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Another week... running week of 2/2

Crankin2010-05-01 15:25:17 +0000 #1
I'm starting the running thread????

Well, it's been 2 weeks since my last attempt. Despite the fact it's 40 out, I decided not to go x country skiing or ride. Most of the streets by me are still full of ice. Anyway, went to the gym and decided to run before yoga (I really wanted to wear the nice Nike running pants and top I got at TJ Max for a song How stupid is that?)!

I wonder if I will ever feel good when running? I warmed up for 5 full minutes, walking and then ran for 5 @ 5.2, w/a 2 min. walk after, 5@ 5.5, 2 min. walk, 5@ 5.8, 2.5 min. walk, then 2 @ 6.0, 2 @5.8, and the rest @ 5.5, for a total of 30 minutes. The whole time I was saying to myself, "HTFU."

I have a blister on my left foot now, not bad, but it's from my small bunion. Will try to make the shoes looser next time. Max HR was again at 167, so I'm consistent. Although I cooled down for a few minutes, I was still sweating like a pig when I got to yoga and the room was crowded. It sure felt good, though; a very easy class. However, when I left, my right knee felt a little "jacked," as my son says, going down the stairs. It's OK now, but I think I will ice it later. Need to stretch my piriformis, too.


Grog2010-05-01 15:31:58 +0000 #2
Sounds to me like you had a good run, Crankin. (But I'm not sure that 5.8 or 5.5 means. Speed in MPH?)

My goal for the week is to go out three times before the weekend's long run. Just short runs, 20 min to half an hour, and only one day with some intervals. Just to show myself that I can actually go running on my own around my house.
Crankin2010-05-01 15:35:38 +0000 #3
I meant speed in mph. Trying to feel like I am not dying at a 10 min. mile pace. I don't need to go faster than that, for the kind of running I want to do. Really, it's just an adjunct to cycling. I feel great at 5.5 mph, OK, but on the way to torture at 5.8, and 6 mph is still pretty hard for me. I don't think I was born to run, but it's a time efficient way to exercise. I do a lot of fitness walking/hiking, which I love, but in order for me to burn the calories I need to burn to maintain my weight, I'd have to walk for at least an hour... that's OK some of the time, but I am determined.
eclectic2010-05-01 16:23:07 +0000 #4
Crankin I feel like you are telling my story! and Yes a new outfit is a perfectly good reason to run - and if that is all the motivation you need . . . . more power to you!

I ran on the indoor track Sat and did a very slow 4.5 miles. I was slogging along miserably at 3 miles until a lady at the Y who is small, w/ short legs and older than me got on the track and was power walking faster than I was running

I sped up and realized I wasn't going to die. BUT I could NOT get ahead of her and kept hoping she would quit soon. FINALLY after a mile she dropped back and I thought "WHEW now I can slow back down"

This body is just NOT a runner's body but I am determined. At least now I can do 4.5 miles w/o stopping if I go slow enough

We too have had some beautiful weather days but w/ all the snow we have it is now all ice so it is still inside for awhile longer.

I ran off a beginner running program from runners world, I am on week 3 - It seems doable except for the tempo training and intervals. They didn't ask how old I was and how many extra days recovery I needed
emily_in_nc2010-05-01 15:45:28 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Crankin

I meant speed in mph. Trying to feel like I am not dying at a 10 min. mile pace. I don't need to go faster than that, for the kind of running I want to do. Really, it's just an adjunct to cycling. I feel great at 5.5 mph, OK, but on the way to torture at 5.8, and 6 mph is still pretty hard for me. I don't think I was born to run, but it's a time efficient way to exercise. I do a lot of fitness walking/hiking, which I love, but in order for me to burn the calories I need to burn to maintain my weight, I'd have to walk for at least an hour... that's OK some of the time, but I am determined.

Just another thing we're very similar on! I can run at 5.5 mph on the treadmill all day (if my lunch break from work could last that long ), but at 6.0, I start fading before too long. The most I've done at 6.0 is 2 miles straight, and I've done shorter intervals at 6.2, but that's my max (and I've been running for a year now, so I'll never be a speed demon, tho my endurance has improved a lot). What I started doing on the treadmill for about a month before Christmas was 5.5 mph flat/hill intervals every .25 miles. I'd do flat, then 1% grade, then flat, then 1.5% grade, then flat, then 2.0% grade on up to 3.0% grade, then back down. After doing that, running 6.0 mph on the flat actually felt pretty easy! Slow climbs are harder than moderate flats...kinda like on a bike!

I ran outside today! Just about 1.5 miles, plus another mile of walking. It was in the upper 50s and sunny but quite windy so felt a little cooler than the temp, but still nice to be outside for the first time since my tendinitis. After two fairly long, hilly hikes over the weekend, I felt that my knee would hold up, and it did. Yippee!
Syndirelah2010-05-01 16:24:05 +0000 #6
Hey Crankin,

I have bunions on both feet (thanks to figure skating) and sometimes get blisters there too.. If they bother you, try putting on some NuSkin (its at most pharmacies/drug stores), and youll be good as new. I also wear two pairs of socks too.
Crankin2010-05-01 15:48:01 +0000 #7
I used Nu Skin once when i had x country boots that were just not right for me. I will try it, if this gets to be an issue. My bunion is only from wearing high heels, though I did do figure skating for years as a kid, since girls of my era weren't allowed to do any sports except that and ballet, which I was much too klutzy for.

Thanks for all of the feedback everyone. Emily, I still can't run straight for 30 minutes without doing some walking. Of course, I haven't been doing this very long. And, we'll see when I get outside. There's not much flat around here. I am sort of afraid this will kill my legs for cycling, so I envision that I will run maybe 2 days a week.

Eclectic, I need lots of recovery time from everything! I'm 55 and I've been exercising for 30 years, the first half of which I was pounding my body doing high impact aerobics on concrete floors. I am paying for it now. And then there's my so called Fibromyalgia, which comes and goes at will and no one is that sure that is really what I have. But I keep saying, "I'm still here."
Jolt2010-05-01 18:05:37 +0000 #8
Good job Crankin! Don't be too hard on yourself, it can be tough getting started with running. I went to the Y (the one where I got kicked out of the gym on Friday for being barefoot) and did 20 minutes again on the indoor track. This time I wore my Vibram Five Fingers, first time I ran in them. They're going to work nicely for running when I'd like to go barefoot but can't do so for whatever reason; I will likely end up running outside in them when the weather warms up enough. No blisters or anything from them so far. And nobody gave me a hard time. And here's the shocker: I decided to time myself on a couple of laps to see what my pace was, and I was almost down to 8.5 minute miles!!! That has NEVER happened--usually I have been doing well to be at a 10:00. Granted, this was on an indoor track and outside with hills etc. will be a different story but that speed is still darn good for me! Not sure if it's from being barefoot/almost barefoot or what, but I was quite happy about that. Maybe I'm becoming more efficient. And so far no more IT band twinges (just slightly sore calves still since I am getting used to this barefoot stuff, but that's normal muscle soreness). All in all, not too shabby.

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