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  • MelodyLea Legend 329 posts since
    Oct 4, 2011
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    3,930. Sep 13, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to NHLA)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    I ran a strong little 2.5 miles this morning in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Happy to be alive! Tomorrow and Sat will be cross train/stretch/hydrate and then "save up" for another 13. on Sunday.

    Thanks for the GREAT advice everyone regarding the hills on my new half marathon course.

     

     

    BigSlade Thanks and I hope the "dead legs" are a thing of the past!

     

    Old Coyote Great hill advice! I especially like " when you pass someone on an uphill, they tend to stay passed". Funny, re: baby raccoon! Must of been darn cute, though. Outstanding miles, times and dedication on your part, Mr.!

     

    jmsab23 Thanks, yes the Maine Half has very few hills...oh well (for me) Sweet run you had yesterday!

     

    mkayc Also great hill advice! So, looks hilly eh? I'm going to remember mile 7 and 9. One of those might be about the time I use a gel, so it could be a little walk/drink/gel break.

     

    linuscatch Thanks! I feel the same way about walking on uphills, I feel like I've given up when I have to walk. But my "running" on a steep uphill is sometimes more like a run/shuffle! I'm going to keep in mind your advice: "using shorter strides, and maintaining level of effort, then "let it fly" downhill." Good job on the ol' "dreadmill", even if it was pulling a plow the whole way.

     

    Snerb If I was'nt such a "Nervous Nell" out on the trails here, I'd do more trail running. It's just very full of "wildlife" here in the Berkshires and my dog is not exactly a courageous watchdog! Nice trail run and best of luck Saturday.

     

     

    NHLA You=Machine!





    My Fine Art Website

    Age: 53

    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

    For 2013:

    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

  • OshCat Pro 179 posts since
    Mar 15, 2011
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    3,931. Sep 13, 2012 12:37 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    Melody - your course will be challenging but since you've been training hills and are "one smart cookie" I'm sure you will run smart and Crush it!

     

    Linus - you could probably coast for all of the next 10 days and still kill that HM. 

     

    I did 5 on the 'mill last night at a nice even pace, but in the final mile I had a pain spring up along the outside of my right foot.  It did not get better with ice, stretching or massage so now of course I'm in paranoid-panic mode since my first HM is only 10 days away and I'm immediately worried it's a stress fracture UGH!  Rationally I don't think it is but you know how nerves make you jump to the worst conclusion right away. 





    2013:

    New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13

    Oshkosh Half-Marathon - 04/21/13

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    3,932. Sep 13, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to OshCat)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    OshCat, get that foot looked at either by doctor or PT just to ease your mind. If it's just a strain and you have to lay off for 10 days, you'll do fine. You are so ready for this half that you'll kill it and the rest will actually help your performance, believe it or not. Do as I say, not as I do. I hear but I do not listen.

     

    GUESS WHO JUST GOT A BIB FOR THE AF HM THIS SATURDAY!!!?????  I did I did I did   Someone from work got injured. Doing my happy dance before the sh*t gets serious. You'll never guess who found it for me - Scott!  And he made arrangements to pick it up from the expo and get it to me. You guys are stranger than strange but you sure make life exciting!





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • jmsab23 Legend 243 posts since
    Aug 19, 2011
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    3,933. Sep 13, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    Did about 6.5 road miles today with a buddy. Took it very easy, about 11:20 pace.

    Picking up 3-yr old grandson tomorrow for Friday night sleepover, with apple picking, alpaca farm visit, and maybe mini golf Saturday. MAYBE a short run in the early morning, if he sleeps late. If not, oh well, it'll be worth missing it.

     

    Linus (and Snerb).... Sorry, can't root for the Reds. They are in the wrong league, and I do remember 1975.  American league team only for me. And that, right now, is the........................BALTIMORE ORIOLES!!!!!! (They're the only team left who hasn't beaten the Red Sox in recent post-season activity.) GO O'S!!!!!

    mkayc....... Good for you for getting a bib!!! Don't forget to take it easy, though.

    Oshcat.... If you don't recall something happening that hurt your foot, could it be as simple as shoes too tight? Hopefully it was something that simple. Best wishes with whatever it is/was.

    Melody.... (And anyone feel free to chime in here) I am finding recently that running on my forefoot/toes when climbing hills is a lot easier for me. We were running stairs at Running Club night a few weeks ago, and I commented that it seemed so easy running up stairs (every other one). The coach said your foot lands flat on stairs as opposed to an uphill angle on roads/trails, where your heel has to rise higher than when on stairs. So I figured if I run on my toes, that's like landing on a flat surface. No scientific proof here, but it seems to work for me so far. Good luck on your race!!

    Touch of fall in the air up here in the mornings now. C'mon, Indian summer!!! Right through February!!

