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I wonder if I will ever be a good runner

Sunday, January 17, 2010

TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Thunderridge HS Track-- Highlands Ranch, Colorado
TIMED DISTANCE: 5K
5K TIME: 29:24
AVERAGE PACE: 9:43 min/mile
COMPANY: Alone
TOTAL TIME: 120 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run, Interval Run, 4 x 100 Acceleration Drills, and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature54.1 F, Feels Like 51.4 F, Wind-Calm, Humidity 3o%

ELEVATION: 6595

I decided to cheat today and drive down to a lower elevation for my run. I ran on a concrete trail along a green belt today. I am not a fan of concrete.

Due to the nice weather there were plenty of people out walking and running. I decided to time the first 5k. I ran intervals for another 5k. My intervals consisted of 90-second runs followed by 60-second walks. I am trying to get some endurance.

Then it happened. A 20-something woman ran past me. She had a perfect even stride. Her rhythm was beautiful. She was a good runner.

I am an erratic runner. My pace is all over the place. I go from blazing speed to limping along. I have tried to do a nice even pace. I have yet to be successful. I really don't know why.

When I got back to the high school there was a guy running at a nice even pace around the track. I think I am the only person on the planet that can't run at a consistent pace.

I am pretty sure I am a terrible runner. I am not particularly slow. I just get where I want to go in a pretty ugly way.

After my attempt at distance running, I decided to do 4x100 acceleration runs on the football field. I am good at these sprinting drills. I just wanted to finish my workout with something I could do well.


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ELYMWX 1/18/2010 10:33PM

    My walking pace is pretty even (now). Running? Don't do enough of it to know. When I ran as a teenager it was usually on a hilly trail so I couldn't keep an even pace. I guess I'll find out soon if I can gt an even pace as an adult...

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DELRIO1 1/18/2010 10:17PM

    Olddog,
What percentage of the population over 50 is even trying to run? I think that puts you in a pretty select group by itself. My guess is that if you start small (say for the first mile)trying to keep an even pace then you can build on that. May just be a matter of building up some additional strength to get you flowing smooth. You'll get there, I have no doubt!

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/18/2010 9:08AM

    do you have something like a Garmin to help watch your pace? Not to discredit your great 5k time, as I too have this problem...

BUT, since I received my Garmin 405, I can watch myself and my pace... It does help keep me on track. The "virtual partner" on this watch has really helped....

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/18/2010 8:32AM

    "I run, therefore I am". Bruce, who (besides yourself) told you that you are not a good runner? And how long did you actually watch these runners keeping up their "nice even pace"?

Also, how often have you been running on this concrete flat track compared to them? Maybe this is the ONLY running they do. Run on flat pavement long enough and ANYONE can even out their pace.

You just came off a run full of very large hills, if I"m not mistaken. Hill running is not conducive to even pacing...there's no way it can be.

So, hey...give yourself a break. You're out there doing it, challenging yourself to different kinds of terrain AND to different speeds.

Your time for your 5k is awesome and you're doing speed intervals. Ummm...I can't remember the last time I actually did speed intervals.

Maybe I'M the bad runner?
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PRINCESSNURSE 1/18/2010 8:01AM

    As long as YOU enjoy running who cares about even pacing and all that stuff?

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CHARGER25 1/18/2010 1:51AM

    Not that I know a darn thing about running....but when riding the bike, it seems as if you have to do a lot of biking to be able to calibrate your internal clock to an even pace. It maybe the same for running.....it just takes time.

I give ya high marks for just going to a track that seems it is always empty and running alone.....I can always find someone out here that is willing to race by me on my bike.

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IRONGRANNIE 1/18/2010 12:42AM

    You are not the only one!!! Trust me!! I am all over the place, too. I am luckier than you in that no-one EVER runs past me because no-one in my village runs!! I do get stared at though and sometimes honked and one day nearly run over by the only car I saw in 5ks! Just keep up what you are doing because you obviously enjoy it and that's what it is all about, after all.

