July (2016) Running Challenge

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  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    My quads hate me this morning. Trying to decide how many days to take off before starting running again. Today and tomorrow for sure, but kind of hoping my legs feel good enough for a short easy run on Thursday, but that will be a quick 3 day turn around. Feeling better about how I did yesterday, and parsing data to get an idea of how to improve my running.
  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    Date Miles today. Miles for July
    7/1 3.1 miles - 3.1
    7/2 14 miles - 17.1
    7/3 REST DAY
    7/4 9 miles - 26.1
    7/5 9 miles - 35.1

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    Upcoming races:
    UAH 8K - 3/6 <<< 34:33 3 in AG
    Oak Barrel HM - 4/2 <<<< 1:38:00 3 in AG
    Bridge Street HM - 4/10 <<< 1:36:33 3 in AG
    PEO-AVN Team Day 5K - 5/4 <<< 19:10 (2.9 mi) 1 in AG 5 OA
    Cotton Row Run 10K - 5/30 << 44:57 PR
    Firecracker Chase 10.2 miler 6/25 << 1:20:22 1 in AG & 15 OA
    Rocket City Marathon - 12/10

  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    @PoppetsMaster deactivated again. :-(
  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    edited July 2016
    2:15:40 Garmin time. Chip time could be faster because I was so wasted I didn't stop the Garmin until after finish

    AWESOME job @MNLittleFinn I didn't have a doubt that you'd conquor this.


    9voice9 wrote: »
    My Garmin time was 1:09:45 for 6.36. It'll be a few days for the chip time. It's quite a thing to run with 60K people, but it was fun. I'll do a full report (as full as my old-man forgetful self can do) later.

    AWESOME job also @9voice9
  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    @respectthekitty I have a guy near me that bbq's on every special occasion, I always tell him I'm coming back for dinner
    @stoshew71 great pictures
    @MNlittleFinn Fantastic race - congrats!
    @9voice9 super race!!! 60K runners way too many for me LOL
    @whatmerunning sounds like the weather matched the race. Glad you were feeling good enough for the 5K though
    @greenolivetree when Skip would get real mucusey (is that a word) with asthma we would bowl water in a pot on the stove and then put her over to to breathe with a towel over her head, it would break it up.

    Went hiking today with Skip. So an active rest day. It was a few miles of trail in a Canyon but we did so quite a bit of up and down climbing on things. She swam in a waterfall...no thanks in 50F water. Great day,

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    @skippygirlsmom Which canyon is this?
  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    Thanks @Stoshew71 I wrote up a full report in a later post, it was a good race, and I'm glad I have my first HM under my belt. Looking forward to my September HM, where I think I'll have a better handle on how to run things.
  • 9voice9
    9voice9 Posts: 693 Member
    Thank you to all the folks who've given me grats (either in a message or in your own head) on the Peachtree. It really means a lot to me and I'm so grateful to have found this group!
  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    edited July 2016
    Thanks @Stoshew71 I wrote up a full report in a later post, it was a good race, and I'm glad I have my first HM under my belt. Looking forward to my September HM, where I think I'll have a better handle on how to run things.

    I just read it. I'm still catching up. LOL

    Still a great job. As you increase mileage, the end of a HM won't be as bad. It's normal to postive split on your first half and training miles are still young. Increase your weekly mileage and get some hill work in, and you will have plenty of strength at the end of your race to sustain that speed. Goal of this race is to finish and you did more than that.

    I am also a very stuborn runner. I figured you wouldn't stay with the pacer. That pace was just way too slow for you. Congratulations!!!\

    @9voice9 I just read your race report as well. Great job. Love the picture with Jeff Galloway.
    I would love to run that one one year.

    @Elise4270 Congratulations on your son!
  • not_a_runner
    not_a_runner Posts: 1,343 Member
    juliet3455 wrote: »
    I have been back at it for a few weeks now and I have done some slow intervals, which have been going well! I have been doing about 2-3 miles at a time of running/walking combined, so I think I am going to go for 45 in July!
    And one question.. there is a local half marathon/5k coming up September 24. And I kind of got the idea it might be fun to walk/run the half!!

    @TresaAswegan Have you taken part in previous races?
    If the answer is no I would suggest you start with some 5km events - all the speed demons will be at the front of the starting pack so to prevent potential passing conflicts start near the back of the pack in front of the walkers.
    Once you have completed a few 5 km events and managed to get a few longer runs ( 7-9km ) then find a 10km event. Have fun.

