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Hi all, just checking in It's good to see everyone's progress, you all are a great group!
Ginny, I can't wait to read your race report! You are going to rock it!
I've been able to work out on the elliptical and do weights with only minor restrictions so that's what my workouts have consisted of. That and standing all day at my desk instead of sitting (because sitting puts extra pressure on my disc). I had a chiro visit last night and he said it is greatly improved but did not give me the ok to get my running shoes on yet. I have been doing the exercises that he gave me and am patiently awaiting that "go" signal from him
The weather was warmer here today and I do not have an after-work appointment, so I was able to walk/commute today. I can't even tell you how nice it felt to be out there!
Happy running everyone!
New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13
Oshkosh Half-Marathon - 04/21/13
Cool morning (30's) but sunny, so I ran a short hilly road near the house - a little over 3 miles in about 35 minutes. Once again, I have a wierd pain in a brand new place. It started yesterday while on the TM doing a progressive run. Why do I do well on my long runs, but going fast on the TM gets me every time? Good thing this is a low mileage week. OTOH, it is going so slowly! I want Saturday to get here NOW. I'm much more excited than I was for my 5ks, and I was really nervous then.
Ginny- The dreadmill forces you into a monotonous, identical footfall, and this can cause overutilization of certain muscles while underutilizing others, as opposed to road and especially trail running.
You might also consider having your gait analyzed for problems, or it could be your shoes. If you can figure out just what it is that the tm is accentuating, you can probably fix it (and become a better runner). Good luck!
Ginny, I also experience unusual aches and pains from the TM that are not an issue when running outside. OldPlodder's post makes a lot of sense.
Yesterday, did 4 miles with some strides to start for total of 4.25 miles. I'm a bit in shock that my muscles (especially upper body) are still so sore from Saturday's run. It's not like I've never run 13 miles before.
Today I did a pace run, started off with strides for total of 8.25 miles. I'm still a bit unsure what pace I should be training at but I decided to push myself a bit and it went pretty well.
Eau Claire Marathon-May 6
Ellsworth Cheese Curd 10k-June 23
Red Wing 4th of July Road Race-July 4
River Falls Days 10k-July 14
Ronde des Cyclamens-Aug 5 (First Int'l Race!)
Whistlestop 1/2 Marathon-Oct 13
14th Annual Turkey Trot-TBD
5k - 27:50
10k - 58:41
10 mi- 1:39:58
1/2 - 2:16:38
Full - 4:56:50
I've noticed that my left leg "wanders". I broke the tib, fib, and dislocated my left foot ~10 years ago, and I'm pretty sure that's the culprit. It took over a year to get back to any kind of semblance of stability running or playing any sports. I apparently developed a hitch in my stride as a leftover from limping. I don't know how much movement is wasted as it's just a turn of my left foot on the backswing. I just have noticed it recently in some race photos. Whatever extra movement it is has to waste some energy, however small, plus looks kind of funny. Something else to think about while on the trail will be training my goofy left foot to toe the line. Speaking of being on the trail, it's beautiful today in Chattanooga and I'm headed out for 5 miles. Have a good evening all.
Battle of Mobile Bay 5k-2/18/12 (24:55)
Scenic City 5k-2/25/12 (24:43)
Gateway Bank and trust 5k-3/17/12 (23:33) PR
Knoxville Half Marathon-4/1/12 (1:55:29) PR
Chickamauga Chase 15k-4/21/12
King of the Mountain 4mile-5/5/12
Starting to taper down the hard workouts. Today ran 8x220 yds., average=41.1 Wasn't pushing too hard. With the warm up and warm down, and the jogs between each 220, I ran about 2.5 miles.
I ran an easy 3.5 mile recovery run (after my 10 miles on Sunday). I've done something to my foot, though...maybe related to my overly worn slippers my "work shoes" (I slid off the sole on the outside of one slipper, a year ago and just ignored it...) that, combined with the new "low heel to toe offset" shoes. Anyway...babied the foot along for 3.5 miles. It felt better to run up on my toe and hurt less as I got further. Feels more like a strained muscle than an all out injury. So...we shall see. I hate to take too many days of. Otherwise it was a great run. Very cold (maybe our last cold morning here) about 8-10 degrees, but I was dressed for it and the beautiful sunshine on snow was spectacular!
