. Thanks for the concern :)

This morning I did 1/2 mile on the treadmill as a warmup to my weight lifting. However, I did a 7 minute pace! And I was able to keep it up. Now granted, that's only 3.5 minutes... but I'm thinking maybe if I start doing that every morning and trying to go for an extra 15 seconds every day, I'll eventually work myself up to a faster pace permanently. We'll see!

03-12-2008, 12:47 PM
Hi Jamsker8!! and everyone!! I did it! I got on the treadmill, and instead of walking...I started jogging/running! I tried to do the Couch to 5k! but found I can run more than their initial start up...SO...im going to look into the C25K weekly plan (if there is one) SO, yesterday...I ran at first 1 minute, walked 1 mintue, ran 2 mintues, walked 2 mintues, ran 3 mintutes, walked 1 mintue, and ran 4 minutes, walked one minute, ran 4 and walked 1 minute, ran 4 mintues and walked to cool down 5 minutes!!!! SOOO...technically I ran 20 minutes.. he he...SO I think Im going to stick to the 4 minute goal for the week...doing it 5 times....I know I can do it!!! I think next week I will try 5mintues...not sure though, I will definetley look into a weekly work up... SO just so you guys know...I am sooooo happy to be running, right now...Im eating healthy...but mostly Im excited and looking forward to running..yesterday I did the running and right after did a Dance Fit class....60 minutes of non stop jumping around...YEAH...not the same day I do my running...ive decided...i was beat!!! BUt today im not going to run, even though I want to....I promised a friend I would try Fusion with her, a class that works the core, cardio using palates, yoga and who knows what else...im sure it will kick me in the butt!!! Im so happy Im moving again!!! I love it! I honestly believe I wouldnt be doing ALL of this with sooo much goal setting or motivation if it wasnt for this site!! This site is like a lifeline for me!! I love everyones advice, stories and chit chat!!! :) : ) :) I couldnt be happier!!!

03-12-2008, 01:00 PM
So, I just reviewed the Cto5K...and I will just start myself at week 4...im comfortable with that for now, I will probably do week 4 next week as well, and start week 5 the following week...I think thats reasonable....hmmmm...im again not trying to do tooo much at once, but bcs I know I can run, its hard to only run for the shorter periods...maybe than I should just speed up???...Right now Im running slow...so maybe if I followed the Cto5K...than maybe I should run with a bit more speed???? I dont know, whats more important...speed or mileage? or is that a personal preference...i think I heard speed can always be worked on later...no?

03-12-2008, 01:45 PM
I think speed vs mileage is kind of personal preference. Personally, I've focused on increasing mileage, and am now trying to up my speed. If you're running primarily to lose weight, I think this method makes more sense, because you don't burn THAT many additional calories from running faster as you do from running farther. However, as you transition to running because you love it or running to do a race, running faster may become more of a priority. YMMV.

03-12-2008, 02:55 PM
Did 30 minutes Walk/Jog on the TM. I went a little faster today. :D

03-12-2008, 03:17 PM

Sounds like a fine plan. I did some similar tweaking to the schedule, to do what was comfortable, and to make it easier to remember. Glad you're having fun with the workouts! And, congrats on your first day back at running! :carrot:

I did 45 minutes this morning, just practicing holding a steady pace, so I hopefully won't muck it up in the run this weekend. I have to ride with my sister, because my van won't be repaired by then. I'm more stressed about possibly getting stuck riding shotgun with her half the day than I am about the run, lol. She's one who can turn a simple trip into a 22-stop errand marathon..."just one more stop, well, then I HAVE to go by the bank, and drop a movie off, oh, and we need milk...just be a quick sec!"

03-12-2008, 04:21 PM
Cheryl, you crack me up! I hope everything goes well with your sister and her ride this weekend!

Laura, glad you made it back safely!

Roni, you are officially our "mother hen"!

I got in six miles this morning, cruising through town bopping along to my music. 50:58! I couldn't believe it! That's almost five minutes less than my last six miler a couple weeks ago! My husband just got home from Korea last night, so I think I had a little adreneline in my corner...


