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theatremom
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2010, 11:09:40 PM »

I started running in 2004, just after grad school and as a means to lose weight (which I did successfully -- about 60 pounds). I love the HM distance: long enough to be a gut-check but short enough to finish in under 3 hours, even for a slowpoke like me, and still feel good enough to walk around and sight-see. I prefer to travel with Spouse to races because we can make a mini-vacation out of it. Fortunately, he doesn't seem to mind waiting around at the finish line for me to come waddling in.

I've done one marathon, in late 2006. I was incredibly under-trained and quite delusional about the difficulties involved in running a marathon. I finished, barely, in 6:30 and with a stress-fractured foot and hip. The foot healed nicely in about a month, but the hip bothers me to this day.

I've just recently started ramping my mileage back up after being out of the running game for nearly a year. I've reached the point where 3-4 miles seems normal and fairly easy, but I still quail at the thought of 10+ miles. Nevertheless, I'm planning a spring half-marathon.

Glad to have this thread started. I used to post at a runner's website, but I've fallen out of touch and now I don't know anyone over there.
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2010, 8:34:03 AM »

I used to run regularly but have fallen out of the habit in recent years (darn the tenure track job!). I too have been doing the couch to 5k program to get back into it. I will finish Week 5 today!

I leave tomorrow for a week-long conference in Germany followed by two weeks of travel with the husband. Any one have any advice for keeping up running while on the road (particularly in European cities you don't know well)? I'm afraid that if I don't keep it up, I'll have to start all over on the couch to 5k!
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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2010, 8:41:47 AM »

I run when I travel, and what I try to do is scout out my running possibilities as I'm sightseeing. I get lost easily, so I look for either a single long, straight stretch of road or a large attraction of some sort to circle. Keep in mind that you don't need much distance, because you can always circle and backtrack! Have fun. I really love running in new settings.
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2010, 9:22:08 AM »

Okay, so, I have a question. I used to be a keen (short distance) runner, but over the last year or so have let it slip. I have been doing other forms of exercise instead, but have recently come to the conclusion that it's running that I really love.

I'm the sort of person who needs a big challenge to get herself going, so I'm thinking of signing up for a half marathon next spring. Considering I've never really run more than 5 miles in one go, and that I'm a year out of practise, do you think this is doable? Is it too much, too soon? I would appreciate any advice.
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« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2010, 10:13:32 AM »

Okay, so, I have a question. I used to be a keen (short distance) runner, but over the last year or so have let it slip. I have been doing other forms of exercise instead, but have recently come to the conclusion that it's running that I really love.

I'm the sort of person who needs a big challenge to get herself going, so I'm thinking of signing up for a half marathon next spring. Considering I've never really run more than 5 miles in one go, and that I'm a year out of practise, do you think this is doable? Is it too much, too soon? I would appreciate any advice.

Totally doable!  Start with a couch to 5K plan.  It will probably seem really easy, but the main goal of this is to strengthen your muscles to the point that running won't break you.  After that, you'll be ready for a half-marathon training program.  I'm partial to the training programs at halhigdon.com because they are easy to follow.  Hal Higdon also puts in some road races in every training plan to remind you to have some fun.

Oh!  I'm a runner, too.
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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2010, 10:14:34 AM »

I think if you start now, you should have plenty of time to train for a half-marathon, especially if your overall goal is just finishing, as opposed to finishing in a certain time. For my first half, I used Hal Higdon's novice runners's plan, which was challenging but not overwhelming.

www.halhigdon.com

Happy running!

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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2010, 3:26:20 PM »

I am a jogger, not a runner and I have no desire to do more than. A 10K, but can I join in?
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« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2010, 4:39:34 PM »

I signed up for my half marathon 8 weeks beforehand and started training then, so heck yeah, you've got enough time. The most important thing to remember about long distances is that nobody other than you is keeping track of your walk breaks. Just don't worry about your time.
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« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2010, 5:07:16 PM »

I'm not officially calling myself a runner yet, but I am training to do my first 5K this August. I paced myself and ran 3 miles without stopping to walk for the first time last week.
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« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2010, 6:38:13 PM »

I'm not officially calling myself a runner yet, but I am training to do my first 5K this August. I paced myself and ran 3 miles without stopping to walk for the first time last week.

