Sub 1:30 Half Marathon in 2020 (Read 554 times)

CommanderKeen


Aspiring Hobby Jogger

    DWave - That's quite the list of maladies from just a single image! I'm certainly glad you're responding to the PT you're already doing, and hopefully that continues to improve. Does any of this change your plans for a marathon this fall? Even if it's just switching from one to another.
    RE: your comment of "treat the patient, not the image" in the other thread is a good one, though I've been on the opposite of that before. When I was 18 and about to move into the college dorms I woke up with my right ankle swolen to the size of a grapefruit and I wasn't able to walk on it at all. Docs thought I somehow wrapped my foot in the sheets overnight and broke my ankle when rolling over - but an x-ray showed nothing wrong. The swelling went down and I limped for a couple weeks, but was fine. This kind of thing happened off-and-on for a few years (occasionally I'd hear/feel a *pop* in that ankle) and I finally got in to a specialist who concluded that I was faking it based on how my symptoms came and went randomly, my ankle seemed completely fine between episodes, and a new x-ray was also clear. I argued that it seemed to me to be a soft tissue problem and he relented into getting me an MRI. I went back to have the MRI reviewed and as soon as he put the image up to see it (he obviously hadn't looked prior) his whole demeanor changed and said "well, that would explain it". Turns out I had a piece of cartilage the size of a tic-tac floating around in my ankle that would occasionally get stuck and mess things up. The piece had torn off thanks to spraining that ankle half-a-dozen times or so playing basketball. Simple arthroscopic procedure to have it removed and I haven't had a single issue with that ankle since.


    Mark - Is the taper madness setting in yet??


    Flavio - Good week. Also, "velocimeters"? Around here we call them "speedometers"!


    Piwi - Yeah, you're definitely knocking on the door of a sub-18. Don't look at HR in absolute values - it needs to be looked at as a percentage of the total or, better yet, percentage of HR Reserve.


    Pretty good week for me, though all easy. I've now had 3-4 really good runs in a row with little to no issues with my low back/hips - perhaps just a bit of a hitch after several miles that's entirely ignorable, but goes away with a quick stop and twisting of my upper body. BEAUTIFUL weather this morning, too! Trying to front-load some miles this week ahead of my HM this weekend. I have zero clue how hard I should be going out for this, so we'll just have to see how things end up.

     

    Weekly for period: From: 09/21/2020 To 09/27/2020

    Date Name Distance
    in mi
    Duration Avg Pace
    per mi
    Elevation Gain
    in ft
    09/21/2020 Running with my head in the clouds 10.25 01:25:47 08:22 413
    09/22/2020 6 rabbits and a drizzle the whole way 11.05 01:34:39 08:34 469
    09/23/2020 1 armadillo and more moisture than should be possible without rain 11.05 01:34:42 08:34 495
    09/23/2020 Making the math easy. 3,384m actual distance 2.01 00:16:22 08:09 3
    09/24/2020 2 owls, 1 hawk, and everything covered in fog again 11.15 01:34:28 08:28 489
    09/25/2020 Talked myself in to that last mile 11.15 01:34:03 08:26 495
    09/26/2020 No hip issues today! 3.35 00:26:03 07:47 125
    09/27/2020 First real long run in WAY too long 16.31 02:12:52 08:09 312

    Total distance: 76.33mi

    5k: 18:25 10/19 (solo track TT) │ 10k: 38:56 4/18 │ HM: 1:24:16 11/19 │ M: 3:04:13 11/18

     

    Upcoming Races (?):

    8/29 Moore War 5k

    9/5 - Tunnel to Towers 5k

    9/27 - Run Elk City 5k

    10/4 - Wurst Race Half - Ran it!

