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Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals
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X-posted in my own journal!

Yesterday I ran the California International Marathon. It was my fifth CIM and my fifteenth overall marathon.

I really like the CIM. It's a good and easy course with great spectator and volunteer support. There is one thing about the last two CIMs I ran, however. Last year was freezing, and I mean FREEZING cold! The water stations were slick because as soon as any water fell on the ground it would freeze up, and some of us slipped and slid out way through the stations. At the end of the race I had barely broken a sweat, it was that cold. Definitely the coldest race I've ever run.

At the CIM two years ago I ran through a torrential downpour with high winds for the first twenty miles. How nasty was the rain and wind? My second best split was my last split, when the rain had stopped. (And I beat my PR by a little more than three minutes, in the worst running conditions I have ever endured!)

So what did this year have in store? Temperate to cool temperatures and no chaince of rain. Somehow I didn't trust it. Based on the past two years I decided to be cautious, and brace myself for something like a swarm of locust, an 8.9 richter scale earthquake, or a herd of bears attacking. "Did you finish your marathon?" "No. We were attacked by a swarm of bears."

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A few weeks ago, I finished Couch25K. Yippee! I can now run for 30 minutes without taking a break. As most you probably know, the programme is supposed to take 9 weeks. It took me about 10 months :D  But I was really happy to get there and even though I had to take a couple of weeks out recently due to illness (mine and children's) and injury (mine), I've started back running today. I'm looking forward to starting to work towards 10K, come January.

I also wrote a post a while back about recovery foods, mentioning that I was feeling really flat and tired on the days after my runs. Someone mentioned hydration and I can happily report that hydration was indeed the problem! Of course, I still need to make sure I eat well, etc, but if I increase my water intake, the next day I'm fine. Who knew?!

Hope everyone has a happy running week. With summer well and truly here, I'm starting to rethink how I'm going to fit my runs in, now that I can't really run in the middle of the day...
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This morning I ran 11miles. The last (and only other) time I did that distance was in my half marathon back in July. I'd done 2 weeks of 10mile runs and struggled a bit so I let myself slow my pace just a little and every 3 miles I walked for a block to rest. I surprised myself by how good I felt at the end (hungry? yes. Thirsty? definitely- I saw a sign for summer shandy in a liquor store and thought that sounded fantastic), but not in too much pain, not too exhausted.

I did 11 miles in 1:56 which was an ave pace of ~10:30min/mi. Not that much slower than I ran my half marathon. I think next weekend I'll rest a little with an 8 miler and then try for a 12-13miler with a similar plan to today's before I taper. 15miler in just 5 weeks.
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For the first time in my 20 years of running, I have a hamstring strain. I am in week 3 of PT for this, and it was diagnosed as a grade one muscle strain. They had me try running for about 5 minutes on a treadmill and after 4 minutes, the soreness came back. It wasn't as bad as before PT but it was there. I'm told this is a hard injury to recover from and takes a lot of time. I am currently not running as per instructions, and doing prescribed stretches daily. I'm wondering who else among us has experienced this - how long did it take you to be able to run again? I'm coming up on a month of no running, though I have been doing elliptical/bike with no problems.
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Hi folks,

A few months ago, I moved from a community where I was mainly running on asphalt trails to a community where I mainly run on concrete sidewalks. Yesterday the man in the running store warned me that my body would find sidewalks to be considerably harder. I have indeed taken longer to recover over the past month or two with different aches and pains than normal, but I don't think the difference in hardness is noticeable (like maybe asphalt is 10% less hard or something like that).

Does anyone have any experience with this? Is there anyone on here who noticeably feels different after a ten miler on concrete versus a ten miler on a blacktop road or trail?
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My sister-in-law is trying to convince me to register for a Warrior Dash next year. This weekend registration is only $40 and I might be able to even get another 50% off that.

