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


    Thanks! I think so too, but like most puppy mommies, I'm probably a little biased :)

    Good luck on your race tomorrow. I'm sure it will be fun no matter what. Chocolate fondue makes everything ok!!!

    haha You're welcome!

    Thank you, and you're right - chocolate fondue does make everything okay! :smile:
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Posts: 4,330Member Member Posts: 4,330Member Member
    Can I have some advice please you lovely people? I am doing a 10k in 9 weeks and just been doing my own thing but looking for a training plan. I found this one which has 5 days runs but it is 12 weeks and start point is higher than my current mileage and I do 4 runs currently. Should I follow roughly but reduce miles at start and add them and just not complete it before the race or do something different? I currently do:


    Thought or suggestions much welcomed and appreciated. I would love to do it in an hour but not expecting that yet as my shorter midweek runs are currently at 6:40 per km (quite a bit of effort) and longer at 7.20 per km (ok pace) so anywhere near it would be good.

    I personally have found that if I follow my own plan, run at 3-5 days a week, I'll get there. I wouldn't adjust my starting mileage to fit the plan. If you want to follow the plan, I'd stay where you are until the plan catches up to you. That way you've added some base miles.

  • kellyship17kellyship17 Posts: 112Member Member Posts: 112Member Member
    In for 60 in April :smile:
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Posts: 4,330Member Member Posts: 4,330Member Member
    hayhayruns wrote: »
    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wCvFbhY/exercise.png this is my first challenge, commuting to at least 5 miles a day. I pressed the star button on the page but how do I officially join the challenge, and have it listed under my "challenges" tab?

    That's all I do, select the star and follow the thread. I'm not aware that there's any formal commitment. Welcome, and keep us posted on your runs!
  • lporter229lporter229 Posts: 3,632Member Member Posts: 3,632Member Member
    Can I have some advice please you lovely people? I am doing a 10k in 9 weeks and just been doing my own thing but looking for a training plan. I found this one which has 5 days runs but it is 12 weeks and start point is higher than my current mileage and I do 4 runs currently. Should I follow roughly but reduce miles at start and add them and just not complete it before the race or do something different? I currently do:
    2.5miles twice during week,
    5miles Saturday
    3.7miles Sunday (I normally count in km's hence odd number)
    Plan requires
    2 miles weekday samish
    3-4 miles weekday extra!
    2.2 miles weekday samish
    5 miles Saturday - same
    3-4 miles Sunday - same

    Thought or suggestions much welcomed and appreciated. I would love to do it in an hour but not expecting that yet as my shorter midweek runs are currently at 6:40 per km (quite a bit of effort) and longer at 7.20 per km (ok pace) so anywhere near it would be good.

    Is this your first 10K or have you done others? Based on the fact that the plan you posted has long runs of 7 and 8 miles and lots of speed work, I would say that this is not a beginner plan, but a plan that is aimed at increasing speed. Based on your current running schedule, you could probably go out and run a 10K tomorrow, so I am assuming then that speed is your goal. When I use a training plan that is a bit aggressive for my current level, I do not try to stick to it rigidly. Any of this work that you do between now and race day will definitely help you to get faster, but you also have to be cautious of burn out and injury. If you are only comfortable running 4 day per week, then I don't see any problem with that. I know plenty of people that run marathons with only 4 days per week training. If you find the speed work to be too demanding, drop an interval or two. I would use the plan as an outline and tailor it to what works for you. Listen to your body and you will know what to do. Good luck!!!
  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,273Member Member Posts: 1,273Member Member
    hayhayruns wrote: »
    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wCvFbhY/exercise.png this is my first challenge, commuting to at least 5 miles a day. I pressed the star button on the page but how do I officially join the challenge, and have it listed under my "challenges" tab?
    The "challenges" tab is different from this. Those challenges are set by MFP with specific goals that all must meet and you earn awards at set limits along the way.

    This thread is just a forum thread where you state your own goal and are accountable to yourself to track your progress. Just keep updating in here when you run with your mileage. You already joined just by chiming in.:smile: Welcome to the group!

    "That was easy." This is a great group!
  • rune1990rune1990 Posts: 529Member Member Posts: 529Member Member
    Awesome, hello April! My goal for April will be 55 miles. I hope to finally get some added miles and longer runs, without any near injury misses. I also plan to add in some weight lifting. This might get interesting!