    I have probably done around 15 5k races, so I'm pretty familiar with the format for shorter races.

    Thanks for the replies! Sounds like everyone thinks I am better off to wait. Just getting excited haha.
  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    Stoshew71 wrote: »

    I just read it. I'm still catching up. LOL

    Still a great job. As you increase mileage, the end of a HM won't be as bad. It's normal to postive split on your first half and training miles are still young. Increase your weekly mileage and get some hill work in, and you will have plenty of strength at the end of your race to sustain that speed. Goal of this race is to finish and you did more than that.

    I am also a very stuborn runner. I figured you wouldn't stay with the pacer. That pace was just way too slow for you. Congratulations!!!

    Thanks. I figure I finished ahead of the 2:20 pacer so my going too fast didn't totally kill my run, but I certainly did get punished for pushing too hard in the middle. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how I did, and It's nice to know I did something that most people have not ever done.

    I'm definitely planning on putting hill repeats into my next training cycle (starts next week EEK!) so I'll be more ready for my next HM. My plan is to also try to get my long runs past 13 miles, so when I run the HM, it will actually be a shorter run than my Long runs. Add in the fact that the average high is in the upper 60s and I think the next one will work out better for me. Not necessarily faster, just feeling better.
  • Stoshew71
    Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
    edited July 2016
    My quads hate me this morning. Trying to decide how many days to take off before starting running again. Today and tomorrow for sure, but kind of hoping my legs feel good enough for a short easy run on Thursday, but that will be a quick 3 day turn around. Feeling better about how I did yesterday, and parsing data to get an idea of how to improve my running.

    Just worry about walking for a few days. Your legs will tell you when its time.

    EDIT: You will improve by adding more miles. ;-)
  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    edited July 2016
    Stoshew71 wrote: »
    Just worry about walking for a few days. Your legs will tell you when its time.

    EDIT: You will improve by adding more miles. ;-)
    Walking is the plan for sure. My little guy demands it! LOL, I'll probably put on 4-6 miles walking today and tomorrow, so it's not like I'm sitting still......even though it feels like it...

    Doing a little mapping out of how I want to train for my next HM, since I have to get into it pretty soon to be ready enough in time, to feel good about it.

    Edit: Waiting for blisters to go away before I do any running
  • Elise4270
    Elise4270 Posts: 8,375 Member
    @greenolivetree I talked my husband into seeing a specialist for his asthma. He came back with a plan and several new meds. I'm not advocating for the pharmaceutical industry, but it has helped him greatly. No more hacking and wheezing.

    He smoked for ages, probably 25+ years, and he has decreased lung capacity, ~80% of what it should be. The asthma can cause lung scaring so it's important to get under control. You probably know all that though.

    Good luck with it!
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    July
    1-4.6mi with incline between 1-13. slow and steady
    2-nope
    3-nope
    4-nope
    5-hip and foot cramps, nope


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  • katharmonic
    katharmonic Posts: 5,630 Member
    Can I ask for opinions on which half marathon to sign up for? I think I mentioned this before but I really need to decide and I keep changing my mind. Maybe if I talk it out some more with you all I'll make a decision. Choices are:

    1. Empire State Half Marathon (Oct 9) - local race, no logistical challenges, I run on the course frequently and know it well, flat, will know people running it including many of my running group, will have people to cheer me on and one person has offered to run me in the last mile or so.

    2. Niagara Falls International Half marathon (Oct 30) - beautiful course ending at the falls, flat to net downhill, closed course so not a lot of spectators, don't know anyone else running the half but do know a couple of people running the full, will need a hotel (already reserved just in case) but the logistics are not bad (bus right from hotel to start). Chance of being very chilly.

    This is my first half marathon and I'm looking to FINISH and show myself I can do it. I'm in a HM training group with a coach so should be ready for either one although I am no where near ready now. I feel like the Niagara Falls one will be more special and I don't mind the hotel cost, would be a mini vacation. But I'd be on my own. The local race I would feel very supported but worry that it won't feel very special, maybe even boring?

    What say you all?
  • karllundy
    karllundy Posts: 1,490 Member
    7/1 - Baseball tournament...no chance to run.
    7/2 - More baseball!
    7/3 - Family day. Not starting the month so well.
    7/4 - 3.82 miles on a beautiful, cool morning.
    7/5 - Bodypump class, followed by 1.5 miles on indoor track.

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