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How many miles did you run today?

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

  1. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    Local half-marathon today.

    Started early (8am) because of the potential heat and humidity at this time of year, which meant I had to get a ferry from the island where I live at 5.45am and wait for my ride. I was feeling very lethargic and also slightly worried about the hamstring issues I'd had in the last two 10k races. As it turned out the weather problems were completely different than expected. Far from being hot, it was cloudy and raining lightly, which turned into driving rain at about the 16km point. I'd intended to run a steady 4.15 pace, aiming for 1.30, but not to push it too hard and not worry if I as actually a few seconds off that - better be slow and finish than get injured. However, I found myself running with another guy who was clearly on a 4.10 pace and it seemed to be fine. I kept that up until the turn (this was an out and back type of course) but then I realised I couldn't keep up that pace. So, along with another guy who'd also started too fast, I continued at near 4.20. This was fine until he had to stop with some injury problem (he did eventually finish), and then the rain started to lash down. And it was right in our faces too - we'd had the wind behind us all the way out, which probably contributed to how easy it felt running at 4.10. So, the last 5k was just a hard slog into what was now driving rain. I got overtaken by an amazing woman who is training for a sub-3 hour marathon, but I also overtook another guy who was suffering worse than me in the conditions.

    With my shoes saturated and feeling like they were about 5 pounds heavier I tried to pick up the pace again in the last kilometre and a bit and at least my finish looked determined! I didn't quite meet my target, but in the circumstances, 1.30.54 (and 10th overall) was pretty good. It was actually a PB too - just because I don't run many halfs. (The winner ran 1.18...).
     
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  2. jbarwick

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    Sounds like some good races! I set out for what was to be my biggest run until my race this morning, only to finish by slogging along for the last 3 miles. Yesterday after I started sneezing a ton and had a runny nose. By the evening after dinner it was a sore throat and more nose running. I slept like crap but still woke up for my run. The first 6.5 mile lap felt good and on pace. Lap 2 was a little slower but still felt good. Lap 3 turned into a complete meltdown where I sat down a couple of times. Came home and took a nap and have just been lying in bed since my run.

    Such is life...I will make it and hopefully my endurance will keep up as I take a week of rest. The next two weekends will be flatlands as I am traveling then a "taper" before the race. My once lofty goal may turn into just wanting to finish.
     
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  3. FlyingMonkey

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    You'll be fine. It's much better to be ill at this stage than the night before the race itself...
     
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    Woke myself up at 2:30 this morning to travel down to Lake Elsinore with my buddy who was running Los Pinos 50k (a VERY tough race) to prep for Kodiac 100. I planned to work some aid stations, do a little easy running, and otherwise enjoy the camaraderiie.

    His car broke down about 20 minutes from the start line, in an area with no cell service. After running up a random road, we were able to find service in a parking lot of a little park where a couple were having a loud argument and another couple were trying to make out. Called AAA but it was too late to make the race so we had the car towed back to town.

    Then we ran to where my car was parked, returned to grab our gear from his car, and went for a 14 mile trail run on one of the more brutally hot days in recent memory (some sections of the trail were well into the 100s with no breeze or shade to speak of).

    Afterwards we sat around and drank too many beers until we felt slightly less miserable about the whole thing.
     
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  5. jbarwick

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    Sounds like an interesting day!
     
  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ran to the run today. 5k to get to the ballpark, then Giant Race Half for 16.25

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  7. jbarwick

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    Very nice SB!
     
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    On Friday-Saturday I got in 48.17 miles pacing my boss in the second half of the Wasatch 100. Race was a beast of a course, the climbs and descents were more than I had expected, but he made it to the finish line in under 32 hours. Solid effort.

    Rested Sunday and today.
     
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  10. FlyingMonkey

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    Just a 6.5k (4 miles) this morning. My legs were still not quite right from Saturday. I've only got three more races left this season, a 5k, an 8k (both XC), and a 10k. There's another 5k in early December but that's just a Christmas fun run. So for now I'll stick to my shorter 6.5k and 10.2k training loops along with the Saturday morning speed work with my local club.

    From November, I want to start putting in some steady longer runs, building the distances, plus a lot more gym work and cycling. And also swimming. Next year, I plan to do my local running club's entire race series, plus all the other local races that I can get to (about 14 in all), and all the triathlons I can do in my local area (which is really only 3). My annual goals are the Muskoka 70.3 (half Ironman) in early September, and the Prince Edward County Marathon, my first full marathon, a month afterwards. Given the damage I did to my knee ligaments with years of soccer and judo, I didn't think I'd ever be in a position to consider marathons but I don't seem to be having any knee problems any more.

