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On your mark.. get set... 2020 Runners Thread
« on: January 01, 2020, 06:07:09 AM »
Starting the year off with a trail run with my tribe.



Continuing on from the 2019 thread
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/on-your-mark-get-set-2019-runners-thread/
« Last Edit: January 01, 2020, 03:14:46 PM by dblaace »

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2020 Runners Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2020, 06:44:38 AM »
Two fairly gentle paced parkruns to start the year off. Both in lovely parks, one I haven't done before. Some huge attendances in the UK today, must be a lot of new years resolutions getting started.

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2020, 08:01:28 AM »
Broke my 2 mile PR according to strava this morning.  Picked up running in the fall in an attempt to keep my physical level somewhere close to my peak after finishing a 2000+ mile hike.

Goal is to jog two miles every day this year.  Started on Monday, so today was the third day in a row.  Iím interested to see if I get faster and by how much.  Iíve been shaving seconds off every few weeks it seems.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2020 Runners Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2020, 12:58:15 PM »
Maybe link to the 2019 thread in your original post that people can use as reference?

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 03:15:47 PM »
Maybe link to the 2019 thread in your original post that people can use as reference?
Good idea. I added it.

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Re: On your mark.. get set... 2020 Runners Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2020, 07:46:47 PM »
30minute run for me on new years day. I used to run a fair amount but haven't barely run at all since late 2014. Which is bad. Plenty of walking though (and I walk fast. Most days I walk commute about 5km in total up and down some hills). I did do a couple of light short runs in December.


Yesterdays run went surprisingly well. I won't run more than 30minutes for a fair while though, want to build up slowly and with a slow pace.


Goal for 2020 is to do a 10km run in under 60minutes. I'll be chuffed with 59'59".

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2020, 11:34:41 PM »
I'm in the middle of training for a half marathon, but today was a cardio day so I biked instead. And did a 1.29 mile walk so I could join one of the other challenges on here.

I'm a hobby runner and have never done an official race. I would like to do several this year. I do have some minor issues that I go to physical therapy for, so that I can continue to run as much as possible.

I saw this run the year challenge: https://runtheyear.com/, but I'm not going to pay to join something like that when I can post here and track my mileage myself.

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2020, 09:38:37 AM »
Training continues for the half marathon in March. I'm up to 4.5 mile long runs, which was unthinkable to any past version of myself. I'm still pretty slow, averaging 11.5 minute miles using the run/walk method. But at least I'm doing it!

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2020, 12:58:27 PM »
Used to run a lot, but only off and on for the last 2-3 years.

Started to pickup my fitness about 2 months ago...so now running 2-3 times a week and weights at the gym 2-3 times a week.

Going for my first run of the year today after work....sadly will have to be on the treadmill at the gym (which I hate) as it's raining way to much to run outside. I'm much prefer running outdoors even if it's freezing out...but in the rain, not so much.

I'm a pretty slow runner as well but I do it for myself, my health, and my meditation/thinking time.  Last run was monday.  3.2 miles 10:21" pace.

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2020, 02:36:53 PM »
Started the year with a good resolution 5k.  Ran with a friend and her friend, she said "this is chill, we can all stay together!"  Buuuut...I knew that wasn't gonna happen, even BEFORE she said "I'm hoping to do sub-30".

(For the record, I am well trained and fast enough to do sub-30.  Barely.  And not repeatably.  But it would have been abso-fucking-lutely miserable.)

I finished in 31:29, and I am totally thrilled about that time, because I've not been able to "feel" a 10:00-ish mile in a long time.

My 2020 running resolution: Have fun, and give myself the permission to fucking PHONE IT IN.  I spent all of 2019 trying to get "back" to where I was in 2018 before the hamstring injury.  I was determined, and miserable.  It wasn't fun.  I had a GOAL (in this case, a sub-1 hour 10k), and I didn't hit it, and I felt bad.  And I got these two different nagging injuries both times I tried to ramp mileage in order to hit that goal.

So THIS year, my 50th year on the planet, I want to rediscover the JOY.  I want to EXPLORE.  And if I'm in the middle of a 6.5 mile run, enjoying new scenery, and the run starts to suck, I am giving myself the permission to fucking WALK back to the car.

No race goals.  No pace goals.  If I feel like racing, I will.  If I don't, I won't.

But please, talk me out of this:
https://vacationraces.com/half-marathons/yosemite/
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2020, 03:00:49 PM »
Definitely not talking you out of that @mm1970!

Having just hiked the Inca Trail Iíve discovered they run a marathon over it in July each year. Over 2km of vertical elevation gain, low point is 2,400m, highest point is 4,200m!

Race record is 3:45, which is truly out of this world. Peruvians should definitely be sending more runners to the Olympics, but unfortunately poverty prevents them from being able to train and go.

