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#391 usickenme

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:07 PM

Thanks for the foam roller link. The tiger tail looks similar to the marathon stick. Have you used ' the stick ' and if so how do they compare? I own the marathon stick and I use it strictly on my quads, IT band, adductors, hammies, and calves after every run. My post-run ritual is: 1) The Stick, 2) Myrtle Routine, 3) PVC Pipe Rolling, 4) Static Stretching, 5) Beer


hell of a good routine. Myrtle is tough. I'm currently doing the Core H by the same guy (Coach Jay)



The tiger tail is more "grippy" than the stick, so I feel like I can dig in more.

#392 dmaul1114

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:46 PM

I think I had that exact foam roller usickenme linked for a year and a half or so. I just recently replaced it with this:

http://www.amazon.co...rid foam roller

The plain foam one was starting to get some softer spots--The Grid one shouldn't since it's harder foam around a PCV pipe. I like the grid texture too. Not a ton of difference, but a littler.

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#393 madcyantist

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:51 PM

Thanks guys. Think I'll get the tiger tail just to check it out along with The Grid. I was spending $50 a week on a masseuse but think I'll try some home stuff for a while.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:22 AM

if there is any interest I do a podcast about running. It's 50% my training and thoughts/ 50% on elite running news.

The Dump Runners Club https://itunes.apple...d654633469?mt=2


I listened to this during my workout tonight. It was interesting. You did a nice job. :)

I hope you can make your goal of sub 3 hours come October.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:38 PM

My trail run yesterday:

DISTANCE 3.00 mi
DURATION 29m:20s
AVG. SPEED 9:47 min/mi
CALORIES 395 kcal
WEATHER Intermittent clouds
WIND 12.4 mph ↑
TEMPERATURE 88°F
HUMIDITY 34%

#396 madcyantist

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:06 PM

It really that some people just expect a lot out of them--most any of the GPS watches are going to be fine if you just want to track time, pace and distance.

And there are some technical issues some watches have that affect some users and not others. Like my Garmin 405--it has a touch bezel you use to switch between menus, modes, screens etc. that doesn't work if it or your fingers are wet with sweat.

Long story short, any of these GPS watches will be great for the average person who just wants to track pace and distance. But they have some quirks that may annoy people with more advance usages or who are pickier than me with their gadgets.


I've been looking at GPS watches for quite some time (probably around a year). Never pulled the trigger and use dcrainmaker exclusively for research. I ended up buying the Endomondo app for $5 and a SPI belt. Pre-injury, I only ran roads and always along mapped routes on dailymile (3, 4, 5, 6, 7 mile routers all around town leading from my driveway and would just do loops to hit the bigger marathon training distances). Anyways, you can set the Endomondo app to alert you to whenever you hit a specified distance. So, if I tell it to alert me every half mile, my phone will state "0.5 miles, 1 mile, 1.5 miles" when I hit those distances. This is such a good feature for me as I'm still recovering from surgery (15 weeks this week) and am only running on trails for the softer surfaces.

The biggest issue is carrying a phone while running and I am not going to wear an arm band. I googled and found the "SPI belt". I bought it for $20 and it hugs the body nicely. Doesn't really protrude and holds my S3 and car key perfectly. Not all my 5" shorts have a small pocket so I use the belt on those days. I only mention all of this to present an alternative to those looking at GPS watches. I'm unsure if the free endomondo app allows alerts like that (it's only $5 and use Endomondo app for cycling as well). The app also auto pauses if it detects that you're idle which is a nice feature IMO when you're waiting at a stop light or intersection. I've tried Strava and did not like how it doesn't auto pause and some of my longer bike rides ~20 miles, I would lose the GPS signal on the trail and it wouldn't tell me signal was lost and it NEVER picked it back up. This happened 1/3 of the time I used the Strava app (I cycle solely on trails) and it just isn't acceptable. I wanted to like Strava as their site's interface is great for friends and cycling.

Overall, I've been very happy with Endomondo for both running and cycling. The mileage is generally accurate and when exercising with others who also use Endomondo, their mileages have varied by only a tenth or two of a mile. I also subscribed to Endomondo premium ($15/year) but so far it hasn't been worth it. I really just wanted to support them and figured a few extra perks on the site would be handy. I really wish DailyMile had an android GPS app as it has a great community for runners but can't beat Endomondo's functionality and price point.

