Ran a 5K today

Jonman wrote:
goman wrote:
Maq wrote:
goman wrote:

I ran during lunch last week... I'll be doing that more and more for sure.... Highly recommend.

I've been thinking about this but I'm not sure how I'd manage a lunchtime run, cool down, shower, change, eat, all in the 1 hour I have.

No need to shower. The sweat is not dirty, just salty. Wipe yourself down with a towel and you will cool off in a half hour.

I ran 2.5 miles in 80 degree F heat.

Speak for yourself. Maybe you're one of those folk who never generate any kind of funk, but if I don't shower after a run, I develop a potent miasma primed for nasal assault within an hour or two. I feel that inflicting that on my colleagues would be gross and/or unprofessional.

Yeah. Seriously I sweat like the accused and stink like a low tide when I do. Shower is non-negotiable.

Jonman wrote:
goman wrote:
Maq wrote:
goman wrote:

I ran during lunch last week... I'll be doing that more and more for sure.... Highly recommend.

I've been thinking about this but I'm not sure how I'd manage a lunchtime run, cool down, shower, change, eat, all in the 1 hour I have.

No need to shower. The sweat is not dirty, just salty. Wipe yourself down with a towel and you will cool off in a half hour.

I ran 2.5 miles in 80 degree F heat.

Speak for yourself. Maybe you're one of those folk who never generate any kind of funk, but if I don't shower after a run, I develop a potent miasma primed for nasal assault within an hour or two. I feel that inflicting that on my colleagues would be gross and/or unprofessional.

I also have a spare deodorant in my office. I forgot to mention that.

goman wrote:
Jonman wrote:
goman wrote:
Maq wrote:
goman wrote:

I ran during lunch last week... I'll be doing that more and more for sure.... Highly recommend.

I've been thinking about this but I'm not sure how I'd manage a lunchtime run, cool down, shower, change, eat, all in the 1 hour I have.

No need to shower. The sweat is not dirty, just salty. Wipe yourself down with a towel and you will cool off in a half hour.

I ran 2.5 miles in 80 degree F heat.

Speak for yourself. Maybe you're one of those folk who never generate any kind of funk, but if I don't shower after a run, I develop a potent miasma primed for nasal assault within an hour or two. I feel that inflicting that on my colleagues would be gross and/or unprofessional.

I also have a spare deodorant in my office. I forgot to mention that.

I'm in the same boat as Jon and Maq. Deodorant helps, but I can't rub deodorant all over me.

AnimeJ wrote:
goman wrote:
Jonman wrote:
goman wrote:
Maq wrote:
goman wrote:

I ran during lunch last week... I'll be doing that more and more for sure.... Highly recommend.

I've been thinking about this but I'm not sure how I'd manage a lunchtime run, cool down, shower, change, eat, all in the 1 hour I have.

No need to shower. The sweat is not dirty, just salty. Wipe yourself down with a towel and you will cool off in a half hour.

I ran 2.5 miles in 80 degree F heat.

Speak for yourself. Maybe you're one of those folk who never generate any kind of funk, but if I don't shower after a run, I develop a potent miasma primed for nasal assault within an hour or two. I feel that inflicting that on my colleagues would be gross and/or unprofessional.

I also have a spare deodorant in my office. I forgot to mention that.

I'm in the same boat as Jon and Maq. Deodorant helps, but I can't rub deodorant all over me.

Pay someone to do it for you. You're creating jobs!

I would towel off and then use one of these when I was bike commuting in Miami. Good stuff.

clover wrote:

I would towel off and then use one of these when I was bike commuting in Miami. Good stuff.

They are indeed, but having been places where that *was* bathing, I'll pass. Totally good advice though.

Well, I meant for Maq. You never like anything

Naw, I like plenty of things. In fact, at one point, I was even fond of baby wipe bathing. A few weeks of that being my only source of bathing? With temps well over 110F every day, being covered in salt when I got done with the day? Totally cured me of that

It's totally legit and super effective. For Maq and Jon, it would be like a silver bullet to slay the werewolf, and even for me. I just can't voluntarily do it.

