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  • medicjajs Rookie 1 posts since
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    10,995. Sep 25, 2013 9:14 PM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi all.  I really like what I've been reading here and I decided to join.  I'm currently sitting around 275-277.  I have not done the C25K program, rather I did the Run Zombie 5k trainer with success.  I measure my success by the daily need to go out and be active.  I have lost 10lbs, but after some scale frustrations I decided to quit looking at the scale as I've had body issue/image problems my entire life and I don't want that to get me off track (I'm 39).  Since doing that, I have run a 5K at 36 minutes and a 10K in a litte over an hour (the 10K was first, and done on a whim).

     

    I try to run 3-4 days a week, 4-5 miles squeezing that in between 12 hour night shifts, 3 growing boys and a wife who works opposite of me (most days I'm a single dad).  I need to work on improving my stride but I'm not so much worried about time as I am of distance, although I would like to see myself in the 7-8 mile/min area.  I believe I read one gets 2 seconds per mile faster for every pound they lose or something, so there's that. I also read frequently that to improve speed, run farther incorporate hill repeats and tempo runs. Either way I hope to continue on in this journey.

  • TheMOV.org Rookie 4 posts since
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    10,996. Sep 25, 2013 11:02 PM (in response to medicjajs)
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    Hello Everyone! I was reading all and I also decided to join. I would like to call all the runners to join our FUN RUN on October 5, 2013, 8:00 am at Santa Monica Boardwalk.

     

    Come and Join us as we Run on a beachside 5k/10k overlooking the Pacific. Everyone is welcome, the Run is for everybody (Kids, Teenagers, Adults and even Pregnant Women).

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    To Participate the MOVRun Santa Monica Boardwalk, Register Now! http://smboardwalk.movsports.com/santa-monica/the-race/

     

    See You All There!

  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    10,997. Sep 26, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hello everyone,

     

    My name is Gilbert and I'm from San Juan, Texas (Mexican Border Town).  I'm 35 years of age and my goal is to run my 1st marathon by the time i hit the big 40.  I've recently started running again after a long long... long break.  I was 242lbs at the beginning of the year and im currently at 220.  I started crossfit back in January and been on it since but i love running.  I have to admit though that running does not love me.  I have low archs, shin splints and over pronate .  I started running again and i'm feeling really good.  The reason for me to reply is that i have no idea on how to start getting ready for a marathon when the farthest i've ever ran is 7 miles and that was this past saturday 9-21-13.  Any advice would be greatly apreciated.

     

     

     

    LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT 1ST MARATHON....

     

    Gilbert

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    10,998. Sep 26, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to jgilrdz27)
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    Hey Gilbert, congratulations on getting back into running and setting a goal for a marathon.

     

    Regarding your biomechanical issues, four bits of advice:

    • Find a dirt trail to run on, your body will thank you
    • Get your stride analyzed
    • Get professionally fitted for a good pair of running shoes
    • Join a running club




    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    10,999. Sep 26, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to shipo)
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    Thank you for the advice Shipo!!

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,000. Sep 26, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to jgilrdz27)
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    My pleasure; keep us posted on your progress. 





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
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    11,001. Sep 28, 2013 9:16 AM (in response to jgilrdz27)
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    Hey Gilbert congratulations . I am training for  my first marathon also.  I am doing it with a running group . So first I recommend joining an existing running group that is training for a marathon . If that is not possible , I'll tell you what our group does.  We have one long run a week, on Saturday. It is done at a slower pace than any of our other runs but it is the longest. Three times a week we also do other runs , two 35 minute easy and one either hill work or speed work run..again about 35 minutes long. We also do planks to strengthen our core and squats to strengthen our thighs. 

     

    with these shorter long run you should be experimenting with fuel. You will definitely need some in a marathon. Figure out how much electrolytes you need,  carbs etc. I found the electrolytes pills are great for me and I take armour during my runs with a Gu every thirty minutes, but only the 20mg caffeine ones because the 40mgs make me shaky.

     

    We also try to run once a week barefoot. You shouldn't have shin splints. That is a sign of improper running technique, but you did mention you over pro ate.

     

    Remember shoulders back and relaxed, no clinched fists (waste of much needed energy), practice marching in place, that is how the foot should land, lean slightly forward until right before you are going to fall for award...let gravity help you, and breathe, don't forget to breathe.





