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  • retiredgirl61 Pro 171 posts since
    Dec 3, 2010
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    1,980. Mar 10, 2011 9:05 AM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi, TX  -- I'll be interested to hear about your 5K - be sure to let us know how it goes.  I think you will be surprised at how well you do and if you need to walk, then walk.  Run/walk intervals are an accepted form of running and can actually improve your time -- nothing to be ashamed of.

     

    I noticed you are interested in form -- here is what I have learned from being fortunate enough to have a trainer.  Good form is lean slightly forward from the ankles like you're starting to fall, tight core (i.e., tight abs back and glutes), head up and facing forward (helps to see where you are going!), chest out front a little (I have a tendency to hunch over and look at the groundwhen I get tired), short fast steps.  Tight core is very important as it helps your legs carry you and you may even find that your abs get sore sometimes.  I focus on that when I am running and haven't really had any significant problems other than tired muscles and a funky knee from a previous injury.

     

    Go get em -- the finish at the 50 yd line sounds very cool!





    Retired, but not watching TV much

    Started walking/running 9/2010

    Folsom Turkey Trot 5 K 2010 (walked)

    Valentines Day 4 mile run, 2/12/11 1:00:30

    Starting triathalon training w/coach 3/1/11

    Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure 5K 5/7/11 (walk with friends)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 6/4/11 (2:55)

    Crew for Bike Team, Race Across America 6/16-26/11 (6 days, 16 hr, 7 min)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 7/9/11 (2:46)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 8/7/11 (2:31)

    Luna Bar Women's Tri 9/11/11 (3:17)

    Golden State Sprint Tri 10/9/11 (DNF)

  • Slow Running Pro 66 posts since
    Apr 18, 2010
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    1,981. Mar 10, 2011 4:10 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I just signed up for the Cleveland half in may and started my training on tuesday.  I ran 4 miles on Tuesday and 5.2 miles today.  I took a break from training in the month of February and now I am easing back into a running plan.  Tuesdays run sucked but I think I got my groove back on todays run and was able to run an old route that was snowed out until yesterdays rain.  Being forced to run in a 5 block radius was causing me to loose my mojo so todays run was a positive change for me.  I am hoping we don't get anymore snow and looking forward to the half in May!

  • froglegjack Amateur 25 posts since
    Feb 17, 2011
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    1,982. Mar 10, 2011 4:43 PM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    congratualtions on your upcoming 5k. I have not signed up for one yet. I was thinking about it but still doing week 2 of the program.  I will when I get further along. I am sure you will do good and it will be great experience

    I have a question also, Is it unusual to have one day that just is really awful? I have been repeating weeks, did week one twice and now on the second time of doing week 2 , in both cases on the second week of repeating On the first day I could not do as well as I had the week before. Then I seem to get a breakthrough and do better than ever the next time I run. Also, I have ran in grass trails and the treadmill.  Only on trails so far have i found my perfect pace, The one where it feels natural and like I could just keep going forever. How do I adjust this on the treadmill? It seems like my foot falls are two short. on the tradmill if that makes sense. I tried adjusting the speed but that did not really help. I wonder if the longer stride outside is the right one or if it should be shorter like on the treadmill. But then I feel choppy?

    Thanks

    Frogleg





    Froglegjack

  • Laumau Amateur 30 posts since
    Feb 24, 2008
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    1,983. Mar 10, 2011 5:00 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I read our namesake John Bingham's book The Courage to Start today. Oh my! It was so amazing I ripped through it in one day, couldn't put it down. I may not run fast, but I sure can read at a good clip! lol

     

    I checked it out from the library.

     

    If you haven't read it I would highly recommend it. It was so inspiring. I think I'll read it again.





    My races:

    First 5K, RRISD Project Grad, 3/5/11- 36:25
    Georgetown Red Poppy 5K, 4/17/11- 32:30

  • Wayna72 Pro 113 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009
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    1,984. Mar 10, 2011 6:09 PM (in response to altoid77)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    altoid, I think what you exprenced today was called a "MUGBLUSTER"

     

    mugbluster: when cycling the headwind that changes direction when ever you do,so that its always comming at you.

    (for me it happens every time I run outside if it is not raining. of course then I get both the wind and the rain)

     

    Example: Frank tried riding every direction, but the mugbluster esd still blowing in his face......





