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I'm running in a 5K on Saturday. It's sponsored by my old neighborhood association where I used to live in Grand Rapids.

It's Halloween/costume themed. Very fun. http://www.alger5k.com/

All 4 of us are running/jogging/walking in it. I think my BIL as well. He ran last year. If you click on the Registration tab, there a picture of my BIL dressed as Mario and my youngest daughter dressed as Peach.

This year, I will be running as a GhostBuster.
Did he run with her on his back the entire race? That is tough :)
 

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Doing a 26 mile biking event with my 12 yo son on Sunday. Also Halloween/Day of the Dead themed. Called Day of the Tread. Should be fun though I am still unsure about my costume.
 

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I ran 5.5 miles this morning. It was 14º Fahrenheit when I stepped off to start my run (12º when I finished). I had so many layers on that it was pretty slow going until I got used to the extra bulkiness. It was so cold that my little LED headlamp's battery was nearly drained about 3 blocks from my house. So far this was the coldest I've run in this season; next Tuesday it is supposed to be about 6º around 5:00 a.m.... I think I'll probably go to the gym that morning instead.
 

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I ran 5.5 miles this morning. It was 14º Fahrenheit when I stepped off to start my run (12º when I finished). I had so many layers on that it was pretty slow going until I got used to the extra bulkiness. It was so cold that my little LED headlamp's battery was nearly drained about 3 blocks from my house. So far this was the coldest I've run in this season; next Tuesday it is supposed to be about 6º around 5:00 a.m.... I think I'll probably go to the gym that morning instead.
Wow, good for you fo getting out there. My fingers and toes and nose freeze up when it dips below 30 degrees, regardless of how many layers I wear.
 

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I ran 5.5 miles this morning. It was 14º Fahrenheit when I stepped off to start my run (12º when I finished). I had so many layers on that it was pretty slow going until I got used to the extra bulkiness. It was so cold that my little LED headlamp's battery was nearly drained about 3 blocks from my house. So far this was the coldest I've run in this season; next Tuesday it is supposed to be about 6º around 5:00 a.m.... I think I'll probably go to the gym that morning instead.
Good on ya! I like running in the cold. Read a NYTimes article some years back about cold weather activity and if its bad for you (its not). The story started out with a woman recounting running/snowshoing/etc. in Alaska during the winter. Some of the temps were outrageous but as her boyfriend kept telling here, "just keep moving and you will be fine." That gave me confidence to keep up my activity during the cold months.

I ran last night in 23F and it was actually great. My feet and legs really never get cold running, though coldest I have tried is probably around 15 or so. My main challenge is my head. I need one of those bands that just covers the ears or ear muffs. Once I get too hot, I want to remove the hat, but then my ears freeze. I usually start out with gloves and then stuff them in my pockets about halfway through a 3 miler. For last night, I just wore two long underwear tops and a fleece vest. On my legs I had your typical athletic pants and pair of tri-shorts underneath (not nylon shell pants, but that shiny fabric that has a little thickness to it). I could have gotten away with one top and the vest or two tops and no vest really.

I also love biking in the winter (mountain biking in particular as I use more of my body and get less cold in places like feet and upper body). Its a great feeling to be out in the cold and feel warm from your own energy. And hardly anyone else is out. Also, the leaves are gone and there is better visibility in the denser areas. You can really tear it up!

Hoping to do some trail running Saturday morning with a nice new pair of shoes I picked up on clearance at REI. Brooks Pure Grit they are called. Used them three times so far ont he street and they are great.
 

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Good on ya! I like running in the cold. Read a NYTimes article some years back about cold weather activity and if its bad for you (its not). The story started out with a woman recounting running/snowshoing/etc. in Alaska during the winter. Some of the temps were outrageous but as her boyfriend kept telling here, "just keep moving and you will be fine." That gave me confidence to keep up my activity during the cold months...
There is a guy at my gym who is a pretty accomplished amateur distance runner and a pulmonary cardiologist and I asked him once about running in the cold weather and he said as long as you're relatively healthy and used to running, it shouldn't be a problem. He says he wouldn't advise somebody to begin a running regimen in cold weather though, especially if they are out of shape. He did tell me to stop running with my full nylon head mask that covers my mouth and nose or to at least pull it down away from my nose at the very least because it cuts down on the amount of oxygen I can breath in and the tiny crystals that form on it from the freezing of my exhausted carbon dioxide can get sucked back into my circulatory system when I inhale tiring me out much fast. Made sense so I followed his advice.