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2020, 03:15:44 PM »
I'm in. I too a huge break from running when I got pregnant with Puglet, who is now 8 months! I am registering for a Half Marathon in June so I am just starting out this week and I plan to run 3 times a week. This week I ran Monday, Wednesday, and will run again tomorrow. Future weeks will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. Starting out really slow just one mile so far. Tomorrow I will increase a bit to 1.5 mi. I'm going to look for a 5k for either this month or next.

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2020, 03:24:01 PM »
I'm in...still very slow but planning on two 7K trail races this winter and a half-marathon in October. I have lax ligaments in one knee, so I'm experimenting with a brace. Motivation gets pretty low when I'm always the slowest by a long, long shot in my run groups.

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2020, 07:44:07 PM »
Getting back into it now that our baby is bigger. Hubby and I have a running challenge against one another so that should be fun. 2 runs in 2 days so far, 7 miles total and feeling good. Bring it, 2020!

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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2020, 04:24:15 AM »
7 miles today, well yesterday. I'm at work right now/night shift. It was a speed run so 1 mile wu, then 5 miles at race pace, 1 mile cd.
The 5 miles were done at 8:19 which was kind of a struggle. I've lived in Colorado almost 5 yrs now and still find it hard to run at times bc of the elevation and it's about impossible to find a flatter route around my house. The hills still get me.

I think 8:45 pace is more realistic it i do this half marathon next month.

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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2020, 07:21:09 AM »
Multiple minor injuries and laziness limited my running last year.  I plan to fix that.  2 days into the year already, 2 runs already in the books.  Planning a slow jog for about 4 miles later this afternoon.

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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2020, 03:44:58 PM »
New Year post and running history/summary:

I started running in Late June of 2018. After spending 6 months straight alternating 70/80 hr work weeks, I started a new job and felt like I had all the time in the world and needed a way to make good use of the free time. Prior to that, I donít think I had ever ran more than 2 miles in my life. I had been an avid weightlifter from age 14-today(31).

Lots of research and trial and error when I started running. Have had a few injuries. Oddly, since starting running, I have had two of the worst weightlifting injuries of my life. Major injury to my back (on my 5th rep squatting 355) then about a month later, to my shoulder while bench pressing. Anyways - some major milestones for me were hitting 1000 miles total ran last fall.

Iíve run 3 total races so far: 5k in 22:43, 10k in 45:49, and half marathon in 1:41:09. After my last half marathon in early December, itís taken me considerably longer to recover than I expected. Granted, I ran it way harder than I planned. I was aiming for 1:45 to have it be a ďtrialĒ for my half marathon in a couple weeks. Instead I had that edge built up and went all out. Unfortunately, do to the long recovery I donít have a major desire to do my half in a couple weeks and will be out a pretty decent little chunk of money. I know in the long run itís the best choice, and getting more miles and training under my belt will be best. I enjoy races but I hate the taper weeks and also recovery. I really ďjust love to runĒ and donít need to train for a race to do it. All of my races I only signed up a few weeks before cause I only want to do them when I know Iím 100%.

In 2020, my goal is to break 1000 miles, although realistically I should easily hit 1500. During my best training weeks Iíve been in the low 30 miles per week. Iíd love to maintain around 30-40 miles/wk.

I should easily beat a 22 min 5k, 45 min 10k, and 1:40 half this year, but Iím usually pretty modest in my goals vs how I perform. Ultimately, I just want to cross each finish line knowing I gave it 100%, thatís much better for me than hitting a time, though they usually go hand in hand.

Since starting running, Iíve also really started listening to tons of running audiobooks. I very, very firmly believe that most runners have far more in the tank than they realize each race, as being on point mentally makes a HUGE difference in addition to training. Usually the evening before and while my wife drives me to each race, I watch a lot of YouTube videos that really put me in the zone.

Running books Iíve read(well, audible) the last year and a half:
Ultramarathon Man: Dean Karnazes
Finding Ultra: Rich Roll
Born to Run: Christopher McDougall
Canít Hurt Me: David Goggins (moreso life motivation and fitness, also, lots and lots of profanity)
What I Talk about When I Talk About Running: Haruki Murakami
Once a Runner: John L. Parker
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance - Alex Hutchinson (by far the best book about the performance benefits of the right mindset)
The Rise of the Ultra Runners: Adharanand Finn
Eat and Run: Scott Jurek


Next on the list are ď80/20 RunningĒ and ďRunning with the Kenyans.Ē

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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2020, 06:51:23 PM »
Ran 3 times this week and today I increased my distance from 1 mile to 1.5 miles today. I can already tell I'm going to need to keep ahead of my IT band. It was irritating me this evening. I'll be doing lots of stretching and foam rolling before bed.

