I have a great 6.7 mile run on Sunday with my running partner, then was able to run trails today after work. It was 70 degrees!!!!!!!! I have a race on Saturday , a small 5k in my town. This year the course is changed due to our little town getting a round-a-bout. So the last mile is not totally up hill! I hope to do better than the last race, my goal is 25 minutes.
How is everyone else doing with their spring races?
CHEFKATLEANER sounds like a really great race schedule, good luck!
My daughter and I ran the 5k last weekend, neither of us did as well as we had hoped. I ran 26:23, a 8:24 pace, not bad but I like to do closer to an 8 minute pace in races. The race was very crowded and we started too far back in the pack, my first mile was 8:45, and it was really hard to make up the time. The next race I am registered for is April 15, I plan on preparing by running lots of hills. I also plan up increasing my miles, overall, I would like to get back to between 15 and 20 miles per week. Since Sunday I have run 9 miles and walked 4.
Reading this thread is awesome. It's really reminding me how much I love running. I'm a newbie..started in April 2011 and ran 4 5k races that year. I was on target to run my first 10k in May of 2012...until I broke my leg. Since then I've had a couple of other injuries, bad colds and stupid winter weather to contend with. However, once I'm over this current sinus problem, I will get back to the running...on the treadmill at my Grandma's apartment building if I have to!
I'm targeting something crazy this year...while I had hoped to run my first Half in Iceland in August, that's no longer feasible due to lack of training. However, I have discovered a race weekend in Barbados (December 6-8, 2013). And I'm planning to do the "Silver" Race Package: a 1 mile Fun Run on the 6th, a 10k on the 7th and a 5k on the 8th. That will give me 3 finishers medals and a bonus "silver". Plus, it's my favourite place on earth.
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Last night I signed my daughter and myself up for a St. Patrick's day 5k run in the town where I work. So now I have a goal, and will have to get off the treadmill and on the road as soon as possible. Although I am happy that I am doing other things like yoga, TRX, cycling, I know that the only way to get better at running is to run. Updates to follow
CAPECODBABE - Good for you! And believe me, if you're going to take up running, there's nothing better than investing in a good bra! All that jiggling is distracting and uncomfortable.
I would highly recommend winter running. With the right layers it can be a great workout. I find that I prefer winter running over other times of the year. I wear running pants and then a wicking shirt layered with a warmer outer layer or jacket. My biggest challenge is finding the right gloves. Some make my hands get too warm after a while while others don't keep my hands warm at all. A good layer of sunscreen is also necessary and if it's windy out, it helps protect your skin from that too. I use my kid's summer sunscreen and love how it works. A hat or beanie also is a must.
Good luck to you! Even running a mile is a huge accomplishment!
JBAILEY - Very impressive! You are my new inspiration. Running doesn't come easy for me either. You should be very proud of your accomplishments! I'm surprised you're not going through running withdrawal after not running for a week! ;)
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I ran my first 5K 6 months after having my first child (in 2005) and then starting running in races pretty consistently after having my second child (in 2007), including 5 marathons and at least 8 half marathons. It doesn't come easy for me - I wasn't a runner growing up... I'm extremely proud of every mile I'm able to squeeze out. I haven't ran in over a week now... thanks for posting something about running - I really need to get my ass back in gear.
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TOOBUSY - that is awesome that you were able to help someone else reach their goal! It's great to hear about your history of running.
I live in Colorado and get to run at a pretty high altitude. There are a lot of great trails here and it's always nice to see the mountains in the background. It also makes running at sea level (when I have the chance) make me feel like a rock-star thanks to that increased lung capacity. I'm really fortunate to be in such a healthy state and there's always an opportunity to run a race of pretty much any distance.
Yesterday I had a 5k race after running 11.5 miles on Saturday. My husband, mom, kids, BIL, and nephew came out to cheer me on and it made me feel so happy! It also made me feel good to be able to give the kids the image of me running, and also to see all the other runners. Hopefully they adopt a healthy lifestyle by exposure.
I have run consistently since Jan. 1997, a year and 3 months after my youngest child was born. I entered my first 5k and ran it in the sleet and rain in March. Since then I have run countless 5k, 10k, at least 4 half marathons, one in the snow, and one Marathon in 2005 (I think). Growing up in New London, CT there was one grueling race, The Johnny Kelly Race, 11.6 miles in Aug, it was seen as a rite of passage for anyone growing up in New London to complete this race. I have completed it at least 4 times, 2 years ago was my final time, I nearly passed out at the finish and would have gone to the ambulance if i could have seen it through my dehydrated daze.
One of my proudest moments was helping my best friend's husband get through his marathon ( Providence, RI) and cross it off his bucket list. I dropped him at the start, parked and walked the course backwards until I meet up with him. When I finally saw him he said he was just about done and if i wasn't there he would have given up! We ran the last 6 or 8 miles together. He said "check, never have to do this again." ha a true running convert he is not!
I love to hear about races in other parts of the country
I've been a runner to varying degrees since I was in high school (20+ years). Some years I run a lot and others hardly at all. Back in '03 I ran my first half marathon. Since then I've not run too much other than an occasional 5k, usually on Thanksgiving. This year I've signed up for a race series (it actually started before Christmas) that has me running five 5ks and one half marathon. I've always wanted to run a full marathon.
I just decided yesterday on a March, May, and June half and a full in October. I'm really excited about it and actually feel like I can do it, rather than overwhelmed by the thought.
I wish I was a runner. I've never been able to start a program... I even got my dog (pic on sparkpage) from the shelter to get me running never happened but I do walk her every day.
I love Block Island - back when I was a young hippie I spent a summer there working as an artist making stained glass windows ah wonderful memories except one, the scariest plane ride of my life focus elle...
I am not training for anything right now. My "race season" will begin in April with the 5k in my town, then in May my daughter and I will run a fantastic 6k trail race on Block Island, which is in Rhode Island. Then a few other races of varying distances. I have become selective in the races that I enter. I make sure the organization that is profiting from the race is something I believe in and want to contribute and I consider the race course, these days I prefer trail racing over roads. I am lucky to have a sister, nieces and my daughter who are also a runners, its a fun time when several of us can enter together.
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