    Wayna

    Will Run 4 Food 5k-56mins (first 5k) 6/5/10
    Walk for Life/Run for Adoptions 9/18/10 51:56
    John 3:16 run 5k 52:57 mins chip time. (all hills) 10/23/10
    Steps for sucess on Route 66 11/22/10 51:09
    Poker Run 2/11 no time
    St Patrick 5K 52mins 3/12/11
    YWCA Race againest Racism 48 min 4/30/11
    Run to the Sun 45:32 9/5/2011
    Route 66 1/2 marathon 11/11 3:43
    Aquarium Run 4/12 3:33
    Tulsa Run 15k 2:22
    Route 66 Marathon. 11/18

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,985. Mar 10, 2011 7:02 PM (in response to Wayna72)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I ran 3 miles today after the rain this morning and now it's going to be coold in the morning

  • MamaBear56 Pro 168 posts since
    Dec 16, 2010
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    1,986. Mar 10, 2011 7:20 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    4 miles in the rain today but over 40 degrees and it was awesome.  I haven't run since Saturday and boy did I need it.  I'm so much happier and calm now.  YEAH RUNNING!





    Betty a.k.a. MamaBear56

    Started running/walking program December 1, 2010

    2/26/2011 Snow Joke HM 3:30:14

    3/26/2011 Missoula Make A Wish Foundation 5k 38:00

    4/17/2011 Rocky Mountain Bank Summit Classic 10K 1:22:41

    5/21/11 - West Valley School 5K 46:00??? (I know I can do better)

    5/22/11 - Weight Watchers 5K Walk (Completed with some jogging, untimed)

    8/6/11 - Roodell Run 10K 1:18:49

    10/2/11 - Fernie, BC HM 3:25:06

    "Whether you think can or think you can't...you are correct." Henry Ford

    "If you limit what you are willing to do, you limit what you can do." Anonymous


  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
    Nov 2, 2010
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    1,987. Mar 11, 2011 2:57 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Today's Runners World Quote of the day is from our hero:

     


    Every day gives you an opportunity to improve. With every run, you can try to be better. Not just a better runner, but a better person.

    John "The Penguin" Bingham, The Courage to Start





    "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up!" Dean Karnazes

    Equinoxalizer 5K 3/19/2011: Time 37:13; 2nd place in age group!

    Dogwood 5K April 29, 2011: Time 36:15

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/18/2011: Time: 61 minutes 15 seconds

    Mebane on the Move 10K 09/10/2011: Time 75 minutes 16 seconds; 1st in age group (oldest woman running!)

    Valentine's Massacre Marathon Relay 2/12/2012: Team distance 26.2 my pace 12:02 my distance 8 miles

    Fleet Feet 4-mile in Chapel Hill 4/22/2012: PR for 11:53 pace!! WOOOHOOO!

    Run for the Haw 5K on 5/26/2012: PR for 11:50 pace and First in Age Group! First race in Skele-Toes (minimalist shoes)

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/02/2012:

    Yellow Brick Road 5-Miler 07/14/2012:

    Keep on running!

  • flyzippio Pro 116 posts since
    Jan 18, 2010
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    1,988. Mar 11, 2011 6:58 AM (in response to Wayna72)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Is it just me or is Mugbluster just fun to say... I think I'm going to use that to describe a few of my employees.. :-)

  • Laumau Amateur 30 posts since
    Feb 24, 2008
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    1,989. Mar 11, 2011 7:36 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Ran 1.82 miles this morning at a blistering 12:20 pace. That's a little bit faster than I ran my first 5K race this past weekend, and the fastest I've ever run. On Sunday I'll run my long route- about 3 miles and it'll be interesting to see how I do. We're having nice running weather right now so I'm really enjoying it. I'm thinking of signing up for another 5K April 17th.





    My races:

    First 5K, RRISD Project Grad, 3/5/11- 36:25
    Georgetown Red Poppy 5K, 4/17/11- 32:30

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,990. Mar 11, 2011 8:05 AM (in response to Laumau)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi, I ran 6 miles this cold morning.. after my dh and I kinda got into a tift about me running. I like to run after I drop off my kids at school and he would rather me come home before he goes work and then run.

