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Diet/Exercise/Health/Wellness Support Thread

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Replies to: Diet/Exercise/Health/Wellness Support Thread

  • sushirittosushiritto Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    @sabaray I find that there's a delicate balance between long runs and cross training. If your time is limited, one or the other tends to suffer from neglect. I can't imagine training for marathon and fitting in your cross training, unless one gets short shrift. My CF workouts, which consistently include short runs (also Airdyne/wind type bikes and rowing), take about 75-90 minutes. And then I typically run 3-5 miles on my non-CF days. My legs tend to have no life in them. I have no idea how my legs would react to 10 and 20 mile runs. And where I'd find the time.
  • FallGirlFallGirl Registered User Posts: 7,396 Senior Member
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  • FallGirlFallGirl Registered User Posts: 7,396 Senior Member
    We have some beautiful areas to hike and I would love to find some like-minded people. One of my biggest challenges is finding people I like to do active things with. I know a lot of younger people but unfortunately can't keep up with them most of the time

    @sabaray I wish we lived closer together. I feel much the same way!
  • ohiopublicohiopublic Registered User Posts: 1,620 Senior Member
    Actually I think a mix of cross training and long runs would be a good mix for your marathon. I think ramping up some high mileage is asking for trouble.
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,481 Senior Member
    I would definitely need to make some changes to what I'm doing now. @sushiritto, your cross training sounds a lot more intense than what I am doing - most of what I do is a complement to running. Training the first time, I only ran 3 times a week and cross-trained 3 days, rested one. Second round of training, I ran 5 days a week and it was a struggle. I appreciate everyone's input!
  • Classof2015Classof2015 Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    Did you find the first approach got you just as ready, sabaray? I want to train smarter for the next marathon I do. I actually bought that book you mentioned but can't find it! It's here somewhere.

    Another topic: has anyone heard of a "mini 10k"? I didn't know what the "mini" referred to (is it shorter than a regular 10k)? Turns out it's a 10k for women. Isn't that cute. Not. I'm hoping there is some legitimate reason it's called that.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,746 Senior Member
    LOL. Not much has been called "mini" since the 80s when they had "mini marathons" (halfs)

    To me the keys to marathon training are: (1) the long run and being comfortable with being on your feet 3 or 4 hours in training. The long runs can be really slow. (2) mid distance weekday run of 7-9 miles. Sabaray is good at that. I didn't do it. (3) Figuring out your nutrition and hydration plan (4) not getting injured
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,481 Senior Member
    edited October 4
    The long runs can be really slow.

    I'm good at that, too!

    I think the first approach was a better one for me. My two runs during the week were each 6-7 miles and then I followed a high/low schedule on the weekends. I did two sessions a week on the elliptical plus Pilates. I also had scheduled walk breaks during the long runs. The race went well - weather was a big factor in a good way. I'm better at running for distance than running for time - I like knowing how far I'm going to run rather than how long I'm going to run - I get anxious I'm not doing enough when I'm running for a certain amount of time.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 31,951 Senior Member
    Sabaray, for what it is worth, I trained for all of my marathons using the Marathon Rookie's PDF guide. It is very similar to what you think might work for you - there are run-free days and there is specific mileage slowly ramping up to a couple of weeks before the race day, then taper. I did free weights and body weight stuff on the non-running days.

    http://www.marathonrookie.com/support-files/16weekmarathonschedule.pdf

    (Yeah, I am lazy. :) )
  • Classof2015Classof2015 Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    ^ I like that plan. Very straightforward and not insane.
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,481 Senior Member
    You recommended that to me Bunsen, and I used it as a guideline! It's a really good plan. The only thing I did was drop one of the running days, I think, and did longer mileage on two days. My longest run was something like 24 if I'm remembering correctly, and that's because I was so nervous about finishing - I needed that confidence boost.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 31,951 Senior Member
    Oops, my bad - I remember posting it here but did not remember why I posted it... :)
  • Classof2015Classof2015 Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    I keep checking the weather for this Sunday (half marathon). It's gone from rain and thunder to cloudy to sunny. I know it isn't reliable until about 24 hours out.

    I never planned on doing 3 races back to back but this one (and the 10M) count toward our club points and standing. Apparently the 50+ ladies contingent is battling for 2nd place so every race til year end is important.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 31,951 Senior Member
    Kid is signing up for a tri in Ohio... and she is shopping for a new bike because her bike is no good for semi-serious racing. Sigh. I have seen one of our posters here experience the joys of parenting an adventurous triathlete and I am less than thrilled at her choice of athletic activity. Another sigh.
  • abasketabasket Registered User Posts: 16,501 Senior Member
    ^^Where in Ohio? Cincy? 2018?
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