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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2020, 09:30:50 AM »
My running plan had this week be a lighter week, so my long run was closer to a 5k than it has been since the beginning of December. Well, I shaved 2 minutes off that 5k time without really trying to. Glad to know that even though each run individually feels hard and slow, the cumulative miles are making a difference!

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2020, 10:08:12 AM »
And Iím already dealing with some sort of hamstring issue.

Had a lingering upper hamstring issue from last year that hasnít been super bothersome, but started having pain behind my knee/lower hamstring area. 

Just going to try to keep working through it and see what happens.  If it keeps getting worse, I will have to give it some rest

Plan is to run this evening and that will be day 7 in a row

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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2020, 07:58:23 PM »
PTF. Excited for 2020! So far I've signed up for a half in March, a fun 5k inflatable race with SIL and MIL in June, and a full marathon in November.

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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2020, 06:31:55 PM »
Did my first ďharderĒ run since November and recovering from my half in early December. Just a mile warm up, two all out 1 mile repeats, then a mile cool down. I did my hard miles at 6:53 and 6:36. I would have been happy hitting 7 for each of them, based on how Iíve been feeling on my runs the last 5-6 weeks. I normally do three, 1 mile repeats, but still easing myself back into the mileage/intensity.

I also just bought some new insoles so weíll see how they help. I pronate a little bit and my arches are a bit flat. They arenít terrible and even watching a video of me running on a treadmill from behind, itís pretty minor. My feet do just get a bit sore/cramps sometimes, and I think the slight misalignment may also impact my knees/hips/lower back. I ordered a cheaper pair for $20 off amazon. Iím not opposed to spending a lot on a good custom pair, but I figured I can try spending $20 before spending $400. Weíll see how many miles the insoles last though, as the custom ones have a lifetime warranty. I donít run on the treadmill very much anymore, but probably will plan to for Fridaysí run so I can have my wife take a video of my feet and see if the insoles noticeably help the alignment.

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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2020, 09:30:59 AM »
Nice to see so many running Mustachians!

My 2020 goal is to reach 2'600km with a few races thrown in there. I am FIRE and spending the first few months of 2020 in Cape Town. Running is great here!

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« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2020, 03:33:33 AM »
My first Parkrun for the year today. After a four week holiday with no running I knew I'd be a bit rusty but it was still a bit of a shock to die after 3km and then lose 2 minutes in the last 2km.

25:24 was my time. The course was hilly enough that it will strip about 75 seconds from your best. Still, lots of improvement to be had now over the coming weeks which will be good.

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« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2020, 04:19:49 AM »
Following!  2019 was a 'maintenance' year for me.  I did lots of running, but I didn't enter any races.  I had an unexpected bout with plantar fascitis in the fall, but that is finally on the mend.  Very modest 2020 goals -- increase current distances and pace, and enter at least one local race.   

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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2020, 07:18:29 AM »
Goal in 2020 is to run 15-20 miles week, which is 3-4 runs (very low mileage compared to ten-fifteen years ago when I was running marathons but as I near 60 it works for me combined with yoga and 1-2 hikes/week)

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« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2020, 10:19:44 AM »
Welp, did my 2nd race of the  year.  I was kinda sorta training for it - an 8.2mi race from San Simeon to Cambria (a "fun run", as it were), except:
1.  Each time last fall that I increased mileage and/or pace, I started getting these nagging injuries (hip, achilles)
2.  I decided that 2020 would be the year of FUN.

So...after a week of sucking down Emergen-C and sleeping on the couch, I came down with my husband's cold anyway, on Friday, the day I drove to the hotel with a friend.
I slept very little the night before because every time I swallowed, it felt like I was swallowing broken glass.
I ran/ walked the race, and decided to make it fun - it was a gorgeous route.  I had my watch set to 2:00 run/ 0:30 walk, figuring I could manage that better.  But by 4 miles I could NOT keep my heart rate under 180 because of the damned cold.  (My heart rate runs high anyway - it is not uncommon for my average HR for a run to be 170, when at my age it should be max 170).

So, the last half was a lot more walking, like I'd run 2/walk 30s/walk 2/walk 30 s/run, repeat...and I finished in just under 1:50, so a 13:12 ish pace.

(When I am in peak and uninjured condition, I could pull 10:45 miles, and I was hoping for 11:30 when I signed up for the race, but it was clear quickly that it wouldn't happen.  12:00 would have be doable without the cold.)

So I spent the rest of the weekend miserably sick with sinus pressure and I'm home sick, about to turn on the tube and take nap #1 for the day.

My friends and I are talking about making it a regular thing.  Such a gorgeous course, and a fun girls' weekend away.  Next time: better hotel.

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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2020, 10:23:18 AM »
Well done, mm1970, for getting through the race with A COLD!! A heartrate of 180 is no joke.

Hopefully there will be more truly fun races this year for you!

