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post #12706 of 12856
5k / 3.1 miles today. Shaved 47 seconds off prior PR (the one good thing about being somewhat out of shape is getting frequent PRs).
post #12707 of 12856

5 miles yesterday

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I'm a light runner (far from marathon), and do a good amount of stretching and yoga every morning. That said, my hamstrings are always tight! I did a quick search on this thread, but besides a few mentions of foam rolling, do you all have any tips? If foam rolling is the way to go, how much time/diligence do I need to invest to loosen up these babies!

Thanks in advance.
post #12709 of 12856
Bit over 5k / 3.1 miles at my standard plodding (but feels fast to me) pace in a couple sessions.

Question for the more veteran runners out there. How long did it take you to figure out your optimal distance for competitive (even if your times aren't close to elite) running? I'm mostly happy that I can run 30 minutes without stopping on a good day (maybe 20 on a bad day) at this point, but maybe too much time working with spreadsheets is making me curious about this. I'd guess 2 months is not nearly enough time and that I need a good bit more training to really figure out what distance I'm most competitive (or least uncompetitive, let's be honest here) at might be. I'm enjoying the process of getting in shape, but I do enjoy keeping track of this stuff.

Right now, if I enter my mile time on one of those websites that extrapolates your time from one distance to another, it gives me a pretty realistic 5k time (30 seconds better than PR, but mile PR was set on a flat circle and 5k PR was set with some major hills) but suggests I should be slower than I am over say a 400m sprint. My 400m sprint time suggests I should be running a sub-25 5k instead of the sub-30 I'm at now. I'd assume as I build endurance, my times over longer distances will improve relative to raw speed in sprints.
post #12710 of 12856
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Originally Posted by SirGrotius View Post

I'm a light runner (far from marathon), and do a good amount of stretching and yoga every morning. That said, my hamstrings are always tight! I did a quick search on this thread, but besides a few mentions of foam rolling, do you all have any tips? If foam rolling is the way to go, how much time/diligence do I need to invest to loosen up these babies!

Thanks in advance.

 

This guy on youtube is super helpful for stretching.  If you look through his videos you should find what you are looking for.  I know I roll after a run with and maybe spend 3-5 minutes on each hamstring if I am increasing mileage and they are tight.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/AntranikDotOrg/videos

 

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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

Bit over 5k / 3.1 miles at my standard plodding (but feels fast to me) pace in a couple sessions.

Question for the more veteran runners out there. How long did it take you to figure out your optimal distance for competitive (even if your times aren't close to elite) running? I'm mostly happy that I can run 30 minutes without stopping on a good day (maybe 20 on a bad day) at this point, but maybe too much time working with spreadsheets is making me curious about this. I'd guess 2 months is not nearly enough time and that I need a good bit more training to really figure out what distance I'm most competitive (or least uncompetitive, let's be honest here) at might be. I'm enjoying the process of getting in shape, but I do enjoy keeping track of this stuff.

Right now, if I enter my mile time on one of those websites that extrapolates your time from one distance to another, it gives me a pretty realistic 5k time (30 seconds better than PR, but mile PR was set on a flat circle and 5k PR was set with some major hills) but suggests I should be slower than I am over say a 400m sprint. My 400m sprint time suggests I should be running a sub-25 5k instead of the sub-30 I'm at now. I'd assume as I build endurance, my times over longer distances will improve relative to raw speed in sprints.

 

For me it was just trying new distances.  I can usually finish in the top 10% of runners in a given race unless it is the top guys from around the area only then I am last.  I did a couple 5k's, 10k's, and odd distances then tried a marathon then ultramarathon.  I love running so it is more about the freedom and alone time than it is about trying to win something which I will never do.

post #12711 of 12856
^ That makes sense. I definitely don't expect to win any races, so my curiosity is more finding the distance that I'm best at, relatively speaking. I figure there are plenty of 5Ks, 10Ks, and (maybe someday) half marathons around to have fun with. I probably wouldn't attempt a marathon unless I got significantly faster at running, but get why other people enter them; I'm starting to enjoy running but just can't imagine doing it for the 4+ hours (at today's speed, probably 5+) it would take me to complete that distance.
post #12712 of 12856

9.6 miles this evening.

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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

^ That makes sense. I definitely don't expect to win any races, so my curiosity is more finding the distance that I'm best at, relatively speaking. I figure there are plenty of 5Ks, 10Ks, and (maybe someday) half marathons around to have fun with. I probably wouldn't attempt a marathon unless I got significantly faster at running, but get why other people enter them; I'm starting to enjoy running but just can't imagine doing it for the 4+ hours (at today's speed, probably 5+) it would take me to complete that distance.

 

Having goals and aspirations are good but I think a large part of it is having fun and enjoying the process. 

Once it starts feeling laborious or unenjoyable / a drag, running loses its point. 

 

It's a hobby. Hobbies should be fun.

post #12714 of 12856
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Originally Posted by ThunderMarch View Post

Having goals and aspirations are good but I think a large part of it is having fun and enjoying the process. 
Once it starts feeling laborious or unenjoyable / a drag, running loses its point. 

It's a hobby. Hobbies should be fun.

Completely agree. Running also seems like the sort of sport where there are a lot of ways to have fun and improve.
post #12715 of 12856
6.3 miles
post #12716 of 12856
I'd suggest running for six months, and increase your weekly mileage and long run. You'll probably get into the 8-10 mile range. I bet you'll have a good sense of what distance comes naturally to you. I like 10k and half because I feel like a sluggard with all of the 5k gazelles. smile.gif

On to me...

Despite what the internet said, the Polar H7 HRM will not work with the Nike app. I tried using Polar's app, but it can't accurately track pace or distance, and there seems to be no way to calibrate it.

Anyway, 3.1 today.
post #12717 of 12856
5.2 miles
post #12718 of 12856

6.3 miles tonight. 

post #12719 of 12856

7 miles this morning.  Picked up a pair of Brooks Ghost 9's but did not wear them as I am taking them on a trip with me and didn't want my old shoes stinking up my bag.  I have heard great things about the 9's compared to the 8's which I currently use.  Let's hope they didn't pull a New Balance and ruin the shoe like my last preferred shoe.

post #12720 of 12856
9.5k / about 6 miles between today and yesterday.
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