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mkroyer
09-08-2010, 12:37 PM
HEy all you runners!
i know we have a bunch of people gearing up for a fall running goal, so lets get back into posting about our races, and our training and everything running related!

Ill start:
after having emergency oral surgery last week, i decided to take a couple percocets and go for a 12 mile run ( mind you, i havenr run "long" since i ran the Phoenix Marathon in January.
ANyway, the run went great, felt great (suprise-- thank you percocet) and i talked myself into registering for the Denver Marathon.
In 5 weeks.
I have 5 weeks to fit in 5 months worth of training. We start off with a 20 miler on Saturday! Just wehn people are peaking and getting ready to taper for their marathons, i am just getting started. BRILLIANT
BUT
the marathon is on my 30th bday, so i kinda HAVE to do it ;)
Oh, AND i took first place in my division a couple weeks ago in a local 10k, and THIRD PLACE overalll!! About 400 runners too, so not TOO small either

Anyway, i guess i better quit smoking if i want to run another marathon :)

what is everyone else up to?


runningfromfat
09-08-2010, 03:24 PM
HI. I just saw this thread. I'm a runner too but haven't done anything anywhere close to a marathon yet!

Right now I'm going about 3-4 miles 5x a week. I'd like to sign up for either a 5K or 10K but DH and I have some business trips coming up and I'm waiting to know the dates of those first before I can make any commitment.

I used to run cross country and track way back when in high school but I was a lot faster then (and a lot lighter)! Right now I'm just working on cutting down my mile time.

Shannon in ATL
09-08-2010, 03:46 PM
I have been so slack with my running this summer. I've done good to make it out twice per week, on my spectacular weeks I made 3 runs. A couple of 5ks, a 10k, three 8 mile runs, but mostly 3-6 at a time all summer long, no long runs really since the half marathon I ran in March. It has been so darn hot. My class reunion got scheduled for out of town the night before my next half I had planned for 9/19, which works out okay since I am totally out of shape. Going to start getting back into the flow now that it is starting to cool down a little. Please cool down a little. :)

MKroyer, you said you hadn't done any long runs since your marathon, what kind of runs have you been doing?


mkroyer
09-08-2010, 04:54 PM
Shannon- i actually picked up trail running, and had been focusing almost entirely on that all summer! I got so SO burned out on road running after 2 marathons, and then i went into this rest/recovery program to get my body/hormones back to working properly (result of overtraining and undereating for so long). ANyway, ive been trail running 2-4X a week, anywhere from 4 to 10 miles, supplementing it with random road running a couple few times a week, usually 5-7 miles.
The thing is, my running has been so UNFOCUSED, and that makes it hard to stay motivated... trail running truly re-kindled my love of running-for-running sake. Its hard though, to make time for it. Its a WHOLE production to figure out where im going to run, planning for water/re-fueling, DRIVING there, RUNNING-- and its SLOW GOING up in the mountains, and then driving home too! The whole thing would take 3-4 hours just to run 6 miles.
I also took time all summer to really focus on bulding strength and muscle mass, because i was FINALLY eating at maintenance. I was pretty successful too!
But i love the Denver Marathon. It is a GREAT event, and it beckons to me.... i think i will be ok. Definitely wont shatter any land speed records (or personal records) this time around, but hope to have a fun, strong finish, even without the training.
If you havent been running, then what HAVE you been doing ;)

Runningfromfat- welcome! As you drop weight you will naturally, and effortlessly get faster! Have patience

No run for me today. X-Train (spin class and strength training)
Tomorrow 8 miles LA Threshold run. Hmmmmm we shall SEE how that goes. Im totally out of my habit of waking up early and running. Maybe my goal should just be to get up-- worry about running later ;)

Rochester
09-08-2010, 06:28 PM
I'm rather new to the world of running but I'd like to hang out with all you "real" runners. :D

I completed the Couch to 5K running plan last month. I did my first 5K in July after only 6 weeks of running...and came in last place. Go me! :lol: I did my second 5K in August on a very very very hilly course and I still improved on my time by three minutes from the first 5K.

Right now I'm doing Hal Hidon's 10K program which has 2 and 3 mile runs increasing to 4 and 5 mile runs, 3 days a week.

I had never run before in my life prior to beginning the C25K plan on June 1. I've been surprised to discover that I really love it, and I can't wait to lose weight so I can run further and faster.

kaygee41
09-08-2010, 10:51 PM
Hello!

I'm a runner too. Got back into it a few months ago, and more seriously than i have in the past. My ultimate goal is to run the Portland marathon next year. I have my first 5k in a couple weeks, then a 10k, the "Run Like ****" race on October 24. Just went from running 3x/week to 4. I really enjoy it, and love to see my progress week after week.

lili58
09-09-2010, 12:55 AM
I careful runner here. I was never a runner until last year. After four months, I had to stop because I was going too fast too soon and I injured my hip. I am losing weight but I think it is too slowly LOL.
I am focused on finishing a 5k in 33', hoping I will get fit at the same time. I have a 5k the last Sat of September.

pinkalarmclock
09-09-2010, 12:56 AM
I just finished my first half marathon the 5th (last sunday)!!! The Rock'n'Roll Half marathon Virginia Beach. It was amazing and now I am addicted. Found out there was another half marathon about 45 minutes away from me so I going to do that one as well! It is November 20th, about 10 and a half weeks from now. I'm super excited, I'm trying to shave off more pounds and getting my time down. My first hm I did in 2:34:59, I'm hoping to do the next in ten minute miles so about 2:18 i think.

But bad news! I started training today after two days rest from the half marathon, did six miles. I had noticed the day before that my left foot still hurt but I thought it would be fine today. I noticed while running it was sore a bit but nothing bad until the last minute of my run I had a sharp pain! And now I can barely walk on it! Its plantar fasciitis, which isn't too bad. At lest its nothing I would need to sit around for months on! I'm staying off it as much as possible for the next 4 days or so, then giving it a few more days. Making sure to tape it up and stretch it. Hoping that a week of no running will be enough but I'm going to make sure not to rush it!

sznn
09-09-2010, 09:18 AM
Hi fellow runners,

Hey Shannon - i am right there with you, fell off the training schedule the day after my 1/2 :o. I have been slowly trying to work up my mileage.
I am going to sign up for a 10k today (turkey trot) so i have some thing to work towards.

MrsDawsondn
09-09-2010, 11:33 AM
I'm rather new to the world of running but I'd like to hang out with all you "real" runners. :D

I completed the Couch to 5K running plan last month. I did my first 5K in July after only 6 weeks of running...and came in last place. Go me! :lol: I did my second 5K in August on a very very very hilly course and I still improved on my time by three minutes from the first 5K.

