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  1. Congratulations @BassNBrew. Amazing job. You did in a little over a day what would be my best month ever. Mad props to you!
  2. Well my 10K was a mixed bag. I did run slightly faster than last year but expected to do much better. I could not keep my pace steady to save my life. I really need to get in some fast running outside rather than just the treadmill so I will look to change things up starting this week. I will get my mileage back to about 24 miles a week which is good for me. It was a fun day. Glad I did it and good to know where I stand. Just have to keep pressing onward. Congrats Juxtarot to both you and your mom ๐Ÿ˜€
  3. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ i am stoked for this one.
  4. Well the 10k I have been targeting for a year is this Saturday. I had hoped to be in slightly better condition but all in all I think about as good as I could have done. Have been very lucky not to get sick nor have any major ailments to slow down training. My lower back started bothering me last week after my 8 mile run so I had to change my plan this week but you do what you can. Seeing all of your efforts listed both here and on strava help with motivation. A whole lot of mornings I did not want to get up at 4:00 and go for a run but made myself do it. I canโ€™t even imagine running in the conditions so many of you do. Keep up the awesome work everyone ๐Ÿ˜€
  5. If you could have pulled that off it would surely have put you into the BMF Hall of Fame ๐Ÿ˜€
  6. Thanks. Feel like I have a good base now with every week 20 - 25 miles except the week I did my 5k race. Had my most ever miles in a week two weeks ago and should beat that this week.
  7. Two months into the year I feel like I am on track so far. Have increased my mileage by 37% over this time last year. Also feels like I am finally making some progress on bringing down my times. I think last year I overdid it either trying to increase mileage and speed at the same time or trying to increase speed too fast. The 10k I have been aiming for is two weeks out so will find out soon. Whatever happens I have to keep up the running. I think I got disillusioned after a race in April last year and let my mileage suffer for 2.5 months. Not gonna let that happen again
  8. I use one of Emerilโ€™s chicken and sausage gumbo recipes. Use peanut oil at 1 to 1 ratio with flour. Have never heard of cooking roux for 2 hours. Miner is done in less than 20 minutes stirring like crazy to keep from burning it. Always like it better the next day when the flavor deepens.
  9. Okay I said I would get in here more as part of my yearly goals so let's do it! Gianmarco I see you are having second thoughts about signing up for that HM which is coming up. I can only add for myself that doing some races between my target races is what is helping get me out there and running as consistently as I have the past five weeks. Last year I had 5 months between my last fall race and the one in the spring and I let my conditioning go because too many mornings I just did not want to exercise and it was easy to push it off. This year I potentially have 1.5 months between races so it has been easier to get myself going. That being said, I am hoping to do this race next Sunday. It is only a 5K but I wanted something to keep me motivated, measure where I am at, but not be too hard on my conditioning as it is six weeks before my 10K race. I have not signed up yet as have been waiting to get an idea what the weather will be like. I have never had to run in the rain before and 45% and rainy is not my idea of fun (plus I don't want to get sick and derail my March race). I did go out and buy myself a throwaway light poncho today. I have a feeling I will sign up in the next few days and do the race unless it is raining cats and dogs. As to my results so far in what I want to accomplish I really have no clue where I am at. I have been stuck at a certain pace so I was trying something different to get my speed up. Instead of doing true intervals I started doing half mile at a faster speed and a half mile slower, increased speed over a couple of weeks and then started trying to do more distances (.6 mile then .7 mile) at the faster speed while doing less on the slower (.4 and .3) with the plan to work it done to 100% faster. Couple weeks ago feels like I hit a brick wall and my legs just don't want to go fast for much of any distance. I backed off a little on speed and going to try backing off just a little more this week as maybe I just pushed too far. So we will see how it goes. That is partly why I want to do this race as I need to see what I can do in competition. Then next week figure out my plan for those last weeks heading into my 10K. Lastly, thanks everyone for contributing so much to this thread. It helps keep me motivated seeing all of the efforts each of you are putting into it and all of your support for each other.
  10. Thanks for the feedback. I agree totally. I work too hard to give it away with the extra drinking. Just signed up for that race again in March and found a few others in the spring that I am most likely doing as well. Weather permitting doing a 5K on Super Bowl Sunday morning which will be six weeks out from my 10K. Should be a good measure of how I am doing and help keep me motivated as well.
  11. Okay here is my stab at this. ๐Ÿ˜Š 2018 Year-end Report Your goals coming into the year, and were they achieved? Primary - Run a 7:30 minute mile for a 10K. Not even close. Will go into that more later. Secondary โ€“ Avoid anything major that would require me to shutdown running for a while. Only a couple of minor ailments so this was successful. My feet are not the best which is one reason I have to be careful on overdoing it. This is only my second year since picking back up running (of any volume) in about 20 years. New accomplishments or PRs in 2018: I did eek out a PR in the 10K in my first race of the year with a 8:29 pace. Ran the most miles ever in a year and upped my longest runs to seven miles. Found this thread and got onto Strava. Your proudest and/or best race (or segment within a race): The Crush Run I ran in October. Last year that race kicked my butt both due to the heat (was in June last year) and it is a lot hillier than anything I had ever run (in race or practice). This year I ran that course multiple times in training (not at race pace) to get used to the hills and force myself to push thru them. I shaved nine minutes off my time from last year. A race or race training disappointment during 2018: My first race of the year (which was also my PR). In mile six I ran out of gas and went 22 seconds slower than my previous miles. Ended up missing 3rd in my age group by six seconds. I know I could have found it within myself to get that time back so I am pissed at myself about that one. I will be doing this race again in March. Total training volume during 2018: 650 miles. Up from just over 500 last year. Lesson(s) youโ€™ve learned during the year: Need to keep up weekly volume in the 20 to 25 miles range. Try to run more outside vs. the treadmill. Keep looking at this forum and Strava to help keep up my motivation when I am feeling lazy and want to take it easy. Best memories of other guysโ€™ training or races in 2018: Too many to list here. It is amazing what so many of you have achieved in your races. Other experiences or comments (about your year or any of the other guys, including funny memories): Want to thank all of you for the support you have provided to myself and each other. This is quite the community. Goal(s) for 2019: Want to log 900 miles. Actually aiming for 1,000 but it is such a large increase from this year I want to set something more realistic. Finally get to that 7:30 minute pace. I have seemingly hit a wall at around 8:25 or so a mile. I tried multiple approaches this year but nothing seemed to work. So I am still trying to figure out how to move forward. First, I need to lose some weight thru better nutrition (and less alcohol โ€“ that pains me to say). I am aiming to lose 7 to 12 pounds by spring. I also need a purposeful plan to make sure my training is moving me in the right direction. Ideally I do five runs a week with two days for weights. I want one run to be a long one (7 to 8 miles), two for speed/hills, and two for easier runs. Exactly what type of speed runs and what pace to go to push myself from where I am to where I want to get is one thing I am trying to figure out. I will work on that in the next few days. Contribute more to this thread!
  12. I was playing both of them for that run. Championship. That post season was awesome.
  13. Thanks. Fortunately itโ€™s a small race I just ran into them on the second loop for the 10k. At home now sitting outside with my dogs. Having a great day.