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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby kimchi_chigae » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:00 pm

Nicely done, Mook. ;-D

I took my girlfriend to work this morning, around 5.45am, and had completely forgot about the marathon today. We live East and by the time we got downtown, they had already closed Bay and some other streets, which sucked for us because we had to get to King West. Damn, you runners. :-[
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Yoda » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:05 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:
Neato Torpedo wrote:Has anyone here accomplished what I'm trying to accomplish? I've been a mediocre runner with little endurance my entire life (think a 8:30-9:00 mile on average, best recorded was 7:30), and I'm trying to post a sub-6:30 time at least by the end of this summer. Is this possible? Has anyone here gone from a mediocre runner to a good runner, or do you just have to be built for it? And is there hope of improving my mile time by a solid minute by the end of the summer, or is that just a pipe dream? I'm trying to run 1.5 miles+ per day, plus 45 minutes of cardio work on a cheap Stairmaster.

I ran a 1:20 quarter mile today, but I was severely winded at the end. Is there hope for me yet?


I really don't see the purpose in this. To get a good cardio workout you should be trying to keep your heart rate up for at least half an hour. Sprinting is not good cardio and can even be detrimental if you are otherwise not in good shape. Why not work on your endurance and try to get your times down for longer distances? Plus there are plenty of 10K runs, half marathons and marathons for amateurs but you're not going to find many, if any, amateur sprints out there.

Today I did 10mi in 1hr 35 mins so I'm on track to make my goal of an under 2 hr half in Sept. They're handing out timing chips for your shoes in this one so there will be official times posted on the website. I'll post the link to my time in this thread after the race.


Yep keeping up your heart rate is the key. If you run faster however, your heart rate would be higher and hence would burn more calories given equivalent timeframe.

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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby SJNez46 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:36 pm

Anyone here ever run a marathon? I would like to when i am a bit older. The most I have done is about 10 miles or so in one go. I am pretty sure i could do it, but i would have trouble pacing myself after going from 5Ks in XC and road races to 26 miles. :-o
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:34 pm

Nice job Mookie. What's difference between chip time and gun time? One official?

SJNez46 wrote:Anyone here ever run a marathon? I would like to when i am a bit older. The most I have done is about 10 miles or so in one go. I am pretty sure i could do it, but i would have trouble pacing myself after going from 5Ks in XC and road races to 26 miles. :-o


I began training for a marathon a couple months ago, but my knees started acting up a little. I'm going to stick to more biking. I've ran either competitively or seriously for nearly my entire life and it's finally taken a toll on my knees a little bit. Nothing major, but for you young guys out there, take care of yourselves. I would still not rule out the possibility of a half-marathon or one of those trimmed down triathlons.
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Mookie4ever » Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:43 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Nice job Mookie. What's difference between chip time and gun time? One official?

SJNez46 wrote:Anyone here ever run a marathon? I would like to when i am a bit older. The most I have done is about 10 miles or so in one go. I am pretty sure i could do it, but i would have trouble pacing myself after going from 5Ks in XC and road races to 26 miles. :-o


I began training for a marathon a couple months ago, but my knees started acting up a little. I'm going to stick to more biking. I've ran either competitively or seriously for nearly my entire life and it's finally taken a toll on my knees a little bit. Nothing major, but for you young guys out there, take care of yourselves. I would still not rule out the possibility of a half-marathon or one of those trimmed down triathlons.


Thanks Omaha. The chip time is the official time, it's the time from the microchip that you have to keep on your shoe. The gun time is the time starting when the starting gun went off. With over 10,000 people there I was pretty far back in the pack and I didn't cross the starting line until 4 minutes after the start guy went off.

I'm doing another race in Oct then I'm taking a little time off. I'll do a half in May and then I'm tagetting a sub-4 hour full at this marathon next year. My goal is to qualify for Boston (3:20 qualifying time) in 2010. That may be out of my league but that's my goal right now. Who knows - with Favre playing against Warner and Ferrotte playing against Collins today it looks like old guys are making a come back :-D
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby SJNez46 » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:38 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Nice job Mookie. What's difference between chip time and gun time? One official?

SJNez46 wrote:Anyone here ever run a marathon? I would like to when i am a bit older. The most I have done is about 10 miles or so in one go. I am pretty sure i could do it, but i would have trouble pacing myself after going from 5Ks in XC and road races to 26 miles. :-o


I began training for a marathon a couple months ago, but my knees started acting up a little. I'm going to stick to more biking. I've ran either competitively or seriously for nearly my entire life and it's finally taken a toll on my knees a little bit. Nothing major, but for you young guys out there, take care of yourselves. I would still not rule out the possibility of a half-marathon or one of those trimmed down triathlons.

my legs have already taken a humongous beating. :-/ I've had more sprains, and pulls, and strains then i can count. I have always been prone to running injuries which really stinks. So far this XC season I have injured a growth plate in my foot, sprained my ankle, and pulled my calf and my hamstring. :-P
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:28 am

SJNez46 wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:Nice job Mookie. What's difference between chip time and gun time? One official?

SJNez46 wrote:Anyone here ever run a marathon? I would like to when i am a bit older. The most I have done is about 10 miles or so in one go. I am pretty sure i could do it, but i would have trouble pacing myself after going from 5Ks in XC and road races to 26 miles. :-o


I began training for a marathon a couple months ago, but my knees started acting up a little. I'm going to stick to more biking. I've ran either competitively or seriously for nearly my entire life and it's finally taken a toll on my knees a little bit. Nothing major, but for you young guys out there, take care of yourselves. I would still not rule out the possibility of a half-marathon or one of those trimmed down triathlons.

my legs have already taken a humongous beating. :-/ I've had more sprains, and pulls, and strains then i can count. I have always been prone to running injuries which really stinks. So far this XC season I have injured a growth plate in my foot, sprained my ankle, and pulled my calf and my hamstring. :-P


You really can't avoid some of those things, but the important thing is how you recover from them. When I had all of mine, I simply didn't do anything about it. Never missed a meet, never missed a race, never went to a doctor. Take those things seriously because they will catch up to you if you don't.
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:34 am

Are the sprains attributable to the XC? I've tried running trails to save wear and tear on my knees but when you zone out you risk turning an ankle on uneven ground. I much prefer road running. I've read in running mags that the risk on your knees of road running is really urban myth and is not supported by medical evidence. I read about a very long term medical trial that showed no difference between the knees of marathoners who run on roads, XC runners and people who don't run at all. I've looked for this report online but can't find it. You can find it in the last issue of Canadian Running mag.

There's not much that you can do about the foot injury but the hammy and calf injuries can be avoided by proper stretching and not overextending yourself.
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Yoda » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:36 pm

SJNez46 wrote:my legs have already taken a humongous beating. :-/ I've had more sprains, and pulls, and strains then i can count. I have always been prone to running injuries which really stinks. So far this XC season I have injured a growth plate in my foot, sprained my ankle, and pulled my calf and my hamstring. :-P


As Mookie said, leg problems can be avoided by proper stretching. Also, diet and hydration could play a part. Overexerting yourself could contribute as well since injuries happen most often when you are too tired.

Foot problems are complicated and not easy to fix. However, I found that proper shoes and orthotics could really help. I had all sorts of foot problems after running for a few weeks consistently until I started wearing orthotics. That was the key for me.
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Re: Any Runners in here?

Postby Simulacrum » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:45 pm

Speaking of running, is anyone running the mafia game? What's going on here?
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