Right now I'm doing Hal Hidon's 10K program which has 2 and 3 mile runs increasing to 4 and 5 mile runs, 3 days a week.

I had never run before in my life prior to beginning the C25K plan on June 1. I've been surprised to discover that I really love it, and I can't wait to lose weight so I can run further and faster.


This is pretty much a ditto for me too. I ran my first 5K at the fleet feet lady distance 5K and my time is extremely slow. But i notice that the more weight I lose I'm shaving minutes from my mile. I started with C25K walk/running a mile @ 18 minutes roughly. I went for a run yesterday after missing 2 weeks of running and my time is down to a 15 minute mile woot:carrot:. At first I thought I was miss interpreting the mile marker and that the time was not accurate until I hit mile 2 @ 29:40!!! So it's official my mile jogged PR is 15:24 yay! I am doing the race for the cure and honestly I just hope to beat my last 5k Total of 53:19 :( When I look at how slow I am and watching people pass me up even on regular runs I just tell myself "as the weight comes off you will get faster, your not in competition with anyone besides yourself anyway." Heck I think I'm doing pretty good to weigh over 300Lbs and get these runs in.

runningfromfat
09-09-2010, 11:52 AM
When I look at how slow I am and watching people pass me up even on regular runs I just tell myself "as the weight comes off you will get faster, your not in competition with anyone besides yourself anyway." Heck I think I'm doing pretty good to weigh over 300Lbs and get these runs in.

I need to tell myself that more. I used to run.. A LOT and would go for a 10 mile run in high school just because I was bored. Now... not so much! The longest I've run this year is a 4 mile route but I might try a 5 mile this weekend if DH promises to watch DD that long.

But I feel soooo slow. My normal jogging pace for a 5 or 6 mile route was probably a 10 minute mile or less (and I was even able to run a 6 minute mile if it was just one!). Now I struggle to get a 10 minute mile in when I'm only running 2 miles. I DO feel myself going faster now that I've been running a couple of months but it'll probably take me awhile to get back to my old speed since I was about 75 lbs lighter then!!! I'm not a very patient person so this really has been a struggle for me.

mkroyer
09-09-2010, 12:07 PM
i have nothing but admiration and respect for heavier runners, and i hope that isnt taken the wrong way. I know a LOT of people trying to lose weight get "embarrassed" about being at the gym, or running outside, and its totally unfounded, from my perspective, at least. I cant IMAGINE running at a higher weight. That takes so much more dedication and determination than running and already being at or close to an ideal weight. I used to be about 200 pounds, at my highest, but i wasnt a runner than. My runs feel painful and slow and awful nowadays when im carrying around an extra 5 pounds. Waa Waaa.
Reading your guys' struggles put things into perspective.
i really hope non of this is taken the wrong way.
I applaud EVERYONE for getting out and doing it.
Running is truly a beautiful thing, because the sport is "big enough to embrace us all"

mkroyer
09-09-2010, 12:17 PM
Oh, and todays run:
8 mi LA Threshold (actually ended up at 7.8, but close enough)
time- 68 minutes -- eh, ill take it
went well. i didnt want to get up to do it-- that was the hard part. Told myself just get up and RUN... go 4 miles, anything, just do it!
And i did, and it started off pretty awfully-- but warmed up quickly as i fell into my stride, so to speak

runningfromfat
09-09-2010, 12:25 PM
i have nothing but admiration and respect for heavier runners, and i hope that isnt taken the wrong way. I know a LOT of people trying to lose weight get "embarrassed" about being at the gym, or running outside, and its totally unfounded, from my perspective, at least. I cant IMAGINE running at a higher weight. That takes so much more dedication and determination than running and already being at or close to an ideal weight. I used to be about 200 pounds, at my highest, but i wasnt a runner than. My runs feel painful and slow and awful nowadays when im carrying around an extra 5 pounds. Waa Waaa.
Reading your guys' struggles put things into perspective.
i really hope non of this is taken the wrong way.
I applaud EVERYONE for getting out and doing it.
Running is truly a beautiful thing, because the sport is "big enough to embrace us all"


I'm not offended at all. I've been both the skinny runner and the heavy runner. I've noticed so many differences now. It's not just that I get passed often (and actually this week I even passed a few people who were at least 50 lbs lighter than me! :D). But it's more the comments/looks. You just don't see 200+ lb women running. Sure, you occasionally see slightly chubby women running but not actually overweight ones. I had a 4 mi run this week that was all hills with 2 very big hill in particular. Going up both hills I certainly wasn't sprinting and both times I had guys give me comments about "you're almost there... keep it up" something like that. I don't think they were trying to be mean, but I obviously had their pity. Before I used to get catcalls and whistles, quite a difference! I'd prefer NO comments at all but it's really different when people think you're about to pass out vs. you look nice.

However, I've learned for me that I NEED intense workouts to stay on track. I can't just do a 20 minute video at home and expect to lose weight. I need to run for an hour and also do weights. I have to admit that genetics really annoy me when I have skinny friends who never workout but are still so skinny whereas I need to fight to lose every pound!

pinkalarmclock
09-09-2010, 12:32 PM
"your not in competition with anyone besides yourself anyway."

I love this! Next race I do I am going to chant this to myself in my head. Its so true I started running to lose weight and be healthier and now that I'm running a lot more, I want to run better for myself.

Another thing, my weight loss journey stalled for a bit and I couldn't get myself back on track, but now that I know I love half marathons I want to run them faster, which has put me right back on track for losing weight. Instead of using the old reasons (like being overweight) which don't work anymore, I know that if I lose weight I will run much faster and easier. And I cannot weight for that! Running is really keeping me on track.

ncuneo
09-10-2010, 01:13 PM
Just wanted to jump in. I think I finally feel comfortable calling myself a runner! I love it and hope that running and racing become a staple in my life long term. I'm currently training for a half marathon in Coronado in November. This week is another new long run for me - 7 miles! I ran 4 miles yesterday and 3 miles this morning. I usually don't run back to back days, but my schedule has been a little messed up the last two weeks and it's been a struggle to get all my miles in. So I'm now committed to getting back on track because I don't feel like my body is happy with this crazy schedule. My original training schedule wad very balanced and left me feeling awesome all the time.

I'm excited for my 7 miles this weekend. I did 6 for the first time last weekend and just felt awesome. What I really can't wait for is to get to 10, I think that will feel like such a great accomplishment!

