(Closed) runner bees: anyone training for a spring/early summer race?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t have any long runs on the books, but Darling Husband and I are doing The Color Run on June 30, and the All-Star Run on July 8!

http://thecolorrun.com/

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not training for  a specific race but am trying to get my stamina up to 5km. I was sooo close but then stopped training so I am back at square 1

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m running a 5k on May 5th! I’m just starting out with this whole runner thing so it’s my first race!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I want to do some sort of long run this Summer, though at the moment I’m not doing very well. I too stopped so am back at square 1.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

10KM (just over 6 miles??) race on May 13!! I am not a runner though, so training is difficult. I’m can comfortably do 5.75km now with a run/walk combination.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LoveMySailor1018:  You’ll do great! Honestly, your first 5K is ALL adrenaline! I think I could have kept running for miles and miles, LOL! You should see if there is a color run near you! That would be a GREAT first one for you!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Linz1231:  Thank you for the encouragement! I never even thought about all the adrenaline that’ll be pumping through me, that makes me feel better. I’m actually doing the Rugged Maniac race in Richmond and it’s a run/obstacle course. I’m not sure if that’ll make it harder or easier! What is a color run?

What do you ladies do as a usual workout to train for distance running? Do you use a program or just run a set distance?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have my first full marathon in 6 days!!!  OMG I’m so nervous!  I used Hal Higdon & Runners World to develop a training plan for myself so I have high  mileage weeks and low mileage weeks to allow for recovery.  I rocked my longest training run 2 weeks ago (22 miles) and then started to taper.  I have done half marathons before, and when I taper before those races I get kind of itchy to run… but that has definitely NOT happened this time.  My joints & muscles really needed a break this time. 

Good luck to you all in your upcoming races 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LoveMySailor1018:  Here’s the site! I am so excited, can’t you tell, haha! 🙂 The adrenaline definitely helps. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Well, my idea of a long run, isn’t going to compare to yours at all!  I signed up for a marathon relay in May and am doing the 5.5 mile leg of the race.  That’s long for me!  The longest distance I will ever have run.  Yesterday I did a two mile run on the treadmill and upped my pace by .5 mph.  I noticed that really helped me psychologically at least because I spent way less time on the treadmill and made 2 miles seem less daunting.  I’ve also noticed that it is absolutely critical for me to stretch my achilles before and after running and basically every day even when I’m not running, that yoga and hip flexor stretches are key to keeping my hips loose enough to allow me to run and that doing leg exercises 3-4 x a week with a weighted ankle belt helps keep my knees from hurting.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LoveMySailor1018:  Obstacle races are awesome… you will get kind of a “break” from constant running at each obstacle.  If you can comfortably run 3 consecutive miles, an obstacle race will be a breeze for you (provided you have decent upper body strength to help you over the obstacles!)  You should check out a mud run- those are insane!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

OK I actually have a running question. Or rather, what to do before a run. Do you stretch before you run? When I first started running, my coach at the time insisted that stretching cold muscles was a big no-no.  She said you’re more prone to pull a muscle so stretching should always be done after the workout. So I never stretch before a run (or any workout). I warm up with brisk walking for a few minutes.  

Fiance doesn’t buy this. He always stretches his quads and calves right before a run and insists that he can’t run as well if he doesn’t.

Can anyone with more running experience or kinesiology knowledge comment on this?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@RoundSolitaire:  I usually wait and stretch after.  Like you, I usually just do some walking before I start running. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@RoundSolitaire:  I do a warm-up jog.  It’s usually less than a mile, and at a slow-ish pace and them some strides (not quite sprints) near the end of my warm up.  I stretch some (calves, low back/hams, and quads, sometimes my hips) but I stretch really well after my runs.  I don’t stretch cold muscles, but a brisk walk or short jog should be enough to get the juices flowing enough to get a little stretching in. 

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