JP and all - thanks for the support. I have decided to go for the 3:00 time. Even if I blow up I think I will be fine for my original goal of 3:10. The Boston BQ is soft so I know I can make that as well.
"(No comments please KS.) " I'll hunt with any dog that'll go. I'm a Wichita State Baseball fan, a Jayhawk basketball fan, and usually a K-State football fan. Sometimes have to reverse KU/Kstate depending on the year.
No I'm going to look at your dvd link.
Help, I'm being spammed by Cool Running/Active.com! My mailbox has 25-30 messages a day notifying me of anyone replying on any thread on which I have ever posted anything. I changed my preferences to not have Email notifications sent to me (I think the default setting is that Email notices are sent when someone posts on a thread on which one has previously posted), but I'm still getting them. Perhaps it's Cool Running's way of reminding me that I haven't posted on here lately. Honest, I haven't gone elsewhere. I've just been busy with holiday activities. I'm still lurking, just not posting. Does anyone know how to stop the spam?
There are some good people here and they can run too! I think we could field a couple teams in both 50's and 60's divisions that would given even the toughest clubs a run for their money.
This email notification is a minor pain. I have turned off all of the notification preferences and still they come.
Jim, I tried your method but they don't stop. I even went into My Active and tried. Luckily mine go to my trash file and are deleted pretty regularly.
If all else fails then filter the subject "New message" to trash. Gets it every time.
You're going to be a fit old man, Fred, if you keep up with all that gym stuff. It's on my "should" list where it will most likely stay for at least a while.
Joe; I haven't tried running barefoot except in the living room and hallway. The grass I run on is nice, but not that nice. I'd be too afraid of stepping on something. I do run a high pct of mileage in racing flats though, including long runs. When I don't wear those it's lightweight trainers in 9 oz, 10 oz range.
Still haven't run but will get out in an hour or so. We're getting into Cal version of north east winters. Wind, rain and "cold" (40's-50's) forecast for much of the coming week.
Walked six miles yesterday, jogging the uphills and my foot felt okay afterwards. I think I will walk more. It's good for you.
I have to work today. January includes trips to Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Tacoma and Sioux City. Busy me.
Welcome Kanaka. Spareribs
Finished off 2007 with a 6.0 mile easy recovery run @9:59 pace. 2007 was my best year of running in the four that I've been at it. Logged 2148 miles, ending with 204 in December. Not sure what next year will bring ... I may look back and say that this was my all-time record. The highlight was my September marathon which was my first sub 4-hour, first complete marathon running start to finish, and helped qualify me for Boston in 2008. With the exception of the regular aches and pains that come with age, it was also an injury-free year.
Just wanted to add that I've enjoyed the running discussions on this thread during the past year. Thanks for sharing. I hope they continue, but also hope we attract more of a following.
Hope you all have a great New Year and fantastic running in 2008. That includes you too Spareribs, once you solve your latest injury.
Btw - my son gave me a great book this Christmas - "The Boston Marathon ... a Century of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers". You may already have seen/read it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has got me pumped for the big event this coming April.
Anyone notice this thread has over 5000 views?
Another 4 miles on XC skis today. Jim, I'd describe classic XC skiing as running in slow motion. Everything's exaggerated, but you plant one foot and drive with one arm just as in running. Today's 4 miles give me 28 on the skis in seven 4 mile increments. Back, shoulders and arms are defintely benefiting.
Whether it translates into faster times for me remains to be seen, but miracles do happen...
Another welcome Kanaka.
Enjoy life, this ain't a rehearsal...
Thanks for the link Fred. And also the progression runs from Greg McMillan. I find it interesting that McMillan expresses particular concern about not going too fast for too long -- hence you do only part of an otherwise easy run at a quick sub-MP or even sub-HMP speed -- is making it hard to recover. For some reason, though, I'm not having recovery issues for any of my workouts. Perhaps I'm not going fast enough? Maybe I'll find out in 2008.
OldXC, glad to see you back. I feared, especially after seeing you what-I-learned thread on LetsRun that you had abandoned us. Glad to see you haven't.
Jim, I mentioned barefoot running because of the recent minimalist trend, exemplified by the Nike Free. I sometimes warm-down without shoes on the track's infield.
PJ, I don't know about Boston. I figure my old legs couldn't handle the downs. Let's hope the weather is improved in 2008.
My last run of 2007: nice relaxed 8 miler.
JPG, thanks for your kind words. I'm very happy to be here. As I noted, with all the holiday activities, I've been a bit lazy about posting. I guess I wasn't even lurking well, because I didn't notice that many people were receiving the same flood of Emails that I am. As you have noticed, I do also spend a lot of time over at Letsrun.
In 1999, I joined a gym that opened near my office. While I had worked out at home for many years, it was my first time at a gym. Subsequently, a couple of newer fitness centers have opened in my immediate area. With each new opening, the masses have flocked to the latest, greatest facitility. I, on the other hand, enjoy the comfort and convenience of staying at the same place. Eventually they may close, as the competition becomes too strong, but until then I plan to stay there. Given that history, I don't see myself leaving my buddies at CoolRunning anytime soon.
I read your question to Jim about running on grass with great interest, as I too am always looking for off-road surfaces. About 75% of my running is on relatively smooth dirt trails (i.e. not too many rocks and roots, although I always seem to find something on which to stumble). I've noticed the last few days that I feel somewhat beat up, with various aches, and then I realized that most of my runs for the last couple of weeks have been on pavement, due to the snow and ice. I've managed a couple of recent forays on the trails, and I'm hoping the weather will improve enough for me to get back to them with regularity.
Fred, I totally agree that most of our loss of speed with age is related to decreased stride length. I have slowed disproportionately to my age, due I believe, to chronic soreness and shortening of my hamstrings. I do a lot of functional training similar to what you describe, but perhaps I need to become more rigorous in following a program. The problem is finding time, as I already log a load of mileage, and I make an effort to maintain a strengthening regimen in order to have at least some balance of musculature in my upper body. The biggest problem I see with the video you posted is that the woman on it is way too hot, so I coudn't focus on what she was saying. I'm going to need to go back and have another look.
Happy New Year everyone! See you on the January thread.