Debm2011 Re: "I always picture the most bucolic areas when you describe your runs." Truly it is!
OldPlodder Thanks! I hope the surgery goes well.
6xchampsfan Nice, snowy trail run and a super bike ride.
taylor007 Oustanding race!! **High Five**
isewinsf and runslowdan Sweet!
GinnyinPA Best of luck on your race! I'm so excited for you.
NoogaTiger16 That sounds like a great plan and I hope you can rein in that wandering leg.
MarathonDream Wow...20 miles. Thats so impressive and you must feel good about you training for the ultra.
Terranss Yep, love those baby critters. Every week there are more little baby lambs...so cute! Heck of a trail run you did!
AnaheimHillRunner Good luck on the 5k!
Run4Coffee Cold here too!
igotwings Get right out and but new shoes!! Ouch. Hope those shin splints heal right up.
OshCat Good to see you! I'm glad the Dr. feels you're on the mend.
countryrunner1 Heal up quickly from your long run.
Thanks again, team!
1980 Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
Best 5K time: 31 minutes
Best 10K time: 1:12
First 1/2 Marathon: 2:43
Raised $4491 for animal charity through running
Memorial Day 5/26 10K- I hope to raise $3000 for animal charity in my "Run For The Critters"
Maine Marathon 9/29- I hope to finish 2:30
Hello everyone. Ran 5 miles on the Highland trails today. Cold morning but by the time I got off work it warmed up nicely. 48 degrees with some sun. Todays run went pretty well. I managed to run this loop in a much better time but it didn't have the steep hills. Mostly 3/4 mile climbs with some nice downs as the trail was a switchback that squeezed 5 miles in to a pretty small area. Got to love those mt bikers that put these trails in, it's a great place to run. Very muddy as the snow we got Sunday night and Monday morning was melting. I managed to only kiss the ground once with a couple close calls. Way fun stuff. On the subject of shoes everyone is talking about, I ordered myself a new pair of trailshoes online last night. I'm taking a little chance as I've never used this brand before but after alot of reading I thought I'd give them a try. Salomon:xr crossmax guidance cs. Got a good deal by shopping around online. Most wanted 150 for them but I managed to find them for 90. All great reveiws on them but time will tell. Free shipping but have to wait 5 days. I'll be like a little kid waiting for Santa to come as I check the porch everyday for the UPS guy. lol.
MelodyLea I hope that foots nothing bad. Go slow for awhile. Keep us posted.
Anaheimhillrunner Good luck with your race this weekend. Make us 50+ proud. Sounds like your ready.
NoogaTiger16 5miles on the trails with good weather. A day in heaven I say.
countryrunner1 nice miles your getting in. great job.
GinnyinPa I'm excited for you. Good luck.
OshCat hang in there. Sounds like it won't be long.
Keep running everyone.
Got in some speed work Sunday on the TM, 4.25 miles total, with 3 x 220 @ 10 mph, followed by a 660 @9 mph, with a final time of 33:40.
Tonight was a mix of tempo run and hill work, with the bulk of the run at 2% incline, finishing the 3 miles with a 1/2 mile at 9 mph, then cranked it up to 5.5% incline and ran a 1/4 mile at 8 mph. 26:00 total time. Feeling beter and better running at 9 mph.
Weather is supposed to turn nearly perfect here in the next two days (off days from work), so a long run is in the works, along with some more speed work.
Melody..... go easy on the foot until you know for sure.
Taylor... I started last year by breaking 22:00, and it tool me the whole summer to break 21:00, finally doing it in my last 5k of the year. I can't imagine under 19:00. I'm not sure what body parts would fall apart first, internal or external.
Ginny... keep asking around, you'll find someone to run with. Or maybe run when they're planning a slow run, even if it's a long run. Just ask if you can join for some of it if the distance is more than you're looking for.
DebM.... in real estate it's location, location, location. In footwear, it's comfort, comfort, comfort. When your foot strikes, it flattens out and the shoe needs to have enough room to adequately fit the wider foot. Narrow shoes/tight laces, especially at the toebox area, restrict the foot from expanding, leading to pain/injury issues.
Anaheim... Bought tix for Red Sox at Angels Aug. 28 and 29. Will be in town only for three days, but hopefully we'll bring the Sox some good luck.
