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April 2016 Running Challenge

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  • Becky71_cmBecky71_cm Posts: 24Member Member Posts: 24Member Member
    Never mind, just some middle of the night rambling.
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  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,204Member Member Posts: 2,204Member Member
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!

    4/1 - Rest

    0/160 miles

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    Upcoming races:
    4/9 - Rock the Parkway half marathon (Kansas City, MO)
    4/16 - Garmin Wickedly Fast half marathon (Olathe, KS)
    4/23 - Race for Hope half marathon (North Kansas City, MO)
    5/1 - Buffalo Bell Stampede half marathon (Leavenworth, KS)
    5/14 - Running with the Cows half marathon (Bucyrus, KS)
    6/2 - Hospital Hill 5k 7pm PRE-RUN (Kansas City, MO)
    6/3 - Hospital Hill half marathon 7am RE-RUN (Kansas City, MO)
    9/25 - Broadway Bridge half marathon (Kansas City, MO)
    10/15 - Kansas City Marathon 26.2 (Kansas City, MO)
    11/5 - Jenks half marathon (Jenks, OK)
    11/6 - Kansas half marathon (Lawrence, KS)
    11/12 - Longview half marathon (Kansas City, MO)
    11/13 - Gobbler Grind half marathon (Overland Park, KS)
    11/19 - White River half marathon (Cotter, AR)
    11/20 - Pilgrim Pacer half marathon (Lenexa, KS)
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  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,244Member Member Posts: 1,244Member Member
    Hi y'all! I'm going to stick with 100 miles again this month!

    Four today ...


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  • Elise4270Elise4270 Posts: 3,774Member Member Posts: 3,774Member Member
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!

    You gonna April fools us on that?
  • noah_macnoah_mac Posts: 30Member Member Posts: 30Member Member
    newbie runner in for the challenge ;)

    Aiming for 50km!

    Every month I tell myself I will join next months challenge... time to actually do it I think!


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  • kristinegiftkristinegift Posts: 2,176Member Member Posts: 2,176Member Member
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!

    @WhatMeRunning As am I! What a lackluster start! lol
  • kristinegiftkristinegift Posts: 2,176Member Member Posts: 2,176Member Member
    4/1: Rest day!

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    Upcoming Races:
    3/12: Run O' The Mill 5K: New PR! 21:55
    4/3: Caesar Rodney HM (Wilmington, DE)
    4/16: River Horse 6K (Ewing, NJ)
    5/1: New Jersey Marathon (Lots of towns, NJ)
    11/20: Philadelphia Marathon (Philly, PA) <<< I signed up for this guy last night! First 500 registrants get $20 off registration ($85 instead of $105) and with my 2015 Survey coupon I got another 10% off, so I paid only $83 to get in to the race after processing fees! Last year, I signed up in June after my May 31 marathon and paid $135 + fees. I'm hoping to live somewhere in the Princeton/Philly/DC area after I graduate in May (just applied to two Princeton local jobs this morning!) so this seems like a safe bet for a race paid for 7 months in advance.
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 4,148Member Member Posts: 4,148Member Member
    April

    1-no run yet, maybe later


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  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,204Member Member Posts: 2,204Member Member
    Elise4270 wrote: »
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!

    You gonna April fools us on that?
    LOL!:lol: I wish! I feel good enough to run today but will respect the rest day. I've learned my lessons about not resting in the past. Not wishing to relearn them all over again.

    I momentarily considered posting some crazy mileage as an April Fool's but decided otherwise. I also considered saying I broke my leg or something but also thought better of that. Your idea is better than either of those. The only problem is, today really is a rest day so if I run then I am sabotaging my training plan!:grimace: The joke would be on me!

