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How many miles did you run today?

post #1 of 10588
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Like the title of the thread says
How many miles did you run today?
I didn't see any thread like this, and I thought it would be cool for people to post this so everyone can see the miles they put in every week, and I thought it would help keep people motivated to be able to discuss stuff on their run, conditions, anything strange you might have seen, etc..

Ill start!
Starting running again on sunday, Ive been doing 3 miles a day, at a slow but steady pace, around my local park at about 9:30 PM every night (I play in a basketball league so I thought it would be good to run that time cuz thats when we play, so my body gets used to the cool night air and humidity).

What about you guys?
post #2 of 10588
Just dumb luck (I haven't been running every day), I ran 6 miles in about an hour this morning. Wanted to get a good one in while the weather hold out--it was in the low-mid 60s with light humidity this morning. Perfect!
post #3 of 10588
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Awesome man!
Thats what i want to hit, running about 6 miles a day, it takes me about 36 minutes to do 3 right now (Im not completely tired but my legs get real tense) so if I can get enough endurance to get an 10-12 minute mile and be able to do 6, I'd say it would be a great summer
Also, is it best to run in the morning? noon? night?
I love morning runs, I feel iv'e had some of my best days when i wake up to go run, but I've read somewhere its best at night, becuase you have the most energy, but my friend runs under the midday sun in the hottest conditions to maximize his wieght loss (hes a trackstar btw, i wasnt about to try running at noon but just wondering)
post #4 of 10588
I awoke early - it's been warm and humid and still took forever to get out the door this morning. So I pushed it a bit.

4 miles in 30:32 (but the last mile hurt!), then into the pool for a few short laps and get ready for work.
post #5 of 10588
I am running 4 - 6 miles this evening probably around 8pm. Distance will depend on my knee.
post #6 of 10588
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Originally Posted by MonkeyFresh View Post
Awesome man!
Thats what i want to hit, running about 6 miles a day, it takes me about 36 minutes to do 3 right now (Im not completely tired but my legs get real tense) so if I can get enough endurance to get an 10-12 minute mile and be able to do 6, I'd say it would be a great summer
Also, is it best to run in the morning? noon? night?
I love morning runs, I feel iv'e had some of my best days when i wake up to go run, but I've read somewhere its best at night, becuase you have the most energy, but my friend runs under the midday sun in the hottest conditions to maximize his wieght loss (hes a trackstar btw, i wasnt about to try running at noon but just wondering)

I run mornings for a number of reasons:

First, it's easier too fit in to my schedule. Nothing competing in the early morning hours.

Second, weight loss - when I played competitive racquetball I could play up to three hours post-work and not be much lighter afterwards, while 3-4 morning miles would shed weight very efficiently. It turns out that while your heart rate rises and falls efficently with your activity levels, your metabolic rate makes slower transitions, particularly as your activity level falls off. Morning runs elevate your metabolic rate which stays somewhat elevated for a number of hours post-run - provided you don't gorge yourself afterwards.

Third: it makes me happy. I like starting the day happy.
post #7 of 10588
I am running 4 - 6 miles this evening probably around 8pm. Distance will depend on my knee.

As for when to run, out of the mid day heat is usually optimal. Heat stroke can ruin a day. I try to run in the mornings. It gives me a good pick me up for the entire day.
post #8 of 10588
7.6, but we call it the 8 mile loop. Always round up !
post #9 of 10588
I only ran two, but I was pressed on time this morning. For me it is about enjoying the scenery, as that I live in rural WI. Ran into three deer, two rabbits, and an unknown number of robins and assorted other birds. I didn't time myself, but I was probably running 6 minute thirty second per mile.
post #10 of 10588
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Second, weight loss - when I played competitive racquetball I could play up to three hours post-work and not be much lighter afterwards, while 3-4 morning miles would shed weight very efficiently. It turns out that while your heart rate rises and falls efficently with your activity levels, your metabolic rate makes slower transitions, particularly as your activity level falls off. Morning runs elevate your metabolic rate which stays somewhat elevated for a number of hours post-run - provided you don't gorge yourself afterwards.

Not to go all why on you, but this is incorrect. Betcha $100 that you can run the same amount every night (which fits my schedule better; not that I'm actually doing it, too many cool exercises to do) and reap the same results.

Besides, racquetball burns calories at a slower rate, and more importantly, allows too much inactivity to be aerobic.
post #11 of 10588
Technically, competitive racquetball will be more anaerobic simply because of the short bursts of intense exercise. I do wish people would stop thinking of metabolic rate as some kind of organ system or something. It's just energy consumption. A morning run won't elevate your metabolic rate for much longer than maybe an hour after your workout. Besides, even that small elevation is minimal. It may upregulate lipolytic hormones, but total energy consumption probably won't be very far from the norm for periods of inactivity following exercise.
post #12 of 10588
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Not to go all why on you, but this is incorrect. Betcha $100 that you can run the same amount every night (which fits my schedule better; not that I'm actually doing it, too many cool exercises to do) and reap the same results.

Besides, racquetball burns calories at a slower rate, and more importantly, allows too much inactivity to be aerobic.

While you are correct that racquetball allows for periods of inactivity, I feel that three hours of racquetball isn't too far from say, three miles of steady running in terms of caloric expenditure, particularly the way some of the bastards in the challenge courts had me running around. There's a reason I no longer play.

But more compelling to me was that before I switched to morning runs, I ran post-work with my roommate at the time. We covered Memorial loop (2.9 miles) after work three to four times a week, and my waist hovered around 34". Our work schedules diverged and I switched to morning running. Same distance, same frequency, same eating habits and supplementation, and my waist fell to 32". Everything else remained farily constant, one variable changed, and the results were different.

Whether others will find the same results is an open question. But it's what works for me. I find that compelling enough.
post #13 of 10588
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Originally Posted by whacked View Post
Not to go all why on you, but this is incorrect. Betcha $100 that you can run the same amount every night (which fits my schedule better; not that I'm actually doing it, too many cool exercises to do) and reap the same results.

Besides, racquetball burns calories at a slower rate, and more importantly, allows too much inactivity to be aerobic.

I'm not sure that I agree with this. I've always heard and read that doing cardio in a fasted state (which is the state that you are in when you wake up in the morning because you haven't eaten for several hours) burns more fat than doing cardio in a fed state. As I understand it, this occurs because in a fasted state your insulin levels are very low and high insulin levels are antithetical to weight loss. However, the downside of this is that you also lose muscle by doing fasted cardio (that's why most runners are not very muscular), and most bodybuilders do not do fasted cardio.
post #14 of 10588
i have been jogging (excuse me, 'running') for about 2.5 miles and then i walk briskly 4.5 miles with some stretches of running in between about 5 times a week.
post #15 of 10588
so lets say you are running in the morning and you see a black bear
what do you do

and i'm not joking, i might start running outside but i don't want to run into any bears
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