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  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Posts: 2,227Member Member Posts: 2,227Member Member
    4leighbee wrote: »
    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)
    Honestly, everyone here is technically in the crazy runners group. You have to be crazy to run, let alone commit to some number that may be the most you could possibly do in a month, whatever that number may be. It is a lot easier for some to tack on an extra 25 miles in a month while some others may find 25 miles in total a bit too much and would be happy if they could do 20 miles. And they will have to work every bit as hard to hit that 20 as the other people going for their new goals.

    This thread is all just about setting what you think you can do and working to get it done. We're all the same in that way, all working just as hard to get there. The numbers are arbitrary. It's the effort that counts. After all, if you don't reach your goal what you do is try again the next month. Everyone here would say that to another. Perhaps it was injury, life, or you just set too aggressive of a goal. Trying is what this thread is about. And having a community to help keep you going so you DON'T GIVE UP! :smile:
    edited April 2016
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member Member
    RE: group runs. I love my group that I train with on Tuesday's Thursdays and sometimes Saturdays.

    However, I find myself doing something completely different all the time then what they do. We all meet at the same place at the same time. Many run shorter runs and some run a little longer runs. I seem to run the longest. So we have set up routes where the first mile or so, we are all doing pretty much the same thing and then the route changes depending on how far you have to go. Of course by the time the first half mile sets in, you have leaders way up front than some others. Not everyone is doing the same pace.

    Some even get there early and sneak an extra mile or so before everyone else starts. You see every once a while a couple folks running to the bagel shop on Tuesday just before our scheduled start time. I know a couple of folks actually run to the bagel shop from their home and run back after the run which get's them a couple of extra miles.

    Over last fall while my marathon training was ramping up, I was doing tempo runs where the first 2 or 3 miles, I was way ahead of everyone else and I was running pretty much all by myself. Then i slowed down into an easier pace where eventually 2 or 3 more caught up with me to finish the run. Sometimes they would just pass me.

    Sometimes it can be a negative thing. If I had an easier day in mind, and we have leaders that are going a little faster than what I had planned (or should have planned), yeah I admit that my ego pushed me a little faster than what I should have done. That can be a negative draw back to group runs and that is something I had to learn the hard way. I am better now to let people go.

    Eventually we all would end up at the same place where we started. Many would stay for coffee and many had to leave and get ready for work. Those that stayed, I would eventually get in and catch up with them (even if it was only 5 minutes).

    And if someone can't make it to group and needs to postpone their run to a later day or time, they post it on our FB page and many times someone else will join them.

    It's just how we are. Very flexible.
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member 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.

    If an injury or hurt causes you to alter your gait in any way, STOP what you are doing and rest until you can run with your correct form.
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 1,952Member Member Posts: 1,952Member 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
    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:

    Actually, I'm not competing against anyone for how far I can run in a month. I don't even think in terms of how far in a month; I think in terms of how far in a week. My *estimate* (not goal) for March was done by adding the miles called for by my Boston training plan. I came within one mile of that estimate, because I was mostly pretty good at sticking to the training plan. The fact that the total miles for March seemed crazy is due to my having a pretty aggressive plan, and March containing a peak week and some almost-peak weeks.

    First two weeks of April are taper toward Boston. I expect that there will be folks on this group who run farther than I will in April. That's okay. Total distance isn't my focus for April. Performance at Boston is, and that means being disciplined about following the taper. Running Buffalo, or Pittsburgh? You may very well have more miles in April than I do. And that's okay. I don't want to run 282 miles every month. Right now, I'm thinking that settling into a routine of 40 to 50 miles per week when I'm between marathon training plans would be nice.

    I set my target for April at 200 miles, but it's okay if I don't get there. It's really just an estimate. If I need to cut back further to recover from Boston, cutting back further is the thing to do.

    Running more miles is not always the best thing to do. Staying healthy to run another day is more important.
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member 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?

    By posting in here you are now officially joined.

    However, this is a MFP user created challenge and not an official challenge recognized by UA or myfitnesspal. (I am just a normal user just like the rest of you guys and I created this thread.) So I don't think there is a way to see it under the "challenges" tab.

    But if you go to COMMUNITY-> Challenges (under Main Forums) because this is one of the highest traffic threads on the Forum, it's very easy to find us near the top. And if you bookmark this thread, by hitting the 'star' between the 'bell' and 'gear' after selecting COMMUNITY should get us as well.

  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 1,952Member Member Posts: 1,952Member Member
    karllundy wrote: »
    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"?