03-12-2008, 04:23 PM
Kara - I have been meaning to ask...how did you arrive at your year mileage goal? For a long time I thought it was 1000 miles, but realized it wasnt.

I added up all the miles in the training schedule I got from marathontraining.com and that's how many miles I'll run before I run the marathon in September. Who knows what happens after that!

It does look like a random goal, doesn't it?!


03-12-2008, 11:20 PM
Hi ladies,

I have a question. I have been running for about 13 years but have never been able to increase the size of my stride. I seem to short step my stride and it wears me out very quickly. I run about a 1.5 miles 3 times a week. i used to run more and hope to increase it again over this summer. I would like to be able to run a marathon one day. But I know I need to find a way to increase the size of my stride to be able to train properly. I would appreciate any suggestions.


Oh...but I forgot the biggie..run hills. Running hills strengthens the legs and lengthens the stride AND cadence

03-13-2008, 12:00 AM
My husband just got home from Korea last night, so I think I had a little adreneline in my corner...

:D, Kara!

Does anyone wear glasses while running? I developed a corneal ulcer in my right eye, and have an infection in my left eye so no contacts for a while. I ran wearing my glasses today, and they got so darned fogged up. I kept taking them off and wiping them down while I was running (obviously today was not speed work). It was quite annoying so I'm wondering what other people do about wearing glasses and running? Maybe I just sweat more than other glasses-wearers.:dizzy:

03-14-2008, 04:09 PM
Kara, so glad your dh is there with you. WTG on the 6 miler time!

45 mins jogging for me last night. My next "run" will be the 5k on Sunday..wish me luck!

03-15-2008, 01:13 PM
Hey Sheila 53...I wear glasses all the time...even in the past when I biked and ran, this time I havent fogged up yet cause Im inside...im assuming , BUT...I did way back than and found that anti-fog cleaner for your glasses might help.....good luck!

03-16-2008, 01:23 PM
Hi guys...so I ran again this week..(2x's) today will be day 3 of the week! I went to the gym 4 days in a row...2 running, three classes...Im just curious of what everyone did to start out!? If you remember...how fast did you start out running, how fast do you run now..ie. speed and miles/kms?? and other types of excercise programs you did alongs side your running! RIght now I am experimenting with different classes...so far I really love Yoga, and Fusion (a mix of yoga, pilates and core training)...and running three times a week...to start...Im wondering if there was other excercise programs people did to build up their core or muscles??? Im not really into lifting weights...only bcs of the menotany...I was thinking the Fusion and Yoga would be good enough for now...with the help of resistance to build muscle?? What do you think? AND...do you run and do muscle/resistance training on the same day? I heard not to...??

03-16-2008, 04:17 PM
I started at somewhere around 8 - 9 km/hour on my running spells, with walk breaks (I was on the treadmill, I can't remember how that works out in real life pace, I just remember that I used to set it between 8 and 10, and it measures in km/hour). I did weights, swimming and other cardio stuff at the same time, I wouldn't run every day by any means, and when I did run it wasn't always for my full gym session. At the moment I don't tend to do weights and running on the same day, although I do sometimes if that's how it works out when I try to fit everything in round the rest of my life.

Anyway, I'm baaaaack. My leg is nowhere near as painful as it was at the start of the week, and I ended up doing my 20 mile race today. My original plan was to do it as a 20 mile marathon pace run rather than "racing" as such, but after the leg niggles I decided to just go out and see what happened - I ended up doing it in 2:49:37 which is almost dot on 8:30 pace, which is the pace I'd been considering aiming for (roughly 3:45 marathon pace). That's given me a real confidence boost - I know that the run today was far hillier than London will be, so if I can run 8:30 pace for 20 miles on that and still have energy for a bit of a burst of speed in the last mile towards the finish to get under 2:50, I'm much more confident that I can keep it up for 26.2 miles on the flat. I do need to work on my pacing though, I don't think it helped that it was hilly because it was impossible to keep a steady pace, I'd be doing 9:30 uphill and 7:30 downhill, but even with that I went too fast in the first half and suffered a bit from 16 - 18 before my last burst of energy.