Well, gosh darn it. My MP3 player battery went dead right as I was about to go running. So, I charged it for a few minutes and was on my way. Unfortunately, it lost my place in the podcast I was listening to, and there isn't a convenient way to fast forward through tracks. So, I just fired up the Double Dragon Zero soundtrack. What I had planned to be a nice lope turned into a very fast run. Out of curiosity, I decided to do a reasonably accurate calculation of how fast I was running. I need to get a freaking watch. Distance calculated using markers and google maps was 3.05 miles. The time calculated by adding up the times of each track plus 2 seconds for each gap (I'm not sure if there were gaps or how long they are. I assumed 2 seconds.) was 18:23. That puts me at about 6:08 minute miles! I knew I was getting a lot faster over the last few months! There's even a little hill on my route to mix things up. I was fairly careful with the calculations, so they should be pretty accurate. Even if I messed up somewhere, I know I'm running sub 7 minute miles very comfortably.

Moral of the story: Double Dragon makes you haul ass. Just run to the beat of the music.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

I kind of want a small version too, actually. I only need it to be a stopwatch and cheap. One of these days, I'll get a GPS one, but I don't feel like dropping $300 bucks on one right now, maybe next year sometime.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

I kind of want a small version too, actually. I only need it to be a stopwatch and cheap. One of these days, I'll get a GPS one, but I don't feel like dropping $300 bucks on one right now, maybe next year sometime.

Not even close to $300...though you can add bells & whistles to get way above $300 if you want...

And in the spirit of enabling, if you need help deciding on swim/bike/run technology, check out dcrainmaker's recommendations. There's also a good interview with the guy behind it on IMtalk if you want to get a feel for where he's coming from.

Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

If you want a GPS one, I use a Garmin Forerunner 305. It is not a small device however, so how about the Garmin Forerunner 210?

Here's an older watch/app thread. I'm a big fan of using runkeeper on my phone to measure time and distance. When I just need a watch I use a timex ironman, but that's mainly out of brand loyalty as I used this kind of watch back in the day running school cross country.

Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

I'm rocking one of these, albeit in a mildly manlier red color.

My requirements were (a) cheap, (b) lightweight, (c) waterproof (I swim with it on too) and (d) must be a stopwatch. It meets all of those.

I still lust after a Garmin Forerunner, but haven't been able to muster the several hundred dollars to blow on a toy.

Jonman wrote:
Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

I'm rocking one of these, albeit in a mildly manlier red color.

My requirements were (a) cheap, (b) lightweight, (c) waterproof (I swim with it on too) and (d) must be a stopwatch. It meets all of those.

I still lust after a Garmin Forerunner, but haven't been able to muster the several hundred dollars to blow on a toy.

That'll be perfect! I ordered the maroon one. Yeah, eventually I will treat myself to a GPS watch. I did enjoy using one once. At least they aren't as expensive as dive watches. I had to buy one of those this summer which ran me over $500.

Katy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I need to get a freaking watch.

There's probably a thread for that around somewhere, but since I need a watch as well, I thought I'd highlight this. What sorts of watches do you all use when you're running? And do they come in girly versions that won't overwhelm my delicate wrists, and yet are still readable without reading glasses?

I'm a huge proponent of the forerunners. I have this particular model, which I paid around 20 bucks less for; pretty solid deal if you ask me. Expensive? Yea, but well worth it and not close to the $300 or several hundred numbers folks have been throwing out.

Oso wrote:

Here's an older watch/app thread. I'm a big fan of using runkeeper on my phone to measure time and distance. When I just need a watch I use a timex ironman, but that's mainly out of brand loyalty as I used this kind of watch back in the day running school cross country.

+1 for Runkeeper. I haven't used it in a while, but I love the audio cues while running and being able to easily track my progress. I should use it again, just stopped last summer when I kept forgetting to start it before I began my run, so I eventually gave up on it.

MothBeHe wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

Whoah!! Pictures of me!!

http://www.zoomphoto.ca/eventgallery...

Hey mudbunny, I see you're wearing something similar to the Sennheiser PMX 680s, am I right? How have they worked out for you? I've been wearing the Batman (earfin) model of the 680s. They've been superb in that they've never fallen out of my ears nor bothered me, even though the sound quality isn't anything to write home about. But they're breaking apart now, so I need to get a new pair of earbuds for my runs -- a new pair of the 680s, I s'pose, unless I find something better.

