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#331 usickenme

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 04:53 PM

16 miles this morning in 2:05:16

#332 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

Work and other shit has been crazy still, finally got another run in this morning.

Distance: 3.00 mi
Time: 26:30
Avg Pace: 8:49 min/mi
Calories: 362 C

#333 dmaul1114

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

Tried a five miler today. First 3.3 miles or so were pretty solid, but the heat (near 80 at the time) and hills got to me and had to walk a good bit on some hills the last of it so the overall time sucked. But still a good workout and not awful with the heat, hillier course and haven't ran much the past month or so.

Distance: 5.00 mi
Time: 50:28
Avg Pace: 10:05 min/mi
Calories: 586 C

#334 Strell

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:16 PM

After the 9 mile a little over a week ago, ran a 5K in 24:20 the Wednesday after (i.e., a week ago today), a good thirty seconds faster than my to-date best time. Was really, really happy about that. Unfortunately, this hurt me more than I expected, so when I went out for my Saturday long run, I had serious pan in the lower part of my shins/just above the ankle. It felt like shinsplints - just a persistent dull bruise-like pain. I managed 5 miles in 44:18, but couldn't keep going. I felt great otherwise - not an endurance or muscle fatigue issue. Was really disappointed with that though.

It's been a dry fall/winter/spring around here, and I've had to deal with a lot of cracked skin on my hands. I think it's a combination of sun and wind damage, so I've picked these up. They are extremely lightweight, but should help stop those the sun and wind causing me trouble. I've also been using a sun lotion stick applied to my face to try and stop burns as well. I'm pretty good with sun overall, but the longer runs were definitely proving a bit painful for the rest of the day post-run.

Looking into a hip belt of sorts so I can keep water with me. I've never really thought about all that during long runs, but it's clear I need to take it into consideration.

Trying out Gatorade pre-workout chews and a Fierce Grape gel, just to see how they work. Tried one of their post-workout protein shake things, which has the same (in my opinion) awful chocolate pudding taste as so many other products do. I think I'll just stick to chocolate milk and/or Instant Breakfast.

Also looking into all the power bars and cookies and whatnot. Anyone have any suggestions on those? I know I've tried a Clif bar and liked it. I'm not really looking to bulk up so much as repair after a workout.

Also still looking for a headband. I think I'd prefer a thin, non-sweatband material one, since it gets hot enough for me to not try and aggravate that.

Also looking into legitimate running shorts rather than the leftover soccer shorts I've been using.

Also about to start reading Born to Run. Apparently there's a group of Native Americans in Mexico who can do "ultrarunning," which means distances far beyond marathons. Sounds incredible. They don't focus on speed so much as good form, and apparently enter some kind of zen state where they just perpetually keep going. Should be an interesting thing to check out.


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#335 dmaul1114

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

Born to Run is a good read. It started a lot of the minimialist shoe/barefoot running movement.

In terms of head band, maybe look into a running hat? I have a white nike one that I like a lot. Soaks up a lot of sweat, isn't hot (don't get a dark color) and can just rinse it out in the sink afterwards and it's dry a few hours later. Gives the added benefit of having a bill and keeping the sun off your face some.

I don't do well with hot weather or lots of sun period. I get overheated and weak/nauseous pretty easily and I'm very fair skinned so I burn easily so I always have to remember the sun screen.

Water is a must for longer runs. I have a Nathan belt that holds two 10 ounce bottles I usually take on runs longer than 4 miles if it's warm and runs over an hour if it's cool.

I'll probably pick up a water bottle with hand strap too as another option and for something I can leave at my girlfriend's since I stay there a good bit and need to do a better job of running in mornings when over there to make sure to get my 3-4 runs a week in.

#336 usickenme

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:01 AM

-Born to Run is okay but it's largely bullshit. It's running porn. A better read is the First 20 Minutes.

-I use both hats and headbands. I like hats outside though, additional sun protection.

-I like Nathan Belts. I have one like this... http://www.nathanspo...-series/speed-2 two small bottles is easier than carrying a bigger one to me. In the summer, I'll often use the belt but have empty bottles and fill them along my route. I never drink in the winter.

