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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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cream_n_coffee
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cream_n_coffee

Hello again.

Does anyone suffer from an achy knee or had in the past? I am struggling with mine but it is not to the point to see anyone, I think. It is located in my inner knee area and it feels a little tender on the joint. I don't have any problems walking or running. It actually feels normal when I do strength training and foam roll. Most of the time, when I touch I can't feel any pain but I can tell something is going on. My mileage is only 3 miles a week, so what the heck! It has been going on for a week now. I am not even swelling or anything.

Does anyone know what's going on?

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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cream_n_coffee
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cream_n_coffee

I am pretty my vmo is messed up. I did some elliptical work and strength training and my inner knee felt a lot better. I It doesnt hurt to walk on it, bend, or anything, just feels a little tender when i touch it.

I also got my first shoe fitting. Man what a difference!! I am pretty sure this was my problem with my knees within the past few years.

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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
This past Sunday I ran the San Francisco Marathon. It was my fourth San Francisco Marathon and my 16th marathon since I ran my first in 2009.

The SF Marathon was my first ever marathon back in 2009, and since then they have barely changed the course. It's basically the same course year after year. (One or two turns might have been changed, but that's it!)

I only signed up for two marathons this year, SF and the California International Marathon, which I run every year, so I went nearly eight months without running a marathon, which is unusual for me. (I usually sign up for three or four each year!)

While this was not a PR attempt, it was in the back of my mind. I decided that this would be a more-or-less just for fun run. I am planning on making a serious PR attempt in December at the CIM, so I was taking this one as a dress rehersal of sorts. I let myself just cruise along for the first part of the marathon. I was in wave five of eight starting waves, and we set off on time, just after 6 AM.

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nothinfinah
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nothinfinah
I've been struggling this year.

My goal was to run 60miles a month and the closest I've come was about 40 I think. I've been dealing with chest infections and a hamstring strain and my husband or kid being sick and busy weekends non stop, with no time to get my miles in. Our building has scaffolding around it (a two week project turned into a bigger project that won't start until next spring and so the scaffolding got left up for 2 months- they seem to be taking it down today), but my jogging stroller was buried in there and I couldn't go out during the day with my kid. Now that the stroller is free I need to get it cleaned up after months of neglect and stormy weather.
I'm just frustrated.

I have a half marathon in 9 weeks (late september) and the longest I've run this year is 8miles. I need to find time to get some longer runs in.
Last year I ran my first half marathon and had to take a couple of walk breaks after mile 9, I'd like this year to reduce/eliminate my walk breaks.

Ok. rant over. Thanks for listening :)
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olliejames
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olliejames
I'm not quite sure if this is going to be the right community or not, because I have yet to find one. Because I'm not your average runner. Not say I don't run (I do at least once a week) but I do weather permitting freestyle run aka parkour, and I haven't found one. I need the extra drive (I think that's what I'm looking for).
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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aussieintn
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aussieintn

I ran six 200 meter intervals with 600 meter recovery jogs yesterday because I need to increase my speed for a sport I play. Then I read that total distance of intervals in training for a race should equal the race distance. My next race is a 10k.

50x200 = 10,000. Seems OK, right? I just need to gradually increase from 6 intervals to 50.

Add a mile warm up, a mile cool down, 600 meter recovery jog between each 200 meter interval, and the total distance would be 42,600 meters. Marathon is 42,195 meters.

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emcicle
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emcicle
Finally got off my rear and signed up for another half marathon. I think I need to have a race on the horizon to help me actually focus on training. Otherwise it's too easy to make an excuse to not run (too cold, too snowy, too hot, too many wolves after me, etc). I'm going to run the BAA half marathon in October (with fingers like lightening, my husband and I both signed up in the first two minutes and managed to score one of the 2000 spots on a first come first serve basis.... the remaining 3000 spots will be assigned by random lottery this Friday).

So...exciting, maybe scary. haven't run a half in a year and a half (that's unbelievable now that i type it). Planned to do a 5K at thanksgiving, but ended up with pneumonia, so that didn't happen. Have been consistently getting in two 5 mile runs a week lately, and do 3-7 miles of walking most other days, so i'm not going couch to 13.1 or anything.

So, anyone have a favorite 12 week training program? I'm definitely planning to target something that has cross training, as i injured myself last time I tried to do 4/5 days of running.

