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    Alright, let's get this thing going. I think we can use this thread as a way to stay motivated (18 weeks is a long time). The program I'm going to use for NYC doesn't start until the 28th of June, but I did start Hal Higdon's Intermediate I program today to ensure that my base is sufficient by the end of June. I'm going to do the first 5-6 weeks of this schedule until then.

    My planned long run for Sept. 19th is only 12 miles, but I'm going to switch some weeks around and do the Top of Utah Marathon as a long training run. If nothing else, it will be a good gauge of where I'm at 2 months into the schedule.

    I did some trail running with my friend on Sat, and we ended up getting lost. A planned 6-7 miler turned into a 12 miler. My legs are thrashed. So today was just a matter of trying to loosen up a bit and get rid of the soreness. I did 3.04 miles at a nice 8:58/mile pace.

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    I put in a 20-miler the Saturday before last and a half marathon race last Saturday. My schedule won't allow for a long run this week, so I'll probably just get in a 15-miler on Saturday and then 20-milers the next two weekends. During the week, I'm doing 7 on MWF with a running parter who is faster than I am and 10ish on T-TH. It's not very scientific, but hopefully it will get me where I need to be before the marathon in June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenage Dirtbag View Post
    So today was just a matter of trying to loosen up a bit and get rid of the soreness. I did 3.04 miles at a nice 8:58/mile pace.
    That's what today is for me - a 6 miler turned into 10 (albeit on a treadmill) on Saturday, so today is about a nice easy 3. I am shocked to see that what I consider a nice easy pace is what you ran at - I'm assuming that's a slow pace for you?

    My real question is about stretching - what kinds of stretching do you do after runs? I have neglected it so far and that is not good.

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    I'm starting officially today on Hal Higdon's Novice I program, though it is a rest day. I just looked at my calendar and decided that I am also going to run the Provo River Half Marathon August 8th, my training schedule calls for a 12 mile run that day, so should be close enough. I had fun running it 2 years ago and it will give me additional motivation as I am training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    That's what today is for me - a 6 miler turned into 10 (albeit on a treadmill) on Saturday, so today is about a nice easy 3. I am shocked to see that what I consider a nice easy pace is what you ran at - I'm assuming that's a slow pace for you?

    My real question is about stretching - what kinds of stretching do you do after runs? I have neglected it so far and that is not good.
    8:58 is an easy pace for me, which is really the whole point. I'll typically do a very easy run on Monday to recover from the weekend long run. I really only push the pace on 1-2 runs a week, though. The rest are just general put-in-the-miles runs at a moderate to easy pace. Going all out every time is a sure way to get hurt.

    As far as stretching, I don't do a lot of it. I don't stretch before I run, and afterwards, I'll do maybe 5 minutes. I've just never noticed any difference between when I do and when I don't, so I don't spend a whole lot of time on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    My real question is about stretching - what kinds of stretching do you do after runs? I have neglected it so far and that is not good.
    I hate stretching. I went for a couple of years without doing any. But, since I got some soreness in my hip last month, I've been stretching after most runs. I only stretch for about 5 to 10 minutes. I lay on my back and do leg lifts, stretch my hips across my body a few times and some groin stretches. I haven't noticed a difference. Maybe that's why I hate it.
    One thing that has helped motivate me to stretch is that on my MWF morning runs I get back at 7:30am, just in time to watch Match Game reruns on the Game Show network. That Charles Nelson Riley is a hoot.

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    Does anybody else use Nike+ other than me an' ewth8tr? I think fuegote does too. I'd be interested in setting up challenges that we can all participate in (more along the distance things than the speed things, 'cuz y'all can kick my butt there). I seem to remember that we did one last year except I was weak sauce at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Does anybody else use Nike+ other than me an' ewth8tr? I think fuegote does too. I'd be interested in setting up challenges that we can all participate in (more along the distance things than the speed things, 'cuz y'all can kick my butt there). I seem to remember that we did one last year except I was weak sauce at it.
    http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/v1...ormat=MM/DD/YY

    I've been using it since the beginning. My user ID is 37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Does anybody else use Nike+ other than me an' ewth8tr? I think fuegote does too. I'd be interested in setting up challenges that we can all participate in (more along the distance things than the speed things, 'cuz y'all can kick my butt there). I seem to remember that we did one last year except I was weak sauce at it.
    I used to, but I have no idea where it's at now. I ran a 5k in a little under 21 minutes in 2007, and when I got to the 5k point, the Nike+ said I still had over a quarter of a mile left or something like that. So I got annoyed and stopped using it. I was using the wristband version last year, but it conked out after just a couple of months. I'll see if I can find my old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Chicken View Post
    I put in a 20-miler the Saturday before last and a half marathon race last Saturday. My schedule won't allow for a long run this week, so I'll probably just get in a 15-miler on Saturday and then 20-milers the next two weekends. During the week, I'm doing 7 on MWF with a running parter who is faster than I am and 10ish on T-TH. It's not very scientific, but hopefully it will get me where I need to be before the marathon in June.
    Holy crap, that's a lot of miles.
    I knew you were wicked fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Does anybody else use Nike+ other than me an' ewth8tr? I think fuegote does too. I'd be interested in setting up challenges that we can all participate in (more along the distance things than the speed things, 'cuz y'all can kick my butt there). I seem to remember that we did one last year except I was weak sauce at it.
    Me, steelbue, bigpiney. I don't check it as regularly as I used to, but I still use it on most runs and upload after each run. I'm in a couple of BYU/ Utah challenges, but have been reluctant to post the links because everytime I do we (cougs) get our butts kicked.