- running shorts in running stores can get super expensive. I like Joe's New Balance Outlet for deals.. http://www.joesnewba...ens_apparel.htm

-there is a race here in Colorado ( I think it may be in the book) called the Leadville 100. 100 miles and with 15,600 of elevation changes 9,000 ft -12,500 ft.. I know a few people who've run it. I may do it myself one day. The course record is 15 hour 42 miles which is 9:25 miles

Rocky Raccon race in Texas has a course record of 12 hr. 44 min which is 7:38 per mile. Unreal for 100 miles

#337 jsmc

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:04 AM

I've been looking to pick up some new running shoes this spring. Any suggestions? Would like to keep the price around $100 if possible.

I currently have a pair of Nike's (can't remember specifics, bought them about 2 years ago). I mostly just run outside on the pavement, not any sort of trail running.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.

#338 dmaul1114

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:42 AM

I've been looking to pick up some new running shoes this spring. Any suggestions? Would like to keep the price around $100 if possible.

I currently have a pair of Nike's (can't remember specifics, bought them about 2 years ago). I mostly just run outside on the pavement, not any sort of trail running.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks guys.


Really need to get to a running store and have your feed and gait etc. analyzed to make sure you get the right type of shoes for your body and how you run.

Myself, I'm patial to Brooks. Had the Ghost IV's (and still use them--just over 300 miles on them) and then got the Ravenna 3's as the running store person could tell I overpronated a bit from my walk and the wear pattern on the Ghost IV tread (the ghost series is neutral--no support for over or under pronation--whether foot rolls inward or outward).

I like both, but I'm still not sure whether I like the Ravenna IV's better than the Ghost's as I had some foot pain for a bit in them that I never had in the Ghost's--not sure it's shoe related. But I'm still using both and keeping an eye on it so I can decide when type to go with next time.

Price wise the Ghost series was $110 and the Ravenna's $100 when I bought.

#339 Temporaryscars

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:16 AM

Still on the DL. I've still been doing weights, but for cardio it's been...blech...pedaling. Though, I did a mile on the elliptical today and didn't feel too bad after, so maybe I'm on the mend.

Still, it'll probably be another couple of weeks before I'll want to hit the treadmill again.



#340 jsmc

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:11 AM

Managed to sneak in a 3 mile run this afternoon once I got home from work.

As silly as this sounds, but wow, is it easier to run when listening to music instead of podcasts. I'm not quite sure what it was, but was able to run longer.

#341 usickenme

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

There is a fair bit of research that shows running with music decreases perceived effort and increases efficiency. It may also block the negative voices. Podcast lack the rhythm and beat to have benefit

#342 Strell

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:17 PM

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Went out last Saturday for my weekly long run with the intention of getting to at least 10 miles, as my last long run two weeks prior was at 9. My previous jump from 5 to 8 was a 60% increase in distance, so really, I wanted to go to 12 miles since that would be equivalent over the 9. But then I thought about how that was just one mile short of a half marathon.

The area I run at has 3/4/5 mile courses (there is a longer one but it requires leaving the trails to run through South Austin, which is heavily congested), so I had decided to run two 5s and see how that went. First was 43 minutes and the second was 47, and both felt pretty good. Pushed through the three mile course in 37, which is exceedingly slow (12:20 miles). I was dealing with a lot of foot pain by the end, particularly in my right foot toe joints (muscles/endurance weren't a problem).

Total was 2:07. Immediately felt terrible, with pain all over the place (shoulders, arms, was difficult to just walk around successfully). Left foot pain continued until yesterday, which was a new feeling, but seems to have cleared up.

All in all though, definitely a personal milestone. Unfortunately I got sick Sunday night with a bad cold, so I haven't done anything since (though I've needed the recovery time anyway). Unsure if I'll go out on Saturday. I want to, but doubt I will given the circumstances. If I don't feel really good by then, I'll take the time to recover further.


