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•     what to wear - cold weather races

"I am curious what everyone wears for a cold weather race. I prefer to race in shorts and t shirt but I dont want to freeze to death waiting for the race to begin."

 

•     Please watch the "Dream" video

”Please watch the "Dream" video and help a good cause:”

 

•     My 1st race on Saturday - not prepared - long read

“OK, I'm new here and just stumbled upon this forum. I think I will be a regular visitor moving forward...”

 

•     Here's One Just For Fun: What's the best/most unusual thing you've found while running?

”I've been running the roads for 15 years and during all that time, I have found some pretty cool stuff (not to mention a lot of $20 bills and a couple of $100 Master Card Gift Cards!)”

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•     No post event massage after long race ?

I was just reading the medical column about a run in San Jose, CA, marathon or half. The advice was there would be no post event Sports Massage because research shows that it doesn't help with muscle soreness. WTF?”

•     Need recovery advice

“ok folks. I need some guidance on RECOVERY. did my first marathon on Sunday and now I'm wasted.”

•     How many miles should I be running (and a couple other questions, too)?

“Hello -- I've been running for several years now, and have averaged out to about 20-26 mpw. How many should I be running to consider myself a "true runner"?”

•     8 years old - 1st 5k

“My name is Alex and I ran my first 5k this past saturday. My final time was 23:42! I really want to keep running, but my mom is not a runner, she is a swimmer, and she is worried about me burning out. If I want to keep running 5ks what should my mom and I do?”

•     The British granny

“Another reason to keep in shape... though I'm sure some of our Texans on board would just as soon blast the perps away (I've always admired Texans).”

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•     Zoot vs Newton vs Asics Racer?

"My next pair of racing shoes will be from one of the above mentioned names, I think. I just don't know which?"

 

•     Can u maintain strength levels w free weights and train for a marathon?

”Played football in school and have always enjoyed running and lifting weights. I just ran a half marathon in San Diego on June 1st and I m now preparing to run my first full marathon at the PF Chang's in January.”

 

•     Sick and in training...please help me!

“I need some advice...  I am scheduled to run my first half-marathon on October 11th. On Sunday I had a fantastic long run (12.25 miles), and I felt great afterwards! I am starting to taper this week and felt totally on track...”

 

•     Do you bleed for this sport?

”Just found photos from Sunday's half. That's not a cherry flavored sport-drink stain dripping down from the S on my singlet. Pretty gross if you ask me.”

 

•     Running Challenge..

“This is the opening statement that is on the website that Pearl Izumi has put out there. Their advertising is in my mind awesome. My challenge to you all is that you 1) do not get offended at the statement below, 2) you challenge yourself to always be a runner (to me that is make it a lifestyle and not a hobby), and 3) if all you can do is speed walk that you do that because it is far better then a sedentary life.”

 

•     Deferring to 2009

“As some of you may recall, I had posted a response about not running pending a cardiologist appointment. That happened 2 Thursdays ago, and last Tuesday I went in for a cardiac catheterization, where the cardiologists inserts a catheter into your femoral artery, injects some dye and gets a better picture of your arteries and heart. Needless to say from the title of the post, news wasn't good.”

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•     Who wears short shorts?!?!?!?!?!

“...WE WEAR SHORT SHORTS!!! But why? I always give the cleche (sp) anwers of "aero-dynmacicity (word?), keeps you cooler, better range of motion, its part of the culture, and hey I look good in them!" Are these really the answers??? Why do we do it?”

•     Forty days and forty nights

“MCM is coming down!"

•     In desperate need of help...

“I am totally struggling with staying motivated to do the MCM. The longest run I did (2 weeks ago) was 16 miles and I felt great and like I could go forever. NOW I'm struggling to get out of bed to do my daily runs and I completely gave up today for my 10 miler (only did 5).”

•     Last Meal

“I am wondering what I should eat for dinner the night before the MCM? After reading on this message board about waking up in the middle of the night to eat pancakes before a long run, I tried it and I am a believer. It worked.”

