Who all is here and what are you doing? (Read 16443 times)

    Hi, I'm Jennifer...36yo SAHM to 4 boys. We live in San Diego and my dh is a lifeguard while I homeschool my 3 oldest. I've been running here and there for the last 14 years. I run 5 days a week...I get my long runs by myself, but the other 4 days I run pushing a jogger while my boys ride their bikes. Last year I had this brilliant idea to do a half marathon. It was a lot of fun. So, I signed up for the Rock N Roll marathon here in June. I just did my second half marathon a couple of weeks ago and felt much better than I did after the first hm! Anyway, I found this site while trying to find a place to keep a running log. This will be my first marathon, so I'm excited/nervous. The run doesn't worry me, it's standing at the start line with 20,000 other people! Blush
    Jennifer mm#1231
      (Eric--my msg posted twice, and I don't know quite how to delete it. Help.)
      My Masters (>50) Race PR's: 5K - 20:17 10K - 42:36 HM - 1:31:22 Marathon - 3:20:48
        Jennifer--welcome to the forum, and good luck on your marathon! The RNR San Diego is a blast, and you'll actually find that the start of a marathon is a lot of fun. And what a high you'll have when you see and cross the finish line! Keep us posted on how your training is coming, and we'll be anxious to get a report from you when the race is over.
        My Masters (>50) Race PR's: 5K - 20:17 10K - 42:36 HM - 1:31:22 Marathon - 3:20:48
          Hi everyone, Glad I have just come across this site, I was looking for an easy way of figuring out the distances I had run, but this log exceeds everything you could ask for. My name is Sjoerd (=Dutch; pronounce 'shoe-rrt'), 32 years old, I live in Manchester, UK, and I've recently become more serious about my running. I'm hoping to run my first Marathon, the 23rd of April in London. Last year I would run 1 or 2 times a week just as a way of keeping fit, not really bothered with distance and speed. I would run longer if I felt well and shorter/slower when it didn't feel so good. With the Marathon fastly approaching I have started to take a slightly more measured approach, I try to run as often as possible and have been increasing the distances. Being a father of 2 (1&3) and having plenty of other commitments I have struggled to put in real long runs (over 20km), but try to compensate for that by running a bit faster. Not sure if this is a tested and tried approach but I have felt stronger and fitter recently. In a distance past when I was a college rower for the University of Amsterdam I once run a half Marathon in 1:34 and before that I was on the track and field team of a pretty small highschool in Connecticut ('92) and ran 4x400, 800, and all distances above that and discovered that I could run several races in one afternoon and still do well. Unfortunatly I haven't been able to do any other races before the London Marathon, so I am slightly anxious about at which pace to run. Although it is only my first Marathon I still would like to run it in as fast to my abilities possible and not just run to finish. I think I can finish well within 4 hours but I'm afraid to hit the wall the last part of the race. I'm probably too competetive for my own good especially because I don't like people passing me by. Anyway I'll let you know how I got on. Sjoerd
          jason2450


            Anyway I'll let you know how I got on. Sjoerd
            Hey Sjoerd, A fellow runner in Manchester!!! All the best for the London next month!! I'm hoping to get up to a full next year but am preparing for the Great North Run in October with a few races between now and then as warm-ups. See ya' Jason
              "Hello World" Wink I am just getting back into running winter is over yea! I have completed two marathons but sadly not in any condition to run one now. Winter is just such a road block for any type of long distance running. Spring fever has hit Smile Ugh...guess I have to turn off the tv now and run. Run Fast Run Faster
                Hello, I am an ordinary 35 year old who runs to stay in shape. ALthough my twin brother and I did finish the 2001 Cleveland marathon, I usually stick to the 5Ks in the summer. I teach elementary PE and try to set an example for living healthy. I disagree with Sir Charles (Barkley), if younger people look up to you, you ARE a role model. Great Site. Hope to start running outside soon!
                fozzidog


                  I'm a runner who gave up 10 years ago due to knackered knees but still do lots of orienteering on soft ground. Decided to take up running again - never mind what speicialists say. I kinda think that once I get going again a lot of the pain will go away - we will see!!! This is day one of the return journey. Going to try a new philosophy to my running. Less long runs - more hills, strides and fartlek quality rather than quantity Live in England around Cheshire!!
                    Hi, All! I'm a 33 y/o female back-o-the-packer. I've been running for 8 months now and am starting to get addicted! I just got a heart rate monitor and plan on using it this summer to build up my aerobic base (which right now just stinks!). I'm not sure if this will work but here's a link to the discussion on coolrunning.com that got me interested in heartrate training: http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/Forum6/HTML/018553.shtml It's a long thread, but lots of good info in there for those of you who are interested. By the way, I like the format for this running log a lot better! Looks a LOT like my Hotmail account, though... what's up with that? And any chance we'll be able to link to it through Hotmail/MSN?

