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He was a really close friend, the one with whom i would plan the weekend together to go running together, have a beer, help out with family work.
He was the most humble and awkward person i knew, loved everything about him. Just found his username on Reddit! /u/voltair7
Anyway, this is the tattoo, decided to post this cause i went for info how many days have passed since you guys went running after a tattoo.
Yes I did it!! I finally ran my first mile without stopping!! Alot of hard work and determination!
I woke up this morning about 3am dreading the park, I turned my alarm off and decided that I wasn't going so I went back to sleep. At around 4:30am I woke up and turned it back on telling myself I need to do this and went back to sleep. So around 5:23am I woke and turned my alarm off again and told myself "no sleep is important! Running can wait!" so I went back to sleep, finally I woke up at 7:30 pissed at myself for not going to the park to run at my normal time! (I usually wake up 7am and go the the park at 7:30) I was so mad, I layed in my bed calling myself every name in the book, telling myself I'm a failure, I'm Trash, I'll never make it in life. I got so mad at myself that I forced myself to go to the park. I told myself today is the day I run a mile without stopping!
First lap was easy, second lap I was struggling, third lap I had to tell myself to keep going and don't stop, fourth lap my breathing felt off, I can't explain it other than it just felt uncomfortable more then usual.
Anyways I did it! Ran at a painfully slow pace but I'm not worried about speed. I'm just glad I can finally say yes I've ran a mile!
Good morning, runners! Before we dive into the weekend, let's take some time to meet one of our fellow runnitors! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting this person, but I've really enjoyed all their contributions, and I'm was so happy to learn more about them. So, without further ado, let's all say hi to u/Saitoriel!
Where are you from?
Medical Laboratory Scientist
What are your PR's?
5k - 20:23 10k - 41:49 Half - 1:39:01 Full - 4:30:XX
What is your distance PR?
What's your highest weekly recorded milage?
Somewhere around the 55-60mpw range
What's your comfy pace?
Varies a TON with temperature, but usually around 8-8:30min/mile
How long have you been running?
Around 4 years
Tell us why you began running?
I had just started 3rd shift at my current job and a serious drop in appetite and stress caused me to drop ~40 pounds over a few months. When I started noticing the weight loss I started doing getting back into general fitness and picked up running again (I did a bit in high school for a class I had). We have a good few metroparks around Toledo and at the time I hadn't really gone to any of them so I'd go find a different place to run every day I could and just wander the trails. As I ran more I realized I became a lot calmer and rational dealing with things in my life and decided to stick with it for the challenge and mental clarity.
Most memorable running moment?
This was just recently! The Glass City Marathon/HM is a pretty big deal in Toledo and this year due to some friends just getting into running and old friends wanting to run a relay I had signed up for the 5k, the first leg of the marathon relay and the half marathon in the same weekend.I had intended to do the half marathon, but had technically signed up for the relay first so I felt I owed the relay team as much as I could give. The relay and half covered the same course for the first 1-2 legs of the relay so I ran as fast as I could manage and just tried to hold on for the rest of the half. At mile 11-12 there were a couple short but pretty steep hills that ended up taking more out of me than I had realized. My PR for the half was somewhere just shy of 1:40 but as I hit the top of the hill in the final stretch of the race I saw the 1:40 pacer pass me. At this point I focused on finishing as best I could and figured a PR was out of reach. As I rounded the final straight, I see the 1:40 pacer just ahead of me look at his watch, slow down, look over at me (I like to think he saw me struggling at the hill) and say the word "go". As I passed the pacer I had this massive adrenaline spike/runner's high and just booked it to the finish line to end up with a PR about a full minute below my original one!Over the course of the weekend, I ran with a friend I helped train to complete her first 5k ever, cheered on another friend I did some LRs with to her first HM ever, and met up with my bro and some of my closest friends to finish a marathon relay that every single runner beat their goal pace on! That weekend will probably be the greatest running weekend I'll have for a long time.
Do you have a running mantra?
Nothing specifically. When I hit a low I usually try to think of a happy memory and it's usually enough to keep pushing forward. I also like doing runner's math.
What time of day do you prefer to run?
Late night for the stars and early morning for the sunrise. Especially if the latter is on a trail
Any big races coming up?
Olander 24 in Toledo which is my first Ultra, Oak Openings Stampede (for the bacon aid station) if I'm recovered for it, possibly the Detroit Marathon if I still like distance running by then, and Jackpot Ultra with some awesome folks on here!