•     race day breakfast

“I have a road race sunday morning, a simple 5k. i was thinking about having a bowl of cereal combined with a bagel and orange juice. should i alter this in any way? i was told pancakes are carbs-heaven.”

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•     Has anyone raced pregnant?

”I am doing my third sprint tri in July and I will be about 10 weeks pregnant. I have already received the OK from my doctor. I am looking for info from anyone who has raced pregnant - any advice, how did the race go, would you do it again?”

 

•     Situation

“Lately my shins have been hurting during the first couple of miles of my runs. I don't stop, it ****** me off that they hurt, so I just run through the pain and they eventually stop hurting after 2-3 miles, they're not sored afterwards or anything. Why do you guys think this is?”

 

•     Why Run?

"I know many on this forum have answered this before. Most of us in many different ways. I just find that if I can go out and enjoy a run under someone else's reasons then I am motivated for at least that run for that person. "

 

•     Open Water Swim and Jellyfish

”I swim off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC and every time I do so I encounter what people refer to around here as sea lice. After some research, I've learned it's actually jellyfish larvae.”

 

•     ironman entry

"Does anone have any tips on enterig an ironman sanctioned event? It seems pretty confusing--almost like you have to be at one to enter the next year's event.”

 

•     Nervous about my first 5k

“I have my first ever 5k in 2 weeks. I am VERY new to running. Friends had volunteered me for a relay leg in a marathon. I trained for about a month and finished my 5.2 mile leg in 53 minutes. That was yesterday and now I'm hooked.”

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•     Can I really DO this!??

“I have seriously admired runners all my life. Just recently I have started to think about becoming one myself.”

 

•     Great Quotes

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."

 

•     August Miles

”This August I ran 159.1 miles! Phew. Would have been 160 but my 5K messed that up a little. Otherwise I ran all the miles my program called for. I'm pretty psyched because this is, by far, my highest mileage month ever.”

 

•     distance or speed??

"Ok, what exactly should I be focusing on first...I am interested in preparing myself to run in 5k's & 10k's next year, but want to make sure I am good and ready.”

 

•     Activity after a marathon

”Hi, everyone! I'm a first timer, and I find all the comments here in the community extremely helpful! Unfortunately, I haven't seen anyone make comment on what to do immediately after you complete a marathon.”

 

•     Triathlon Books

“I'm just starting out in the world of Triathlon and I'm wondering what book(s) are the best to get and read? I've heard perhaps the TriathletesTraining Bible by Joe Friel but I'm not to sure. I want to most up to date training information and triathlon information possible.”

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•      Half Marathon substitute for long run?

”My question is, can the intensity of the races balance out the mileage lost each time? Or do I need to add something during the weeks after?”

 

•     At what distance should I start Hydrating?

” Right now, I'm training for a 10K. At this point in my program, my max distance is 6 miles. At what distance do you start to consider taking water or other liquids with you on your run?”

 

•     Pace vs HR Question

“I am wondering what is better in the long term, a very slow jog where I can keep my heart rate lower or shorter faster runs where I would have to stop sooner. I am 38 and about 50 pounds overweight.”

 

•     sub 2-hour marathon?

”Two of my friends made a bet back in college - one friend said in the next 50 years, someone will run a sub 2-hour marathon and the other friend disagreed. This was 12 years ago so the questions is, in the next 38 years, will someone break 2-hours?”

 

•     Keeping the Rubber Side Down: Toshi’s Mini-Cal Tour on Lil’ Giant

“I will be cycling from Nor-Cal to Central California and back starting from Thursday 8/28 to Monday 9/1. The trip will be from San Jose, CA to Bakersfield, CA and the distance is about 240 mile one way, 480 miles total.”

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•     Newlywed ready to shed!

“I just wanted to stop in and say hi to everyone. I am SO glad I found you. I actually saw C25K in someones success story and I wanted to check it out. I have been trying to find something that would ease me into running and I am SO excited to start tomorrow. Is it cool to start on a Thursday?”

 

•     Couple of stupid training questions

” I always wonder this after I finish running. How long do you have after a long run to take an ice bath for it to do any good? Like can I sit around for an hour and THEN take an ice bath? Or do I have to jump in the second I stop running?”

