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  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    Steve,

     

    So far they are over 25,000 registered and have a 40K cap on registration.

    I figure that since I have been running only outside all winter why not in April.

    The shorter distance will be fun and my recent half time will get me in one of the up front corrals ahead of the huge general start.

     

    As for the weather you never know what it will be any time of the year.





    Kirk: Started running again at 50.

    2010: 4-5K 1-3.5 mile 2-Half Marathon

    2011: 3-5K 1-3.5 mile 1-8K 1-10 mile 16-Half Marathon 1-Marathon


    Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 01/15/2012 3:28:33 PR & BQ

    F^3 Lake Half Marathon 01/28/2012 1:48:34

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 03/25 43:29

    Chi Town Half 4/01 1:57

    Illinois Marathon 4/28 3:56

    Wisconsin Marathon 5/05 3:56

    Lake Geneva Marathon 5/12 3:56

    Rockford Marathon 5/20 4:08

    Soldier Field 10 Mile 5/26 1:31

    Run for the Zoo 5K 6/03 19:57 PR

    13.1 Chicago 6/09 1:50

    North Shore Half 6/10 1:46

    Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 7/22

    Chicago Half 9/09

    Fox Valley Marathon 9/16

    Chicago Marathon 10/07

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    Kirk- You've got some really great times for your HM's.  I'm still struggling to get anywhere near or under 3 hrs in a race.

     

    Today was a beautiful day for a very long run. Because I've had issues with quad tightness and calf cramps during other long training or races, I only did boot camp on Friday (no swim or spin cycle).  Today I was not sore and ran good and strong, but did not push it, so that I could endure the long run without crashing.  I actually keep pace with my expected training times.  I did 11 miles (timed), followed by a 1 mile cooldown with walking and jogging. At no time did I have quad calf cramping (YEAH) - if fact, the only reason I didn't run the last mile was that my back and shoulders were starting to ache.

    So, it looks like I've got to add more core exercises to strengthen my stomach and back muscles, so that this is less of a problem at my HM in 2 wks.





    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Struggled through 4 miles today for my long run. Did 5/1 minute run/walk intervals and finished in just under 44 min. What I can't figure is that using this Chi Running method, my pace is faster, even w/ walk intervals than it was prior to the hip stress fracture. Then, constant running, no walk intervals, my pace was around 11:15 for any distance. I can't seem to hold form and slow the pace down any (running outside on pavement) even though I conciously try to maintain a short stride. My cadence is 85-90, which is what they recommend. Problem is, my heart rate is high...180+ at end of run . Maybe I'm just impatient, but seems that my endurace should be coming back better than it is. Is it the cold weather? Although today was a beautiful 50 degrees. Is it the change in form and utilizing core muscles and to maintain form that is drawing energy away from other parts of the body? Is it just because I'm only running 3x/wk, even though I do cross training all of the other days? Or is it because I'm old and it takes time to build back when you're as old as this old biddy

    The only way that I can slow my pace is to use a treadmill, which is not convenient.

    Danny Dreyer says in the chi running book that if you can run 20 min. you can run any distance.Today, I say "horse pucky" to that statement.  Right now, my energy to run 20 min continuously or 44 w/ run walk intervals, certainly is not effortless. But,I  don't get me wrong, I feel that I am on the right track w/ this program, just wondering when the "effortless" part kicks in.

    Sorry about the long post, just had to vent.

    Happy running everyone.





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    JoAnn, you mentioned core exercises, so this is what I've been doing since the first of January....part of my 100 days Challenge. Each night I do 3 sets of planks and V-sits, holding each for a count of 60 seconds. I can really tell a difference in my core strength. I only takes a few minutes, I normally do during a commercial break when watching tv.

    I'm in awe of your long runs. I look forward to the day when I can say I went for a long run of 11 miles.Now cramps....whoo hoo!

    Marie





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • sueinNC Pro 80 posts since
    Jan 31, 2010

    E. Paul Thanks so much.  Sat the fun run is @ 6 am. I am guessing less than 80 degrees. Low humidity. I will be in classes from Wed to Sun 8-8.  Not much time for fun until after Noon on Sunday.  Right now the humidity in my home is 25% but outside in the summer it is rarely below 80%. Nothing like the sweat dripping off the elbows on a long slow run!  I guess i will switch to a 16 oz waterbottle instead of my usual 8 oz.