Whoo-hoo! I remember the first time I could do that, and (hopefully), I'll get back there. I do call myself a runner, mostly because I don't like the term "jogger" and don't want to call myself a "walker." Although those terms are hotly and vigorously debated on many runner's forums, I personally think we should be able to call ourselves whatever makes sense to us.

Therefore, I am a runner who takes walking breaks, not a walker who takes running breaks.
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2010, 8:48:38 PM »

I'm posting to bookmark this thread.  I'd love to be able to run.  At one point, I could do 5 miles on a treadmill (totally different from street running, I know) but I love the simplicity of putting on some shoes and going for a run around the neighborhood.  I've got some feet issues that I hope to officially look into in August, and then I'd like to try again. 
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2010, 9:18:48 PM »

There must be other runners here, yes? I checked the first five pages of "Balancing," but didn't find a dedicated thread, so this is my attempt to build a place to commiserate and cheer one another on. I ran my first half marathon last April and am looking forward to my next half marathon in October. (I'm traveling to that one, so don't mind disclosing that the race is the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco.)

I'm a waddler yet, I suppose, given that my first half marathon pace was 12:40, but I'm not feeling terribly motivated to improve my time. I'm just happy to finish. Speaking of finishing, I joined a local trail runners group and I did not manage to finish the 4 mile 2000' elevation climb they do every other Thursday. Yes, I did the turn-around of shame. *hangs head* I have 8 days to psych myself up for the next attempt.

*waits eagerly for other runners to materialize*

I'm signed up for this one too!  You're way ahead of me... just started training for this one a couple weeks ago.  I did my first HM in over 10 years in March.  The March one was completely flat, but I heard the Nike one is completely not.  I would be happy to just finish... now I just need to motivate to get off my butt and out for a run this evening...
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« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2010, 10:11:57 PM »

Cool, Yatchie! I'm working on my hill running, because it's a weak spot for me. I just don't have the right muscles yet, so I usually walk up and then run down, but I'd like to get to a point where I can actually run up hills. We'll see.

I went out for a nice 4-mile trail run tonight. There is a trailhead about two miles from my house that leads to a scenic 2-mile loop around a reservoir. I feel lucky every time I run on there, because it's right. by. my. house.
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« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2010, 10:38:39 PM »

I love trail running. It's not exactly the same, but there is a 3-mile stretch of dirt and gravel oil field roads behind my house that I use regularly. It takes concentration, because the roads are so rough and the hills are so steep, but it takes me out into the woods, away from traffic, and gives me some much-needed alone time.

If I run early in the morning or right before dusk, I frequently startle up a deer or two.
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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2010, 9:51:42 AM »

Oh, yay!  A runner's thread!  I just got back from a great 9-miler.  Great in that I felt strong the whole way and it wasn't too hot - I'm on the east coast and we've had a terrible heat wave for a while now.  I did two NYC marathons several years ago, but kept having severe ITBS, and after tons of physical therapy and orthotics and strength training was finally told by a specialist I just couldn't run anymore.  That was about 5 years ago, and in the meantime I became a yoga teacher, but it broke my heart not to be able to run distance anymore.  About a year and a half ago I started running again a little, seemed injury-free, and continued until I did a HM last year.  I had a little PF flare up after that but mostly have been injury free since then, and am consistently doing 20-25 mile weeks now.  I just love it, and am now thinking of a fall HM - any suggestions?  Pondering Big Sur marathon in the spring with a good friend, too.   

Anyone else read Born to Run?  It got me to work with a chi running coach and change my gait from a heel-striker to a mid-foot striker.  I also ditched my orthotics and even the insoles of my shoes.  Now that the PF seems good and truly kicked, I'm thinking of transitioning to a pretty minimal shoe...

Oh, and in my opinion, if you put on shoes and head out the door, you're a runner.  Especially if you run a race of any distance.  Nobody jogs a 10k - you run it!
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