03-16-2008, 08:03 PM
Well, I survived my first organized run today. It was 3-1/2 miles, and I forgot my watch, so won't know my time until tomorrow, but I think it was around 48 mins. (eat my dust, lol!) OK, I was getting passed by 7 year olds, but my goal was to jog the whole thing, without having to walk, which I did, so I was totally happy with that accomplishment!

The run was a race/fun run, with a St Patrick's Day theme, and lots of folks wearing silly costume accessories. We hadn't brought anything like that, so we settled on some gigantic foam leprechaun hats, just to fit in. I think the shocker "costume" for the day was one man, about 6 ft tall, running in just a pair of green briefs, with sparkly shamrock stickers stuck on his...er..."chest".

03-16-2008, 11:31 PM
Been MIA for a few days, but I was busy racing! I did an 8K on Saturday in Central Park (race report up on my blog) that came right before some invitational US championships. It was incredible to watch the pros speed through the finish at 4:00 mile paces!! Though a little disheartening to realize that I started 90 minutes before them but only crossed the line about 60 minutes ahead. Ah well :) Still a great time, and I was glad I did it. This morning, I traveled to Boston and did a 5K St. Pat's race here that was totally low key and the exact opposite of yesterday. I wore some green beads and had a great time though, and think I got a PR (my iPod showed 24:35, but we'll see when I get the race results)! Will keep you ladies posted.

Cheryl, great job on your first race! I'm sure it will be the first of many and can't wait to hear more.

03-17-2008, 02:42 PM
Hello ladies (and any of the wonderful 3FC guys who might also be here)! I've always been curious about other people's opinions on this. Where do you draw the line between "running" and "jogging"? Right now, when I do a 10 min mile, I feel like I'm *running* (I started recently), though probably not as much as I would have thought it was when I first started out. Is it typical to judge running vs jogging based on how difficult it is for you individually, or do you see it more as speed alone? Or is there even a line to speak of, whether mentally or physiologically?

I ask because in looking over the C25K plan, it seems to describe a 10 minute mile as a jog (jog 3 miles / 30 minutes).

03-17-2008, 03:20 PM
I've usually seen 10:00/mile used as the cutoff. 10:00 or slower is jogging; 9:59 or faster is running. Though Wikipedia has an interesting definition, quoting Dr. George Sheehan: "The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank." Don't get too caught up in what you're doing - define it how you want and just get out there :)

03-17-2008, 06:36 PM
If you remember...how fast did you start out running, how fast do you run now..ie. speed and miles/kms?? and other types of excercise programs you did alongs side your running! ..Im wondering if there was other excercise programs people did to build up their core or muscles??? Im not really into lifting weights...only bcs of the menotany...AND...do you run and do muscle/resistance training on the same day? I heard not to...??

Hhmm, for me it was not so much the speed but the duration. I couldn't run very far, and now I can run farther. I'm pretty slow, although faster than I was if my decreasing 5K race times are any indication. My top speed right now is 11 mph, sometimes a touch faster, sometimes slower.

Aqua jogging is my exercise of choice when I don't run, as well as the elliptical. Aqua jogging (using HIIT) has built up my endurance. Keeping yourself above the water helps with core stability. I also weight train six days a week, doing a three-day split. I weight train on the day I run--can't see why you wouldn't. In fact, when I had a trainer, she said to do my leg day on the days I run.

I think yoga is an excellent activity. I just wish I had time in my schedule to fit in a yoga class. You might learn to enjoy weight training--it's really beneficial for your bones. I often lift weights while standing on two balance discs, which is a great core workout.

03-18-2008, 06:29 PM
Tigersoup - I wouldn't get hung up on what is running and what is jogging. There will always be people faster than you, and once you get going there will almost always be people slower than you too. Go at a pace you feel happy with, not what someone else expects you to achieve. One person's running is another person's jogging - what one person thinks is a flat out pace is another's warm up jog.

I did an easy 8 miles into work this morning to loosen up after the 20 miler at the weekend. I'm just about getting to the taper stage of training, and for the first time before a marathon I'm relaxed about that because I know I've done enough training. I'm usually worrying about whether it's a good idea to try one more long run at this stage, but this time round I know that I've done enough training, and that all I do is need to perform at my usual standard on the day rather than pull something extra special out of the bag. Of course, that's dependent to some extent on injuries, freak weather conditions and all that, but training wise I'm happy with what I've done, and I just want to get out there and run the thing now!