Yay running! :)

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
OK, the title is entirely too long. Let me say it again:
a 71 year old woman finishes the extremely difficult
Western States 100 mile race, on a particularly warm day
in 29:59:56, within 4 seconds of the official 30 hr cutoff time

The post-race interview is here:
http://www.irunfar.com/2015/06/gunhild-swanson-post-2015-western-states-100-interview.html

To learn more about Gunhild Swanson read the full profile here:
http://www.irunfar.com/2014/12/werunfar-profile-gunhild-swanson.html
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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mellyjc
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mellyjc
My transformation into being a runner started in 2003. Taking up running has changed my life. As I was just telling a friend yesterday..getting into running was the first thing that ever helped me feel like part of a community.

It also changed my perspective on life from "Maybe I can't," to "Maybe I can." I went from being the little overweight girl too shy to order her own food at a restaurant, too embarrassed to try doing things for risk of being laughed at, to being someone who gets a high off of waving at strangers on the trail, loves trying new things, and is down 30 pounds from where I was in college.

That being said...in my role as a mental health counselor, I've long desired to start a 'running therapy' group to help clients regain their lives and reap the self-esteem, stress relief, etc benefits of exercise. I've looked into this a few times, but there's a liability, which of course requires money to mitigate (park permits, etc).

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Thank you deeply for your consideration. I can't put into words what this grant would mean to me.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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nothinfinah
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nothinfinah
I am a warrior!

Today I did my first Warrior Dash 5k in Channahon IL. I did it with my sister in law, her husband, his cousins and aunt and uncle and a running buddy of mine from the city. All but my buddy traveled together, but some how I managed to find her before the race and we all started together.
I had looked up the course and obstacles ahead of time to be prepared (I'm a little uncorfortable at heights and somewhat claustrophobic too so I wanted to see if there were any that I would have to skip or psych myself up for).
I've run 5k a bunch now and am happy with my pace, but I've never done a trail run and the amount of rain we'd had the week leading up to today made the whole course super slick and muddy. It was kind of awesome!

There were 13 official obstacles and as far as I can remember this is the order they came in:
First you ran along a muddy path thinking "ew ick gross" until you stepped in a puddle so deep your shoes filled with dirty water and you gae up the pretense of 'clean' :) We had to cross a crick that was not part of the obstacles, just part of the farmland and then we approached the first obstacle.
1:shock top unfiltered=  climb over a 4.5 ft wall, crawl under a canopy about 2t above the ground and then climb over a 2nd wall of about 4.5ft. We were in the 2nd wave of the day but the walls were already slick and slippery with mud.

2:mud mounds= climb over a muddy mountain, slide into a ditch of muddy water and then climb out over another muddy mountain. Probably one fo the hardest obstacles, just because it was so hard to get good footing.

3: Hard Rain= climb a wall while a hose rains cold water on you. First tall wall (about 8ft?) of the course.

4: Diesel Dome= climb, and cross a framed out dome (about 14ft high?). intially I was nervous of this thinking it was going to be much bigger, but it was not that bad. I was slowed down by some people ahead of me who were definitely more uncomfortable with the height etc than I was. I was mostly worried about kicking someone.

Then it gets a bit hazy about the order as we were also running down hills and up hills and just trying to keep our balance and not wipe out!

Dead man's Drop= climb a tall wall and 'drop' to the other side. I did not 'drop', I slowly climbed down the frame.

Great Warrior Wall= climb a 14ft wall using a knotted rope and climb down the opposite side (ladder style). This was the first one I was nervous of as I approached. I haven't climbed a rope since I was in primary school and I haven't worked on my arms/upper body as much as I planned this year. Plus heights.  But I did it!

Trenches= I was expecting from the websites description to have to crawl underground for 40ft. Not so. We stepped into a trench about 5ft deep filled with water. you couldn't just wlk it because you had to duck under branches that had been laid over them.

Pipeline= pipes up in the air made from cargo netting. This one was fun. the netting of course shifts about everytime you move your footing so it kind of felt like being 'birthed' as you escaped :)

9: Chaotic Cargo= a frame of cargo net. Up , then down then along then down.

10: High Tension= Slack line over a pt of muddy water holding onto cargo netting above. Depending on your height this was easy or impossible. My 5'5.5" frame only just managed to reach the cargo net above. Oh and there was water being rained on you/squirted at you, so my eyes were closed the whole time and I was doing it blind :)

11: Warrior Roast= jump over a mine of fire. It was higher than any of us expected, including my sister-in-law who'd done the dash twice before. She swears it was migher this year than any other year.