    Jan 1, 2010 39% body fat

    July 1, 2010 28 % body fat

    Total pounds lost: 4.5

    Crawdads Home Run Trot 5/8/10  5k 44:29

    Hickory Crusaders 5k 8/23/10  Volunteered- shut down a road

    Komen race for the cure 5K 10/16/10 45:20

    Hot chocolate 10k 1/22/10 Asheville, NC 1:30:00

  • sueinNC Pro 80 posts since
    Jan 31, 2010

    Hi Painting Lady,

      Wow you are really coming along.  I know it seems slow but I think it is great. Galloway would say that your faster times with walk/run than continuous running is totally expected. I too agree with your assessment of "if you can run 20 min you can run any distance". But Dryer does advocate increasing 10% per week. So maybe he may mean if you body dosn't give out in 20 min you can build up to your desired distance but I maybe putting words in his mouth.  What do you think of Chi.

      I trained with a group for a 10K that was run last week (18 degrees at the start) so I went with their plan and havn't been working on my Chi but I plan to work on it this month. What parts of Chi do you find most helpful and what are most challenging? Sue in NC





    Jan 1, 2010 39% body fat

    July 1, 2010 28 % body fat

    Total pounds lost: 4.5

    Crawdads Home Run Trot 5/8/10  5k 44:29

    Hickory Crusaders 5k 8/23/10  Volunteered- shut down a road

    Komen race for the cure 5K 10/16/10 45:20

    Hot chocolate 10k 1/22/10 Asheville, NC 1:30:00

  • Scrufffy Legend 252 posts since
    Dec 2, 2010

    Marie

    "Danny Dreyer says in the chi running book that if you can run 20 min. you can run any distance.Today, I say "horse pucky" to that statement."

    Agree. I am getting better at the Chi technique and had a bit of a breakthrough today. BUT, 20 min isn't  a big problem.  30 minutes is.

     

    "I can't seem to hold form and slow the pace down any (running outside on pavement) even though I conciously try to maintain a short stride."

    I found that I can slow down using my perverted Chi, by not leaning forward much at all. It just feels so strange and in a way feels harder than something around 10 min/mi. It feels kind of like bouncing in place and is rather uncomfortable, but I can do it.  My pace is right around the low 170's counting each foot. I can keep that pace now pretty much anywhere between 10:30 and about 8:45. Of course I still get winded faster the faster I go. But today I found I was not "lifting" properly. I was cheating a little by kicking back a little due to the way I felt from one of Danny's exercises and possibly a misunderstanding of what he meant by "lift".

     

    Tomorrow is a rest day, but Monday I will try to see if I can get the lift correct for more than just a few hundred yards.

     

    "Maybe I'm just impatient, but seems that my endurance should be coming back better than it is."

    Me to!  I am marginally faster than I was back in Nov when I ran my first 5k, but I don't have any greater aerobic capability. About 5k of continuous running is my limit.  I really think it is the weight I carry combined with my current endurance that is the limiting factor.  Pushing 180 #s around is just hard work especially if one has to run on hills. I guess that's why they have "Clydesdale" categories at big races.

     

    "...just wondering when the "effortless" part kicks in."

    Yeah, let me know when that happens.  In my previous period of running (30+ years and 30+ pounds ago) the first mile or two was the hardest, then I would fall into a rhythm and could run just about any distance up to 30k. My second and third marathons were spent running the whole distance in under 4 hours.  Today about the only thing I can do for four hours is sleep!  I was 143#s and in my 30's.  As the song says, "it seems so long ago". 

     

    Venting is good. Cleans out the "scthuff" so you can just let it go. enting is good. Cleans out the "scthuff" so you can just let it go.

     

    Good running.





    Spa5k, 11/04/10, 30:58 2nd place senior

    Peace and Love 5k 3/16/11 29:05 1st place senior

    Toad Suck Daze 5k 30 April 11, 28:29 1st place age group

    2011 Spa 5k 11/19/11 25:55 1st place senior Personal Best, 2nd career

    Looking for a 10 k to run and if that goes well, a HM next spring

    A body at rest tends to stay .... on the couch!

    Jack

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009

    Marie- I can totally relate with what you are saying...I don't know if you remember I was struggling in a major way to eke out 3 miles and it was totally driving me crazy...I bought new shoes (probably wasn't the cause but love them)...downloaded new music...changed up my routes (helped tremendously!!).....and I think it was Steve who gave me a key piece of advice- I was overthinking everything!!!!!!

    Runner's world had an article about mantras...made mine relax-easy-loose-enjoy...and tried to emphasize the enjoy part! When I put all that togetherr I have had many more gazelle runs!! My heart rate has always been up to 160 at it's max...does not matter what I do to try the "zones"....the only way to bring it down is walk and I like running...what I have seen is my recovery time has dropped tremendously so I count that as improvement. This max heart rate has not changed in 15 months, was this on day 1 and still is this at my hardest!!