03-18-2008, 07:09 PM
Hey all,
I'd love to join your thread as I just signed up for a 5K in May! I've dabbled with running in the past (C25K) but I have been afraid of competition for my entire life so running an actual race is a really scary thought for me. BUT, it is part of my personal challenge to build confidence and try new things, so here I go!

I've been jogging a 10 min mile on the treadmill after my normal workouts lately, so although I know that's not the same as an outdoor run, it's a start. I'm excited to start posting here and hear all about all of your running/jogging experiences!


03-19-2008, 01:50 AM
Lizzy, welcome! I WISH I had a 10 minute mile...ah, some day!

Today I decided to try jogging with my little red dog, since it was decent weather out. She did well, but it was harder to find my pace and pay attention to the dog at the same time. We figured it out after a few minutes.

Did 20 mins with the dog, then another 30 mins at home, using the jogging for a "rest" between sets of weight lifting exercises. Don't know if that's wrong, but it's a way for me to get the lifting in, for now.

03-19-2008, 02:01 AM
I hope it's okay for me to join your group as well...I am not ready to sign myself up for any races at this point; however I did run 2 miles today for the first time ever!! I was doing a 12 min/mi last week and decided to go for a longer distance rather than speed, as I REALLY want to run a 5k this summer/fall. It took me 26 min and 45 secs to go the 2 miles...but I did it!

Anyways - you guys are so inspiring...I can't wait to be able to really call myself a "runner" someday :)

03-19-2008, 10:59 AM
Hey sweettart! funny seeing you here!! I just joined yesterday after signing up for that 5K...

Still mentally debating whether to go out for a jog right now. I think i'll compromise and go jog on the treadmill for a while. Plan is to slow it down and up the mileage...

Can anyone tell me a "good" time to shoot for for a 5K?


03-19-2008, 12:13 PM
Hi Lizzy!! I figured if I was going to get serious about running...I would need all the support I could get :)

My friend just ran a 5k in just over 33 min....she is a runner though; although not an athlete or anything. I plan to aim for 36-39 min when I do sign up...anyone have thoughts on that? I can run a 12 min mile now, but only one at that speed (I know...not really "speed" ;)).

Have a good morning ladies!!!!

03-19-2008, 01:43 PM
Sweettart, congrats on the 2 miles! :carrot: And, welcome!

03-19-2008, 02:38 PM
No one can really tell you a "good" time for a 5K, because it's totally dependent on your individual body and level of fitness. For my first 5K, I set a goal of doing the whole thing without walking, and came in at about 32 minutes. This weekend, I did a 5K with a goal of 25 minutes (and beat it). So - it all really depends. If you're running 12 mins/mile for one mile, maybe try setting a goal of maintaining that pace for the whole 5K.

03-19-2008, 06:42 PM
My goals for races tend to be just a bit faster than I ran it last time...

Time trial with the club tonight, despite my niggly leg and Sunday's race I managed my fastest time yet on that course. It's still some way off 5k PB pace (it's quite hilly, and I'm not at my fastest on Wednesday evenings because I run better in the morning and with proper preparation), but it's still a sign of improvement.

I've got a rest day tomorrow, then a 10 mile race on Friday. I've heard it's quite a tricky (hilly) one, but my 20 was hilly and I still managed to beat my 10 mile PB in both halves of the race, so fingers crossed I should get a nice PB at this one.

03-19-2008, 07:14 PM
2nd day - 2 miles...I am so excited! It actually felt GOOD this time :) I can't wait to run again!! My only problem is that I am definitely not a morning workout person; however, I HAVE to take a shower in the morning. So, I'm having to take two showers/day which might get old kinda fast. But...whatever it takes...I am going to do this!

