questionsdo you run?

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I used to run years ago. Years of abuse no my knees did damage and running became painful after a while. I was never awesome at it by any means, but I did run competitively. My 5k time was just south of 16 minutes and my mile time was just under 5 minutes.

I do miss it from time to time but looking back it just seems like a lot of work. The weather does make me want to get outside and do stuff around the house though.

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Yes, but mostly it's a jog now. Not as young as I used to be. I found out while on active duty with the AF that it helped with stress relief, weight managment, etc., but my body doesn't like the pushing the envelope kind of thing any more.

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@capguncowboy: That's an awesome/elite time you have there. I'm doing well to run a 23 minute 5K. That being said, I typically do well in my age group, at least around here.

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I don't, but I've got a fairly legitimate excuse. My knees are completely ruined. I'm pretty lucky I can even walk, in my opinion.

If the zombies ever come, I'm screwed, man.

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I run but I'm a terrible runner. I had to run back in high school...a lot...for wrestling. I've kept running as part of a staying in shape. I got into triathlons, just sprints and Olympics distances, only to learn that, despite all my years of surfing, I'm a worse swimmer than I am a runner. I realized I wasn't going to be that great at it because I'm short and stocky - 5'5" and 165lbs (it's more muscle than fat) while Dave Scott, Iron Man champ 6 times is 6' and about 150lbs.

I backed off running for some years because of pain in my knees and ankles. I got back into it a couple years ago and started doing half-marathons - I have one next week. My times aren't going to impress anyone but it's better to be out there with a bad time than not at all.

One of the things I've discovered are compression socks. They've really helped more with pain than performance (nothing's helping that).

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@thedogma: We should hang out. I could use a zombie sacrifice buddy while I run away!

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Instead of working on improving my cardio I am spending that time to work on a personal travel unit that runs off of happiness. I feel as it would be more worthwhile.

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@xarous: As long as it makes you happy, otherwise I recommend another fuel source.

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Yup, still running. Between running and elliptical after lifting weights I'm getting in about 25 miles per week. For a while there (back in the period 1999-2003) I was kicking out at least 2 marathons a year, plus assorted halfs and 10ks.

I've really no interest in going back to the 26.2 distance, but I still to the odd half marathon (about every other year or so) when the mood strikes me.

I've been using the fitbit:
http://www.fitbit.com/
when I run and walk around. It works very well and is very unobtrusive. If it ever goes on sale I'd post as a deal.

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@wilfbrim: The fitbit looks interesting. Ironically I avoid as much technology as possible when working out. I use a small watch when I run and wear headphones in a public gym to drown everyone out. I don't even wear headphones when I run anymore. I say ironic because I'm a software developer and by all stereotypes I should desire every gadget out there.

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@wilfbrim: I've been thinking about getting a fitbit. Now they've got the Flex, the bracelet, which seems kind of cool I usually have the Nike+pod when I run.

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I've done about 7 half marathons, 3 triathlons and 1 marathon over the past 3 years. My training has never been consistent, though, which is why I have never improved much. However, next year I'm going to plan on doing a half-Ironman, so I will force myself to be more consistent with training.

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Due to my gimpy knees my physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon have both recommended that I find other forms of cardiovascular exercise than running. Which is fine with me. I've never really enjoyed running. That said, I enjoy playing some team sports and find that it's useful to have the muscle endurance required for running in those games. So I run during my twice a week boot camp class and try to do about two miles (relatively slowly, ~11 min/mile) once a week. That's about all my knees can handle but it works.

I get other cardio exercise from a bike, elliptical machine and rowing machine (which I find is great for interval training).

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I haul myself around a track a few times perhaps 3x a week. It ain't running, but not walking either. Feel far better for it.

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I guess you can technically call it running at my speed, but I have done three 5k's in the last year. I started doing it for the sense of accomplishment. I used to weigh 275 pounds, and I don't think I could have run 1k. Well, I lost 85 pounds, I heard someone talking on the radio about running 5k's, and I decided to give it a try. It takes me 35-40 minutes, and I usually finish in about the 40th percentile of participants, but I love to do it. It's a lot of fun.

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@gt0163c: I love using a rowing machine. Definitely my favorite piece of cardio equipment. I keep tossing around the idea of getting one for my home gym, but it's tough deciding on a brand and style. Perhaps there is another woot question there.

Usually once a week I'll mix in push-ups with my run. I'll start the timer on my watch, do 20 push-ups, run, then stop one the 3's for a set of push-ups (3/6/9 etc) until I finish my 5K. It's killer the first few times. The slower you run, the more push-ups you do! The volume of push-ups adds up quickly, but won't kill you doing 15 or so reps each set.
Today was 155 push-ups and 5K in 29:20. Try it!

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If you see me running you better follow me because something is about to explode.

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@sporadic: I really like the Fitbit, and after agonizing for a while I got the Aria wifi scale, which integrates with the Fitbit system. I have been trying to bring my weight down a bit, and the autorecording of weight is very helpful, along with recording of activity. We cannot improve what we do not measure, this combination makes it easier to measure and record.

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@sporadic: Get this one. Try to find it cheaper, of course--used, perhaps--but get this brand and model. It's so smooth, so simple in construction/use yet perfect for any level workout, and the rhythmic, quiet swish of the water as you row is practically hypnotic in its calming, soothing effect. I frakking love this machine.

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@robingraves: Have a friend in the bomb squad who had a t-shirt like that - "If you see me running, try to keep up."

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I run, but not competitively.

It's funny... years ago I hated running. I'd huff and puff my way through a half mile to a mile maybe twice a week, just trying to ward off fat. In October of 2011, something (probably my sanity) snapped. I felt good after a mile, and went for another 5. I had blisters all over my feet, and took a few days off. Then I bought some real running shoes, and did it again. My mile a week turned into 3 every day, with 6's mixed in. Then the 6's turned to 10's.

In the last year (my entire running career) I've done a ten-miler, 3 half-marathons, and one full, kill me now, twenty-six-point-flipping-two-mile Marathon with a capital M. I tend to place in the upper third of my age group (18-28 Male), but the Marathon was on my birthday, so now I'm in a slower group, and get to do WAY better!

I'll probably be doing 13.1's for the rest of my life, but one full distance torture session was enough for me.

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Yes, I just started running again this year (call it my New Year's resolution) after a 5-year hiatus. So far I've been relatively injury free and building up my mileage/speed. I try to cross train with cycling and lifting weights. I'm up to about 5-miles during my longer runs.

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@goldenthorn: Thanks! I've heard good things about that brand of rower. The price is a bit high, but it's really not much more than a Concept 2 which is what I'm most considering. The downside to the Concept 2 is the noise.

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Yup. Did two marathons last year. It's my mid-life crisis.

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@mistamoose: Very nice. I doubt I'll ever run a marathon, or even a half. We'll see what the future brings.