#397 dmaul1114

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:59 PM

Still been lazy about running as much as I should, need to reverse that since the Peachtree Road Race is a month away.

 

Got a solid 3 miler in on Monday--pushed pace pretty hard (for me) the first half, slowed down the second but ran it all.

 

Distance: 3.00 mi

Time: 25:26

Avg Pace: 8:28 min/mi

Elevation Gain: 65 ft

Calories:  363 C

 

Need to get a slow five miler in either tonight or in the morning.


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#398 usickenme

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:21 AM

The second episode of my relaunched podcast is up.

 

Managed to get 5.3 miles on the treadmill tonight.



#399 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:30 PM

Got a really solid 5 miler in just now.  Had planned on doing it slow and easy, but was feeling strong to decided to try to do each mile a little faster to work on building pace and get in the habit of not starting out too fast before the Peachtree Race.

 

Distance: 5.00 mi

Time: 44:25

Avg Pace: 8:53 min/mi

Elevation Gain: 109 ft

Calories: 612 C

 

Mile 1- 9:11.3

Mile 2- 9:08.8

Mile 3- 9:01.6

Mile 4- 8:51.2 1

Mile 5- 8:10.8 
 

Last mile is a little deceptive as I caught the one red light on my route so I got a couple minutes breather there with the watch stopped, otherwise it wouldn't have been so much faster than the 4th as I wouldn't have had as strong a kick for the last quarter mile probably.  Still happy with it and feeling fine for being ready for the 10k on the 4th.


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#400 usickenme

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:30 PM

13 miles today in 1:40:00 (7:41). IT was tough but I managed. 



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

I'm on week 3 of couch to 5k. I'm liking it so far. I was tired of the gym and enjoy being outside.

#402 dmaul1114

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:51 AM

Got a solid 3 miler in this evening despite it still being 85 (and feeling like 90 something) at 8:30. Blech.


Distance: 3.00 mi
Time: 25:18
Avg Pace: 8:26 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 38 ft
Calories: 365 C

Going to do one of those obstacle course run things in July--just a local one at a jail or something. The girlfriend wants to do it to prep for possibly doing a tough mudder together this fall with her family. Should be fun. She's starting up a Couch to 5k program with the Ease into 5k app that I used (and installed on her iPhone for her) to start training.

We both ordered some Vibram FiveFingers on clearance on her family's recommendations since regular shoes are bad for the obstacle things as they get super heavy with the water and mud etc. (and also ruined). So I guess we'll start working those in on some short runs to test them out and get used to them to see if we could handle longer runs and obstacles in them. I may start with some hill repeats on a big grassy hill in the park and see how they feel before even thinking of pavement or trails with them.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:57 PM

Hey guys, been a while since I checked in on this thread. Just wanted to say thanks for the info on GPS watches but ill probably pass for now. Haven't been running though I keep getting a pretty intense pain at the bottom of my leg almost where the ankle and shin meet. Its fine lifting weights and putting weight on it but any high impact aggrevates it. It will be fine pre run and even while running bur will mildly hurt near the end of the run. After the run and the next day even walking hurts.

In the meantime I've stopped running and switched to elliptical and swimming. Hasn't been a week yet but I want to run again soon.

I just can't seem to stay healthy physically, perhaps I'm putting too much on my body physically

#404 usickenme

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 03:26 AM

5k tomorrow...wish me luck. Not sure how this one will go



#405 dmaul1114

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 04:07 PM

Lousy run Thursday.  Was 85 with heat index of mid 90s, so ended up walking a lot due to feeling nauseous.
 
Distance:4.02 mi
Time:39:53
Avg Pace:9:56 min/mi
Elevation Gain:177 ft
Calories:469 C
 
Solid 5 miler today.  Hot, but not as bad, 81 with no heat index.  Only walk was for .05 miles at end of a hill near the end as I was close to barfing from being overheated.
 
