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Old 09-14-2011, 05:41 AM   #131 (permalink)
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So SW, when are you going to step up to the big boy races???
Anyone can hold thier breath sprint for 3 miles. Let's see what a 10K does for ya.
LOL....I fell for that in May when I ran my first 10k- that's the race I injured my Achilles and couldn't run for 6 weeks

But seriously, I've been increasing my weekly mileage and have been thinking about entering a 10k in November, so we'll see. Till then, I've pre-paid for 2 more 5k's
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:45 PM   #132 (permalink)
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So, I find myself looking at 5Ks - and a weekend which would be particularly nice is October 21... And, there is one almost in my backyard, for a cause I'd really like to support! I'll wait a bit to register, but cool!

I'm going to have to make a budget line item for entry fees! (I can move the funds from beer).

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You have now discovered the racers' dirty little secret. Although we try very hard to keep it a secret so that others just think we are dedicated to fitness, the ugly truth is that we simply can't stop .

Great job on your race. It sounds like you planned it out, and carried it out perfectly. As you are now experiencing, after a great race you start thinking: hmmm, maybe I could go a little faster, maybe if I had hit that hill a little harder... next time I will go out a little faster (or slower), next time I won't get trapped behind that slow-poke, next time I'll move up in the starting pack, next time... next time...
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:49 PM   #133 (permalink)
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SW, I thought about you this morning as I was finishing up my 6-miler. The last half mile is a perfectly angled downhill (not to steep). As I hit the top of the hill I decided to just push it out and run as hard (without a total sprint) as I could. I hit 7:20 min mile and I thought to myself: Wow SW does this for 3 whole miles, how awesome must that feel .
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:48 PM   #134 (permalink)
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SW, I thought about you this morning as I was finishing up my 6-miler. The last half mile is a perfectly angled downhill (not to steep). As I hit the top of the hill I decided to just push it out and run as hard (without a total sprint) as I could. I hit 7:20 min mile and I thought to myself: Wow SW does this for 3 whole miles, how awesome must that feel .
Nice.....I forced myself to sprint the last 3/4 mile of a 5.5 mile run yesterday, felt absolutely amazing.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:25 PM   #135 (permalink)
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I know several of you have completed your races, but there were a couple more "planning" for a race. So have you picked a race and registered yet? If not... why not.

Fall is usually racing season, so what's your plan?

Me? The Mission Inn 10K Nov. 13.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:22 PM   #136 (permalink)
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I do two runs during the week usually 6 milers and then I do a long run on Sunday. This weekend it will be 16 miles. I'm working my way up to a marathon. I've already done 18 once. Anyway, for my 6 milers I can usually do them at an average of 8:30 to 9 min miles. But for my long runs they hover at an average of 9:30 to 10 min miles. I wish I could do 7 min miles. I could qualify for Boston. I don't have any races planned until the Flying Pig Marathon next may. I hope to increase my speed by then.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:02 AM   #137 (permalink)
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yauncin, some thoughts: While wanting to qualify for Boston is a terrific goal-too much too soon.
As you're wanting to race a marathon as opposed to just finishing, you will need more mileage. Add one day of running and two days of cross training. Take one day a week off for better recovery. You're on the right track with the long run, add a semi-long run (9-10 miles, work up to it) midweek and include 20-25 minutes at tempo pace during one of your six milers.

I reccomend you do some racing before your first marathon. 10-15Ks will give you some speed and efficiency and a 20K/half marathon or two will give you experience at maintaining a fairly high effort for a long period of time.

Sample week
Sun-long run (16-20)
Monday-off
Tuesday-cross train 1/2-3/4 hour
Wednesday-semi long (9-10)
Thurs-6 mile including tempo
Fri-cross train 1/2 -3/4 hour
Sat-6 miles (easy pace)
total=37-42 miles plus cross training
Do not try to jump up to this right away, build up to it over the next 2-3 months.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:08 AM   #138 (permalink)
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Great advice HC, I too will take them to heart... thanks .
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:15 AM   #139 (permalink)
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So I took off 7 days without exercise. All I can say is, my body was dead tired because I've been pushing it a bit too much and I really needed a rest. I was waiting until my body told me to go back to biking/running again. It happened on day 5. But then it rained for 2 days and was way too cold for my southern blood (low 60's).

So today I get out there and man, the legs felt real heavy and my breathing was labored. I think I performed better when I was exercising with tired, sore muscles. So I'm wondering what the heck? I'm guessing tomorrow will be better, but I'm kinda shocked that I felt that bad today. Nothing else changed; diet same, calorie intake, sleep, etc.

I really wish I could have started in 2 days ago; I think 7 days really screwed me up.

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Old 09-19-2011, 01:36 AM   #140 (permalink)
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Vito, it's possible you're not really ready or you took it too easy. Did you do any light activity at all?

When you overtrain, it's possible to recover while still doing a small amount of exercise, say jogging a mile or so instead of running four. Swimming or cycling , being non-weight bearing, also aids in recovering.
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