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Good idea, nice easy runs the week before a race; no need to get injured before the big event.
I ran my second 5K last Friday (errr, second 5K in the last 34 years, like back when I was a punk college kid), and I was feeling good about my time until I saw the time of the guy who got second place overall. Why was second so special? Well, the college kid who won it was not at all surprising, but the guy who got second finished in 16:45. So? So, he was 48 years old! I'm not worthy...
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I love it. You are worried about your time and I am worried about finishing without needing an ambulance. I am 57 and never really did any running until a few months ago. I am reading everything I can find about training and avoiding injury and eating "healthy"....So far so good...My faciitis and knee pain are old issues and the Pitt bull, bless his heart, he can't help having an idiot for an owner....my run today is over and I am off to work, 3 more days and we shall see how all the work pays off.
Funny thing about what folks worry about; for the first race or two folks typically fuss about finishing, and once beyond that, they fuss about their time. Trust me, I've fussed about both over the years.
Regarding your race, what kind of running are you planning on for this week?
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Quick question: I was training wearing Vibram Bikila LS shoes and two weeks before my race, I experienced a pain in the top of my left foot. Fearing the worst, I traded running for sessions on the Schwinn AirDyne for ten days before limping through my last four training runs prior to my race. Being a high school teacher and former coach, I stopped by the athletic wing and had the trainer take a look. She ran the "tap test" but could not locate anything that presented itself as a stress fracture. I sucked it up and posted my second best time ever. Oh, and I did go back to a traditional shoe.
I know I should be visiting a physician, but what's he/she going to tell me anyway---take time off from running? What I'm curious about is if anyone else has experienced this issue.
I weigh over 200 at 5'6" with spinal arthritis and I have run several half marathons and 2 full. I lift 4x a week including squats. My goal is to break 5 hrs for a full marathon. The doctors tell me that I shouldnt run long because its bad for my back.
For the week before a race the runs are mostly walking with short runs throughout. Like run 2 minutes walk 3 for 20 minutes reps or run 1 minute walk 4 for 20 minutes. Last week rthey were harder, run 30 minutes or 2 miles only walk if you must...this week also had 2 rest days...I am actually getting kind of restless and a little nervous... I am confident I can run the whole thing if nothing bizarre happens (bears, pit bulls, alliens) but my fingers are still crossed
Hi! I'm new here and just started training for... I don't know what. I did know that I had been sitting around too long. In the past I've trained for and done century and double century rides, but had always been opposed to running. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and I just decided to get off my a$$ and do.... something. I joined a gym because... I don't know. First couple of times there I spent some time on the cycles and was.. uninspired. Then I hit a treadmill, just to change it up, and walked for 30 minutes. The next time, 60 minutes. Then I did intervals a couple of times - 3 min walk and a min run. Then tonight..... I was able to run for three or four minutes... and it felt good. I used to be the guy that said running was something you did from a burning building. Now, after today's workout, I feel just a little different. I walked/jogged a 5K on a treadmill in 55 min tonight. Oh, i'm at 248 shooting for 200. Hi!
Hey vbdcb, as someone who has done the trek from "north of 248" to "south of 200" over the last six months, I can say it is an interesting and rewarding journey.
A few points which will hopefully help you stay the course:
Good luck on your adventure and keep us posted on your progress.
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I can identify with vbdcb...when I first started trying to get back in some kinda of shape my very ambiguous goal was to feel better. Then when I was with My daughter at FSU i saw all the parents and students running a 5K together and said to my daughter "Next year we are going to do that together, i want to cross the finish line holdng hands" Since that time both my parents have become very ill and occupied most of my nonworking hours until a few months ago when I finally said it's time to get these old bones ready for this race. I downloaded a training program from the iron girl website (very much like the C25K program) and hit the trail. I was terrified to take that first running step, keopt extending the walking phase then finally I took one step then another and tomorrow is my first 5K...then october 5th i do the Run in Tallahassee that was my original goal. My daughter is training also so hopefully my dream of crossing the finish line hand in hand will be realized. Todays walk/run was a little sluggish but I have confidence tomorrow will be great.
Well I did it, walked a few minutes during mile 2 while drinking H2O but ran almost all of it. It was 90 degrees with 90% humidity and started at 9...summary: it was hot. I felt great the next day and ran 1 1/2 mile this AM. # more weeks and I get to do it again.
Wonderful progress; keep up the good work! At this rate you should be good and ready to run a 5K Turkey Trot.
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Stress? Nah, not you.
The weather is starting to get cool around here (we were down in the high thirties two nights ago), and that means "Hammer Time!" This is my favorite time of year to run, the body is more than adjusted to cooling itself, and with the cooler air helping even more, this is the time of the year for extended training sessions, running longer races and even new PRs.
Speaking of PRs, this last Sunday I was hoping for a new 5K PR, errr, at least a new 5K PR since I hit 50 years old, and the stars looked like they were lining up perfectly for said PR attempt.
It all comes unraveled:
Sunday's "PR" race:
Funny thing, when I got home from the Sunday race (which was effectively my 7th race of the weekend), and after having run some 35.9 miles since Friday afternoon, my weight was 201 pounds. I actually gained weight last weekend and rejoined this club! Go figure.
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