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Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

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Ran W8D1 today - it was great.

I just love this running thing... and hope I will keep it up without the app. I also wish I could talk SO into it too, since I would love to be able to run with him.

Running buddy (who was apparently a personal trainer in a previous life?!) agreed to finish week 8 and then start running 5k and working on our time a bit (judging by today's run, we would probably run 5k in about 35-40 minutes). I think we will do the 10k program but not right away. I haven't been doing anything else besides running, and hope to start doing some strength training (at least once a week). I found the courage to weigh myself this morning - and I am still maintaining my weight which is good. I keep on worrying that I have gained because I am eating more than before.  I would still like to lose a kilo or two but can definitely live with my current weight quite happily. I have a healthy BMI, smackdab in the middle of the healthy range for me, so a couple of extra kilos is more of a vanity thing ...

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I didn't do the 10K program. After I completed the 5K I just gradually started running a tiny bit longer on my long run day once a week. Before you knew it, I was past 6 miles. Nothing wrong with the 10K program but you've now learned the trick on how to gradually dial it up on your own so either way would work.

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I didn't do the 10K program. After I completed the 5K I just gradually started running a tiny bit longer on my long run day once a week. Before you knew it, I was past 6 miles. Nothing wrong with the 10K program but you've now learned the trick on how to gradually dial it up on your own so either way would work.

So how did you do it - run 5k a couple of times a week and then once a week add on minutes or distance?

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So how did you do it - run 5k a couple of times a week and then once a week add on minutes or distance?

I started running 5k 3 times a week. Then I picked one day a week and started running 3.5. Then one day I went for 4. Then held that a couple weeks then went for 4.5, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 8, then 13 LOL(that was a big jump and probably part of the reason I'm injured). Your long run is an integral part of your running. You should run long one run every week. For you a long run may be 3.5 miles right now and that's fine. You should also run easy on virtually every run and only do one fast day a week. 1 speed day, 1 long day, 1-2 easy days. RInse and repeat. 

 

It's also important to up your mileage very gradually. Increasing mileage is a high risk for the injury category. I track my mileage for each run and my weekly total. If I want to run 10 miles on Saturday, I will shorten up some other days so even if I dial up my long run a significant amount, I wont raise my weekly mileage by more than a little bit.

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I started running 5k 3 times a week. Then I picked one day a week and started running 3.5. Then one day I went for 4. Then held that a couple weeks then went for 4.5, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 8, then 13 LOL(that was a big jump and probably part of the reason I'm injured). Your long run is an integral part of your running. You should run long one run every week. For you a long run may be 3.5 miles right now and that's fine. You should also run easy on virtually every run and only do one fast day a week. 1 speed day, 1 long day, 1-2 easy days. RInse and repeat.

 

It's also important to up your mileage very gradually. Increasing mileage is a high risk for the injury category. I track my mileage for each run and my weekly total. If I want to run 10 miles on Saturday, I will shorten up some other days so even if I dial up my long run a significant amount, I wont raise my weekly mileage by more than a little bit.

Good advice; I started picking up the distance too fast & I started to get soft tissue pain on my right foot. I didn't think my cardiovascular endurance would outstrip my neuromuscular endurance.

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Just come back from not completing W8D2. This is the first time that I could not complete a run. I will go back and get it tomorrow. 

It was very cold, in comparison to our usual - 7 C which is about 45 F. I had a windbreaker on because it was also very windy (which it often is up here), but my ears were freezing. Because it was so cold, my daughter came to snuggle up in our bed sometime in the  middle of the night, which obviously left me lying awake for most of it.

Anyway, I didn't feel like running around and around my street, so ran down to the street with the big hill again, and made it to the top of the badass hill, which is also one full round of that street. for half of that round, the half which is uphill (gradual at first and then steep) I was running straight into the wind, which seemed to get stronger the steeper the hill got. At one point there was no way I could keep my body straight up. I had to bend forward a bit to "cut" through the wind. Kind of like running into a wall. When I checked my times when I got home, I noticed that I had been going at my usual speed, and hadn't slowed down my pace in anticipation of the hill or the fact that I was running into the wind.

