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  • sweetdaisy13sweetdaisy13 Member Posts: 171 Member Member Posts: 171 Member
    @Scott6255 Reading your post about seeing a Coyote during your run makes me glad that I live in the United Kingdom.

    Most of the runs I do are trail/mountain and luckily no Coyotes for us, just plenty of Sheep, Cows, the occasional Fox and Mountain Hare.
  • martaindalemartaindale Member Posts: 715 Member Member Posts: 715 Member
    Congrats @abowersgirl I too was an avid anti-runner my whole life. Any time I tried to start running it was either shin splints or just the fact that running sucked that made me stop. I only started really trying to run in 2014 to help with my weight loss, and it took attending my first 10k event before I ran my first mile non-stop (ran 6.2 non-stop that day) and realized the only thing that had kept me from running all my life was all in my mind.

    Keep at it! I promise you that you will never regret it and thank yourself so many times in the future you won't believe it.

    I'm also a lifetime anti-runner. When I started it was because I got bored with walking and my goal was to be able to run a 5k a few days a week. In the process of doing that I grew to love running and a 5k is my easy run now! It's crazy to see how far you come.
  • Juliexx00Juliexx00 Member, Premium Posts: 37 Member Member, Premium Posts: 37 Member
    June Goal 100km

    6/1: 11km
    6/2: 4.5km
    6/3: 5km
    6/4: 9km
    6/5: 3.75km
    6/6: 12km
    6/7: rest, 30min HIIT and 2km walking hill repeats.
    6/8: 9.5km

    54.75/100 km completed for June
  • quilteryoyoquilteryoyo Member Posts: 3,462 Member Member Posts: 3,462 Member
    Sorry about all of the issues @polskagirl01 . Now you knew what your 8 yr old will and won't do. Glad you had a nice forest run today.

    You are doing great @abowersgirl ! Totally relate to loving it, even when you aren't. :lol:

    Nice @Avidkeo ! You're going to do great, again, on your HM.

    @martaindale and @eleanorhawkings Hugs to you both. I sort of regretted never having kids. You guys are making me feel better about that. :lol: Seriously, hang in there. Hopefully this phase won't last too long.

    I did manage a 3.5 mile treadmill run today (plus 1 mile walk) before heading down to help mow mom's lawn. I'm more tired than I normally am after doing her lawn. But, I'm not sure that I usually do it after running that far. That's probably why.

    edited June 9
  • katharmonickatharmonic Member, Premium Posts: 5,438 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,438 Member
    Congrats @abowersgirl I too was an avid anti-runner my whole life. Any time I tried to start running it was either shin splints or just the fact that running sucked that made me stop. I only started really trying to run in 2014 to help with my weight loss, and it took attending my first 10k event before I ran my first mile non-stop (ran 6.2 non-stop that day) and realized the only thing that had kept me from running all my life was all in my mind.

    Keep at it! I promise you that you will never regret it and thank yourself so many times in the future you won't believe it.

    I'm also a lifetime anti-runner. When I started it was because I got bored with walking and my goal was to be able to run a 5k a few days a week. In the process of doing that I grew to love running and a 5k is my easy run now! It's crazy to see how far you come.

    Yes, I'll agree with @martaindale and @WhatMeRunning. I very much NEVER wanted to run and hated it. And then I just decided to try because walking wasn't quite enough. I joined a walk to run program and surprisingly got all caught up in it. It is amazing what you can accomplish that you never thought you could do. Keep going!


    Date :::: Miles :::: Cumulative
    06/01/21 :::: 3.1 :::: 3.1
    06/02/21 :::: 2.1 :::: 5.3
    06/03/21 :::: 2.4 :::: 7.6
    06/04/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 7.6
    06/05/21 :::: 13.1 :::: 20.7
    06/06/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 20.7
    06/07/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 20.7
    06/08/21 :::: 3.1 :::: 23.8
    06/09/21 :::: 4.6 :::: 28.4

    I went to group speedwork tonight for the first time in MONTHS. Probably since January. I saw our coach at the race on Saturday and felt guilty, but I had already been thinking of starting up again in this new summer session. The workout was an "easy" one for the first night. 2 minute intervals x 8. 90 seconds recovery between for the first 4 and 60 seconds between for last half. Then 4 100-meter sprints. We did 10 minutes warmup and 10 minutes cooldown. I have definitely been feeling it that I haven't been doing speedwork, so I was expecting it to feel pretty rough. It was surprisingly not as bad as I thought. Even my warmup pace was quite a bit faster than I normally run so I really haven't been pushing myself like I should on a regular basis.
  • AvidkeoAvidkeo Member, Premium Posts: 2,909 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,909 Member
    shanaber wrote: »
    It is late and I was catching up, just reading through and thought I would post this for @penguinmama87 and anyone else wanting to understand speedwork. I will go back in the morning and comment more...

