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26 October 2015 - 08:37 AM

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In Topic: Ran a 10k - Stop watching so much TV and go run

18 September 2015 - 08:28 AM


So, once upon a time I ran some races. Never all that fast, but I've run 5ks up to a marathon. 


Then I had a bunch of kids (#4 on the way) and tore my Achilles and stopped running altogether.


In the last two months, I've managed to get back up to consistently running four days a week, 45 minutes at a time. I'm hoping to run a handful of races next year, leading up to a half-marathon or more.


One thing I really like is a solid training plan that's individualized. I have goal times in mind and specific races in mind and I'm looking for a plan, preferably through a phone app, that handles this well. I've been using Runkeeper but their plans don't seem very amendable (not sure if the upgrade is worth it or not) and I just found My Asics which seems to be in line with what I'm looking for. Any other recommendations out there?

Check out the OP.  There's a slew of info linked there.


The best motivation you're going to find is right here - it's a little freaky how motivating being a part of this thread can be.  A lot of us are using Strava to log our workouts - it's a cool social kinda site.  We have a club over there - https://www.strava.com/clubs/TeamFFA


Speaking of the club - there are a few names I don't recognize in there.  Do we have some intruders?



:hey: I'm Craig.  Still struggling to get over my hamstring issues.   :(

In Topic: Ran a 10k - Stop watching so much TV and go run

02 September 2015 - 08:45 AM

Wow, you guys are amazing.  As stated before I am training for my first half marathon.  On Saturday I was out trying to get 11 miles done but at mile 5.5 my hamstring popped.  :angry:  I had to call my wife to come pick me up. 


I have had lower back / hip issues for years so the hamstrings were under constant tension and I didn't do enough stretching and mobility work to loosen everything up.  :bag:


I have 24 more days to the half so I hope with rest and therapy I can still run it but now the focus will be on finishing and having a good time instead of pushing myself to an arbitrary goal.  Maybe this is a good thing in the long run. Still very disappointed but gets me motivated to work on mobility and flexibility.   

In Topic: Ran a 10k - Stop watching so much TV and go run

17 August 2015 - 10:37 AM

Long time lurker...  I have been on a health and fitness journey.  2 years ago I hit 240 lbs and decided that I am not buying bigger pants  :bag:  Started working out and logging food on MFP and am finally below 200 lbs, with the final goal of hitting 175lbs. (5'10' tall).  


Earlier this summer I let some co-workers talk me into registering for the Akron Half Marathon on September 26th so I have been running and training for it.  I have been surprised at how much I've enjoyed this.  My Brother-in-law is a serious marathon runner (Sub 3 hour marathon time) and he is helping several of us to train for the half marathon.  I'm learning a lot from following this thread though I still get a little confused at the abbreviations and acronyms.  :grad:



This past Saturday I ran a 5k in an unfamiliar town about 30 minutes from where I live.  At the start of the race the race organizer told us the streets that we would be running and told us there would be volunteers at all of the turns to make sure that we ran the correct route.  I had studied the route on line and thought I knew where to go.  Unfortunately at around the 2-1/4 mile mark the volunteers turned us at a wrong street and a group of 5 - 6 runners ran the wrong route which added .8 miles to the race  :hot:  :censored: .  I let the race director know and they volunteered to refund the entrance fee. I didn't think I would have turned in a good time but when the awards were announced I realized I would have placed 2nd in my age division.   :cry: Needless to say I will be paying a lot closer attention to routes and directions at future races.  :doh:


My current 5K PR is 28:30 and so the question is am I nuts to try for a sub 2 hour half marathon or is it more realistic to shoot for a 2:10:00 - considering we have 6 more weeks of training? 


According to https://www.mcmillanrunning.com/at a 5K of 28:30 I will be at a 2:11:00 half marathon and if I want a sub 2 hour half marathon I should have a 5K time of 25:55 or better. 

In Topic: TSA: 95% failure rate

02 June 2015 - 01:34 PM

I once accidentally took a box cutter in my carry-on on a flight from Dulles to Hartford CT and back (2 flights).  I had it in my work bag, and it had slipped down to the bottom under some files I had.  Didn't realize it was in there until I got back to my stores and was digging in my bag for something.  This was maybe 2-3 years after 9/11... you know, when they hijacked planes...with box cutters....  :unsure:


2 years ago a co-worker went through 2 different airports on 2 different trips.  In his carry-on luggage were 3 Cutco filet knives with 6" blades that he forgot he had.  TSA never found them and he freaked out when he got home and found them and realized what had happened.