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We used to have a thread where everyone posted their running for that day or thoughts on not running. I really need something like that. I dislike posting to facebook and other social media because I'm not talking to runners. But none of the forums seem as active. (RWOL is gone)

How do you socialize about running online? Is this forum active enough for a daily thread?

I'm kind of lost without a virtual community.

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A Non-Runner’s Guide to Runners

Not sure how to interact with these strange aerobic creatures? Our FAQ will help.

by Mark Remy, writer, runner and creator of Remy’s World

Summer is in full swing, which means that runners are, too. Perhaps you have glimpsed them out and about, loping along paths and trails. Maybe you’ve even seen them in suburban settings, such as supermarkets and coffeehouses, searching for food.

But what do you really know about these shy aerobic creatures? Are they dangerous? What do they eat? How do you get rid of one that’s in your house?

These questions aren’t academic. As the population grows, and more and more land is developed, human-runner interactions will only increase. The following information will help prepare you.

Why do runners run?

Why do runners run? You might as well ask, “Why do birds fly?” or “Why do fish swim?” or “Why do people buy scratch-off lottery tickets?” The answer to all those questions is the same: Because it’s awesome. Also, in the case of running, because maybe you can lose a few pounds.

Why do runners wear those crazy clothes?

Scientists are unsure exactly what purpose is served by the skimpy and often brightly colored gear runners wear. One theory is that it’s meant to attract potential mates. Another is that it’s defensive, as it makes them more visible to motorists. Some biologists believe that runners have actually evolved to prefer brighter clothing, as those wearing dull colors like “Pavement Gray” tend to not live long enough to reproduce.

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Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals
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So I finally got up the nerve to go to a running store but not before a sprain almost took me out. I continued to wear my very old Nike's that are made for trails. I had chopped out the back of the shoe because it rubbed so hard against the back of my foot. My right foot towards the outside was incredibly painful. Could barely walk the next day.

Anyways, I was surprised that I was wearing a size or size and half too big and I needed a wide. My mom used to yell at me if I bought anything smaller than a 11. The lady at the running store had me walk and I am a neutral gait. She also had me try the 100% free cotton socks in the shoes she suggested. Crazy that immediately I could put full weight back on that foot. The socks and proper shoe fit and size make a difference.

So far no blisters. Its a miracle. Lol

I had posted on here a while back I always got these back of the heel blisters that killed my feet forever.

Anyways after I hurt my foot I thought of this community and the south park episode with global warming and Stan's dad yelling "we didn't listen!".

Guess you never think it'll happen to you especially so young etc...lol. Thanks for existing guys because I probably would have pushed straight through it and kept using the old ones.

Got new balance sneakers and those cotton free socks for the price of an ER visit. I'll pay now for no pain! Haha

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And the socks. hehe.
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Anyone have any suggestions for how to prevent or ease hair breakage due to wearing running headbands/bandannas? Both my hairdresser and I have observed hair breakage around my front hairline growing more noticeable in the past several months, and she said it was most likely due to wearing a headband while running. I've been using plain terry-style headbands or cotton-blend bandannas because, though dorky, they are cheap and I like them...but would a different material help? My hairdresser suggested using silk, but I don't think they make silk athletic headbands. I need a wide-ish style because my hair texture and head shape is such that the skinny ones just inevitably slide off my head if they're in any position to keep my hair back. Would switching to hats help?

Also, thanks to everyone for the suggestions about easing the tension in my shoulder. It's been improving!
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Long time member under another name, even longer lurker here. I could use some advice on a tried and true subject. I am 58 years old. I was a serious runner from 2008 through 2010 and ran in a number of 5Ks (usually winning or placing in my age group), a half dozen halves, and several full marathons. I took four years off to study Zen and sit, but started running again January 1st of this year. Last month I averaged 45 miles a week, going to 50 this week, do tempo runs and hill repeats, and for the last 4 weekends have completed long runs of 11-14 miles. I am closing in on most of my 2009 best times and have remained injury free thanks to a lot of resistance training and switching to Newtons (or so I tell myself). So my question is am I totally out of my mind for considering a full marathon in 17 weeks? I will definitely be asking my doctor the same question and getting whatever tests he recommends (he's a former marathoner as well). I am, if anything, far more disciplined in my training this time around and in excellent physical condition.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
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Thanks for all of your suggestions! I started using Ininji (toe) socks on all of my runs and using Body Glide on potential "hot spots" on my feet before every long run. There was ONE time on a long run that I needed to stop and reapply Body Glide because I felt a hot spot coming on, but I haven't had any blisters since! Knock on wood! :)
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Do you run when you have a cold or touch of the 'flu?
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Earlier this week I went for a 4mile run with my friend and our kids in the strollers. My friend has run a marathon but hasn't run in years and is only starting to get back into it recently. The furthest she's run lately is 4 miles but I told her I was planning on clocking up 10-11 miles this weekend and she said she'd like to try and do that with me. Hooray!