What are your short-term running goals?
I'd really just like to do well at Olander and learn as much as I can. I'm really curious, nervous, and excited to see how far I can push myself!
What are your long-term running goals?
I'd like to get some faster PRs for every distance and try and PR at Olander and Jackpot if I can and then maybe head out West if I still like Ultras and try some of the beautiful races out there. Also to just keep enjoying running as a whole and to keep exploring. I think if I can do the latter the rest isn't a big concern to me.
What's one piece of running advice you’d give to the younger version of yourself?
Probably look into getting a GPS watch sooner. After 4 years of running I only recently invested in one and I've done a lot better pacing the past few months than I've ever done before.
What is something you need to work on to become a better runner?
Slow down, pace better, and get better at handling nutrition on the longer races. I like running myself until the wheels fall off so for awhile on longer distances I'd just go out on a suicide pace (for my speeds) and burn out super quick. Now that I've done more races and have a proper running watch I've gotten a lot better at slowing down and it's made a big difference this Summer. Nutrition is still something I'm getting better a dialing in on longer runs but still have a long way to improve on.
What is your current shoe choice?
2x Altra Escalantes, Paradigm 4.0s, and Lone Peak 3.5s in rotation. I hit weird phases where I have a bunch of shoes from the same company and Altra has been the choice this year.
Trail? Road? Track? Or Treadmill?
Trail <- Road/Track <- Treadmill
What is your ideal running weather?
Around 35-50F! I practically combust in high heat so when it gets cold I can pace a LOT faster without burning out. Plus I really enjoy the Winter snow.
What’s your spirit animal?
I'll go with Greyhound since I'm looking at possibly getting one down the road. They go crazy fast for a really short period of time and then basically chill/sleep for 20+ hours. That was kind of the same philosophy I had with running when I started out so I kinda relate. I'm kind of the opposite of one in terms of stature though...
What hobbies and interests do you have besides running?
I really enjoy cycling and swimming, though I'm not great at the latter. I've been slowly working my way through the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett and really enjoy reading in general also. I really enjoy just going out and exploring, whether it's nature, somewhere I haven't been, etc. It's to the point that if I'm going to visit somewhere I haven't been before I'll usually make as much time as I can to just go exploring, even if it's by myself. I guess it's more of an interest than a hobby, but I really finding and trying different beers. I'm usually a dark beer/stout fan, though I'll usually try anything if it sounds appealing. A friend from work introduced me to barrel aged stouts a year ago and I've been on a kick over the past year tracking down new and different ones.
Do you have any hidden talents?
It got drilled in my head a lot growing up but I have a pretty innate sense of punctuality and time management. When I was growing up an old instructor of mine would say "if you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. If you're late, you're left behind." Because we functioned as a group, if one person was late, we'd all be punished for it, so I think it's just become habitual for me to be early to things, sometimes extremely so.
Biggest pet peeve?
People who habitually interrupt conversations. It's ok if it's accidental but I'm pretty long winded and it really pisses me off when someone can't wait 5 seconds to let someone talk. I've always been of the mindset that you have a much better chance of learning more about something by listening around you than you do by listening to yourself talk. Because of that I try to make a conscious effort to take in what others say before I respond. Bonus points if the person interrupts with a question that you were about to answer if they had let you finish your sentence.
Dream job! What would it be?
I think anything that lets you travel the world and get paid well while doing being able to enjoy it would be high on my list!
Favorite Quote or Poem?
"Rise above, so that you may lift those below." from Destiny. I'm a competitive person, especially when surrounded by people pushing themselves. That competitive aspect of myself has pushed me past a lot of what I've ever thought I was capable of doing, in all aspects of my life. It's also something I really like bringing out in others. Because of this I've helped friends and family reach running goals they had never gone before and have used that to push myself further. I like the quote because it's a reminder that we need to try and be an example for others, so they can push themselves to rise up and challenge others to do the same.
What is your biggest character flaw?
I have a pretty bad habit of running myself ragged either trying to fix problems around me or from taking on more than I can take. I love the feeling of having my mind moving at 1000 miles a minute but if I don't keep myself in check and delegate things to other people or take time to decompress I kinda just mentally crash for a few days and shut down. Sometimes that crash is needed, but after watching family end up with health problems for doing the same kinds of things I'm trying to get better at not taking so much on all at once.