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#343 bhk

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

Congratulations Strell, that's awesome.

#344 dmaul1114

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 01:52 AM

This evenings run:

Distance: 5.00 mi
Time: 47:46
Avg Pace: 9:33 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 179 ft
Calories: 606 C


Work is finally calming down some, so should be able to get back to running more often...if not next week, definitely the week after (have a lot of end of semester grading next week).

#345 tgk2044

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

Congrats on your first half strell!

P. S. I'm stealing that achievement image tomorrow when I'm done with my half :)
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#346 usickenme

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 01:08 AM

I have a 5 miler tomorrow but my heel is hurting a bit. Hoping for a sub 30 min race.

#347 usickenme

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

blah. Race fail.

Ran a 30:24 (6:05) miles. Legs felt tired the whole race. Started off okay and just slowly faced.

I realize that my time is good for many people but I am always trying to hit my high goals. I ran 29:33 last year and a 6:08 pace for my half marathon earlier this year. So I am disappointed.

But I learned a few good lessons too.

#348 jsmc

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:08 AM

Trying to get in the habit of running on the weekends now too.

Saturday - 2 mile run
Monday - 3 mile run tonight.

It's just so nice to finally have Spring and be running outside. The elliptical was starting to drive me crazy.

#349 tgk2044

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:17 AM

Finished my half in 1:36:19. My first truly trained half, so I'm happy with that time. Might shoot for under 1:30 this fall for another.

Also, goodbye to one of my toenails... Didn't happen directly because of the half, but it sure finished it off.
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#350 bhk

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:21 AM

Ran 25 minutes straight for the first time today. (Week 7 of couch to 5k.). I'm getting there...

#351 usickenme

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:55 AM

Finished my half in 1:36:19. My first truly trained half, so I'm happy with that time. Might shoot for under 1:30 this fall for another.

Also, goodbye to one of my toenails... Didn't happen directly because of the half, but it sure finished it off.


super solid dude. way to go. My first half was 1:35:56 and this year I got it down to 1:20:20

#352 Strell

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

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Finished my half in 1:36:19. My first truly trained half, so I'm happy with that time. Might shoot for under 1:30 this fall for another.

Also, goodbye to one of my toenails... Didn't happen directly because of the half, but it sure finished it off.


Fixed! And congrats!

Also congrats bhk - keep it up!

And congrats usickenme for your race! Great times (even if you don't think so).

So reading Born to Run - who here has tried iskiate/chia seeds? Also, yeah, the book sounds wildly exaggerated. Still kind of inspiring though.


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#353 tgk2044

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:15 PM

Haha thanks for that. Much better than getting a medal.
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#354 Lieutenant Dan

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:31 PM

Just poking my head in here and saying hello. Despite playing a little basketball, I was never one for much running. I ran my first 5k last summer and had a lot of fun. Going to run another one on 6/15 and my goal is to beat my previous time.

#355 neocisco

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

Just poking my head in here and saying hello. Despite playing a little basketball, I was never one for much running. I ran my first 5k last summer and had a lot of fun. Going to run another one on 6/15 and my goal is to beat my previous time.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:13 PM

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#357 Lieutenant Dan

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:49 PM

But you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.

Of course my statement was completely metaphorical ;)

#358 jsmc

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 03:57 AM

Pretty productive week for me. I've hit a bit of a plateau in my weight loss, so I'm hoping the increase in mileage will help? Maybe?

2 Miles on Saturday
3 Miles on Monday
4 Miles on Wednesday
40 minutes Elliptical on Thursday

Hoping to pick back up on Saturday and Sunday.

#359 dmaul1114

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:14 AM

Tuesday's Run:

Distance: 3.01 mi
Time: 26:29
Avg Pace: 8:48 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 41 ft
Calories: 366 C

This mornings run:

Distance: 3.00 mi
Time: 26:42
Avg Pace: 8:53 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 111 ft
Calories: 365 C

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#360 usickenme

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

I've been keeping at it.

Ran 50 miles last week and on track for 40 this week.

I have a half marathon of May 19th.