    10/18 - Hot Chocolate 15k (Pacing)

     

    darkwave


    Mother of Cats

      DWave - That's quite the list of maladies from just a single image! I'm certainly glad you're responding to the PT you're already doing, and hopefully that continues to improve. Does any of this change your plans for a marathon this fall? Even if it's just switching from one to another.
      RE: your comment of "treat the patient, not the image" in the other thread is a good one, though I've been on the opposite of that before. When I was 18 and about to move into the college dorms I woke up with my right ankle swolen to the size of a grapefruit and I wasn't able to walk on it at all. Docs thought I somehow wrapped my foot in the sheets overnight and broke my ankle when rolling over - but an x-ray showed nothing wrong. The swelling went down and I limped for a couple weeks, but was fine. This kind of thing happened off-and-on for a few years (occasionally I'd hear/feel a *pop* in that ankle) and I finally got in to a specialist who concluded that I was faking it based on how my symptoms came and went randomly, my ankle seemed completely fine between episodes, and a new x-ray was also clear. I argued that it seemed to me to be a soft tissue problem and he relented into getting me an MRI. I went back to have the MRI reviewed and as soon as he put the image up to see it (he obviously hadn't looked prior) his whole demeanor changed and said "well, that would explain it". Turns out I had a piece of cartilage the size of a tic-tac floating around in my ankle that would occasionally get stuck and mess things up. The piece had torn off thanks to spraining that ankle half-a-dozen times or so playing basketball. Simple arthroscopic procedure to have it removed and I haven't had a single issue with that ankle since.

       

      Nice week - good to see you back at it.

       

      Very crazy story about that cartilage fragment.  TBH, that's what I was suspecting my ankle MRI might catch - something like that or a cyst pushing on something.

       

      As for marathons - no marathon for me this fall.  November is simply too close.  I just need to get healthy and decently fit again, and then see what is out there.

      Everyone's gotta running blog; I'm the only one with a POOL-RUNNING blog.

       

      And...if you want a running Instagram where all the pictures are of cats, I've got you covered.

      Marky_Mark_17


        Keen - sounds like great progress in terms of energy levels and how the body is feeling, long may it continue.  No taper madness yet, although 10 days out is generally where things kick off as that's when race day first appears on Metservice's long range weather forecast (so Fri is when things may get interesting).

        5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

        HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

        Last race: Wairarapa Country Marathon, 11 Oct, 2:41:41 (PB)

        Up next: NZ Road Race Champs (10k), 7 Nov (I hope!)

        "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

          Zebano how did the knee hold up ?

           

          Steve shes coming back in December and I think we are keener than her to get together  so maybe I wont be back this year.

           

          Keen great to see you enjoying running again.

           

          I got a new pair of Pegasus 36s for $112 NZ $73 US to replace my old one which clicked over 1000kms

          50+ PBs -  

          5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

          10k 38.55 oct 19 strava run

          Next race Tauranga city to Surf 11km Nov 1st 2020

          Mount Maunganui half 10k 28th nov 2020

          " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

          Somewhere in between is about right "      

           

          zebano


            Piwi, I've got two twenty minute runs in pain free! I'm trying really hard not to overdo it.

             

            1000km on 1 pair of shoes is amazing durability

            1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 45:24 (2017), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Mary - 3:37:17 (2018)

              Zebano that's good news on your knee. I think the Pegasus were done at 800kms but the replacement shoes I got NB Beacon 2s felt terrible. I felt a bit guilty buying more shoes so I persisted with the Beacons until a good deal came up.

              50+ PBs -  

              5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

              10k 38.55 oct 19 strava run

              Next race Tauranga city to Surf 11km Nov 1st 2020

              Mount Maunganui half 10k 28th nov 2020

              " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

              Somewhere in between is about right "      

               

              zebano


                Piwi, getting shoes that don't work for you is the worst. I still have some NB 1500s with about 150 miles and I just want toss them but I'll use them once a week just because I have them. How is US $72 cheap?

                1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 45:24 (2017), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Mary - 3:37:17 (2018)

                darkwave


                Mother of Cats

                  Piwi, I've got two twenty minute runs in pain free! I'm trying really hard not to overdo it.

