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  • Some great news and one bad bit of news today. My wife and I have been looking for a pediatric brain cancer charity for some time. We found one. It is local, and what's more it does a 5k not a mile from our house. All five of us ran this morning.

    I was trying to set a PR. My 5k PR - 21:40 - is over three years old at this point, set before I ran my first marathon.

    Privately I've wanted to beat 20 minutes, but I've had that as a long term goal and didn't think I was ready.

    Except I ran a 19:44 this morning (unofficially per my Garmin, but clock time was 19:45 when I crossed).

    Won my age group. Took sixth (I think) overall.

    The bad news: my garmin had it at 2.98 miles, not 3.1. Minor quibble. I was aggressively running tangents and my watch is known to be a bit funky in some of those trees. I'm going to look up the filed course map and also run the course again solo to see. Even if it was short I'm claiming that time.
    Awesomeness now has a name. Let me introduce myself.

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    • I think doing a Ragnar would be fun. Any advice for running with a bad knee?
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      • Originally posted by TripletDaddy View Post
        I think doing a Ragnar would be fun. Any advice for running with a bad knee?
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        • Originally posted by TripletDaddy View Post
          I think doing a Ragnar would be fun. Any advice for running with a bad knee?
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          • Originally posted by nikuman View Post
            Some great news and one bad bit of news today. My wife and I have been looking for a pediatric brain cancer charity for some time. We found one. It is local, and what's more it does a 5k not a mile from our house. All five of us ran this morning.

            I was trying to set a PR. My 5k PR - 21:40 - is over three years old at this point, set before I ran my first marathon.

            Privately I've wanted to beat 20 minutes, but I've had that as a long term goal and didn't think I was ready.

            Except I ran a 19:44 this morning (unofficially per my Garmin, but clock time was 19:45 when I crossed).

            Won my age group. Took sixth (I think) overall.

            The bad news: my garmin had it at 2.98 miles, not 3.1. Minor quibble. I was aggressively running tangents and my watch is known to be a bit funky in some of those trees. I'm going to look up the filed course map and also run the course again solo to see. Even if it was short I'm claiming that time.


            Nice job, nikuman. Full distance or no, that's movin'.

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            • Originally posted by nikuman View Post
              The bad news: my garmin had it at 2.98 miles, not 3.1. Minor quibble. I was aggressively running tangents and my watch is known to be a bit funky in some of those trees. I'm going to look up the filed course map and also run the course again solo to see. Even if it was short I'm claiming that time.
              Awesome time! Don't rerun the course. Put the time into your notebook and call it good .
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              • Originally posted by nikuman View Post
                Some great news and one bad bit of news today. My wife and I have been looking for a pediatric brain cancer charity for some time. We found one. It is local, and what's more it does a 5k not a mile from our house. All five of us ran this morning.

                I was trying to set a PR. My 5k PR - 21:40 - is over three years old at this point, set before I ran my first marathon.

                Privately I've wanted to beat 20 minutes, but I've had that as a long term goal and didn't think I was ready.

                Except I ran a 19:44 this morning (unofficially per my Garmin, but clock time was 19:45 when I crossed).

                Won my age group. Took sixth (I think) overall.

                The bad news: my garmin had it at 2.98 miles, not 3.1. Minor quibble. I was aggressively running tangents and my watch is known to be a bit funky in some of those trees. I'm going to look up the filed course map and also run the course again solo to see. Even if it was short I'm claiming that time.
                Claim away; you earned it. Nice job.

                I'll concentrate on a sub-20 5K next year. I'm eyeing the Provo Freedom Festival 5K in July 2013. That will give me three months after the 70.3 to train for it. I don't know if the course is the best for a PR, but my conditioning should be good. Besides, I figure a Provo race ups the odds that I can get some fellow CUFfers to attempt a sub-20 run - or just come out for the race, no matter what the finishing time - with me.
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                • Congrats Niku!

                  I really want to hit that sub 20 min 5K at some point - I think my fastest is around 21:40 and was more than a year ago.

                  Not sure if next year is my year or not - if I end up doing an olympic tri that will have me training at a faster speed and shorter distance that the marathon. But we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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                  • Final time was 19:40. 6:19 per mile if it really was a 5k.

                    If it wasn't a 5k, and was only 2.98 miles, then I would have run a 20:30. Still easily a pr.
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                    • Congrats, nik, though with that nice run my day looks much less impressive.

                      I was feeling inspired by Moliere's Speedy Mondays and that, combined with a nice evacuation to start the day, I decided to go for a fast 5k instead of the regular pace. So I strapped up the Five Fingers and pulled out a huge PR of 23:48 (if I remove the 5 seconds waiting for cars to pass my route, 23:53 if not). I've only run one 5k race but I try to up the pace when I'm going for a shorter distance, but I think my previous best was a hair under 25 minutes a few weeks ago. I was feeling it afterwards, but my legs recovered well and haven't been tight or tired today. Dang, it feels good to blow away an old PR like that! I don't know that I'll get down in the sub-22 range, but for today I'm pretty stoked about this run.

                      Splits - 7:43, 7:47 (7:52), 7:30, 7:30.
                      I have nothing else to say at this time.

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                      • Thought I'd provide a mini-review of my newest running toy, the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch.

