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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:03 pm 
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I ran for 5.5 miles today and my last two miles were faster than my first! First time I've had significant negative splits! (ie more than just one random mile in the middle)

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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:07 pm 
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Thanks for the tips! I went to the running store and picked a few different brands and flavors to try. Seems like the chocolate and espresso flavors are crowd pleasers. I also got some Clif blocks.

It looks like GU gels aren't vegan? As of a few months ago someone from the company said that they contain non-vegan amino acids.

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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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I like the clif blocks the best.

Today I ran a 10 K mostly in deep mud, rocks, and streams (mountain trail). I think I'm going to have to retire the shoes. It was fun and I really do like the thrill of running steep downhills with tricky footing.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 11:21 pm 
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Hey running pals! I have to tell you about the race today. I had a great race - felt good throughout, fueled well and didn't hit the wall at all! I crossed the finish line in 4:12 which is a PB for me! I'm gonna be stiff tomorrow but it was worth it. I'm really happy.

MT, how was your race?


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Yay Studio, congratulations!


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 5:11 am 
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I ran for 5.5 miles today and my last two miles were faster than my first! First time I've had significant negative splits! (ie more than just one random mile in the middle)

Nice one lillianp! I've just started running negative splits and I ran my fastest 10k on Saturday. My boyfriend, who is much faster than me, was having a bad day and he couldn't keep up with me! It has really given me some confidence for my first proper 10k race this Sunday. I hope I can keep my nerves under control as I struggle with that. After the race I will decide if I am going to keep entering races or just run for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:18 am 
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Hey running pals! I have to tell you about the race today. I had a great race - felt good throughout, fueled well and didn't hit the wall at all! I crossed the finish line in 4:12 which is a PB for me! I'm gonna be stiff tomorrow but it was worth it. I'm really happy.

MT, how was your race?

Fantastic job, studio! Congrats.

I ended up at 4:33:45, which is about 4.5 minutes slower than my PR at Austin last year. I know I can do better than that, and I still have a goal of getting into the 4:15-4:20 range, but I'm OK with it. Austin was 14.5 months ago and because of my injury earlier this year, I hadn't run longer than 15 miles since and I hadn't been doing any speedwork to speak of since mid-February. I felt really good until about 17, but it was rough after that! We'd planned on having me walk 15 seconds each mile after 15, but I tried to keep the walking to the water stops.

What a soggy day, though! By the time we got to my aunt's so I could get out of my wet clothes and shower, my poor feet had been wet for 7 hours.

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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:22 am 
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Welp, my commitment to shorter distances didn't last long. My sister talked me into signing up for another half this September. I can't say I didn't see this coming. MBM and I went to see her finish her first marathon and I got hella jelly. I was already entertaining the notion of running the same half I did last year again.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:38 am 
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I know. I love to suffer. And it doesn't help that I ran the 5K fun run at a Moonlight Marathon event, where the whole purpose was to run a marathon or a half through a cemetery in the dark and get in before midnight. The sun was up the entire time for 5K runners. I had fun, but it could have been more fun!


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I ran my first 5k (not counting last year's Warrior Dash, since there were obstacles) on Friday. My goal was 30 minutes and to not stop and walk, but I ran it in 31.10 and only stopped to walk for a minute. I'm still really proud of myself!

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AP, that's awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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What a soggy day, though! By the time we got to my aunt's so I could get out of my wet clothes and shower, my poor feet had been wet for 7 hours.


For real. I went to watch the start and I felt bad for all the runners. How did you deal with the rain? When the half-marathoners were running by my apartment, a lot of them were still wearing rain ponchos or garbage bags.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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Is anyone else going to do the RAINN virtual 5K?

http://www.rainn.org/news-room/lace-up- ... n-this-may


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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What a soggy day, though! By the time we got to my aunt's so I could get out of my wet clothes and shower, my poor feet had been wet for 7 hours.


For real. I went to watch the start and I felt bad for all the runners. How did you deal with the rain? When the half-marathoners were running by my apartment, a lot of them were still wearing rain ponchos or garbage bags.

Oh, even towards the end of the full, there were people still wearing plastic bags. I can't imagine running for hours in a bag of sweat myself, but whatever works for you, I guess. I don't really dress any differently for running in the rain or anything, and I'm used to it so it wasn't really miserable until after I was finished. If anything it made me appreciate the spectators even more than usual.

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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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What a soggy day, though! By the time we got to my aunt's so I could get out of my wet clothes and shower, my poor feet had been wet for 7 hours.


For real. I went to watch the start and I felt bad for all the runners. How did you deal with the rain? When the half-marathoners were running by my apartment, a lot of them were still wearing rain ponchos or garbage bags.

Oh, even towards the end of the full, there were people still wearing plastic bags. I can't imagine running for hours in a bag of sweat myself, but whatever works for you, I guess. I don't really dress any differently for running in the rain or anything, and I'm used to it so it wasn't really miserable until after I was finished. If anything it made me appreciate the spectators even more than usual.


Wow. Props to you for soldiering through it. And to the people willing to run the full race in their own personal sweat-saunas too? I hope I'll never have to decide between those two options.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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So much running going on in here! Way to go, everyone.

Huge, huge congrats to studio and mtoes! You guys rock.

I use gu also and didn't even think that they might not be vegan. I've checked the ingredients so many times! I can only stomach chocolate flavored gels or peanut butter gu. I hate any fruity flavors and I've choked on chewy things so I stay away from solids. I bought a small flask type thingy last year so I could make my own fuel but I haven't gotten around to using it yet.

I'm slowly, slowly getting back to running. Trying to toe the line between getting back in shape and overdoing it. I can tell I've lost a huge amount of fitness so it's really frustrating.


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 Post subject: Re: Running!
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What a soggy day, though! By the time we got to my aunt's so I could get out of my wet clothes and shower, my poor feet had been wet for 7 hours.


Oh, it was a sog-fest, alright! I rarely get blisters anymore, even in races (thank you injinji toes socks!) but my feet were a wrinkly, peeling, blistered mess by the end. Ewwww!

I'm still super pumped about my race. This training cycle was tough because we had a terrible, terrible winter (I'm talking record-breakingly bad) and although I pushed through most of my long runs, I slacked on tempos and speed so I am confident I can whittle down my time with a little more speedwork. I put my name in the lottery for St George marathon in October http://www.stgeorgemarathon.com/ which is a tough race since it's downhill but it was highly recommended by a running buddy of mine so I tossed my name in the hat. If I get in, my training will have to change in order to prep my legs for the beating they will take on the declines but I'd happily take another PB on that course (even if some runners say a downhill PB doesn't count).

Congrats to everyone is this thread on their running successes!


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I did it. I'm registered for the Portland Marathon on October 5th. I'm joining a training clinic so I can do my long runs with other people.

I am sort of freaking out. That's normal right? I feel like I need to lay down.

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Totally normal. I freaked out when I signed up for a 15K with training program when my longest running distance was 6 miles. The goal seems insurmountable until you actually start working towards it.


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I'm at 8 miles right now!

That's like a third of the way there!

Or something.

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See? You're basically at the finish line.


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