Good luck with your running girls (guys?)...I don't know anyone well enough yet to really offer personalized support, but I promise I will when I get everything figured out ;)

03-19-2008, 07:25 PM
Hi runners! :wave:

Sorry to hijack your chat thread, but I have a quick question about a mystery leg pain. :) I'm pretty sure this is a sprint-related 'injury' (from doing HIIT on the treadmill) but I also feel it when I go on my regular outside runs. The pain is below my calf muscle but above my ankle, inwards of my shin bone. It's slightly swollen and sore to the touch and has been since last Saturday. Anyone know what this is or have experienced something similar? I'm not even able to identify the body part and it just strikes me as extremely bizarre. :dizzy:


03-20-2008, 01:10 PM
Good morning!! Just posting to hold myself accountable...today I did my 2 miles in 26 min (45 seconds faster than yesterday). I was actually exhausted this time, while the last couple of times I felt like I could have kept going...I think because I ran at 6:30 this morning and I am NOT a morning workout person. I think I mentioned that before? But...now, I feel great!! I think I'm in love with running ;)

Hi Baffled - I just recently hijacked as well! I don't have any opinions to offer (sorry!) but have you called the advice line at your doctor's office? Maybe they have some ideas?? Whatever you do, be careful until you know exactely what's going on :) BTW - way to go on being smokefree! That is AWESOME!!!!

03-20-2008, 08:21 PM
Hi all :wave:

I'm still around, slowly building mileage, and getting ready to start a half-marathon training programme... not to run one (!) just to build mileage. :yes:

Chat soon - how ya'll doing? Kara - where's your running girl at? :D

03-21-2008, 12:14 PM
It is a gorgeous sunny day here today so I did a nice easy 3 miles outside. :)

Have a happy Easter, all!

03-21-2008, 12:51 PM
HeatherAngel - Way to go on your three miles!!! That's my ultimate goal right now, but so far I just about fall on my face after two!!!

I only ran one mile this morning because my 3 year old woke up early and I'm definitely not able to run with distractions at this point...I'm hoping to take him for a nice walk (in his stroller so we can go at my pace!) and then maybe some weights. I seem to be losing a lb every other day, but I'm a little worried that it's slowing down because I'm not eating enough calories now that I'm running...but that's for another thread ;)

Have a great day ladies...and a Happy, Happy Easter!!!!

03-24-2008, 12:12 PM
Okay - so after a weekend of virtually no exercise...I ran my 2 miles this morning in 24 min 25 sec....I posted this in another thread as well, but...ShrinkingLizzy is my inspiration to KEEP RUNNING ;)

Happy Monday everyone!!!

03-25-2008, 04:50 PM
I guess I'm the only one posting on this thread anymore ;) But, it keeps me accountable:

2 miles / 24 minutes

03-25-2008, 06:18 PM
hi! will try to be better about posting in April :)

03-25-2008, 06:21 PM
I kind of got away from posting in February after going out of town, and I didn't make my goal that month. I didn't set one for March and I know I've missed a couple run days because of this or that. I'll have to go home and see just what I have done. I'm sure I'm nowhere near what I did in January. The weather is getting so much nicer in the mornings (low 60's as opposed to low 40's in January). I actually went out in shorts this morning! Of course, it won't last. Next think I know it'll be 90 degrees at 4:30 AM. Yuck.

03-25-2008, 09:32 PM
Were all the runners kidnapped by aliens? Is there a party we weren't invited to? ;)

I've been doing 50 mins of jogging at a time this week, not sure of the miles, but knowing my pace, probably getting 3-3/4 mi or something like that. I've decided to keep upping my mileage a little at a time, to try and train up for the 12K Sound to Narrows run in June. It's supposed to be a killer with the hills, but the challenge and suffering is kind of the point of that run, from what I hear, so I think it will be a good goal to shoot for. If I like it, I could be an outcast like Ennay, doing distance running and weight training...yeah! :carrot:

03-26-2008, 10:04 AM
Good morning,

I haven't jogged since my big epiphany on Sat, mostly because there's been a ton going on here (my brother just adopted a newborn and I'm an auntie for the first time!). But I'm planning on putting my sneakers on after I finish my coffee and finish posting. I think my goal is another 3 miles this morning...perhaps outside....