One thing I wonder about running in colder weather but have never bothered looking in to - Do you burn more calories in severely cold weather because your body is using them to help keep you warm?
 

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There is a guy at my gym who is a pretty accomplished amateur distance runner and a pulmonary cardiologist and I asked him once about running in the cold weather and he said as long as you're relatively healthy and used to running, it shouldn't be a problem. He says he wouldn't advise somebody to begin a running regimen in cold weather though, especially if they are out of shape...


One thing I wonder about running in colder weather but have never bothered looking in to - Do you burn more calories in severely cold weather because your body is using them to help keep you warm?
Ha! Well, I started running 5 years ago as a new year's resolution. And that was a cold January! I survived, but sounds like it wasn't the most responsible time to start...

You may be right about burning more calories, though if you are already moving, the need to generate additional heat may not be there. But I have heard, if you are winter camping, that you burn more calories while sleeping because of the cold and that its important to stock up on caloric items before bed.

Run along now!
 

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I am trying to get back into running. When I play soccer it is easier to get motivated since I play better when I run a few days a week. I don't like running but I like the health benefits.
 

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Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon opened up to the public today and I've been trying to get through for about the past hour but their system keeps crashing. I think they've hyped up the fact that they sold out in under 3 hours last year so much that their servers can not handle the initial wave of people trying to register for this year. Why they don't allow veterans to have first dibs (specifically Marine Corps veterans) like they do with active duty personnel is beyond me. :-@
 

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Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon opened up to the public today and I've been trying to get through for about the past hour but their system keeps crashing. I think they've hyped up the fact that they sold out in under 3 hours last year so much that their servers can not handle the initial wave of people trying to register for this year. Why they don't allow veterans to have first dibs (specifically Marine Corps veterans) like they do with active duty personnel is beyond me. :-@
That does seem like a stupid system. Vets should definitely have a higher priority than regular folks.
 

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In preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon (7 months away), I am going to try to actually follow a training plan. I've run a handful of marathons over the past few years but my times are all over the place and I always finish my marathons (and my more frequent half marathons) feeling like I didn't pace myself correctly and have energy to spare and I want to try to tap into that and also to really test myself.

Hitting 50 to 75 miles a week is no problem for me, especially when the weather starts being nice more consistently but I've never really done any speed work so a training plan will hopefully help with that. My plan, based on mileage over the last few years and old run times, is to do an "intermediate" marathon training plan through the early spring (without actually running a marathon at the end), tapering off for a few weeks, and then starting over with a slightly more advanced training plan that will end with the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October.

My goal is 3:40 minutes, which is about 10 minutes faster than my best marathon.
 

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In preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon (7 months away), I am going to try to actually follow a training plan. I've run a handful of marathons over the past few years but my times are all over the place and I always finish my marathons (and my more frequent half marathons) feeling like I didn't pace myself correctly and have energy to spare and I want to try to tap into that and also to really test myself.

Hitting 50 to 75 miles a week is no problem for me, especially when the weather starts being nice more consistently but I've never really done any speed work so a training plan will hopefully help with that. My plan, based on mileage over the last few years and old run times, is to do an "intermediate" marathon training plan through the early spring (without actually running a marathon at the end), tapering off for a few weeks, and then starting over with a slightly more advanced training plan that will end with the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October.

My goal is 3:40 minutes, which is about 10 minutes faster than my best marathon.
Personally I have never had luck with Hal Higdon's workouts, which is what I am guessing you are going to follow. I think most either ignore your baseline build up phase, or he overemphasizes your ability to succeed at speed workouts. Personally, I think you use them as a baseline, but work through how your body feels and how you do during your "workout" that week. If you do repeats (which anything under 1200 or 1600 for a marathon is wasted effort) you need to focus on the rest, not the speed. The concept is to get your body comfortable with the pain and ability to work past it.