Good luck mk on your marathon! And remember be kind to your body ;)

mkroyer
09-10-2010, 02:35 PM
Thank You Ncueno-- 7 miles is huge! IMO, as soon as you hit 1 hour of running, it ALL gets easier. whats the difference between 7 and 8 miles? 8 asnd 9? etc. If you can run for one hour straight than you have the endurance to run for 2 hours straight. Just remember to slow down as the runs get longer. Long runs are more about the time spent on your feet running, than the actual distance covered. As soon as you are approaching 90 minutes you will need to think about supplementing your runs with energy goos, or sports drink or jelly beans or whatever your personal choice is.
Referencing back to your other thread you just posted... i would keep running 3x a week at least, and *try* to run longer occassionally. Doesnt have to be every week. My experience however, is that its REALLY HARD to stay focused with running when you dont have a GOAL. ANd speed at the 10K is DEFINITELY a goal, and one i found personally to be WAY MORE challenging than marathon training. If you are looking to take some time off from TRAINING as a runner after your race, then its super easy to maintain your level with 2 or 3 runs a week. Are you incorporating any speed work yet, into your training?Tempo runs, track workouts, LA Threshold runs, hill repeats?


5 miles easy today-- getting ready to go right now during my lunch break. I feel like crap on a crap cracker. Strength this morning ( I AM HUNGRY)

and then tomorrow...grr..... 20 miles (YIKES) i ahvent run longer than 12 since january.
Its going to hurt. I acknowledge that. But the NEXT 20 miler wont hurt very much at all, and the one after will be a piece of cake, making the marathon feel like old-hand
it has to be done. and i will do it. no matter how SLOW and painful and BORING it is :)

Tafadhali
09-10-2010, 02:42 PM
Ok,

I'm a running (jogging!!) newbie but I'll jump in because it's very much my latest obsession. Wow... is it just me or is running totally addictive!?!

I just finished up 3 full weeks of running (3x a week alternating with interval training). This is the first time I've EVER been able to run in my entire life. I'm not sure why, why now, or what I've done differently but this time I've just been able to do it.

My longest distance right now is 5K, I can run it pretty comfortably at just over a 13 mpm pace through all the dang hills (they don't call this part of TX the hill country for nothin'). I did a shorter 2.5 mile run on Wed and averaged 11 min miles, my best yet. So, I am not about to set speed or distance records any time soon but for me I am thrilled.

My original goal was to be able to run a mile by the end of the year. Kinda smoked that. :)

So, now my goal is to run a fun run 5K in Dec in the 30-something range. My time this morning was 40 min 30 sec, so I think I can have that down to 30-something min. by Dec.

After that... well.... I guess the obvious is more distance, better times... more running!!!!!

Liz

ncuneo
09-10-2010, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the tips mk. I've been trying to figure out if and when goos, beans, sport drinks what have you will fit into my training. Seems to be a mixed bag of opinions out there on whether or not they're necessary for a half marathon. Right now I'm struggling more with pre run nutrition. I typically always run on an empty stomach and my long runs are always on an empty stomach. Usually this is ok assuming I ate enough the day before, but occassionally I'll get hungry half way through. Since my long runs haven't been all that long yet, no big deal, but as I am approaching the 90 min mark (I'm slow) I think I need to think about this a little more. The biggest issue is that I usually wake up an go so there isn't time to eat and there isn't anything I can eat that won't upset my stomach. So far not eating hasn't seemed to effect my performance, last week was my first 6 miler and by far the best run I've ever done.

I have not done any speed work yet. Right now my goal is to just finish the half and not stop for walking breaks. When I occassionally run in the afternoon on the treadmill I'll challenge myself to run fast but that's about it for now. I'll start looking into that more after my half. Right now I think I need to get this nutrition stuff figured out.

pinkalarmclock
09-12-2010, 11:22 AM
ncuneo,

i always heard that after about an hour of running a gel/jellybean/chews could be consumed. When I was training for my first half marathon I did not use them at all, and I also didn't carry anything to drink with me during the run. Then for the half marathon I drank the sports drink at almost every stop plus I had some GU chews an hour into the race and I felt great! I know I would have got tired so much sooner wtihout eating it, it really helps.

I also suggest eating before running. I try to eat an hour before or an hour and a half. I go in the mornings too so sometimes it could be hard, I even set my alarm a little of an hour before I planned to run and set the food beside my bed. Then I would eat it and go back to sleep till I planned on wking up and running. I usually ate clif bars or fruit and made sure to eat about 500 calories before the run. I did run some of my shorter long runs (6 miles) on empty and it wasn't bad but for longer you should really eat. If you don't you will get more tired than if you had ate and you're probably more likely to burn some muscle.

I never did speed work for my first, I was just concerned with finishing. My dad and I trained and tried to keep a 12 mile pace, if sometimes we were slower it was alright as long as we were jogging, the same with a little faster but if we got too fast we slowed down. Good luck!!

ncuneo
09-12-2010, 12:04 PM
Well I did my 7 this morning. It wasn't my best performance, the 6 I did last week was WAY better. Today I felt tired 2 miles in, which is odd. What was more odd was it was my legs that were tired not my body. I think today was just an off day, but I finished and I did not stop. Fortunatly, my DHs schedule will change the week after next and I won't have to get up as early for my long runs so hopefully I can squeeze a snack in before. I think I'm ok without food as long as the run is 5 miles or less. I tried a gel before I went and it did absolutely nothing and tasted terrible. So I'll have to check out some of the other brands. I wish I knew why my legs were so tired today and I was so slow, oh well, least I finished.

blueridgegirl
09-12-2010, 06:16 PM
Hello all,

So glad to see this thread here! There was a running thread going for quite a while last year but it petered out so glad to see it back.

I raced last weekend - a 4 mile race in Charlottesville, VA. I ran it in 47 minutes - I'm okay with that time but it was so darn crowded (3,500 runners/walkers) and it was my first time in a big race (my other race, a 5k was just a few hundred) that my first mile pace was slow just cause I was stuck in a crowd. Anyway, just past the mile point I was trying to move past some folks to be able to pick up my pace and there was two way traffic (runners coming the other direction who hadn't made the U-turn yet) and someone accidently tripped me and I fell! Drama! I didn't know what to expect in a race, but wasn't expecting to fall. Anyway, other runners around me immediately pulled me up and I saw I had scraped my hands and right knee but it wasn't deep and didn't hurt so I just kept running. Proud of myself for finishing despite that experience, but think I will stick to the smaller races as the size and logistics (think: portapotty lines) of big races are just overwhelming.

