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Old 01-23-2012, 03:44 PM
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I've been running regularly now for the last 3 years and steadily my mileage has gone up. Currently I am doing 5mi 3x/week, a longer run of 8 once a week and a 3 mi run the day after my long run. My goal is to do a half marathon next year. How about all of you?

Also, have any of you tried "minimalist running shoes". Just sounds like a bad idea.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:01 PM
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15 miles or so a week here.
I prefer the "maximalist" running shoes that have as much cushion I can possibly find. There's a reason we wear shoes, to protect the feet!
Ran a half a few years back. It was fun training but TIME CONSUMING.
You are just about ready for a half. You can keep your weekly runs at 5 miles and just continue to stretch that long run out.
It may work for you but for me, running 2 days in a row, especially the day after a longer run seemed to increase the aches and pains. Do what works for you but my personal belief is that resting the day after a long one is essential, and running 2 days in a row is an invite for an injury. This is age-dependent for sure, though. I'm almost 45.
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Jeff Galloway's book on running...early 80's. At the time I had never run more than 1/2 mile but was a fullback in HS and also sprinted. When I first bought the book (when in my middle 30's) 1/4 mile winded me. After reading and applying same was able to run 3 miles 5 times a week and a long run once weekly increased by 1/4 to 1/2 mile each week. After only 5 or 6 months was able to run 13 miles in about 1 3/4 hours. Don't know if the book is still in print but you might be able to see it online? It worked wonders for me.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:54 PM
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Used to run. Worked up to 70 miles/week average. Split up between distance and interval training. Messed up my foot really badly due to overuse. Haven't been able to run the same distance and speed since.
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I started running 9 months ago. I'm up to 4-5 miles about 3-4 times a week and play competitive soccer on Sundays. I've wanted to do a half marathon locally to me the beginning of March, but I'm not sure I'll be ready. I've had a hard time getting the "long" run in. I get bored at about the 5-6 mile range and find it hard to keep going. The body feels fine, my mind starts to hate running.

No big deal as I've accomplished my main goals of loosing some weight (20 pounds) and feeling great.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:10 PM
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My dad said something once that stuck with me. He said that the first time he sees somebody running or jogging and they actually look like they are enjoying themselves, he'll give it a try.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:15 PM
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I run during the warmer months of the summer/spring. I don't love running in the cold and dark so I have not been much recently.

Shin splints kill me and keep me from running more than I actually do. While we are now on the subject, what keeps you all from getting these? I really have to almost run/walk to keep from getting them and stretch half way through the run, at the begining and again at the end.

Is it my shoes? Technique? Poor stretching? Bad Luck?
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I used to run...........3-5 miles 5x/week. My back went out and I had to stop. Now my knees are bone on bone.

Make sure you wear the best shoes you can and run on the softest surface you can......otherwise you will end up like me (and my BIL who also ran and now has bad knees.).
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Also, have any of you tried a GPS trainer watch? Seems pretty cool, they monitor heart rate, pace/mile and log your route so you can download it to your computer.

For certain, running has been the best form of stress relief I have ever had. Also, I don't get sick anymore and sleep much better.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dreamin-on View Post
Also, have any of you tried a GPS trainer watch? Seems pretty cool, they monitor heart rate, pace/mile and log your route so you can download it to your computer.

For certain, running has been the best form of stress relief I have ever had. Also, I don't get sick anymore and sleep much better.
I had one. It was pretty cool but I didn't use it often. Hated wearing the arm band. I found it much more convienient to drive my loop, mark my miles, and calculate my pace at each an every mile. On long runs, I would keep the stopwatch running and not use the lap feature. I was running enough to know about what my pace was but doing the mental math of exact pace was something I always liked doing during the longer runs.
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I run during the warmer months of the summer/spring. I don't love running in the cold and dark so I have not been much recently.

Shin splints kill me and keep me from running more than I actually do. While we are now on the subject, what keeps you all from getting these? I really have to almost run/walk to keep from getting them and stretch half way through the run, at the begining and again at the end.

Is it my shoes? Technique? Poor stretching? Bad Luck?
probably shoes and lack of proper stretching

I have ran competitively since high school. When i went from cross country trails to the bricks at UNC Chapel Hill I had a sever problem with shin splints. I went to a local triathlon store and got fitted for shoes and custom orthotic insoles. Total bill was around $350 bucks for the shoes and insoles. I was "stupid" and bought them, but after 2 years, 100 miles, and 3 pairs of shoes I have yet to have the problem again. You can't skimp on shoes and insoles, especially when you start to stretch out the distance.