 

•     Elliptical Machines and Mileage?

”Okay so yesterday I did 30 minutes on an elliptical machine at work, at a pretty good pace, and when I was done it said I went like 1.5 miles. Now if I was street running that would be at least 3 miles. Are these machines calibrated to take into consideration the "help" they provide?”

 

•     Leadville 100

“ Heads up for Leadville 100 on August 16-17, 2008! For those of you who have not heard of it, it’s one of the few 100 milers in the Rocky Mountains…”

 

•     Questions from a new triathlete

”I am doing a sprit triathlon in 2 weeks. It is a 1/4 mile swim in the bay, 12 mile ride, and 2 mile swim. My goal is to finish...”

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•      Missed workouts

”I was supposed to run 5 miles yesterday but was so dog tired that I couldn't do it. I didn't get up this morning to do it either because I still felt like I needed to sleep. This is the miserable kind of tired I am talking about.”

 

•      Take your vitamins! Interesting article on endurance athletes

”So the question arises, do athletes need to take vitamins? The answer, if you follow the scientific literature, is absolutely! In fact, athletes need more vitamins and minerals than the average person.”

 

•      How to draft in the water?

“Should you be right behind the person? A few yards back? Off to the side a little? I tried it yesterday right behind a person (about 2 feet back) and felt like was working against the persons kick turbulence. Is there another way?”

 

•      Weekly running milage for Sprint Tri?

”I am currently training for 2 Sprint Tri's this summer, and was just wondering what is a good average for my weekly running mileage?? I have a very strong swimming background and the bike I don't have to worry about either..it all comes down to the run.”

 

•      New to Triathlon

“I am a 57 year old female that has never entered anything like a race. I have been swimming for an hour every day for the past year and would like to kick up my workouts.”

 

•      Wednesday's runs

“OK, 6 miles for me today in 72 degree heat and 84% humidity. Not bad at a 8:36 pace. Still need to get faster though. The forecast is looking pretty good though after this weekend with overnight lows back in the 60s in the DC area.”

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•     What is it like ?

“I'm a new runner and I've been reading the running forums a lot and hear people talk about these long runs they go on , I was just wondering , how does it feel different from when you were outta shape only being able to run .5 mile compared to now when you can run 3 miles.”

 

•     Badwater 135 Tracker

”Check it out, the Badwater 135 started this morning. These amazing athletes are making their way through the heat of Death Valley to Mount Whitney Portal.”

 

•      Great Quotes

“You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone.”

 

•      Sometimes I feel like I don't belong

“Ok, so I'm not Toby or Jimmy who run thousands of miles a week, and I am yet to finish a marathon under 4. But, I still consider myself a marathoner and sometimes I find it hard to identify myself with other folks.”

 

•      Missed workouts

”I was supposed to run 5 miles yesterday but was so dog tired that I couldn't do it. I didn't get up this morning to do it either because I still felt like I needed to sleep. This is the miserable kind of tired I am talking about.”

 

•     How many days a week should I run?

”Is there any problem with me running a mile 7 days a week at night since I am still pretty slow? Should I just walk on the days I do not run?”

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•     iPods now being allowed at Dallas marathon

“Based on runner input, we have updated the guidelines on iPods and other audio devices and will no longer prohibit them. Since our course is a closed course during the term of the event, wearing an iPod WILL NOT result in disqualification in and by itself. If wearing an iPod or audio device results in you not hearing or obeying race instructions, you could be disqualified.”

 

•      Autism Speaks 5K - Race Report

“It was a fantastic morning for us! Things were quite frenetic as soon as we arrived at the Potomac Library - my wife and I had family members to get signed up, donations to turn in, race numbers to pickup, race shirts to pick up, about 20 team members to find, about 25 team t-shirts to hand out, race numbers to pin on, including helping kids (although I totally forgot to pin my own bib on!), and some team pictures to arrange.”