03-26-2008, 12:46 PM
I went back and added up what I've done this month--looks like between 25 and 27 miles so far. I'll get another 5 in before the end of the month.

03-26-2008, 03:25 PM
Lizzy, congrats on the new baby in the family! I'm jealous!

Allison, good going on the mileage! :carrot:

03-26-2008, 06:18 PM
I haven't been posting because I've been in a bit of a running rut. My leg is still sore and while I can run on it, I'm not sure whether I should be doing. I've got 2 and a half weeks til the marathon and want it to heal rather than making it worse.

I still managed a 10 mile PB on Friday, but other than that I've not really done any runs I've felt particularly good about. I'd like to do my scheduled 18 miler on Saturday, but I'm really not sure whether it would be a good idea at the moment.

03-26-2008, 08:44 PM
Aww Helen, I'm sorry to hear your leg is still giving you trouble. :( Sending healthy healing vibes your way for the next 2.5 weeks!

7 miles for me today - my muscles were aching from a bad fall on the ski slope Sunday; took three days off and ran again today.

Kara - where are you?

Lisa - how are you feeling these days? How's your bump?? ;)

Heather :D

03-27-2008, 04:59 PM
Leg update - it's feeling a lot better today. It still hurts a bit, but nowhere as bad as it has been doing. I'm going to run to work tomorrow (short run, with the option of the bus if it goes wrong) before deciding what the plan for the weekend is.

In my races I'm still running times that predict a sub 3:45 marathon, so I can still do it, the main problem is that it seems to take me longer to recover from them so I end up racing then resting until the next race, then racing again. No more racing until FLM though, which will hopefully help.

03-28-2008, 01:26 AM
I'd like to jump in here too! I am training for a half-marathon in June, and would like to maintain some accountability. I won't backtrack to when I started training - just post where I am now. I ran 5.3 miles tonight. My goal was four, but am cross-training tomorrow. I was tired after three, and my pace decreased significantly for the 4th and 5th miles, but I kept going because I felt like if I didn't push myself now, then when? The last .3 I chose to do just because when I was doing my cool down, a great song came on, and I did .1 mile sprint, .025 walk, .1 mile sprint, etc. I'm actually sore (which feels great!), but I'm quite happy with my effort.

03-28-2008, 03:35 PM
Laurie, congrats on the mileage, and good luck with your training! I'm still trying to up my miles to possibly do a 7.5 mile run/walk in June, but am feeling beat up and worn out from starting the weight training. I figure I'll feel better once my body gets used to that, and the mileage won't seem as big a deal then. I'm feeling just a bit of a wimp, reading about you training up for a half marathon by June, since I'm not far behind you on the mileage now. I'm still very slow, though, so I'll be lucky to make the shorter run before they close the place down and everyone goes home, lol.

03-28-2008, 04:32 PM
Happy Friday runners!!! I'm so thankful the weekend is here :)

So today I was distracted by a certain adorable 3 year old while I was on the treadmill...I have been running 2 miles in 24 min each day but today I got a little off track. Here's what I did:

1/2 mile at 6 mph (I think it just about killed me!!!)
30 second break
1/2 mile at 5 mph (my normal speed)
1/4 mile at 6 mph (I tried for 1/2 again...but man, my legs just feel so clumsy
at that speed!!)
1/4 mile at 3 mph as a cool down

Anyways...I'm sure that wasn't as effective as running a straight 2 miles (no 30 sec break) at a consitent speed, right??? Oh well...at least I ran!!!

You ladies are such an inspiration...I read all of your posts about your running and it makes me excited to get to that point...so thank you!!!

03-28-2008, 11:23 PM
Hello all

not sure if any of you remember me. I used to post on this thread about a year or two ago...

Ran my last half marathon in Nov. 06 and took most of 07 off because DH and I just had our first born (see avatar) in January of this year.

I have recently started running again (I ran a little during my pregnancy, but mostly walked) and have completed 4 miles in my longest stretch without walking...

I'm trying to get my endurance up again but my pace is much slower than it was before (10:30 vs. 9:00) but that's ok.

Once I stop nursing our son it will be a little easier also since the "girls" won't be as big - right now I have to use two sports bras to make through a run!