I've never done a warrior dash I stick to regular, fairly flat races but I admit I'm tempted. :)
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I postponed my Wednesday night run as I was on a creative roll and needed to get some work done, Thursday night I cancelled my midweek run to stay home and take care of my little girl who had a fever so this morning despite it being 18F outside I *needed* to get out and get my miles in!

I had plotted out a 4mile loop close to home (4.2miles actually) with plans to do 2 loops, but be able to quit after 1 if it was too cold. Well, it was tough and I took 2 short walk breaks but I managed 8.57miles in 90minutes. Not my best time. I'd bundled up pretty well but my butt still got chilled and my knees got rather stiff from the cold but this was the coldest I've run in since February and I was out for much longer.
I got rather bored and decided I need a running buddy for these longer Saturday Morning runs. But at least it was sunny! That helped *a lot*!

I sang the Rocky Theme aloud to myself for the last mile and a half :P
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X-posted in my own journal...

Last Sunday I ran the Berkeley Half Marathon, the only race that takes place in my hometown!

Last year I ran a casual half at the Berkeley Half Marathon, a "just for fun" pace, and I finished just ten minutes above my PR time. (My Half PR is 2:02.) That got me thinking that I could run a PR on this course! I decided I would set a goal to run a PR and perhaps my first sub 2 hour half.

But they changed the course for this year's half, drastically. Last year it was a straightaway on a major street, followed by Bayside trail running. A nice, straight, and relatively flat course. This year they decided to tour the entire town of Berkely, with far more turns and hills than last year. I decided trying for a PR on this up-and-down maze wasn't very realistic, so I decided to just try and run a good race, putting an idea of a PR down on the list.

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Crossposted from my own journal.

Now I can re-recover again :-)
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I finally finished writing out my race report for last weekend's NYC Marathon, where I ran my first marathon. What an absolutely crazy day. The details are in my LJ, over here.
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So I'm planning to do the Chicago Polar Dash 15mi in January, but while I ran through the winter last year I was only running up to 4miles/45mins in the frigid temps and wasn't training for anything particular so could afford myself days off if it was dangerously cold.
This year I am trying to get my runs longer and longer just as the weather gets colder and colder. This evenings 6.5mile run was tough mentally. The longest I've run since my half marathon in July is 7.5miles but the dropping temps and the icy winds are making the idea of running for 2.5hrs or so in the icy cold less appealing. I know I'll feel badass when
I finish it for multiple reasons (running 15 miles, running any distance in snow and cold), but still.
This evening I've plotted out a few short 2 & 4 mile loops around my neighbourhood that I can do multiple passes of for the longer runs without getting super far from home in the dark evenings etc. I think the longest run I'll try to do before the 15 is a 12/13mile run just before Christmas. That gives me 3 weeks to taper.
Anyone else local planning on doing this race, or the one in Minnesota? I haven't registered yet. I think I'll wait until Thanksgiving when I'll hopefully be back up 9mile long runs and have a better idea of how I'll fair in January.
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Okay, I'm cutting this because it's one of the longest entries ever. This is mostly my personalized story of yesterday, cross posted from my journal.
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This morning I ran the Run the Bridge 10K in Camden, NJ. The race course crosses over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia then back over into Camden, then continues along the water front to the finish line in the Riversharks stadium. Awesome course!

I did not consider the fact that we'd be starting the race on an uphill in a strong crosswind. It was so windy that they decided not to have a water stop on the bridge so the 3-mile stop couldn't come fast enough.

I was still on the bridge when the first female runner crossed the finish line, at about 32 minutes. I always thought knowing how fast others run would be disheartening, but it was actually really motivating. What commitment those runners have! I'm not competitive, I just like running and try to do better each time I run a race.

Mile 4 was the hardest. It's that in-between distance when you've already passed the halfway point but the "1.2 miles left" milestone just seems so far away. And then finally, whew, the 5 mile water stop and then I could tell myself, in less than fifteen minutes, it'll all be over.