  • justrundan Legend 202 posts since
    Jul 22, 2011
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    3,934. Sep 13, 2012 6:44 PM (in response to OshCat)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    Oshcat- if it's still hurting tomorrow, I would get it checked so your not wondering about it as you get closer to the race. Best wishes!

     

    Melody- I looked at the elevation chart for my HM and started sweating!  Can't figure out how to copy it to this post, but let's just say there is a lot of up/down.  We end up where we start, so what goes up will also come down; I'll have to take advantage of that!

     

    I've been REALLY taking it easy this week.  Weather looks perfect in this area for Saturday morning; overnight lows near 41, with high of only 70, so it won't be getting hot by late morning when I come straggling in.

     

    Best of luck to everyone this weekend!





    Dan-started running 1/29/2011 at age 57

    notable 2012 runs:

    Crazylegs Classic-Madison-8K--4/28/2012--00:52:14

    Roxbury Rural Run--5K--5/5/2012-- 29:32-PR

    Haslanger Classic--10K--8/4/2012--1:06:19 PR

    WO-ZHA-WA Run--HM--9/15/2012--2:37:45

    Honky Tonk Marathon- Wisconsin Dells- 10/21/2012-5:39:09

    2013 runs:

    Fleet Feet New Year's Day Dash-8K-1/1/2013--54:23

    Door County HM- 5/4/2013

    Fox Cities HM- 9/22/2013 (60thBD!)

  • linuscatch Pro 143 posts since
    Sep 18, 2011
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    3,935. Sep 13, 2012 9:40 PM (in response to justrundan)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    melodylea, snerb, oshcat coyote, mkayc:  thanks for the moral support...it's exactly what I needed.  I hear so much about "taper" letdowns and how that can make you want to do more than you should, so trying hard to really resist the urge to go "push" through this.  Good night sleep last night helped a lot, and hoping for same tonight.   Hard to slow down after working so hard but know it's the right thing to do.

     

    justrundan:  Perfect running weather...good luck this weekend.

     

    mkayc:   Nice job scarfing a bib.  Agree with jmsab to remember not to pust too hard. Protect that hammy,  relax, enjoyt the experience and live to "race" another day.  And send some pics from the finish line with that shiny medal around your neck!

     

    jmasb:  You CAN root for the Reds, you just choose not to!  Totally understand.  But who will you root for in the WS when it is the Reds and Rangers?  Gotta love the Fall weather!

     

    melodylea: agree with jmsab that key to running uphill is running on fron/forefoot combimned with shorter strides.  Will feel at first like you are running in slow motion but is only way I know to conserve/preserve energy needed to climb.  Try it on your regular runs and see how it goes.  Bottom line is that you want to do whatever is most comfortable for you on race day so you can actually enjoy the experience rather that focus on "how" you are going to complete each segment of the race.

     

    oshcat:  hopefully you will wake tomorrow and feel no pain and have no recollection of what happened today.  It is hard to say what is a real injury or just running related aches and pains, especially as we get older.  Also easy to start "getting inside your own head" before a big race.  Assume it just a normal ache/pain, take an extra day off, and pick up where you left off.  You have worked hard for this race, and I am sure will be there to get your medal!

     

    coyote:  sounds like your training is working out great for you!  Good goal race pace and training perfectly to get there.  One of these days we will run together!

     

    Take care all, and happy racing to all this weekend.

  • NHLA Legend 353 posts since
    Feb 23, 2012
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    3,936. Sep 13, 2012 10:20 PM (in response to MelodyLea)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    Mel: looking at your course I would call it moderate but interesting. The problem is the first 4 miles are easy and you have to run fast early. 4.5-9 are tough. Shorten stride,walk 30 sec. on last hill, and focus on the last three miles.

  • NHLA Legend 353 posts since
    Feb 23, 2012
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    3,937. Sep 14, 2012 9:11 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    7.3 miles 52 min. Got my stride back.

  • MelodyLea Legend 329 posts since
    Oct 4, 2011
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    3,938. Sep 14, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to NHLA)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    OshCat I HOPE that pain is nothing! I have stayed quiet for a day or so because the last time I had pain in my foot...it was a pulled tendon.

     

     

    mkayc Yay! Happy for you, but please go easy on that hammy.

     

     

    jmsab23 Thanks, Jon. I can see how that would work. When I do power up a hill, I feel like the toe/ball of my foot sticks like a powerful magnet to a metallic hill.

     

     

    justrundan BEST OF LUCK tomorrow!

     

     

    linuscatch Great advice, thanks.

     

     

    NHLA From you, those are powerful words! Thanks.