    I've used the sportband for about a year now. I don't really like to listen to music when I run, so this works as well as carrying around the ipod. The main drawbacks are that it has an unlit display, making it hard to use at night, and the display seems fairly fragile, as I think I must have bumped it on something and lost the upper left corner of the numbers.

    I still love using it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Does anybody else use Nike+ other than me an' ewth8tr? I think fuegote does too. I'd be interested in setting up challenges that we can all participate in (more along the distance things than the speed things, 'cuz y'all can kick my butt there). I seem to remember that we did one last year except I was weak sauce at it.
    I use it, same username as here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenage Dirtbag View Post
    I used to, but I have no idea where it's at now. I ran a 5k in a little under 21 minutes in 2007, and when I got to the 5k point, the Nike+ said I still had over a quarter of a mile left or something like that. So I got annoyed and stopped using it. I was using the wristband version last year, but it conked out after just a couple of months. I'll see if I can find my old one.
    Yeah, I have to go calibrate mine at a track. It's relatively close but I think it shorts my miles a bit.

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    Sounds like we have a bunch of people on it. Now taking suggestions for challenges....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERCougar View Post
    Holy crap, that's a lot of miles.
    I knew you were wicked fast.
    Let's not confuse far with fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Yeah, I have to go calibrate mine at a track. It's relatively close but I think it shorts my miles a bit.
    I must have a freakishly average stride. Mine is always really close without calibrating. That's probably why I keep using it. That and I'm too cheap to buy a Garmin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Chicken View Post
    I must have a freakishly average stride. Mine is always really close without calibrating. That's probably why I keep using it. That and I'm too cheap to buy a Garmin.
    Same here. I've tried calibrating several times but find that it is always within a few feet of a mile each time with the factory default setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Chicken View Post
    http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/v1...ormat=MM/DD/YY

    I've been using it since the beginning. My user ID is 37.
    Damn, 5K miles?

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    Surprisingly, I actually found my Nike+ stuff tonight. I don't remember my login, which kind of sucks since I have at least 1000 miles on there. I started a new account, BlacknGold, if anyone starts any challenges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenage Dirtbag View Post
    Surprisingly, I actually found my Nike+ stuff tonight. I don't remember my login, which kind of sucks since I have at least 1000 miles on there. I started a new account, BlacknGold, if anyone starts any challenges.
    I think I'm going to start one for most miles over the next 30 days or something similar.

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    I just went for my first run of the training program, 3.18 miles in 35:06, but my nike+ has been acting weird lately. I ran an even pace the whole way and at the end, I paused the workout as I was slowing down, but the graph shows a huge drop for the final .18 miles, have any of you nike+ runners had this happen?
    http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/?l...nID,1343885852

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    I use the Garmin 305 and love it. It's great for biking and hiking too, so I can cross train with it. It's worth the money.

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    Same here. I ran 3 miles as well. Time: 29:50, Pace:9:57, Average Heart Rate: 162.

    I'm not going for speed this time around. In the past I've tried to push it and always ended up injured. This time, my goal is to get to the starting line healthy. I'll be training to hit the 4-hour mark, as that seems to be my conditioning level at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    I use the Garmin 305 and love it. It's great for biking and hiking too, so I can cross train with it. It's worth the money.
    I've been holding off on spending the extra cash for a Garmin, but I think I am going to end up getting one. It can be my Fathers Day present Now I'll just have to keep an eye out for good deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewth8tr View Post
    I've been holding off on spending the extra cash for a Garmin, but I think I am going to end up getting one. It can be my Fathers Day present Now I'll just have to keep an eye out for good deals.
    I've seen Forerunner 201 units for 120 bucks. 205's for 150. They've gotten really affordable.

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    I left too late for my run this morning, it was already in the high 60's. Too hot too run. There was a pretty good wind out of the south as well.

    I did manage to go 5.16 miles, 8:26/mile pace. Most of the leg soreness from my weekend mountain adventure is gone. I definetely need to start getting out of bed earlier, it's getting hot.

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    Okay, I just created a challenge. Most miles over 30 days, starting tomorrow. I think I invited everybody, but I may have missed people. If you can't find the invite on nike+, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send out an invite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewth8tr View Post
    I just went for my first run of the training program, 3.18 miles in 35:06, but my nike+ has been acting weird lately. I ran an even pace the whole way and at the end, I paused the workout as I was slowing down, but the graph shows a huge drop for the final .18 miles, have any of you nike+ runners had this happen?
    http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/?l...nID,1343885852
    Sometimes I see a drop in random places on a run. I think the sensor just loses it's signal for a while. The Nike+ definitely isn't perfect, but for the price, it's good enough for me.

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    After putting in a fair amount of miles on the bike this spring, I am back into my running program. I did 4 miles last night and wanted to keep things very low key, so I put on Dark Side of the Moon on the ipod. I defy anyone to do anything but long, slow miles with a Pink Floyd album in their ear.

    Felt great. I felt well enough to probably do double that with no problem, but thought it wouldn't be wise, as I'm just back into the mileage-building phase.

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    Did 3 today at noon. 94 degrees. Headwind. You get the picture.

    I'm amazed at the effect that heat has on my heart rate. Average heart rate was 5 bpms higher and my pace was about 5 seconds slower.

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