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  • Run4Coffee Pro 143 posts since
    Feb 1, 2011
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    105. Mar 3, 2011 2:32 PM (in response to John425)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    My speed training last night at the track was cold but no rain...

     

    I ran 5 miles but stop the watch for recovery periods.
  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    106. Mar 3, 2011 6:45 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    ...a bit chilly.  Temps down to 0C / 32F again today, but I refused to get my long legged running tights out of storage.  I have declared winter over!  I did keep the Polartech hat and the UU shirt on, but that was it.  The run was very nice, despite the chiily air and the stiff breeze.  My feet were fine for 1.5 miles of barefoot on the paved trail after which I pulled on my VFFs. I ran another 4 miles at a good pace of about 8 m/m.  I feel so happy when I finish these loops.  No stress, no sore legs.  I feel like I could just carry on and do another 5 mile loop without a worry.  I'll wait and build up to it, but still, it's a great way to feel so early in the year, I think.

     

    How do other folks feel about their late winter / beginning of spring condition?





    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • taylor007 Pro 88 posts since
    Nov 15, 2010
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    107. Mar 3, 2011 7:32 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    My last run was tuesday at the track. I did 8x400 with an 800 for w/u and c/d. I hiked yesterday and no run for me today. I have a race saturday, so I will do a short recovery run tomorrow just to get my legs moving again.





    5k- 18.17(12/11) - 5m- 32.12(12/11) - 10k- 39.58(12/11) - 13.1- 1:27:42(12/11)

    9/11/11 - I did a green run 5k - 20.00

    10/22/11 - YMCA 5k - 19.38

    11/24/11 - Mesa Turkey trot 10k - 55.36 (PR) (backwards)

    12/4/11 - Fiesta Bowl HM - 1.27.42 (PR)

    12/10/11 - Sally's Run 5k - 18.17 (PR)

    1/7/12 - Run, walk, roll 5k - 18.53

    1/15/12 - PF Changs HM - 2.10.27(PR) (backwards)

    2/12/12 - Runners Den 5 & 10 - 18.24

    2/12/12 - Parkinsons 5k - 19.24

    3/3/12 - Ryan House 5k - 18.21

    3/10/12 - Fight Childrens Cancer 5k - 18.21


    upcoming

    3/17/12 - Kiss me Im Irish 8k

    4/1/11 - Carlsbad 5000

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    109. Mar 6, 2011 10:08 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Lucy, It's a good time to be running well.  I see that you have your 1st HM of the year in less than a month.  Good on you!

     

    As I was running this morning and enjoing the light rain, it occurred to me that races are OK, but that they tend to distract me somewhat from the immediate enjoyment and appreciation of the run I'm in the midst of.  What business does my mind have projected out to the 1st of May, when it's such a wonder that I'm right here and now doing something marvelous.  I'm also not even remotely interested in plugging myself into music as I run.  I'm afraid I might miss something cool...or get run over!  It's just me, maybe.





    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    111. Mar 7, 2011 5:23 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    LLucy, Ain't it grand!  Spring is always a surprise when it finally arrives.  Thanks for sharing the the pic with us.  It could be my neighborhood except we got +30 mm of rain yesterday and the snow and ice are just a memory.





    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    112. Mar 7, 2011 6:03 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Just wanting to log a followup success story in pushing through adversity.  Earlier in the life of this thread, I posted that several of my "last runs" were just awful.  I know sometimes people are skeptical about other peoples tales of woe...I think that's just human nature.  This incident was a very difficult time for me, and that I know without a doubt.    I was seriously considering throwing in the towel due to ongoing struggles with pain and injury.  I do think it was the low point, of numerous lows, in my 3 years of running since since 2009.  Not my worst injury for sure - but certainly the one that got to my running mental state more than any other.

     

    I determined at least try to not to let it get me down.  It wasn't easy.  I started to stress eat, stress drink, and had tacked on 7-10 pounds very quickly.  I saw a doctor, a "sports medicine" doctor, who was no help, and his advice of "you're not 20 anymore" surely didn't help to motivate me in my struggle.

     

    I ignored his advice, and kept at least trying to run through the pains.  While I doubt any doctor would say that's a good thing, I've found the only way to make progress at 47 is to try and ignore aches and pains for the most part.  Surely if they're debilitating, there's nothing I can do.  But, for the most part, I cannot wait till pain dissipates before hitting the next big outing.  I then decided to punish myself and prove my determination to the cause by making sure I lost the weight I'd put on, and then lose an extra 5 pounds to boot.

     

    As for the running, I gradually was able to ramp it back up.  After the 2nd week of mild depression, one day things just began to get noticably better.

     

    It's been about 3 weeks of recovery now.  The past two I've finally been able to progress back to the point where I can comfortably say I'm in better condition than when this last issue started.

     

    So, long story long, my last workout I did a 9 mile stretch with an overall pace below 7 minutes.  Hadn't really had a workout at such a pace at this age, so that really excited me.  I wasn't actually looking forward to that run, one of those days when you just don't feel like it, but as I got going, it just kept developing into a good one.  It was what I needed to finally get my brain to say after a long winter's push, I'm just about ready for the racing season to start.

     

    Thanks for the encouragement to the encouraging types on this board.  People here of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, but most all I've read seem genuinely interested in helping others and themselves find the most out of this wonderful sport.

     

    Here's wishing a great 2011 racing season with lots of PRs for all.

  • docedwards Expert 43 posts since
    Mar 6, 2011
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    113. Mar 7, 2011 6:10 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    I ran a 10K race on Sat. Yesterday I just did an easy recovery run of 3.2. I'll be running a 5K race for the next 2 Saturdays.