Good luck! :)
 

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Personally I have never had luck with Hal Higdon's workouts, which is what I am guessing you are going to follow. I think most either ignore your baseline build up phase, or he overemphasizes your ability to succeed at speed workouts. Personally, I think you use them as a baseline, but work through how your body feels and how you do during your "workout" that week. If you do repeats (which anything under 1200 or 1600 for a marathon is wasted effort) you need to focus on the rest, not the speed. The concept is to get your body comfortable with the pain and ability to work past it.

Good luck! :)
I looked at the Higdon workouts but am using one through a guy named Jeff Gaudette. I picked his mainly because it integrates nicely with the run tracker I use on my iPhone.

I know the main goal of a training plan should be to get that baseline and stamina and to be able to control and work through the pain and discomfort but I think I've got that part under my belt already (six years in the Marine Corps will really change your attitude on what sort of discomfort you can work through... much more so than anything else I've ever done). I've just never done any speed work so I really would like to incorporate some of that into my routine to see what my body is capable of. The past few half marathons I've run, I've run with a pace group (and steadily moved up a couple minutes each time) and I've discovered that that was a huge benefit.

Up until now, I would just wake up 4 or 5 days a week and go for a totally un-structured run of 6 to 12 miles before work. Now it's time to actually get some structure and routine.
 

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Up until now, I would just wake up 4 or 5 days a week and go for a totally un-structured run of 6 to 12 miles before work. Now it's time to actually get some structure and routine.
I hear you. Yea there is definitely a difference between a lactic threshold type run and an aerobic type run. Running portions of longer runs at a higher tempo will do this more effectively than traditional "speed work". I don't know how it is structured, but I would shy away from distance repeats (i.e. 400 x 8, or 6 x mile) and look more at timed intervals (i.e. 6 x 2minutes). If you are running at 8 minute pace and throw in 2:00 minutes at 7 minutes pace 6 times in a one hour run you are teaching your body to effectively handle the lactic "shock" that your legs get when they push hard.

I am not trying to come off as "coachy"... I just love to coach and have run at a pretty high level so this stuff kinda gets me. Ignore me if you want ;)
 

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Good luck with your training plan! I like the structure and routine aspect of a training plan. As a novice I had success with Hal Higdon's beginner HM training.
 

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I am not trying to come off as "coachy"... I just love to coach and have run at a pretty high level so this stuff kinda gets me. Ignore me if you want ;)
I like the coachiness. And what you say makes sense in my brain. I have always tried to do a few intervals during my long runs - I would normally try to up my pace through a block or two when running in the neighborhoods with a nice grid pattern and then back it off for a mile or so and repeat. The training plan I am using has a few days of 4x600 or 4x1600 or whatever (I haven't looked at each days plan really enough to know more than that there are some intervals). Maybe it will be a good idea to continue to try and up the pace for a few minutes every few miles during my longer runs as well.
 

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I like the coachiness. And what you say makes sense in my brain. I have always tried to do a few intervals during my long runs - I would normally try to up my pace through a block or two when running in the neighborhoods with a nice grid pattern and then back it off for a mile or so and repeat. The training plan I am using has a few days of 4x600 or 4x1600 or whatever (I haven't looked at each days plan really enough to know more than that there are some intervals). Maybe it will be a good idea to continue to try and up the pace for a few minutes every few miles during my longer runs as well.
Yea, just remember that once you start speed work you need to have rest days. Even if you feel good. If you are doing blocks (i.e. 3 or 4 week cycles) just make sure you rest between blocks. I always found that taking two days off in a row was the magic for me. Depending on your mileage and your number of days running it might be something else for your body.

Speed work increase your ability to get hurt, so you have to be aware that it will make you faster it will also get you hurt faster. Stretch before, after, and during if you need to. The easiest way to not follow a training plan is to get hurt.