I just can't run with music or a podcast to listen to. It's like skipping without a skipping rope.

Sorry for the delay.

they are not too bad, but there are a couple of problems I have with them.

1 - The foam things over the ears come off easy. Really easy. As in I tke them out of y ears around my neck for my cool down walk and I lost both of the foam covers. I tend to run at night in the dark, so they were gone.

2 - If you sweat a lot, the foam things will absorb the sweat and cause a muffling of the sound out of that ear. When they dry out, it is back to normal, but it is annoying. That being said, they didn't short out in one earbud during my runs, which is more than I can say for the OMX 680i headphones I tried at first, the generic iPhone earbuds or the skullcandy earbuds.

3 - It is, for me, a bit tight on my head. I noticed it after my half-marathon that my ears were a bit sore. Now, this may have also been due to gritting my teeth and running through a sore knee, but I have also noticed it with them wearing them at work. (Note, wearing them without the foam bits I lost, see point 1, may have something to do with this.) With this tightness also comes some discomfort wearing it around the neck.

For me, it is hard to find good headphones. I have yet to find a set of earbuds that don't pop out of my ears after about an hour or so of sitting at my computer. If I try running,, forget it, they won't last more than 5 minutes.

Much obliged for the helpful comments, mudbunny. I should consider myself lucky that earbuds stay in my ears, but they rarely stay in comfortably, so I always wear cans when I'm not on the move.

The earfin 680s that I use are probably as comfortable as they are because they aren't in-ear headphones, but rather designed to "cover" the ear canal. The trade-off is a distant and somewhat tinny sound with no noise isolation.

Anyone else with headphones to recommend (or vehemently discommend) for running?

I used to use a pair of cheap sony earbuds with an over-ear clip; those got lost somewhere, so now I use an even cheaper pair of panasonic earbuds that clip over the ear. They look kind of like the 680s from Sennheiser, only for way, way less. Think I paid about 10 bucks for em, but they work well enough.

I have a pair of lime-green Piiq in-ear buds with a lobe clip. They were $13 at Target. They don't sound badass but are fine and never fall out.

I used to run with Koss Sporta-Pros, a really cheesy looking 80's set of walkman headphones w/ really good sound. The sweat-soaked foam pads have a little ick-factor, but they work really well. I chose them because I wanted something that went over the ear and most cheapie headphone are earbuds or iems.

Now, I use Sennheiser PMX 680 Like the ones mentioned above, but with a neckband. I've had no problems w/ sweat shorting them out, but I never run without a visor or Halo hat to keep sweat out of my eyes and off my glasses.

(Crossposted from the random love thread)

Pictures of me from the half-marathon I ran on sunday

Congrats mudbunny! I ran for the first time today since I ran my 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago, it's crazy how fast the lungs regress.

Jonman wrote:

I'm rocking one of these, albeit in a mildly manlier red color.

I don't need a GPS watch -- so I picked up a Timex with a lap counter, figuring I could use it to count laps in the pool, where I always lose track. When I get it home, the instructions say that it's waterproof as long as you don't press any buttons in the water. Well, *that's* useful.

Well I wasn't expecting to make it through W4D1 after struggling with W3D3, but managed to kick its arse, which was nice. In the rain, which was also kinda nice.

Katy wrote:
Jonman wrote:

I'm rocking one of these, albeit in a mildly manlier red color.

I don't need a GPS watch -- so I picked up a Timex with a lap counter, figuring I could use it to count laps in the pool, where I always lose track. When I get it home, the instructions say that it's waterproof as long as you don't press any buttons in the water. Well, *that's* useful.

For what it's worth, I've been pushing buttons underwater on the one I linked for 2 season's worth of lake swimming (May thru Sep), and so far, so good.

Ugh. Getting a cold. I should suspend the training if I have a cold, right?

Maq wrote:

Ugh. Getting a cold. I should suspend the training if I have a cold, right?

I remember powering through that kind of stuff in high school and in my early 20s, but for me now, in my late 20s, I'd say just rest the eff up. Spend 10 or 15 minutes doing some exotic stretches or something.