nanila: One of the members of Parkour Generation being awesome (exercise)
posted by [personal profile] nanila at 02:25pm on 05/08/2016 under , ,
Hello runners! After struggling with repeated short-term illnesses for the first half of the year (colds, throat infection, cystitis; as soon as I shook off one, another snuck in to take its place), I started running consistently again. Total distance for the second half of July was 25 km, and so far in August I'm on 10 km, hoping to achieve 40+ by the end of the month. I signed up to do a 10k in mid-September. My only goal is to beat last year's time.

Anyway, I'm mostly posting because I'd like to hear about other people's Parkrun experiences. My partner & I have been doing Parkrun alternately for about a year and a half now. One of us runs and the other looks after the children. We used to have to drive to a Parkrun (not ideal). On the plus side, that site has a large and well-equipped playground in it. However, a new Parkrun has just started up nearby that we can cycle to. I've started volunteering rather than running, since I tend to get my running in during the week, so Partner does Parkrun. Also, the cycle is a hilly 15 km round-trip, so I feel like I get a fair bit of exercise doing that, especially with a child on the back of the bike. So far I've only done marshaling. The course is not very well bedded in. The other Parkrun is on a paved track, while this one is just basically a rough track in a field full of sheep. At the last Parkrun, the organisers said they want to have more people trained up to do more taxing roles such as time-keeping. I kept quiet at the time since I'm still new to volunteering, but I was wondering if any other runners here have volunteered at a Parkrun, and which roles they've taken and enjoyed? Also, if you run at Parkrun, what do you like best about it?
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posted by [personal profile] semielliptical at 12:36pm on 14/06/2016 under
Hi there - I have a short report on a trail half marathon and road 5K over at my journal, if anyone is interested.

Hope your running/other exercise is going well these days!
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posted by [personal profile] raininshadows at 09:28pm on 17/05/2016
 First of all: I am really, really sorry this took so long. I should have realized I wouldn't be up for extra mental work in May. Thanks for being understanding. 

Second: April went pretty well! Most of us met most of our goals. A special mention goes to [personal profile] ell , who managed a whopping 277.5 percent of her active time goal. 

Description of the running progress chart.

Hopefully all of us are doing well in May, too! 

temve: Chibi figure of me running (Run Tem Run)
... or, Why You Should Never Let A [personal profile] temve Race Unattended.

So, today is a public holiday in Germany - Ascension Day to the Christians, Fathers' Day to the guys, and to the local running community, the day of the local season-opener 10K, the Höchster Kreisstadtlauf.

This one is a Local Race writ large - virtually no pro runners participating, all proceeds got to a local children's charity, local volunteer fire brigades taking care of safety and water stops, and the local paper organizing the whole mess. Traditionally, this is the season opener for many runners in the area, not least because it's a net downhill course which makes for good times. And the weather is usually glorious, today being no exception.

So, early this morning I got on my bike, rode to the nearest train station, boarded the local train with a couple hundred other runners (and absolutely nobody else) and trekked out to the start line - this is a point-to-point, and while I no longer live at the finish line like I used to, it's still only a short bike ride away. I get to the start line, pick up my race number, pin it on... and realise that I've forgotten my timing chip at home. Oops.

See, that's what happens when I try to run races without [personal profile] ell, who is off to Poland for a long weekend of aikido today. Without her meticulous-bordering-on-OCD packing, I managed to bring a water bottle, a banana, a warm jacket, my phone, the house key, a little cash, and even some reading - but not my timing chip.

Oh well, I thought, I'll just treat it as a fun 10K run in the sun, with lots of company. That was when I spied a dude with a helium bottle and a couple of large red rubber balloons and a small sign informing the public that anybody who ran the race carrying one of those big red balloons advertising the local paper would get a free drink and food at the finish line.

Sure, I thought. Sign me up.



Pre-race me with red balloon doing its thing. Yes, that is a Japanese torii in the background. No, I don't know either.