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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2020, 05:43:45 PM »
@mm1970  way to finish the race at least! Kudos to you for still going out and finishing it.

Iíve paid a non-refundable large amount for a race this weekend (I think over $140 or so, canít remember as itís been 5-6 months ago) and Iím not going to run it. I may go and watch. Iím feeling better than I was two weeks ago but knowing that itís just going to set me back for my winter training all over again, doesnít seem worth it. Iíd like to run a 5k or 10k in late February or March, then a half around April, then take it easy during the summer when itís 230948203948230948 degrees out.

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« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2020, 11:08:22 AM »
@mm1970  way to finish the race at least! Kudos to you for still going out and finishing it.

Iíve paid a non-refundable large amount for a race this weekend (I think over $140 or so, canít remember as itís been 5-6 months ago) and Iím not going to run it. I may go and watch. Iím feeling better than I was two weeks ago but knowing that itís just going to set me back for my winter training all over again, doesnít seem worth it. Iíd like to run a 5k or 10k in late February or March, then a half around April, then take it easy during the summer when itís 230948203948230948 degrees out.
Very smart to know when to call it.  There were four of us doing this race (finish times of 1:20, 1:40, 1:50 and 2:00), and two other friends who bailed due to injury and just crazy schedules at home.

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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2020, 10:22:44 AM »
Wednesday I increased to 3 miles! Only because my co-workers and I finally got the running club up started. I also ran Monday and will run again either Sat or Sun depending on the storm we're supposed to get. I am going to look for a 5k to run either Feb or March. I'm ready to get out there and start racing.

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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2020, 01:28:57 PM »
Well done mm1970. Lack of sleep before a race really hurts me towards the back end. It's definitely noticeable.

I had a good running week last week. Completed 32km all up, with a long run of 14km yesterday, and a 5k in 23:59 on the Saturday.

Gradually getting my distance up, this week should do somewhere between 35-40km, and run 5 days instead of 4.

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« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2020, 02:11:26 AM »
I was looking at my post from a few weeks ago and it's so crazy how different every run can feel. I felt like I was really struggling doing 5 miles at an 8:19 pace then and tonight I did 6 miles at an 8:01 pace in the freezing cold/around 19 degrees, with more elevation and in the dark. I think it actually helps me to run in the dark bc I can't see my watch so I run more on effort and probably faster than I normally would bc I feel like  I'm going too slow.
I still haven't signed up for the half marathon on 2 Feb. I ran a lot last year and signed up for a Sep marathon, but then had a dental bone graft surgery in Aug, ended up really sick for a couple of months and missed the marathon. I was in the emergency room the Sat before the marathon. So, that was really disappointing bc I trained for a couple of months and it was going to be my first race.
I have the dental implant surgery on 24 Jan and things should go better this time.

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« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2020, 02:57:16 PM »
I was looking at my post from a few weeks ago and it's so crazy how different every run can feel. I felt like I was really struggling doing 5 miles at an 8:19 pace then and tonight I did 6 miles at an 8:01 pace in the freezing cold/around 19 degrees, with more elevation and in the dark. I think it actually helps me to run in the dark bc I can't see my watch so I run more on effort and probably faster than I normally would bc I feel like  I'm going too slow.
I still haven't signed up for the half marathon on 2 Feb. I ran a lot last year and signed up for a Sep marathon, but then had a dental bone graft surgery in Aug, ended up really sick for a couple of months and missed the marathon. I was in the emergency room the Sat before the marathon. So, that was really disappointing bc I trained for a couple of months and it was going to be my first race.
I have the dental implant surgery on 24 Jan and things should go better this time.
I read an article recently that suggested running by feel is better for you, because you run faster.  I don't know that it's true for me, but I've been making an effort to not look at my watch, or to have it set on "clock".

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« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2020, 06:22:38 PM »
Iíve been dealing with a little left shin/calf pain so just doing easy runs late last week and likely most of this week. Trying to still keep my mileage, just keeping them slow. I hit 24 miles last week, and probably around 24-26 this week. Next week Iíll be out of state Tues evening-Sat night with probably no running, so if I get a few good runs in early next week I should still be able to hit 100 miles for the month.

Iím thinking if things go smooth the next 6-8 weeks I may be able to hit 1:38 for my next half. Fingers crossed.

I finished my 80/20 running book I mentioned above and almost done with Running with the Kenyans. Of all those listed above, Endure was probably the biggest impact and Iíll likely give it another listen. Running is sooooooo much mental as it is physical. The day/night before, and morning of my races, I spend a huge amount of time getting myself mentally in the zone.
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« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2020, 08:57:21 PM »
Well, I finally got out yesterday and did a short run.  Ok, really short, only 1.5km.  Going to try to get out 3-4 times a week and slowly increase distance.