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How many miles did you run today?

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

  1. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've never really been on this part of the forum before, so, hi! I'm 42 and have become a reasonable club runner over the past few years, after years of being much more of a cyclist. I spent most of the last year in Tokyo, trained with a great club and ran mostly ekiden (road relays) and mountain runs (my favourite type of race). I'm now back in Ontario, where there are no mountains...

    Recent road race PBs: mile, 5.26 (my first ever mile race a month or so back); 5k, 18.45; 10k, 38.40; Half, 1.32.26 (but that was 3 years ago, I think I'd be significantly faster now, and I'll find out in September...). Hope to keep improving at the longer distances for a few years yet, and I will perhaps run my first full marathon later this year. I generally run 3 times a week, mostly a 10km (6 mile) backroad loop, with a longer 15 or 20km (9 - 13 mile) run on the weekend. But I've had a weird shoulder injury over the last two weeks and haven't been out much. Seems to better now though.

    And, yes, I tend to think in kilometres...

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    This is me in a recent race in Ontario, but wearing my Tokyo club colours. Shoes are K-Swiss Ironman BTW, nice and light.
     
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  3. NOBD

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    Okay, I'll see you in ten minutes. :) (Well, actually 8.45!) Impressive.
     
  4. sugarbutch

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    Welcome, FM!

    Just what we needed. Another flyweight fast guy... :paranoia: :D :slayer:
     
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    Haha, seriously...I feel slower and slower every time I read this thread. I'm too big and tall to ever out up the kinds of times most post here
     
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    Thanks...

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    I was narrowly beaten by a guy in a recent 10k who was built like a brick outhouse and who mainly lifts weights, apparently. Some people, whatever their height and current size, are just natural runners (mind you he was 20 years younger than me too). I hate to think what times he could post if he lost a bit of his upper body bulk. I might be relatively light, but I'm actually a bit too short and broad to be a really great runner or cyclist - except when it comes to going uphill. I also need to lose a few pounds (again) after my two weeks out...

    I have to say I was surprised the improvements I have made at my age by: first of all, running regularly and doing competitive events; secondly, losing weight; and finally, training with a club on the track. Three years ago, I was a 22 minute 5k runner... even before I went to Japan I would have really struggled to break 20. Now, I can realistically see myself going under 18 minutes next year.

    Actually, these are my goals for next year:

    Mile: 5:15
    5k: 18:00
    10k: 37:30
    Half: 1:26:00
    At this stage, I'll be happy if I ever do just one Marathon slowly (under 3:30:00 will do me, but if I ever do another one, I would want to get as near to 3:00:00 as possible)
     
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  7. Fueco

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    I did my standard brick workout today... 60 mile hilly bike ride followed by an 8.25 mile run. Three weeks until race day at Challenge Penticton!


    While we're talking running goals, here are mine for the next year or two:

    1/4 mile -70 seconds (my PB is 73, set when I was 12)
    1/2 mile -2:35 (my PB is 2:44, set as a college sophomore 18 years ago)
    Mile -5:50 (my best is 6:09, set in high school)
    5K -beat my best time of 20:55 from when I was 12)
    10K -sub 45 minutes (set my best of 45:38 in 2006)
    Half Marathon -Sub 1:45 (my best is 1:48 set on 1/1/13)
    Marathon -run a standalone marathon to see what I can do without the pesky swim and bike before)
    Finish a 100-miler...
     
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    That's quite a list. I'm doing New York again this year, and I want to finish strong (ideally around 3:50). Next year, I think I want to focus on getting faster. Nothing longer than a half, and do several 5Ks and 10Ks. I got sub-8min pace in a 10K last year, and I'd like to see how close I can get to 7m30s. Maybe also get under 7m for the mile. I came to running pretty late in life, so I have no idea what I'm capable of doing, but I'm eager to find out.
     