This morning I called for her bright and early, we drove to the lake front and began our run. It was really nice to have a running buddy to keep pace with and distract us from the mileage. I'm the kind of person who likes to check off landmarks/mileage as I go, but she likes to be kept in ignorance :P She says she can go further if she doesn't know how far she's gone :) I'm also the person who can take a quick break for a drinking fountain, while she needs to just keep plodding along.

The weather was near perfect for us: 64F and foggy :)

My knee started hurting at around mile 7.5 but I switched up my pace a bit (sprinting ahead to a fountain, then catching up with my friend who'd carried on at her own pace) and managed to ease up on the pain enough. I was even able to push to a full on sprint as we approached our finish point! My GPS hadn't kicked in for a couple of minutes when we started so when I checked the map at home we'd actually run 10.3miles! Woo!
Another good thing about having a running buddy was that she encouraged me to stretch afterward way more than I normally do, so while I am sore now, I am not as bad as I might have been. I will try and go for a short walk tonight and tomorrow so I don't seize up completely, but I feel *way* better than I did after my last 10+mile run 3 weeks ago.

Next week push on to 11miles. Then taper down to 8 before the big 13 in 4 weeks time.
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GPS fitness trackers for Women

Fitbit Trackers


TRACKS Steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned

COST $99; online coaching and in-depth data analysis are available for an additional $49 a year- fitness tracker

This simple two-inch plastic clip, which can be attached to clothing or slipped into a pocket, uses a 3-D motion sensor and a light-up display (including a digital flower whose stem grows longer as you accumulate activity) to keep you updated on how close you are to reaching a preset daily activity goal, such as how many calories you want to expend. It relays this information to your computer wireless, along with data about the timing and intensity of your exercise. The user-friendly website has an excellent food diary that you can update via your smart phone.

After wearing the Fitbit for a day or two, I found it as cheerily endearing as a Japanese cyber pet; pretty soon I was walking more and eating more healthfully just to keep the little guy happy. A word of warning, however: The Fitbit is so small and unobtrusive that it’s as easy to lose as your train of thought. My clip lasted only three days before I accidentally flushed it down the toilet.
BUY IT IF You almost never lose anything—and are motivated by knowing how many more steps you need to take today to lose weight tomorrow.

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Does anyone know who the mods are, or know who I could contact to become a mod? Because this is getting ridiculous.
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What works to prevent chafing? BodyGlide? something else?

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I've noticed that on longer runs -generally 8+ miles- I often get bad tension in my left trapezius area (back of neck and upper shoulder/back area). It's fairly uncomfortable and distracting, but it doesn't happen all the time...has anyone else experienced something similar or have suggestions for reducing tension while running? I used to think it was caused by the phone band I would wear on that arm, but it has persisted long after ditching the armband. I try to stay relaxed and not clench my hands, but the uncomfortable tension seems to come or stay away as it pleases. My left side is dominant, so I imagine if it does happen to others, most people would have it happen on their right side. I'm unwilling to see a chiropractor or PT due to cost and it not being an emergency, so I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas. Would foam rolling help?
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Anyone here ever run with an unloader brace? After my most recent knee surgery (January 2013; left knee got a lateral release and another medial menisectomy), I was prescribed an unloader brace for my left knee. My medial meniscus is pretty much gone due to years of wear and tear (and surgeries), so the brace has a hinge mechanism that pushes against the outside of my knee (valgus-producing is the technical term, I think) to redistribute how I bear weight on it. Has anyone here tried to run with one? My surgeon said I could do whatever I wanted activity-wise as long as I could tolerate it. He's done work on various minor league athletes here in Rochester, so I trust his medical opinion. Since the weather is getting nicer, I'm itching to try to see if I can give running another shot or if I need to hang it up for good. I just bought a new pair of shoes about a month ago, so I'm set in that department.