    This month starts with a rest day and ends with a rest day. I think that is why there is only a 10 mile increase this month over last despite the fact that I am running about 5 more miles each week this month over last month.:smile:

    I looked at my planned May mileage. As long as I make it healthy and on plan to there the increase in May sounds ridiculously high, but it is the same rate of mileage increase as March and April. It is just where the days of the month fall against my scheduled runs is all.
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  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Posts: 3,078Member Member Posts: 3,078Member Member
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!
    @WhatMeRunning As am I! What a lackluster start! lol

    I'm with you guys....and with 1-3 inches of snow in the forecast for the night, I may do my 6 miles by doing 2 loops of my 3 mile run, instead of heading out of town on an out and back in the AM tomorrow.
  • vandinemvandinem Posts: 457Member Member Posts: 457Member Member
    In for another 80 and will try to exceed that if the Fates are kind and the weather holds. I will set up my ticker after the first run, but a rest day today!
  • cbro70cbro70 Posts: 224Member Member Posts: 224Member Member
    Good Morning running friends. I hope everyone has a great weekend ! Still have a little soreness in my leg and will not be sure if I can run tomorrow. I will walk if I have to because it is a great cause. I am just disappointed that I have not been able to run all week. Hope to get back in the next few days.

    4/1 Rest day

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    Upcoming races:
    4/2 Run Down the Demons 5k Obstacle Run
  • ddmom0811ddmom0811 Posts: 1,152Member Member Posts: 1,152Member Member
    Rainy run this morning but it was really good. Flying back home tomorrow so will be a rest day.

    4/1- 5.1 miles in the rain
    4/2 - rest/travel day



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  • CivicSistaCivicSista Posts: 420Member Member Posts: 420Member Member
    @cbro70 what book did you read?
  • PaulaSchlotterbeckPaulaSchlotterbeck Posts: 30Member Member Posts: 30Member Member
    Hi! I'm new to this challenge. I started my exercise regimen in September, when I couldn't go around our block without stopping to rest. =( Now, I am doing 30min on the treadmill 6x/day and a 5k once a month. I'm hoping to transition to running during the next few months. Thanks in advance for your encouragement and support!


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  • brian_guntherbrian_gunther Posts: 359Member Member Posts: 359Member Member
    Okay, I'm back!

    I was doing great in March, right under my goal with over a week to go, and got really sick last Wednesday. Didn't run the rest of the month. (Makes sad frowny face)

    So, I'm back for April! Tried to get a full 3 miles in this morning, but after 9 days off, wasn't able to quite make it. I'm going to up the ante for April and find myself a 5K to sign up for ASAP!

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  • PaulW8910PaulW8910 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    I'm in.... starting from tomorrow! :smile:
  • cbro70cbro70 Posts: 224Member Member Posts: 224Member Member
    @CivicSista I just posted it in the book section of the group. It is called The ultimate treadmill workout. I am excited to try it out, just have to wait until this pesky pulled muscle stops hurting.
  • lporter229lporter229 Posts: 3,303Member Member Posts: 3,303Member Member
    I am going to take another shot at this challenge this month. I did not sign up in March because I find it sooo hard to keep up with all of the activity in this thread and I feel like I am not being as supportive as I would like to be. But I did miss all of the good conversation that I try to catch when I am able, so I figured I'll give it another go.

    I am going to hold off for now on declaring my mileage. I may or may not be running (not racing) the Flying Pig marathon on May 1st. I haven't really trained for it, but I may do it slowly with a friend for support. Because I have not done any runs over 14 miles since my last marathon in October, I am going to go out for 20 slow miles with her tomorrow and see how it goes. Then I will decide if I think I can do the race. Mileage for March was 144. My guess is that I will be somewhere in that neighborhood again either way.

    But on the other hand, I did get a new puppy two weeks ago (proudly bragging a little through my profile pic)! Time spent with her has meant less time running. Can't wait till she is mature enough to get in on the action!
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  • acorsaut89acorsaut89 Posts: 1,030Member Member Posts: 1,030Member Member
    I'm not particularly advanced as a runner, but this will be my second season out.

    I am aiming for 45 running KMs - I say running because I also bike.