I did it. I signed up for the Tobacco Road Marathon, my first. To say I'm nervous would be a major understatement. My long runs have been hit or miss. I believe I have the conditioning but the fueling and nutrition is giving me trouble. I have one more long run scheduled for tomorrow, 20 miles. If it goes well I'll feel much better.
Yesterday I ran 5k to get the legs moving and had a great run, cool sunny weather, fresh legs, new shoes, Awesome!
Ginny, Good luck in your race!
The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08
The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57
The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09
The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13
The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48
The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27
The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23
The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56
Currently Training For -
Thread has been busy!!
It's been awhile since I posted.
Business travel keeping me on the road, keeping me from running my trails at home but trying to be friends with the TM at the hotels.
I had mentioned that I have been kinda feeling crappy with a slight ear ache since mid-Feb. Well, wouldn't you know it?!? Got sick
I kept running 8 -12 miles every other day even on windy/chilly days on the trail when home but still on the TM on travel days. I don't like to run in the wind, my ears are prone to ear aches especially when it's chilly even tho' I wear ear coverings but HAD TO RUN ........
While in NM last week, I ran on Tuesday about 6.2 miles on hotel TM.
Wed.,I woke up with the CHILLS, FEVER, ACHES all over ............ drank TheraFlu and made it through the day for work but had to crawl into bed by 6 pm, fever broke about 2 am, drank TheraFlu again to relieve the dry hacking cough resulting in a severe sore throat, garling with warm salt water really soothes it; it really hurt to swallow but no strep!! It hurt so bad I wanted to cry .
I don't know how I made the drive back from NM to home in AZ, but I was in bed in five minutes flat!! Throat is sooooo sore, cough is non-stop, aches here and there.
Spent my 52nd birthday in a daze! My husband still bought a cake
We had hoped to celebrate my special day by going for a ride on our HARLEYS but ............
So it was 5 days since I last ran so Monday, I did feel better and made up my mind to run as long as I can, I ran 10 miles on the TM!!!
It has been soooo WINDY here the last few days, temps dropped too so I stayed indoors!
I felt good and..........maybe ........could still run the HM TRAIL RACE this Sunday ...........
Ran only 3 miles yesterday!!! had good pace, not tired, felt generally fine but I thought about what my body is trying to tell me, and honestly, I don't FEEL like I am ready for the race. So I just did some strength training and biked for about 4 miles.
I know I would be very disappointed with my finish ................. so I have to opt out of this race ..... AGAIN!! Darn it!!
I had to do the same last year, but that was due to my knee injury............... I think this "pattern" is telling me 'something'........... haha!!
So today is Wed., feeling much better, coughing has lessened tremondously but throat is pretty sore, just headaches, haven't slept much but resting when I can.
Anyway, I think I am on my way to recovery so I am planning on running 4-6 miles on Friday and see how I feel which will dictate how often and how long I run each day for my next race on March 17th, a 10 miler event in Glendale, AZ (west ofPHX).
Next HM I registered for is in Austin, TX, March 31st .......... on business trip in San Antonio, excited to visit my ole' stomping ground.
HAPPY RUNNING TO everyone!! Been reading all your posts, they are motivating!! KEEP IT UP!!
AZ14, I wouldn't do too much too soon. A virus and flu have a way of lingering if we don't get enough rest.
As for me, I am feeling anxious and nervous about my upcoming 5k race on March 11. I know it is going to be very competitive. There will always be 2 or 3 aces who have a lock on the top places. In my estimation, the race will be for 4th place, the last qualifying place for the National Senior Olympics. I figure I need to run in the low 21:00's to place in fourth. I have been having negative thoughts and seeing myself taking off too fast and fading badly in the latter part of the race.
So, today, I decided to time myself on my three mile course. Probably not a great idea, but I recall when I was competing, we would often have a dual meet during the week, and an invitational on Saturday, which never seemed to affect me. The good news is that I ran a personal best on the course, with a time of 20:41 (5k equivalent=21:27). Mile splits were 6:44, 7:06, 6:51. (In the race, I will really need to concentrate on the second mile.) I ran the final 440 yds in 1:29. In general, I felt relaxed and didn't feel like I was pushing too hard. Finally, my recovery was remarkably fast. I think the interval workouts I've been doing of late are paying off, and I am ready.