Let's call it the Decompression Derby, shall we? )
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posted by [personal profile] raininshadows at 07:28pm on 01/05/2016
Comment here with how much you ran and otherwise were active in April! Also, who's up for running the May challenge? 
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posted by [personal profile] raininshadows at 05:00pm on 24/04/2016
 Almost to the end! How are you guys doing? Check in in the comments! (Also, guess who just realized that I totally forgot to include myself? I did something to one of my shins towards the end of March and have only managed 12.7 miles so far, so I'm going to have 18 miles as the April goal.) 
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posted by [personal profile] raininshadows at 09:23pm on 16/04/2016
Comment here with how far you've run and how many hours you've exercised so far in April! 
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posted by [personal profile] raininshadows at 07:13pm on 10/04/2016
Apologies for the lateness. Comment here with how far you've run and how many hours you've exercised so far in April! 
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posted by [personal profile] linaelyn at 11:17pm on 05/04/2016
Hi all. This is a plea for help, advice, and whatever you might have. I know, Y'all are not doctors, or physical therapists, or whatever. But I'm grasping at straws after well-over two months of not running, and I'm frustrated with the pace of Not Getting Healed Up.

I have been to the doctor (mine is a good one, for sports injuries, at least) and been informed that the reason my heel has been hurting for the past month is 1) directly related to stoopid, rasse-frassa-frickin'-frackin' menopausal transitioning causing general inflamation systemically, and 2) called Plantar Fasciitis. In essence, the tendon that runs from my heel bone, forward towards my toes, is inflamed/irritated/NOT HAPPY. It's been an issue for about three months now.

I'm icing it by rolling a frozen water bottle under my foot. I'm doing the milder forms of the stretching and strengthening exercises recommended by my doctor. I'm taking an NSAID (Advil) before doing anything that will probably upset it (because I'm NOT going to go to Hawaii and skip the Volcano Hike, that's JUST NOT OK.)

My doctor says I'm simply not resting it enough. She says I need "more time just sitting on my keester." I don't do well mentally/emotionally when I sit still for extended periods.

Advice?
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posted by [personal profile] ilanarama at 03:25pm on 05/04/2016 under
Here is the final tally for the month of March!

[personal profile] alexseanchai - 50% mileage goal
[personal profile] temve - 100% mileage and 100% time goal [1]
[personal profile] raininshadows - 76% mileage and 100% time goal
[personal profile] semielliptical - 85% mileage and 138% time goal
[personal profile] ell - 32% mileage and 148% time goal [2]
[personal profile] ridicully - 12% mileage and 100% time goal
[personal profile] meri_oddities - 101% mileage and 100% time goal
[personal profile] skuf - 90% mileage and 71% time goal
[personal profile] ilanarama - 111% mileage goal [3]
[personal profile] zulu - 28% mileage goal

[1] winner of the "Pinpoint Accuracy" award. Or maybe the "Didn't keep track but made up the numbers" award... :-)
[2] winner of the "Skewed Priorities" award. See, if you'd just run in that extra time you would totally have beaten your mileage goal! :-)
[3] winner of the "Sandbagger" award. In my defense I didn't quite make my goal last time so I was conservative!

[personal profile] cadenzamuse did not declare goals but added some mileage and time to our aggregate. Which totals out to 584 miles, approximately 82% of our planned 714 miles for the month. This is the distance that ultrarunner Lisa Smith-Batchen ran as the "Quad Badwater", a fundraising stunt in which she ran the 135-mile Badwater course four times and added on a little extra, over a bit more than 14 days - less than half the time it took all eleven of us to cover this distance! (Of course, she wasn't doing anything else other than eating and sleeping...) [It really is worth reading the linked article, if only to convince yourself that you never want to do this.]

Our total active hours added up to 122, 120% of our aggregate goal. 122 hours is also, apparently, the duration of the hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181 in 1977, as it inspired the Screamers, an American synthpunk group founded in 1975, to write the song 122 Hours of Fear. Hopefully you enjoyed your active hours and they didn't scare you.

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