Joining you guys today. Tomorrow I'm gonna be starting a C25K program tomorrow, and I'm super pumped. I have a pair of Nike Livestrong Free Air 5.0's and I'm ready for this.
I had a similarly off day a few weeks ago. First 6 were great, last 7.1 was totally off. Now I'm shooting to go sub 1:15 at Rock 'n' Roll San Jose (10/7). When I was in peak form back in May, that felt possible on the right course, but I never got the chance. Then I injured my hip. I'm over that now and back to training.
Also, yesterday I got notified yesterday by BAA that I'm now confirmed for Boston 2013.
Two months till the Philly full! Will hit the first 20 in three weeks. Started running with some faster folks for tempo runs, as well as the long runs. Finally getting out of my mindset of just taking it easy, and running alone. Somehow ended up doing 4 out of 5 of my runs this week as tempo runs, even the long run.
While not where I once was, I'm finally seeing some good improvement on time, since I started doing races again (about 4 years ago). Did our 16 mile long run this week at an 8:38 average, and felt like I could have gone several miles longer at the same pace. 18 miler coming up this weekend, then a break, then back to back 20s.
For tempo runs, I go off time, rather than heart rate. Also really trying to work on negative splits. I tend to go out fast, then die at the end.
For years, I just went through the motions, didn't really care about time when I was running, then would bust it out for races. So most of my runs, regardless of distance, my average splits are in the 9 minute range.
So my runs last week broke down as follows:
Sunday: 5 miles at 8:30 pace.
Tuesday: 7 miles at 8:16 pace.
Thursday: 8 miles at 8:20 pace.
Friday: 5 miles at 9:15 pace (took it easy)
Saturday: 16 miles at 8:38 pace.
4 weeks ago, I ran 6 miles @ 8mins, last week was 7 miles @ 8:44. I made a slight improvement this past weekend, 8 @ 8:34, which is my overall goal for the half. I'm really dragging ass, I'm certain it has to be my diet. I did carb up Fri night and Saturday for my Sunday run, can't say if that was the improvement though. I'll see how it goes this weekend, I've been eating a healthy amount of carbs everyday in anticipation for this weekends 10 miles. I'm going to run 5 un-timed tomorrow to see how I feel.
I'm just starting to train for a 5k at the beginning of June. I ran the same one in about 25min last year when I was not in very good shape. I'm trying to break 20min this year (hence the actual training rather than just the usual "playing basketball keeps me in good enough running shape"
Had a spill 6 miles into my long run this morning. My right foot went through a circular shipping strap, then my left foot stepped on the strap. I couldn't do that again if I tried. I washed it out in a McDonalds and carried through to 20.5 miles. 6 weeks till Philly!!!
pdoel - Sounds like a 1 in a million shot too bad its not on video hahaha
I did a half yesterday pb of 1:42:38 I was a pretty flat course but i was happy with it.
I am posting because for the past few months i have been battling pf. I got a cortizone shot which i did not think did anything. What have you guys done that was successful?
I don;t feel they would be beneficial to me until i'm a faster runner. My form is still a bit off.
Last edited by 4-Dr-W-a-T; 10-09-2012 at 03:08 PM.
Haven't posted here in a while.
Make the transition to the Newton's very slowly. Depending on your current shoes, you may need a "bridge" shoe to split the difference the heel/toe drop from your current shoes to the Newtons or any other minimalist/ low heel/toe drop shoe.
As I naturally run with a forefoot strike (which is what these shoes are supposed to teach you to do or improve your technique such that you do run with a forefoot strike) I found that the raised bars under the forefoot to be a bit unstable on landing.
Newton actually has models to help you gradually move into the natural running stride. This model isn't really designed as a gateway shoe, but being that I have a mid-forefoot strike, it was an easy transition for me.
Hit a nice PR today in the ironhorse half marathon. been training REALLY hard, glad to see it payed off. Previous PR was a 1:57 (8:59/mi pace), crushed that with a 1:49 (8:22/mi pace). Really happy, finished 21st out of 79 in males 30-34.
7.5mi in, I'm the goon with his hands in the air:
UGH, worst I've ever had:
Nice job and I got a nice blood blister also from my full marathon yesterday. Set a first PR and most likely my last. 26.2 miles is a long ass run and I finished at 4:52. I am happy since I finished the race. Mile 18 I was at 3:03 and so you can see the last 8 were hell.