(Closed) anyone getting into training for running races now that the weather is better?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m running San Francisco’s “Bay to Breakers” with a friend in two months. It’s a 12k, and right now I can run maybe 2 miles at the most. Unfortunately, I broke my collarbone about a month ago, so I haven’t been able to run. I’m getting to a point where I can get back into it, so training will start again soon. 

We’ve set up one of the bedrooms in our rental as a gym, and I have a treadmill and big TV in there (we actually found the TV on the side of the road, and it works!) I rent cheesy movies from Netflix and will only let myself watch them when I’m running on the treadmill. The last one was Twilight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

For 2010 my goal is 1 race a month.  I’m starting with 5ks and hope to progress to a 10k by June and maybe a Honeymoon by October.  I do most of my running on the treadmill, but that’s just because it’s been so crappy out.  I’m hoping with the nicer weather I can explore some of the bike trails around our house.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m training for a 5k in May with a really good friends :0) Hopefully this Michigan Weather cooperates because now that I’ve been running outside it will kill me to go back to the gym. I think the distance goes by so much faster when there’s some scenery to look at. I’ve been running for awhile but seem to be stuck at 2 miles or less so my current plan is to run the miles with breaks in between to get up to the mileage then take the breaks out… does that work? is that a good method? anyone know?

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m training for a 5K in June. Hopefully I will be able to complete it without stopping. I just started training 2 weeks ago and I can now do a complete mile without stopping. Here’s hoping I can triple that in two months!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I started training for a marathon last November and its been going extremely well.  Did a trial half Marathon at the beginning of February which went well, unfortunately it gets in the 100degrees here in the summer so I’m going to keep at the half marathon pace until it starts to cool again.  Just remember you can do it, dont give in to excuses, after the first month of progress you really start to feel the effects and that alone is motivating.  Msg me if you want any tips to.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I registered for my first 1/2 marathon for this coming October.  The hubby and I are training for it.  We’ve never done anything like this but we are committed to do it. 

Good luck to all who are running. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m so excited because I’m doing my first 5k of the year on April 10! And because I’m lucky enough to live in Des Moines, IA the Drake Relays are two weeks after that. Lots of races for us non-competitive type. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m doing a 5k next weekend! Yeah!! It’s going to be my 1st one ever. Unfortunately, I’m dealing with IT band issues that may put me on the bench here soon….here’s to hoping it doesn’t!

 

And for you all doing Halves or Wholes….power to ya!! DANG!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I completed my first 5k of the year last weekend.  My main goal was to shave minutes off of my previous 5k time.  I was successful with cutting my time by 3.15 minutes but I’m still not where I want to be.  I’ve always wondered if I could complete a half marathon but at times it feels impossible.  The highest distance I’ve completed was an 8k race.

I’m not a treadmill runner but I do live in the South so it is more bearable to run outside all year round (with the right gear).  I’m very excited that Spring is here and I hope to complete a two more 5k’s before the wedding.  It helps keep me motivated to stay in shape ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Any tips on adding miles to your runs?  Or any race tips would be greatly appreciated, as well.  Always looking to improve ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m running a 10k in a month (first one ever) and doing a 5k in August. I’ve only ran in one race and I actually hated it. I looooove running by myself as my head-clearing time, and I found running in a big group to be really distracting and frustrating.

However….I’m going to try the 10k (to say I did it!) and I’m going to repeat the 5k I ran in last year to improve my time. I’m going to see if maybe I can get into this racing thing after all.

It’s finally nice enough to be able to consistently run outside here. YAY! I live a mile from a bike trail and the little suburb I live in is good for running. I also run on the treadmill sometimes (especially for intervals) and on the track at my gym for tempo runs.

For training, I HIGHLY recommend the Hal Higdon plans that are available online; I’ve been doing the intermediate 5k. There are some 6-week 5k, 10k, and half marathon training plans in Runner’s World this month and those are good too. I’ve been doing kind of a combination of those. Tempo runs and intervals REALLY help boost speed and endurance. I’m really good at NOT pushing myself and just being content to run at a slow pace, or to slow down or even walk as soon as I’m feeling uncomfortable, and those have helped.

During the winter, I had a goal of pushing the pace up .1 mile per hour every time I ran on the treadmill. That seriously helped too. I’ve shaved a few minutes off my 5k time recently – and 5-6 minutes off my time from the 5k last year! (OK – and I’m a slow runner with stubby legs. But still. :))

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m running a 5K today, woo! But really, I’m gearing up for my first half marathon next month.  Running outside is so much more fun than running on the treadmill!

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