For half marathons I get why you might do repeat miles, but for a marathon I can't come up with any reasons. The trick to to increase the amount of "on" time for runs. So for example (one of my weeks would look like this) -

wk1 -
Sun -45 minute run (at pace)
Mon - 1 hr run (6 x 2min @ 7m pace)
Tues - 30 minute run (recovery)
Wed - 45 minute run (recovery)
Thurs - 1 hr run (at pace)
Fri - 1 hour run (15 minutes warm up, 30 minutes at pace minus 30 seconds, 15 minute cool down)
Sat - 30 minute run (recovery)

So the concept is that you define your pace for the marathon (So say 8 minute miles) and work from that as your base. This assumes that you have a solid enough base to be able to do this for at least 10 miles, which I argue is the cut off. If you can't run 10 miles at your desired marathon pace, you shouldn't train at it yet...

Hope that makes some sense.
 

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I was way too big for my britches back in January when I signed up for a half marathon this spring. Next Saturday. 9 days away. I feel like I may throw up, poop my pants, or both.

Mind you, I am so much further along than when I started, but no where close to where I should be to run a half marthon. Especially next Saturday, 9 days away. My biggest goal is to not die or become maimed in any way because my friends and family will be there (sister is coming from the UP to run it) and we are going to Bells afterward for one or ten celebratory Oberons*. Secondary goal is to not be the last peron in the race where the police are pacing behind me, or even last in my age group*. Review of last years results indicate I should be ok in all these instances. I don't want to run for as long as I can and then suck it the rest of the race, so need to come up with a Plan B.

*The irony is not lost on me that part of the reason I'm not where I need to be is because I'd much rather be drinking Oberon's or other varieties of cocktails than running.

*Last year in 35-39 age group dammit.
 

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Good luck training wsu mup student! Similar to you blocks....I have always done what I call light poles :)

Next spring the rock n roll marathon is coming to Raleigh and I'm considering it to avenge my not so great marathon time and do what I know I'm capable of (blister free!). I'm in the market for some new shoes too...who has the best lightweight/support shoe right now?
 

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Who has the best lightweight/support shoe right now?
If you haven't already gone to an actual running store to be fitted, that should be your first step. Through years of running I had never bothered doing that until back in January. It didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know (or rather, I just had luckily been using the right type of shoes for my running) but it did help me realize why some of the shoes I tried a few years ago were horrible for me.

Granted, all of my experience is based off of men's shoes, but...

I've gone through about 10 different minimal style shoes over the last couple of years and keep coming back to the New Balance Minimus 10 (they are currently on version 2). I never seem to develop hot spots or blisters in them, even after repeated 15+ mile runs. My old pair finally hit the end of their useful like recently so I picked up two pair to rotate through between now and the Marine Corps Marathon.

Some other shoes I've tried recently:

Early this year I got a pair of Brooks Pure Drift. They seem a bit lighter than my NB and have a slightly wider toe box. They are comfortable on short runs but they seem awful on then longer runs. These days, I only wear them if I am headed out for about 7 miles or less, or if I am going to spend a lot of the time on trails (they really kill me on concrete). Anything longer than that and I start to get horrible hot spots on my insteps.

I had a good coupon code for Eastbay and they were having a sale that I could stack it with so I picked up a pair of Saucony Kinvara 3. These are supposed to be another 0 drop shoe (like the NB and the Brooks above) but they seem to have quite a bit more padding than both of those. I'm really liking these a lot more than I thought I would and I am really considering wearing these for my marathon, I have a long time to decide though. Of the shoes I've mentioned so far, these are also my favorites for days when I am going to run on the track... for some reason the Brooks and the NB seem to shift under my foot on the repeated turns in the same direction (if that makes any sense).

Lastly, I got a pair of Nike Free 3.0. I had a heard mixed reviews on the Nike Free shoes but a local store was having a closeout on last year's style and decided to give them a try. I really wanted to get the 4.0 or the 5.0 but they had neither available in my size so I tried the 3.0. It's much more cushioning than I am used to lately but I've decided that I really like these too. I've only worn them on three runs outside (12 miles and 8 miles twice) and to the gym a few times, but so far so good. I am planning to run another 12 tomorrow morning and will probably wear these again. I've heard that the quality of the construction of the Nikes will be their downfall... we shall see.
 

