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  1. Run2BFit

    Going backwards or upside down

    A good start to the year. Having the goal to run a race every month sound like a good motivator. There nothing like the excitement of a race to get your adrenaline going. Also watched some of the Millrose Games, some great performances for being so early in the year.
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    Four Days a Week

    I have been running for the last year 4 days a week with 2 days of strength training. My new half train plan has me running 5-6 days a week. After 6 weeks. so far so good.
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    Age.

    I can sympathize with you. Winter in Detroit can be pretty dark and bleak, but getting to run during the winter, inside or out gives me joy. I have been trying to be more mindful during my runs; getting into a rhythm,, noticing my turnover, breathing, heartbeat, and the my body moving through the air. The winter provides a variety of running experiences and challenges; snow, rain, cold, and ice, but to go out and meet those challenges and sharing them with others keeps me from getting bored.
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    Working hard

    Great example for grit and determination. I hope your marathon training helps relieve some of the stress your experiencing. I know that even though my training can be hard it just gives me great a sense of satisfaction in having completed workouts and it also diverts my mind from worrying about all the other stuff going on in my mind.
  5. Thanks for your advice, and personal experience, I agree with you and your perspective is appreciated. It's always good to hear from someone who has been there before you.
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    Hello

    Sure it would be great to meetup sometime for a run, I live in Royal Oak.
  7. It has been a few weeks since I started a new Half Marathon training plan by Richard Diaz that is time and heart rate based. The first thing I had to do was determine my aerobic heart, determined by subtracting my age (62) from 180 to arrive at 118 bpm as my aerobic heart rate. The goal is to do my aerobic runs at my aerobic heart +/- 5 bpm. My weekly training workouts have thus far consisted of three 60 minute runs at my aerobic heart rate, two 30 min strength workouts, and two Motor Skills Development runs; which consist of a mile warm-up run, followed by running up to your near maximum speed and then slowing down to walk and to continue walking until your heartbeat is less than 110 bpm (it ends up being about 200 yards sprint for me), then repeat for 30 minutes, followed then with a mile cool down run. The training seems to be going fairly well, except for some soreness in my left hip. I have substituted a 60 min elliptical workout for one of the 60 min aerobic runs when my hip was feeling sore. I am looking at (hoping) to retire as an automotive engineering at the end of this year and am thinking about how to incorporate something more meaningful into my life. I am reading David Brooks book: "The Second Mountain, The Quest for a Moral Life". The first mountain being the quest toward your own success, and the second mountain being the quest to the success of others, leading to a more fulfilling life. This book comes from a more intellectual perspective. He makes some good points like our society becoming hyper focused on the individual and individual success. I also just watched the first episode of Picard (1st episode is free on CBS all access) about Jean Luc's life after retiring/leaving Star Fleet. I enjoyed it, and one line from Jean Luc stood out for me where he says "I need to stop living waiting to die, and to start taking action" (or something to that affect). Patrick Steward is a standout actor and very apparent in this new series. I have also just check out from the library Amby Burfoot's new book: "Run Forever" and am looking forward to reading it, as I hope to run forever. Good running!
  8. Run2BFit

    Hello

    Hello, I am have been a long time reader of the bloop, here and when it was part of the Runner's World web site. I am not much of a writer and sharing information about myself is a little uncomfortable, but in the spirit of new year resolutions/changes I am going to give it a try as I really enjoy reading about the other runners on the bloop . Also I have heard that if you are not uncomfortable then you aren't growing/improving. I've been a runner for about 12 years, I had run several of the Detroit Race For the Cure 5K 's before that as a way to honor my mother who died from breast cancer, but did not run consistently. I start running seriously after seeing a PBS Marathon Challenge program in 2007 about the training of a small group of non-runners for the Boston Marathon. I figured if they could run a marathon then I should also be able to and since I would be turning 50 the following year it would be good way to celebrate turning 50. So started my journey into running and after about a year of training I ran my first marathon; the 2008 Detroit Marathon in 4:30:10. It was very painful for me to gain the cardiovascular endurance needed to run long (any) distances, as this was before I had heard about the run-walk method. I figured once I had become fit that I didn't want to put myself through that painful experience again and have continued to run on a regular basis, except for a few injury timeouts (mostly bouts with plantar faciitis). I have completed 4 Detroit Marathons, and in 2016 the Boston Marathon. Now I run mostly half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks,. I I need to be really motivated to put in the time and effort required to train for a full marathon, and that half marathons are much more manageable from a training and recovery time standpoint. I also enjoy trail running, but there are many trails near me. Last year I had a pretty good year being injury free and running 1346 miles, 5 half marathons (including one trail half marathon), 4 10Ks, and 2 5Ks and the Ragnar Trail Relay near Gaylord, MI. My fastest half last year was 1:49:19 at the January Snowman's Half in Mt Pleasant, MI with temperatures just below zero. I would have to say the half marathon is my favorite race distance with a personal best of 1:39:42 at the 2015 Let's Move Half Marathon in Mt Clemens, MI. I run with a local running group on Saturday mornings, usually running 10 miles and then meeting for coffee afterwards. Some of us have signed up for the Traversed City Bayshore Full or Half marathons on the Saturday before Memorial Day. I had been listening to a running podcast by Richard Diaz who specializes in endurance training and who has had a lot of experience training runners. For the Bayshore Half I have just started following Richard's intermediate half marathon training plan (18 weeks) with all the training runs based on heart rate and time. Best wishes and good running in 2020.
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    Lacing help, anyone?

    Web site with several different lacing techniques to try: https://runrepeat.com/top-10-running-shoe-lacing-techniques
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