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    Well, the first four could go down in one track sesh if I had a good mile... :)

    How many 10K's have you done? I found that the more races I did, the faster I got. I haven't done a 10K since 2006, so I'd have to start over with my pacing. My dad was a marathoner back in the 80's, so I had a pretty strong motivation to run when I was a kid --it was part of our quality time spent together. After running cross country in high school for two years, I took about 14 years off from running before rediscovering it when I 'discovered' triathlon. Nowadays, I just like to push myself to do stupider distances....

    Oh, and if you've done a sub-8 pace for a 10K, I think you should have no problem getting your mile time under 7:00, especially on the track. Incorporate some track into your runs, and you should find that you can go considerably faster there, as long as you have a decent track nearby.
     
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    Ah, tri - well, really good luck with that! I often wish I was out on the west coast so I'd have more opportunities (and a longer season) for tri. I'm going to be starting training more seriously again for tri over the winter (swimming and cycling are what I do on the other days in between running). The problem is that I can't really travel that far (I don't drive and the trains are seriously shit in Ontario), so I'm rather limited in the tris I can do. I want to do a gradual build towards doing the Muskoka 70.3 next year in September and then perhaps a full Ironman the year after (somewhere... it would have to be as part of a family holiday!) - the latter assuming that my marathon(s) goes okay before then. The big problem is that my knee ligaments were knackered from years of playing soccer and doing judo and, while the cycling helped my knees get better, I've never been fully confident that they're properly recovered.
     
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  11. sugarbutch

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    Three 10Ks in five years of running. (My first race was a 10K in Manhattan Beach.)

    I live relatively close to the CCSF campus, and I've done a little bit of track work there. The track is pretty good, but even better is their turf football field!

    Have any of the Bay Area runners done a race on Angel Island? I did Hark the Herald Angels and Romancing the Island a few years ago, and it's a fun trail run:

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    Yeah, you really can't beat where I am for training year-round... My first Ironman was in New Zealand, so the training was all winter for an early March race.


    I've been convinced to sign up for the Norseman Triathlon lottery now... We shall see what happens if I get into that beast!
     
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    I did the 18K race on Angel Island put on by Pacific Coast Trail Runs (I think it was in January 2010). Beautiful place to run!
     
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    Just Googled that. Madness.
     
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    The kind of madness I like. Talking of madness (and slightly OT), one of my goals, in about 5 years' time is to take some leave and do this: http://tourdivide.org/

    I got out for my first proper run since my shoulder injury today. A relatively easy 14.5km. (By easy, I mean about 75% race pace. I usually run longer and easy once a week, one 10k at tempo (90% race pace) and another mixed run that involves intervals).
     
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    I was supposed to do 18 yesterday but just wasn't feeling it so I woke up extra early and got those miles in today. My 18.5 for this morning marks my longest run on a day where I have to go to work afterwards (I think my longest before was about 16 so not really too much extra today). I did 3 laps of a 6 mile loop that takes me from my house, through our downtown, and back. I started just after 4:00 a.m. and on the first lap I only passed two vehicles - one was a police car and the other was a street cleaner. Not much happening at that hour of the morning. It was nice being able to stop at my house just after 6 and 12 miles and get some water and a GU.
     
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    Got in 14 miles yesterday which was nice after 5.5 hours of yard work. You guys and your goals!!! I love it. My only goal is to survive this 50K currently but it may push me to sign up for 2 more races this year depending on how it goes (another 50K then a 50miler)

    As for PRs, here are mine:
    1 mile: ~5:30 (give or take a few seconds last year)
    5K: 23:xx (haven't ran one in a long time and could beat that)
    10K: 44:xx (haven't ran one in a long time again)
    1/2 marathon: 1:35 (only really in training but I timed it)
    Marathon: 3:22:59 (only one and in fall 2011)

    I could improve some times but I don't like spending $35 for 20 minutes of running.
     
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    This morning, 3 miles in under 24 minutes. For me, a darn good pace.

    I read the following, today, and winced:

    "Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise; there is none to plead your cause, no remedy for your running sore, no healing for you." -Jeremiah 30:12-13
     
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    8.6 miles with an air warning in effect. Felt slow.
     

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