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Originally posted by wineismylife:
Knock yourself out. I'd rather get a better workout with plenty of eye candy to boot.


Conversation with my coworkers yesterday about spin class, where they reminded me that it's not some aerobic/pilates junk but stationary bicycle riding. For some reason I was thinking "spin" was something else. Doh!
After 35 years, I got back running this October several times a week [most ]I can realistically fit in] and ran 3 5k charity races...
For Fights vs Breast Cancer,Arthritis, and Blindness.

My times of 24:40 to 25:00 were better than I hoped, but the sheer enjoyment of running in all age packs in fun events [Jingle Bells 5k]and are far more relevant and motivating now; further the runner's high and warmth have hardly faded, perhaps even stronger now...

I now compare myself to age matched runners as at my current age and shape hopes of achieving anything remotely close to high school times are all long gone. But while my competitiveness is still there, the enjoyment of the event and the crowd itself is now paramount in why I'm back on the road. So a treadmill just won't do for me.
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Originally posted by Dr.Tannin:
After 35 years, I got back running this October several times a week [most ]I can realistically fit in] and ran 3 5k charity races...
For Fights vs Breast Cancer,Arthritis, and Blindness.

My times of 24:40 to 25:00 were better than I hoped, but the sheer enjoyment of running in all age packs in fun events [Jingle Bells 5k]and are far more relevant and motivating now; further the runner's high and warmth have hardly faded, perhaps even stronger now...

I now compare myself to age matched runners as at my current age and shape hopes of achieving anything remotely close to high school times are all long gone. But while my competitiveness is still there, the enjoyment of the event and the crowd itself is now paramount in why I'm back on the road. So a treadmill just won't do for me.

Outstanding! Keep it up! Smile
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I tried running on a treadmill this weekend.

What's the consensus on whether treadmills are less likely to cause knee problems?


any modern-era treadmill is easier on the knees than running on asphalt, however, if you have chronic knee issues the treadmill won't make them disappear. i ran high school, college, and pro, and it ended after my 2nd knee surgery. now the only thing i can do consistently other than ride bike is use the elliptical. a couple of weeks on the treadmill are fine, but after too long the swelling returns and i need to lay off.
thanks, Doc. i ran 800m / 1500m (1:51 / 3:53) and some cross-country until my second year in college but i lack the attention span to "race" 8K or 10K. i only ran pro because i wasn't happy with my college coaches and "pro" equated to free shoes and clothes (nike has a farm / satellite system to help identify talented runners that aren't moving through the normal channels).

what's impressive are the guys whose bodies can take the beating and actually make careers out of pro running. some of the greatest runners in the world never get anywhere because of chronic injuries and flat out bad luck. i trained a few months in 2006 with the world's number 1 ranked olympic distance triathlete. a few weeks after we parted ways he began having shoulder pain and needed minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery. just like that, his olympic bid was done.

it's a heartbreaking endeavor.
Those are awesome times!

I ran only one year, as a senior in HS
CC-16:49
800- 2:03
1600- 4:33

and in retrospect wished I had run all 4 years.
Like you, beyond 5k takes a more patient mindset I don't have.

The good news now is the older I get the better my times versus my > 50 peers
The fun days of running in high school! Ironically for me i ran sprints in high school(and hurdles), and then would turn around and run Cross Country. When the coach at Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to try out for the team I turned it down....cause I was stupid. Now, 20 years later I am still able to run pretty well, and with only a minimal amount of leg pains. My goal this year is to run a marathon and maybe qualify for the Boston marathon. I would also like to really do well in a few 5 mile races. Right now I have the time, so this is my opportunity.

Anybody running the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, in early April?
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Originally posted by Dr.Tannin:
First run in 2 months. Ouch!
Too much work and bought a new house on the oceanfront that I'm renovating. No time. But by
April I hope to be back better than last year

The first run after an extended break can be quite challenging; however, I always find myself smiling at the end. Smile

Good luck with your renovation project.
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Originally posted by Florida Keys Girl:
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ran the miami beach 13.1 this weekend in 1:44:00


I am trying really hard not to hate you... Red Face I will be back at it post knee surgery, but am thinking that I will never see a sub-11 minute mile in a long race!


Frown what was the diagnoses?
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
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Originally posted by Florida Keys Girl:
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ran the miami beach 13.1 this weekend in 1:44:00


I am trying really hard not to hate you... Red Face I will be back at it post knee surgery, but am thinking that I will never see a sub-11 minute mile in a long race!