Advice? Comments? Whatever you got, let's here it. :)

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I went for a lovely 22.5km run today, along the river on the Capital City Trail in Melbourne, Australia. I was feeling good and having a great time. I would often smile, nod or say hello to runners passing in the opposite direction, but was only acknowledged in return by one gent at a drink fountain. I find this curious. I have found runners in my home city (Brisbane) to be much much friendlier on the paths.

What about you? Where are you from, and when you run do you acknowledge other runners in any way? What if they acknowledge you first?
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As part of my half marathon training I have been slowly adding a mile to my run every other week. Two weeks ago I ran my first 15k (9.35mi) and in an awesome time too. Last week when I tried to run 9miles again I struggled and barely made it to 8.6mi (I'd been running for 10minutes longer than the previous week too, which was hard on my running esteem). I had to call it a day early because my thighs and knees were sore from the previous days hike.

This morning I dropped the girl off with a friend and went to attempt my first 10 miler. It was 60F when I started and 73F when I finished. The first 3 miles were tough (why does it feel harder to run 3 miles now that I'm running farther distances?! Sometimes it doesn't start to feel good until I hit mile 4?!) but I made sure I stopped to drink from the drinking fountains when I passed them and that helped. I had to take a couple of short walking breaks at mile 4, 6, 7 and 9 and made use of the fountains whenever I found them along my run (some of my local parks are better equipped than others). Man, that fountain at mile 8.5 was heaven sent!

I actually ended up running 10.25miles because I wanted to make up, just a little bit, for the walking breaks and occasional stops at traffic lights.
10.25miles in 1h49m with an average pace of 10:38. Not as awesome as my 9.35mi run, but hey it was at least 10F warmer. Now I just have 6 weeks to add 3miles to my distance... ::quietly starts to weep:: :P
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Looking for some unbiased opinions.

I am fairly new to running - I just started at the end of January. I currently have 2 5ks down (one of which was a mud run/obstacle course), another 5k coming up in a couple weeks, and a 5 mile run (up a mountain!) in July. I feel like I am doing pretty good. One of my friends is a long time runner and wants me to do a half marathon with her in September. I am not fully confident in it, so I told her I would start training for it and see how that goes before I actually register for the race. She drew up a 12 week training plan for me and I started it this week.

When I have mentioned this to other people (runners included), they give me a look like I am crazy to think I could possibly do that already. So my question is this: am I really diving into this half marathon training too soon? Is my friend just over confident in my abilities/underestimating the challenge of a half marathon since she has so many under her belt (and has also done full marathons)? I totally get that I have only been doing this for about 5 months and that 13.1 miles is a heck of a long way to run. I will not be offended by your responses, so please be honest. Thank you!

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Last weekend I ran the Brooklyn half marathon. This is rather long!
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So my PT tells me I'm in danger of developing achilles tendinitis in my left leg. I don't have it yet, but I could get it if I'm not careful.

I'm wondering if anyone in here has ever had achilles tendinitis or has ever had to take measures to avoid it, and if anyone in here knows just how much should I have to worry? If you had AT what did you go through to get over it? How long did it take? How badly were you sidelined? Any Jedi advice for this moderately experienced runner?

When I asked my PT about what would happen if I did develop AT, she initially balked at telling me what I could be in for, because the implications were rather ominous.

The details: I suffered a mild, (And I mean mild,) left calf strain for which I saw my PT. I have a bit of soreness in my achilles tendon near my heel. The good news: No lumps or bumps in the tendon, and it's not flaring up in the morning when I get up, both signs that I don't have AT. But, if I'm not careful, it could develop into AT. PT's recommendations: Foam roll them thar calves twice a day for now, heat not ice, and run on flat courses for the next couple of weeks.
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While running today, I had a pain that started under my left shoulder blade and progressed to the left side of my chest, right under my collar bone. This is he third time it's happened. I always stop and rest until it goes away and it doesn't come back when I resume running. Obviously, I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow because three times is not a fluke, but I'm just wondering if anyone has had anything similar.
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I ran the Historic Half Sunday (report to follow soon) and am curious about recovery. I have not found much of value in terms of when/how to return to running. I ran 5-5.5 miles, 3 days a week prior to training for the half. 

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I am extremely prone to blisters. I use moisture wicking socks for running (CEP compression, C9, and others), but on long runs I am still usually nursing a blister about halfway through my run. Besides taping up hot spots before running, has anyone had success with powders or anti-chafing gels on their feet? I'd love to hear from other blister prone runners. :)
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