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1/12/12 8:54 P

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Thank you! I did not even catch that. Ruth, make sure you are not stretching with cold muscle because that could be the quickest route to injury. Stretching should be done on warm exercised muscles only.

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1/12/12 7:46 P

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Thanks for all the comments. I learned a lot in this thread. I really appreciate everyone's help.


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1/12/12 5:11 P

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Ruth,

I noticed that you said you should do the stretches before you went out the door. You should stretch after you run when your muscles are warmed up, not before.

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1/12/12 2:15 P

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A pace that is too fast is one of the biggest errors a runner makes. One assumes (I did this too) that in order to get fast is to run fast. Not the case at all. Who would have ever thought, right?

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BTW, I forgot to mention that you were right about the shin splints. I really didn't notice pain in my shins. What I did notice was the absence thereof! I had no idea that slowing down the pace could make such a difference.

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1/12/12 1:01 P

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Ruth, great plan! Feel free to come back here when you feel it necessary. We aren't going anywhere LOL.

Happy running, Ruth!!!

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1/12/12 12:55 P

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I finally got out with my metronome today, and it was a fun and interesting experiment. I tried different speeds and different gaits. Some of the speeds I found I could either do a brisk walk or a slow run. I found that I could sustain a slow run for about three minutes. So that tells me that I really am ready to try a running training program. I know that the Rookie Runner's first five weeks are very similar, if not the same as this plan, so I think that I will switch over to that plan next week.

Laurie, thanks for your good suggestions. You have been a tremendous help and you are a great team mentor!

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1/8/12 11:47 A

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Great job, Ruth! Sounds like you have really listened to what your body is saying!

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Ruth, LOL LOL I have a 7 lb. chi/toy fox terrier Lucy and she loves to run almost a mile with me. That little dog can go! I can only imagine just how fast Shadow runs! Yes, go solo for a few times and just concentrate on your heartrate. You do not want to huff and puff nor feel your heart pounding. Please keep us updated on how that works for you.

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1/7/12 11:10 P

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Thanks for your comments. They were very helpful. Maybe I'll leave Shadow home a couple of times to try this slower pacing idea out. I think Shadow's mantra is "I live to run."

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Ruth, it sounds to me that it may benefit you to actually slow your pacing. I know that sounds counterintuituve but its true. You mention that you run until you are out of breath and your heart is pumping. You don't want to do tht with every run. Today's 11 mile long run for me today was purposely about 2 minutes slower than my 5k race pace. This allows your body to build up its glycogen stores that will give you your endurance.

Please feel free to do another 5 weeks of run/walk and apply the slower pacing. This may ultimately help your shin splints also. There is a great mantra that you should always remember...We train to race and not race to train.

You are doing very well and with a few adjustments you will get to where you want to be. Remember too that all of this takes times, patience and consistency.



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It has taken me about 4 months to complete this 5-week program, mostly due to troubles with shin-splints that I haven't been entirely able to conquer forcing me to take long breathers in between training days. Because of the shin-splints, I ended up walking the first 5K that I did. This took me 57 minutes. Partly because of the shin splints/walking thing, and partly because of an incident with my walking partner (My part-border-collie, Shadow, who had a bad meet up with another dog and ended up pulling me over on my face.) Usually, Shadow is a fairly sensible, well-behaved dog, who is a great walking partner. That day, not so much.

After the incident, we did proceed. I decided that from where we were, I would only save a few minutes by cutting my race short and returning home, so I continued kind of scraped up and bleeding, and I was glad I did because it gave me a feeling of accomplishment, although I was disappointed in my time. That was the Halloween race event on Sparks People.

I actually hit my fastest training times in November, but after my highest time (2.1 miles in 29:28, I really needed to slow down for the shin-splints. In December, I was doing some pretty good times again, so I mapped out a different route that didn't take me past the area where there were so many dogs (all the barking dogs had Shadow quite keyed up by the time we met the dog mentioned in the incident--not to mention two dogs in a pick-up that barked at him pretty viciously--I think I would have been pretty keyed up by then too--if I were a dog.) Yes, Shadow did come with me again, and this time we made 45:30 or something close to that. I was quite pleased we my progress, even though I am doing my intervals more by how my body is feeling than by the clock times suggested in the training program. (I run until I feel out of breath and that my heart is really pumping, then I do an interval of walking until I feel up to running again.)

Since I recorded by last interval today, I am starting over. I am not feeling quite ready to proceed to a full run training, so I am just repeating this again. I am still having some issues with shin splints, but I notice that they usually bother me the worst right as we get started, and then seem to bother me a lot less. I am doing a lot of cross-training walking and also some strength training when I don't feel up to running. I think I need to add some consistent icing and better stretching. I have tried the stretches for runners video a couple of times that is on this site. I would probably benefit from making sure that I do it every time before I move out the door.

One of my resolutions this year is to shoot for a virtual 5K every month. As I get better at it, I will probably throw in a couple of 10Ks instead sometimes. I would also like to try a few actual races with other people involved.

Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 1/7/2012 (16:29)
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