What songs have you been listening to recently?
Not really songs so much but I've been listening to a lot of podcasts on runs. UltraRunner Podcast, Ginger Runner, and Critical Role mostly. I've found CR to be particularly good because I get distracted from the mileage trying to picture the scenes and scenarios in my head.
What are some of your favorite non-running subreddits?
/r/NFL and /r/Fantasyfootball because we have a pretty competitive league and it's pretty fun to keep track of everything /r/aww /r/instant_regret /r/bossfight and /r/twohealthbars /r/travel and /r/backpacking
What is the origin of your username?
Saitoriel is a username I made back when I used to be a part of a small close knit group when Xfire chat was still around. The name itself is an amalgamation of names from characters I made in a few old RPGs we used to play. Ever since the name just kinda stuck with me with old gaming buddies and friends. It doesn't really have anything to do with running though...
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Just started cross country 2 months ago and I ran a 12:59 for the 2 mile time trial- I’m not even close to some of the other kids but I’m really happy with my time. Running is amazing even though it sucks.
/u/StriderTB grabbed the top spot.
Took that pic on Sunday during my run club's 6th annual NYC Bridges run. Covered 11.5 miles from the Staten Island Ferry, along the waterfront, and then across the Manhattan Bridge before returning over the Brooklyn Bridge and hitting up a great outdoors restaurant on Stone St.
/u/DrNaughtyTouch grabbed the first runner up spot.
A nice evening run. https://imgur.com/a/7jA3D8L As you can see hill work is a bit of a problem where I live.
/u/jennifer1911 tied for the second runner up spot.
I paced the Fort 14 - a 14 mile road race in Fort Atkinson, WI last Saturday. My pace time was 12:30/mile for a 2:55 finish. For some reason they put my race sign on a huge, heavy dowel so by mile 10 I felt like I was lugging around a tree branch.
Despite drinking what I thought was a reasonable amount of fluids, I managed to get dehydrated and was shivering in the 90 degree humid weather by the finish, but I brought my runners in on time. And I had fun.
/u/myairblaster tied for the second runner up spot.
Shot of my Father who at 59yo is still crushing mountains, running up steep grades and climbing 1500m over 30km to get to views like this.
Post your running photos of any kind! Beautiful running route? Post it! Race photo look great? Post it! Eastern time = early post for Pacific time! Nobody really reads this! Basically if it is running related you can post it.
Next Friday I will take the top photos and give them special attention.
Morning Corndawgs, Im up against it at work at the moment - so i'll keep it short and sweet....
1) Start your Friday morning off with a listen to this.
2) Tell us what you've got going on this weekend?
I will be traveling to Europe this December (from the USA) and I am trying to find a fun 5k or 10k to run while I'm over there. I am having no luck finding good websites for races in London and Paris. Something similar to runningintheusa?
I started running at the beginning of this year in an on/off basis until May, when I started doing it more consistently. I started of at the weight of 94kg (I'm 6ft 1) and I'm now down to 89kg (about 200lbs). My current 5k PB is 24:48 down from 34 minutes when I completed my first 5k in February. I try to run at least 4 times a week but I sometimes have to take a week or two off just to relieve ankle and knee pains. This is incredibly frustrating as I'd sometimes be in the midst of some interval training week for me to stop and start all over again. The thing is I grew up being a skinny guy (I was 70kg 6ft 1 at some point) and I probably don't have the structural design to handle my current weight when running. Resting doesn't seem to do much help. Yes, the pain would go, but if I run more than 2 times a week, it would come again. I'm looking to improve my running speed and running 2 times a week is not going to cut it. I've had scans done on my ankles and shins; nothing seemed wrong with them. I run with a friend of mine who's about 6ft tall but weighs 63kg and the guy feels no pain. This has made me think that my current weight probably has to do with the pain I feel after runs. What do you guys think ? Will losing 14kg help in eliminating the issues I currently facing ?
