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  1. Yep. Thrilled to be back to 25+ mile weeks and I see that I finished 9th in running time last week. But, if i was doing this to win I would have given up a long time ago. Just chase those PRs.
  2. Agree. But when I ultimately ruptured it I was playing softball and in no pain. I'm of course rather skittish about this topic since blowing out my Achilles was awful (not the incident itself, more the length of recovery). Bottom line, just be careful.
  3. In 2011, I ruptured my Achilles completely. In the months leading up to it, I had some pretty severe tendinitis that I just powered through. Turns out that Achilles tendinitis that is ignored and continually stressed can lead to a rupture. I'm no doctor, but it seems odd that you would be told that it's ok to keep running with tendinitis.
  4. For any of you Strava Premium users, are the training plans for running good? Do they really add any value? I keep getting this 30 day free trial email but would rather not enter a bunch of credit card info if I know I'm just going to cancel in a month.
  5. Hey all. Finally got off my ### and managed to start logging some miles again. Man, take a couple months off and your fitness goes right in the crapper. I've never been fast but I feel like I've dug a huge hole for myself. Oh well. Getting back into a training groove, targeting a half in late April. Hoping to try my hand at some trail races this year as well.
  6. Exactly. I was able to actually jog home afterwards. Then I took a 30 minute nap in the early afternoon and was good to go.
  7. Thanks all! My last couple of races had been pretty demoralizing so it's nice to have a good experience to keep me motivated. So this race I ran is part of a series with the last one in three weeks on the exact same course. I'm thinking I'll sign up and give it another go. I'm going to use the last three weeks of Hal Higdon's Intermediate 10K to get ready. Other than to start a bit more forward in the pack and to go out a bit harder, any other advice? I'd try to get that first mile down to 8 or so and then get down to 7:30 and under a bit quicker. Maybe I can knock a minute or so off my time that way. Tough to think I can do much more with only three weeks in between.
  8. Wicked Halloween 10K First ever race at this distance! My last two races in the summer I bonked in the back half so I planned for a pretty conservative approach. Plan was to go out at 8:30 for mile 1, bring it down to 8 for miles 2-4 and then hope I had enough left to get under 50 minutes. Pre-race routine: Woke up, had a cup of coffee and a Clif Bar, then agonized for half an hour over what to wear. It was low 50s but raining hard. Settled on shorts, long sleeve tee a hat and a poncho. Left my house about 30 minutes before race start, jogged the 1.2 miles to the start line, used the bathroom one last time at Panera and stashed my poncho under a bush near the start. Mile 1: Mild uphill for most of the first mile. Spent a lot of time working through the crowd. I should have started a lot more near the front as I had to pass a ton of people just to get in with my general pace group. But I managed to hit the pace I had planned almost spot on. Pace - 8:31 Mile 2: Plan was to kick it in a bit here and bring the pace down to 8:00. But, having cleared through the crowd and getting a bit of downhill, my speed picked up pretty quick. Really started to feel good in here as the crowd thinned and the dark morning rain left me racing on my own. The only other runners I encountered was as I passed by them. In fact, I don’t think another runner passed me after the first mile of the race. Pace - 7:39 Mile 3-4: In cruise control here. Passing a lot of people, feeling great. Was easy to hold my pace but I held back from pushing it harder in the hopes I would have some gas left in the tank at the end. Pace – 7:44, 7:24 Mile 5: Starting to feel it here. In my original plan, this is where I was looking to really push it but I was sliding into hang-on mode instead. I’m starting to seek out the mile marker sign, constantly wondering how much farther I need to go. Still passing people though, and at this point I knew I was running well under 50:00, so all is good. Pace – 7:21 Mile 6 plus 0.2: Pure hang-on mode at this point. Trying to push it but not getting any faster. Started searching out the finish line and hating the fact that there is that extra 0.2 at the end. I had earlier delusions of hitting a 7 minute mile, but that was out the window. But, still passing people one at a time. Pace – 7:27 plus 1:37 for last 0.2 Really pumped with this race. Blew past my goal time and felt pretty good doing it. While I still like the longer distances, this was easily the most fun I’ve had in a race this year. Plus, my poncho was still under the bush at the end of the race for my jog home. Final time: 47:45 49th of 772 overall 7th of 42 AG
  9. Freaking cold out there this morning. 33 degrees during my run and like a moron I wore shorts and no hat. Time to flop over to winter gear.
  10. 1. Your wife rocks. That is someone who definitely gets it. 2. Your friend is some good people.
  11. I really wanted to run Dances with Dirt this year. I need to find a way onto a team next year. I did the Tough Mudder the week before DwD so my wife wasn't going to let me run it, but next year that is a target race for me.
  12. When I was a runner ten years ago, my knees were always the part of my body that would tell me when I had worked too hard. Now, it's my feet every time. They just ache after going hard or for longer runs. And my right big toe has been hurt for the last 10 months or so. Not enough to stop me obviously but constant. I've just accepted that without a good long break my feet will always hurt. But if I take that break, I'll lose the little bit of fitness I've managed to find and will have a hell of a time getting going again.
  13. Not sure I have another season of this show in me. It was good at times, boring at others during Season 1. And early reveiws don't suggest that it took a leap forward in quality.
  14. I find it hilarious that Kaepernick is being used as an example of political correctness run amok. The loudest SOBs condemning him are the same tools that profess to hate political correctness so much. Hell, your Messiah, Donald Trump, told the guy to go find another country. Curt Schilling, a guy who got fired for being a tool and subsequently whined about PC culture, has come down on him. It almost suggests to me that these guys are total hypocrites. So it's ok to say whatever is on your mind and completely not fair to be criticized or condemned for it, UNLESS it happens to be on a topic that you are on the other side of.
  15. This both makes me optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. On the one hand, that's a great single year improvement and gives hope to someone like me hoping to gain some speed as I head into year two of this stupid hobby. On the other hand, there is no chance I can even approach mileage like that for a good long time (four young kids will do that to you). I've only cleared 100 a single month this year.
  16. You're kidding yourself if you think the alt-right started in response to BLM. And also, the predictability of racist schmucks doesn't in any way validate them. I'm not surprised by the alt-right turds, but it doesn't lessen my disgust for them or anyone who tries to justify their existence.
  17. You're the guy that wants to blame a racist movement on too many people playing the race card and I'm the dramatic one. Sure thing. But I'll give you credit on one thing, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen the 'a little racism never hurt anybody' approach taken before.
  18. Classic victim blaming. If only those minorities weren't so insistent on being treated fairly these racists would just go away!
  19. Thoughts on the Forerunner 220? A friend just ended up with two watches and is looking to unload his 220 for $125. Never used. Ideally, I would get something like the TomTom Spark with HRM in the watch and ability to play music, but I'm not willing to fork out the $250. And if I get a watch like this, is my phone my only way to get music with me on the run, or is there another less cumbersome way to rock some downloaded tunes or spotify?
  20. Had my first good run in a couple of weeks this morning. Been suffering from dead legs and every run felt like a slog. This morning (I took yesterday off), my feel felt light from the start and my pace was a lot better at the same effort. These are the days that make me want to keep with it. And I didn't end the run with an immediate, sweaty trip to the first floor bathroom!
  21. As soon as I finish a half, I'm a pile of garbage laying on the ground. This is not going to end well.
  22. And yes, anyone advocating ignoring the nuclear family is an idiot. But we can't ignore how many families we have that aren't nuclear either.
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