                    Roads were made for journeys...

                    archosaur


                      31 year old male in Southern California here. Basically brand new to running - had always been involved in athletics as a kid (to the high school level) and I feel like I developed a bad association in that most of the time in sports, running = punishment. Now long removed from any organized sports, I've tended towards outdoor adventure pursuits like hiking, backpacking, kayaking and the like. Last summer I trained pretty hard to do a day hike of Mt. Whitney, and during some of my training hikes I found myself starting to jog through many of the flat sections of trail, and then I started running on the treadmill at the gym to mix up my cardio routine. Since then, I've been doing a couple easy miles here and there on the local asphalt, nothing serious, but I'm going to start trying to build up my mileage and pace here over the summer and see how things progress. I like being out amongst nature so I will probably work in some trail running along with the hardtop stuff as well. Great site, nice to hear about you all, and a big thanks to Eric.
                        Hello all, I am a 49year old male from Iowa City, IA. I have been running for about 10 years now. 3 years ago my wife talked me into trying a marathon; we are at 5 now, with a goal of joining the 50 State Club. I have been on the injured reserve list since last November with P.F. and have just started running again. Going from training runs of 20 + miles to sucking wind at 2.5 miles sure hurts! Sad
                        "It is very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runner. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit." George Sheehan
                          Hi, Hawk Runner. You'll be back to your old self in no time. Just take it slow and easy at first and work up gradually, right? Wink Welcome back to running!

                          Roads were made for journeys...

                            Hello all, I am a 49year old male from Iowa City, IA. I have been running for about 10 years now. 3 years ago my wife talked me into trying a marathon; we are at 5 now, with a goal of joining the 50 State Club. I have been on the injured reserve list since last November with P.F. and have just started running again. Going from training runs of 20 + miles to sucking wind at 2.5 miles sure hurts! Sad
                            Welcome. It'll come back--just a function of time and training, as I'm sure you know. BTW--good friend of mine is a podiatrist, and he tells me that the #1 ailment he sees people for, across all ages, is P.F. Experienced it myself a couple of years ago. Not fun, but it eventually went by the wayside. Good luck with your training, and good running.
                            My Masters (>50) Race PR's: 5K - 20:17 10K - 42:36 HM - 1:31:22 Marathon - 3:20:48
                              Wingz and Pron8r, Thanks for the responses and encouragement. I am going slowly as I really don't want a reoccurrence of the P.F. Happy running to ya both! Cool
                              "It is very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runner. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit." George Sheehan


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                                Hi, all...just discovered this site a week or so ago and, BOY, am I ever glad I did--what a fantastic resource! I'm Kirsten (zoom-zoom is a reference to our new "baby," a Mazda 3 hatchback), 33 year old mom of one VERY energetic little rascal boy (5 going on 15). I have returned to running after a 15 year hiatus and THIS time around it is SO much more enjoyable. 3 years ago I cut out junk carbs (white sugar, white flour, white rice, etc) from my diet and started really watching how much I ate. No more processed, filler foods...lots of veggies and salads (things I hadn't been good about eating, before). For the past 2 years I have maintained a 50# weight loss, but still have 10-15#s I would like to be rid of--and I just plain want to be in better physical condition all-around. All through jr. high and HS I ran track. The 100, 200, 4x100, and 4x200 were my events (especially loved the 200). I probably would have been better at those events had our coaches provided us with appropriate workouts, but I hailed from a VERY distance-oriented school, so everyone pretty much went on the same workouts for every practice. Those workouts were so brutal on me. I couldn't keep up with those distance folks who ran more-or-less year 'round. I ended up with terrible shin-splints and rock-hard calves that made every stride agonizing. And I now think not having proper shoes for MY feet may have played a major role, too. Every season we got a great discount from Eastbay Athletics, since the entire team was outfitted with the same shoes. When I started back to running I ordered a pair of New Balance 845s based-upon recommendations from running friends, the shoe description, and the wide widths. I LOVE my shoes. I bought them online and I swear it's like they were custom made for my duck-feet. I had been working-out on-and-off over the years, but made a committment to start REALLY running on the first day of Spring. So I started with the 3rd week of the Couch-to-5k program and haven't stopped running since. It just feels great...no more pain, I'm able to go for longer distances and every week it gets easier and I enjoy it more. I can tell my lungs are getting stronger, too. I am mildly asthmatic, so I was concerned that my breathing would be an issue, but it really hasn't been (even in the midst of high allergy season). I'm certain that running slowly, at my own pace, is also greatly benefitting me this time around, too. I'm currently running 3x/week...a little over 3 miles at a 12 minute pace. I'd like to be faster, but I'm really more concerned now with increasing my miles. I want to start doing 4-5 runs/week in the coming weeks, increasing my distance by a combined mile or two each week. I plan to run some 5 and 10ks over the Summer months and would like to be able to run at least 7-8 miles comfortably by the end of Summer. My long-term goal is to run the 5/3 Riverbank 25k Run next spring with my best friend. She did it this year and really inspired me. Hopefully I can run quite a bit during the Winter, but I have been needing new cross-country ski boots and bindings for a LONG time, so now I have a good excuse to do so--snow won't stop me from getting a good workout in. Smile Maybe someday I will think about a marathon, too, but I'll contemplate that once I've completed a 15.5mi. race. Big grin k

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                                '14 Goals:

                                • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                                • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)