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    June 25 Perth Kilt Run 8km
    edited April 2016
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 1,952Member Member Posts: 1,952Member 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.

    Given the description above, I'd say that this Saturday is not the time to attempt a new PR distance. Maybe try to run 7 miles, just a little short of last Saturday and hopefully enough to give you confidence that you can do it; but definitely keep it easy.

    Avoiding injury is tricky. Most of us are motivated to avoid injury right when we're trying to recover from injury, when avoidance is a bit late. Absent advice from medical professionals (and I'd pay close attention to what your PT says), I'd say don't even try to build your base to more miles per week until after you've run a week or two at your former level and seen no new issues with the gluteus minimum. Once you have 2 or 3 weeks at the same level with no problems, then it's time to edge the distance up a bit.

    Will this get you through a half in 6 weeks? Maybe not. But before you can complete a half, you need to arrive at the start line able to run.

  • cbrunenkantcbrunenkant Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Shin splints hit hard in March! I had to drop down to only 2 runs per week and about 2.3 miles per run! I'm setting a conservative goal of 20 miles for April.

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  • 5BeautifulDays5BeautifulDays Posts: 591Member Member Posts: 591Member Member
    Y'all are out of control--50 new posts! And after I went and made my ticker I see that I am not nearly so original, lol, tulips and butterflies abound!

    I had a good first run for the month, although it was raining and I wound up on the treadmill. My ankle was hurting quite a bit when I put on my shoes, so I took a couple of ibuprofen, really loosened up my laces (and then had to loosen the other foot, too, because boy, did that feel weird!) and took it pretty slow. After the first mile the pain was down considerably, and by the second mile wasn't really an issue. However, my big toe felt like it was falling asleep. I think there's definitely some swelling going on with that tendon. Not really sure what to do about that. It does make me wonder if it's time for new shoes. I've only got about 200 miles on these, but they've also been worn without really having another pair in rotation (I occasionally wear an older pair for strength days, and my trail shoes, but not often).

    4/1...5.0 @ 12:00 on the TM (4.0 @ 11:15 and 1.0 walking)


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  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 1,952Member Member Posts: 1,952Member Member
    After sleeping on it and thinking a bit, I'll set a modest goal of 200 miles for April. Today is a rest day, but 13 miles Saturday, plus 50 and 45 miles the next two training weeks, plus a marathon plus a half marathon comes out to 147 miles. Even if I'm a bit short in the next 2 weeks due to daily taper workout limits, it seems likely I'll be over 200 miles in April given two weeks of recovery running in addition to what I know I'll do.

    It still won't be close to what I ran in March, but that's okay. March may well have been my peak mileage month for the year, absent a similar month when I'm training for the Rochester Marathon. I don't want to run 280 miles every month; that would put my Number 1 Goal of avoiding injury in jeopardy.
  • librarianlady2012librarianlady2012 Posts: 55Member Member Posts: 55Member Member
  • 5BeautifulDays5BeautifulDays Posts: 591Member Member Posts: 591Member 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.

    I would be increasing those miles with walk/running. Practice being out moving for 2-2.5 hours, not running that long. I also wouldn't run any longer than that, no matter what the distance is. It may take you longer than that to do your 13.1 miles, but no reason to put that sort of stress on your body ahead of time, in my opinion. You aren't going to "build" stamina like that in the short time you have left to prepare. Better to conserve your strength and avoid getting hurt.

    I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on tv, but I am a middle-aged, injury-prone slow-poke and I endorse this message.
  • hayhayrunshayhayruns Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
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    hayhayruns wrote: »
    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wCvFbhY/exercise.png this is my first challenge, commuting to at least 5 miles a day. I pressed the star button on the page but how do I officially join the challenge, and have it listed under my "challenges" tab?
    The "challenges" tab is different from this. Those challenges are set by MFP with specific goals that all must meet and you earn awards at set limits along the way.

    This thread is just a forum thread where you state your own goal and are accountable to yourself to track your progress. Just keep updating in here when you run with your mileage. You already joined just by chiming in.:smile: Welcome to the group!

