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1/14/10 8:10 A

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YOU_CALIBAN,

From my understanding, the average person runs a 5K in 30 minutes...so I would think that the average person would run a 10K in 60 minutes.

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12/27/09 10:54 P

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What's considered a "good" time for a 10k anyway? I just started running 10k's again, so I'm curious.

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12/24/09 3:56 A

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update i found that my heart montor was not working right..had stress test done good same...

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12/7/09 1:20 P

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Hi:

I don't now if that is normal, but I think is not desirable. As far as I know, your 100% must be 220 - your age, i.e. If you're 20, your 100% must be 200.

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4/27/09 7:28 P

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ran my best time ever this weekend a 5k in 25.38.thats fast for myself i just started running last november.and being almost 100lbs over wieght..anyway i need a ? answer if possable.here it is..if i run hard has i can where im about ready to get sick,my heart rate would be anywhere between 212 and 221.is that normal.?i wear a garmin 301 with the matching heart montor

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4/24/09 2:54 P

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I ran my first 10k last weekend and followed the advice I was told. We carbed up the night before. The morning of we did't do things different like trying a whole new breakfast. I had a light breakfast, a fiber bar, another runner had half of a banana and a fiber bar.

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2/25/09 9:08 P

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I'm running a 15K this Saturday and wondering what I should eat before the race (it starts at 7:30am). Thanks!

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2/23/09 6:58 P

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Thanks for the advice!

1. Oh, good point about being sore. Why don't we ever think we will be sore??

3. I want to finish, that's all. I am naturally a very fast walker so I don't think I will be a turtle, but I'm not shooting for a time either.

4. Snow? I WISH!! We've had nothing close to normal weather up here. February is supposed to be the coldest month and I was in shirt sleeves today! But yes I already have plenty of cold weather gear from years of hiking and climbing.

I have "Non Runners Guide to Running Marathons", which has astounding reviews on Amazon, on reserve at the library but it will be a couple weeks. Till then I guess I will just work on my daily walks and motivation :-)

Thanks again!

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2/23/09 2:55 P

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So, let me start by saying I am no running expert. I am also training for my first 10k on Memorial Day. I started training about three weeks ago. I've trained and run in several 5ks in the past, but I am no marathon runner or anything.

1. From my experience I'll tell you that you might want a non-impact cross-training activity. Your belly dancing, yoga and home imporovement activities sound good. But on a sore day after a long run, you might not want to pound more on those same feet, ankles and knees. Without a gym to bike or swim, you might want to try some of the Spark Videos.

2. A couple of days sounds fine. Just start back slow. No long runs that first day back.

3. This will depend on how much of the first race you jog. You don't mention any pace information. You can enter pace information and number of weeks into a calculator on the Runner's World website and it will tell you what your training would have to look like to meet those goals.

4. Since you seem to live at a high altitude find some good clothes and motivation to run when it snows! I also found some really good introduction to running books at my local library which gave me a lot of good information about gear, injury prevention, safety and the like.

Send me a Spark email if you're interested. Sounds like we have some similar goals.

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2/23/09 1:18 P

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I've never trained for a race before but I have two on my calendar this summer :-). I'm basing my questions off of the 10K training program here on Spark.

My first race is Memorial Day, so I have 13 weeks starting today. I haven't been training much because I am just getting over a 2 month bout of bronchitis, but today I did a 35 minute hilly walk with no problem (I wasn't even winded!). I am planning to walk/jog my first race. The route is just as as hilly as my training routes and is nearly 3000 ft lower in elevation than my training route.

The second race is August 1, a mere 10 weeks after the first race. I'd like to jog that one. The route is all downhill, and at nearly the same elevation that I am training at.

So my questions are:
1. Is hiking (hills, weighted pack, etc.) a good cross training for race training? It's the easiest, cheapest, and most accessible exercise for me right now. Plus it would make sure I am ready to take on some high altitude hiking over the summer.

2. If I take off a couple days after race 1 before I start training for race 2, is that enough rest time before I hit the road again? Or should I forgo an entire week of race 2 training to rest?

3. Is 10 weeks enough time to train for race 2 considering I plan to jog the second race?

4. Any other recommendations for training? My spring and summer are full of home improvements (hammer swinging, tree cutting, etc.) and I am practicing belly dance nearly every day (harder than you'd think - seriously!). I also stretch/do yoga nearly daily so that is covered. Do you think all that will be enough without formal weight training? I don't have access to a gym.

THANKS!!!!

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