12: Goliath= the biggest obstacle! climb a sloped wall (using a rope), climb over and down to a platform, walk along a beam (about 8" wide) over a muddy pit. Climb a little wall to a 2nd platform and slide down a huge slide into a HUGE pit of muddy water. I had to climb the wall a bit before I could even reach a rope to use, I walked the balance beam (thank you kids playgrounds!) and I haven't been down a slide since I was maybe a teenager! I was happy that there were 3 slides ipen next to each other when my sister -in-law and buddy got there, so we all got to slipe down together into the pit. The pit was much deeper than expected! practically ahd to swim to the surface and definitely couldn't touch the bottom and walk out, had to swim.

13: muddy mayhem=  crawling through a mud pit under barbed wire. Basically keep your mouth closed and do the crocodile crawl through it (walk on your hands and let your legs float behind you.

There was also a section where you run down a hill along a river (that was dry last yr but flowing rapidly today!) climb over fallen trees and then up a muddy hill (using ropes). There was lots of banter among the runners about 'sorry if I grab onto you if I'm falling', 'however you go down this hill be it on your feet or ass, you've just got to commit to it', 'you can't afford to have too big of a personal bubble on this race', etc. My buddy and I were saying how we hoped our kids would want to do something like this when they're old enough.

I definitley ahd to walk sections. some sections the mud was so thick you would lose a shoe if it wasn't tied tightly, I'm not used to running on trail so my legs got tired quicker, and sometimes the obstacle took it out of me and I needed to recover. But I ran as much as I could and I didn't skip any of the obstacles! I earned my medal for sure!
There were photographers along the course, but I can only remember seeing them at a few of the end obstacles. I can't wait to get the pics back!
I'm already excited for next year :) The only thing that bugged me was there was no clock at the start and end and there was no chip timing. Our wave started about 20 minutes late but I think I crossed the finish line around the 40-45 minute mark which I'm happy with!

After the rest of our gang finished we got a dirty picture taken, showered off as best we could, donated our shoes and changed into flip flops before heading to the beer tent. I'm not much of a beer person, but I enjoyed the shandy and we squelched back to the truck to head home.
Fun times!

FYI here's the Warrior Dash page with all their info on the obstacles: https://www.warriordash.com/obstacles/
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evil_chicobo
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evil_chicobo
Sports bra rash, please assist. SFW, but will place under cut anyway.Collapse )
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners ! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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soldiergrrrl
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soldiergrrrl
So, yeah... Last year, I started running again, after taking way too long off, and managed to give myself shin splints. Like my husband SAT on me to keep me from running one day because my legs were hurting so bad I was in tears but I was still lacking up my shoes... He then started stacking dogs on me to keep me sitting.

Stopped running, the shin splints started to go away and then finally healed, but I still had pretty intense, localized pain on inside of my left shin just below my knee.

FINALLY went to my PCM, who called in the sports medicine guy. He looked at my shin, ran his thumb down it and then pressed on one spot. After coaxing me down from the ceiling and waiting for his hearing to return, he told me I don't have a bursa injury (which is what I thought it might be) but instead, a varicosity between the bone and the muscle.

I was on steroids for a week and prescription strength Naproxix twice a day, along with compression socks/sleeves and I just got out and started walking/runnig again. My pace sucks rocks through bendy straws but I'm doing it.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
X-posted in my own journal!

Last Sunday I ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Anaheim, California, right by and through the Disneyland theme park. I ran this race with my friend and Disney race addict friend Mary, who convinced me to try a Disney run,) and my Ragnar sister and fitness geek extraordinaire Michele. (AKA bkmichele!) I've run an awful lot of races: Marathons, half marathons, long-distance relays, lotsa 5Ks, 10Ks, and other Ks. My medal hangers are groaning from the weight. But I had never done a Disney run.

The race began at 5:30 AM, by far the earliest start time ever for any non-relay race I've ever run in. (One of my relay teams started at 5:30 AM, but that was for a 200 mile, 30+ hours race.) Myself, Michele, and Mary made our way to the start line around 5 AM from our hotel. It was still dark, and quite cool, but not cold. Mary had run the 10K the day before, and she didn't believe she would do that well this day as a result. Michele and I seperated from Mary as Mary was in a different corral.

As I had been previously warned by Michele, security was strict. They made sure we got into the corect corrals, having our bibs checked several times and also running into a phalanx of volunteers who made sure we didn't wander over to the elite section. Michele and I were in the B corral, which is the farthest forward a man can be at the starting line. Corral A and the elite section were strictly women only.

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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anapaoli
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anapaoli
This past Sunday, I ran in the Broad Street Run. It's a 10-miler through Philly.