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


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  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    11,002. Sep 30, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to SeeFluffyRun)
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    Thank you so much for your advise SeeFluffyRun... I definitely will look into joining a running group.  as for strengthening the thighs, I do crossfit and trust me we work out our thighs.... as far as figuring out the electrolytes and stuff, do you know of a website where I can go to find this out?  Looking forward to your advise.  I'm so glad I found this blog!!!

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,003. Sep 30, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to jgilrdz27)
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    I ran into some electrolyte issues last summer as I was ramping up my mileage; after asking around a bit, the Hammer Nutrition line of products, specifically their Endurolytes Fizz product was the recommendation I got.  I went out and bought some the next day and they made all of the difference in the world.

     

     

    I know they're not the only game in town, but A) they helped me, and B) when I got roped into joining a 6-person "Ultra" relay team for this year's RTB - NH event, the only electrolyte replacement products the experienced ultra runners had in the van were from Hammer.





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • rbowman1234 Rookie 2 posts since
    Sep 30, 2013
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    11,004. Sep 30, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi all! Decided to start this program today after thinking about it for a bit. I'm glad I saw this thread - I'm just over 300 lbs at 6'4" and have always said that I "hate" running - even though I was a long distance runner in high school track (about 24 years ago...).

     

    Any advice I can get would be most appreciated!

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,005. Sep 30, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to rbowman1234)
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    Congratulations on starting your running program!

     

    My advice:

    • If you can find a dirt trail to run on, use it instead of roads and sidewalks; your joints, connective tissue, and bones will thank you.
    • As you gain endurance and get stronger/lighter, resist the temptation to run faster; instead run longer until your typical run is six or more miles.  This too will help you avoid injury.
    • Get fitted for a pair of shoes which match your biomechanical structure and your stride; not all human bodies are created equal, and the same is true for shoes.
    • Stretch after you run, not before.
    • Rest is a very-very key component in the early stages of a successful running program; when the program says, "take a day off", then take a day off with no guilt, your body needs the rest so it can get stronger.
    • Keep us posted on your progress.




    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • rbowman1234 Rookie 2 posts since
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    11,006. Sep 30, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to shipo)
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    Thanks for the tips, The dirt track and fitted shoes may be a problem. Our city has extensive jogging/walking tracks, but any dirt portions are very short, and I'm not sure I can swing the $100+ for custom shoes - even though they would help a lot!

  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    11,007. Sep 30, 2013 11:04 AM (in response to rbowman1234)
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    Congrats!! I too have started running again after a long period of time.  It's awesome to have this type of support where you can ask questions and people that have been where were at give us advise.  Looking forward to read about your progress.... Slowly but surely!!!!

     

     

    Gilbert.

    San Juan, Texas

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,008. Sep 30, 2013 11:14 AM (in response to rbowman1234)
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    Speaking strictly from my own personal experience, one can forego expensive shoes if you run on dirt, and (to a lesser degree) one can forego dirt if you get the correct shoes.  Running on pavement in the wrong shoes makes for a "WHEN and not IF" scenario when it comes to getting injured, and being heavy and a beginning runner just amplifies the odds of getting injured (ask me how I know).

     

    When I finally got back into running in 2009 it was because I quit trying to run on pavement and switched to dirt.  Once the "ah-ha" moment hit me that the dirt trail was helping me stay injury free, I started avoiding pavement at all cost.  When I would be on the road for either pleasure or business, I would search out dirt or turf to run on; one of my favorite "cheats" was to find a cemetery or golf course to run around (I even ran around a small airport one time); the caretakers would occasionally get upset with me, but hey, what could they do?  Chase me? 





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,477 posts since
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    11,009. Sep 30, 2013 2:28 PM (in response to rbowman1234)
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    I honestly think that the biggest advantage of "dirt" trails is that you tend to change to a shorter, more compact stride on trails.  I will also comment that while I like trails, I really dislike gravel.  And of course, many trails are rocks, roots and ruts, which can also make for difficult running.   Dirt, hopefully somewhat groomed, is way better but may be hard to find.

     

    Shoes: Try discount stores, like DSW, Payless, etc.  You can often find "last year's model" of top line shoes at a substantial discount (I saw one $100 pair that I liked that was clearance priced at $42).  Sometimes department stores have a somewhat reasonable selection of shoes that are a little further down the food chain.  Many of these shoes have some support features and may prove satisfactory for a beginner.  Go up 1/2 to a full size over your street shoes - you want a little room at the front.  Find shoes that feel good, run aound the store a little in them if you can.  Take your time and try as many as you can.





    Len

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