GWJ 500 Mile Run Club 2014

Awesome! It was really nice in Portland today. Even though it was rather cold, I was able to run in just shorts and a t-shirt.

Jonman wrote:

Woo-hoo! First "proper" run of the year. After a few weeks of taking it real easy, I went for my first tempo run. Was aiming for 5 miles at 9min/mile. Turns out that I'm not quite there yet :blush:

Managed a solid 3 miles at that pace before I had to back off for the last two miles. It's early days, and I'll get there, but damn it feels good to push myself.

Discretion. Better part. Valour.

Well done.

Oso wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Woo-hoo! First "proper" run of the year. After a few weeks of taking it real easy, I went for my first tempo run. Was aiming for 5 miles at 9min/mile. Turns out that I'm not quite there yet :blush:

Managed a solid 3 miles at that pace before I had to back off for the last two miles. It's early days, and I'll get there, but damn it feels good to push myself.

Discretion. Better part. Valour.

Well done.

Aye. I'm also nursing a few minor overuse injuries, so I'm toeing that oh-so-fine line between not getting enough base miles in the early season vs aggrevating those injuries.

Jonman wrote:

Aye. I'm also nursing a few minor overuse injuries, so I'm toeing that oh-so-fine line between not getting enough base miles in the early season vs aggrevating those injuries.

Too true. I'm now at the stage where I need to be covering a marathon's worth of distance every week to get ready for a marathon in early April, but I doubt I could be doing this if the snow weren't on the ground to absorb part of the shock.

On a loosely related note, I feel rather giddy about the prospect of running on bare tarmac (!) in a temperate climate 1,300 kilometres to the south after training for 14 weeks in sub-zero temperatures and snow.

Well, I "took a break" for 5 days (read as: was lazy) and finally got back out to run today. I was able to run a little later in the day due to the holiday. I really like running when there is light out instead of near complete darkness. Managed to get in my furthest run (4.59 miles) at my quickest pace (about 9:40).

On another note, we are near to hitting 500 miiles as a collective. Does that mean some one gets to stop running for the remainder of the year?

I am just not having much luck with the shoes. I thought for sure the Nimbus would be the shoes for me but during my run my shins were on fire. Before it was my angle and calves now with the Nimbus it's my shins. I hardly made a measly 2.5 miles with these. Good thing I got them from a local store so I can just return them before I get some serious shin splints.

TempestBlayze wrote:

I am just not having much luck with the shoes. I thought for sure the Nimbus would be the shoes for me but during my run my shins were on fire. Before it was my angle and calves now with the Nimbus it's my shins. I hardly made a measly 2.5 miles with these. Good thing I got them from a local store so I can just return them before I get some serious shin splints.

There are exercises you can do to help with shin splints. The one I remember is getting some tubing, tying it to something, make a loop on the other end, then when you are sitting on the ground, with foot starting extended, pull your foot towards you. It may not be the fault of the shoes but I'm not an expert. Definitely ask them about it at the store. I've had some problems with it but it hasn't ever been crippling since I was really young.

I can't imagine it's me because with my older shoes I have never had this problem. Thanks for the tips.

Great job everyone! I had a pretty busy week myself last week and was away from home quite a bit so I didn't hit my weekly running quota. Started this week off right though so shouldn't be too hard to make up the ground.

It is freezing out there today. Went for a run this morning and had to stop at just over 2 miles. Hope everyone else is doing alright int he cold.

Tkyl wrote:

It is freezing out there today. Went for a run this morning and had to stop at just over 2 miles. Hope everyone else is doing alright int he cold.

Bleah. Found my limit is 1F. Nuts to that!

Tkyl wrote:

It is freezing out there today. Went for a run this morning and had to stop at just over 2 miles. Hope everyone else is doing alright int he cold.

Yeah...im taking the week off

Perfect weather for a run today at lunch, around 58 and just finished raining.

My limit is about -20 Celsius. I could go colder, but then you really have to worry about the windchi doing bad, bad things to you. I am contemplating a short-term gym membership just do I can get some running in over the next couple of months.

So I think I found the right shoe with the GT-2000. It's more of a neutral stability shoe but it hurts the least of the ones I have tried.

