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Let the running season begin! September Running

limewave2011-12-09 00:21:52 +0000 #1
It's the beginning of running season (for me anyways). Traditionally, September/October are the last two hard training months on the bike and the time when I begin working on my base for running again. I don't like to do too much of either sport, I just get burnt out. I tried "winter biking" this year and I will never be tempted to do it ever again. Ever. I'll stick to running thank you.

Went for a very hot, humid, wet run this morning. 6.5 miles. Same run I did last week. Except last week I averaged 20 seconds a mile faster AND had a lower heart rate . . . I'm guessing this has to do with the drastic difference in temperature and humidity. I much prefer running in the cold.

I managed to snort Endura through my nose at some point. It was awful. I felt like I need to sneeze and cough the rest of the way home. And my nose was super runny (no pun intended).
GLC19682011-12-09 00:31:33 +0000 #2
Did 5 miles with 3 at 'tempo' last night after work. Tempo for me is trying to maintain a 10M/M pace...so not exactly fast. Funny thing was, the tempo part was actually less painful than the slower parts. I think maybe my slow, easy running form is off.

New shoes worked great (run #2). These might be keepers!
Blueberry2011-12-09 01:06:43 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by GLC1968

New shoes worked great (run #2). These might be keepers!

Which ones are these??
OakLeaf2011-12-09 01:07:17 +0000 #4
I did a little over 10 mostly hilly miles today. I was intentionally keeping it easy and not looking at pace, but honestly it felt quicker than the 11 minute pace it wound up being. Ah well ... I had a good tempo run on flat ground last week, 6 miles @9:01. Hot today, but they're calling for it to cool off by next week.
GLC19682011-12-09 02:13:10 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Blueberry

Which ones are these??

NB Minimus trail. Wide width, short enough for me, and apparently tight enough around the arch to hold the shoe in place when I run and not give me black and blue toes. This was a problem with all my other mimimal shoes - if they were wide enough for my toe spread, they turned them black and blue eventually!

Totally bare became too much of a hassle, so this might be the right compromise for me.
jessmarimba2011-12-09 01:32:04 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by GLC1968

NB Minimus trail. Wide width, short enough for me, and apparently tight enough around the arch to hold the shoe in place when I run and not give me black and blue toes. This was a problem with all my other mimimal shoes - if they were wide enough for my toe spread, they turned them black and blue eventually!

Totally bare became too much of a hassle, so this might be the right compromise for me.

Those are the shoes I want.

I ran...not sure the distance, but 38 minutes up a mountain and then 12:30 back down it yesterday. With walk breaks when the world started spinning. Reminds me, I need to look up those trail maps.
roadie gal2011-12-09 02:41:23 +0000 #7
It was a little cooler yesterday - in the mid 70s. I went out for a trail run on the Emigrant Trail. Beautiful. I felt good, there was no one else out there, and I ran for a full hour without a thought. I love it when things come together like that.
skhill2011-12-09 00:49:23 +0000 #8
To race or not to race, that was the question. Of course, I raced, a 5k fundraiser for a church-run food pantry in my neighborhood. I had planned on not racing again until I got my weight back up to 125, but oh well... We're currently having our hottest weather of the year, and it was 90F when I got to the finish line (YUCK!!!!). So I approached the race as a group run with a finish line and awards ceremony, and left my watch in the car. It was awful-- my right calf started cramping about 2 miles in, and I ended up walking most of the last mile. Final time was 31:25, my slowest ever. I wasn't going to hang around for the awards but I ran into a friend, and so I was there to get the shocking news that I'd won my age group! Kinda embarassing, my worst race ever and I won.

It was so awful out there that only 2 runners broke 20:00. But cooler weather's on the way-- predicted high for Monday is only 68F. Today's forcast is for 98F.

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