Mileage Reporting 46th Week of 2014

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  1. Scratch

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    Since Bare Lee's running streak came to an end, maybe it's appropriate enough that I end his weekly mileage thread starting streak too.

    Anyhow, took a bit of break from the boards here, which stemmed in part from my left hip going bad and making it such that I couldn't run without discomfort and when after one run I was even feeling discomfort while walking, well, you know. Time to step back. So that was late July and I wound up only running 5 times and about 30 miles in August.

    By the beginning of September, the hip was feeling pretty good again, but my mood wasn't very good and it wasn't until the 19th of September that I finally was able to begin running consistently again. So I lost about 6 or 7 weeks of running, an d I was frustrated, a bit depressed, and trying to get myself psyched up to run and get ready for Philadelphia and November 23rd, where I was intending to run the half-marathon.

    The last week of September I finally put up a week that was over 25 miles and I got back in rhythm. Since then, I've run consistently and peaked last week with 46.4 miles and a final long run of 11.25 miles (found a great hill with that one, it's about 1.4 miles going down, and then 1.4 miles coming back.)

    Ran a recovery run this morning. Legs were really flat, no spring to them at all, but that's the beauty of trying to taper things back and trying to get to the start line of Philly with springy legs.

    The left hip has done just fine and I've not noticed any warning signs. Back in July before the hip went bad, I got some weird swelling down in the lower left leg. That's stayed away, so I'm just kinda crossing my fingers and thinking maybe that the combination of the 97 day running streak and the fact that I had run most all of those miles at the same sort of pace had aggravated something. Since getting started up again, I've been including usually 2 sessions of short hill sprints every week, and it feels like that's helping to activate the glutes more. I've been wondering if that contributed to the front of the hip feeling bad, that maybe the left glute wasn't firing well and other parts of the hips were trying to compensate for that. Dunno.

    Oh well, at least I'm running, feeling good while doing so, and feeling pretty good about the half-marathon coming up.

    Apologies for the long ramble. Hope y'all are doing okay.
     
  2. Spiderweb62

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    This week is already 2 days old, and have about 24km/15mi. Having said that, last week wasn't as productive as I'd hoped.

    I am going to try to align 6 runs this week, which will be tough, as I have meetings in the city tomorrow and Thursday.

    I just passed the 1610km/1000mi for the year. I think I will beat last year's total, but may miss my target of 2000km/1240mi.
     
  3. I-Did-It (Steve)

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    Hi everyone,

    Thought I'd check in...

    I'm doing the maf method so no real mileadge to report....during the week I run for about an hour in the morning, then 30 minutes at lunch, and about an hour in the evening, I take a random day off a week when I feel like it.

    On the weekends I have been doing one long run of 3 to 4 hours, and some FUN running, were I just get a quick sprint in to the end of the block or something.

    This past weekend I got quite a bit of time in...ran 4 hours on Saturday and another 3 hours on Sunday.


    All of it is under 127 heart beats per minute.

    I eat and drink on the run, usually eat every 30 minutes and drink every 15 or so.

    My prefered energy food during runs are Dates that have a good dusting of Cinnamon, it's very palatable even after hours of running, and is good digestible energy that drives the hunger away pretty fast...I think I need some good salt and potassium tablet though, cause after about 3 hours the water just passes right through me. I've read that this can be the result of the body's salt levels getting too low to absorb fluids through the intestines.

    That's about it for now from out here on the Western Front.


    Happy F/Running Everyone!!!
     
  4. rickwhitelaw

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    Hey Steve. I know what you mean by reporting the slow and walking mileage. I feel a little guilty posting big numbers when the week included large percentages of walking, but I think it is important to point out that with Ultra training and running the walking miles are more than people realize. The longer the distance, the more rugged the terrain, the higher the altitude, and the greater the elevation change all increase the percentage of walking. You read reports of "power hiking", that is an Ultra term for walking folks. Anyway, go ahead and report those miles.

    Great job on the back to back run. That is a significant time on your feet and very important to having a successful Ultra. It's all about experimenting now to find out what works. I use Hammer Endurolytes or Hammer Fizz for electrolytes. Once in a while sports drinks, but I don't like the sugar and the way it coats your teeth.
     
  5. rickwhitelaw

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    Welcome back Scratch. Sorry to hear about your hip, but glad you have overcome it. Injuries are frustrating, especially when you don't know what caused it. Good call adding more variety to your runs.
     