    That marathon is also a Boston qualifier, and I don't see why a sub-3 hours 15 run (my age group qualifying time) would be impossible even now, but I'll only start even thinking about the possibility of doing Boston if I make the time, and I might be more interested in pushing on to do a full Ironman anyway depending on how my 70.3 goes. I'm really interested in off-road triathlon and ultra-distance trail running and other endurance events, but I don't really have much opportunity around here and not a great deal of time to travel in addition to all the travelling I already have to do for work.
     
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  11. jbarwick

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    That's a solid effort on both your parts!

    I got in 5 miles this morning in the fog. Still a little congested so I just took it easy.
     
  12. sugarbutch

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    I'm in Miami for work, and worked my running schedule around it in advance. Now I wish I'd brought my gear. Even a short run would have been nice.
     
  13. Michigan Planner

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    I got in 6.2 miles at a great pace yesterday and a nice slow 8 miles this morning.

    I've got less than 2 weeks until the Air Force Marathon. My goal is 3 hours 30 minutes but for some reason it's feeling less and less likely like it will happen (it would be a PR by about 4 minutes). For some reason I'm just not feeling it. I'm considering relaxing and just enjoying the run and maybe using it as a final long training run before the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October and pushing myself for that one instead. In the long run, as a former Marine, if I was going to do better at one of them, I'd much rather it be the MCM which has sentimental value for me and where I will have a couple friends running with me.
     
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  14. sugarbutch

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    Just saw your 'round the world post. That's really good mileage you're getting in. Even now, six years into running, I can't do 40+ mile weeks consistently without some sort of injury/discomfort.
     
  15. jbarwick

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    Got in 6.6 miles this morning.
     
  16. Michigan Planner

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    6.2 miles. Tapering...


    Thanks. I'm starting to feel quite fatigued from running these days both in terms of muscle soreness and boredom. I have been doing between 50 and 60 miles a week since June and it's starting to get old. Once I am done with the MCM next month, I am going to cut way back on the running and get back into spinning on a much more frequent and regular schedule and maybe take a bootcamp class once a week or so and try to limit my running to maybe 30 miles a week with at least half of it being in one big long run.

    Even if I plan to run any marathons next year (thinking about the Army Marathon in TX in the spring and then Detroit and MCM in the fall), I don't think I'm going to follow an actual training plan. If I do follow a training plan, it's going to be one to get my 5k time back down below 18 minutes.

    FWIW, I am part of a local Facebook running group and yesterday somebody was asking about compression socks. I thought to myself, "Hey, I have a pair of those (calf sleeves actually) that I've never actually worn!" so I dug them out before this morning's run and put them on. I noticed an immediate difference. It was astounding! I don't know how much of it is psychological and how much of it is physiological, but whatever it was my legs didn't feel like they typically do at 5:00 a.m. They felt much more awake and the blood was definitely flowing.

    Does anybody here run in compression socks/sleeves regularly? I don't think I'll use them everyday but will definitely use them more often. Now I'm thinking of compression shorts or thigh sleeves as my thighs are what seem to take forever to loosen up in the early mornings.
     
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    I use sleeves after I run and it seems to help with recovery. I can't tell if they make a difference when wearing them on runs though. I bought some 2-in-1 shorts that said they were compression on the inside but that was not the case. It would be interesting to try a pair out but I don't want any weird chaffing they may cause though so I have stayed away.
     
  18. sugarbutch

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    I wear compression socks for long runs and recovery. I was a skeptic, but I notice the difference, especially for recovery. My legs are less twitchy at bedtime.

    I walked to dinner last night along Brickell Avenue, and there waves and waves of runners the whole time. I've never seen that many people running outside of a race. Seeing this did nothing to ease my regret at having left my gear at home. :(
     
  19. FlyingMonkey

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    I think that's a good idea. I'd definitely say you were probably pushing it too much to keep up on a longer-term basis. I'm not necessarily the best person to offer advice on how much to run because I probably don't run enough, but I tend to keep to no more than 3 times a week for a total of 20-25 miles a week in normal weeks with more than half of that being a single longer run (+ interval training, which I am not including). However, what I do tend to do about every quarter-year (but irregularly) is have my own private intensive running camp - usually when I get a chance to get away for a long weekend of even a proper holiday, where I'll do 3-5 consecutive mornings of 13-20 miles each day, with substantial off-road and hill / mountain elements. I find that kind of intensive bloc really makes a lasting difference, much more so than the regular miles.

    On compression socks, I use them for any longer training runs and all competitive runs of over 10k (and even for 10ks in the winter!).
     
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  20. FlyingMonkey

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    Another short and fast 6.5k / 4 miler this morning. Not least because the rain was sheeting down and the wind was almost strong enough to knock me over. The 2 outward miles were like running in treacle which wasn't really made up for by the 2 back because by then I was so soaked that having the wind behind me just made me cold. On the plus side: plenty of incentive to get home quickly.
     
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