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Hi all, just wondering if anyone knows of any upcoming running-related Black Friday deals (shoes, apparel, gear, etc.). Would be great to collect them all in one thread (as in previous years). Thanks!

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For me, its a good hair tie. There is nothing worse than having to adjust my hair 284892994 times while running. On a few occasions I've used crappy ones or had to use an ink pen to tie my hair up and they always drive me crazy my whole run.

How about you?

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I don't want to make a long winding post covering every inch of the 5k I ran today, but just wanted to give a small bit of progress a month into my training routine.

Came home from school at 5PM and decided to run before eating, so I didn't have to wait a whole hour before because else I cramp up. Just started implementing music in my running, and I have to say cranking 80's heavy metal has done a lot of good for my runs!

Yesterday I ran my first 11.5k in under a hour (even while I had to slow down a bit, because there was a train coming), and today I ran a real easy 5k in 23 minutes. I'm not trying to brag at all, but I could even sing while I was running!

I also had my first real runners high experience that spanned over multiple km's, normally I don't get it for more than 500m before it fades away.

When I came home it felt like I took a leisure stroll in the park, and I didn't even have to take a moment to recollect myself. Don't know if it's all the km's I put in so far, or the 80's music that was giving me a rush. But something finally clicked for me, and I think I even found the running form that works for me.

Just one question: Are there multiple good forms of running that fit for different people? Cause the way I run now is I take very fast small steps, while barely moving my arms. I also try to keep my legs as low to the ground as I can get away with when I lift them, I don't know if its a great form but it seems to work for me. My legs were nowhere near as stiff as before, and my IT bands aren't acting up as much as they used to.

Thanks for the time you've taken to read this.

And keep running!

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I ran my first marathon (Las Vegas) which has a 5 hour cutoff. I knew it would be close and I didn’t quite make it, I was diverted ~two miles at mile 17 because I was off minimum pace. I was so upset with myself. At the finish line I just kept going until my watch said 26.2. Meh, close enough and I got a medal anyhow.

Not a bad training run and I will give it another shot now that I know what it will take to be sub 5:00. I am a big dude (6’3”, 265) and just started training on July 1st. More miles, lose 60 pounds and I should be good to go. I did get though training injury free and now that I have done a marathon, the distance no longer feels impossible anymore.

I think I would have made it if it wasn’t for the splitting dehydration headache I had from mile 2-10 and the bathroom break I didn’t plan for. I had never ran in a dry climate before and didn’t have my fluid right.

Anyhow, fun experience.

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I (m21) am kinda socially anxious, meaning sometimes I just get lost in my head thinking what everyone around thinks of me. I live in a small town so mostly everyone knows about everyone. I wanted to start running for a year or so and only really managed to do it a couple of times early in the morning, before work so nobody could see me. Now I train a martial art late in the evening so I cannot wake up earlier in the morning. How did you push yourselves to start running and stop thinking about others opinions?

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This is pretty specific so it will probably get taken down but

16M, I’m new to running (a month) and I’ve been making some pretty good progress. However, my biggest issue while doing long runs is my breathing. I have mild asthma, and I live in Ohio where it’s pretty cold out right now. Once I get about 2 miles into my run, it’s hard for me to get enough oxygen into my lungs to be able to keep going. I usually end up having to jog really slow to catch my breath. Any ideas or breathing exercises or something that could help my expand my lung capacity?

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I struggled with Chronic Exertionary Compartment Syndrome for about 14 months, and I have debated posting this one but I figured why not...

Race Information
  • Date: November 16, 2019

  • Distance: 13.1 Miles

  • Location: Georgia

  • Time: 2:06:41

Goals

GoalDescriptionCompleted?ASub 2NoBFinishYes

Splits

MileTime18:5028:5439:0348:5158:5868:4378:5988:5699:421010:121110:221211:341311:26

Training

I had compartment syndrome in 2 compartments in my lower legs for about 14 months up until the last couple days of July when I finally got treated. About late August I started a strength + 10k program where I would run a mixture of intervals, tempo work, and long runs mixed with lifting low 300s for reps on bench, mid 400s for reps on squats, and mid 400s for reps on deadlifts. Some of these weeks in the beginning had me feeling super beat down. Mid-October I went on my honeymoon and had a couple weeks off for running, and did a few interval and tempo runs the first week of November, and took race week off from running, just light lifting.

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