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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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