Frown what was the diagnoses?


torn meniscus... then I will need to have the left one looked at as well!
ugh... that's an obnoxious procedure. do you have a date set? are they going to clean (scrape) it? or repair it?

the repairs have a lower success rate, but you save your meniscus. if you can find a doc who's confident in their "repair" abilities, it's worth it. also, i can't say it enough, rehab is the key to knee surgery. you need to find the best place, and pay whatever it costs to make sure you do everything the doctor wants. i've had 2 major knee procedures on the same knee, and the difference was the rehab. the first time was a waste.
April 21. (was supposed to be next week... that is a whole different story)

clean... no repairing going on here... I am sadly familiar with knee surgery (ACL in 97 and meniscus in 2007 all on the same knee). Whatever therapy is prescribed, I will be doing. Just need a good PT in Broward.
With the summer nearing an end the racing circuit here is starting up again. Anyone running a fall half or full marathon?

I'm about 85% healthy after a foot injury kept me from running most of July, but I'm set to run a half marathon this weekend and the Chicago Marathon in October. Back in June I set my PR for a half at 1:37, so I'm excited to see how I do in my next few races.
Knocked out 9 miles in an hour flat on the treadmill... Would love to do a marathon, but have already had a surgically repaired acl, mcl and meniscus, in addition to 4 torn tendons in my left foot that were stitched back up and a surgically repaired ankle... All except for the foot were from playing basketball in college.

Not too long ago I did 12 miles on the streets, and I couldn't walk for a couple days, so I stick to the treadmill and surfing.

I definitely feel like the lazy one in the family... My sister is a die-hard marathoner, and my brother is world ranked in double ultra triathlons (the kid is a machine- he puts me to shame).
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Knocked out 9 miles in an hour flat on the treadmill... Would love to do a marathon, but have already had a surgically repaired acl, mcl and meniscus, in addition to 4 torn tendons in my left foot that were stitched back up and a surgically repaired ankle... All except for the foot were from playing basketball in college.

Not too long ago I did 12 miles on the streets, and I couldn't walk for a couple days, so I stick to the treadmill and surfing.

I definitely feel like the lazy one in the family... My sister is a die-hard marathoner, and my brother is world ranked in double ultra triathlons (the kid is a machine- he puts me to shame).


wow, how old is he? does he have a job?? competing at those distances boggles my mind. i can't see how anyone can do something like that while maintaining a career or family.
Things have gotten a little slower for me in the past 2 years. In my peak, ie 10 years ago, I used to run 10K in 48 min.

I now run rather slow on the treadmill, 5miles per hour for 1 hour at 120-130 heart rate. I find I lose much more weight this way than if I ran a little quicker with a higher heart rate. I do at least 4 hours of running a week, 1.5 hour of weight training(toning) and 5 hours of badminton on the weekend. I don't think I've been this active in my life but when you hit 40, the calories don't come off like they used to.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
Knocked out 9 miles in an hour flat on the treadmill... Would love to do a marathon, but have already had a surgically repaired acl, mcl and meniscus, in addition to 4 torn tendons in my left foot that were stitched back up and a surgically repaired ankle... All except for the foot were from playing basketball in college.

Not too long ago I did 12 miles on the streets, and I couldn't walk for a couple days, so I stick to the treadmill and surfing.

I definitely feel like the lazy one in the family... My sister is a die-hard marathoner, and my brother is world ranked in double ultra triathlons (the kid is a machine- he puts me to shame).


wow, how old is he? does he have a job?? competing at those distances boggles my mind. i can't see how anyone can do something like that while maintaining a career or family.

He is 29 and was special forces in the military... he started getting into hard-core training about 8 years ago, and he has been like the energizer bunny ever since. Now he is stationed down in SD for 3 years, so he has really devoted himself to it. I am pretty proud of him.
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Originally posted by Mimik:
when you hit 40, the calories don't come off like they used to.

That's how I felt when I hit 30... My metabolism used to be faster than a jackrabbit on a date... I could burn 4000 calories flipping channels on the couch... Not so much anymore.
Rough fall for running, but only because of injuries. Hurt my foot in July, then my IT Band in Sept. I started the Chicago Marathon and ran a decent 13 miles, but my leg was killing me and I dropped out halfway. Crazy atmosphere downtown, very fun, and I'm looking forward to running another marathon either in the spring or next fall without a visit to the medical tent this time.

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