I have a half marathon coming up in February. But I was running regularly all spring. Most of the summer, even hitting my highest mileage of 5.5 miles! My training has been pretty much 3 or 4 days a week, varying between timed runs and ones just for miles. Recently, I’ve declined like crazy without really changing much except going 2 days a week and not 4 (cause of work and travel, but work entails 5+ hours of cycling sooo). I would think the cycling would help too. 9 minute miles were very regular and I could pretty much maintain between 9-10 minutes on “longer” runs. The past couple weeks, my miles have been 12 minutes, and a damn hard ones at that. I can’t run for more than 30 seconds without feeling dead. My legs feel heavy. My cardio feels like shit. I feel like I’ve never run a day in my life. How can this happen? I go from running regularly to running and cycling and all of a sudden I’m a total beginner again. My first run last year in a long long time I did a 5k, now my body wants no part in that. How? I wanna quit my half marathon
Not official - just my actual first time running 5k at one time. Broke my knee when I was a teenager. Always been scared to really push it. Never thought I would be a runner.
I'm now in my early 30s and almost through the C25K program. Been feeling good lately so I thought why not just run a 5k tonight? Ran it in 26:49. It feels fucking great. I guess this is what all my runner friends were talking about this whole time. Whodathunkit. Sorry for the long-winded humblebrag. I've been lurking here for a couple of months, so thanks for the inspiration. Guess this is better than an Instagram post.
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Looking for shoe advice from anybody who wears custom orthotics (or knows a lot about shoes!).
I've recently gotten my custom orthotics and I'm breaking them in. I'm starting to think I may need new shoes, especially as the orthotics are pretty wide in the middle to account for my fallen arches, and have a sizeable heel. I also have Morton's toe so every time I race I end up with extremely sore second toenails (lost one as well last year and would love to not repeat the experience). At the same time, when I try to size up any more than half a size, I find that my heels either slip out of the shoe or the whole foot slips forward, resulting in toes being bunched up at the top of the toebox.
I'm looking for any brand recommendations for shoes that play well with orthotics and Morton's toe: I have easy in person access to Hoka, Nike, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks (which may be too narrow, but maybe I didn't size up enough when trying them on), Mizuno, Adidas. I don't live in a big city so I'm quite limited in terms of knowledgeable shoe sale staff. I'm in Europe so no access to Altra.
I'm mostly wondering if I should switch to low or zero drop since the orthotics have a bit of heel already. I asked my chiropractor (who did my gait scan and ordered my orthotics for me) but she's not a runner so she didn't know how to answer the question. Any advice heeded gratefully. I'm one month away from a race weekend (5k, 10k and half), and really need to break in a new shoe ASAP if that's what I need. Thanks!
Hey runners, it's another day and it is time to post your accomplishments you'd like to share - big or small.
Note: No need to preface YOUR accomplishments with something like, "this may not be an accomplishment to most of you...". Be proud of your accomplishment.
So let's hear what you guys did today!
We know that every single runner on earth will experience mental and physical fatigue, injuries, lack of motivation and discipline, and so on. But do we know how to get out of a though spot?
I've heard about a lot of beginners giving up on running more than I'd like to hear, and I think that's because they don't found their why. The why is something that allows my body to push himself beyond his limits, and I thought it could help more than one. The why is what keeps me going even if my heart and my muscles are crying.
I may be much faster and I may be able to run for way longer than before, but a lot of the most memorable moments I ever experienced in my runner life were in my debuts - besides PRs and races, though. The first time I went running and kept going for more than 10 minutes. The first time I ran 1 hour. Then the first time I ran 20 kms in one run. I also have a lot of souvenirs from my 5K and 10K PRs.
What I'm trying to do is to tell you how precious those moments are in your running "career". If, in a few months/years/decades you somehow find yourself struggling and about to give up on a though run, a speed session, or a race (that's the big deal), then you have to remind yourself where you came from. Remind yourself why you started, and why you kept going. Remind yourself the good moments running gave to you. Remind yourself why running is so important for you.
Well, there it is. It may be a bit obvious, but hey, a lot of runners didn't found their why yet. Actually, I found mine after 2 years of consistent running and serious schedule : sleep, diet, strength training, stretching, reading about running, and so on.
Get out there, and find what makes you stomping the ground!
TL/DR: Looking for low weight and low stack/drop shoes that can compliment my track spikes. Any thoughts?
For the last few years I've been doing track workouts on INOV-8 Road-X-Treme 198's. I've loved these shoes because they were light, extremely flexible, had a low stack height, low drop (3mm), wide toebox and didn't offer too much cushioning. Perfect for my taste in track shoes.