I'm thinking of doing a 6k in Oct (depends on my work schedule, I have to see if I could get off work on the race day as I usually work saturdays) and want to do a 5k turkey trot on Thanksgiving. They say the route is 'fast and flat' and I would love to pull of a sub-30 5k. I generally run 3 times a week - 3.5-5 miles each run. Running outdoors now but have access to a treadmill when weather is inclement. I've been running just over a year, and I like to dance and/or do yoga on non-running days, and also try to make it to the gym to lift although I am not as consistent with that as I ought to be.

Right now I've got a blister on the bottom of my pinky toe, so think it's time for new shoes. I got a coupon from the local running store for 15% shoes in my 4 mile race packet, so planning on getting a pair tomorrow. :carrot: for new shoes!

Oh, and on the whole question of being an overweight runner. I've still got about 25 pounds to lose, which is pretty significant, but I've lost close to 40 which is pretty significant too. I found in both my races that I finished before a lot of people who appear to have normal BMIs or look 'skinny' to me. Who knows, maybe they are recovering from injury or have something else going on, but it seems to me that even though I am carrying extra weight I'm not really a slouch when it comes to racing and I can hold my own next to the skinny minnies. Actually, I love the photo of me at the finish line of my first 5k - crossing it about two strides in front of a woman who looks like she is about a size 4. :D Sorry if it sounds like pride or gloating, but it's a visual reminder to me that I can do this on days when I am feeling down or unmotivated about my fitness/weight loss goals.

pinkalarm - nice to see another virginian. VA Beach seems like a great place to run. Do you ever run along the oceanfront?

Tafadhali - yes, running/jogging is addictive! But what a great addiction!

thesame7lbs
09-12-2010, 09:04 PM
Hi ladies (and any lurking gentlemen),

I am so excited to see this thread. I just did a half marathon this morning and I'm trying to figure out my next training plan, because I agree with MK, it's so much better when I have a goal! I think in the short term I will work on my 10K time and then focus on another half marathon in March. I'd like to get under 2:05, ideally close to 2 (today was 2;08:21).

Blueridge, was it the women's 4 miler in C'ville? I used to live there but never got around to doing that race. I've always heard great things about it -- a nice supportive atmosphere. You know, no testosterone. ;)

Ncuneo, I know what you mean about a plain old not-so-good run. So disappointing when you're coming off a good one! I always eat before I run, even if it's just half a banana or half a yogurt, but it's such a personal preference. I ate GU gels for today's race (and training), usually one around mile 8 of any run of 10 or longer. I like the vanilla or espresso, but I like to have water when I eat one. I sucked one down today right before what I though would be a water station, but no station! Had to run another ~1 mile with a mouthful of vanilla frosting. :p

A little goofy running story: right at mile 11 today I was FEELING IT and I got the "Rocky" theme song in my head. So I shouted, "Does anyone else have the Rocky theme song in their head? Two more miles, come on people!" And a guy said, "How does it start?" So I started singing it, "Duh duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh," and all these other runners started singing along. A woman said, "Keep singing, sing me to the finish!" Totally lifted me for those last couple miles!

ange82much
09-12-2010, 11:46 PM
I've just got a running high too after my first fun run of the year yesterday - 8km (did it in just under 45 min). I started another thread too on running because i hadn't found this one - totally missed the 'exercise' forum for some reason, so sorry if it dilutes any of the attention this thread should get, maybe i should try and delete it....

I did a couple of HM's last year and would really like to get back up to that distance. I'm up to around 12km now, and running 3-4 times a week, but after a few injuries previously i'm determined to build a good strong base and take it slowly, so it would be probably Q2 next year before i race that distance (it's also a bit hot here Nov-Feb for 2hr racing!).

In the meantime my next event is a very hilly 10km on 17th Oct!

I have to disagree with mkroyer about everything getting easier after 1hr running though! For me that was true up to about 1:45 i guess, but after that, each time i extended my time i found it really tough, and i had to go lie down for a few hours afterwards!! (up to a max of 2:30 when my ITB finally protested last year!)

I'd love to get up to the 2hr+ mark again though as it's a good amount of time to plan a route on the trails and enjoy that environment out there.

pinkalarmclock
09-13-2010, 10:11 AM
blueridgegirl, yeah I ran down at the beach during my training a couple times. wasn't the oceanfront though but another place called sandbridge, instead of businesses its just beach houses. Really nice place to run when it wasn't too hot out. Although the temperature was always a little cooler right at the beach. and btw I plan on running a half marathon in roanoke in november! I'm at blacksburg for the school year.


and now I'm getting worried about my foot. it was doing much better, I could walk fine but I could tell it needed a couple more days before I ran. But Saturday was a college game and I ended up having to walk a lot because the buses were horrible and that night I could barely walk on my foot again! I know I walked a lot but I was walking it felt fine for that. Anyway its Monday of course and my foot is still pretty bad. I was hoping to start running aagain after a week on Wednesday but now I'm worried it might have to be even longer! Not sure, I'm going to go walking today very slowly and gauge how bad my foot is. I'm dying just sitting on the couch everyday.

runningfromfat
09-13-2010, 11:23 AM
That's great that everyone had a good weekend running/racing!

This weekend I was so proud of myself for running 5 miles in under an hour! :dance: It really took everything out of me afterwards and I was a bum for the rest of the day but I dropped about 2 pounds just this week so it was definitely worth it!


Oh, and on the whole question of being an overweight runner. I've still got about 25 pounds to lose, which is pretty significant, but I've lost close to 40 which is pretty significant too. I found in both my races that I finished before a lot of people who appear to have normal BMIs or look 'skinny' to me. Who knows, maybe they are recovering from injury or have something else going on, but it seems to me that even though I am carrying extra weight I'm not really a slouch when it comes to racing and I can hold my own next to the skinny minnies. Actually, I love the photo of me at the finish line of my first 5k - crossing it about two strides in front of a woman who looks like she is about a size 4. :D Sorry if it sounds like pride or gloating, but it's a visual reminder to me that I can do this on days when I am feeling down or unmotivated about my fitness/weight loss goals.

Ha, yep, I love passing skinny people. Weekends seem to be the best for this, especially when the weather is nice, because it seems many non-dedicated runners are out. Sure, it's probably just that they're out of shape and after a few weeks they could beat me but I try and still enjoy it because it lifts my spirits and makes me go faster. :D

I two questions for you ladies:

1. Does anybody know if pushing a jogging stroller helps/hurts when it comes to calories burned during a run? I definitely feel more tired pushing DD up those hills but I was curious because I'm also not pumping my arms as much...

