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    Post by reuben on Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:54 pm

    Ned’s back! I thought you R-U-N-N-O-F-T
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    Post by WP64 on Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:48 pm

    I have been preparing for a half marathon that I am going to run in less than 2 hours in October. I am into week six of my training. It's so goddamn exhausting but the improvements in my physical and cardiovascular conditioning has been incredible. My legs feel like they can just go forever now while I am running and they recover so quickly as well.
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    Post by quip on Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:38 pm

    The best thing I've done since last logging in was spending 4 days backpacking through the Enchantments in the Cascade Mountains. 30 miles and 10,000ish feet in elevation was amazingly intense.
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    Post by Nick on Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:22 am

    Going on Day 3 of some turd wearing his Chicago Marathon medal on my morning train.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:48 pm

    Not sure if I'm cut out for another marathon. But I can knock out a 15 miler like it's nobody's business. Did that at a 6:50ish pace the other day. Made me feel alive.
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    Post by WP64 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:01 pm

    Ned, that pace is incredible. Goddamn.

    I have been training for the last two months to prepare for this half marathon. I was doing so well and am currently in the best cardiovascular shape of my adult life. Unfortunately, two weeks ago I felt something kind of weird behind my left knee during a ten mile run. Since I was on a schedule and it didn't seem like that much of a big deal, I just threw some ice on it and kept on going the next week. A few days later I pulled up on mile seven of a long run and literally could not bend my fucking leg.

    I have been hobbling around on it for the last week and there has been no improvement. I literally ice this fucking thing for hours every day. I take long ass hot baths with epsom salt and all that dumb shit. Nothing is working. I can literally feel the tendon when I walk down a flight of stairs and can hardly bend my knee or put downward pressure on my leg.

    I am so upset. I have ten days left before this race and it is starting to look like I won't be able to run it. I busted my ass for this shit. LK:DJF:SLKDHG:
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    Post by zappo on Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:16 pm

    Thibs strikes again.
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    Post by quip on Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:44 pm

    That sucks WP64. There will be other races should you want to try again.

    My brother trained all year for his first marathon at a 7:34 pace. At mile 13 he got massive leg cramps for the first time in his life and ended up finishing in 4:00:34. He was super bummed even though that time is still a faster pace than most of us casual runners can do five miles in.
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    Post by quip on Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:45 pm

    I'll have to see if he wore his medal out and about afterwards.
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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:30 pm

    WP - in addition to icing, just stretch the shit out of your hamstrings and quads and calves and IT bands. your fitness level 10 days before a half are about as good as it'll get, and it's hard to "lose" too much fitness in that short of time as well. if you're able, go out and do some 3-4 miles jogs as easy and slow as you can comfortably run them. keep focusing on resting and stretching.

    re: marathons.
    i've finished either 15 or 16 of them. i used to be really fast. like, where i could say something like "in the best shape of my life i could keep world record pace in the marathon for XX distance", and that distance used to be measured in single-digit miles until recent WR have knocked me down to something like 1200 meters.
    anyway, i once ran over 100 miles in a week a few times in college. my body could handle the mileage without falling apart, at least if i spread it out.
    over 15 or 16 marathons all i've discovered about myself is that I am good for 19 miles, and not good for 26.
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    Post by WP64 on Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:22 pm

    I literally did nothing for an entire week other than ice my knee, stretch, and sit in a warm jacuzzi. It seemed as though my knee had fully recovered and I didn't feel any pull in it over the last few days. I went to the race this morning and about half a mile into it I started to feel my knee tightening up.

    I was keeping a comfortable pace that would have seen me finish within two hours, but by the time mile six came around I literally could not bend my left knee. I finally gave in and had to limp all the way back to my house.

    I know there are going to be other races, but I put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for this. It's a huge bummer that it didn't work out. Neutral
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    Post by Soma on Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:17 pm

    Sorry man, best of luck going forward (if you'll excuse the minor pun)

    I don't have any way of measuring how long I've been running for - not in terms of distance anyway, I suppose I could look at the clock before and after leaving the house - but I went for my first jog in a long time yesterday and I wish someone had told me that inactivity would make me so slow and sluggish
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:29 pm

    Fuck dude that sounds awful. I’ve been lucky enough not to deal with many debilitating injuries, so I’m also not very experienced in recovering strategies. I’d be inclined to say take an extended break from running, bike, swim (if you have access) to keep the general fitness level up. Then slowly ease back into it. Regardless, Godspeed WP.
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    Post by WP64 on Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:53 am

    Yeah. I am definitely going to be taking an extended break. I woke up in the middle of the night because I had to take a piss and it took me about fifteen minutes to get out of bed. I had bent my leg in a slightly awkward position while sleeping and trying to move it was agonizingly painful. I also can't really walk this morning. So that's all very cool!

