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

It's not too late to take part in TRAINING YEAR 2015 poll:
http://runners.livejournal.com/5598768.html

As in the past, the training year thread will be saved in the memories section:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=runners
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winweiquaker
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winweiquaker
Hi All!

First, thanks for all of the advice about two weeks about about running speed as I gear back up; it was EXTREMELY helpful. Sadly, about two days into it I sprained my mensicus, so I have been staying away from running for the last two weeks.  Instead, I've been walking (about 3.5 mph) and using the ergometer/rowing machine.

Does anyone else have experience with the rowing machine?  I'm finding that my pace for the rowing machine is just about my "competitive" pace for my run (i.e. I can do 5000m a 5k, in just about 24 minutes).  I looked at a competitive rowers page and this looks very, very slow (even for my age group).  However, I feel like I am getting a good workout.

I previously had the flywheel set at 9, but lowered it to '6' to see if I would be any faster (I barely was).  So I think this is my speed.  If anyone has any experience with rowing, will this be sufficient in terms of cardio?  I'm doing about 15 miles worth of "rowing" a week, for the last 2 or so weeks, which was just around my running distance.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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mockduck
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mockduck
Hi everyone,

I have two main hobbies: running, and cartooning. So I sometimes bring the two together and make a cartoon about running.

I thought some of you might enjoy my latest one, which celebrates the constant rain we have in these parts at this time of year - please do have a look if you're interested.

Small taster under the cutCollapse )
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.

It's not too late to take part in TRAINING YEAR 2015 poll:
http://runners.livejournal.com/5598768.html

As in the past, the training year thread will be saved in the memories section:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=runners
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.

It's not too late to take part in TRAINING YEAR 2015 poll:
http://runners.livejournal.com/5598768.html

As in the past, the training year thread will be saved in the memories section:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=runners
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winweiquaker
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winweiquaker
Hi all - need some advice.

So, I was a pretty avid runner (started in 2009, in my early 30s).  From Jan -July 2015, I probably ran about 400 miles, averaging about 15 miles a week. However, I had a lot of shifting in August (I got a new job, had a pretty intense schedule teaching, and also did some classes for my PhD) which radically changed my schedule, so my normal running (which used to occur at 6am) became next to impossible.  I think I logged 30 miles between mid-August and December 15th.

Right after Christmas I tried to start back again and....wow....it's just not happening.  I cannot even do a solid, uninterrupted mile anymore.  I get to about 3 minutes and then mentally...shut down, and start walking.  I've been trying to run at a slower speed (I was doing 7.8 mph on the treadmill, I've dailed it back to 7.1 mph) and with less expectation (just a solid 8 minutes, and I just cannot do it).  It isn't physical - nothing is "hurting", it's just mentally I get overwhlemed, and...can't do it again.

I've had breaks before (that have been dictated by injury), and normally I'm able to recover rather quickly.  Even with an injury break, when I got back, a mile wasn't a problem (nor was 2 miles, for that matter).  This just seems overwhelming.

I'm thinking - should I just try to ease back into it with a C25k?  Are there other recommendations?

Thanks in advance, everyone!
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.

Also, don't forget to take part in TRAINING YEAR 2015 poll:
http://runners.livejournal.com/5598768.html

As in the past, the training year thread will be saved in the memories section:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=runners
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.

Also, don't forget to take part in TRAINING YEAR 2015 poll:
http://runners.livejournal.com/5598768.html

As in the past, the training year thread will be saved in the memories section:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=runners
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Congratulations to all runners for the effort they put forth in 2015. A lot of you improved a fair amount!

Like last year, I will simply put the questions in the post and each person can cut and paste them into their reply.

Also, as before, do not feel the need to answer every question. Some of them may not apply to you.
And of course feel free to add questions of your own.

Please answer only in the comments, do not make a separate post just about yourself.
The training year thread will be added to the "Memorable Entries" section of the community where you can
find the training polls from previous years, starting with 2007.

So without further ado, here is the Training Year 2015 thread!

------ cut and paste the section below into your comment -------
0. (optional) Background: age, sex, years running, anything that affects your running (large family, stressful job, etc)
1. How many miles/km did you run this year?
2. What were your highest/lowest weekly mileage results?
3. What was your best mileage month?
4. What was your longest run?
5. How many races did you enter in 2015? What were your best and worst race performances?
6. Do you have a favorite/memorable run from this year?
7. What was the craziest weather or other type of adverse conditions you endured on a run in 2015?
8. What were your goals for 2015? Did you achieve them?
9. What are your goals for 2016?
10. Do you have a favorite running-related quote you would like to share
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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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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
This past Sunday I ran the California International Marathon. It was my 6th completed CIM and my 17th Marathon since 2009.

The CIM is a nice, flat and quick course from the city of Folsom to Sacramento in Northern California.

I had planned on making this marathon a possible PR attempt, especially since the CIM is a pretty easy course that I've already PR'd on twice. I carefully planned out my training schedule earlier this year, and ran the San Francisco Marathon last July as a training marathon. But things didn't turn out the way I had planned.

read on if you dare!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
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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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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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
I know this race report is rather late. Originally I had been far too busy to write it right after the race, but several people were all "Where's your race report?" So here it is!

A couple of weekends ago I was one of twelve runners for the team 33 hours in Paradise during the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay, a long distance relay that went through four counties in Northern California, starting in San Francisco. (From October 23rd to the 24th.)

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs three legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

I was in van one, which included Emily, our fearless and practical van captain, Zandra the bionic relay runner, (She had a cyborg running outfit for one leg,) thee Hiromi who hails from New York, New York, Erica who was my teammate last year for this very same team, and Andy, a runner who jumped onto the team at the very last minute since we had someone drop out suddenly just a week before the race.

And we"re off!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
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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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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cream_n_coffee
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cream_n_coffee

How do you guys handle sickness during training?

Today was suppose to be my long day (8mi). I thought I could tough it out because I felt a little crappy with a runny nose. I ended up having a horrible headache\intense sinus pressure, dizziness, and not wanting to refuel at all. I stopped at 3.7 mi because I felt like throwing up. I think I am coming down with a cold.

:(

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runwombatrun
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runwombatrun
After three months of non-stop trouble, most of the toenail on my left big toe just fell off. There is fully formed skin but it's new, pink and tender ... and I am 8 days away from the Chicago Marathon. I am also Type 2 diabetic, which I have under tight control but I still need to avoid any surface damage to the feet. Aside from numerous coats of glide and bandages, any other suggestions on how to manage the 26.2 miles of hell I am going to inflict on this odious digit? MANY MANY THANKS!
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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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dyheli
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dyheli

I recently started having pain in my right heel. I noticed the pain the day after a bootcamp class I attended. It doesn't hurt when I run, and I swear steel-toed boots for work and it generally doesn't hurt, then (however, I spent most of my time working in front of a computer). My heel hurts at the end of the day, as it goes on (mostly in the evenings after a long day). Standing on the foot is uncomfortable.

Google indicates this is plantar faciitis. What I have read indicates that people live with this long-term or for their lives, and without any indication on how to recover or overcome the issue.

Any advice or help? Is it possible it could be something else? How can I bounce back from this?

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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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