2. Anybody get seriously annoyed by their shirts while running? Mine always creeps up and I spend half the time pulling it back down. It's an asic runners shirt so you think it would stay put, but no! It doesn't seem to small or two big...

blueridgegirl
09-13-2010, 12:27 PM
Running - I am impressed at five miles in under an hour! I usually finish my five mile runs in just a few minutes over an hour and I've got my eye on completing one in under the 60 minute mark. Sounds like you are doing great. In terms of running shirts, one of the thing I like to do is take old t-shirts and cut off the arms and cut into the neck to make it tank top like (and cut off from the bottom, too, if it is long) and then I tuck the t-shirt 'straps' into my sports bra straps over my shoulders - hope I'm describing this well. Anyway, it works for me. I personally am not crazy about the expensive, dry-fit shirts you get at running stores...I like to be able to pull my shirt up and wipe sweat off my face or (okay, I'll admit it...c'mon I know I'm not the only runner to do this) blow my nose. But I do have a pair of running shorts that tend to creep up and it drives me crazy - gotta have clothes that stay in place when you're moving.

Pink - yeah, I've been to sandbridge but never trained there. But I'm sure it's a beautiful place to run. If you're in Blacksburg, you're dealing with hills, just like I am here in Cville. I've heard great things about the HM in Roanoke. So sorry to hear about your foot - hope that it feels better soon.

thesame7 - Great story about the rocky theme song! Yes, it was the Cville women's four miler. Very cool experience, as it is just women and fundraiser for UVa breast care program. Lots of breast cancer survivors and patients ran or walked it, including a coworker of mine whose hair is just growing back after chemo and who had a double mastectomy last spring. Pretty inspiring to see women like that out there completing the four miles. Lots of cute breast cancer themed t-shirts on the runners, too: my fave one said "Save Second Base." :lol:

Planning to get a 3 or 4 mile run in this afternoon after running some errands.

Shannon in ATL
09-13-2010, 12:55 PM
Shannon-
If you havent been running, then what HAVE you been doing ;)

Nothing good, I can tell you that. :) I've been getting in short runs pretty much every week, been doing a lot of weight work, riding my stationary bike. Stuff that hasn't been outside in the hot! I'm working on a plan to get back out there now that it is cooler, because I miss it. Didn't realize how much until this weekend...

ncuneo - I run better on a mostly empty stomach, maybe a pb&j and some coffee. If I go late in the day and have eaten normally all day I almost always feel ick. And I don't typically use the gels or anything either, just drink water during the run, unless I am out longer than 90 minutes or so like MK said. Even then I don't do much - I haven't found a gu that likes my tummy. I do like the sports beans afterward, though.

running - I buy 'extra long' runners shirts because I hate the ride up. I got them from RoadRunner Sports I think? And a few from Kohl's of all places.

Amy - I'm glad your half went so well! Woo hoo! Love the 'Rocky' theme story. :)


:wave: to everyone else! I'm off to a meeting this afternoon, enjoying the cooler day. Have a good day everyone!

mkroyer
09-13-2010, 03:04 PM
Ughh. my mouth and these constasnt migraines are sucking out my will to live.
even so i still ran------ 26 miles this weekend! actually broke it up into two runs- one 16 miler on saturday, and an easy 10 on Sunday.
This is another method of training to run long that most ultra marathoners use. The body was most certainly not recovered from the 16 miler, so it *closely* simulates the fatigue running long again the next morning.
Both runs went well enough. Had to take prescription pain meds Before AND during both of the runs though. I guess they helped keep me running nice and easy!

Eating/not eating before a run... its all personal preference, although i dont honestly know many who would/could go out and run 20 miles, or for 2 or 3 or 4 hours, without anything in their tummy. I prefer to eat. ALOT. as much as i can actually! ;)

Ncueno- The goos arent magic potions ;) There are simply sugar to keep your glycogen stores from becoming depleted. You arent going to feel like superwoman after one, but taking them just might keep you from feeling like the walking dead after a certain point in your run. The key is to take them BEFORE you need them. If you were doing a 90 minute run, try taking one at around the 45 min to 1 hour mark. OR you could make sure you eat well before hand. YOu might just need to make sure you have a good meal the night BEFORE your long run, if you dont like running with food in your tummy. I dont mean "carbo-load" for a 7 mile run though. Sorry it sucked for you. we all have off days, and this was prob just one of those. Do you do your long runs outsi8de? or on the dreadmill?

mkroyer
09-13-2010, 05:18 PM
oh, and forget to add-- Ncueno- i LOVE the new avatar!! HOT HOT ;) Seriously you look amazing

mkroyer
09-13-2010, 05:36 PM
Ange82- perhaps if you are hitting a "wall" so to speak at 1 hour 45, then you need to slow your pace? Thats really the secret behind running long. My point to Ncueno was more that once your are "aerobically" fit enough to run for 60 minutes, than its not a hard leap up to 90 minutes, and then 2 hours, etc. Ive gotten my body to the point where it doesnt matter how far i am running if i keep my pace at a 9 minute mile or slower. It is effortless, and my body is very efficient at it. I could run forever


Runningfromfat-- try a different brand/style. It can be MADDENING to have something like that annoy you while you run! Just because its expensive or a running brand doesn mean SQUAT. I personally have only 2 shirts that i will run in, and ONE pair of shorts (STINKY!) Thats not to say i dont OWN 20 other things, but thaty all piss me off in one way or another.
I also like long shirts so i can wipe the sweat off my face, but Blueridge, i dont use it to blow my nose--- i just "farmers" blow when i run. ATTRACTIVE. I like to do that when i am at intersections

ange82much
09-13-2010, 07:42 PM
I personally have only 2 shirts that i will run in, and ONE pair of shorts (STINKY!) Thats not to say i dont OWN 20 other things, but thaty all piss me off in one way or another.


Funny! So true! I'm ok for shorts (several pairs of the same type solved that one) Tops are more tricky and my favourites are definitely not the most expensive. I really should have an exercise-wardrobe clean out.

ange82much
09-14-2010, 07:06 PM
Just back from a 9km run this morning (think that's about 5 miles ish). Just round the local streets. It was raining a bit but still nice really. The legs were a bit tired though and i had to persuade myself that pain-means-improvement up some of the hills!