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    Post by zappo on Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:51 pm

    I feel like you should, if you're able, really go see a doctor. It could be something serious. If you're not able (to afford it), I totally understand. I've been there. Often. But if you can, you should. You don't want this to turn into a lifelong issue.
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    Post by WP64 on Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:05 pm

    Thankfully I am still on my parents insurance for the time being, so I did go see a doctor this week. I just have patellar tendinitis, which is basically just a strain of the ligament just below the kneecap. So if I just keep icing it and try to stay off my feet it will go away soon enough. In the meantime though, I don't really have a way of blowing off steam, which is just a general bummer since I am starting to slide into a little bit of a rut right now.

    It could have been much worse though I guess.
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    Post by zappo on Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:27 am

    Definitely. I'm glad to hear that it's nothing serious.
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    Post by Duff... on Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:53 am

    WP64 wrote:In the meantime though, I don't really have a way of blowing off steam, which is just a general bummer since I am starting to slide into a little bit of a rut right now.

    There's this game called Breath of the Wild.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:24 pm

    Fucked up my calf this morning while running on a treadmill. On the plus side, I heard collective soul’s “the world I know“ on the gym radio and I’m not even kidding.
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    Post by WP64 on Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:36 pm

    It's been six weeks so I decided I might try running again. I jogged one mile and my tendon was really sore and stiff today. Neutral I signed up for a class that teaches me how to swim (I never really learned) so I can just start doing laps in the meantime. Still, this really blows.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:04 pm

    Right there with ya man. Once you’ve gotten addicted to running, other exercise just doesn’t fill the fix. Hit the stationary bike hard this morning and it just wasn’t the same.
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    Post by chrondog on Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:29 pm

    You should do yoga. Yoga changed my running game tremendously (and my life). Vinyasa yoga emphasizes building up strength around the joints that protects them during high impact activity like running. The lengthening, opening, and aligning of your muscles will do wonder for your form.

    Yoga also has the same addictive quality as running. It's actually more addicting for me because it's higher intensity AND lower impact.

    I literally recommend yoga to everyone for everything now. There's no one who couldn't benefit.

    That being said, I'm currently taking a little rest because practicing 6 times a week for two months took a toll on my lower back mang
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    Post by WP64 on Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:17 pm

    Do you go to a class or do you practice by yourself? I was doing vinyasa yoga class once a week but I've been swamped with work these last few months and haven't been able to make time for it. Neutral
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    Post by chrondog on Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:43 pm

    I eased into things with YouTube's Yoga with Adriene channel until I felt comfortable in the studio. Studios are nerve wracking when you're fat, inflexible, and don't know the poses.

    I did whatever Adriene video struck my fancy whenever I wanted to. At first I was doing two videos a day like six days a week. I stuck with this for about February-May this year.

    Then I slowed it up and was doing like one video five days a week. Mixed in running and core-specific workouts. Eventually I fell off a schedule altogether and would only do videos occasionally. Adriene's voice and other things started to grate on me and I needed a change.

    After falling off the home practice wagon for a few months, I started a studio practice as an after work ritual. I was going M-F at 6pm after work for a few weeks. Then I got laid off and started going almost everyday at a random time throughout the day depending on my schedule. After about a month of that I was super hooked.

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    Post by WP64 on Fri May 03, 2019 8:23 am

    I'm finally back at it! Before leaving for Italy I bought a new pair of Nikes and I also had some people at a local running store recommend an insert for me since I suffer from flat feet. I kept up with the stretching and I bought this muscle roller that I use almost every night on my quads and hamstrings before I sleep.

    But it's worked. I eased back into it at first but I just got back from a 5.5 mile run. From my apartment if I run two miles on a straight incline I make it to the roof of this medieval fortress where you can run. The views are insane. You can probably see for 50 km in every direction and there are gorgeous views of the Duomo as well. After literally killing myself up the damn hill to get there, it's an incredibly euphoric experience to be covered in sweat and staring out at the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.

    I wanted to get into yoga but I was unable to find a vinyasa class here and I really hate practicing yoga by myself or using my laptop.

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