                        Here's a link to this morning's run, 6 miles at easy pace with a fast mile thrown in at mile 5:

                        http://connect.garmin.com/activity/245158798

                        For those looking for a no-frills, ridiculously-easy-to-use, reliable and well-made GPS watch, I would take a hard look at the FR 10. It doesn't do heart rate, doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive Forerunner models have, but for someone like me at least, I'm only really interested in pace, distance, and time. The FR 10 is light, easy to read, and finds the satellite signal quickly. It displays two readings in run mode that you can set to what you want--I keep it set to distance and pace. You can scroll with the push of a button to also see time and calories. The pace reading has some smoothing built in so that it doesn't jump around. Auto-laps at 1 mile intervals show your split and beep an alert.

                        A couple additional features include storage of records, auto-pause (you can set it so that it automatically stops recording when you stop at a light or to tie your shoes, etc.), and virtual pacer. The pacer allows you to set a pace and then it will alert you if you're over/under by a certain amount.

                        At $129 its competition is the Soleus, New Balance GPS Runner, and the Timex, all around $100 (and apparently all possessing the same chip made in China). I made the mistake of trying the NB first, found it lacking in some areas, and returned it. Super glad I did. This is a much better product all around. Plus it allows uploading (to garminconnect), something the others don't do.

                        I know most people here might be more interested in the advanced abilities of a more expensive watch, but if you've avoided GPS watches to this point because of the cost or just prefer to keep it simple, check out the FR10. I'm loving it.

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                        • Originally posted by OhioBlue View Post
                          Thought I'd provide a mini-review of my newest running toy, the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch.

                          Here's a link to this morning's run, 6 miles at easy pace with a fast mile thrown in at mile 5:

                          http://connect.garmin.com/activity/245158798

                          For those looking for a no-frills, ridiculously-easy-to-use, reliable and well-made GPS watch, I would take a hard look at the FR 10. It doesn't do heart rate, doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive Forerunner models have, but for someone like me at least, I'm only really interested in pace, distance, and time. The FR 10 is light, easy to read, and finds the satellite signal quickly. It displays two readings in run mode that you can set to what you want--I keep it set to distance and pace. You can scroll with the push of a button to also see time and calories. The pace reading has some smoothing built in so that it doesn't jump around. Auto-laps at 1 mile intervals show your split and beep an alert.

                          A couple additional features include storage of records, auto-pause (you can set it so that it automatically stops recording when you stop at a light or to tie your shoes, etc.), and virtual pacer. The pacer allows you to set a pace and then it will alert you if you're over/under by a certain amount.

                          At $129 its competition is the Soleus, New Balance GPS Runner, and the Timex, all around $100 (and apparently all possessing the same chip made in China). I made the mistake of trying the NB first, found it lacking in some areas, and returned it. Super glad I did. This is a much better product all around. Plus it allows uploading (to garminconnect), something the others don't do.

                          I know most people here might be more interested in the advanced abilities of a more expensive watch, but if you've avoided GPS watches to this point because of the cost or just prefer to keep it simple, check out the FR10. I'm loving it.
                          Thank you. I haven't looked at this, but it looks good. Does it have a bike mode or is it only running? I think my wife would like this, though we did just replace her 310.

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                          • Originally posted by BigPiney View Post
                            Thank you. I haven't looked at this, but it looks good. Does it have a bike mode or is it only running? I think my wife would like this, though we did just replace her 310.
                            I honestly don't know...it does have an option for speed instead of pace, but I wouldn't have any idea about what other things a biker would want from a watch. Might check out dcrainmaker's review since he usually talks about running and biking in his watch reviews.

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                            • It seems like I saw that Costco would be having a sale on their FR410 for Black Friday - price around $159. A little more than this one reviewed, but another option at a seemingly good price.

                              Hearing that they are done making the 305 has me a little nervous. I really like mine - don't want to have to worry about getting used to something else!

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                              • Originally posted by OhioBlue View Post
                                Thought I'd provide a mini-review of my newest running toy, the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch.

                                Here's a link to this morning's run, 6 miles at easy pace with a fast mile thrown in at mile 5:

                                http://connect.garmin.com/activity/245158798

                                For those looking for a no-frills, ridiculously-easy-to-use, reliable and well-made GPS watch, I would take a hard look at the FR 10. It doesn't do heart rate, doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive Forerunner models have, but for someone like me at least, I'm only really interested in pace, distance, and time. The FR 10 is light, easy to read, and finds the satellite signal quickly. It displays two readings in run mode that you can set to what you want--I keep it set to distance and pace. You can scroll with the push of a button to also see time and calories. The pace reading has some smoothing built in so that it doesn't jump around. Auto-laps at 1 mile intervals show your split and beep an alert.

                                A couple additional features include storage of records, auto-pause (you can set it so that it automatically stops recording when you stop at a light or to tie your shoes, etc.), and virtual pacer. The pacer allows you to set a pace and then it will alert you if you're over/under by a certain amount.

                                At $129 its competition is the Soleus, New Balance GPS Runner, and the Timex, all around $100 (and apparently all possessing the same chip made in China). I made the mistake of trying the NB first, found it lacking in some areas, and returned it. Super glad I did. This is a much better product all around. Plus it allows uploading (to garminconnect), something the others don't do.

                                I know most people here might be more interested in the advanced abilities of a more expensive watch, but if you've avoided GPS watches to this point because of the cost or just prefer to keep it simple, check out the FR10. I'm loving it.
                                I may look at this for my daughter when HS XC training starts in the summer.
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