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Old 05-18-2012, 12:01 PM   #91
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I have used Higdon's stuff before. His approach is solid. I currently use an approach developed by Furman University that incorporates a little less mileage but subs in harder workouts and very defined paces. It is a basic setup of speed/tempo/long runs but each is very paced and takes determination. I find that the less mileage is better for my knees and lifestyle while the harder workouts, when completed, really pump your confidence.

The program is called Furman FIRST and I have a bunch of training schedules for various race lengths. You can google them but many have been taken out of circulation as they have published an entire program that they now sell.

The Furman stuff is more for people who've been running a fair amount and are looking to dial back the time commitment without sacrificing performance. I used to run consistently in the 30-45 miles a week range and have that dialed back to 20-30 most of the time.

Even less now that I am just in maintenance mode. Yay for that!
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #92
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I have used Higdon's stuff before. His approach is solid. I currently use an approach developed by Furman University that incorporates a little less mileage but subs in harder workouts and very defined paces. It is a basic setup of speed/tempo/long runs but each is very paced and takes determination. I find that the less mileage is better for my knees and lifestyle while the harder workouts, when completed, really pump your confidence.

The program is called Furman FIRST and I have a bunch of training schedules for various race lengths. You can google them but many have been taken out of circulation as they have published an entire program that they now sell.

The Furman stuff is more for people who've been running a fair amount and are looking to dial back the time commitment without sacrificing performance. I used to run consistently in the 30-45 miles a week range and have that dialed back to 20-30 most of the time.

Even less now that I am just in maintenance mode. Yay for that!
I'm an avid runner and Furman is the best training plan if you want to get faster. If you follow the paces they recommend it is very tough.

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Old 06-03-2012, 09:51 PM   #93
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Ran a 25k trail race today in 2:28:19. The elevation gain was about 2400 feet. I improved my time from last year by 40 minutes. I'm starting to get some decent stamina now for these long runs.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:16 AM   #94
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I'm an avid runner and Furman is the best training plan if you want to get faster. If you follow the paces they recommend it is very tough.

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Yeah that's the deal you have to make with yourself. Less running...harder workouts. The first 1/3 of the workouts will generally be positive because they aren't too out of whack. The next 1/3 with leave you contemplating finding alternative activities to do with your time. The final 1/3 should be ok again.

Not to make them out to be so hard but if you simply power through you become a better runner in general because most workouts seem easier in the future.

In my experience if you do the workouts to pace...you hit your goal time almost without fail.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:54 PM   #95
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My advice to everyone in this thread is to avoid overtraining and to make sure you dedicate 3 days a week to core strength. I developed a severe overuse injury while training for a half marathon and also was neglecting my core. The result: tibial nerve release surgery performed in November. No idea when I'll be able to run again...
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:07 PM   #96
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:10 PM   #98
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I thought you runners would enjoy this.


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How great is this weather for running?!?! I put in a good 8 miles around one of the lakes in Columbia this morning in prep for the Baltimore half marathon. I thought it was a good sign when the very last song on my iPod before I got home was Hail To The Redskins, but clearly it was just a coincidence.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:43 PM   #100
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Has anyone ever done the 5k Color Run? A lot of my friends do it, I'm not a runner myself but I need to get into shape and it seems like a lot of fun. Any info?
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Ouch! I had my first big fall as a runner this evening and I kind of feel like I was hit by a car!
I clipped my toe on the sidewalk and tried to maintain my balance for a few feet, but it was like I was ice or something, and I ended up sprawled out on the concrete with a scraped up knee and palms, and I jammed the crap out of my left middle finger (aka, The Bird).
I'm shocked my iPod still works because I wear it on an arm band and rolled right over it.

Then, to top things off, about a mile later I was literally almost run over by a deer. It was sprinting across a busy street and crossed the sidewalk about 2' in front of me. I didn't even see it until it was right in front of my face. Actually, it was so close that a few of the cars on the street slammed on their breaks and gave me some pretty big "Oh S!" faces, which I returned in kind.

Damn, tonight was just supposed to be an easy 3 mile run.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:13 PM   #102
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That's pretty crazy with the deer
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #103
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I did the Tough Mudder last October (Wintergreen) It was a blast. We took our time, didn't worry how long it was taking us (4 hours). You'll have a blast at the Warrior Dash. A few of my friends have done it and loved it.

If you're ever looking for a good training schedule check out Hal Higdon's website (not a porn star, I promise). That's what I use for my half-marathon and marathon training. He has training for all users from 5ks to marathons.
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Hey fellow runners. I usually try to run 8-10 miles a week, usually in 2 - 2 1/2 mile increments. Id been doing this for the last year and never had a problem. But the last 2 weeks ive gotten pains in my feet and in the last week ive got serious aches in my left heel of foot. Worst in the mornings. Ive only been able to run twice this week, and its gotten worse. Ive spoken with a long distance worker I work with and she said its probably Planter Fascitis and i should see a doctor.

Has anyone experienced this before? Whats the recover period and treatment? Ive looked online, but want to see if anyone had a real account of the injury. Thanks
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Hey fellow runners. I usually try to run 8-10 miles a week, usually in 2 - 2 1/2 mile increments. Id been doing this for the last year and never had a problem. But the last 2 weeks ive gotten pains in my feet and in the last week ive got serious aches in my left heel of foot. Worst in the mornings. Ive only been able to run twice this week, and its gotten worse. Ive spoken with a long distance worker I work with and she said its probably Planter Fascitis and i should see a doctor.

Has anyone experienced this before? Whats the recover period and treatment? Ive looked online, but want to see if anyone had a real account of the injury. Thanks
I had the same thing last year around Thanksgiving, my pain was more in the middle of my foot though. Took a month off from running and I was ok. The key is to stretch really well and ice down after a run. But unfortunately, rest is the only cure. If you're in pain, don't run, it will only get worse.
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