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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2019, 01:29:45 PM »
Today was a major win, because I really did NOT want to get up and run. My oldest had a late rugby game last night, so I was tired and didn't want to get up, plus it was cold (for us). My youngest was up at 5:50 though so I sucked it up and did it. I'm trying to add in shorter/faster (for me) runs, so I did two miles today with 10:25 average pace. Usually I'm in the 11:30-12:30/mile range so that was progress!

Wow that's a big drop in pace, well done!

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« Reply #101 on: February 07, 2019, 10:22:10 AM »
Still clipping along and closing in on 50 miles per week.  I had an exhausting long run of 12 miles on Sunday that was stupidly done near marathon pace...sooo...too fast.  But otherwise running has been uneventful.  I'm forever (normal) tired and (normal) sore, but last week's hamstring "issue" is a distant memory.  We're travelling to the frozen tundra of Michigan this weekend, and I am NOT looking forward to running in single digit (Fahrenheit) temperatures.  I'm happy that this is half marathon training rather than marathon training, though!  The mileage is so much more do-able. 

Lots of great achievements going on in this sub!

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #102 on: February 07, 2019, 02:39:24 PM »
I'm so happy to find this thread! I've been a runner for a few years now. I'm pretty below average as a runner in general, but running makes me happy. Currently 15 states into my goal to run a half in every state. We have a couple states picked out later this year to target (It's a long term goal, we're basically doing 2-4 per year as they work into our schedules and travel plans). Last summer I ran myself into a raging case of ITBS. I had been flirting with it early in the year, but some strength work and stretching kept it under control until I ran a half marathon that was mostly downhill... yeah.... downhill is great until it's not. So after time off, more strength work, stretching, and (worse of all) swimming, I'm coming back pretty slow. My goal is to start pushing to get back to more normal pace and mileage in March, but for the last month and this one I've just been basically going out and running what ever feels good that day a few times a week. Good luck to all with your training and goals!

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #103 on: February 10, 2019, 01:24:15 PM »
I did a 30km run for the first time yesterday! In a good clip too - 2:51:00!

Humidity makes a massive difference, yesterday was cool, with a slight breeze and virtually no humidity. Sometimes you get lucky and the Australian summer doesn't try to murder you.

Really starting to think this goal of a 4 hour marathon in June is getting within reach, but it's going to require a bit of luck and another ~400km of training over the next 3 months.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #104 on: February 11, 2019, 05:22:33 AM »
So I did my first 'run' after 4 years, starting with 1-1min and 2-2min running-walking for 20 min. That went really well considering I haven't done this in 4 years and the last time I did this first training for the 5k program it didn't go so well and I couldn't even finish it the first time (!). Biking to work and doing yoga does help ofcourse (wasn't doing that the first time). I thought my physical fitness was not good and it isn't but not as bad as the last time so that's saying something. I really need to improve though. Baby steps. :)

I wanted to do more and did 2 minutes instead of the last 1 minute so I would be home sooner and that wasn't the case the last time I started. But I'm continuing this path to avoid injuries etc.

Good to see so many different stages here btw! Good to know I'm not alone as a beginner but also inspiring to read the other stories from experienced runners!

On a different note, was not biking to work the last 3 weeks because I needed a new bike and the weather was awful (stormy/snowy) but no excuses from now on because I got the new bike and will go back to biking (total of 36km = 22.4 miles) instead of public transport tomorrow.

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« Reply #105 on: February 11, 2019, 02:14:46 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm in too. I've been running off and on for most of my life. I love seeing the range of goals, experience, paces, mileage, etc. One of the best things about running is that we're all going through the same thing regardless of how fast or experienced you are. Everyone has good and bad days, struggles with motivation, and goes through injuries.

I'm trying to come back from a few years of poor training that were largely a result of increased job stress and some good changes in my life. I've signed up for a spring marathon and some summer trail races to hopefully keep me motivated.

Looking forward to following everyone's journey!

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #106 on: February 11, 2019, 08:30:52 PM »
Need a little motivation, so I'll post for accountability.

I've been running fairly consistently since 2013-ran 4 marathons, most recently a mid 3 hour in October. Was my slowest, but I was pretty happy with it since I did most of my training pushing my then 7 month old in a stroller. (Zero speed work)

In 2019 I'd like to get under 90 minutes again in the half which I haven't done since 2014 (got soo damn close running by effort in 2017-90:05) and complete a local 17 miler in the fall. No real goal time for that, just hopefully not a personal worst. The only issue is that between busy work schedules, winter, and being a new parent I've barely run at all this winter. My wife and I are both signed up for a June half; so I'll either use that as a training race if we run together, or try for sub 90 and now we *have* to start training.

Long term goals are qualify for Boston and run more marathons in my 30s than in my 20s. (failed/given up on my goal of 1 full/year) Starting to think a BQ is a pipe dream until we are out of the baby/toddler stage-so if you have BQ'd with little ones, I'd love to hear your story.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #107 on: February 12, 2019, 05:20:10 PM »
Today was a major win, because I really did NOT want to get up and run. My oldest had a late rugby game last night, so I was tired and didn't want to get up, plus it was cold (for us). My youngest was up at 5:50 though so I sucked it up and did it. I'm trying to add in shorter/faster (for me) runs, so I did two miles today with 10:25 average pace. Usually I'm in the 11:30-12:30/mile range so that was progress!
This is great!