MollyBell
09-15-2010, 03:01 AM
I'm not at all comfortable calling myself a runner yet, but I just started C25k about a week ago and I'm getting up realllly early tomorrow morning to get my "run" in (more like jog) before work at 7am. And...since I don't have a car, I'm biking to work. So...yeah. :stress:
This is all very new to me (well not the biking, I've been doing that) so I just want to make sure I'm staying on track and checking in here once in awhile. I want to complete the C25k program before the Turkey Trot 5k!! It will be my first one ever!

mkroyer
09-15-2010, 11:15 AM
So yesterday morning i participated in this "fun-run" at 6 am led by a group from my gym. There were maybe 20 runners. It was my understanding that this was truly supposed to be a FUN RUN (at about 4 miles). Of course, theres always that person or people who are so freakin competitive that "fun run" isnt in their vocabulary. im fine with that. My intention was to hang back, meet some new people, make some conversation, whatever. HOWEVER, there was ONE person out of everyone who was taking it SO FREAKING seriously. She HAD to be in front, was trying to push the pace a lot faster than many of the runners would be comfortable with (8 30s), and seemed like a complete b**ch! Normally id be like," whatever", but this girl was a "barbie". Do you know what i mean? Its 6 am, and her hair and makeup are perfect. and her shoes color coordinate with her hat and her 200 dollar matching running outfit,with shorts so small my daughter could fit them There was no way i was going to let a Barbie beat me-- "me" who rolled outta bed and may or may not have even brushed my hair or teeth, with a little dry crusted spaghttti sauce around my chin from last night, and mascara "racoon" circles. "Me" who chose to wear the shirt that stinks the least, and forgot to put on one of my socks. You get th drift ;)
So were running along, and i just kinda hang back, let her pick the pace that she thinks will impress every body. Then with about a mile to go, im like, "ok, im done playing with barbie" and i TEAR off after a stop at an intersection. I fly past barbie, who shoots me a serious crusty, and then i can hear her trying to keep up with me. I keep increasing the pace and i hear barbie huffing behind me, untill she gives up and falls back a little bit. Then we get to another intersection, and shes TOTALLY shooting me crustys. its hilarious. And then i take off again, and she struggles to keep up then falls back, and starts getting passed by others. It made my day to "beat" her on this "fun" run.

runningfromfat
09-15-2010, 11:52 AM
So yesterday morning i participated in this "fun-run" at 6 am led by a group from my gym. There were maybe 20 runners. It was my understanding that this was truly supposed to be a FUN RUN (at about 4 miles). Of course, theres always that person or people who are so freakin competitive that "fun run" isnt in their vocabulary. im fine with that. My intention was to hang back, meet some new people, make some conversation, whatever. HOWEVER, there was ONE person out of everyone who was taking it SO FREAKING seriously. She HAD to be in front, was trying to push the pace a lot faster than many of the runners would be comfortable with (8 30s), and seemed like a complete b**ch! Normally id be like," whatever", but this girl was a "barbie". Do you know what i mean? Its 6 am, and her hair and makeup are perfect. and her shoes color coordinate with her hat and her 200 dollar matching running outfit,with shorts so small my daughter could fit them There was no way i was going to let a Barbie beat me-- "me" who rolled outta bed and may or may not have even brushed my hair or teeth, with a little dry crusted spaghttti sauce around my chin from last night, and mascara "racoon" circles. "Me" who chose to wear the shirt that stinks the least, and forgot to put on one of my socks. You get th drift ;)
So were running along, and i just kinda hang back, let her pick the pace that she thinks will impress every body. Then with about a mile to go, im like, "ok, im done playing with barbie" and i TEAR off after a stop at an intersection. I fly past barbie, who shoots me a serious crusty, and then i can hear her trying to keep up with me. I keep increasing the pace and i hear barbie huffing behind me, untill she gives up and falls back a little bit. Then we get to another intersection, and shes TOTALLY shooting me crustys. its hilarious. And then i take off again, and she struggles to keep up then falls back, and starts getting passed by others. It made my day to "beat" her on this "fun" run.

Haha, I enjoyed your story and certainly know the type! I see them all the time in the park looking too perfect out on a run. I just don't get it? :dizzy:

Anyways... before I had asked if you burn more or less calories with a jogging stroller. Well, one thing is for sure you get an arm workout! This past week I've ran two very hilly runs while pushing the stroller. OH MY GOODNESS, I think my arms are going to fall off and my back is so sore! I think I'm going to skip doing some free weight arm exercises this week and just sit to sit-ups.

runningfromfat
09-15-2010, 11:54 AM
Running - I am impressed at five miles in under an hour! I usually finish my five mile runs in just a few minutes over an hour and I've got my eye on completing one in under the 60 minute mark. Sounds like you are doing great.

Thanks! I'm just hoping I can keep it up and it wasn't a one time deal. I'm hoping to run it again this weekend. Weekdays don't work because there's no way DD will stay in her stroller that long! I'm sure you'll be seeing the 60 mark soon!

thesame7lbs
09-15-2010, 01:16 PM
Hi Everyone,

MollyBell, I've been jogging for 18 years (on and off, off and on!), and this spring decided I wanted to be a RUNNER. At first I figured it was all about goals -- joggers went out and put in some miles, but runners had goals, be they time, distance, whatever. More recently, I decided that I am a runner because I really, truly want to go out there-- need to get out there -- I feel better while I'm running than I did before I went. I realize, though, that that's my personal definition -- and that we all define it for ourselves.

I buy almost all of my running gear at Target. I like the C9 shirts. They don't ride up on me and they don't chafe, unlike my far more expensive Under Armour and Lucy gear.

Had my first run this morning since Sunday (3 miles). My legs felt weak. Ridiculously weak. I have a cold, and also did my first-ever yoga class yesterday (1 hour) so there were a lot of factors. Jog stroller too. Glad to have it under my belt. Yoga tomorrow and then a run again on Friday.

Looking forward to a 10K in November. I've only run in two official 10Ks, and they were both 6 years ago. I'd like to see what kind of time I can get.

pinkalarmclock
09-15-2010, 10:59 PM
mkroyer--lol i love your story! too funny.

thesame7lbs--I really like that idea that a runner is someone who has a goal. When I started running I would run a couple times a week but I didn't really have any goal and I never really thought about running anymore than I think about the elliptical. But once I got a goal I call myself a runner and think about it a good amount.

as I mentioned earlier, i hurt my foot. i was hoping that today it would be back to completely normal but I had a minor setback. BUT I did go to the gym and get on the treadmill and I even jogged some today! I wasn't sure I would be able to but I was fine and my foot actually feels so much better now that I did. Unfortunately I couldn't even jog a mile before I had some pain that worried me. But as long as I'm making progress I'm not too upset. tomorrow I'm going try to slowly jog perhaps 30 minutes, maybe less maybe more all depends on how my foot feels.

mkroyer
09-16-2010, 10:59 AM
Pinkalarm-- dont push pain. I know how eager you must be to get back to running, but if you really are injured then getting back into it too soon will only prolong your problems in the long run. Maybe its a good idea to take days off in between each run you do?

mkroyer
09-16-2010, 12:33 PM
Oh, and yesterdays run~ 6ish miles
today, a planned 8 at lunch. Not feeling so hot this morning though, so that 8 miles isnt written in stone

runningfromfat
09-16-2010, 01:47 PM
DH and I got in a really nice 4 mile run today along the river and DD had fun looking at the sail boats. It ended up being about 50 minutes, which was a bit longer than we'd like. Especially since towards the end DD was getting pretty annoyed in the jogging stroller so we really need to find something she likes to do in there... I guess it's motivation to always run faster!