Distance:5.00 mi
Time:44:10
Avg Pace:8:50 min/mi
Elevation Gain:127 ft
Calories: 602 C

 

 

Trying to get slowly acclimated to heat some more incase it ends up being super hot for the Peachtree Race on the 4th.  That will start 3 or so hours earlier in the morning than I've been running this week, so hopefully it won't be worse than 75 or so at race time.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:09 PM

The race was solid except for the time 

 

I ran 18:17. Slowed down a little too much the last 2 miles but I won the race and $100 gift card from a running store.



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:54 PM

needed to get my long run in early so it was 13 miles this am at 7:52 pace. 



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:46 PM

needed to get my long run in early so it was 13 miles this am at 7:52 pace. 

 

Awesome pace man



#409 dmaul1114

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

Got an easy pace (but hilly) 5-miler in this morning.

 

 

Distance: 5.00 mi
Time: 47:20
Avg Pace: 9:28 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 259 ft
Calories: 615 C

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#410 dmaul1114

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:36 PM

Got a decent 3 miles in this morning.

 

Distance: 3.01

Time: 25:40

Avg Pace: 8.32 mil/min


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

Killer week at work but I managed about 50 miles.

 

Yesterday I ran 17.3 miles in 2:11:42 (7:37), it about killed me as it was warm and humid



#412 dmaul1114

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:57 PM

Peachtree Race on Thursday will probably be rough as I've really slacked on running the past couple weeks.

 

Set out to do 6.2 yesterday morning, but got lost.  Ended up doing 8.5, but with a good mile or so of walking probably as my fitness isn't there for going that long in the heat.

 

Distance: 8.50 mi 

Time: 1:29:15

Avg Pace: 10:30 min/mi

Elevation Gain: 425 ft

Calories: 1,012 C

 

Just hoping to finish the race under an hour.  Should be doable, the last 10k I did in just under 57 minutes and I wasn't in great shape for it as I'd gotten a cold a couple weeks before it--though it was in December and in the 50s rather than the mid 70s it will be for this one.


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#413 dmaul1114

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:14 PM

Damn, looks like it's going to be pouring rain for the Peachtree race tomorrow.

Better than being blazing hot I guess....


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#414 usickenme

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:06 AM

 best of luck tomorrow, hope you get your goal



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:14 PM

Thanks!  Rain held off other than on walk to subway to get to the start.

 

I blew away my goal, and my 10k PR (56:06 was my prior one).  Decided to aim for faster first half since it's mostly down hill, with lots of hills in miles 3-5.  Worked out as I made up time there and still did ok on the hills.

 

Distance: 6.30 mi

Time: 52:35

Avg Pace: 8:21 min/mi

Elevation Gain: 238 ft

Calories: 772 

 

Mile 1- 8:38.7

Mile 2- 8:04.0

Mile 3-7:54.7 1

Mile 4- 8:45.4

Mile 5- 8:46.0

Mile 6- 8:19.7

Mile 7- 2:06.7 (.30 mi)


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:22 PM

I'm running my third half marathon on Sunday.

 

I injured my knee around 2 weeks ago, and because of that I haven't been able to train properly. I did a 10k cross-country race last Sunday as a test run, and I was barely able to finish it. Besides, I've been with a cold this week, which made training even more difficult. I'm almost sure I won't be able to beat my PR, but I don't know if I should go for it or just take it very easy the entire race.



#417 dmaul1114

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:57 PM

I'd take it easy.  Not worth risking a more severe injury.  And highly unlikely to come near your PR with the injury and perhaps still being a little weak from the cold.


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#418 usickenme

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:41 PM

Yeah! Damn fine run dmaul.  Congrats



#419 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

Thanks!

 

Official results:

 

Time: 52:32

Overall: 5,569/55,830

Male 30-34 Age Group: 571/3,021


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#420 dmaul1114

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:27 PM

Been off the wagon since my race on the 4th--until this morning anyway.  Was sore for a few days, then had bad poison ivy for a couple weeks (dr ordered no running so sweat wouldn't spread it), then just lazy/busy the past week or so.

But got back out there this morning again, and felt great to get a run in.  Have some obstacle course thing this weekend too, not a run one though as I think it's only like 2 miles total or something.

 

Distance: 3.00 mi

Time: 26:47

Avg Pace: 8:55 min/mi

Elevation Gain: 61 ft

Calories: 361 C


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