I managed 4 miles this last Saturday, run/walk.  My average pace was a hair over 11:30, and that's the first time I've managed a sub-12:00 since my injury the end of October.  (My late October half marathon pace was 10:42 and my 10k was barely sub-10).

But everything hurts.

For sure, my hamstring is still a problem.  Despite warming up and doing stretching it's tight.  And it's tight for a long time.  Like...2.5 to 3 miles before it finally loosens up.
(Let's not even talk about how bad my cardiovascular system is right now...because mostly, it's the knee/ hamstring).

So today, track workout...finally the knee/ hamstring loosens up around mile 2.5 or 3...then the lower back gets sore.  Sigh.

Back to hip/ core class.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #108 on: February 13, 2019, 10:50:07 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement; you guys are the best. I did my 2 mile route today at 10:49 overall pace, but did a 10:15 mile in there somewhere. I think I need to get back to yoga and other cross training; running was easier when I was more consistent with my yoga and boot camp classes but I have been so busy at work lately that I haven't been able to get to any. I have made sure to get out and run minimum 2 miles at least 3 times a week regardless of weather or work though. I don't want to have to start over from scratch again!

I just started taking our 8 month old puppy "running" with me last weekend (not far, and not fast). It was fun to mix it up a little, and I look forward to ramping up with her slowly. Also, my sister-in-law signed up for the Born To Run 30 mile race in May. I don't think I can do 30 by then, especially since the Rock and Roll half is two weeks later, but I'm considering the 10 mile race. The price doesn't go up until the end of the month so I have some time to think about it. Has anybody here been to Born To Run before?

Sorry about how it's going with you, @mm1970 . Coming back after an injury sucks so bad! I hope it improves for you soon. My cardiovascular system is still feeling the impact of taking time off last fall when I rolled my ankle. It's ridiculous how quickly it goes.

Good luck with your BQ efforts, @Civex! My friend missed it by 4 minutes last year. I can't even fathom being fast enough. I don't have a story to share about BQ with little kids, but I'll be happy to cheer you on in your efforts!

@snoot Welcome and good luck with your races this year!

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #109 on: February 13, 2019, 01:15:53 PM »
A really big training win on Sunday - completed 30km for the first time and probably could have kept going!

Final time was 2:51. I'd passed the 21.1 half marathon point at 2:01, only 4 minutes outside my best time, which means the next time I have a serious crack at it I should be able to lower that time substantially.

The pleasing thing was that afterwards there was no soreness, exhaustion or body complaints. I think doing the midweek runs at a much slower pace is really helping.

In the beginning I could never see the sense of resting or taking those base-building runs easy - how do I learn to run fast by not running fast???? But it truly works...

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #110 on: February 14, 2019, 06:27:51 AM »
@Civex how close have you gotten to your BQ time with your previous marathons?  If you're within a few minutes, it seems feasible that you'd get there in a couple training cycles at the most.  I BQed for the first time in grad school when I was working 80 hours/6 days a week.  All I did was work and run.  It took a ridiculous amount of discipline and planning.  I'd get up at 3 AM to get into lab to set up my experiments.  I'd then run before I had to be back to relinquish the instrument at 8 AM.  Unless you've been training in a sport basically your whole life, you really do have to put in the mileage to get the BQ, averaging at least 50 mpw and peaking at 60-70.  It's a lot of time.  I know a handful of people who have BQed/qualified for Kona with young kids, but their spouses were very accommodating.  It's definitely something you have to work out with your SO before you set out to train.

@marty998 when's your next race?  are you going to do a half marathon before the full in June?

@Sanne that's a pretty serious amount of cycling every day!  I'm only ~ 6 miles from work, but the route is garbage....so I haven't tried biking yet.  Good luck with your build to a 5k!  That's the hardest leap to make.  After that it's easy.  :)

@mm1970 and anyone struggling with knee/hip/etc. injuries: have you heard of the Myrtl routine?  It's great for maintaining strength and stability of the pelvic girdle and can be done at home if you can't get to core class:
http://www.digitalrunning.com/1035/myrtl-routine/

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #111 on: February 14, 2019, 01:22:34 PM »
two months out from Boston.  not feeling ready.  hate going into races saying "i'm just going to enjoy this race".  i know that's a lie if i am not well prepared.

anyone else here running Boston?

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #112 on: February 14, 2019, 01:29:31 PM »

@marty998 when's your next race?  are you going to do a half marathon before the full in June?

No half planned before June - I have a couple to do afterwards in July and August. Before then I have a 10k in two weeks, a 12k in six weeks, and another 10k in early May.

