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How many miles did you run today?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by MonkeyFresh, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. jbarwick

    jbarwick Senior member

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    1. Garmin 305. Want to update to the 310 as it is between 180-200 on Amazon.

    2. A specialty shoe store can be helpful but can be a dud. If the people know feet well they will get you in a pair of shoes that work with your foot and how you run. I am neutral with slight pronation in one foot but neutral shoes work best for me.

    3. I run laps around my neighborhood. 2 laps is ok most nights which put me at around 6 miles but anything more than that and I need a new place to run for fear of boredom. Also reversing the route helps as it almost feels like a whole new place. I have trails near me and some other road spots that I can move to for longer runs but I have to drive (or add an extra 5 miles round trip for the run and some road danger).
     
  2. clarinetplayer

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    3 miles, gingerly.
     
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  3. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Welcome, Onetwobit!

    I use both the Nike+ app on my iPhone and a Garmin 210. The Garmin is more complete, but honestly I prefer the iPhone app for everyday usage. The Garmin gets used mostly for long runs which would kill the phone's battery and/or when I want to keep tabs on my heart rate.

    Find a running store with a good reputation in your area, and try on a lot of shoes. You'll most likely go through a few brands/models as you zero in on what you like. It took me three years to find shoes I really liked, but mainly because I'm too cheap to stop using a pair before they're worn out. :)

    I run all over the city. When you're starting out, it's nice to find a loop of the appropriate distance. That way you can easily track your progress. As your runs get longer, you can start to explore your city.

    6 miles for me this morning.
     
  4. Fueco

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    6 miles mixed terrain this evening... Felt oh so nice!


    Welcome Onetwobit!

    As to your questions...


    1. I use a Garmin 910XT without the heart rate monitor strap (it chafes when I run,so I only use it for cycling).
    2. Try on lots of shoes. Find a good running store and get fit there. After a few years, you can probably tell on your own if a shoe is going to fit, but as a novice runner you're probably better off listening to the sage advice of a seasoned runner/shop monkey.

    3. I run different courses, but have a couple of standard routes. I live just over two miles from the best local place for trail running, so a lot of my runs tend to be into that trail system. I can go for a ten mile out and back without getting on crazy hills. I can also start from my front door and run anything up to 40-50 miles without running on the streets for more than a mile at a time.
     
  5. wingin' it

    wingin' it Senior member

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    5.5 mile trail run tonite.
     
  6. Onetwobit

    Onetwobit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the responses guys. Going to research Garmin it seems! Trail running definitely seems fun / ideal. Unfortunately I'm in a rather urban neighborhood so running a grid will be my daily. Maybe on Saturdays or Sundays I will venture out to find something more interesting.

    1.5 miles this morning.
     
  7. jbarwick

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    Got in 6 last night. Really need to get a headlamp even though I run these same roads/side walks regularly I kept slowing down thinking there were bumps all over.
     
  8. Fueco

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    9 miles this evening, half road and half trails.

    I got to try out a pair of Hoka One One Stinsons today (a friend left a pair for me that's too small for him on my doorstep this morning). I felt like I was running on a cloud. These things are plush! The best comparison I can think of is the difference between walking on a trail versus walking in snowshoes in soft powder snow. But they felt fast! I had to check my speed constantly, even at 8+ miles... I looked down a half mile into my run and I was cruising at an 8:00 mile pace (I was supposed to be in the 9:30-10:00 pace for this run). My legs still don't really feel like I did anything like 9 miles. The shoes are at least a half size too big for me, so I might have to find a pair of 9.5s and 10s to try!
     
  9. Fueco

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    Here's my collection of shoes, minus a pair of Saucony's that fill in the gap between the Brooks and the Hokas.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. sugarbutch

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    "....the bay." Sigh! #jealousy
     
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  12. Onetwobit

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    1.5 again this morning.

    I'm planning on adding an extra grid per week. Each 'grid' aka block would increase my total distance by .3 miles.
     
  13. Onetwobit

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    Also - a friend of mine suggested the Asics Kayano would be a reasonable starting shoe. Does any body have experience with them?
     
  14. Fueco

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    As others have said, it depends more on whether the shoe fits you properly. I'd say that all of the big companies make shoes that are reasonably good for your needs. Try stuff on and see what feels best and get advice from the running store employees.
     
  15. wingin' it

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    4.4 mile easy shake 'em out run today to get ready for the Goatz 50K Sunday. Good luck to those of you running your marathons this weekend too.


    Asics Gel Kayano are kind of a support shoe that are usually made for the larger heavier body that runs. You are no where near needing support shoes or wanting a shoe that heavy. Go to a good running store and try on some Saucony, Brooks, or New Balance and you'll cover quite a bit of different fits with those 3. If you don't have running store near you that you trust, go to Dicks and try some on. Take a pair that fit the best and most comfortable, then run a mile in them at home. If you feel pretty good, keep them and use them. If you have knee pain or something "feels" wrong, then take them back and exchange them for another pair that fit. Make sure you have about an inch in front of your toes for the fit. You'll need to move a bit for uphill, downhill, and maybe some swelling.
     
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    Those are so bizarre. I've seen a few people wear them and read a couple race reports with people that wore them and they all love them. They look like you'd break an ankle being 3-4 inches off the ground and rolling off rocks. Did you run on any technical single track or bridle trails (rocks, roots, mud) or mainly groomed or hard pack with them? I'll admit some curiosity to try them because most all reviews are positive, they just look goofy. Maybe I'll get to try some one day. Cascadia's get some high praise as well and I've never worn them either.

    I'm an Inov-8 guy when it comes to trail shoes for anything technical or muddy. I'm hitting a less technical (very few rocks) and dry trail this weekend and will run with the Asics Fuji racers or Montrail Fluidflex. The Montrail are pretty soft and a nice ride but have very little protection from anything technical. The Fuji's are closer to a road shoe with some better protection. Both are pretty light.
     
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    I put in 5 miles on a treadmill getting in some intervals this morning. I plan to rest my feet tomorrow except for maybe a short run around the block or two and then relax until Sunday's marathon.



    I use a cheap-o headlamp that I got at REI last year and I keep the display of my iPhone on when I run. I need to upgrade the headlamp though because when it starts getting cold, the batteries die off very quickly. I think I might try the knuckle lights this year. I also put a couple strips of adhesive reflective tape on the back of one of my running shells.



    1. I use RunKeeper on my iPhone. I've been with it since basically right after it launched and I really like it.

    2. I have about 5 different pair of running shoes that I rotate through on a consistent basis: Brooks PureDrift, Sauconey Kinvera, NB Minimus Zero, Nike Free 3.0, and Newton Distance. I used to be all about the NB Minimus line but I really do not like the new iteration of them. I wish I would have stocked up on the old ones when I had a chance. I mostly stick to my Nikes or my Newtons. Both are extremely comfortable over long distances. I agree with those who said to try out many. It can sometimes take a while to figure out what works best for you.

    3. I have a few of my shorter routes that I repeat a couple times a week. I like to repeat them so that I can try to beat my time on the same routes. Other than that, I mix it up. If I am going out on anything longer than about 8 miles and leaving from my house, I pick a destination or two (like I want to pass the tasty smelling bakery and the house where I know I might catch a glimpse of the woman dressing in front of the window or I want to run to and around a certain lake and pass the coffee house to see who is opening that morning). I don't care how I get to or home from my destinations, I just need to check them off my list that morning.
     
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  19. sugarbutch

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    I can see how this might be motivating...
     
  20. Michigan Planner

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    Unfortunately she just put up a for sale sign. :(

    At least she didn't just put up curtains.
     
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