    I have two races scheduled for April
    04/03 - Around the Bay 5K, Hamilton, Ontario
    04/24 - Forest City Road Races, London, Ontario
  • karllundykarllundy Posts: 1,291Member Member Posts: 1,291Member Member
    4/1 - 3.5 miles on indoor track + weights/abs

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  • instantmartianinstantmartian Posts: 335Member Member Posts: 335Member Member
    lporter229 wrote: »

    But on the other hand, I did get a new puppy two weeks ago (proudly bragging a little through my profile pic)! Time spent with her has meant less time running. Can't wait till she is mature enough to get in on the action!

    Your puppy is adorable! Good luck with her!


    For all of those starting April on a rest day, I am doing the same thing, thanks to what might turn out to be a chilly, damp 15K tomorrow morning. The 15K is mostly down and back along West River Drive (AKA Martian Luther King Drive) that runs along the Schuylkill River in Philly. Yesterday, I learned that my grad-school alma mater (Northeastern University) will be racing the University of Pennsylvania in their first regatta on the Schuylkill River at the same time the race is going on. The distraction of the extra happenings on the water and the potential to cheer on NU from a distance may help me get through what might otherwise be a pretty miserable race. The push to get through the race for some pretty awesome chocolate fondue waiting for me at the finish line will also help. :smile:
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Posts: 3,774Member Member Posts: 3,774Member Member
    Elise4270 wrote: »
    Gah! Starting the month with a rest day!!!

    You gonna April fools us on that?
    LOL!:lol: I wish! I feel good enough to run today but will respect the rest day. I've learned my lessons about not resting in the past. Not wishing to relearn them all over again.

    I momentarily considered posting some crazy mileage as an April Fool's but decided otherwise. I also considered saying I broke my leg or something but also thought better of that. Your idea is better than either of those. The only problem is, today really is a rest day so if I run then I am sabotaging my training plan!:grimace: The joke would be on me!
    .

    I should call today a rest day too. But.... I really feel like running. And it's in the 50's today. I know I'm not recovered, and slightly dehydrated. Tomorrow is the group run, and since I had such a bad experience last week, I'm tempted to bail on the while idea of group running. Which tells me to take the rest day and run with the group. Or, (I think), @MobyCarp mentioned it may not be a fit for me if they are always running my race pace. I'm just stuck in the middle today.

    I haven't even outlined April's running plan yet. Looming doc appointment the 11th. And I'd hate to make plans and have to abandon them for his plans. So I hesitate.

    In the spirit of April fools day- tomorrow is my birthday. :smiley: Sounds like a good reason to bail on the group run and sleep in.
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Posts: 3,078Member Member Posts: 3,078Member Member
    Thinking of getting these: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/air-zoom-pegasus-32-flash-running-shoe/pid-10338513/pgid-11222303 I wear size 6.5 and finding my size is a pain. I already own a pair of Pegasus but they are :o women's size 8 because the store didn't sell people McNugget men's shoes....be nice to own a men's pair and the price is great
  • VirkatiVirkati Posts: 679Member Member Posts: 679Member Member
    I need some help before I can move forward into April and feel comfortable. Last Saturday was my last run, did 7.36 total on the treadmill. That mileage was a PR and part of my training plan. The gluteus medius injury that I've been working on has pretty much resolved BUT Saturday's treadmill run seems to have aggravated a new problem. I have taken this entire week off of everything and the soreness/pain is gone. The PT had told me that even though I backed down to running only 4 days a week, I'm increasing mileage, swimming, a little biking, and it's all just taking a toll. So for this week, I've done nothing except stretching.

    Here's where I need help...I've decided that my training plan is too aggressive for my current ability. But I'm only 6 weeks out for my first half. Tomorrow is supposed to be a long run of 8 miles but I haven't run at all this week and 8 miles will be a PR for me. I don't know how to move forward to the half, stay mindful of my current true ability, and minimize the potential for more injury. Because CLEARLY I'm not doing it right. I don't know how to tell if I have the proper base mileage to be setting the goals I've been aiming for. I go slow. So slow, that if you check Strava, my min/mile is ridiculously slow. I don't know what to do at this point.
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,204Member Member Posts: 2,204Member Member
    @Elise4270 - I'm torn on the whole group run thing. First, I love the social aspect here and I also love meeting fellow runners at races and chatting with whoever I am keeping pace with. So I should LOVE group runs.