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Having fun while running? No way - can't be done!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Time: 5:00pm
Location: Bailey, Colorado - Burland Subdivision
Timed Distance: 3.0Miles
Time: 30 Minutes
Average Pace: 10 min/mile
Company: Alone
Total Time: 40 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Clear, Temperature 45 F, Feels Like 45 F, Wind-2.3 mph WNW 29%, Patches Snow and Ice

Elevation: 8,500 ft



I just had a fun run. Being an ancient ex-competetive collegian athlete I tend to think of training as hard work. I hear the old mantra in my head, go faster - go faster - go faster."

I really wanted to do an easy run today. Against my better judgment , I grabbed my Garmin timer. This timer goads me to run faster than I should. Thankfully, I forgot to charge the timer. The thing ran out of battery right after my warm-up. With no timer to push me, I ran at a comfortable pace for 3 miles. Judging by my home clock, I completed the run in a touch under 30 minutes.

This is the sort of run I wanted to do. I just tooled through the neighborhood enjoying myself. I actually ran better than I thought I did.

I stretched after the run and did my physical therapy exercises. I lifted some easy weights and did some abs exercises. I jumped on my elliptical machine and hit it hard for 10 minutes. I stretched again and called it quits.

Now it is time for a couple of slices of Papa Murphy's Mediterranean De-Light Pizza. Now I have a different mantra in my head, eat slowly-eat-slowly-eat slowly.

  
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MEXIFRO33 1/16/2010 11:57PM

    That run sounded pretty sweet. I had my 1st run on a dreadmill in about 5 years today. Bleh. I'm heading back outside as soon as I'm rested.

I really enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of my neighborhood when I run, especially late at night when it's a little calmer.

Keep up the good work! :)

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Unpopular Immutable Truths

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I weigh about 215 pounds today. My all-time maximum weight was 285 pounds. I have lost 70 pounds. My goal weight is 185 pounds. When I reach my goal weight, I will have lost 100 pounds. My waist size used to be 48. Today, I can comfortably wear 36" jeans. I can squeeze into 34" jeans. However, a genuine 34" waist is in the not too distant future.

I guess I could be smug about dropping so much weight. Of course, my smugness is tempered by the fact that I gained those 100 pounds in the first place!

I have found there are two unpopular immutable truths about losing weight and getting in shape, these are:

(1) To lose weight you have to be hungry
(2) To get in shape you have to sweat

I dont wish to be blunt. The truth hurts. There are some people would rather be fat than be hungry and sweaty. These people want magic pills. There are no magic pills. Losing weight is neither pleasant nor easy. Thats just the way it is.

  
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BSTAKINGACTION 1/18/2010 8:38AM

    I don't mind sweating...love it in fact. But, man, I HATE to be hungry. Its a frame of mind I'm dealing with head-on this week, because you're right. I have a deep-seeded fear of hunger. I need to deal with it. Its not like I don't know where my next meal's coming from!

Well done on your successes! Keep up the great work!

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GBOOMER 1/14/2010 6:25AM

    Ah.... Go ahead and be full out smug. emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 1/14/2010 12:51AM

    Great Blog! So true, at least for me, and SO worth it!


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GSCOTTC 1/13/2010 11:42PM

    In the beginning I agree you 100%. Now that I have lost a few pounds I find that I am not as hungry as I use to be. I acutally do not feel very good if I eat too much. The sweating part I have always enjoyed. A good sweat never hurt anybody.

Take care

Scott

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CHARGER25 1/13/2010 10:27PM

    I'm not sure I agree completely with Immutable truth #1.....

I am rarely hungary not that I don't get hungary before a meal. If I get hungary it is usually because I screwed up and didn't plan right, or I am at the mercy of someone else's schedule.

I am right there with ya on #2.....with Spark giving away workout calories like candy you gotta sweat a little extra if you want to see the scale move....

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KARVY09 1/13/2010 10:11PM

    I agree wtih the sweating truth. Not so much with the hungry one. I've lost over 60 pounds, and I can count on one hand the amount of times I've actually been HUNGRY and had used up all my calories for the day.

It's definitely not easy, but the healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be all about deprivation.

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ELYMWX 1/13/2010 8:37PM

    Good blog!