So, tired, cold, wind and speed got me good.

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wind and hill to much for me so you do it over any time it is windy i cover my ears with a hat or old headband and baseball cap if my ears are cold i cant run so do a do over i bet it will be very easy cause running into the wind is so hard

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Did, over and done with.

So that's another one in the bag, but I am not thrilled, mainly because map my run is playing mind games with me. Same runtime as W8D1 - right?

If the distance I ran was greater than I did on W8D1 - then it follows than I ran faster - right?

Not according to mapmyrun  :wacko:

I sprinted twice during the run - for the last minute and a little before that too - so either my world is moving in slowmo or map my run is screwing up...

I really shouldn't care at all - I know, but I do...

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I hate when apps f... up. Many years ago when commputers were being born the saying was garbage in garbage out. I hate math also and this sounds like a math homework problem hey great job on running further in the same time frame you should ignore the app and jump for joy

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Ruthie., I'm a huge fan of Strava. It has a lot of really cool features(like showing you records for certian roads or hills you didn't know had names and rankings) and Strava groups are really fun. I haven't used it to record runs because I have a GPS watch but I have my data set to automatically sync with Strava so I can view it there and participate with my running friends. Runkeeper and Endomundo are decent programs too. MMR I have always been a bit weary about in accuracy.

 

Can't hurt to check out the others and see what you like best. They are all free.

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Ruthie., I'm a huge fan of Strava. It has a lot of really cool features(like showing you records for certian roads or hills you didn't know had names and rankings) and Strava groups are really fun. I haven't used it to record runs because I have a GPS watch but I have my data set to automatically sync with Strava so I can view it there and participate with my running friends. Runkeeper and Endomundo are decent programs too. MMR I have always been a bit weary about in accuracy.

 

Can't hurt to check out the others and see what you like best. They are all free.

I like mmr because it doesn't ask for personal details and doesn't try dig around in your personal info... that said... i downloaded all three and have was upgraded automatically by endomundo due to my galaxy s5...it looks like it has training plans so i might give it a go... thanks azatol... appreciate it...

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Took a better look at strava - I think it's hardly used around here. If I understand correctly, the segments are routes people have run? Because i would have to drive at least half an hour in every direction to get to one of those... I wonder what happens if you use 3 apps like that simultaneously + a music app... I mmr because it tracks my shoes, I have seen that strava does that too...and endmundo has upgraded me for free... I will have to run all three so I don't feel like I am missing out on something great  :o

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Just finished last run on app. Supposedly, but only supposedly, I can now run 5k. Mapmyrun (long story...) did show 5k at the end of the workout but that was including warmup and cool down.

I decided that I would run endomundo and mmr simultaneously today and compare, but I must have had endomondo set on intervals because it kept beeping like crazy... so I shut it off. I will use it next run. I think I will run 30 again next run and then bump it up to 35 and see if I get 5k in that.

I will also start doing a dynamic warm up at home instead of walking to warm up, and start tracking as I start running.

Hope I will be able to stick with it...

I will probably keep posting a while - accountability is everything.

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Congrats Ruthie!! I never doubted you would finish!! All those apps are great but maybe if you keep running, you might want a watch one day. So awesome to hit the start button on your wrist and be able to check your pace and distance without digging out your phone :)

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Congrats Ruthie!! I never doubted you would finish!! All those apps are great but maybe if you keep running, you might want a watch one day. So awesome to hit the start button on your wrist and be able to check your pace and distance without digging out your phone :)

Maybe if I really stick to it, I'll spoil myself with a watch for my fiftieth birthday (which is not for a while yet...T.G) Although I have to say that at this point a just stick my phone in my armband and don't even look at it until I am done....

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