    These are descriptions I got from the Hal Higdon training plans (10K, Half Marathon, Marathon) and I think they are good, especially for a novice and/or anyone who doesn't have a HRM or know what their zones are. When I was first doing all my training (pre pacemaker) my HR was so low I did not fit into any of the normal HR zones and could never figure out where I should be. I was eventually able to calculate something but I found, for me it wasn't terribly effective.
    These particular descriptions are from the HM training plans... but could be applicable to anyone, you can reduce the number of intervals to what fits for where you are today and then add as you improve or can handle more. I used my watch to alert me when I covered the distance but I didn't care if the distance was exact. You could also make the distances shorter but 400 meters seems to be about the right distance.

    An interval workout usually consists of fast repeats separated by walking or jogging (the actual “interval” between). The program begins with 5 x 400 meters in the first week and adds one more 400 every other week to reach 10 x 400 meters the week before your half marathon. Walk or jog during the interval between each repeat.

    Tempo Runs: This is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle. A Tempo Run of 30 to 45 minutes would begin with 10-15 minutes easy running, shifting smoothly into an acceleration of 15-20 minutes near the middle, then 5-10 minutes easy toward the end. The pace buildup should be gradual, not sudden, with peak speed coming about two-thirds into the workout. Hold that peak only for a minute or two. The times prescribed for Tempo Runs serve mainly as rough guidelines. Feel free to improvise. Improvisation is the heart of doing a Tempo Run correctly.

    This is perfect timing because I was curious about how long a tempo run should be!
  • TrambomanTramboman Member Posts: 1,995 Member Member Posts: 1,995 Member
    6-1 7k tempo
    6-2 rest
    6-3 7k tempo
    6-4 6k tempo
    6-5 7k tempo
    6-6 6k tempo
    6-7 rest
    6-8 7k tempo
    6-9 6k tempo
    6-10 rest


    June Total: 46k
    June Goal: 150k

    Hooray for rest day today, with golf instead of running.
    I'm already tired of summer and it hasn't even officially started.

    When you pop in here claiming your December 2021 mileage, what accomplishments will you have made?

    PUT THE FUN BACK IN THE RUN!
    Return to a good running weight of 175 lbs (second attempt)

    2021 Races:

    6/26 Direction Up 5k, Solon, OH
    7/17 Run of the Ox 5k, Mantua, OH
    9/18 5k Run and Roll, Aurora, OH
  • Juliexx00Juliexx00 Member, Premium Posts: 37 Member Member, Premium Posts: 37 Member
    June Goal 100km

    6/1: 11km
    6/2: 4.5km
    6/3: 5km
    6/4: 9km
    6/5: 3.75km
    6/6: 12km
    6/7: rest, 30min HIIT and 2km walking hill repeats.
    6/8: 9.5km
    6/9: 5km

    59.75/100 km completed for June
  • katharmonickatharmonic Member, Premium Posts: 5,438 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,438 Member
    Date :::: Miles :::: Cumulative
    06/01/21 :::: 3.1 :::: 3.1
    06/02/21 :::: 2.1 :::: 5.3
    06/03/21 :::: 2.4 :::: 7.6
    06/04/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 7.6
    06/05/21 :::: 13.1 :::: 20.7
    06/06/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 20.7
    06/07/21 :::: 0.0 :::: 20.7
    06/08/21 :::: 3.1 :::: 23.8
    06/09/21 :::: 4.6 :::: 28.4
    06/10/21 :::: 2.1 :::: 30.5

    Warm-up run before strength training today. It was beautiful so I did it outside. I intended to do a little more but ran short of time. Another new bench press PR today! Very exciting but I definitely heavily relied on my spotter/trainer for this one.
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,526 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,526 Member
    6/1 - 3.36 miles, easy effort (45 mins Z2)
    6/2 - 3.23 miles, tempo run (25 mins Z4 w/7.5 min warm-up/cool-down)
    6/3 - 3.32 miles, easy effort (45 mins Z2)
    6/4 - 3.35 miles, sprint intervals (12 x 45 secs w/1:45 recovery and 7.5 min warm-up/cool-down)
    6/6 - 6.76 miles, long run (90 mins Z2, 5 mins Z3)
    6/7 - 3.36 miles, easy effort (45 mins Z2)
    6/8 - 3.33 miles, easy effort (45 mins Z2)
    6/9 - 3.63 miles, tempo run (30 mins Z4 w/7.5 min warm-up/cool-down)
    6/10 - 3.40 miles, easy effort (45 mins Z2)

    Total: 33.74 miles
    Goal: 105 miles

    Is it hot lately, or is it just me?
    edited June 10
  • polskagirl01polskagirl01 Member Posts: 1,414 Member Member Posts: 1,414 Member
    shanaber wrote: »
    It is late and I was catching up, just reading through and thought I would post this for @penguinmama87 and anyone else wanting to understand speedwork. I will go back in the morning and comment more...

