The Runner's Thread

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  1. the pen is mightier

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    I tend more towards dynamic before and static after.
     
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    Goal for the month of December is to really get back into running. Buddy and I have committed to running 100+ miles over the month, and minimum of 1 mile per day. No exceptions.

    Taking some time off the bike, and pretty happy with the pace all things considered. Had a good 4 mile run last night at about 8:30 per. Use to be able to do that run under 8 per, and plan to be back at that pace come mid-December. Really want to do an 8+ mile run at that pace as well come the end of December.
     
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    Little pull in the calf, so cycled Friday and Saturday... but tested it out on the treadmill today and was able to get 5 miles in at a 7:45 per mile pace. Should be good to go to log some miles this week. Just need to keep stretching often and shouldn't have any concerns, but I've never been the best at that.
     
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    Just a couple days left in December, and it's been a good month of running. At about 108 miles for the month as is, and hoping to finish around 130 for the month. Still plan on running a lot after December is up, but will probably scale back closer to 100 miles per week to add some more cycling back into the mix.
     
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    I read through this thread a bit and it's safe to say you are all much more experienced than I am. :laugh:

    Anyway, I stopped playing hockey back in July after I got a concussion and played very little since then. I was getting a bit tired of playing since I am 18 and have been playing year round since I was 4.

    Taking that break was the best thing I ever did in regards to enjoying playing hockey again. That being said, I didn't listen to anybody when they told me to keep doing my workouts. I somehow thought playing basketball once a week and golfing would be enough. Obviously it wasn't.

    I just want to get my endurance back up where it used to be and lose a few pounds while I am at it.

    I was thinking of running 3 miles a day to get back in shape. Do you guys have any recommendations on rest days and good running shoes?

    Even when I was playing hockey year round and working out I never thought about running but really wanted to try it out now. Thoughts?
     
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    Now that I've moved to Salt Lake City, I'll be a running a whole lot more given the trail running I have access to that's just a 10 minute drive away to tons and tons of trails. Got my first run in yesterday.

    4.7 miles
    9:54 per mile pace
    820 feet of elevation
    average HR - 173 :laugh: part of that because I'm not use to pacing well on hills like this, and part of it because I was 5000 feet above sea level

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    That's great! I always like the winter months more for running, especially up here. Even though it can be bone chillingly cold, nothing warms you up like a nice run does. Last year I shifted from cycling to running over the winter, and ran a half marathon also. I think it helped me get faster on the bike this summer.
     
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    Yeah I'm there with you. I love those cold morning runs. Also hard to believe I finally have access to trails like this, something I've always dreamed of since I got into running and exercising.

    I'll toss the bike on the indoor training just to keep some bike fitness and at least try and maintain where I am over the winter..... but improving that run is something I've said for a hile that I want to do. Think these trails should help me out in that regard. Just need to get some winter running pants.
     
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    The big thing (at least for me) about winter running is getting windproof clothing. I have a decent pair of cycling pants that I just layer on when I run in the winter. I find that body heat will warm you up from the cold air temps but it's the wind chill that is usually what most would describe as the most uncomfortable part about running in the winter.

    edit: Oh and of course a good pair of shoes, gloves and wool socks always help too.
     
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    Yeah I've got good winter everything except running and cycling pants, so definitely will get getting something decent in that department in the coming weeks.

    But man.... I regret not splurging on a good pair of wind and water proof gloves sooner. What a game changer those are.
     
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    5.50 miles
    11:49 per mile pace
    1180 feet of elevation gain

    Barely even ran at all during the first two miles. Terrain for mile two was especially sketchy and done at like a 17 minute pace.

     
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    That scenery is really nice.

    I started trail running in August I do trail runs with a group in my area generally 1 hour runs on Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday and 2 hours on Saturday. I try to make 2-3 a week it is pretty fun, the trails are pretty technical lots of ups and downs and winding so its pretty slow.

    I recently did a 25km trail run in 2 hours 38 minutes 6:21/km about half of it was trail that was pretty wet due to rain the day before which made it pretty slippery which was extremely frustrating. I really wanted to finish in under 2:30 but my right calf became really sore at 20km and the last 5km was done pretty slow.

    2 weeks before that I did a 10.5km run in 49 minutes. I should probably try to find one race to enter before the end of the year/winter.

    I have also gained a newfound respect for runners in general, being a 25 year old male some 50+ year old women are as fast as me or even faster while having incredible endurance. As well as people in the running group not being in that great of shape to look at who can run for 2 hours on a Saturday morning when they have had a busy week of working.
     
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    I've been training to run a marathon sometime next year for the last couple months. Last two years I've been focused on shorter distances (15km and below), so this is the first time I've done training runs in the 20-25km range.

    I'm finding that my neck and upper back start to feel quite stiff by the time I'm approaching 20km. I do some periodic stretching of these areas as I run, it doesn't seem to help all that much. So for anyone else that might have experienced this, is there anything specific you can do to combat it, or will this just have to naturally diminish as 20km+ runs become regular routine?
     
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    I had this problem when I first got into long distance running. Turned out I was shrugging my shoulders up a lot, and keeping them shrugged up. Took some time, but just had to keep reminding myself to run more relaxed. Eventually went entirely away.
     
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    I'll make a conscious point of keeping them relaxed next time out and see if it helps. Thanks for the input.
     
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    I couldn't find it searching really quickly right now, but there is also a "yoga ball" someone let me try once. Basically you'd pin it to a wall with your back/shoulder, and roll it out. Felt freaking amazing. Found some similar things, but not the one I used. Whatever they used to put inside the ball, was 10000000 times better than any other I have ever used before.

    I'll try to find the exact one I'm referring to again later today.
     
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    I used to tense/stress my upper body as well. With more mileage managed to improve my overall form and efficiency (still a lot of room for improvement). I believe this way of maintaining fingers has been beneficial to reduce this problem. Also engaging more of the hips/core movement and not shoulders especially at higher speed.

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    Yeah, I have a great set of winter windproof running pants and a light jacket which make colder running definitely more enjoyable. Now all I need is a good set of running gloves or more likely mittens for those sub -20C runs.
     
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    Never even thought about what sort of fist I was making, I'll definitely be testing this out.
     
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