After about 3000km the shoes were done and I haven't found a shoe that really compares to it. I've seen the Altra Vanish-R, but since I suponate slightly the lateral side of the shoes will get a beating. And since there's no rubber on that side of the shoes I'm worried about durability. Apart from that it ticks a lot of the boxes.
I'd also consider more traditional racing flats, as long as the toebox can accommodate my feet (not overly wide, but wanting a bit of wiggle room). Maybe something along the lines of the New Balance RC5000 or the Mizuno Wave Universe used to be. So pretty much something that can compliment my track spikes.
Right now all of my running shoes are Nikes. I wear the Free RN for all of my long runs. Have the Zoom Streak Flyknit as my marathon shoes use the Flyknit Racer for races up to 15km and the Lunaracer 3+ as my track shoes (not too happy about them).
I know I could use the Flyknit Racer for track workouts, but I'm looking for something a little more like the INOV-8 or the Altra. Any ideas and experiences?
Hey all! I'm pretty new to this site and I'm just looking for some advice. I am training for my first marathon right now and I am struggling with the diet part of it. I have struggled badly with eating disorders in the past so the diet is my biggest hurdle to get over right now. Does anyone have any advice or tips that they used to have a good and balanced diet while they were training? Thanks :)
I am currently in the State of Washington and there have been a lot of wildfires in the area. Due to this, there has been a lot of smoke in the air. Does anybody else or the west coast or in similar conditions still run outside, or should I just stick to the treadmill for the time being?
I started getting back into running in early July. Currently I am running about 25-30 miles per week (training to hopefully run my first half in a month). Mostly running after work on weekdays (7PM) and on Weekends (6AM).
I am completely clueless when it comes to nutrition in the following scenarios
Usually I will have eggs on toast in the AM, sometimes with an avocado. Bananas and other fruit during the day. Lunch most of the time around 1PM (salad with chicken, pasta, other similar stuff) and normally won't eat dinner until I get back from my run if it is on a weekday.
Any help, advice, links to nutrition plans would be amazing.
Thanks so much!
Ok, so first of all this will be my first marathon. I'm not looking for training plans or anything as I'll just Google that and settle on one.
I'm looking for pro-tips "I wish I'd known this before my first marathon/London marathon" kinda stuff. Quality of life stuff, training stuff, do's and don'ts.
Some context; 35, been running about 5 years, mountain hiker/skier previous to that. Run hilly trails more than flat tarmac. Only really manage about 20-30k on an average week due to work (active job, 15000-18000 steps a day is standard) and a 2 year old. Current 10k PB is 49:24 (to be fair this will get smashed soon), HM PB is 1:52:30.
I run for fun and so I can eat cake without worrying about it. I look like I know what I'm doing but probably don't...
There’s a trail that goes through a park and a wooded area near my work. I’ve never had the chance to run it before, but yesterday I had some special training and was going to have an extra long lunch. So I figured I’d bring some stuff and would go for a short trail run on the lunch break if it worked, just a couple of miles. The class got through very early so I had the afternoon and decided to run the whole trail which is listed as 3.3 miles on All Trails. Because it was a bit rainy, I left my phone in my car.
The trail ended up being kind of poorly marked with a lot of forks and branches, but it was a beautiful area and I just kind of lost myself in the quiet forest. I took a fork that wandered for a while and then terminated at a road. Rather than backtrack, and thinking I knew where I was, I took the road trying to get back to my car or find another trail head. Nope, nope, nope. Ended up going about 1.5 miles before I saw someone sitting on their porch I could ask for directions (turned out to be a patientI had given anesthesia to earlier in the week - small world). Turns out I had gone north when I thought I was going south and had to backtrack those 1.5 miles, almost got attacked by a dog, saw a road sign (that was facing away from me as I passed it initially) that would have made me realize I was going the wrong way if I had bothered to look, got rained on, had the sun come out and turn the area into a muggy sauna and finally got back to my car crazy late and with half a dozen missed calls from my worried wife. And dang if I’m not sore today - it was way more hilly than I’m used to.
Lessons learned: look at the trail map in greater detail, look at the map of the area and know what streets are on which side of the park, don’t assume you know where you are - look around and see what there is to see (man I felt like a schmuck after seeing that sign - it was only 1/4 mile from where I got onto the road), don’t be afraid to ask where you area. I had seen someone earlier but was still in my delusional “my inherent GPS is never wrong” thinking and didn’t verify it. Stupid mistakes that I won’t make again.
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