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If you haven't already gone to an actual running store to be fitted, that should be your first step. Through years of running I had never bothered doing that until back in January. It didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know (or rather, I just had luckily been using the right type of shoes for my running) but it did help me realize why some of the shoes I tried a few years ago were horrible for me.

Some other shoes I've tried recently:

Early this year I got a pair of Brooks Pure Drift. They seem a bit lighter than my NB and have a slightly wider toe box. They are comfortable on short runs but they seem awful on then longer runs. These days, I only wear them if I am headed out for about 7 miles or less, or if I am going to spend a lot of the time on trails (they really kill me on concrete). Anything longer than that and I start to get horrible hot spots on my insteps.

I had a good coupon code for Eastbay and they were having a sale that I could stack it with so I picked up a pair of Saucony Kinvara 3. These are supposed to be another 0 drop shoe (like the NB and the Brooks above) but they seem to have quite a bit more padding than both of those. I'm really liking these a lot more than I thought I would and I am really considering wearing these for my marathon, I have a long time to decide though. Of the shoes I've mentioned so far, these are also my favorites for days when I am going to run on the track... for some reason the Brooks and the NB seem to shift under my foot on the repeated turns in the same direction (if that makes any sense).

Lastly, I got a pair of Nike Free 3.0. I had a heard mixed reviews on the Nike Free shoes but a local store was having a closeout on last year's style and decided to give them a try. I really wanted to get the 4.0 or the 5.0 but they had neither available in my size so I tried the 3.0. It's much more cushioning than I am used to lately but I've decided that I really like these too. I've only worn them on three runs outside (12 miles and 8 miles twice) and to the gym a few times, but so far so good. I am planning to run another 12 tomorrow morning and will probably wear these again. I've heard that the quality of the construction of the Nikes will be their downfall... we shall see.
I definitely will go to a running store, I have been doing that for years (I know better than trying to pick them out myself!)

I have been wearing Mizuno Wave Inspires...in a wide shoe to give me extra room in my toe box area. Over the years I have always gravitated towards a shoe that gives me ample room in my toe box since I'm a little wider and taller in my forefoot area that the average, despite my small shoe size/petite frame, I also really like a lightweight shoe for that same reason and I'm a overpronater/forefoot/mid-foot striker...that's a rare bird of a shoe because most of the support shoes tend to be on the heavy side. The last pair of those shoes I had were just ok and caused me terrible blisters under my toes during my marathon, would like to try something else...was looking at the Brooks Glycerin online last night.
 

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I got in just under 10 miles this morning before work putting me at 502 miles total so far this year. I am now halfway to my goal of 1,000 miles for the year with 7 months left.
 

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Since the beginning of February, I've been running on my treadmill for 1-2 miles, approximately 4 days a week. Combined with a somewhat more healthy diet (less alchohol, less soda), my clothes are fitting better.
 

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Since the beginning of February, I've been running on my treadmill for 1-2 miles, approximately 4 days a week. Combined with a somewhat more healthy diet (less alchohol, less soda), my clothes are fitting better.
I step on a scale once a year usually, because our office will give us a $100 incentive if we take an annual health screening. But I always pay close attention to how my clothes fit. I cut down on beer and ice cream quite a bit over the past few months and that coincided with me taking up a marathon training plan and increasing my average weekly mileage. Over the past couple of weeks I've had to buy a new, smaller belt and dig out my slimmer pants. Hopefully I can keep that trend up as I know I will probably drink a lot more beer now that summer is getting underway...
 

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Early this year I got a pair of Brooks Pure Drift. They seem a bit lighter than my NB and have a slightly wider toe box. They are comfortable on short runs but they seem awful on then longer runs. These days, I only wear them if I am headed out for about 7 miles or less, or if I am going to spend a lot of the time on trails (they really kill me on concrete). Anything longer than that and I start to get horrible hot spots on my insteps.
I have been using the Pure Grits for about the last 6 months. I really like them as far as how they fit my feet and my style of running. I don't run quite as far as you - usually 5k once or twice a week on top of my biking, which is my main exercise. But I have taken them up to 9 miles on a few occasions with no issues. They perform very well on unpaved trails, too (which is really what they are made for).

