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I'm B-a-a-a-a-a-ck
Friday, 16 June 2017 - Written by keyronn [profile]
After almost a 4 year absence, I've started running again. The last few years have been dedicated to weight training with virtually no cardio of any kind. When I decided that weights alone wouldn't truly keep me healthy or happy, I broke out my running shoes and began building my base for several months. I ran a few mock 5k's until I could finish in under 23 mins. and added speed work and tempo runs.

Before I had my last calf injury in Fall 2012, I was regularly breaking 20 mins. Fast forward to 2017 and I've run 4 races with a fastest time of 22:27. I have a goal to get back to the sub 21 club this Fall. This is a much slower process than my first foray into racing, but I'm determined to get my speed back even at 56 years old.

It feels great just being out there on 5-6 mile runs and racing again.

Kev500 says:

Welcome home.

keyronn says:

Thanks, Kev. I'm seeing a lot of familiar names. :)

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I Just Don't Care
Friday, 09 June 2017 - Written by rcblu2 [profile]
When my boy's Spring soccer practice picked up about 10 weeks ago I made a decision. I could sit in the car and play on my phone or I could get some exercise. The park his practice is at was perfect with (about) a 1/3 mile path going around it. For the first few "runs" I would run a lap then walk a lap. I might go around 6 or 7 times in 45 min. The thoughts would creep into my head about doing more. "Run faster!, Walk less! Do 10 more minutes! You can do it!" I used to be this way. But now I don't care.

Don't get me wrong. I care about being healthy. I firmly believe in exercise (whether I do it or not), but I am backing off from having to push myself harder and harder when I exercise. Away from believing that if I don't push myself more then it is a waste. I just don't care. I don't care what others think when I am out there. I am just happy I am moving. Slowly.

After 3 or 4 weeks of getting out there once or twice a week I could walk less. I have seen how c...

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NeedhamPaul says:

You've put out an important post. As I get older (58), I just can't regain the pace I used to have. So, instead, I set a goal - usually mileage based but sometimes just total time on the road - and I try my best to stick to it. If that means running 3 miles, then walking a little, then finishing the 5 mile run, so be it. I'm out there getting exercise.

I've found this approach helps me stop blowing off exercise days. Used to be if I didn't feel "right" (whatever that means!) I just wouldn't go out. Who wants to post a 10+ m/m run? Now, like you, I don't care!

I'm also considering Diana Nyad's new push - everwalk.com. Trying to get Americans out to walk every day. Very good advice - not running, but better than not doing anything. In some ways (injury prevention, total hours on the road) it might be better than running.

Keep on keeping on!

Paul

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Losing ground
Monday, 15 May 2017 - Written by NeedhamPaul [profile]
Can anyone offer some advice? I'm a 58 y.o. male runner, running steadily (more or less) for about 18 months.

As of December, I was running 5 or 6 miles at a time, fairly comfortably. Weather derailed me for a few weeks in February, and now I can't seem to get any energy back. I'm cooked after only 2 miles and my times are much slower.

Any ideas? Suggestions for re-building? I've never lost so much momentum with just a short layoff. Thanks!

adigerati says:

It happens. Here are some of the things I've done to help me in a slump:

Use training plans. Even if you don't want to run a race, train for a race.

Set goals, realistic goals based on the results you are seeing right now. If you are currently only getting two miles then do a long run once a week of 3 miles. If you are running 12 min miles, work on running 11:45 min miles. Motivation is a big part of running.
For distance you have a long run day. For speed you have intervals, fartleks, tempo runs, etc. I myself try to focus on one or the other until I've achieved my goal.

Start a streak. Streaking has been an enormous motivator to me. I'm right around 500 days of consecutive running (minimum of a mile per day). This prevents me from taking an extra day off, which turns into a week, which turns into several months.

Run a race. Training for the race is the true benefit, the race is the prize.

I also run by heart rate. If my speed isn't there but my beats per minute shows I'm still working hard, I don't feel bad. I'm not a professional, I'm in it for the heart health.

Hope something I mentioned might help but either way, congratulations. You've been getting it done for 18 months now and I'm sure running is going to continue to be a part of your life. It's a game changer and so long as your getting out there, you're doing great.

Kev500 says:

Great recommendations, adigerati!

Increase your intensity and/or volume. Though there is no science to back it up, the rule of thumb is no more than 10% increase each week in either volume or intensity (not both).

Physical adaptations occur in about three weeks. So after 3 weeks if you are still struggling, it may be worth seeing a doctor for a physical examination just to make sure there's nothing else going on with your body.

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Running and strength training
Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Written by strutton1313 [profile]
Well it's been a long time since I have posted a blog entry. I have been a runner as long as I can remember, running my first 5k back in the early 80s as a 7 year old and still running today at 43. That being said I have only run. I never got into weight training. That has all changed now. Last year I was running better and faster than I ever had but then my hip flexor gave out on me. I couldn't hardly run the last three months of 2016 ending a run streak of over 400 days. I decided 2017 would be different. Since Jan. 1 I have lifted a minimum of 3 times a week and kept my running down to a max of 3 times a week. I once hated lifting but I have to say I have found a new love (still love running more). I like the way I feel, I like the way I look, and it has helped my running. I ran a 10 miller earlier this month that I ran pre- injury last year. I ran almost identical times 1:11:04-2016 1:11:53-2017 with much harder conditions because of super strong wind this year. I fin...