I had been dealing with IT Band pain for a couple of weeks before the run and I was just hoping to be able to complete the race. I certainly never wanted to finish a run so badly! After a visit to my chiropractor, I went on a few "test runs" just to see how I felt. I made it to two miles both times without pain, so I figured that was a good sign (I couldn't get to 1 mile before the chiro). I took Aleve the night before and the morning of and hoped for the best.

I parked by the stadiums and took the subway up to Olney where the race started. The train was packed. I thought I was going to end up on this guy's lap because people kept getting on!

I never considered what 40,000 people really looked like until there were 40,000 people hanging around, waiting to run down Broad Street. I was in the last corral and the first place finisher crossed the line before we even started.

The pink corral started the race at about 9 AM so a lot of churches were just started, so we got a lot of cheers. There was one gas station blaring the Rocky song, which is so Philly cliche but so wonderful. The mile 1 marker seemed to come up really quickly.

Somewhere on mile 2, we came uphill and got the chance to look downhill at tens of thousands of runners in front of us. It's hard to describe how awesome that was. We're all here, running 10 miles on a warm sunny Sunday, together.

Around mile 3, I started feeling the pain in my left leg. Talk about discouraging! I walked for a bit until it eased up some, and then I figured out that if I kind of limp-ran without bending my left knee too much, I could run mostly without pain.

We ran by Shriner's Hospital for Children and there were a couple patients cheering the runners on. One little girl was in a wheelchair with what I can only describe as a crane holding her head in a brace. I figured, man, if that little girl can seem so happy to watch us run, I better not ninny-out with a sore knee.

As we got closer to South Philly, there were more and more spectators. I'm telling you, I sincerely appreciated all of the high-fives and "power up here" signs. Especially the high-fives and cheers from the cops. They're out there doing their tough jobs every day but they're out there cheering runners on. And the Gatorade. They only had the yellow Gatorade which I thought I didn't like but during the race, it might as well have been the nectar of the gods.

The best part of the race was running past City Hall, which was around mile 6. City Hall is this giant building in the middle of Broad Street and you see it off so far in the distance, and then you're there and more than halfway done on a bum leg, and next thing you know, you're leaving William Penn in the dust. I tried to "selfie" with City Hall behind me, because it felt like one of the best moments in my life. Totally the Best Day Ever, Spongebob-style. (Sorry husband and kids. Our wedding and your birthdays were awesome beyond measure, but there's just something about running...)

Around mile 7, I got super hungry and thought about running into a Checkers or something. But the yellow Gatorade kept coming and that helped so much.

Right after mile 9, the pain in my leg was just getting bad. I had to walk for a couple yards just to get the gall to keep going. The spectators were so encouraging though. Just cheering for people they don't even know! For a town that threw snowballs at Santa...that's pretty good ;)

The finish line was a quarter mile inside the Navy Yard and holy hell it felt like forever before I saw the gate. I was trying to find my husband and daughter on the sideline but the crowd was so big I gave up and just focused on getting past the finish and into the refreshment tent! I ran the race in 1:54. I was aiming for less than two hours so I did all right.

Overall, it was an awesome experience. I loved how organized it was, the text tracking system (it sent a text when a runner crossed the 3, 5, 7, and finish), the frequent water/Gatorade stops, and the security. I know it was a pain for a lot of people who were turned away from the Navy Yard because they had backpacks or other non-clear bags, but it made me more comfortable. I appreciated how many kids activities were offered in the Navy Yard. They had bouncy houses and a petting zoo. My daughter ran in the toddler dash. Her race was 30 yards and lasted all of 20 seconds or so but she is proud of her medal. Seeing how much work went into the race, from the volunteers and the spectators, and the police and sanitation departments, I know it's cheesy but it's heart-warming that so many people came together just so a bunch of nutty runners could achieve their dreams.

There's not really much that I didn't like about the race. I am not crazy about how crowded it was. I like smaller races where I can greet my family right at the finish. I ran a "no frills" 10k last summer and my daughter ran the last 50 yards with me (which was great because I was certain that I could not move another step...she pushed me through). But that wouldn't stop me from running this again. It was great to be part of something so big and so positive.

After the race, I went home and put ice on my leg and tried to take a nap (not easy with two little ones). I was in a lot of pain. If I bent my knee or used my lateral muscles, it felt like fire down the outside of my leg. Oy. What I really wanted to do was go to a diner and get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but a shower, ice, and nap were good too.

Next up is my calling the doctor to see about PT for my leg, and crossing my fingers that I can run the half marathon on June 14th. I think after the half, I might stick to 10Ks as my maximum distance. Having an injury gives me too much anxiety, if that makes sense. It makes me sad because running 10 miles was the easy part! Dealing with the stupid leg is what makes it difficult.
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