    These are descriptions I got from the Hal Higdon training plans (10K, Half Marathon, Marathon) and I think they are good, especially for a novice and/or anyone who doesn't have a HRM or know what their zones are. When I was first doing all my training (pre pacemaker) my HR was so low I did not fit into any of the normal HR zones and could never figure out where I should be. I was eventually able to calculate something but I found, for me it wasn't terribly effective.
    These particular descriptions are from the HM training plans... but could be applicable to anyone, you can reduce the number of intervals to what fits for where you are today and then add as you improve or can handle more. I used my watch to alert me when I covered the distance but I didn't care if the distance was exact. You could also make the distances shorter but 400 meters seems to be about the right distance.

    An interval workout usually consists of fast repeats separated by walking or jogging (the actual “interval” between). The program begins with 5 x 400 meters in the first week and adds one more 400 every other week to reach 10 x 400 meters the week before your half marathon. Walk or jog during the interval between each repeat.

    Tempo Runs: This is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle. A Tempo Run of 30 to 45 minutes would begin with 10-15 minutes easy running, shifting smoothly into an acceleration of 15-20 minutes near the middle, then 5-10 minutes easy toward the end. The pace buildup should be gradual, not sudden, with peak speed coming about two-thirds into the workout. Hold that peak only for a minute or two. The times prescribed for Tempo Runs serve mainly as rough guidelines. Feel free to improvise. Improvisation is the heart of doing a Tempo Run correctly.

    Thanks for posting this - it's what I wanted to write/copy/paste but didn't have time.
    Hal Higdon's training plans and advice are great (and if you don't need the interactive version, FREE!). On his more advanced plans, he prescribes specific speed work each week, which can give you ideas even if you don't do the whole plan. A good, appropriately hard speed workout once a week can do wonders! Consider your current goal distances, and take a look at his plans for that distance. (Internet search "Hal Higdon [distance]")

    Oh one note: different training "camps" have different definitions for Tempo Run. For some it is a run at a harder pace sustained the entire time.

    Honestly, how you do it isn't as important as just actually doing it regularly. I personally would say weekly. Fartlek - speed play - can be done anywhere. You decide how long the intervals will be based on whatever you want (telephone poles, pavement markings, songs, hills, etc). I've even taken the C25K intervals and done them as an easy run instead of the "walk", and a fast run for the "run" intervals. Have fun with it!
  • skippygirlsmomskippygirlsmom Member Posts: 4,268 Member Member Posts: 4,268 Member
    6/3 – 3.11
    6/4 – 3.02
    6/5 – 5.15 biking (not counted in miles)
    6/6 – 1.29 with pups
    6/7 – 3.02
    6/7 – 1.02 with pups
    6/10 – 4.02

    15.46 of 60 miles

    I had a couple of lazy days but got out again this morning.

    @quilteryoyo yes I’m volunteering at the meet, so last year was a cross country meet and this is actually mid distance (800m) to long distance (3200m) track meet. I’m so happy for my friends at RunningLane, they are doing a great job of getting their name out there as premier Race Directors. I’m either going to work on the track itself setting up the runners or check in for each event. I’ve worked at a lot of track meets so I’m game for whatever they need me to do. Hope you’re enjoying the visit with your family. Love the pictures.

    @katharmonic glad you got the HM finished, sorry it wasn’t the best day or you. It’s rough when it first gets hot. I’m loving your Fleet Feet bling!!!!

    @Shanaber Macy will do the same when we are walking as Hobbs, when she’s done she just lays down on the grass on the side of the road under a tree. Like I’m good mom you just go on.

    @martaindale 12 is rough for a girl, lots of body changes happening for them. I’ll keep you and your hubby in my thoughts and prayers, teenaged girls are not for the faint of heart.

    @polskagirl01 great workout area
  • martaindalemartaindale Member Posts: 715 Member Member Posts: 715 Member
    @rheddmobile You have had a lot thrown at you lately. Here's hoping that a bit of good luck or at least a little relief is headed your way. You are showing some serious commitment to keep it up through all of this and I'm sure your mental health thanks you!
  • kgirlhartkgirlhart Member Posts: 4,123 Member Member Posts: 4,123 Member
    June Goal: 116 Miles

    6/1: 6.10 miles
    6/2: 5.11 miles
    6/3: 5.35 miles
    6/6: 11.02 miles
    6/8: 3.12 miles
    6/9: 6.22 miles
    6/10: 6.55 miles

    42.46/100  miles completed for June

    I didn't get a chance to post yesterday.  It wasn't stormy so I got out and ran a 10K. It was so hot.  I am definitely not acclimated to this yet. It was 77°F with 99% humidity and the dew point was 74°.

    Today's run was a little easier, but still pretty hot at 75°F feels like 77 and 96% humidity, dew point 74°  I ran 5.5 miles today. I am definitely slower in the summer than I am in the winter. It always kind of surprises me how much the heat and humidity affects pace.

    It's been pretty busy at work so I will post this and then go back and catch up on reading the thread.

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    2021 Races:
    4/24/21: Run For The Children 10K PR 55:46:28.
    11/6/21: Run For 57th AHC Half Marathon










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