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Congrats on the comeback westward! We are in very similar situations, except I'm trying to break the 4 minute mile, hopefully before I turn 30, that gives me 4 years.
I still haven't broken 5 yet, but I'm going to give it a go next month and hope for the best. I started running again in Sept 2007 after about 4 years off.
We could link each others' websites if you want! Best of luck to you with your goal, I read on your site that you're only a few seconds away! Nice job!
EDIT: Just found your PR section, you already broke 5!! Nice! How many months did it take you from the time you started up again? Just curious because we seem to be of about the same ability and your answer will help me guage my own progress. Also, when I started up again 5 months ago, I could barely run a mile in under 9:30, what about you?
I know they say they have varying paces and distances.
You've been there... is it true?
MTA: I don't want to show up and then get dusted and be stuck running the whole time by myself. I can do that at home.
But I really do want to find people local to run with. I lurk over at the CRC board, and you guys who post there seem fun.
It is very much true about having people of varying abilities at the Saturday morning runs. The CRC training group just started back up and that's a group that's designed to help runners achieve a certain goal. Most of those runners are very new and they're trying to conquer a certain distance. There's also the Saturday morning coffee crew (Catherine, Patti, Abbey) that run around 9 minute mile pace pretty consistently. I'd recommend steering clear of the Monday night runs, though.
I'd be happy to talk with you about your goals and how you might be able to reach them. Only the elite among the elites have a realistic shot at a sub 4 minute mile but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to get as fast as your training and natural ability allow you to. I'd love to hear how you've been doing thus far and what kind of training you've been doing (and plan to do) to shave minutes off of your mile time. Shoot me an email at email@example.com when you get the chance.
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Run 1000 miles
bike 500 miles
finish a half Ironman triathlon
Warrior dash 2012
Chickamauga battlefield half 2012
and a few small races in between
Rick "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa "I wanna go fast." Ricky Bobbyrunningforcassy.blogspot.com
westward13, looking good dude (musk-cles on them legs!).
I hope you consulted you wife before losing a quarter of yourself aka giving her a little less to love .
rvelich, yeah I thought I'd put the half marathon off last year.... now I'm signed up for a full also... which I hope turns out to be a dream...
2005 at my peek....omg!
and 2006 and still losing:
Jamie, awesome work! Everyone here is amazing!
Thanks Eddy! Losing the weight definitely helped to improve my racing times quite a bit. Before losing it, I used to struggle to run a 5k in 21-22 minutes. Now I'm running a 5k around 17:30 or so and hope to break 17 sometime this year.
You and Eddy are both amazing. Your weight loss may not have been as dramatic, but you're still almost unrecognizable in the second picture.
Your times (both of you) are so amazing that I'm considering packing on 50 pounds on purpose. Apparently getting chubby and then losing it makes you wicked fast.
Do you recommend beer or pizza - or both? Should I be doing any pre-eating stretches? You guys should probably write a book on the topic. You'd make millions. Suggested title: "Get Fat, Get Skinny, Get Fast."
"I've been following Eddy's improvement over the last two years on this site, and it's been pretty dang solid. Sure the weekly mileage has been up and down, but over the long haul he's getting out the door and has turned himself into quite a runner. He's only now just figuring out his potential. Consistency in running is measured in years, not weeks. And over the last couple of years, Eddy's made great strides" Jeff 14 Jan 2009