For stretching, try holding on to a door knob while facing the door. Place your feet close to the bottom of the door and lean back while holding on to the door knob (with the door shut securely of course). You should feel the stretch in the front of the shin. I always spend a few mins really stretching these muscles before any run and it has really helped.

Lastly, if you can run on turf/grass and less on hard paved surfaces you will have less pain and trouble. best of luck!

What is everyone's best 5k time? I recently ran a 19:21 which is pretty good for me. I run 12:15 on my 2 mile interval runs
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Originally Posted by Boatless33 View Post
I had one. It was pretty cool but I didn't use it often. Hated wearing the arm band. I found it much more convienient to drive my loop, mark my miles, and calculate my pace at each an every mile. On long runs, I would keep the stopwatch running and not use the lap feature. I was running enough to know about what my pace was but doing the mental math of exact pace was something I always liked doing during the longer runs.
i thought I was the only one...my mind is constantly calculating times on my long runs
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Runmeter is a good iPhone running app. I run around 20-30 miles per week with some time off in the winter.
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I run as part of triathlon training. Anywhere from 10 to 30 miles per week. Before tri's I ran 2 marathons and many half marathons. I'm pretty slow, but I simply love to run. It's the purist exercise there is. I like support in my shoes, minimalist shoes aren't for people that are 200# like me
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I enjoyed running for about 10yr or so, but haven't been nearly as motivated the last 2-3 yr. I'm 43 now, so not too old to hit it again. What's the best way to improve on 5k times. I always wanted to get a sub 20min 5k, but have yet to do it, although I got pretty close. Never really had a training regimine. Just always tried to run faster today than yesterday.
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Average 20-25 miles a week. Recently developed a little case of runner knee. I've been running in Asics gel nimbus for a couple years and recently have worked a pair of skechers go runs into the mix. I have to say after getting used to them, I kinda like em. Knee pain has subsided a bit. I plan on running the 7 mile bridge run in the keys in April. Do any of you guys fear that running will do more harm than good down the road with arthritis etc.. ???
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cfarmd, best 5k was 16min 34sec during a dual meet. At a "recognized course," 17:15. 1600 in 4:32, 800 in 1:58; 400 in 51.9. Got third place in the NJCTC Freshman meet for the 1600 back in the day. All went uphill after I broke my foot... Snapped 2nd metatarsal, stress fractures on the 3rd and 4th. I was in a cast for 12 weeks. Actually happened mid meet (5k). Crossed the 1000m mark then the bone broke. Lost about 4 places and limped across the 1600m mark at 6min flat. Coach pulled me out then. Haven't been able to run more than 5 miles at a time since

Anchoring (and winning ) a 4x4. Took the gold home that day. Pre injury
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
What is everyone's best 5k time?
5k = 14:42
Mile = 4:10-4:11

But this was a different life ago and seems like a distant memory now.

If you need any help with your training, let me know. I went through graduate school under a "Graduate Assistantship" from the athletic department to be a coach for the track and x-c team.

Generally speaking, slow and steady increases in milage and speed are the best recipe for success. Don't use "all" LSD training if you are trying to improve your racing times. Employ some speed work as well.
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I was in a 2-mile race in 1992 (?) at the University of TN. I was in the 2nd or 3rd lane. Mark Coogan was in the 1st; Mark was an 1996 Olympic marathoner and a Univ of MD All American. At the time, Coogan was a pretty good athlete. My best time in the 2mile was something like 9:10 or 9:15 at the time. So I'm thinking that if I hang with Mark for much of the race, at least I'll get a pretty good PB. His coach walks over and clearly states "OK, Mark .... lets take the first mile pretty easy around 4:15 ...... then really pick it up on the 2nd." Needless to say, I didn't follow Mark. I think he finished right around 8:20.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
5k = 14:42
Mile = 4:10-4:11

But this was a different life ago and seems like a distant memory now.

If you need any help with your training, let me know. I went through graduate school under a "Graduate Assistantship" from the athletic department to be a coach for the track and x-c team.

Generally speaking, slow and steady increases in milage and speed are the best recipe for success. Don't use "all" LSD training if you are trying to improve your racing times. Employ some speed work as well.
Close to mine. My best mile was 4:17 and my cross country best was around 14:47. I couldn't do that now for sure.

For those trying to get some speed, fartlek training really does help. I don't run competetively now so am not concerned about speed. However, last summer I started to sprint for around 30-60 seconds during long runs and then go back to snail speed for a few minutes. I very quickly saw my long run pace time speed up by 10-20 seconds per mile.
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