    Thanks for the response! I haven't used this app before, and my first post had a spelling error, my tracking link didn't copy correctly, and I'm not entirely sure that this will post as a response. Hahaha! But I am stoked for the challenge :)
    edited April 2016
  • ROBOTFOODROBOTFOOD Posts: 5,057Member Member Posts: 5,057Member Member
    @4leighbee I'm in the green valley area. Usually run Pittman wash a lot or McCallough Hills , Red Rock for trail running. 4-20mi+ But next week I have a taper to 12mi for my 25k trail race on Saturday so I wont be out much. After that though, I'll be out running a bunch of areas.
  • patrickreeveboydpatrickreeveboyd Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Gosh yeah just a good place to post results, and see what others are up to, talk about challenges... I'm new to this group as well as to the idea of measuring my distances, since I usually go by time. So that will be my thing this month, just to measure how far I go...using...my...phone I suppose
  • ceciliaslaterceciliaslater Posts: 397Member Member Posts: 397Member Member
    First run of the month (and first run post-marathon) complete.

    Notes: Running is SO HARD. The weather was nice, if a bit humid and super windy at times. But, man, was it tough today. I made sure to keep my HR down in the low 150s (after the first couple miles of not paying much attention to it--whoops), which led to an average pace of around 11:00 per mile. Still recovering a bit, I suppose. It has been less than 2 weeks since the race. It just seems so ridiculous that a 4 mile run could be so hard after having run a freaking marathon. I feel like it should be a cakewalk. lol

    Trying to decide what I want to do this weekend. Obviously an easy run, but the distance is up for debate. I'll probably just go out and see how I feel. Maybe aim for an out-and-back to the bridge, which would be a smidge over 7 miles in total...

    Distance total: 4.25 of 100 miles complete.
  • 9voice99voice9 Posts: 693Member Member Posts: 693Member Member
    I'm new to this group as well as to the idea of measuring my distances, since I usually go by time. So that will be my thing this month, just to measure how far I go...using...my...phone I suppose
    Welcome - but don't worry about measuring miles, if time is easier/acceptable for you. There are other folks who gauge themselves by time, rather than distance, so you're not alone. And remember - we call it a challenge, but it's purely a challenge against your own yesterday-self, not anyone else.

    Except @Stoshew71 and @Kristinegift and @MobyCarp and @WhatMeRunning (and maybe a couple others). Those folks are crazy - and mad-competing against each other to see how VERY far they can go in a month's time.

    :wink:
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,227Member Member Posts: 2,227Member Member
    Gosh yeah just a good place to post results, and see what others are up to, talk about challenges... I'm new to this group as well as to the idea of measuring my distances, since I usually go by time. So that will be my thing this month, just to measure how far I go...using...my...phone I suppose
    You don't have to set your goal or measure it by distance. Some people have set time goals and tracked those. So if you have a number of hours/minutes you wish to track you could do so. You can even set the ticker up to track number of minutes/hours/whatever.:smile:
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,227Member Member Posts: 2,227Member Member
    9voice9 wrote: »
    I'm new to this group as well as to the idea of measuring my distances, since I usually go by time. So that will be my thing this month, just to measure how far I go...using...my...phone I suppose
    Except @Stoshew71 and @Kristinegift and @MobyCarp and @WhatMeRunning (and maybe a couple others). Those folks are crazy - and mad-competing against each other to see how VERY far they can go in a month's time.

    :wink:
    Well, I would say...

    IT'S ON!!!

    ...but...

    @Stoshew71 and @Kristinegift and @MobyCarp will easily beat my monthly mileage. And @MobyCarp is tapering AND recovering from BOSTON for cripes sake!:lol::lol::lol: These people are BEASTS I tell ya!! :smile:

    And so will @ariceroni and @michable most likely.:smile: They beat me every week on the GC and Strava leaderboards. :smile: I'm comfy in like the 5-8 slot generally.

    And those groups aren't even COUNTING the super-crazy ultra runners who occasionally post/lurk here. We won't even go there. I think they refrain from posting here to avoid us feeling like they are smiting us with utterly ridonkulous mileage!!! The truth is more likely that between their never-ending run-eat-sleep-repeat cycle they just don't have the time to post.
    edited April 2016
  • AdrianChr92AdrianChr92 Posts: 567Member Member Posts: 567Member Member
    Ayyyyy first day did 3 km as a taper. Tomorrow I'm sitting on my *kitten* all day and eating pasta cause I race on Sunday. It's so hard not to run these days. I hate tapering already.