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adigerati says:

Bummer on the run streak. I just reached 500 (yesterday).

I've been wanting to hit the gym for a while now but haven't been able to commit. Weights have been something I've been trying to do for over 30 years but I have never really been able to stick with it for more than a couple of months. Are you using any type of plan?

strutton1313 says:

I have made my own plan. I run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I lift on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Monday I usually take a rest day. On Wednesday I hit Chest and Back exercise, Friday Bicep and Triceps, and Sunday I do Leg and shoulders. I generally do from 3 to 5 exercises for each muscle group and pick a weight I can do between 5 and 8 reps and do 3 to 5 sets. I alternate the muscles so its a super set. Like yesterday I did 1 set of 8 leg press then 1 set of 8 shoulder press and continued back and fourth until I had done 3 complete sets for both. Then I did quad extensions and lateral dumbbell raises the same way. I do this with every work out. That way I dont have any stand around time. My rest for a muscle is done while working another. I generally spend about 45 minutes to an hour at the gym each time. I have really started to like it. Well I dont like going to the gym. I like how I feel and how I look. I have started to be able to see the definition and muscle increase. So I am going to stick with it. It has also helped me feel stronger on my runs.

By the way congratulations on your streak. 500 is awesome! Congrats!!!

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Any good news?
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Written by Kev500 [profile]
Anybody have anything good to say? I'm still fuming over the demise of the route tracing function not working. But I would like to stay on the bright side of things and share stories and info with my friends on this site.

ycmrun says:

Yeah. Havent been in touch lately. Currently training for Northface endurance 50k at Bear mountain New York on May 13th. Almost taper time from Monday.. Probably the hardest race i've done to date.. Psyched and excited !!

How are things with you ? Any races planned ?

Post edited by: ycmrun, at: 2017/04/28 10:33

Kev500 says:

Yes, I ran the Bridges to Brews 10K in Portland, OR and ran my best time in over 18 months and finished 2nd in my age group. Didn't have much time for the brews after the run.

I've managed to stay injury free all year (knock on wood), so I'm really looking forward to the Shore Run, a 10K in Seattle in June. It's the 40th year of the event. I ran it the 2nd year that it happened and really busted through a running plateau at that time. It is flat and straight and, therefore, plays to my body mechanics and psyche. So I've run it occasionally since then, the last time 3 years ago when I won my age division. If I stay healthy, I think I can get close to my 2014 time.

Kev500 says:

Yes, I ran the Bridges to Brews 10K in Portland, OR and ran my best time in over 18 months and finished 2nd in my age group. Didn't have much time for the brews after the run.

I've managed to stay injury free all year (knock on wood), so I'm really looking forward to the Shore Run, a 10K in Seattle in June. It's the 40th year of the event. I ran it the 2nd year that it happened and really busted through a running plateau at that time. It is flat and straight and, therefore, plays to my body mechanics and psyche. So I've run it occasionally since then, the last time 3 years ago when I won my age division. If I stay healthy, I think I can get close to my 2014 time.

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Trace Your Route
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - Written by Kev500 [profile]
Please fix it!!!

mistressk says:

Can we get the interactive weight graph fixed as well? Nothing is showing up..

joec says:

Still not working?

Kev500 says:

still not working

plodder79 says:

Just tried to log today, not working!

Kev500 says:

Who is in charge of this site? Can you please let us know what is going on? I've been a member for years and use the route application often. But I am getting very discouraged. Does anyone care?

journeygirl1 says:

I've been having trouble as well. Very discouraging! I've even tried different computers to no avail.

greend says:

Trace your route still not working

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Just a thank you to the LogYourRun author
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - Written by fredofredo [profile]
Hey, I can't access the route tracing tool since a week now, and that makes me a bit sad, because it feels like a shutdown of one of the last services I was still using.

At first, I have used LogYourRun a lot for recording my tracks at mountain biking, and I didn't run at all. This was maybe three years ago. (edit: I looked at my profile, and I got the app 6 years ago!!)

One day I noticed some training programs. And I decided to start the "run 10 km from scratch" program. This was not too hard, it started by "walk 1 minutes, run 1 minute", three times a week, week after week. Only a few months later, I was running 10 km. I wouldn't have believed it, I was extremely happy the day I crossed the distance.

I am not fan of running, and after that day, I have completely stopped running. Maybe I should think about a bigger objective now like semi marathon :) but I have changed phone several times, and I didn't have the app on my new phones.

I still frequently use the "trace your ...

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Kev500 says:

Bummer. I hope they fix it ASAP. I use it at least once a m.onth

run_more says:

discouraging indeed. I have tried many times to add a route in the last 6 weeks and have the same problem.

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