I am beginning to realize that I have a weak left ankle. I have been dealing with that since I was a kid now that I think about it. Thinking I should buy an ankle brace to support it. My wife has a medical band for ankle exercises so I will use that to strengthen it.

Great job everyone! It's only been a month, and we've already almost run 600 miles collectively.

*sips a celebratory beer*

101 miles for January. On track, I am running 5 miles per run. I would like to keep that up for a month then gradually increase pace.

Impressive everyone! I've cut my distances back, but I am running at a faster pace for more strength training. Adding to that I'm doing more intensive kettle bell + balance ball training 5 days a week for greater impact. I'm 6'2" and I was down to 148 pounds at the beginning of year. A month later, I've gained 10 pounds with much more definition.

Side not: the Vitamix I bought for my wife and I (xmas gift) has become the most used appliance in the kitchen.

I was cruising right along but had to stop running a bit over a week ago due to pain in the back of my knee. It's gotten slightly better over the past week, but as long as it's there when I'm walking around the house I won't be going on any runs. Hopefully another week or so will take care of it.

Its been a while so just checking in to see what everyone is up too. People are updating their progress on the spreadsheet which is great!

Currently, it's too damn cold for me to enjoy running outside. I tried, but it just became a chore and my lungs never adjusted. I got a deal from Living Social for a month membership to a gym for $25. So now I run 3 times a week for 3 miles on my work lunch breaks and watch The Price Is Right while on a boring treadmill.

Can't wait for it to warm up so I can get back to my 4-8 mile runs in the woods!

Still plugging away. Haven't updated the spreadsheet in a while though.

I really fell off the wagon recently. Getting to the gym has been damn hard with the longer days and work week. With our tax refund, my wife and I are looking to buy an elliptical, so hopefully I will get back on track.

Ended up grabbing a short-term (3-month) gym membership for February, March and April. Dealing with sick kids and wife has made it hard this month to get frequent jogging sessions in. However, a vacation to Tampa Bay the first 2 weeks of March should help me get back on track. My plan is to go every other day at least for about 5 to 6 km at a minimum, plus a long walk on the beach with my wife at night. That plus a couple of rounds of golf should up my average significantly.

My running is still going fairly strong, running 3 times a week or so. I've got to get better at keeping track of the miles though, as i sometimes forget to update the google doc. Picked up a new pair of Asics last week, just in time for a 10-miler race this Sunday.

We were all sick with flu, colds, and you name it for the last half of January, which set me back considerably. Still, I've been exercising 5-6xweek and running for 3 or so of those times. I'm slowly getting back into shape after a rough labor in mid-October and serious complications afterwards. But until it's summer and I'm not teaching, I don't see myself fitting much longer distance in. 10 miles/week will be a good amount for now. I'm still training up to feel good after two consecutive runs. OTOH I'm happy with how much fitness I've regained.

Fell off the treadmill to focus on swimming plus the occasional ride to work for a bit. Need to throw a few more runs into the mix.

Woo-hoo! After 2-and-a-bit weeks off running thanks to a deep cut in my heel, I'm all "heeled"-up (see what I did there?), and back pounding out the miles.

I'm just shy of 100 miles thus far this year, which is well on target to hit 500. Got a half marathon in two weeks time, and another one 3 weeks after that, which was originally going to be a my first full, but I've pretty much stumbled from one injury to another this year, so I haven't been able to put the mileage in to make that a wise idea.

Nice! I hope that you can avoid the injuries now.

So I finally got around to entering the data from my vacation down to Florida with the in-laws. Was nice, and I managed to get in jogging on 5 of the 10 days I was down there, one day I even managed to get in two runs of a little over 5k each. In total, I got about 37km in over my vacation, which is pretty good and makes me happy.

I am currently a little over 10% of the way there, and have no problems seeing myself make the end goal. Once summer (and warm temperatures) rolls around, I will also be getting in some jogs at lunch time at work with a friend in addition to longer jogs some nights and on the weekend.

I didn't get to run Friday or Saturday this week. I came down with a cold Thursday morning for the first time in at least a year. So, that combined with helping my brother move Thursday night till tonight meant no running for me. I'm taking tomorrow off as usual as well. Hopefully, I'll feel better on Monday.