    I believe it's "smitten." Irregular verb, smite-smote-smitten.
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member Member
    MobyCarp wrote: »
    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
    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:

    Actually, I'm not competing against anyone for how far I can run in a month. I don't even think in terms of how far in a month; I think in terms of how far in a week. My *estimate* (not goal) for March was done by adding the miles called for by my Boston training plan. I came within one mile of that estimate, because I was mostly pretty good at sticking to the training plan. The fact that the total miles for March seemed crazy is due to my having a pretty aggressive plan, and March containing a peak week and some almost-peak weeks.

    First two weeks of April are taper toward Boston. I expect that there will be folks on this group who run farther than I will in April. That's okay. Total distance isn't my focus for April. Performance at Boston is, and that means being disciplined about following the taper. Running Buffalo, or Pittsburgh? You may very well have more miles in April than I do. And that's okay. I don't want to run 282 miles every month. Right now, I'm thinking that settling into a routine of 40 to 50 miles per week when I'm between marathon training plans would be nice.

    I set my target for April at 200 miles, but it's okay if I don't get there. It's really just an estimate. If I need to cut back further to recover from Boston, cutting back further is the thing to do.

    Running more miles is not always the best thing to do. Staying healthy to run another day is more important.

    I'm the same way. I am more worried about how much I can get in this week or next. Kind of why I have the generic goal of 200 even though I break it most times. Also, since my goal is the first one most will see, I am scared of posting 250 or 300 miles because I know that may discourage many would be challengers. My goal for this thread is to be as open as possible to all. Whether you are a beginner or experienced runner.

    By real goal is to make it to Boston. I am very jelous to @MobyCarp that he already has his BQ and will be racing it in a couple of weeks. Although I am proud for him as well and can't wait to see how he does.

    But in order for me to make it to Boston, yes, I have to do some really crazy stuff. And I think a few of us are trying to get there as well. @kristinegift is going for her BQ at the end of the month I believe, and we all wish her luck. And I think a couple of us others are trying to BQ as well. My next attempt is in December.

  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member 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.

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    I would do the same weekly mileage and same long run. That means taking that 5th smaller run, and adding it to your other 3 smaller runs.

    How to get to week 1 if your current fitness is not quite inline with the plan's 1st week will be the challenge. Do the best you can to catch up which means you may not make it to the end of the plan. Is your race actually 12 weeks away? If your race is more than 12 weeks away, then just continue through the plan even if you need to insert some weeks to get to week 1.
  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,273Member Member Posts: 1,273Member Member
    @ROBOTFOOD are any of those safer than others for a single female?
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member Member
    MobyCarp wrote: »
    karllundy wrote: »
    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"?

    I believe it's "smitten." Irregular verb, smite-smote-smitten.

    "Smite me Oh mighty smiter! Now I am not much for blaspheming, but that last one made me laugh."



  • kristinegiftkristinegift Posts: 2,275Member Member Posts: 2,275Member 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
    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:

    Echoing what @9voice9 says about it being ok to measure in time instead of miles! No judgements here. The challenge is for you, against you; no one else!

    And I won't be top contender for mileage this month, I bet. No more 230-250+ months for me for a while... I'll be tapering for half of April and then recovering from my May 1 marathon for half of next month! :o

    Stoshew71 wrote: »

    But in order for me to make it to Boston, yes, I have to do some really crazy stuff. And I think a few of us are trying to get there as well. @kristinegift is going for her BQ at the end of the month I believe, and we all wish her luck. And I think a couple of us others are trying to BQ as well. My next attempt is in December.

    This BQ-attempting does encourage some crazy running on my part... But hopefully it will be worth it come 5/1!! 3:35 or bust!
    edited April 2016
  • louubelle16louubelle16 Posts: 549Member Member Posts: 549Member Member
    Stoshew71 wrote: »

    I'm the same way. I am more worried about how much I can get in this week or next. Kind of why I have the generic goal of 200 even though I break it most times. Also, since my goal is the first one most will see, I am scared of posting 250 or 300 miles because I know that may discourage many would be challengers. My goal for this thread is to be as open as possible to all. Whether you are a beginner or experienced runner.

    I think you're right to do that, as I know I lurked on this thread for months and months before having the guts to join in. I was reading and learning when lurking, but it was only through doing so that I realised you are all super friendly, helpful and supportive to everyone, regardless of level. I don't think I even would have lurked if that was the first thing I had read, thinking there was no way this stuff was for me.

    And now, rather than intimidated, I'm inspired by all of you with high levels and it motivates me to keep going, knowing I will be there too eventually. At my current rate of adding about 10-15 miles a month, I'll get to 200-250 miles in just over 2 years, so watch out in 2018 for me whooping your backsides :wink: (The fact you'll all be running ultras by then is something I'm just going to ignore, haha)
    edited April 2016
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member 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
    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:

    Echoing what @9voice9 says about it being ok to measure in time instead of miles! No judgements here. The challenge is for you, against you; no one else!