My knee has also being acting up. I think it's because I've been pushing the jogging stroller up more lately AND have been doing some more hilly runs. I'm going to try and avoid the hills for awhile and see if that helps. I may end up going to the doctor if it goes worse but I'm not sure what kind of doctor to go to? It's definitely not a constant pain or really a pain at all. It's more like every once in awhile (especially immediately after a hill) if feels like my right knee gives out and I'll stumble. Weirdest thing.

ange82much
09-16-2010, 08:53 PM
I had one of those fabled runners-high runs this morning! Ahh, why can't they all be like that?

I set off at 6.30 and went into the national park near home and did a trail run that i've not done before. It was beautiful weather, and beautiful scenery. The birds were tweeting, there were 3 pretty little creek crossings, all the flowers were out, there was a big hill to slog up and i even enjoyed that!

I've got to sit on a plane for 22hrs from 1pm today though, so that'll knock the enthusiasm out of me!!

Tafadhali
09-17-2010, 10:04 AM
Well, I've officially been jogging for a full month now. I love it. Most of the initial aches and pains are gone. A month ago I couldn't jog a mile. Yesterday I jogged 5k in just under 39 min. :) Not fast, but already way down from the high 40s of a couple weeks ago. Even better, I felt great!!!!! Had to make myself walk the 1/2 mile cool down back to my house. And wow are my calf, quad and hamstrings looking good. Yipee!

I was kinda nervously about this week. I've bumped up all my workouts. When I'm no longer feeling any residual soreness its bump time for me. So, I added an extra short run for 4x a week and an extra day of circuit training. Feeling it from the new circuit routine but not the running. Have my circuit workout this morning then a 3.5 mile jog tomorrow. For me that'll be my longest distance yet. Then Sunday is a full rest. I'll have just over 20 miles in by Sun, just over half of it jogging (the other being walking). I'm pretty pleased with that.

Does anyone else run a lot of hills? All my routes are very hilly. Both steep short hills and long gradual increases. I don't have a single flat route! The 5k fun run I'm shooting for is a flat course. How will it effect my pace to run flat when I'm so used to hills?

pinkalarmclock
09-17-2010, 11:17 AM
Tafadhali--lately I've been running in the gym more than outside but YES it is hilly here! My hometown is actually in Virginia Beach which is the flattest place you'll ever be. But during the school year I am living in a valley in the Appalachian mountains, what a difference!

Good news for me, I was able to do a normal jog today! First time since I hurt my foot a week and a half ago. Just got done with a slow 4 mile run and I feel great, and so does my foot. I'm going to ice it just in case though and give it a nice relax in a hot bath :)

kellost
09-17-2010, 07:18 PM
Hi Runners!

Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Kelley, and I started running this past January. I completed the Couch to 5K program with encouragement from my neighbor, who is a marathon runner. I ran my first 5K in May, and was excited to have done it in under 30 minutes. Since May, I have still been running, but I admittedly slacked a little once it got ungodly hot! I have been trying to get my husband into running, but he hasn't embraced it quite like me. He tries, though! Currently, I run 3 to 3 1/2 miles about three times a week. My neighbor asked me to run in three 5k races this November, so I'm going to try to do them with her. I have ambitions to run a 5 mile race next March, and maybe some longer distances someday.

I really never imagined I could be a runner. It's really amazing, especially since I was so overweight for such a long time. It feels great to actually think of myself as a runner!

Today I actually got fitted for running shoes at a specialty running store near me. It was amazing how they knew just exactly the right shoes for me. They even watched me run and analyzed my gait in the shoes. It was pretty neat!

I look forward to chatting about running with all of you!

Tafadhali
09-18-2010, 12:04 AM
Pink- So glad your foot handled the run well. Nothing worse than coming back from an injury and wanting so badly to get back in the 'game'. I'm really bad about taking down time.

When you run flats after running a lot of hills does I feel like an easy run or do you just spend the whole run feeling off stride? I kid you not, my routes are more hills than flats. I get short stretches of flats between hills (usually the top of a hill). My favorite route is a slow 1/2 mile climb from the start. Makes that already miserable first mile that much worse. It's great coming home though!

ange82much
09-18-2010, 04:05 AM
Fafadhali - most of my runs round home are hilly too. My problem with running a long way on the flat is that i feel that it's too repetative and that i'm more likely to get an injury! Doesn't make sense, it's just a perception, but i'm used to a few hills so prefer the variation of going up and down - ideally on trails! Flat is definitely easier and faster though.

kelly - congratulations on finding running. Great result for your first 5km. Wow you've lost heaps of weight too. Fantastic effort.

I'm in transit tonight in germany on my way to turkey (yes, not the shortest way to get there from australia) so am just planning on going out for a trot round from the hotel this afternoon. Looks to be pretty rural round here - but good running temp. Hope i don't get lost!!

pinkalarmclock
09-18-2010, 01:15 PM
Just ran 5 miles, it felt great! My foot is still fine and I couldn't be happier. Today while I was running I couldn't stop thinking about all the running gear I want!! Which of course is some warmer clothes for the temperature change coming soon, new shoes and some vibram 5 fingers, and lastly I want some lovely electronics (I don't even have a music player or a watch!!)

Tafadhali--It just feels easier to me to run on the flat. Sometimes though hen its really flat I get excited about the hills because I feel a little bored. I love the way my muscles feel when going up hills.

thesame7lbs
09-19-2010, 11:15 PM
Pinkalarm, so glad your foot is feeling better! Mine is a little sore and I really hope it's not cooking up something bad.

My routes tend to be hilly. When I'm really tired going up a big one, I think to myself, "Arms, you aren't just along for the ride!" I make them work, too, and that gives me a little boost.