    Shooting for 120 km this month. Should be pretty easy with actual mileage and I need to increase it for half marathon training

    .....Date.....Distance...Pace (min/km).........................Sarcastic tips from someone who ran since December
    April 1.......3 km...........(7:30)................................Your cotton shirts will do just fine. Your nipples won't bleed

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    03/04: Bucharest 10k and Family run (registered)
    16/04: Color Run Bucharest (registered)
    15/05: Bucharest Half Marathon
    edited April 2016
  • karllundykarllundy Posts: 1,360Member Member Posts: 1,360Member Member
    I think they refrain from posting here to avoid us feeling like they are smiting us with utterly ridonkulous mileage!!! The truth is more likely that between their never-ending run-eat-sleep-repeat cycle they just don't have the time to post.

    Hahahahahahaha! So funny! I have been repeatedly "smote" or is that "smited"?
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member Member
    Hi all. I was contemplating on whether to run 4 miles or not today. I have a HM race early tommorow morning but I am running it for fun. Next week's HM is a feature race that I am trying to PR on. Tomorrow's is a fun race at the Jack Daniels distillery with a group picnic afterwards. It also has a giant hill (Whiskey Hill) in it. So I am using it as a fun training run. I decided to keep today as a rest day. This is a cutback week and I think I could use an extra rest day.

    Welcome to all the new people. Sorry to not name you all out. I hope your enjoy your time in this thread.

    Also one more thing I wanted to point out. This thread can move really fast and it can be very hard to keep up. I hope nobody will think anyone is a twerb if you are not 'social' much in here. Even if all you do is come in, post your miles, and leave. There is something about tracking your miles in public that makes you accountable and motivates you to your next run. If that is all this thread serves to you, then bless you. The name of the game is to get out there and do something active. I will be thrilled if my thread helps you with your goals in that manner.

    It's also impossible to keep up with every single conversation in here. I know I can only scan the pages lightly as best i can on some days when things get busy. I apologize if there is something I miss. I don't mean to diss anyone. As well, I know many others do the same thing. Nobody (I hope) will fault you if you skip stuff. I don't think anyone in here purposely ignores or disses any particular people. It just happens. I guess that is one of the problems with having a sucessful thread like this.

    So don't feel pressured to do anything you are unable to do.

    If you post something that needs my attention, please highlight it with @Stoshew71 or send me a personal message. And I apologize if for some reason I don't get to it right away.

    If you post a question in this thread and nobody answers it, please don't be afraid to repost it again in here. For the reasons above, it is very easy to miss it.

    Also, because the thread used to get very messy, I think many people are now going to post questions in the group page so it is easier to track. If you do and you don't get much traffic on it, let everyone know in this thread that you posted a Q in the group page. Posting the link to your question in this thread may help as well. For example, @MNLittleFinn posted a question here:

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10363154/what-to-do-after-cut-back-week

    Now we all can find it and comment on it if we like. (Or if you don't, that is fine too).

    But if you want to post a question in this thread, that is perfectly fine as well.

    Best wishes everyone.

    Stan
  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,273Member Member Posts: 1,273Member Member
    9voice9 wrote: »
    I'm new to this group as well as to the idea of measuring my distances, since I usually go by time. So that will be my thing this month, just to measure how far I go...using...my...phone I suppose
    Except @Stoshew71 and @Kristinegift and @MobyCarp and @WhatMeRunning (and maybe a couple others). Those folks are crazy - and mad-competing against each other to see how VERY far they can go in a month's time.

    :wink:
    Well, I would say...

    IT'S ON!!!

    ...but...

    @Stoshew71 and @Kristinegift and @MobyCarp will easily beat my monthly mileage. And @MobyCarp is tapering AND recovering from BOSTON for cripes sake!:lol::lol::lol: These people are BEASTS I tell ya!! :smile:

    And so will @ariceroni and @michable most likely.:smile: They beat me every week on the GC and Strava leaderboards. :smile: I'm comfy in like the 5-8 slot generally.

    And those groups aren't even COUNTING the super-crazy ultra runners who occasionally post/lurk here. We won't even go there. I think they refrain from posting here to avoid us feeling like they are smiting us with utterly ridonkulous mileage!!! The truth is more likely that between their never-ending run-eat-sleep-repeat cycle they just don't have the time to post.

    Oooh cool!!!!! - I want to be in the crazy runners group. I believe I have inadvertently been challenged. B)
  • ahealthyopahealthyop Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Going for 25 miles. Used to be able to self motivate but that's getting tougher as it gets tougher to get back/stay on track.

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