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Unread 09-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #16
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Good luck! May the course be with you.
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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #17
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Good luck! May the course be with you.
Aww, thanks!

So... I did it! I didn't make my goal time, having come in at 2h43 instead of 2h30, but seeing as finishing was my primary goal - success! Actually, one of my proudest moments was passing the 5k mark still running... last year when I ran the 5k for the same race, I had to walk/run it as I just wasn't in good enough shape to keep it up for very long, so passing that point (then 6km, 7km) without stopping to walk was pure win Now all I have to do is train properly next year so I can do better!

Up next: Rattle Me Bones 10k on October 27th! I'll get back to training whenever my legs stop hurting... At this rate, that may be a while :P
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Unread 09-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #18
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I'm trying to get myself into running... I used to think I could never do it. A coworker of mine mentioned the C25K program, and I do find the app works ridiculously well. But when I started working more hours I found myself "too tired" (i.e. making excuses).

I definitely plan to do it again... just gotta get myself out the door! Hahaha.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 10:21 PM   #19
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I'm trying to get myself into running... I used to think I could never do it. A coworker of mine mentioned the C25K program, and I do find the app works ridiculously well. But when I started working more hours I found myself "too tired" (i.e. making excuses).

I definitely plan to do it again... just gotta get myself out the door! Hahaha.
I know that feeling all too well! What works best for me is scheduling my workouts/runs for RIGHT after work, as in, the second I get home, I'm at it - otherwise, I settle in, and suddenly I'm "too tired" or "busy" or in the middle of a video game Good luck!

I STILL haven't been for a run since my half marathon, but it's mostly because I'm back into my weight lifting, and too sore for my own good. I have another weights workout tomorrow, then on Monday I'll be heading out for a 5 km run to get myself back into it. That said, I scheduled a photoshoot for my run costume! I'll be wearing Robin, modeled between the comic and TV versions of the Dick Grayson version. I originally threw the costume together thrift-store-style for a Superhero Scavenger Hunt last summer, so I'll be revamping it a little: making gloves and shoe covers, switching from shorts to skin coloured tights/green brief bottoms, and making the belt. Since I'm aiming to get some fundraising done for this one, I figured pics of me in costume might help get some attention/support from my friends on Facebook
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Unread 10-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #20
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Its more of a "one day thing". I'm content with running 5ks, but I'd like to get a half marathon under my belt.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 11:07 PM   #21
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I got into running about a year and a half ago and got totally hooked on racing 5Ks. I wasn't very fast, but that kind of made it more fun cuz the improvements were much more dramatic. I'm hoping to maybe run a marathon and aim for Boston all in one shot (stupid, I know). But for that I def need my speed to improve so I've been focusing a lot on intervals and the 1 mile race.

I think that's something that's kept me going, just finding new fun things in running. I love the speed emphasis on the 400m sprint and how the mile race totally blasts both your anaerobic and aerobic sides. I like feeling that even if I'm not fast, I must be fast enough to chase down (or more likely, run away from lol) most people if something were to happen. And that's why I have the Bourne Identity soundtrack playing in my head as I run lol

As for the races, great job to everyone! That's one thing I LOVE about this sport. You end up always WANTING the other person to do well so they can push YOU to the end alongside them. I've entered competition meets against track kids almost half my age, knowing I'd probably end up last place. But you know what? I still end up getting my best times in those races and that makes it all worth it.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 10:21 AM   #22
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I've been running since high school and it's my go-to cardio fitness component. (As Bruce Lee says, it's the king of exercises.)

I find that using apps such as MapMyFitness help keep me motivated to run as I can see my progress over time. There's also a fun running game app called Zombie Run if you haven't come across it yet - it combines an audio story and an item collection game to encourage interval training during your run (during the sprint interval, zombies are chasing you and will catch you if you slow down). Helps mix it up.

I enjoy obstacle course racing as well, though wish it weren't quite so expensive. Hope to do more in the future.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #23
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Its more of a "one day thing". I'm content with running 5ks, but I'd like to get a half marathon under my belt.
There's nothing that motivates like putting down money to sign up for one! Obviously allowing enough time to train between now and then. Getting from 5k to 21.1k sounds daunting, but the key is to just build up bit by bit over time. I (very loosely) followed a modified version of Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Half Marathon training program. I didn't end up getting in nearly as much running as I should have, so there's hope for you even with a busy schedule, but I think if I'd stuck more closely to it my performance would have been MUCH better. Oh well, that just leaves room to improve for my next half, which will be in May if I sign up in time this year.

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I got into running about a year and a half ago and got totally hooked on racing 5Ks. I wasn't very fast, but that kind of made it more fun cuz the improvements were much more dramatic. I'm hoping to maybe run a marathon and aim for Boston all in one shot (stupid, I know). But for that I def need my speed to improve so I've been focusing a lot on intervals and the 1 mile race.

I think that's something that's kept me going, just finding new fun things in running. I love the speed emphasis on the 400m sprint and how the mile race totally blasts both your anaerobic and aerobic sides. I like feeling that even if I'm not fast, I must be fast enough to chase down (or more likely, run away from lol) most people if something were to happen. And that's why I have the Bourne Identity soundtrack playing in my head as I run lol

As for the races, great job to everyone! That's one thing I LOVE about this sport. You end up always WANTING the other person to do well so they can push YOU to the end alongside them. I've entered competition meets against track kids almost half my age, knowing I'd probably end up last place. But you know what? I still end up getting my best times in those races and that makes it all worth it.
Sounds like you're rocking your training, and if you want your first marathon to be a Boston Qualifier, training properly IS the way to get there! And I'm totally with you on racing, I just love being out there and seeing other people around me all working toward the same goal - It gives such a great sense of community! Now I just need to train harder so I can keep improving and beating the only person that matters - me!