Everyone's feet are different and I definitely agree a shoe fitting is a smart idea.

gotta run!
 

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Wow you guys are good :-c I ran 1.5km yesterday because I had to (flat tire on my bike, friend on rollerblades, had to keep up somehow) and I think that's the farthest I have ever run. I was super proud of myself... not so much anymore :-$
 

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Wow you guys are good :-c I ran 1.5km yesterday because I had to (flat tire on my bike, friend on rollerblades, had to keep up somehow) and I think that's the farthest I have ever run. I was super proud of myself... not so much anymore :-$
Don't worry. I'm not sure too many of us could keep up with WSU or Hink.
 

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It seems like the stars are aligning for me to get back out there and run. Many of my friends on FB have been running recently, including one who finished 2nd in her age group for a 5k today. I have had many fits and starts in the last 10 years with running. I ran track and CC in high school, before slacking off in college. About 3 years ago I ran a half marathon for the first time and ran it in under 2:30 on a really tough course. After I moved to Texas my running pretty much stopped mostly because of the crazy heat and lack of safe (sidewalks) to run.

Thanks to a desk job and my love of beer I have put on more pounds than I would like. :-c Now that I live in CA and temps no warmer than 85 degrees on a handful days a year, I think I want to get back into running. Any tips on someone who has some running experience but hasn't done much in terms of running (I still bike fairly regularly) in about 3 years?
 

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It seems like the stars are aligning for me to get back out there and run. Many of my friends on FB have been running recently, including one who finished 2nd in her age group for a 5k today. I have had many fits and starts in the last 10 years with running. I ran track and CC in high school, before slacking off in college. About 3 years ago I ran a half marathon for the first time and ran it in under 2:30 on a really tough course. After I moved to Texas my running pretty much stopped mostly because of the crazy heat and lack of safe (sidewalks) to run.

Thanks to a desk job and my love of beer I have put on more pounds than I would like. :-c Now that I live in CA and temps no warmer than 85 degrees on a handful days a year, I think I want to get back into running. Any tips on someone who has some running experience but hasn't done much in terms of running (I still bike fairly regularly) in about 3 years?
I kinda waiver on running but you sound like me in terms of experience. I find the easiest way to get back into it, is to just go on a run, don't time you first or maybe do a run/walk a few times (3 run, 1 walk) to get your runner legs. Get some new shoes, download the Runtastic app and go! Running at nice parks or trails seems to motivate me a little more too.
 

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Thanks to a desk job and my love of beer I have put on more pounds than I would like. :-c Now that I live in CA and temps no warmer than 85 degrees on a handful days a year, I think I want to get back into running. Any tips on someone who has some running experience but hasn't done much in terms of running (I still bike fairly regularly) in about 3 years?
How long have you lived in CA? If you are still finding your way around, you could sort of make a game out of trying to get out there and getting lost. When we first moved into our house in 2009, I really ramped up my running because I would try to run through a different neighborhood each time out. Even now, I still occasionally get lost or turned around on longer runs through areas that I don't make it to as often.

Or you could look for a local running shop in your area that has evening group runs. Getting on a weekly schedule with some like-minded individuals might help ease you back into it.
 

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I got in just under 10 miles this morning before work putting me at 502 miles total so far this year. I am now halfway to my goal of 1,000 miles for the year with 7 months left.
Since the beginning of February, I've been running on my treadmill for 1-2 miles, approximately 4 days a week. Combined with a somewhat more healthy diet (less alchohol, less soda), my clothes are fitting better.
Nice job guys!!!

Thanks to a desk job and my love of beer I have put on more pounds than I would like. :-c Now that I live in CA and temps no warmer than 85 degrees on a handful days a year, I think I want to get back into running. Any tips on someone who has some running experience but hasn't done much in terms of running (I still bike fairly regularly) in about 3 years?
Same here about the beer, I need to be better about watching what I eat and how much I drink. I've really noticed a difference in the past year or two that even with working out more, the scale doesn't move as much as it used to. I blame it on being close to 40.

