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Running on Empty runs March 17th - March 23rd

rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 19:16:55 +0000 #1
Good morning all,

I guess I am up first. Although I am not running until later today, I wanted to get things started. Looks like everyone had a rough week last week. Yellow and Grog, kicking out some big races...K- banging out some big miles, Yoda still healing thy self, food poisoning, sore shins, wind, I thought running on empty was appropriate!

Happy St. Pat's everyone...
horsemom2010-05-01 19:25:41 +0000 #2
G'mornin' all. I don't run on Fri-Sun in the winter (work 12 hours fri and sat and just relax with hubby on sunday), so I am back to the grind today. I really needed a few days off to recoup, I was getting worn down. Was hoping to run outside today, but it is bitter cold again, so I am back to the gym and the TM. I'll do 6-7 today, or as long as I can before I get really really bored.

The only good thing about the TM is that sometimes someone will start up next to me, or even down the line, and I have to outrun them - even though they have no idea what I am doing!! Usually they are half my age (47), and I get immense satisfaction from going longer and harder. Am I alone in this?

KSH, I felt for you on the post from the last thread. Hang in there.

Jo-n-NY2010-05-01 19:30:43 +0000 #3
I did my walk run thing on the TM yesterday. This time I did it correct according to the program, 1 min run; 3 min walk for a set of 6 plus the warm up and cool down.

I also bought my running sneakers to leave here at work and brought the change of clothes. Since I did the run yesterday, today during lunch will just be a fitness walk and hopefully I will get on the bike trainer tonight since I really have to get some cycling in if I am going to do the metric in May.

~ JoAnn
KSH2010-05-01 20:26:35 +0000 #4
Hey Horsemom, thanks for the kind words and thoughts! I'm waiting for my upswing on the whole running thing. I'm going to blame my less than stellar performance on...

1) Running in 20 mph wind,

2) Being a bit tired from a lot of training. I did do 65 miles on the bike Sat and then almost a 1/2 marathon on Sunday.

Yea, I try to cover my display on the treadmill so others can't see it and get all competitive with me. HA! Actually, that's how I picked up a training buddy in the gym. He would run beside me and try to match my speed on the TM. He had never run before... so it was good challenge for him. Later, he went on to run marathons. So that was pretty cool.

Otherwise, I always like to run on a TM beside someone who is running though. It motivates me. It's like we are running a race together. On the flip side though, someone who is farting around really demotivates me. I keep going, but it's a distraction to have someone talking on the phone next to me, while I'm trying to focus on my music and running.
rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 19:41:39 +0000 #5
Hey guess what...I ran 3 whole miles today without walking. Not bad after been down for so long. It was not pretty, but I brought it in in 29 mins.

My newbie runners are doing a 5k in 2 weeks and I think I might be able to race with them!!!
jesvetmed2010-05-01 20:28:10 +0000 #6
ROCKnROLL: That is fabulous! To be able to run with your newbies would be so great! I hope it comes true.

emily_in_nc2010-05-01 21:26:43 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by rocknrollgirl

Hey guess what...I ran 3 whole miles today without walking. Not bad after been down for so long. It was not pretty, but I brought it in in 29 mins.

Heheh, you're faster than me again already, and I've been running regularly for a couple of months now (and irregularly before that). You're doing amazing!

I've been out of town so missed adding my Friday run to last week's thread. I did a 4 mile run (approx.) on flat roads at the coast (NC), near the very rural marina where we keep our sailboat. It was interesting for me as all my runs so far this year have been on the treadmill or on trails on our wooded property; I haven't actually run on the road ever! It was neat because it was a beautiful morning, upper 50s, and there were so many birds singing. I ran right by a Great Blue Heron, no more than 20' away, who just took a few steps back when I ran by, but didn't fly off. I only got passed by TWO cars in 45 minutes. LOVE IT!

Today I did a 4 mile treadmill run. Dragging a bit, perhaps because of the long weekend away and trying to get back into the swing of work, but I pushed through it.

jesvetmed2010-05-01 19:55:16 +0000 #8
Well, was I not trying to keep up with you all, I would have stayed on the couch in my warm dry house tonight! Only a couple hours of sleep in the last 24 hours due to work. But, out of excuses, I finally put on the rain gear, strapped on the ipod and grabbed the dog (ok... she is the real reason I got off the couch.. she wouldn't leave me alone after I brought up the "W" word).

5 miles total. Did 45 minutes of a little faster striding than usual -- I ended up needing to walk 30-60 seconds after each mile mark, but overall actually ended up with a faster per mile than ever before. That short rest makes a world of difference! Then after the 45 minutes, did 5 minutes of relaxed sprints... 20sec on, 40 off.

A bit sore tonight and the calves are not happy, but overall I was happy with the run ... once I got used to being soaked, it was ok.



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