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  6. dutchie53

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    First run of the season in Sockwas. The air temperature was -13C with a windchill of -20C along with 1-2 cm of fresh snow made it a no go for a barefoot run. The fresh snow did make a pleasant sound as one was running on it though. I was glad to see that my foot prints in the snow were clear and defined, that meant that I was not pushing off but placing and lifting my feet while running. Wound up doing my usual 5k loop. At least I was able to sweep the snow off the driveway this morning, I think that Lee is doing his strength training with a shovel today as they had quite the dump of snow out his way. :coldfeet: What, no snow shoveling emoticon? :)
     
  7. Bare Lee

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    Haha, so true, although we didn't get as much as expected. Not too far north of us though they got 16 inches. Driving conditions are terrible as a lot of the snow turned to ice yesterday. Today we're getting the fluffy stuff. I'm happy to report that I did get in a quick workout yesterday afternoon after the shoveling and putting on snow tires. My wife picked up the kids early (I put her snow tires on Sunday), as they had declared a snow emergency, so the time I would normally be picking them up was spent in my garage gym (for pics, see http://www.thebarefootrunners.org/t...-1rms-eight-week-workout-cycle-2.17238/page-6). Abide and I have been doing full body workouts based on about a half-dozen lifts, usually ten reps for each lift (10x1, 5x2, 3x3, 5x2, or 1x10). It can be done light or heavy, or some mix of the two, so yesterday I went light, mostly 2 x 5 each lift.

    Had my last barefoot run for a while Sunday. I'll be putting on the yellow Sockwa G4s myself this afternoon. I also got black Sockwa G4s for day-to-day stuff. No-one seems to notice they aren't normal shoes.
     
  8. dutchie53

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    I went for the canary yellow Sockwas, so I could fly like a bird. :) The Sockwas are the closest to running barefoot that I have found, thanks to all those who have recommended these. I'll switch to the KIGO's when the temps go below-30C as they offer a little more insulation. My last barefoot run was yesterday, but if we get a little wind and the fluffy stuff blows off the road then I can see me getting some more BF miles yet. :D
     
  9. Scratch

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    I did a 15 minute warmup run this morning before doing what I think of as the run-strength and run-form work. For that part, I did 6x8s hill sprints, followed by 4 skipping, 2 buttkicks an 2x50 reps of 100ups. Then once those were done, I cooled down with a 10 minute run. Legs were still somewhat tired, but much better than yesterday. I felt pretty good while running up the hills to get to Hillsprint Hill, and it's always a good measuring tool how the legs are doing by how they feel, how I feel when running uphill. I've got enough running my legs now it's just stupid easy to run if it's level or only a slight uphill, it's when I feel despairing on the longer steeper uphills that I get a measure of how much the legs have in them.

    Speaking of winter running, I hope we don't get a repeat of last winter. At the very least, please have it hold off until after November 23rd. When that day's done, I'll have the two big goals accomplished -- more than 1000 miles of running, although I went over that last month, and a PR in a half-marathon race.
     
  10. I-Did-It (Steve)

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    Hey Rick, thanks....I was freaking myself out by looking at the mileadge too much, so I stopped tracking it altogether, and am just looking at heart rate nearly continuously, and occassionally looking at the total time ran.

    I turn on the GPS for about a mile at a time occassionally to check my pace, which seems to be holding pretty steady at about 13:00 to 13:15 mm pace except on long steep grades where it gets slower....based on average pace and time spent on the feet, I'd say I did somewhere between 70 and 80 miles last week....haha, it seems like a lot when reported as miles, but at that heart rate I don't feel too spent or anything.


    The maf method seems like it will really only work if one spends many many hours a week with the heart rate in the 'zone' that he recomends. So I spent about 17 hours on the feet at around 127 BPM last week....I want to get up to 20 hours, which isn't so hard to do physically at that low heart rate intensity, but it's hard to find that much free time lol.

    We'll see as January gets closer, but I plan on doing the race at around a 135 to 145 bpm heart rate zone.


    I have some concerns about finishing before the cutoff at 5 pm, but I don't have too much concern about covering the 50 miles...maybe that's naive though.

    Mostly I'm excited about having a whole day with nothing to pull me away from the running...I can just go and go without having something else that needs done too lol....I'm really looking forward to that.

    I might actually go Forest Gump one of these days

    I heard of a guy in Eurape who has just been running continuously a la Forest Gump for years and years...that sounds wonderful to me.
     
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  11. Tristan

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    Monday did a 2.5mi jog. Trying to limit my next few runs to just a few miles taking it easy on the achilles a little longer. Split wood for ~2hrs. And just prior to sunset went out for bike, 10.8mi.

    Tuesday... possibly the last day of the year in the 60's? Had to enjoy it but didn't want to do back to back run so went for a bike. The biking seems to bother the achilles less. Was going to do the whole trail out and back but ended up being very windy and was worried about the return trip being mostly into the wind so cut it short at 19.5mi. Still the longest ride on the Schwinn in a couple months. Glad I did cut it short since there were some really rough spots where the wind knocked me down to walking speed. Also split wood but only for an hour a less. Then in tonight on nightshift. Longest stretch between nightshifts this year since I took my second stretch off last rotation, and didn't get called in for any on my on call week, so its been 5 weeks on day schedule. One positive thing about the nightshifts, stair workout. Took it easy tonight with all the mileage on the achilles already, but hit the steps 4 times and did 50 floors (1000 steps) total.
     