    And I won't be top contender for mileage this month, I bet. No more 230-250+ months for me for a while... I'll be tapering for half of April and then recovering from my May 1 marathon for half of next month! :o

    Stoshew71 wrote: »

    But in order for me to make it to Boston, yes, I have to do some really crazy stuff. And I think a few of us are trying to get there as well. @kristinegift is going for her BQ at the end of the month I believe, and we all wish her luck. And I think a couple of us others are trying to BQ as well. My next attempt is in December.

    This BQ-attempting does encourage some crazy running on my part... But hopefully it will be worth it come 5/1!! 3:35 or bust!

    Is 3:35 just your low end qualification mark? Cause I would think you need about 3 minutes cushion to actually make it in. Hopefully, no more than 3 minutes are needed.

  • kristinegiftkristinegift Posts: 2,275Member Member Posts: 2,275Member Member
    @Stoshew71 I'd have to do 3 mins under to know I'm 90% safe (last year's 2:28 buffer has me running scared!). That's why I'm targeting 3:31 or better this go around. My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31. I was going to use this weekend's race as a good way to estimate marathon time (double HM time + 13 mins) but since the winds will be 25-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph... it's not going to be the best measure of my fitness!!
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Posts: 3,659Member Member Posts: 3,659Member Member
    winter weather advisory for 2-4 inches of snow and 15-25mph winds right when I 'm supposed to be running my 6 miles tomorrow. I have a feeling that I'm going to be doing 2 loops of my in town 5k route, rather than the new 3 mile out and back I was planning.
    https://weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/l/55750:4:US?phenomena=WW&significance=Y&areaid=MNZ019&office=KDLH&etn=0012 local weather shows the snow coming right between 0400 and 0600...I run at 0630-0700 for start times
    edited April 2016
  • onesmallchoiceonesmallchoice Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Much to my disappointment, starting the month with a rest day. Been dealing with some long term hip and back stuff and while I'm getting better I don't want to push it when I'm feeling as sore as I am today. I did two miles on the 31st, looking forward to doing two more tomorrow!

    I keep telling myself that if I don't take it easy I'll end up sidelined for a loooong time. Just coming out of a bad spell of severe back pain over the last couple months and I do not want to jeopardize my chance get back on track with my running routine.

    4/1 - rest
  • 9voice99voice9 Posts: 693Member Member Posts: 693Member Member
    My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31.
    Like I said, crazy!

    But we're pulling for all y'all who are training so hard. Do you mind if we enjoy a little bit of the reflected glory? I'm not ever gonna even come close to BQ, but knowing folks who do (I even have one IRL who's working on it!) makes me feel a little bit special.
  • ROBOTFOODROBOTFOOD Posts: 5,057Member Member Posts: 5,057Member Member
    @4leighbee Ya. The Pitman wash is a 8mi long bike path. Minimal vertical gain. I usually run it at 5:30 or 6am. Because of the temps going up. Really the only technical trail is the one to Black Mtn peak. 7mi with 2k vert.

    Oh and BQ is on my radar! Will be working hard for it this yr(s)! I reckon I'll be running 60+mi/wk by then.
    edited April 2016
  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Posts: 6,338Member Member Posts: 6,338Member Member
    9voice9 wrote: »
    My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31.
    Like I said, crazy!

    But we're pulling for all y'all who are training so hard. Do you mind if we enjoy a little bit of the reflected glory? I'm not ever gonna even come close to BQ, but knowing folks who do (I even have one IRL who's working on it!) makes me feel a little bit special.

    Be careful in associating yourself with BQers. I used to think like you did not too long ago. Then I kept hearing about all this BQ crap, and how their training went in order to BQ, and I better BQ next race or bust, ect. All of a sudden, I started to believe that I had a chance. Then all of a sudden, I made it a goal and started ramping up training towards one.
    edited April 2016
  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,273Member Member Posts: 1,273Member Member
    ROBOTFOOD wrote: »
    @4leighbee Ya. The Pitman wash is a 8mi long bike path. Minimal vertical gain. I usually run it at 5:30 or 6am. Because of the temps going up. Really the only technical trail is the one to Black Mtn peak. 7mi with 2k vert.

    Oh and BQ is on my radar! Will be working hard for it this yr(s)! I reckon I'll be running 60+mi/wk by then.

    Cool - I mean is it *safe* for a single female, lol ... you guys don't need to worry about stuff like that. :)
  • kristinegiftkristinegift Posts: 2,275Member Member Posts: 2,275Member Member
    9voice9 wrote: »
    My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31.
    Like I said, crazy!

    But we're pulling for all y'all who are training so hard. Do you mind if we enjoy a little bit of the reflected glory? I'm not ever gonna even come close to BQ, but knowing folks who do (I even have one IRL who's working on it!) makes me feel a little bit special.
    Stoshew71 wrote: »
    9voice9 wrote: »
    My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31.
    Like I said, crazy!