Take care - I will enjoy getting to know all of you!

03-29-2008, 11:22 AM
I think I do remember you (which makes me wonder how long I've been lurking round these parts!) It's good to see you back here.

I'm feeling a LOT more positive today. I ran just over 6 miles yesterday (which was my longest run in a week) and just over 18 today, which is my last long run before London. 18 is what was on my schedule, and I wondered whether it was a bit far for 2 weeks out, but I haven't run as much recently as I have been doing so went for it on the basis that my legs should hopefully be relatively fresh. I did give myself the option of getting to 15 and deciding whether to do the last 3, particularly if my injury started playing up, as it was it felt good so I carried on and felt like I could have done more than 18 - but knew it wouldn't be a good idea!

Now I have a bit more confidence that my leg will stand up to the marathon I can concentrate on resting up for it. I wanted to get a decent run done so that I knew my leg would cope and wouldn't spend the next two weeks worrying about it. Relief all round!

03-29-2008, 12:00 PM
Hello Helen!

I think when I left the boards you had just finished your second marathon - It's great to see you continuing towards your goals - wow - under 4 hours in a marathon is fantastic!! Congratulations to you!

Mrs Snark
03-29-2008, 02:48 PM
Yo, I knew there had to be a running thread on here somewhere! :) I'm marathon training for a race in the fall (it will be my first 26.2, longest race I've done so far is a half marathon) so I'd like to hang with you guys!

Today's run was a 5 miler.

03-29-2008, 02:49 PM
Thanks, at the moment I'm shooting for either sub 3:45 (London qualifying time) or sub 3:40 (Boston). I was well on track for that (and have done 3:50 and 3:52 so it's realistic), but then got a bit of a niggle in my leg that seems to have knocked me back a bit. Fingers crossed I've got it sorted out in time and haven't lost too much speed in the process...

Having said that, I'm sure that doing the training for a fast marathon takes a mere fraction of the time that looking after babies does!

03-30-2008, 08:01 AM
Got 3 miles done on the treadmill last night. not too bad considering i was pretty tired...maybe by the end of the week I'll get up to 4.5 mi.

It hasn't been too difficult trying to run while taking care of a baby. He's a pretty good sleeper and is asleep by 8:30 or 9:00 pm so i can usually squeeze in a run (as long as I make myself do it - lol) and DH keeps an eye on the little guy in case he wakes up so I don't have to interrupt my run.

Good luck training on your first marathon Tyler!

03-30-2008, 09:31 AM
Hey guys! Sorry I've been so bad about posting. Tom came home for a couple days from Korea and I didn't visit the boards much :devil: and then I have been so busy since he left that I haven't made it down this way. I've kept up with my running, though, so don't fret!

I did nine miles today and it felt GREAT! I finished in just over 84 minutes! I would have been happy with anything under 90, but I was kind of hoping it would be closer to 81. This gives me something to shoot for.

I do have a question, though. I seem to have developed a blister on my right foot, on the inside of the ball of my foot, if that makes any sense. Like, where the big toe base joint hits the side of my shoe. Tomorrow's a rest day, so I won't be running, but what should I do about it? It's not big, not even the size of a dime, but it seems deep. I don't like to pop blisters...nature's band-aids and all...so I was wondering if there was some kind of cushioning or something I should apply.



03-30-2008, 03:40 PM
Kara! Good to have you back...everybody has been missing you here! On the blister, I'd check your shoe for a rough seam or something, in case that's the cause of your blister. If there's an imperfection in the shoe, you might be able to tape over it to smooth it out, using athletic tape or stretchy bandaging tape. Other possibilities are a sock that's too loose/rubbing, which you can prevent by wearing a hosiery type sock under your athletic sock, or just making sure you have a sock that fits snug without being too tight and give it a good tug after putting your shoes on, to get out any wrinkles.

For the blister itself, I'd put a little antibiotic ointment over it, just in case it pops on its own, then a nice big stretchy band-aid type bandage (one of the good brands...some of the brands seem to lose their sticking power pretty fast). I'm not sure if all this applies to running, just my experience with skating blisters. Skaters sometimes use a blister pad or corn pad to cover a blister (as you'd get when breaking in a new pair or skates), so if you feel you need a little extra padding, you might peruse the drug store aisle for some stick-on foam padding, then you'd normally need a little stretch bandage tape to hold that in place. Gauze and tape might work, but then it might be too scratchy and aggravate the problem.

