HomeBrew1901 said:So a couple of years ago I angrily posted in this thread because I didn't believe anyone could be a runner. I was over weight, had crappy knees, and tired easily and believed it wasn't meant for me.
Then I got a good pair of running shoes, lost the weight, but still couldn't go more than a 5K without a ton of effort and decided to focus on lifting instead of running.
Over the summer something clicked... I started walking daily and running a half mile each practice with my soccer team. Still could only do a 5k but it was easier and I could do it without stopping. Then I committed to a Thanksgiving Day race thinking it was a 5k, then found out it was a 5 miler decided to do it anyway with one goal finish without stopping and I was able to do that.
Since then I have run 3 10ks on my own an increased my distance to 7 miles and now Im training for a 12 mile Tough Mudder and half marathon. So turns out Traut was right.
No marathon but committed to running the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg VA in May.THE Stolen Base said:Be careful. Its addictive. You will want to go farther and farther. Next thing you know you will be doing a marathon next.
That's what I'm finding now now that I'm running 4-6 miles a few days a week as part of my training plan. I know I can do the distance but it's the mental push to keep going when I (insert excuse).drleather2001 said:If you can run a half and not feel terrible afterwards, you can run a marathon in the fall, easy.
To me, the biggest hurdle is going from running 5 miles to running 10. Once you get to 10, you reach a point where you body is just used to running, and the game becomes mental and more about sticking to a plan than overcoming physical limits.
From Wellesley on, you either have good sidewalks or the carriage road on Comm Ave (around mile 16-21), with the exception of the bridge over I-95 that you have to be a little careful on. If you're staying in town, you can do what lots of us do for medium runs: take the Green Line out to Woodlawn, and run the last nine miles or so of the course.SoxinPA said:So I'm coming to Boston for a bachelor party/sox game July 10-12. I'm hoping to be able to run at least the last 6-8 miles of the marathon course, cause why not? Is the course runnable at times other than the marathon or is it unsafe unless roads are closed?
I've always felt the biggest hurdle for me was going from 10 to 15-20+. Mainly because of having to learn how to fuel properly while running.drleather2001 said:To me, the biggest hurdle is going from running 5 miles to running 10. Once you get to 10, you reach a point where you body is just used to running, and the game becomes mental and more about sticking to a plan than overcoming physical limits.
Me too! Have you run Hospital Hill yet? It's pretty brutal. I've run it 4 times. Happy to answer any questions about the course.HomeBrew1901 said:
No marathon but committed to running the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg VA in May.
They cancelled the Martha's Vineyard 20mi outright. Even before Juno I was thinking of registering for the Hyannis half at the last minute if the weather looked decent. Now I wonder if they'll have it.Jerrygarciaparra said:I just got an email saying the Half at the Hamptons in New Hampshire has been postponed.
I was supposed to run it on Feb 22 but they have so much snow they're holding it on March 15th instead.
I've always felt the biggest hurdle for me was going from 10 to 15-20+. Mainly because of having to learn how to fuel properly while running.
Mine is getting over 20. I've gotten there three times; two of which were the final runs before a scheduled marathon but my body broke down. So i'm going to try to train for a marathon again this year. I've been running every day since the beginning of this year from 3 to 5 miles (treadmill) and once the ice and some of the snow starts to go away get into a training schedule and get outside for any runs above 4 miles. Last year i wanted it real bad and i also had 1500 miles of biking included in the training and both of my calves tore at different spots. I'd never have that happen before in my life and they didn't even tear during a long run. It ended with a slow paced half marathon in october. It's aggravating sometimes.
Due to the extraordinary Winter with record breaking snow, and continued cold weather.. the March 15th re-scheduled Half at the Hamptons is cancelled for 2015.With great sadness and our most sincere apologies, the 2015 Half at the Hamptons will not be held this year. The police have told us that the race cannot be held as planned.
The streets continue to have huge snow banks that have caused a significant number of accidents. Additionally, the streets are still very narrow and dangerous at intersections and at blind driveways with 5-6 feet of snow banks. Many of the race course roads have no shoulder at all and the finish area at the beach is now full of 35-50 feet snow dump piles!
Holding the race would put at significant risk over 1,000 runners, 200 volunteers and police and medical professionals.
Thanks. My friends that are interested aren't the 'planning type' so I will probably need to pick up the ball and see if I can get this thing rolling.Spelunker said:I've done Reach the Beach (which is now Ragnar, and was always a similar concept) once or twice a year for a while now.
They're super fun and interesting, but the biggest challenge tends to be the logistics rather than the milage. It's mainly about getting through 30 hours in a van with 6-8 people without getting lost, killed, starving, or going nuts. Sort of like a mini modern Oregon Trail.
Great bonding experience.
