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  • rcuriel Pro 178 posts since
    Mar 2, 2011

    Hey everyone,

     

    Been reading this thread for weeks now and figure it is time to introduce myself.  I was a long time runner (dabbler) until '98 when I injured my knee playing basketball.  When they went into to fix it they didn't find much cartilage and was told pretty emphatically no running or sports that involve running.  I've mostly followed that advice, more because of lingering pain then being smart and following doctors orders.  My wife and I have always done at least 1 race a year (Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run - because we've done every one since it started).

     

    Last year my oldest son had me read "Born to Run".  I loved it and much of it made sense to me.  It also gave me the thought that if I switched to a barefoot running style I might be able to run again relatively pain free.  This has turned out to be mostly true.  My problem knee has been holding up really well.  The bad news is that my calves, good knee and feet have taken a beating.  Early on pulled right calf muscle, took several months to get past that.  Ran Bay to Breakers for first time in 10 years in 2010.  Soon after thought I developed a stress fracture and took off 2 months to let it heal.  Started building up again when my good knee had a problem (jumper's knee).  That cleared up, got a good 7 weeks of training in when I thought I had another stress fracture.  Had a doctor look at it and tests were negative on the stress fracture.  After much research it looks like the nerves in my feet are a bit sensitive to the pounding, but I've found that ice works wonder.

     

    So, now we're into this year and I'm finally getting going again when I strain my right calf muscle again.  That was 6 weeks ago, about the time I found this thread.  I've been working through the strain (lots of ice).  My training times are about where they were before the foot problems kicked in 6 months ago and getting ready to do the 5K at the Oakland Running Festival tonight.

     

    Just wanted to add that it has been inspirational for me to read this thread.  Looking at the weight loss (not a problem for me) and time improvements is very encouraging.  At 52 I know my best running days are behind me, but I'm feeling like I can make drastic improvements and all of you are my role models.

     

    Ray

  • Billsr Pro 159 posts since
    May 23, 2009

    rcuriel: Welcome to the thread. That is great that you have been able to get back into something that you were told you couldn't do. Unfortunately we do tend to get more kinks in the armour as we get older but as long as we keep moving forward it is all worth while.-Bill

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    Ray,

    I just finished battling calf issues too. What really helped for me was daily use of my foam rollrer and weekly massage therapy.

    It took about 4 weeks but it feels great now. Tomorrows half will be the test. I will see what pace I can run at & that will tell the story.





    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

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    PR in Dallas! 1:39





    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

  • urun2me Pro 194 posts since
    Jun 7, 2010

    Great job, Kirk! I hear the weather was cool, great running weather. Was the course as flat as advertised? I think I'm going to enter next year. There was just too much going on this year.

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    It is pretty flat, a few hills in the first half, but the second half is all flat or downhill.

    It was great weather to run in, but cold after the race, had the sun come out it would have been perfect.

    It's still only 52* and cloudy. Huge change from mid 80's & sunny yesterday. But 532 is much better than the 34 at home.

     

     

     

    urun2me wrote:

     

    Great job, Kirk! I hear the weather was cool, great running weather. Was the course as flat as advertised? I think I'm going to enter next year. There was just too much going on this 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

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Good Golly Kirk, you are one fast dude!!  That is awesome! We all are so proud of your accomplishments.

    Where did that put you in AG?  It had to be pretty high.

    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


  • Scrufffy Legend 252 posts since
    Dec 2, 2010

    Kirk

     

    "PR in Dallas! 1:39"

     

    Great run!





    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

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010

    Kirk, excellent job!

    I'm working through calf muscle problems right now, too.  I think Rcuriel- Ray and I could compare notes.  I hope I don't get quite so far into the injury part, but I am deeply sympathetic.  I'm following the BF path too, and got there in about the same way after reading BTR.  I think my calf muscle problem is just a developmental glitch and that it's being aggravated by an old chainsaw wound from the mid-80's.  Massage and rest will set me right in time for my 10 mile race next weekend and then for my 1/2 Marathon on 1 May. 

    My goal for the HM is 100 minutes, right behind Kirk.