    My Fine Art Website

    Age: 53

    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

    For 2013:

    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

  • NRDgirl Pro 194 posts since
    Nov 30, 2007
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    3,939. Sep 14, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to MelodyLea)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    Jeez, y'all have been busy. I haven't been on in a week and now I'm pages behind on your run reports. I'll make it easy on myself and just say great job everyone!

     

    It's been a busy week, but I'm gearing up for my last long run in the morning before I taper. Saw a pic on FB of the bibs for Chicago. It made my heart jump. I can't believe it's just 3 weeks away, already. Time has flown by.

     

    Good luck on your runs/races tomorrow. I'll be back to report on mine. Run strong.





    PR's

    Atlanta's Finest 5k: August 3, 2013 (26:06; 5K PR)

    Big Peach Sizzler 10k (51:04; 10K PR)

    13.1 Atlanta (My 1st half!): October 2, 2011 (1:46:44)

    Atlanta Marathon Relay (4th leg, 7.2 miles): October 30, 2011 (Team time: 3:44)

    Chicago Marathon (my 1st full!): Oct 7, 2012: 4:19:19

    2013 Highlights/Upcoming:

    Bermuda Triangle Challenge: Jan 18-20, 2013

    Marine Corps Marathon: Oct 27, 2013

    Anthem Richmond Marathon: November 16, 2013


  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    3,940. Sep 15, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to NRDgirl)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    13.2 3:10. Would have come in under 3 hr if not for hammy. Legs were willing; butt on the hammy leg started crying at m.4 and screaming after m.9 so I had to stop running. GREAT RACE!!!Really well organized, good site, nice runners and great swag.





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • NHLA Legend 353 posts since
    Feb 23, 2012
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    3,941. Sep 15, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    My last run was...how was yours?

    10 miles 1 hr 40 min. Garbage dump rd. You have to put it somewhere.

    Nice race Mary Kay.

    NRDgirl it want be long.

    linus the taper will make you feel better on race day.

  • Old Coyote Legend 256 posts since
    Apr 9, 2011
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    3,942. Sep 15, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    NHLA - grats on the relay, and glad you're recovering well.

    Linuscatch - is this your first half? I don't remember if you've said.

    marykay - good job!

    Dan - can't wait to hear your race report!

    Melodylea - I saw a bird today I didn't recognize, a raptor, a falcon or maybe an owl. It was sitting on a fence post and let me approach pretty close, so it may have been ill. About 16" tall, white plumage speckled with black (a juvenile, maybe?) I'll try to locate it in a bird guide.

    17 miles 2:46 9:46 overall pace, fastest pace I've ever done any distance over 13.1. Fairmount trail again, because it's similar to the marathon course. I may run part of the course next week, though. We'll see.

    This is the first week in about 8 that I've been able to follow the schedule exactly. Easy three Monday, 10K at tempo Wed., 12.3 at marathon pace Thurs., 17 at LSD pace (marathon plus 46 sec). 41 miles overall, a new max for me. I feel ready. Another 20 miler next week, 18 miler for the long run week after that,  and then the taper. I'm ready for that, I'm so tired LOL! Actually been sleeping great, waking without an alarm, feeling refreshed, so I'm not overtrained, just 48 years old. Youth is wasted on the young. Present comp'ny excepted, o' course .

     

    Run free, stay fearless!










  • quikyerp Pro 82 posts since
    Apr 13, 2011
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    3,943. Sep 15, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Question(s):

     

    I want men's running pants for this winter so I can run outside. It's the only reason why I didn't last winter. None of our local sports stores are selling them including Dick's Sporting Goods. I'll order them online but what do I look for and how does sizing go if they're the compression king.

  • Webpro11 Legend 258 posts since
    Feb 27, 2011
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    3,944. Sep 15, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to Old Coyote)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Coyote WOW that is a great long run way to go

     

    Dan awaiting every last detail !!!!!!!!

     

    NHLA garbage dump road. now I know why you run so fast. Lol

     

    NRDgirl good luck on that last long run.

     

    As for me today I did my last long run all 26 miles of it. did 24 miles with a group training for various marathons. support all the way water bathrooms etc etc . had a small toe nail issue fixed at mile 24 then finished remaining two miles on the track rather than hold up the group.

    it's taper time "Chicago here I come"





    2012 Races: Tony from Florida

    Jan.7,2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Orlando FL 02:09:14 PR

    Oct 7 2012 Chicago Marathon Chicago Illinois 05:17:43

    Feb 10, 2012 Rock N Roll Half Marathon St Petersburg FL


    2011 Races:

    Started running at 58 ( Nov 23rd 2010)

    Half Marathon Results

    Oct 31,2011 Fl Halloween Halfathron 02:18:22

    Sept 4, 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virgina Beach Half Marathon 02:28:20

    April 30,2011 Country Music Half Marathon Nashville TN 02:56:02

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