    The problem is, I run and train on my own terms exclusively. So if others are going faster or slower, I am not running how I want, and thereby not getting what I wanted out of it. I also set my running schedule (days and time of day) based on how I can be consistent week to week depending on various life factors, and this changes over time with regularity. Group runs are set at fixed times and life would have to work around them, which in my case any normal times of day are almost always out of the question.

    Hopefully at some point a local group run fits in with my schedule, at which point I wouldn't hesitate to try it out and see if anyone is running at my pace. That just hasn't happened yet.
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  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Posts: 3,078Member Member Posts: 3,078Member Member
    @WhatMeRunning I know what you mean about that. "Fortunately" There isn't a running group within 20 miles of me, so all my running is solo, unless/until I get my wife to go with me, then I'll use runs with her as daily double second runs of only like 1.5-2 miles.
  • EvgeniZyntxEvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,424Member Member Posts: 24,424Member Member
    So there is a race at the end of the month up to Frankenstein's Castle (the real one) - thinking of signing up for it - it's 16 km, right on schedule with my end of month run. It's a sign!

    Edit: group runs - I'm keeping away from them unless the announced speeds are very close to my target speed for the distance. I've looked at few local ones, but given the language thing (I'm not 100% fluent) and uncertain speeds - I tend to avoid them. Maybe in a month or two.

    Edit edit: Traded in the shoes I bought yesterday for a half size up because I was not that happy with the fit. These should be better. Louder too. :) Bright red NB. Fast, just looking at them.
    edited April 2016
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,204Member Member Posts: 2,204Member Member
    Virkati wrote: »
    I need some help before I can move forward into April and feel comfortable. Last Saturday was my last run, did 7.36 total on the treadmill. That mileage was a PR and part of my training plan. The gluteus medius injury that I've been working on has pretty much resolved BUT Saturday's treadmill run seems to have aggravated a new problem. I have taken this entire week off of everything and the soreness/pain is gone. The PT had told me that even though I backed down to running only 4 days a week, I'm increasing mileage, swimming, a little biking, and it's all just taking a toll. So for this week, I've done nothing except stretching.

    Here's where I need help...I've decided that my training plan is too aggressive for my current ability. But I'm only 6 weeks out for my first half. Tomorrow is supposed to be a long run of 8 miles but I haven't run at all this week and 8 miles will be a PR for me. I don't know how to move forward to the half, stay mindful of my current true ability, and minimize the potential for more injury. Because CLEARLY I'm not doing it right. I don't know how to tell if I have the proper base mileage to be setting the goals I've been aiming for. I go slow. So slow, that if you check Strava, my min/mile is ridiculously slow. I don't know what to do at this point.
    That's a tough one from my perspective. I almost have to wonder if your new nagging pain isn't caused by your body adjusting to take it easy on you gluteus medius. That would mean that either the gluteus medius is not yet healed or you have altered your form due to that injury, prompting the new one. If that is the case then you are in a downward spiral for which going up to a half in 6 weeks...given you haven't run 8 miles yet...means if you take it easy now you may be healed up but attempting a half having never made it to 8 miles and bumping planned mileage down is overall risky indeed, perhaps leading to a race day injury.

    However, if this new injury is not related to the prior one, just take a day or two off completely and then try running just one or two miles to test things. If they are OK then pick up your training as you had planned and go for it!

    I'm sure someone else will have even better insight, but that is how I would be looking at this.
    edited April 2016
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,204Member Member Posts: 2,204Member Member
    So there is a race at the end of the month up to Frankenstein's Castle (the real one) - thinking of signing up for it - it's 16 km, right on schedule with my end of month run. It's a sign!
    OMG - You MUST do this!! That is just too cool!
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