                   

                  1000km on 1 pair of shoes is amazing durability

                   

                  Good news!!!!

                  Everyone's gotta running blog; I'm the only one with a POOL-RUNNING blog.

                   

                  And...if you want a running Instagram where all the pictures are of cats, I've got you covered.

                  watsonc123


                    Piwi, getting shoes that don't work for you is the worst. I still have some NB 1500s with about 150 miles and I just want toss them but I'll use them once a week just because I have them. How is US $72 cheap?

                     

                    We generally don't get amazing end of line shoe sales here.  Around $US 65 is about as cheap as you'll ever get a reasonable running shoe in New Zealand.

                    PRs: 5km 18:43 (Dec 2015), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:26:16 (Sep 2016), full 3:09:28 (Jun 2015)

                     

                    40+ PRs: 5km 19:31 (Oct 2020), 10km 39:59 (Sep 2020), half 1:29:39 (Jun 2018)

                    Marky_Mark_17


                      Zebano - great news on the knee.

                       

                      Watson is right in terms of sale shoes.  Just not a lot to be had here.  The best deals I tend to get around here are from Running Warehouse Australia (which curiously seems to have gone offline).

                      5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                      HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                      Last race: Wairarapa Country Marathon, 11 Oct, 2:41:41 (PB)

                      Up next: NZ Road Race Champs (10k), 7 Nov (I hope!)

                      "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                        Mark/Watson I've noticed since covid that Athletes foot and Stirling sports are doing a better job with online deals. I got the Pegasus 36 for $112 delivered from Stirling sports and New Balance fuel cell Rebels from Athletes foot for $119.

                         

                        Zebano yes that's pretty cheap over here. I'm jealous of the competitive shoe market you have in the US for running shoes.

                        50+ PBs -  

                        5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

                        10k 38.55 oct 19 strava run

                        Next race Tauranga city to Surf 11km Nov 1st 2020

                        Mount Maunganui half 10k 28th nov 2020

                        " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

                        Somewhere in between is about right "      

                         

                        Marky_Mark_17


                          Guess what?  Long-range weather forecast is up!

                           

                          Sat 10 Oct - partly cloudy with light winds, 4C / 40F overnight.

                           

                          Sun 11 Oct (race day) - partly cloudy with NW winds, high 19C (66F).

                           

                          The Sunday high won't be a major issue as the race starts at 7am which is only just after sunrise at the moment.

                          5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                          HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                          Last race: Wairarapa Country Marathon, 11 Oct, 2:41:41 (PB)

                          Up next: NZ Road Race Champs (10k), 7 Nov (I hope!)

                          "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                          Marky_Mark_17


                            That's just Metservice, though.

                             

                            Also, we have Weather.com with a light NW wind and overnight low of 6C (43F). Accuweather pretty similar too.

                            5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                            HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                            Last race: Wairarapa Country Marathon, 11 Oct, 2:41:41 (PB)

                            Up next: NZ Road Race Champs (10k), 7 Nov (I hope!)

                            "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

                              Mark it's still too far out to call it. NZ weather in spring can change quickly as you know. Middle of next week should give you a better idea

                              50+ PBs -  

                              5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

                              10k 38.55 oct 19 strava run

                              Next race Tauranga city to Surf 11km Nov 1st 2020

                              Mount Maunganui half 10k 28th nov 2020

                              " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

                              Somewhere in between is about right "      

                               

                              Marky_Mark_17


                                Mark it's still too far out to call it. NZ weather in spring can change quickly as you know. Middle of next week should give you a better idea

                                 

                                Yes I know but I haven't properly raced since March and I want to ride the rollercoaster haha.

                                5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20) | 10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) 

                                HM: 1:10:46 (Nov-19) | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

                                Last race: Wairarapa Country Marathon, 11 Oct, 2:41:41 (PB)

                                Up next: NZ Road Race Champs (10k), 7 Nov (I hope!)

                                "CONSISTENCY IS KING"