    Alive and Running from beautiful Oxford, AL

    Personal Bests (m/53)

    5K- 23:04

    10K- 49:55

    Half-marathon- 1:50:58

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    114. Mar 7, 2011 6:44 AM (in response to nowirun4fun)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    RunTwin,  Good for you!  You sound, as usual, a bit more aggressive with yourself and your running than I tend to be, but Hey! - we're all different and it sounds like you're on track.  I hope you have a great running season.





    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • LMWEL Pro 82 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009
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    115. Mar 7, 2011 3:41 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Hello All , Today's run was great ! It was one of those runs where you have to convince yourself to run because you're just not sure you are up to it . And then you have to convince yourself to stop, that you've run far enough for today and you have to get back to work . I had planned to do my regular four mile course but my legs felt fresh and wanted more, so we took a one mile detour down a gravel road . It turned out to be 5.17 mi. , 46:14 , 167 bpm average hr . I was thrilled . My last two runs haven't gone so well ( high perceived effort , nagging leg pain ) so I took three days off from running . I suppose that's part of why my legs felt so fresh . Thirteen days until my Half Marathon ! I'm starting to get really excited !!!

     

    @ run2win - Glad to see you get over that hump , so to speak . It will be a great racing season indeed !





    The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08

    The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57

    The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09

    The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13

    The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48

    The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27

    The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23

    The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56

    Currently Training For -

  • Run4Coffee Pro 143 posts since
    Feb 1, 2011
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    116. Mar 7, 2011 8:28 PM (in response to LMWEL)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    I totally bagged tonight's run.  Got home early because I had a dentist appointment and then felt like I needed to be eating dinner with the family tonight.  I guess the cold night and my full stomach were factors keeping from running.  Spaghetti with Meatballs for dinner...Yumm yumm.

     

    LMWEL - Nice going the extra distance!  It's a sign of motivation and that fact that you're really conditioned for that 1/2 M.

     

    You probably already know this but here's what I recommend to all racers:  Running is all about being efficient in a process.  The process starts the day you begin training for the race and ends at the finish line on race day.

    • Run no more that 3 miles two days before the race and rest the day before the race.  That means no cross training. 
    • Carb load, that means eat lots of Carbs (pasta) day -3, -2, and -1 before the race.
    • Wake up early (2-3 hrs before start time) to eat and drink, this will give you the energy and extra kick after mile 10.
    • Waking up early will also get your system running so you don't waste time going #2 during the race. lol  But it happens a lot to those that don't give their bodies enough time to wake up and can blow your PR/time.
    • Get to the race early enough to use the rest rooms and stretch/warm up.
    • Pace yourself using goal time pace, you can always back off of it depending how you feel.  A even split or slightly faster 1st half is what you should be shooting for.  If you look at the elite runners splits in a 1/2 Marathon, their 2nd 1/2 splits are typically slower than the 1/2 half.    If your 2nd half is faster, that means you had too much energy left in you and you could have had a faster time...
    • Never pass up a water station, take the Gatorade it will give you the extra sugar you will need.
    • GU stations will be located in certain stations.  Sometime you can look at the race map to see where those are located.  I personally have never taken the stuff, but a lot of people have so do what you do on this tip.
    • Dress for the weather, you can always shed your clothes.
  • juniordo1 Amateur 31 posts since
    Feb 2, 2011
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    117. Mar 8, 2011 7:40 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Mental crisis indeed! That was the first time I  really experienced my brain trying to trick me into stopping. I"ve been physically exhausted before but this epsiode was more like a panic attack.   I had two very good runs of 7 and 4 miles following this long run.

     

    I have not tried coconut water. Is it the same as coconut milk with the big chunks?

     

    The hamstring is still irritated but not hurting. I've been keeping it stretched out.





    2012 Minneapolis Polar Dash 1/2 Marathon 2:06:56

    2012 Brainerd Jaycess Run for the Lakes Marathon 4:48:10

  • christine94 Expert 56 posts since
    Sep 23, 2008
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    118. Mar 8, 2011 1:03 PM (in response to juniordo1)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    My last run, over a week ago, wasn't bad.  I've had to nix my training until my 3rd cold leaves my system.  It's been such a struggle this year getting things started.  I feel like I no more get going then i have to stop again because i've got a cold.

     

    I have adjusted my diet, and fluid intake as well as my vitamin C and i'm hopeful things turn around.  I have a 1/2 marathon in 3wks and would love to run it with no cold symptoms.

     

    I've also suffered with very minor calf issues, that i'm working on getting stronger.  It's just been an interesting start to my running year, that i hope to turn around with strength training, and some other changes to my work outs to make my runs better.

  • Runningcolorado Expert 50 posts since
    Mar 4, 2009
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    119. Mar 8, 2011 3:53 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: My last run was...how was yours?

    Easy pace, 8 mile run on tap for me today.  I'm in north Texas (DFW area) for the summer.  Much more warm and humid than home.  Slowed pace by 15-20 seconds per mile to try to adjust for weather conditions.  Good solid run.  Not my best, but it'll do.  I was soaking wet with sweat (could literally wring my shirt out) by the time I was done.  Any suggestions on how to get acclimated to the warmer more humid climate w/o getting an indecency charge (hehe)?  I'm also continuing to train for my first marathon in October while I'm here.  I understand the summers here can be 100+ degrees for weeks at a time here (yikes!).  I'd hate to do all my summer runs on the treadmill when I really need to be outside.  But, heat stroke is not on the menu.

     

    Have a good evening.





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