Helen, glad to hear you're feeling better. I hope this means you'll get a PB in your upcoming marathon!

Lucky, welcome back! I'm new to running, but always glad for another runner to look up to, as it keeps me inspired!

Tyler, welcome, and good luck with your marathon training! That kind of distance still seems so far from my abilities, but I might get there in time!

03-30-2008, 03:58 PM
Fingers crossed on the PB! I'm feeling a lot more positive now, which is good.

I don't tend to get blisters too often (touching every piece of wood I can find - I don't want to curse myself now!), but I do like compeed plasters - not sure whether you have them over there (or if you do whether they have a different name). The only thing I sometimes find is that if you try to put a plaster or something over the blister, it moves mid run and then you get a blister somewhere else instead.

If I haven't got a blister, but have somewhere blister-prone I want to protect on a long run I sometimes use zinc oxide tape, wrapped round my toe/foot a couple of times to give it less chance of moving. Although having said that, the last time I suffered with blisters I treated them by switching to a different type of shoes and I've never had a problem with them since.

03-30-2008, 05:12 PM
Only 3 miles yesterday. My 12YO son said he wanted to train with me, and I brought him. He's actually in really good shape, but sometimes doesn't have the attention span. So, he kept bugging me, and I finally agreed that I would leave after 3 miles, though I swam for a mile after that. Still within my training schedule, but I had wanted to bump it up to four. Monday!

Sorry to hear about the blister, Kara. Hope it feels better.

03-30-2008, 05:44 PM
Same socks and shoes as always. Maybe I was running weird? Thanks for the ideas all!

Hey newbies! Glad we have some new friends stopping by!

Oooo, Helen, how very exciting! Two weeks!!! I can't wait to hear your race report!


Mrs Snark
03-30-2008, 06:04 PM
Today was cross training for me so I went on a nice bike ride.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend because Monday is almost here!

03-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Today was cross training for me so I went on a nice bike ride.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend because Monday is almost here!

LOVE the name! Fight Club was an excellent flick. ;)

Mrs Snark
03-31-2008, 10:04 AM
LOVE the name! Fight Club was an excellent flick. ;)

Yeah, if you're going to have an alter-ego, why not go with Tyler right? Crazy as all get-out, but oh-so ripped! ;)

I've got a rest day on my schedule today, so if someone could go out and run some miles and send them my way I'd be grateful. Ha.

03-31-2008, 09:01 PM
Six miles today! My personal best. Sorry, Tyler. Not sharing today.

I do have a question for our knowledgable group, though. I have a hard time taking true rest days. I either cross-train with swimming or the elliptical or walk. Sundays are my "rest days," and I refuse to work, shop, or do anything stressful on Sundays (except in emergencies). But I love to either grab my MP3 player or a couple of kids and just walk for two or three hours on Sunday afternoon. I don't do it for exercise, but clearly it's causing stress on my legs. How bad is it to do cardio every day (and occasionally a couple of times a day) while training for a half-marathon?

03-31-2008, 11:54 PM
laurie....just walking should be fine

04-01-2008, 02:31 AM
Hhmm...can I join in on the March thread when there's 34 minutes left in the month? :D

I've been on and off 3FC a few times, and I'm back again tonight. I'm very happy to see a running thread! I'm on week 6 of getting back to working out seriously, and I've gone from barely able to run for five minutes to easily doing 4.5 mile runs. My goal is to run a half marathon this summer and there's a local clinic starting up next month that I'm hopefully going to be entering. I ran my first (and only, so far!) half marathon almost 6 years, one baby, and 50 lbs ago. It's a bit different this time around but I'm really enjoying the huge change in my fitness level already.

04-01-2008, 08:48 AM
Kim, of course you can join! I just started an April thread, so go post up there! I'm a "momma moo cow" too! My "baby" is almost two, though, so I don't know how much longer that is going to last...