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I find that using apps such as MapMyFitness help keep me motivated to run as I can see my progress over time. There's also a fun running game app called Zombie Run if you haven't come across it yet - it combines an audio story and an item collection game to encourage interval training during your run (during the sprint interval, zombies are chasing you and will catch you if you slow down). Helps mix it up.
I LOVE MapMyRun, and those training summary emails they send always brighten my day. I haven't tried "Zombie Run" yet, but keep hearing about it and meaning to download it, maybe one of these days! What kinds of distances do you like to run? Do you participate in any organized races?

So good news and bad news at Chez Crankypants. Good news, I finished my costume and rocked a photoshoot with a friend to get attention for my fundraising efforts - I'm up to $95 of my $200 goal so far, and my dad has pledged to donate at least $100, so it looks like I'll make it - but that won't stop me from trying to go above and beyond! If you happen to have disposable income and would like to support bone cancer research - feel free to help!

In the meantime, have a training montage! In anything if you want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you're gonna need a montage!



Also, I got back on track with my running and weight lifting, rocking three days weights and three days running (short-short-long) per week...

Until two days ago when I did something to my foot. I'm not sure what the issue is, but the morning after a 10km run, I discovered that putting weight on the heel of my left foot caused pain. I can walk on my toes with no discomfort (save for the overuse of the calf), the area isn't swollen or discoloured, and stretching and flexing my foot doesn't cause any issues, just standing or walking with weight being placed on the heel (worst after standing still for any length of time). Drat! I have a doctor's appointment in the morning to get it checked out, I just hope it's something that will clear up quickly, as I'm just over a week away from the race That said, since I can't NOT be active, I swam lengths for 30 min last night - no weight on heel, no issue!

In the meantime, keep running everyone! Someone has to do it, but it's not going to be me (until I figure out/fix whatever is wrong).
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Unread 10-19-2013, 01:56 AM   #24
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That looks like a handy training schedule. I'm going to give it a shot. I really need to get a friend to join me on runs for that extra motivation. Everyone is currently busy though >_<
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Unread 10-19-2013, 02:57 AM   #25
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yessss, joggers. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.

I have the privilege of living in a neighborhood with wide sidewalks, lots of parks and light traffic, so going out for runs is how I stay fit most of the time.

The downside is that I'm in Canada and I have to find other ways of working out during the winter months. Gyms just aren't my thing, so I usually do either calisthenics at home, jogging around my neighborhood, or swimming at local pools. My boyfriend's also been making noises about enroling in martial arts classes.

I envy people who have the dedication to do marathons. I just can't. :C
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Unread 10-24-2013, 06:00 AM   #26
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I'm really lucky since I live next to a big park where a lot of people go jogging. I recently started really getting into the whole exercise thing where I run around the park but right now
I'm running half of it rather than the whole just to start off then when I can go half really easily then I'll do the whole thing ^_^ So yea I like running it isn't bad and the scenery is nice if I get bored aha
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The downside is that I'm in Canada and I have to find other ways of working out during the winter months.
I know those feels! I usually swim, play DDR, and do various at-home aerobic/HIIT videos in the winter. I'm going to try to get SOME running in this winter (as I have another half marathon scheduled for May), but I'm clumsy and injury prone enough without ice underfoot!

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I envy people who have the dedication to do marathons. I just can't. :C
I can't imagine going for a full marathon, half was crazy enough in my books!

So Rattle Me Bones was a little while back now, but it went pretty well! It was a relatively chilly day (not helped by the rain and wind between kilometers 5 and 7) so I certainly didn't overheat in my costume, but I didn't suffer any lasting damage from the cold either. Oh, and my hubby decided to run in costume too, so we tossed him together a super quick (far less than perfect) Batman costume using gauntlets and a cape he already had, a cowl I made (Adam West style) and sewing a bat-logo on to a black technical shirt - for a last minute effort, it was awesome! Running in costume was a total blast, I got a lot of great feedback, and as my name IS Robin, it was fun having people cheer me on by name along the way



As for my performance, I supposedly finished in 1:14 chip time, but (A) the race clock read 1:13 about two minutes after I crossed the finish line (and it took me two minutes after gun time to cross the start line) and I mapped the route after, and discovered that it was actually 10.48km, which adds about 3.5 min at my normal pace. I'm not too fussed about timings, but it doesn't make sense to have an extra (almost) half kilometer added to the race, and I felt really good when I saw 1:13 after finishing, as I thought I'd made my 1:10 goal Oh well! Overall a good experience, and I'm already putting ideas together for what my running costume will be next year Oh, and my final fundraising goal was $334.50, well over my $200 goal - success!

But that's where the success ends, as I haven't run since I've been super busy with Halloween, work, and working on a costume for a December convention, but I REALLY need to get back at it, as I was hoping to be down a few pounds by then, and I don't want to lose my conditioning.

Next race: Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon 25 May 2014!
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Unread 11-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #28
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Whoops! Meant to post a pictures with that!

Batman and Robin - after the race!


Robin on the run!


Keep running everyone
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