Runner Bees?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@OnceUponATime:  

#1- clothes:  I would do the spandex.  If you’re that insecure, try using Body Glide (or deodorant) between your thighs to help cut down on the friction.  I used running tights, capris, or shorts for the most part.

#2- running:  Try something akin to the “ramp-up, pull back” approach… something like a Hal Higdon marathon training plan.  One week you do 7, the next week you do 8, the following week you drop back to 6… then 8, 9, 7… then 9, 10, 6.  Built-in recovery weeks allow your legs to heal and prevent overtraining injuries.  Kudos also for a well-rounded routine 🙂  It looks really good!  No running 2 days in a row, not going up in mileage too much too quickly, good strength training base, cross training cardio- way to go!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@OnceUponATime:  don’t have specific training advice, but I will say that I just got my first running skirt and it’s SO CUTE!! It has great little spandex shorts underneath. Also, yeah, some runner’s lube or whatever can help with the chafing.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@OnceUponATime:  Are you on a treadmill or running outside?  Maybe change that up a bit- being outdoors is COMPLETELY different.  While it’s more difficult to run on hills and in the wind, I find it much more stimulating mentally.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wear regular athletic shorts.  As long as they aren’t too tight they’re usually fine for me.  I’ve never had any issues with shorts…or rather, I’ve never had chaffing so I’ve never had a reason to alter what I wear.  In the winter I wear some Columbia pants, they’re tight and lightly lined with fleece.  Best pants ever!  I wear them camping at higher altitudes too because they’re so warm.

I don’t have specific training advice, but I’d recommend running at least 3 days a week.  If I don’t run at least 3 days it tends to be harder for me to push myself to go longer distances on my long run. If it were me I’d add in maybe a 3 mile run on one of your weight lifting days.

I’d increase the bike ride every other week too if you’re up for it.  I like to do a nice 20 mi bike ride or so at least every other week.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@OnceUponATime:  Mile 6 is HARD! Most runners have a hard time pushing through.

I trained exclusively on the treadmill (where stopping isn’t an option as easy as slowing to a walk) until I could run 11 miles! I felt like it was easier to look down and say “I’ll run 5 more minutes, then I’ll stop” was way easier when I had a TV to watch instead of nothing but the road in front of me!

Then I did road training and hill training until I ran my first half marathon!

Post # 9
Hostess
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@OnceUponATime:  

 

#1 – Clothing — I looooove running skirts.  Especially the ones with nothing underneath, so I can layer ’em over my spandex!  I do enjoy the ones with shorter shorts underneath, too (my favorites are lululemon — they don’t ride up!).  I also enjoy compression or running tights if it’s not too hot outside.  As for shorts, most of my running shorts are either Nike or Under Armour.  Look into BodyGlide (or some other brand).  It really does cut down on rubbing and chaffing if your shorts are too short.  Also, don’t be insecure about wearing spandex — no one is paying attention!  And, if you are, trying a longer, yoga style tank.

 

 

 

#2 – Your cross training looks great, but I feel like you should add a third day of running.  Doesn’t have to be a long distance or time, just get on your feet a third day and try to run it at race pace.  I find that if I run more than 3 or 4 days a week, I injure myself.  I try to squeeze in 3 great running workouts (pace run, hillwork/speed work & long run) and if I run a fourth day, it’s an added bonus.  Listen to your body absolutely, but I think you should be running a third day.. 🙂

 

 

 

Good luck in your race!!!

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@DaneLady:  +1 and in distance-running, its mostly mental

Post # 11
Hostess
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@DaneLady:  +1 — the two are like night and day.  I love the TM for speedwork, but hate it for anything else because I find it to be so different.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DaneLady:  +1.  I HATE running on treadmills inside.  I can’t really push myself to go more than 6 miles indoors.  I just end up quitting after 6.  Outside…I can be gone for 2 hours and enjoy myself.  I think it’s because I stare at the timer on the treadmill and it feels like it drags on.  Outside is great because I’m not distracted by how much time is left.

And I love taking on hills.

OP I would only run on the treadmill for speedwork or if the weather is crap. I would try to run outside for the rest of it.  I find it MUCH easier to run on a treadmill than outside.  Meaning that when you go from only running on a treadmill to outdoors…it will be much harder on you.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Shorts: Body glide, or look for shorts that don’t have seams on the inside or have a flat seam. I’ve heard that these are good, and one reviewer said she used to have chafing and these don’t do it to her. I like these too. Also, you could try running skirts, because they have spandex shorts inside with the coverage of regular shorts. Athleta has a lot of those.

Training: I think you need to run more than twice a week. Time on your feet matters, and I think you will get more comfortable with increasing your mileage if you run more consistently. Try doing one long run, one tempo, and one day of speed/hill work a week. Check out Runner’s World, they have a lot of good articles. Kudos on lifting and doing ab work, by the way!

The bike is nice but keep in mind that running is about three times harder than biking. So, a 12 mile bike ride is equivalent in effort to a 4 mile run. It’s good for your fitness but it doesn’t really help your legs get used to running longer.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’ll agree that running on a treadmill is BRUTAL. I can run 4-7 miles no prob outside (longer if I’m training or psych myself up for it)..treadmill, 2 or 3 feels brutal. Can you run in the morning before work? It takes a little to get used to it, but after a while it feels so good to do it first thing. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kes18:  I’m so with you re: the DREADmill. I had to do 6 on it last week because it was murderously hot outside, and it was such a struggle. The only thing that got me through was Netflix on my phone.

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