  • retiredgirl61 Pro 171 posts since
    Dec 3, 2010
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    1,991. Mar 11, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to froglegjack)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    We all have days that are just awful -- you have to force yourself to run and when you do, you don't do very well.  Sounds normal to me -- but sounds like you recover just fine.  About running outside vs on the treadmill -- I also find running outside easier than running on the treadmill.  More interesting, too.  Now I rarely use the treadmill.  There's a couple of things I can think of that might help you with your pace on the treadmill -- you could try adding some incline (just a little maybe 1 or 2 percent) to see if that helps.  I think it is kind of like trying to ride a bike in a gear that is too low -- your muscles need some resistance to work better.  The other thing with the short strides is that you might be running too close to the front of the treadmill.  I do that sometimes and I have seen many many people doing it at the gym.  You will have a tendency to kick the front cover on the belt with your foot and then will automatically shorten your stride to avoid that.  I've found that if I move back a little, it relieves that problem and makes it feel a little more natural & free.  I do still creep forward, though.  I have seen long distance runners with very long, easy strides racking up double digit mileage on the treadmill and they do run farther back on the belt.  You probably are past needing to hold on to the handrails and probably don't need to adjust the controls too often so there isn't any real need to run too close to the front.

     

    Good luck -- keep on keeping on!





    Retired, but not watching TV much

    Started walking/running 9/2010

    Folsom Turkey Trot 5 K 2010 (walked)

    Valentines Day 4 mile run, 2/12/11 1:00:30

    Starting triathalon training w/coach 3/1/11

    Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure 5K 5/7/11 (walk with friends)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 6/4/11 (2:55)

    Crew for Bike Team, Race Across America 6/16-26/11 (6 days, 16 hr, 7 min)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 7/9/11 (2:46)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 8/7/11 (2:31)

    Luna Bar Women's Tri 9/11/11 (3:17)

    Golden State Sprint Tri 10/9/11 (DNF)

  • froglegjack Amateur 25 posts since
    Feb 17, 2011
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    1,992. Mar 11, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to retiredgirl61)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Wow Retired girl you are training for a triathalon!!!! that is amazing and impressive! I wanna grow up and be like you

    Thank you for the good advice about the treadmill. I will try that when I am at the gym next time. I had just about made up my mind to only use the gym for strength training and run outside from now on. I like the feeling of breathing fresh air. The reason I find myself running too close to the front on the treadmill is to drop the speed back down if I don't make the whole time running I am supposed to. I think that needs adjusting too. I was walking at 3.0 and then running at 4.1 now still walking at 3.0 but running at 4.7 so maybe the walking needs to be faster at this point. or the running slower or both. LOL I don't know. But outside for sure I can find the right pace to be able to run the whole amount of time I am supposed to. so I don't know how fast that is and have not been able to duplicate it on the treadmill. I think you are right about the incline because I did the elliptical after my outside run and found I could do it for 20 min. So I am getting muscles somewhere even if I can't see them

    Before I struggled to make it to two min on the blasted thing and it was my arch enemy I shot dirty looks at as i walked to the treadmill.

    I ran trails today then went to the beach and ran down there too! Not as far for sure but did it. The weather here is gorgeous today 59 and just beautiful.

    Froglegjack





    Froglegjack

  • jmam1010 Amateur 26 posts since
    Sep 3, 2008
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    1,993. Mar 11, 2011 12:47 PM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Flammomof3...that happens to me too.  For me, my husband gets needy and feeling like I am not giving him attention.....but he is starting to realize that if he lets me run when I want to run I am a much happier wife!    He has called me during a run (I use my Iphone as my Ipod) to see what was taking me so long....."Insert eye roll"....but I just keep going.  My HM is in 2 weeks so I have my 10 mile run this weekend and he will just have to miss me.  I found out that Troy Aikman is kicking off the race and I was so excited until I realized that I  won't be at the front of the line to see him! LOL!  Oh well....

     

    Froglejack - I think we all have bad days where we just don't have our "mojo"....I had one on Wednesday night.  My husband was out of town, my kids were at a Church function and the weather was beautiful.  I went 1.75 miles and had to stop.  I just wasn't feeling it...I hadn't felt good all day and running was definitely not in my cards.  I just went home and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the house....I did 5 miles yesterday and it was better and hopefully I will be feeling it for the 10 miles this weekend!





    "Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event that led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp." ~John Bingham

  • altoid77 Amateur 15 posts since
    Oct 23, 2010
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    1,994. Mar 11, 2011 2:38 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Didn't really intend to run today... but it was so nice out, I couldn't resist. 2.25 miles in 30:30, with a long, mild uphill on the way home. So I'm at a 13:30ish pace per mile, which considering its where I'm starting my training this time, rather than where I'm ending, it bodes well. Long run on Sunday. Next up, more swimming and more cross-training!





    5/31/2010 - Gibbs Lake Gallop 5k trail run - 42:24

    10/24/2010 - Wisconsin Dells Half Marathon - 2:56:49

    4/9/2011 - Dash at the Dunes 5k trail run - 39:00

    5/29/2011 - Madison Half Marathon

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