With the andrenaline and excitement of the race, and the push and pull of the competition, a 21:10 5k is doable and I should be right there in the running for fourth place. I just need to relax, concentrate, and show some courage.
Hey everyone! Thanks again for all your posts--you're a motivating bunch, and it's hard to find more encouragement than you can in this thread!
I'm having a hard time this month keeping up with my own posting, but I needed to get on here real quick and give some shout-outs to AnaheimHillRunner, GinnyinPA, and AlfNinerX (where are you, buddy??); best of luck on your races this weekend!
Also, I hope OldPlodder, OshCat and MelodyLea are getting back to their healthy, awesome selves. Hope to hear soon that you're all running strong again!
To everyone else--please stay healthy, keep rocking your runs, and keep posting!
With today's 3-mile morning run, I'm now at 35 days straight running, with 220 miles logged since I last took a day off. I think it might be time, finally, and since I have some big stuff planned over the next couple weeks (19-mile and 22-mile trail runs, a 15-mile road run, and a 15K race), tomorrow seems like a good day for a break. Fortunately I still feel great, and I think Thursday should be a sufficient recharge. I may take off Friday too, though--I need to get back in the pool to work on my swim fitness, and it's tough to do both on those pesky workdays... We'll see!
Happy running, friends!
Anaheim Hill - That's great you're doing the Senior Games at Stanford - I wish you the best. National would be awesome, but just run your race. I can't imagine being in a position of placing in a race, unless it's age group when I'm over 50 (a 50-something friend placed 3rd in her age group in one race, with an 11mm pace).
While I'm far from being a speed demon, I did have a great interval run today. Four 1/4 mile intervals at 8:50 pace! I didn't think I could do faster than 9. With warmup, cooldown, and jogs between, 3 miles total.
Guadalupe River Run 10K April 2013 (1:01:36) PR!!
Turkey Trot 5K Nov 2012
RSS Fun Run 10K May 2012 (1:03:17)
Mermaid Run 10K May 2012 (1:09:37)
Turkey Trot 10K Nov 2011 (1:05:20)
Firefly 5K Oct 2011 (49:14) - with DH and DS at son's pace
Rock 'n' Roll Half Oct 2011 (2:32:12)
Run for the Sun 5K Aug 2011 (30:17) PR!!
Coyote Hills 3.5 mi Jan 2011 (38:47)
Just amazing, Terranss, that you've run so much in the last 35 days! Kudos to you. Your stamina amazes me!
I finished my long run on the TM on Tuesday. 9.08 miles at 1:14:53 (8:15 pace). I felt like I could run all day long. Morning breakfast consisted of 2 half-cup servings of oatmeal with almonds, walnut pieces, red raspberries and (a little) brown sugar as well as a banana and gatorade. This was actually the longest that I've run since last September's 1/2 in Chicago. I was a bit sore later in the day but I'm all better now. I'm behind on my mileage for the week (I need 20-23) so I need to catch up.
Keep it up everyone!
Lace Up Against Breast Cancer (1/2 marathon), Rochester, MN 02/14/2011 1:53:02 (PR)
Red, White and Boom (1/2 marathon), Minneapolis, MN 07/04/2011 2:00:37
Chicago 1/2 Marathon - 15th Annual, Chicago, IL 09/11/2011 2:10:13 (Ran "cold" after 7 weeks of NO running)
2012 Completed runs:
Lace Up Against Breast Cancer 5K, Rochester, MN 02/12/2012 23:04
St. Patrick's Day Human Race 8K, St. Paul, MN 03/18/2012 37:30 (PR)
Fools' Five 8K, Lewiston, MN 04/01/2012 37:33
Stay Out of the Sun Run 5K, Rochester, MN 05/18/2012 22:43 (PR)
Med City Marathon Relay (6.42 miles), Rochester, MN 05/27/2012 50:25
Red, White and Boom 1/2 Marathon (5-mile version), Minneapolis, MN 07/04/2012 37:15 (PR)
Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon, Chicago, IL 07/22/2012 1:48:57 (PR)
2012 Projected runs
Twin Cities 10-mile (registered via lottery - Yay!)