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SAMGERBINE 1/13/2010 8:33PM

    Ditto :)

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CHICLITE 1/13/2010 8:03PM

  That is so true! It is a lot of hardwork even to lose one pound. emoticon

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Long slow distance - What goes up, must come down

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Burland Ranchettes
TIMED DISTANCE: 10K
10K TIME: 59:52
AVERAGE PACE: 11:29 min/mile
COMPANY: Alone
TOTAL TIME: 67 minutes (Warm-up, Slow Run and Cool-Down)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, Temperature 27.1 F, Feels Like 38.5 F, Wind 3.5mph NNW, Humidity 42%, Patches of Snow and Ice

AVERAGE ELEVATION: 8,130 ft

I read in a runner's magazine that LSD (Long Slow Distance) is a great way to train. I also read in the same magazine that a runner should shorten their stride to make running long distance easier and faster.

I am skeptical on both counts.

Firstly, the notion of "long distance" is matter of opinion. I personally find 10K to be a long distance. I know there are people that consider any race under 26.2 miles to be a short distance.

Secondly, I should know better than to mess with a stride that has served me well since I was 14 years old.

I stepped out my door and ran up my driveway. I live where it is hilly. Every direction is up hill both ways. There is precious little flat terrain. So I am either running up hill or running down hill. Of course, there always seems to be more up than down!

I found myself limping along trying to make my feet strike the ground "properly", which is flat footed. My pace was awful! My right knee started to hurt. After running 5K I was not doing well. I reverted back to my ugly natural stride and felt far better. My pace picked up and I finished 10K in just under an hour.

Running this 10K really wore me out! I am going to keep trying to increase my distance. I hope I don't prove to myself that I am a terrible long distance runner.

I need a few days of rest. I am beat!




  
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BSTAKINGACTION 1/12/2010 8:08AM

    I consider anything over 4 miles to be long distance....so, phooey on them. I'm with you on the natural stride thing. Unless your natural stride is hurting you, I wouldn't mess with it.

I find a shorter stride on long distance works well for me, because it helps me conserve energy. I use my longer stride for sprinting.

Would you listen to me? One 1/2 marathon and I'm talkin' like I've done this for years.....so take it with a grain of salt! emoticon

And, give yourself a break. You're coming off of bronchitis and injury....let the runs be what they will. I don't think your pace is all that bad!

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GBOOMER 1/12/2010 5:33AM

    10k is a long distance to me too, if that's any consolation. I remember when I thought I'd never even be able to run 2 miles because of my knees.

I think you are doing great. If your goal is simply health, then you are already there running-wise.

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Wimped-Out

Monday, January 11, 2010

I had planned going to go running today. However, I found myself a bit stiff and sore from yesterdays run. I decided to wimp-out and do some cross training. I also wanted to get in some physical therapy exercises. Here is what I did:

- 40 minute brisk walk with my Beagle
- 40 minutes on elliptical trainer
- 20 minutes of stretching
- 10 minutes of PT exercised with therapy bands to strengthen small leg muscles

I have found that the exercises I hate the most are the very exercises I need to do the most. I dislike stretching. I am not very flexible and find stretching to be uncomfortable. I also hate therapy band exercises. Unfortunately, the therapy band exercises and stretching are what have given me pain free running. Pain free running means I can train more and get faster.

Sometimes I hate doing things that are good for me!


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CHARGER25 1/12/2010 8:55PM

    That is a good workout....I need to start with some variation this month or I am going to get bored to tears....

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DELRIO1 1/12/2010 10:01AM

    Actually, it sounds like cross-training is an excellent idea - gives your body a rest from running for one day, yet continues the workout in other ways. Sounds like you're doing the right thing!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/11/2010 8:12PM

    I don't think that's wimpin' out. Really...wimping out would have been deciding to never run again...or to forgo the stretching! Good job reading your body...and your mind. You're right...the things I hate to do the most are the ones I need to do...and they're generally HARD.

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JOVANB77 1/11/2010 8:06AM

    Wow you still did a lot even though you didn't run. Thats great! Good for you. So therapy band exercises and stretching give you pain free running? I'm always looking for ways to not feel pain while I run long distances (in my knee). Last year for my marathon training, all I did was run. This year I'm hoping to try and keep up my cross training with my runs so maybe it won't hurt so much running long distances.

Well anyways - keep up the good work!

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