    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

  • Chucklovestorun Pro 116 posts since
    Apr 9, 2010

    Great Job Kirk, I am waiting for the official results to be posted, I ran with Runkeeper but started it late and turned it off a little bit after my run was finished. It stopped at 1:57 so I am pretty sure I set a new PR so I will be keeping a close eye on the result board when it gets posted. It was an awesome day for the run, temps were cool with not that much wind making for great conditions! Hope you enjoyed the visit to our city and maybe some day I will be up north to run a race since I am from the Chicagoland area and my daughter and grandkids live outside of Joliet.





    Best 5K: 24:12

    Best Half: 1:57:51

    Goal: Full Marathon: 2011

    Been Running Since March 2010

    Age 58

    Chuck

    03/05/11 Dash For The Beads 25:05

    03/12/11 Leaping Leprechauns 15K 1:23:31

    03/27/11 Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon 1:57:51 New PR

    04/02/11 MS Walk 5K 24:19

    04/09/11 Make The Break From Domestic Violence 5K 24:45

    04/16/11 Radiant Sprint for Cancer 10K 55:25

    04/23/11 Run For The Dawgs 5K 24:09 New PR

    05/14/11 Test Yourself 5K

  • rcuriel Pro 178 posts since
    Mar 2, 2011

    Congrats Kirk!

     

    My 5k went well.  Didn't quite get my stretch goal, but was close.  Did finish 1st in age group.  Even better, calf feels pretty good, a little tight but not overly so.  Rain let up about an hour or so before the race, so it was dry mostly - just a few puddles to avoid.

     

    Got to watch my wife and son do the half marathon today in Oakland.  They both did better then expected, so it was a very good weekend of running.

     

    Ray

  • Chucklovestorun Pro 116 posts since
    Apr 9, 2010

    Official results are in, set a new PR 1:57:51. 2,653 out of 10,969 runners!





    Best 5K: 24:12

    Best Half: 1:57:51

    Goal: Full Marathon: 2011

    Been Running Since March 2010

    Age 58

    Chuck

    03/05/11 Dash For The Beads 25:05

    03/12/11 Leaping Leprechauns 15K 1:23:31

    03/27/11 Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon 1:57:51 New PR

    04/02/11 MS Walk 5K 24:19

    04/09/11 Make The Break From Domestic Violence 5K 24:45

    04/16/11 Radiant Sprint for Cancer 10K 55:25

    04/23/11 Run For The Dawgs 5K 24:09 New PR

    05/14/11 Test Yourself 5K

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Chuck ....woohoo!!! You did awesome too!  Congratulations!! New PR!!! 

    Ray, welcome and a great big pat on the back for your race results too.  You have had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity to get to where you are. Tell wife & son "good job" for me.

    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


  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    EXCELLENT HM Times for Kirk and for Chuck - I don't know if I'll ever get below 2 hr for a HM but you guys did GREAT!!

     

    I'm so glad to be able to turn to this thread for support.  There is a lot of inspiration, and yes some accountability, but it provides a great incentive to keep running.

     

    Today I did a 5K race at 2PM - the weather was cloudy, windy and 47, instead of the forecast sunny 56.  I did a 1 mile jog to warm up so that I could shed my jacket for the race. Today I wasn't out to set any records, cause I had a "medical issue" all week that didn't let me push me training very hard.  I was doing this race for a great cause - a scholarship fund for the 2 small daughters of a 911 dispatcher.  Their mother had been shot in a murder/suicide by the father.  Very tramatic and sad.

     

    But for this race I was well rested and the course was fairly flat.  So I went out and ran a fairly consistent 11:48 pace throughout the whole race.  With the higher weekly mileage (~20 miles) and better tempo and hill runs, I can feel my leg muscles getting stronger and the improved ability to push a steady pace in a race.  I didn't wear my HR monitor, but my cadence stayed about 180 the whole time.  I ran a little faster from 2.9-3.08 miles, but could not really accelerate any more for the last 20 yrd sprint to the finish line. Time 36:42 min (a 20 sec improvement in PR). 150 of 193 finishers. 1 (of 4) in age group.

     

    The funny thing is, all week I'd been complaining to my DH that my butt hurts! LOL! I don't know if it is new muscles being used going up & down major hills, or from running stronger (vs. "jogging fast"), but my buttocks are definitely feeling it.  I guess that's a good thing. Here is a picture of friend Charlotte and me after the race.
    Dispatch Dash 5k 3 27 11  37_42 w Charlotte.jpg





    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

    Great job, JoAnn!!! I love reading your race reports. I feel like I'm running right along w/ you.

    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


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