As you can see, I have become somewhat obsessed. I take solace in the fact there are worse things in life one can be addicted to :D

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #113 on: February 14, 2019, 01:44:33 PM »
@Civex how close have you gotten to your BQ time with your previous marathons?  If you're within a few minutes, it seems feasible that you'd get there in a couple training cycles at the most.  I BQed for the first time in grad school when I was working 80 hours/6 days a week.  All I did was work and run.  It took a ridiculous amount of discipline and planning.  I'd get up at 3 AM to get into lab to set up my experiments.  I'd then run before I had to be back to relinquish the instrument at 8 AM.  Unless you've been training in a sport basically your whole life, you really do have to put in the mileage to get the BQ, averaging at least 50 mpw and peaking at 60-70.  It's a lot of time.  I know a handful of people who have BQed/qualified for Kona with young kids, but their spouses were very accommodating.  It's definitely something you have to work out with your SO before you set out to train.

@marty998 when's your next race?  are you going to do a half marathon before the full in June?

@Sanne that's a pretty serious amount of cycling every day!  I'm only ~ 6 miles from work, but the route is garbage....so I haven't tried biking yet.  Good luck with your build to a 5k!  That's the hardest leap to make.  After that it's easy.  :)

@mm1970 and anyone struggling with knee/hip/etc. injuries: have you heard of the Myrtl routine?  It's great for maintaining strength and stability of the pelvic girdle and can be done at home if you can't get to core class:
http://www.digitalrunning.com/1035/myrtl-routine/
These are good.  Similar to the exercises we do in hip/core...

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #114 on: February 14, 2019, 03:08:16 PM »
Need a little motivation, so I'll post for accountability.

I've been running fairly consistently since 2013-ran 4 marathons, most recently a mid 3 hour in October. Was my slowest, but I was pretty happy with it since I did most of my training pushing my then 7 month old in a stroller. (Zero speed work)

In 2019 I'd like to get under 90 minutes again in the half which I haven't done since 2014 (got soo damn close running by effort in 2017-90:05) and complete a local 17 miler in the fall. No real goal time for that, just hopefully not a personal worst. The only issue is that between busy work schedules, winter, and being a new parent I've barely run at all this winter. My wife and I are both signed up for a June half; so I'll either use that as a training race if we run together, or try for sub 90 and now we *have* to start training.

Long term goals are qualify for Boston and run more marathons in my 30s than in my 20s. (failed/given up on my goal of 1 full/year) Starting to think a BQ is a pipe dream until we are out of the baby/toddler stage-so if you have BQ'd with little ones, I'd love to hear your story.

I did, but we only have one little one.  most of my runs are early am and he was < 1 yr old at the time.  i managed a sub-2:50 in what was basically my first real marathon, at age 39.

i am training for boston now and it seems so much harder now that he's 1.5 yrs old, more active, wants to play, etc.

if you want to know about my training, PM me.  basically run a lot, one day a week i don't run but do "something" like bike or yoga...

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #115 on: February 15, 2019, 12:59:04 PM »
Put in 31 miles in January. Experienced some front of hip soreness early in February, so I took a week off. It's somewhat of an ongoing issue, and oddly enough, I believe it came from holding a stretch a little longer than normal. Anyway, after a few days, it's good to go, and I'm back on track.

Eight week plan looks like:
Mon - rest
Tues - legs/core or yoga
Wed - medium run, the middle 50-75% being at goal pace
Thurs - small to medium run at easy pace
Fri - chest/back/bi or yoga
Sat - short run at easy pace
Sun - long run with negative mile splits

Mileage for this week will be 14.25, and long run this weekend will be 5.25 miles. The plan is to increase weekly mileage ~10% over the next 6 weeks before a 2 week taper and race day.

Goal for the day @13.1m is finish/2:20/2:10. Strong feeling I'll fall between 2:20 and 2:10 with a prayer that the energy of the day carries me closer to 2:10.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #116 on: February 15, 2019, 07:48:47 PM »
Ran my first outdoor run over 5 miles tonight. Did 7 miles in 1:05, after doing 5 miles on the treadmill yesterday morning. Went well but my knee was hurting towards 6/7, but felt great otherwise. Think it was just from the longer mileage and maybe not enough stretching.

Only bad part is when I got back, a company hit a water line so Iíve been sitting here unshowere for 2 hrs... :/

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2019 Runners Thread
« Reply #117 on: Today at 04:47:17 PM »
Nice job on the longer mileage use2betrix! The first time I ran 7 miles seemed to be the tipping point where I felt like I could do the longer runs. No idea why, that still doesn't make sense, but 7 miles was my "I now feel like can do a half marathon" distance.

I'll second the Myrtl routine mentioned earlier thread for knee pain. I'd also add that regularly including Hip Hikes have always helped me with knee pain. Because my knee pain tends to steam from weaken gluten.

I met a group for a run yesterday and ran the last three miles with a friend. I wasn't paying attention to pace, and ended up running about 30-45 seconds faster per mile than I have been running in my slow come back. It felt good and I feel fine today. That's really reassuring for starting up some type of actual training next month to get back to my normal pace. Had nice swim today. I'm not a huge swim fan, but all my best running has coincided with regular swimming over the years, so to the pool I continue to go.