  12. Scratch

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    Today, 1.19 mile warmup, then 5K at what felt to me like half-marathon pace effort, short jog after that, then a comfortable walk home to cool down. I was very pleased at what resulted. Conditions weren't entirely favorable, warm and humid and around 59 degrees, legs felt much snappier than the prior two days, but not full snappy like I hope to have come the 23rd. But the splits from the 5K at half-marathon effort were right where I want to see them:

    Mile 1 -- 9:01
    MIle 2 -- 8:51
    Mile 3 -- 8:52 (this is the mostly uphill mile too)
    .1 -- :50

    27:34 for the 5 kilometers and I certainly didn't feel strained by it.

    Tomorrow will probably be just some easy miles if I run.
     
  13. rickwhitelaw

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    A few questions if you don't mind.

    Wow, you have built mileage up fast. Any problems? Are you wearing shoes? Are you going to try to maintain that mileage or have a reduced week once in a while?

    I have never Maffed with a monitor but have seen great improvements with slowing the pace and building a mileage base. However, once that base is built, I think a variety of miles is of great importance. A little bit of speed or tempo now and then. Hills, hills, hills. Any of your training allow for that right now?

    I am pretty sure you will be able to cover the 50 miles. But, take advantage of the early start. You don't need the extra stress of having to hit cutoffs. This is where many runners get into trouble and make the run less enjoyable. It is surprising how much time is eaten up by little things. Scenery and photos, time at aid stations, bathrooms stops, dumping debris out of shoes;), etc. It is hard to make up those minutes by increasing your pace.
     
  14. scedastic

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    Yeah, the heaviest snow was reserved for St. Cloud! Grrrrr.
     
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  15. Tristan

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    Well after a day that barely counted for the winter challenge, and then another day that certainly didn't count for the winter challenge, I got a cold run in today. 36ºF temp, weatherbug also said it "feels like" 29º with 8mph wind and 70% humidity. It was cold but didn't feel like below freezing to me so I counted it as 36 for the winter challenge. The trail was tree lined and the section I ran is mostly protected from the wind, though I could feel it slightly after the turn around point when I was then heading directly into it. Feet were ok but approaching the temps things start to go numb for me. Definitely reduced sensation and a little chill around the edges of feet but nothing completely numb yet.

    3.7 mile jog in today. Felt good, just a slow pace.

    More stairs tonight at work. 73 flights up and down (1460 stair steps each way) plus I'll probably do 14 more just down when I leave.
     
  16. scedastic

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    btw I'm only posting for pity, so bring it.
    Ear infections, sinus infections, kids out of school driving me nuts, work........waaaaaaa
    so no miles lately.
    a few very light sessions at the gym.
    Antibiotics are kicking in finally, so maybe this weekend.
     
  17. dutchie53

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    1 km on packed snow/bare roads yesterday with a windchill of -14C was about all I could do as my tootsies were complaining. It was my plan to put on shoes once I got back to the house, but once I got inside the warmth felt like as though I would enjoy that more than to go back out in the cold, shoes or no shoes. :rolleyes: Sced, did you guys get hit with a dump of snow as well in St. Cloud?
     
  18. scedastic

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    14-16" within some short amount of time. It was DRAMATIC. High winds, the whole shebang.
    Got stuck like 3 times coming home, helped a couple of people get unstuck, feared the hills where everyone was slowly sliding down.......yeah
    Although I must say, my first impression of mn drivers was that they were less variable in their driving foolishness than in MI. I looked it up, and saw that on average where I had lived the snowfall was aroudn 100"/yr----about half of what is here. Yet, the first few snowfalls, you got the guys w the 4 wheel drive just pummeling us wee little cars, and the other fools flying off the road.
    Here, there seemed to be a lot more calm, considering.
    But that was only from one harrowing ride of 2.5 miles.
     
  19. happysongbird

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    Sunday and Monday - barefoot walking in several airports world wide. Lots of stares.

    Tuesday - shopping in Milan in my Sockwas, as it was quite rainy-cold.

    Wednesday - More shopping in the rain, but this time in my Soft Star boots for even more warmth.

    Thursday - Was going to run, but hubby encourage me to just go shopping with my friend my last day with her here in Italy. I did not see the point in arguing. ;-) So, the morning walking in Luna's, since we would be going in and out of many stores and I just was not up to the possibility of confrontation. But then, my feet just whined about it and I finally took my Lunas off and left them off a while. LOTS of stares. Then I walked barefoot on top of the mall getting to an oddly situated grand hotel there so we could call a taxi to get home. No one in the hotel seemed to care, but the taxi driver definitely did a double take.

    Tomorrow - We head home in the early hours of the morning. Here's to hoping the Italian air strike doesn't keep us airport bound too long.

    I seem to have had a life of extremes lately, but I am trying to do as much of it bare footed as I can. :)
     
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    Oh, and I wanted to say that I really liked reading everyone's posts and would reply more, but it is harder for me to do on my iPad. Call it user impatience and incompetence, but also the internet in Italy is pretty unreliable, so keeps cutting out on me.
     
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