 

•      LOSS OF TOENAILS

“LOST 2 NAILS AFTER PHILADELPHIA, 5 AFTER FRED. MARYLAND. HAVE TRIED SHOES WITH WIDE TOE BOX AND EVERY SOCK MADE. WOULD LOVE TO KEEP ALL NAILS AFTER MCM. FEET ARE UGLY ENOUGH. ALSO HAVE TROUBLE WITH NAUSEA AFTER MARATHONS. YES ITS ME AT THE FINISH LINE PUKING. ANY IDEAS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.”

 

•     Recovering from long runs

"Jimmy, you don't get to answer this, because you don't need to recover from 15 mile runs. They are a mere skip in the park for you! But the rest of you mortals for whom 15 miles seems pretty durn long, how quickly do you recover from your long runs?"

 

•     Using a Mtn Bike

I'm getting ready for my first tri (sprint distance) and only have a mountain bike. Does anyone have suggestions for technique and what an average pace would be for 15 - 20 mile rides?"

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•     Half the Year is Gone...What have you Done?

“I've been gone for awhile...I've been rehabing a right leg injury since the end of May and have only run about 13 miles since then but have been continuing with my cross training.”

•     Jay’s Week That Was: Baltimore 1 of 16

“I am now officially in training for the Baltimore Marathon on October 11. I hope that this blog will illustrate what training to race 26.2 miles can look like, at least for this 38-year-old husband/father/teacher. There is no way to know how (or even if) I will finish, but this will be the real journey.”

•     Ammonia Smelling Sweat

“Sometimes when I run a long training run (upwards of 12 miles or so) at the end, I feel like I can "taste" or "smell" ammonia. I've always assumed that this is caused by my body depleting all my glycogen stores and going into ketosis.”

•     Keeping Motivated and Fighting Burnout

“Today I had really tough run. At eight miles, it wasn't necessarily the distance this time, but I think I've been a little sore for some time. Anyway, it was the most worn out I've felt for some time and I think I'm starting to lose a bit of spirit and motivation. Lately I've been feeling a little frustrated that I haven't been improving as quickly as I'd like.”

•     FYI: Less than six months until Christmas.

Just trying to cool things off a bit. Hope it helps. BTW, I want a Garmin 405 and some good motion control trail running shoes. Oh, and whirled peas.

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•     Trail shoes, might buy mailorder for first time

“I need some shoes for offroad running. I'm not an "Ultra" guy, but I do all my running on fields and through forests. I need some new shoes but don't really have much to choose from at stores here, so I'm thinking of going mail order and would really like it to work out on the first attempt, which is why I'm asking here.”

•     Beer for my horses, whiskey for my men!

“It has been a while since we skirted this topic and with the many new faces I decided to start a good beer thread. Tonight I had a beer that I picked up in California. It's a brew I have never heard of but man is it good.”

•     Everyone's next race?

“What are others planning on running next? My next one that I call official is in Vermont at the end of January(I mean July). I plan on running a fast 2 mile race on July 4th. but the big event is in Vermont.”

•     Wish me luck at the U.S. women's Sprint Tri this Sunday

“I'm as ready as one can be for this triathlon on Sunday. I'm excited about it. My goal is to make it under 1 1/2 hours. I can do the swim in 12 minutes or less, bike in under 40 and run in 30. The transitions will get me as I have to go to the bathroom more often and think I'll have to go each transitions. LOL!”

•     How can I swim faster?

“I've done about 5 sprint tri's and I'm really slow on the swim. I can do the distance. I don't know if I should focus on kicking more or there is something about my form, or I'm just not strong enough.”

•     Too soon to run a 1/2 marathon?

“I am on week five of the couch to 5K from coolrunning.com. There is a half marathon on Oct 11 I want to run. That would mean I would finish my couch to 5K program the third week of July and jump right into the build up for the half-marathon.”

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•     Performance drinks

“What are your preferences and why? I've used Accelerade (power). A little too chalky and it seems difficult to disolve. And it's nasty in a Camelbak since it's too hard to clean. Yesterday I bought some Cytomax.”

•     Long Runs in San Francisco, Water Stops?