Tafadhali, I think you will find that you can run faster for a flat race when you train on hills. I have a friend who drives to a not-super-close park specifically for the flat course. I think, where's the fun in that?!?!? ;)

loquaciousjogger
09-20-2010, 04:30 AM
hey guys, i've been off here for a bit. Started running again...will do more this week. No races planned; just enjoying it. :)

Just measured my body fat (navy-method) = 29%. My scale is wonky (all my friends who weigh themselves keep telling me, so since I have no idea what weight I'm at, I'll keep working at reducing the body fat %. :)

mkroyer
09-20-2010, 12:42 PM
First 20 miler down... 1 more to go before the marathon. 4 weeks and counting :)

Tafadhali
09-20-2010, 02:54 PM
Finally did a trail run this morning. Wow! It was awesome! I did a little over a 1.5 mile loop out in our big pasture. It's slightly hilly and the trail varies from pretty good to absolutely non-existent. At one point I ran out of trail and just ran the fence line for a bit until I found a trail again. Many are goat/cow/deer tracks. I got soaking wet from the knee down (wet grass), dirty, navigated a creek and had a total blast.

Today is my short run (just added a 4th day of running so keeping it short) but I was so hyped up I did a 1/2 mile on the road to wind down. LOL!! It's really hard to stick to 1.5 miles, I feel like I'm just getting good and warmed up at that point.

I'm gonna work this trail in as my short run from now on and I'm on the look out for some more (longer) trails.

I put in 21.65 miles total last week (running and walking). It was a good week.

Liz

pinkalarmclock
09-20-2010, 07:35 PM
yay ran again today. about a 50 minute run, about 5.25 miles. Man that half marathon has really made me running obsessed! Most of my time on the internet is looking at stuff running related.

thesame7lbs.--oh no i hope your foot is fine! i'm crossing my fingers for you.

mkroyer--20 miles! that is impressive! i keep thinking that maybe in a year I'll do a marathon instead of a half. how do you not get bored when running that long? my longer runs I always have problems with that and almost always bring someone with me. i'm thinking of buying a mp3 player to help.

tafadhali--i've been interested in trail running lately. i did run on a trail this summer back in my hometown and it was great! there is one trail here that I ran on a little, I think I'm going to look into it more. trail running is definitely more interesting than roads in my opinion.

mkroyer
09-21-2010, 11:43 AM
Pinkalarm- audiobooks. ;)

pinkalarmclock
09-23-2010, 08:59 AM
Pinkalarm- audiobooks. ;)

haha what an excellent idea! I would have never thought of it. of course when I mentioned it to my bf he just huffed and was like duh thats why I listen to them on all car trips they're perfect for that.

still running, been going strong one week now into my training program for a half marathon right before thanksgiving. oh and i had a horrible dream last night that I couldn't make it to the race on time TWICE and missed them. LOL! Today is suppose to be a short run about 20 minutes with 30 second intervals between 8 minute miles and an easy pace. But I have two exams today so it will have to wait till later.

mkroyer
09-23-2010, 12:41 PM
Pink--i cant do music for uber long runs.... the idea is to go slow when you run that far, and music pumps me up and i end up running faster to match the beat! Its actually quite relaxing to listen to audiobooks on long runs-- makes the time pass quickly!

i havent run much this week. Just one 8 miler yesterday. WIll prob go for a 6 miler during my lunch

anyone racing this weekend?
im planning on taking a step-back weekend and doing 15 or so.
The best part about running so long is that i pretty much get to eat whatever i want all day! I actually look forward to these runs because i can eat guilt free afterwards ;) usually do subway for lunch and then ill treat myself to ice cream... munch on candy... graze on all my daughters snack food. its great

blueridgegirl
09-23-2010, 12:56 PM
Tadfali - congrats on your progress, you've come a long way. WTG on completing 5k in under 40 minutes. I live in the blue ridge mountains (hence my name) so all my training is hills. I'd have to get in my car and drive 15 minutes to run some place which is flat, which I'm not willing to do, so I just run hills. I have found though that when I race on a flatter route it is so much easier for me. I was up in Boston for a month this summer and did some running that was relatively flat and felt like a rock star.

pinkalarm - glad foot is better

Kelley - hello and welcome. Congrats on your first 5k - my goal is to run one in under 30 min.

Did a treadmill run Saturday at a hotel (was on vacation at family wedding for 3 days) but haven't gotten to run again this week. Slammed at work. Planning to get one in tomorrow.

pinkalarmclock
09-24-2010, 06:10 PM
just signed up for a 10k on October 30th! Its the Wicked 10k in Virginia Beach. I've heard such good things about it, a lot of people dress and run in the costumes. there is a costume contest, its a big family thing since there is also a Monster Mash 1 mile run too so a lot of kids come out. I'm pretty excited! Plus its part of a series and if you do all the three races you get a free commemorative cooler, and if you also do there new race you get a commemorative pint glass!

Anyway, long run is planned for tomorrow (11 miles). Its the first time I'm doing a long run without someone else running with me, or with me at all! Plus I still don't have a music player to listen to anything, lol. Maybe I'll look up some good philosophical questions before I go.

thesame7lbs
09-25-2010, 10:55 AM
MK, I totally agree about the long run + eating. I really enjoyed that in the run-up to the half. I am thinking about continuing my long runs on the weekends. I typically will do 5 or 6, so I was thinking about doing a rotation of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, (increasing 1 mile each week) then dropping back down to 6. A little harder to fit in now that it's dark until almost 7.

Pinkalarm, that 10K sounds like so much fun! BTW, do you really have a pink alarm clock? I used to, back in the 80s. Loved it.

Ran 7.25 this morning. It was a little warm and humid. A cold front is coming in tonight and my run tomorrow will be much more brisk - yea!!! May need full tights soon (normally wear knee pants).

pinkalarmclock
09-25-2010, 05:26 PM
thesame7lbs--lol yeah I have one. I found it at walmart a couple years ago, the backlight even glows pink too

freethetoys
09-26-2010, 07:15 PM
hey all im a bit late for the sept running thread as a runner but looking forward to the october thread.... id love to total out 60 run miles in the month. that would be an amazing achievement. :D

pinkalarmclock
09-30-2010, 11:12 AM
Well my long run this past weekend went great! The temperature dropped to about 60 which felt comfortable for running but it was raining hard! I was doing 11 miles, parts of it on a trail. It actually felt great to run in the rain, I had never done it before. I really not only really proud of myself for waking up early to go when I didn't think I would BUT the training schedule told me to run the Last 3 miles at my half marathon goal pace and I did!! I was so excited when I got to the end and saw the time I wanted for the last 3! Man it was a lot more tiring than my easy pace at that point, glad I kept pushing!

Today I'm suppose to run 5 miles uphill or on the treadmill incline of 3-5! Excited but I know I'm going to have to push!