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Old 07-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Any runners in here??

Hello

I've become an amateur runner, I just ran my first 15 k race two weeks ago (1 hr 31 minutes) and I'm heading for my first half marathon on sept 2nd, I'm trainning about 22 k per week, any advice from advanced runners??
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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I wouldn't consider myself an advanced runner, but I've completed two marathons and a handful of half marathons. I'm signed up to do another half in October. Congrats on finishing your 15k race.

It sounds like you need to start ramping up your weekly mileage if you're going to do a half. Hal Higdon has some great beginner and intermediate training schedules.

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Old 07-24-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Ohhh that link is great, thank you very much!
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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I've been out of commission for the last 15 months or so dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis. Oof. I've been able to run sporadically, but I still get antsy during stretches of great sunny weather since sustained daily running's too much.

I did a lot of distance training in high school and college, but that was mostly working against type as I was pretty good at the 400 and 800 meter track races. The last two years of high school I was doing daily distance running after school and then biweekly soccer practice immediately after. And now I am definitely not in that good shape, hah.
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I've sort of taken a break from running because I have a hard time running in the summer. I have been running since February and done a bunch of 5ks. Love doing them!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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I have never run a 5 k race, I'm thinking seriously to do it, but I'm afraid of being slow, since I'm trainning for longer distances, what's your current 5 k time??
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #7
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It's all for fun, don't worry about being slow. I've run many races and I've never been last.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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Hahahahahaha, "never been last"
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I ran my first races last summer, a 5k and a 4mi run. I went from being really freaking slow and out of shape into quite a quick runner at short-medium distances.

I did the 5k @ 6:53/mi and the 4mi @ 7:15/mi. My personal bests are 5:50 on 1 mile and 7:35/mi on 5 miles.

I haven't done a lot of running since though. Got sick and ruined my whole routine. Still got a little umph in me though, been meaning to pick it back up. Routine is the most important part, I guess.

Never really ran any long races, but I kinda want to go after a 10 miler or something and shoot for ~8:00/mi. The hardest part is patience. I have none.
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I used to run 6 miles a day, 5 to 6 days a week. Hurt my back, and it pretty much made it so I was terrified to do any exercise for 2 or 3 years. Got back into lifting weights, eventually worked in the "easy" cardio machines (elliptical, stationary bike), but never has as good of cardio results as I did from running. Have ran off and on infrequently the last few years mixed in with other workouts, but finally have started going 4 to 5 times a week the last few months. It feels good to be at it again, but it's annoying how much slower I am than I once was, and how much less endurance I have. It's slowly building back up though.

Yay and stuff.
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Awesome to see so many others of you who are runners!

I started running in 2008, and have been hooked ever since. I generally do 4-5 10k races a year. I'm sloooowly amping up my training, as my family and I are planning to do the Honolulu Marathon together in 2014. That gives us loads of time to train at a steady pace and hopefully be ready. I'm nerdily excited about running that one!

I've found that my times are better when I run 10 minutes then walk for 1 minute, and repeat that for the entire distance. My body just refuses to cooperate when I run the full distance without slowing down for a little bit. It's all about finding the system that works best for you, and going at your own pace. I'm super competitive, so it was tough for me to let go of that when I train with a group, as I tend to be slower than everyone else. But I'm doing my best and that's all that matters.

Keep up the great work, everyone!
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I get wicked bad shin splints, and I've always been slow, never been able to run more them 2-3 miles either. I can't even imagine what kinds of horrible death my lungs would hack up now if I tried to run at all. I'd give it a shot (even with the whole smoking a pack a day) again though, if it wasn't for the shins. Is there even anything I can do about that? Even with great comfy shoes, on non-paved surfaces, they fucking kill.
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I get wicked bad shin splints, and I've always been slow, never been able to run more them 2-3 miles either. I can't even imagine what kinds of horrible death my lungs would hack up now if I tried to run at all. I'd give it a shot (even with the whole smoking a pack a day) again though, if it wasn't for the shins. Is there even anything I can do about that? Even with great comfy shoes, on non-paved surfaces, they fucking kill.
1. Running posture: Are you a heel striker? If so, you should look into ChiRunning, because you are probably causing too much stress on your muscle.

2. Kinesiotape: Don't do this on your own, find a chiropractor, athletic trainer, or physical therapist who can show you how to properly apply this to yourself.

3. Strength training: Have you tried any lower leg strengthening exercises on the off days when you're not running?

4. Stretching: Be sure you are stretching after every exercise.



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3. Strength training: Have you tried any lower leg strengthening exercises on the off days when you're not running?

4. Stretching: Be sure you are stretching after every exercise.

Yep, these are my two problems. I try to run 3 miles 4 or so times a week, but I don't do any strength training and stretch pretty half-assed. Pulled a muscle last spring that put me out of commission for a couple of months- you'd think I'd learn a lesson from that. This is a good reminder, though. A little strength training did help me recover, I need to do that more often.
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I have never run a 5 k race, I'm thinking seriously to do it, but I'm afraid of being slow, since I'm trainning for longer distances, what's your current 5 k time??
Ha! I'm slow as well. You keep doing it you will get faster. My current 5k time is about 39 minutes.

Don't pay attention to anyone else but yourself! You can't compare yourself to others!

I remember I did my first 5k. It was tough. This one guy ran it in 20 minutes!!
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