What a couch to 5K or 10k program, something that gives you a schedule where the running slowly increases?

I did my first half marathon a month ago. I'm kind of a running hack. I like to do it but not sure speed and distance is really my goal. My training was kind of half assed for the half, but I did great on the first half then hit a wall for the second half, but was overall pleased with the experience. Today starts my training for an 8 mile race in September. Goal is to finish a lot faster than last year (where I walked/ran) and work on speed work.
 

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I kinda waiver on running but you sound like me in terms of experience. I find the easiest way to get back into it, is to just go on a run, don't time you first or maybe do a run/walk a few times (3 run, 1 walk) to get your runner legs. Get some new shoes, download the Runtastic app and go! Running at nice parks or trails seems to motivate me a little more too.
How long have you lived in CA? If you are still finding your way around, you could sort of make a game out of trying to get out there and getting lost. When we first moved into our house in 2009, I really ramped up my running because I would try to run through a different neighborhood each time out. Even now, I still occasionally get lost or turned around on longer runs through areas that I don't make it to as often.

Or you could look for a local running shop in your area that has evening group runs. Getting on a weekly schedule with some like-minded individuals might help ease you back into it.
Nice job guys!!!



Same here about the beer, I need to be better about watching what I eat and how much I drink. I've really noticed a difference in the past year or two that even with working out more, the scale doesn't move as much as it used to. I blame it on being close to 40.

What a couch to 5K or 10k program, something that gives you a schedule where the running slowly increases?

I did my first half marathon a month ago. I'm kind of a running hack. I like to do it but not sure speed and distance is really my goal. My training was kind of half assed for the half, but I did great on the first half then hit a wall for the second half, but was overall pleased with the experience. Today starts my training for an 8 mile race in September. Goal is to finish a lot faster than last year (where I walked/ran) and work on speed work.
All awesome tips thank you everyone. I know that for the first week or two I will hate it but after a while I will want and need to run. I plan on doing a quick run tonight just to get my legs back into it (thank god for crappy rerun summer tv! :) )

I just moved to CA at the beginning of the year and have sidewalks on almost every street in the city. The g/f and I have been walking our dogs in some nice parks, so I may try them for a run here in a week or two once I rebuild some of my stamina.

I hear you on the beer and the scale not moving the right direction as fast anymore and I am only :not: knocking on the door of 30 here in about a year. I have an old couch to 5k app buried on my phone somewhere, I will take a look at the program again and see if it works for me. SW your half marathon experience sounds a lot like mine, I went out WAY too fast on my first half (like a 2:00 pace) and crashed hard my second half barely finishing before 2:30. If I ever do another half I will not make that mistake again!
 

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So I did it... I strapped on my running shoes (which I am going to need to replace) and went for a run, well more like a run/walk. I did 1.5 miles in just over 18:00. I plan on starting out with running 3 days a week until I can build some stamina up. Thanks to everyone for their tips! :)
 

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So I did it... I strapped on my running shoes (which I am going to need to replace) and went for a run, well more like a run/walk. I did 1.5 miles in just over 18:00. I plan on starting out with running 3 days a week until I can build some stamina up. Thanks to everyone for their tips! :)
woohoo, way to get out there!
 

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So I did it... I strapped on my running shoes (which I am going to need to replace) and went for a run, well more like a run/walk. I did 1.5 miles in just over 18:00. I plan on starting out with running 3 days a week until I can build some stamina up. Thanks to everyone for their tips! :)
Oftentimes, for me anyway, the hardest part is just getting out an doing it. Nice job!!
 