I crossed the finish line at about 1:12 by the timer but I think my time was about 1:09 because I didn't cross the start line right away. I'm still waiting for the official results to be posted, but I'm happy with my time. I wanted to run faster that 1:15, which is my time from a 10K I ran in June, on a very hot and humid day. I definitely prefer running in the cold! (Edit: results were posted and my time was 1:10:09).

They had a kids' run which was just across the outfield of the stadium. My three-year-old ran in that and she got her first medal! She was so proud of herself.

I'd definitely run this race again. It was so well organized and it started right on time. It had to, since closing the Benny is a huge deal. The race is the main fundraiser for the Larc School, a school for kids with severe disabilities. Plus, Melitta was there giving out free coffee and there's few things better than free coffee.

My next race is a 5K on Thanksgiving which I hope to run in 30 minutes or less.

Happy running!
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Hi, I started running again a few weeks ago after long recovery of injury.
I've done a few times 6-8 miles now and will slowly increase that again. It was hard and used to be a warmup only...
I've found out the hard way that running too much isn't good :/
I'll update how it's going. 
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I'm not one to write race reports, but I ran the Lake Hodges 50K Trailfest in San Diego last Sunday and just wanted to say it was a great race! It was my first 50K and I had such a great experience :) The weather was perfect, aid stations fully stocked and volunteers amazing! I will be returning next year!
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Due to my funky work schedule, I slipped in a 10 mile long run today after school. I did a loop around the gym . . . a very hilly loop with four massive hills. I managed to crush all but one (the second to last one, but I rallied on the last one).
What is more challenging for hills? A few steep ones or a long, gradual incline that stretches on? Thoughts on hills?
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Hi all, so I have a question.

I've been a pretty serious runner for about 4 years now (November 3rd will mark 5 years, to the day, when I actually started by turning a 3 mile walk into a 2.75 mile walk and "let's try and run the last quarter mile") and I've gradually moved up from running nothing to averaging between 15-20 miles a week.  Last year, I managed to post 800 miles running.

That's kind of where the problem starts.  I ran over 100 miles in the month of December, and that led to an injury by late January (posterior tibial tendonitis).  The PTT has cleared up, and I eased back into running.  However, I've noticed three things:

a) I'm nowhere near my old speed.  I was never fast, but by Nov/Dec last year I was averaging about a 8:36 minute mile on my 3 mile runs (during races, a bit faster, as fast as 8:10).  Nowadays?  I've never gotten anything even faster than 8:55.  I'm probably averaging about 9:10.  And I can't seem to push myself.

b) I can't get back to my distances.  I'm not tired, or in pain, or feeling any injury, but I just can't....mentally get to where I was.  I mean, in October/November I would do about 5 miles on the treadmill in one sitting.  Now the concept of running 41 mins is just something I can't wrap my head around, and it's hit or miss as to whether I can sustain a run for 28 minutes.  Again, I'm not tired, or in pain, or breathing badly - I just feel like "I don't really want to do this anymore".

c) I've felt no motivation for races.  In 2012 I ran 11 5ks and other various races (a 6k, an 8k, a 4 miler).  In 2013 I ran probably 6 (but I started work on my PhD, so time became a factor).  This year? None. Zero.  Not one.  There are four coming up, but I don't even know if I will be motivated enough to go.

So, yeah, this 'running depression', is it me?  Is it my music playlists (I know that sounds pretty trite, but...)? I love running still, and when I see people running in my neighborhood when I'm on my way to work, I feel the tug like "I wish that was me".  I'm just wondering if this feeling, this 'blah' is something common that will pass.

Thanks.
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Cross posted from my journal.

On Sunday, I ran the Army 10 Miler here in Arlington, Virginia. Well, I guess I should say it starts in Arlington, goes into DC, and then comes back to Arlington. This was my 19th race run, unless I have miss one somewhere, which I think is a definite possibility. I'm used to smaller races - races ranging from a few hundred people to a few thousand people. Boy, this sure was a different experience.

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