“I'm going to be in San Francisco later this week (6/19-20) and would like to do a long run (maybe 16 miles or thereabouts). I'm staying at the Westin Hotel, Market and 3rd. I would like some recommendations for a route and also any info on water availability”

•     1/2 Marathon Trainers, Week of June 15th

“Question for all - in your training for HM's have you ran the actual distance before race day? A lot of the plans seem to have you run the distance for the first time on race day. I take some comfort mentally in knowing I have run a distance before. Thoughts?”

•     Long Run Updates (Version 2008)

“As many of you remember from last year, we started a thread dedicated specifically to comments on our weekly long runs. I know that it was a consistent source of motivation for me, and the requisite deviations off topic were often hilarious. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to bring it back as we start getting into our training for this year's MCM.”

•     I've run 2 5K's this year. Is a sprint triathlon to ambitious?

“Question: There is a sprint triathlon in Sept (.4 mile swim-13 K bike-5K run) that I have been eyeing. Is this too ambitious for a newbie? The most daunting tasks seem to be the transitions from swim to bike to run.”

•     Bike cases for airplane travel

“I would like to avoid buying the most expensive bells and whistles case on the market, but I also don't want to sacrifice the safety of the bike by buying something too cheap. Any thoughts on specific brands or models? Styles (soft case versus hard case) Caster wheels? Any pitfalls experienced traveling triathletes can note for me to avoid?”

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•     Why was the swim so hard?

“Ok, so I'm not the greatest swimmer, but I raced ina tri today (first time) and the swim was only 200meters... I thought I was well prepared, but I got in and started swimming and around the first buoy all of a sudden I felt like I was about to have an asthma attack...”

•     Calcium Question

“I know our resident nutrionist is a busy little beaver these days, but maybe someone else can help. I've been thinking of cutting out red meat and dairy all together. I'll still get my protein from seafood and the occasional chicken, but is taking Vitamin D and calcium supplements good enough to cover the dairy loss?”

•     Time or distance?

“Do the posters here run distance? Time? A combination? I have always set my runs for just distance, but I am beginning to think that I need to change my schedule to get better times . . .”

•     Trouble with my running

“The problem that I keep getting into is when I run I will be doing great at first, but then my side will cramp up and my legs will sort of ache up, leading me to walk for a second. When I go to run again my side is fine but my legs are more sore than when I stopped to walk. Does anyone have advice of what I can do to get past this threshold and run for a much longer distance?”

•     Why am I gaining weight?

“I am training for a marathon. I am now up to 35 miles a week. I thought I'd lose weight but I was surprised to weigh myself today and find I have gained 4 lbs.”

•     Want To Run 50k On My 50th (Apr '09) , Realistic or Not?

“I want to do my first 50k on the weekend I turn 50. Is that a realistic goal? I am not really doing any training right now, my time line to start seriously is August 01.”

•     Want a Protein snack low in fat yet easy to carry

“Does anyone know of a good low fat, high protein snack that is easy to carry and eat? Until I find something better, I'm using South Beach High Protein bars (Peanut Butter) but they have 5 grams of fat, and worse, 2 of those grams are saturated. So I'm looking for something with characteristics of Kashi Go Lean cereal (13G protein, 1G fat) BUT that is easy to carry to an informal meeting at work.”

•      I can't help it, I have to.

“I tried this running malarkey one before - i think I got to about week 6 of c25k, but it was so painful for my knees I ended up so I was supposed to walk with a stick. The doctor did a test for arthritis and ruled that out, then said "don't run then." which I sulked about for a while and eventually tried to forget about running.”

•      Dog attack

“Forgive me if this is a repeat. I just can't get the experience out of my mind. I was out in my own neighborhood Saturday morning for a jog. I had my MP3 player on with a great song. The weather was hot, but beautiful. All of a sudden something tackled me from behind.”

•     1/2 Marathon Trainers, Week of June 8th

“I have a funny MRI story. Last October I was at my job (nurse in a convelescent home). I had been running my usual, about 12 miles a week, and I had this pain behind my knee for over a week. I bent down at work to crank a bed, and when I stood up, the pain behind my knee went away.”

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