Joe Sixpack said:I've always felt the biggest hurdle for me was going from 10 to 15-20+. Mainly because of having to learn how to fuel properly while running.
SydneySox said:I only say all this because I'm focused on the half now because I think it's doable. What I wonder is about the above - fuelling. I've never really done an structured things so not sure how to do it. Joe, do you have a good plan?
The other thing is, I always run in the afternoon. I eat/drink during the day and then stop 3 hours before. I was having side-stitch issues a while back and someone recommended not eating for 3 hours before; I did that, I don't get stitches. Could be because I run better could be the food thing, either way it's worked for me. But I always like to be properlly fueled up.
What should I eat for a 6.45am start? When? During?
drleather2001 said:I never eat breakfast, but before my half marathons I always try to do two things:
1) eat something small that has carbs, like a muffin or a croissant or something, about an hour before the race. Oatmeal or toast with peanut butter works, too (or vegemite or whatever the fuck you people eat).
2) Drink a good amount (half liter or so) of sports drink between about 45 and 30 minutes before the race starts, and take a good piss right before lining up.
If the race supplies sports drink stops, don't bother with any fueling during the race; just drink a small cup of the colored stuff every couple of miles. Otherwise, if it makes you feel better, take a Goo or something similar and eat it around mile 7 or 8 so it "kicks in" around mile 10.
That being said, you don't "need" to worry about fuel for a half. If you do decide to use goos or whatever (and I sometimes do, if only for the psychological reward of "1 more mile and I can eat my power pellet!; it can give you something to focus on other than the race), just make sure to try them out before the actual race in case they give you the shits or something.
QFT. I've missed at least 5 years in a row. I am screwed. TTP, have you got a ride down figured out yet? If you or anyone else does, I'll bring the beer.TallerThanPedroia said:1) I got into Mount Washington. Yay!
2) I got into Mount Washington. Fuck?
Joe Sixpack said:On weekdays I get up between 4:30-5, and on the weekends I try to get up by 5:30-6, though if the weather is decent on weekends I can sleep in a bit and just take my son in the stroller.
My kid usually wakes up around 6:30-7. It sounds crazy but you get used to it.
Hell yes. Was it chipped? If so, you should still get your accurate net time and placement even if your gun time is way off. Where was the race? I ran this morning and the wind chill was absurd. I finished an hour ago and my fingers are just now thawing out.Jerrygarciaparra said:So I took a wrong turn on the way to my 10 K this morning and ended up getting there after the race had already started.
10 degrees and windy. I was quite tempted to get back in my car and find a place serving brunch.
But I ran it. And I did not come in last.
So. Successful. I guess?
I kept mine in check for months by doing foot exercises. Eventually it went away and never got bad enough to interfere significantly with training. Every morning before getting out of bed I flex my feet up so my toes are pulled up toward my shins. I do that a few times and it prevents the damage that can happen if the fascia is tight and you load weight on it. I also got in the habit of flexing and stretching my feet if sitting for any length of time. Heel drops help a lot as well. Stand with your forefeet on a stair with your heels projecting off and drop your heels down and back up to a neutral position. 10-15X per day. When that is easy try it one foot at a time. Worked for me anyway. Good luck.nomarshaus said:3 weeks out from a half and i did a quick paced 5m run on Friday and my right plantar fascia started hurting yesterday. going to skip my long run today and try to bike instead, but that's harder to do during the week. any other advice to manage this through the end of training?
Not chipped but my GPS watch said 53 minutes. Official results had me at 1:03GreenMountain said:Hell yes. Was it chipped? If so, you should still get your accurate net time and placement even if your gun time is way off. Where was the race? I ran this morning and the wind chill was absurd. I finished an hour ago and my fingers are just now thawing out.
GregHarris said:I am going to take the opportunity to voice, once again, how bad this winter was. I ran one of the first 1/2 marathons of the New England running season last weekend in New Bedford, and finished 1:44, which is nearly 15 minutes off my PR time. My father mentioned that I am getting old now, but I waved him off blaming the weather and the lack of road running since December. I am also 12 lbs over training weight. Just 8 weeks until Vermont City too...
Anyone else take this winter hard?
God, if it wasn't for the fact that May to Oct is just great weather and a great time to be in new England, I'd move my ass to someplace warm.
I ran a half-marathon in my Connecticut town on Feb. 28 -- the course is notorious for its hills and the unpaved portions. It's the second time I've done it; 2013 was in the 40s and the course was clear. This time it was teens/20s, and there was an ice-covered section for a good mile of the unpaved portion. I'm just happy I didn't fall on my butt. I also ran a stupid 5K on Saturday during what was a snowstorm at that point, but the sun was out and it was in the 40s as I drove home. So yes, enough of this winter.
As for injuries, has anyone ever had a problem with pain in the ball of the foot? This is a new one.