10 mile run

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    Jun 07, 2008 12:48 PM GMT
    Leaving in about 15 minutes for a 10 mile run with one of my buddies. I hate to run, and while I like to do tris, I hate the running part. Did 10 about a week ago with a few shorter runs in between. Running is good for losing chub, which I have plenty to burn off, lol, but I still hate it. Anyway, I just wanted to complain before hitting the trail; at least it is sunny and I should catch some rays : )

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    Jun 07, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    Careful what you sayicon_smile.gifI used to hate running too. It is addictive, constantly chasing the runner's high.

    10 miles is a pretty good distance, trust me the pounds will start dropping, so long as you don't gorge like me afterward.

    It is nice to see the you did some smaller distances in between the last 10 miler to let your body recover and build again.

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    Jun 07, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
    26mileman saidCareful what you sayicon_smile.gifI used to hate running too. It is addictive, constantly chasing the runner's high.


    What ^^^ said!!!

    I went for a 6 miler a couple evenings ago and by the 3rd mile, I was feeling AWESOME!!! I mean, I was sad when I reached the end of my run.
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    Jun 07, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    What uncanny timing for this post...

    I am a runner at heart and have put it aside for the last couple of months in order to gain some weight before I start training for a marathon in the fall. I have gained 15 lbs and love the way it looks on me, but not running these last 8 weeks has been really difficult. Although, reaching the marathon at 6'2" 145lbs is not pretty either (you are right the lbs. just seem to fall off).

    I sympathize with your hatred of running. I have the same feeling with the biking portion of tri training. I guess we all have an Achilles heel to contend with.

    Glad you got out to run and wish I was joining you. Enjoy what you have and can do...many are not as fortunate as we are.
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    Jun 07, 2008 7:43 PM GMT
    I know some of you will understand how I can say that I hate running, but love the feeling when I am done and the general fitness-feel I get afterwards.

    We did our ten miles in just a few minutes over 2-hours. We have lots of hills in Pittsburgh and it was quite hot. I am happy with our run, my tan and my now slightly blonder hair, lol. It cracks me up how my hair changes color with direct sunlight. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    I ran the Dexter-Ann Arbor 1/2 marathon last Sunday. I felt great most of the run. I enjoyed it. This is the third time for me. It's 13.1 miles.

    I hated running too about six years ago or more. I love cardio thought. I guess I would have to being a group fitness instructor. LOL

    Kev

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    Jun 08, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    Does anyone else have difficulty with running? I can spend 30 to 60 minutes on an eliptical machine and get up to my top heart rate or an hour in a spinning class, but can't even run for 10 minutes. My main problem is that my breathing gets out of control and the more I try to control it, the worse it gets. I probably just need to keep working at it, but curious if anyone else has had this problem and gotten past it.
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    Jun 08, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    I don't have fitness-wisdom for you nick, but I do know that running for me is 85% a mental thing, not physical.
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    Jun 10, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    nickinstl saidDoes anyone else have difficulty with running? I can spend 30 to 60 minutes on an eliptical machine and get up to my top heart rate or an hour in a spinning class, but can't even run for 10 minutes. My main problem is that my breathing gets out of control and the more I try to control it, the worse it gets. I probably just need to keep working at it, but curious if anyone else has had this problem and gotten past it.


    I don't know what you mean by "out of control". For me it takes me about two miles to get fully warmed up. And my breathing gets really hard. Just take it easy in the beginning and slow down until you get your breathing under control. Even if it doesn't feel like you're running.

    Eventually your body will catch up. I'm no expert but I think it has to do with Oxygenation of the blood. It was a really strange experience for me when I first started running, but once you push through that initial "wall" you'll find yourself almost breathing normally and then the endorphins kick in then you feel like you could run forever.
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    Jun 10, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    newdirection66I ran the Dexter-Ann Arbor 1/2 marathon last Sunday. I felt great most of the run. I enjoyed it. This is the third time for me. It's 13.1 miles.
    A few friends and I did the same race last week -- not too bad, if you could avoid the potholes, but didn't you just love the hill up Maple at the end? That just wasn't right.

    For myself -- a reluctant, but continuing runner, the breathing control and indeed the ability to run any distance at all for me is tied to watching my heart rate.

    I got a Garmin 305 GPS watch back when I started training for my first half marathon (the aforementioned Dexter Ann Arbor run last week) and after plotting my speed and heartrate as well as noting how I felt, I found an excellent running window of between 150 and 169 BPM. If I start straying above 172, I start getting really tired and winded fast. If I stay under 170, I feel I can run forever (though the half marathon showed me that forever was actually about 12 miles -- the last 1.1 was pretty ugly, but I never stopped).

    So now I split up my running time between distance and speed. When doing distance, I warm up slow for a mile or so and then let my heartrate monitor be my guide. The actual speed is not important, as long as I'm above 155 and under 170. I do find that the longer into a run you get, the slower you have to go to maintain that BPM you want (at the end of my first half marathon, I stopped checking my HRM because I just couldn't control it anymore). For speed, I do things like sprints and intervals that should technically/eventually lower my target HRM range and allow me to run longer.

    Oh, and you really, really have to eat right the night before a long run. Get good carbs and some protein. Skimp on the carbs and you are screwed (well, at least for me, I am screwed).

    Gerry
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    Jun 10, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    nickinstl said....My main problem is that my breathing gets out of control and the more I try to control it, the worse it gets. I probably just need to keep working at it, but curious if anyone else has had this problem and gotten past it.


    As others have posted, I strongly suspect you're not warming up well-enough before you start running. Like gwu said, it takes your body some time to get all of the cylinders firing together.

    Try doing some jumping jacks or jogging very very lightly for the first 5 minutes or so, paying very close attention to your breathing--me, I do a three count inhale and about a 2 count exhale. As your heart rate increases, you won't feel like you're dying from the exertion and you can steadily increase you running speed but you shouldn't need to increase your breathing all that much.

    Good luck!
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    Jun 15, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    I think this is great. I hope you don't give up on your running original714 and everyone who gets into it. I agree my runners high doesn't kick in until after two miles. I also do a lot of running, roughly twenty miles in a week. So keep up the running and yes it does shed those unwanted lbs very quickly and yes remember to warm up and stretch beforehand and to do the cool down as well icon_cool.gif I got raccoon eyes from waering my shades along my trails but I know it was worth it icon_cool.gif