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So I did it... I strapped on my running shoes (which I am going to need to replace) and went for a run, well more like a run/walk. I did 1.5 miles in just over 18:00. I plan on starting out with running 3 days a week until I can build some stamina up. Thanks to everyone for their tips! :)
That's the way to do it! When I started running about 4 years ago, I was pretty unfit and had failed in fits and starts trying various things. Finally I had the revelation that running provided the fewest opportunity for being stymied or strapped for time. Plus the investment was minimal - just a pair of shoes. I had to walk the dogs anyway, so why not jog with them? I just kept going from there. Build up slowly, but consistently. I also find that to avoid overeating (and I can easily convince myself that I have burned plenty of calories to justify a little indulgence), I first drink water. Once I am properly hydrated, if I am still hungry, I need to eat. But oftentimes our bodies confuse thirst with hunger.

Way to get out there!
 

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It seems that yesterday was national running day. I wasn't scheduled for a run as part of the marathon training plan I am following but about 9:00 p.m. I decided to get out there anyway (I enjoy running in the evening but rarely get the chance). I ended up putting in just under 6 miles at a smoking fast (for me) 7 minute 33 second pace. I attribute the added speed to the two large homemade burritos I had for dinner. I was very motivated to get home about a quarter of the way through the run. :lmao:
 

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I finally found something to do with all the old race bibs sitting in my desk at work. I wonder if facilities will get me a bigger bulletin board when I run out of space on this one?



I wish I wouldn't have thrown away so many of these in the past. I wonder if I can get reprints from the 1998 and 1999 Okinawa Marathon?
 

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Earlier this year I set a goal of running 1,000 miles in 2012 (last year I hit 959). I'm already above 700 for the year and well on my way to reaching my goal.

Miles run through first 6 months of 2011: 305.4
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 377.0
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 727.0
 

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Earlier this year I set a goal of running 1,000 miles in 2012 (last year I hit 959). I'm already above 700 for the year and well on my way to reaching my goal.

Miles run through first 6 months of 2011: 305.4
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 377.0
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 727.0
Rock star!
 

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Earlier this year I set a goal of running 1,000 miles in 2012 (last year I hit 959). I'm already above 700 for the year and well on my way to reaching my goal.

Miles run through first 6 months of 2011: 305.4
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 377.0
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 727.0
Nice job!!

I ran twice in June. Twice. Really pathetic, but it's on my agenda to get back into it asap.
 

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Earlier this year I set a goal of running 1,000 miles in 2012 (last year I hit 959). I'm already above 700 for the year and well on my way to reaching my goal.

Miles run through first 6 months of 2011: 305.4
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 377.0
Miles run through first 6 months of 2012: 727.0
Is that a record for you? I hope you hit 1200. That was always a good number to reach for. 100 per month :) Congrats!
 

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Is that a record for you? I hope you hit 1200. That was always a good number to reach for. 100 per month :) Congrats!
The 700+ miles through June is a record for me for the first half of the year. Last year I ended with about 960 miles for the entire year. I'm pretty confident I will beat that this year and looking at my schedule for the rest of the year, I'll probably hit 1,200 miles sometime in late September or early October.
 

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Some motivation for all runners

I love The Oatmeal, reading his comics is a favorite way to enjoy a lunch break. Today he had a hilarious and very inspiring comic on why he runs. I would recommend taking the 10 minutes and reading this. I now have a name for my fat little demon who tells me to stop running (The Blerch) and also that I run so I can eat. :)

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running
 

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I love The Oatmeal, reading his comics is a favorite way to enjoy a lunch break. Today he had a hilarious and very inspiring comic on why he runs. I would recommend taking the 10 minutes and reading this. I now have a name for my fat little demon who tells me to stop running (The Blerch) and also that I run so I can eat. :)

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running
Heh. I was just about to post that!! :)
 

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Seriously I am in my office reading that and laughing so loud (which I never do because this is a serious place of business!) Thanks for posting!
 

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I haven't run in 10 days (though I have ridden a bunch), so this comic was right up my alley. The blerch is lurking at home right now, waiting for me. But, I am determined to do a 3 miler this evening. And a big ride up in Taos this weekend!! But the blerch! Ahhh!
 

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I'm considering setting a loose goal of running a race in all 50 states. I enjoy travelling and would like to incorporate the fun of running. I think it would be fun to research the different races in different states and find good fits and interesting races. So far I've done races in NY, PA, and LA. Only 47 states to go!
 
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