     

    So I have no idea if this will help you but as soon as I quit "thinking" so much, relaxed my runs are better and getting longer!

     

    On a side note for whatever "posting goblin" is out there I can't post on the 100 day challenge...write it, hit post and an error message comes up that there must be a title (and that is underneath the huge title of 100 day challenge!!) and I can't post a blank message!! Anyone else still having posting issues?????

     

    Happy running all...





    October 2009- Started Couch to 5k

    November 2009- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k (W5D3 C25k)

    December 28,2009- finished Couch to 5k

    January 2010- Run for you Health 5k

    April 2010- Zoo Zoom 10k

    June 2010- San Diego Rock n Roll half Marathon

    November 2010- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k

    April 2011- 4 mile Legal Aide Society Run

    upcoming: September 17th 5k Run to Break the Silence

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    susanbarron wrote:

     

     

    On a side note for whatever "posting goblin" is out there I can't post on the 100 day challenge...write it, hit post and an error message comes up that there must be a title (and that is underneath the huge title of 100 day challenge!!) and I can't post a blank message!! Anyone else still having posting issues?????

     

    Happy running all...

     

    I have experienced this too.

    If I hit the back button on my web browser I am back to my post, and just hit "Post Message" again and it works.





    Kirk: Started running again at 50.

    2010: 4-5K 1-3.5 mile 2-Half Marathon

    2011: 3-5K 1-3.5 mile 1-8K 1-10 mile 16-Half Marathon 1-Marathon


    Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 01/15/2012 3:28:33 PR & BQ

    F^3 Lake Half Marathon 01/28/2012 1:48:34

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 03/25 43:29

    Chi Town Half 4/01 1:57

    Illinois Marathon 4/28 3:56

    Wisconsin Marathon 5/05 3:56

    Lake Geneva Marathon 5/12 3:56

    Rockford Marathon 5/20 4:08

    Soldier Field 10 Mile 5/26 1:31

    Run for the Zoo 5K 6/03 19:57 PR

    13.1 Chicago 6/09 1:50

    North Shore Half 6/10 1:46

    Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 7/22

    Chicago Half 9/09

    Fox Valley Marathon 9/16

    Chicago Marathon 10/07

  • Joan the pt Expert 51 posts since
    Oct 25, 2010
    Currently Being Moderated
    1,840. Jan 30, 2011 4:04 PM (in response to susanbarron)
    Re: a major loss of motivation

    Hi all,

     

    I seem to be in a bit of a funk.  About a month ago I signed up for my 1st 5k thinking that I could do a respectable job run/walking it. Well I have been pigging out and avoiding the treadmill. As a result. I will have to walk the whole race, so I am thinking of just bagging it. Tonight I will hopefully start back on the C25k on week 4 D1. Any good motivational thoughts other than just "GET YOUR Fat --- in gear.

    Also in about a week I will turn 59 which is kind of a mind blower.

     

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

     

    Happy running everybody and an early Happy Valentine's Day

     

    joanthept

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    CBMom, Susan, & Jack, tks so much for the feedback. My daughter & I were discussing it this morning on our walk and had come to the same conclusions....we just need to relax and have fun. Susan, I'm going to use your mantra, maybe it will work for me.

    I think working on form is important to prevent injury, but then, running while tense, can cause injury too.Duhh.  Just gotta find that happy medium. It's there, I know it is. Just gotta find it.

    I also decided that my food choices lately have been horrid. If I get back to fruits, veggies, and lean meats, and avoid all of the processed foods that my dh brings in, I'll feel better and bet it will translate to running better. Another DUHH!

    I'm taking the Chi running step by step, mostly working on posture now. Sue in NC & Jack, I'm no where near ready to try that hip action thing yet. Maybe when I feel really comfortable w/ that 20 min. I'll focus on it.

    JoanPT, good to see you back!

    This group is soooooo wonderful!

    Marie





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • Art Davis Pro 112 posts since
    Jan 30, 2008

    I am 52 years old and started running in 2007 to lose weight, so far I have lost 60 pounds.

    I ran my first 5K and 10K in 2007, in 2008 I ran my first 1/2 marathon and full marathon.

    I am currently training for my fourth full marathon the Southern Indiana Classic in Evansville, Indiana.

    On Tuesday February 1st when registration opens I am signing up for the Chicago Marathon, as I am committed because I already have my room reserved at the Chicago Hilton.

    Running Chicago is a special goal to me as I am both a Bears and Cubs fan, another, another long term goal is to qualify and run Boston.

    I have started a blog to document my progress, it shows both before and after pictures and I would appreciate any and all comments.

    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/





    Getting Fit at Fifty

    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

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