    But we're pulling for all y'all who are training so hard. Do you mind if we enjoy a little bit of the reflected glory? I'm not ever gonna even come close to BQ, but knowing folks who do (I even have one IRL who's working on it!) makes me feel a little bit special.

    Be careful in associating yourself with BQers. I used to think like you did not too long ago. Then I kept hearing about all this BQ crap, and how their training went in order to BQ, and I better BQ next race or bust, ect. All of a sudden, I started to believe that I had a chance. Then all of a sudden, I made it a goal and started ramping up training towards one.

    @9voice9 & @Stoshew71 I never thought it was possible, either. My first marathon was 4:43, and so after that my long term goal was to one day run under 4 hours. But teaming up with the crazy good runners in my local group has totally shifted my perspective and made me ask myself last fall, "Why not me?!" So I decided to go for it.

    And yes, @9voice9, soak up some of the glory :) The support on here keeps me afloat when self-doubt creeps in. Y'all are a big part of my support system!


  • ROBOTFOODROBOTFOOD Posts: 5,057Member Member Posts: 5,057Member Member
    4leighbee wrote: »
    ROBOTFOOD wrote: »
    @4leighbee Ya. The Pitman wash is a 8mi long bike path. Minimal vertical gain. I usually run it at 5:30 or 6am. Because of the temps going up. Really the only technical trail is the one to Black Mtn peak. 7mi with 2k vert.

    Oh and BQ is on my radar! Will be working hard for it this yr(s)! I reckon I'll be running 60+mi/wk by then.

    Cool - I mean is it *safe* for a single female, lol ... you guys don't need to worry about stuff like that. :)

    Oh haha. Ya Pitman wash is definitely safe. Lots of families use it daily. Pretty busy on weekends. And I see single girls running on McCullough Hills trail all the time. It's way more quiet and out in the desert though.
  • 4leighbee4leighbee Posts: 1,273Member Member Posts: 1,273Member Member
    ROBOTFOOD wrote: »
    4leighbee wrote: »
    ROBOTFOOD wrote: »
    @4leighbee Ya. The Pitman wash is a 8mi long bike path. Minimal vertical gain. I usually run it at 5:30 or 6am. Because of the temps going up. Really the only technical trail is the one to Black Mtn peak. 7mi with 2k vert.

    Oh and BQ is on my radar! Will be working hard for it this yr(s)! I reckon I'll be running 60+mi/wk by then.

    Cool - I mean is it *safe* for a single female, lol ... you guys don't need to worry about stuff like that. :)

    Oh haha. Ya Pitman wash is definitely safe. Lots of families use it daily. Pretty busy on weekends. And I see single girls running on McCullough Hills trail all the time. It's way more quiet and out in the desert though.

    Thanks! :)
  • VirkatiVirkati Posts: 679Member Member Posts: 679Member Member
    Setting the goal for April at 80. The plan is calling for 103 but I think that's too aggressive. Honestly I think 80 might be too, but I have a better chance of getting that one. I didn't hit goal last month and I have to be ok with that. And I have to keep reminding myself that just crossing the finish line at my first half next month, will be a PR. I would really really like to be able to cross over it, upright, on my own two feet. The only way that's going to happen is if I back off, set realistic goals, listen to my body, and be willing to adjust. Even if that means adjusting every. single. week. ugh.

    exercise.png
    edited April 2016
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Posts: 1,952Member Member Posts: 1,952Member Member
    Stoshew71 wrote: »
    9voice9 wrote: »
    My totally unofficial calculations have me being able to run anywhere between 3:26 & 3:31.
    Like I said, crazy!

    But we're pulling for all y'all who are training so hard. Do you mind if we enjoy a little bit of the reflected glory? I'm not ever gonna even come close to BQ, but knowing folks who do (I even have one IRL who's working on it!) makes me feel a little bit special.

    Be careful in associating yourself with BQers. I used to think like you did not too long ago. Then I kept hearing about all this BQ crap, and how their training went in order to BQ, and I better BQ next race or bust, ect. All of a sudden, I started to believe that I had a chance. Then all of a sudden, I made it a goal and started ramping up training towards one.

    It gets worse. People in my running club are already assuming that I'll run Boston 2017, and I haven't even run a marathon in that qualifying window yet. And I won't know till probably mid-May how I'll feel about repeating the drill of work and train again this time next year.

    The little bit of hubris comes with the thought that I have a shot at qualifying to get into Chicago without going through the lottery. That would require a 3:15 marathon, with no break for being an old fart. I'm aiming for it, and I think it's possible; but it's by no means certain. And I don't know anything about Chicago; why should that even be a relevant goal, other than to say I did it?
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