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Saturday, December 11th, 2010
10:38 am
ORRC 10k Series
Race fees add up and can get expensive pretty quickly. The Oregon Road Runners Club offers the ORRC 10k Series. For $100 ($130 for non-members), you get registration for eight 10k races in 2011.
Y2K11 10K - Sunday, January 2
Champoeg 10K - Saturday, March 5
Hagg Lake 10K - Saturday, May 7
Up the Lazy River 10K - Monday, May 30
Garlic Festival 10K - Saturday, August 13
Wildwood Trail Trial 10K - Monday, September 5
Best Dam Run 10K - Saturday, September 24
Autumn Leaves 10K - Saturday, October 29

There's also a special t-shirt for registering for the series, because the t-shirts are what we run for, right?
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
2:04 pm
Long time no see, damnrunners.

So how are you guys dealing with the cold weather? Still running? Got any races planned?

Next week I'm running the Clark County Turkey Trot (5k) and the Hot Buttered Run (12k).

Other than that, I think it might be a good time to take up lap swimming.
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
7:37 am
let's talk about sweat!
So yes, we all sweat to different degrees. And each body has it's favorite places to start sweating.

Have any of you ever noticed your body's favorite "sweat spots" changing as you got older?

In the past year or so, as I'm moving from total obese lump on the couch to running and dancing, I've noticed that on my legs, the first (and most copious) spot that starts to sweat are my knees. And I'd swear I don't recall my *knees* being particularly sweaty before. Granted, I mostly worked out in shorts before, but not entirely - and even in shorts or skirts, I'm finding that I really notice when my knees start sweating, it feels weird, which tells me that it's actually something new, if it's drawing that much attention from me (I don't usually notice when I start sweating in, say, the small of my back, or my armpits, which have always been "sweat spots" for me). I really notice in my ballet class, since I'm in a black leotard and "flesh colored" tights - and within minutes I have these big, dark sweat circles around my knees.

Not a major deal, of course, but interesting, and now I'm curious. So tell me! Do your knees sweat? Has your body gotten new (or lost old) "favorite sweat spots" as you've gotten older?

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
1:44 pm
that's just swell!
So why do your hands (and feet, I hear) swell up when you run? Inquiring minds want to know!

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
8:27 am
Fit Right Training Programs?
I was on a medical hiatus from running for a couple of weeks, which I have managed to extend in my laziness. It's now been about 3 and half weeks since I've been running regularly. I've done a couple of runs here and there, but on a good week I'm doing about a third the mileage of what I was doing before I had to stop running for a couple of weeks. I'm feeling like I need some accountability, especially if I want to make my goal time in October's half. Also, I'm considering finding a marathon around December or January if the half goes well.

I was looking at Fit Right's "Get Fit Live Fit" training programs, because I'm hoping that regular weekly runs will help me stay on track... I know a few of you in this community have done these, and I was curious what you thought of them. I'm considering doing the August 19th "intermediate/advanced" training program. 
Monday, May 25th, 2009
12:32 pm
Is anyone else doing the starlight run next weekend? Looks kind of fun -- evening 5k + parade!
Monday, March 9th, 2009
8:19 pm
Good injury docs?
Hey damnrunners!  I'm a fairly new runner. I've been training for a half-marathon with a friend for the past 6 weeks (though I ran occasionally before that, in addition to other cardio activities).  I never thought I'd like running, but I've gotten hooked and now it's something I actually look forward to at the end of the day.  Unfortunately, though, as we've built up to longer runs, I've been having some aches and pains, particularly in my right knee and foot.  After tonight's run, my foot felt particulary bad--at this point, I can barely put weight on it, and it was making an alarming crunching sound when I went up the stairs after my run.  So I'm reading up about injuries and I fear I may have a stress fracture.   The pain tends to get better/go away with rest, but I'm afraid of running on it again without finding out exactly what's wrong. 

Which brings me to my question: does anyone have an orthopedist or sports medicine doc they'd recommend?  I'm in Beaverton and have Aetna insurance, but I welcome any recommendations.  I've never really dealt with a sports injury before, so this is all a bit new to me--any help/advice is appreciated.  TIA.
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
7:50 pm
There's so much derriere down there!!
Okay, so I'll admit, I'm genetically prone to carrying a little extra junk in the trunk, but when I'm running a lot, I seem to have even more (how is this possible?!) It's pretty much just muscle, but seriously... 

Anyone have any suggestions for runs/workouts to take care of that thing? I like running hills, and realize that may be the problem, but I don't really want to stopp running hills. 

Also, you can laugh now. I am. Of course, I would greatly appreciate your advice between giggles. :)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
7:33 pm
doubling up
Hey, all. I have a couple of questions for you about doubling up runs. 

backstory and useless whimpering...Collapse )So, I'm considering doubling up my runs... maybe doing 1.5 or 2 miles before work (maybe around 4:30 or 4:45am), and then doing another mile or two right after work, or maybe during my lunch. Is this a good idea, or a terrible one? Will it help me increase my mileage again? Also, does anyone have any good suggestions for doubling up like this? (Bonus points if it's following an injury!)

Thanks in advance. :)
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
6:33 pm
Run Like a Girl?
Does anybody know if/when Montrail's Run Like a Girl trail race is in Portland this year?
Friday, December 19th, 2008
8:00 am
Tips for keeping my miles up?
Since it's snowing or icy or generally cold and slippery outside, I haven't been running as much. In fact, all this week I've been using the treadmill at work.

Which means I haven't been putting in the miles, because, damn, the treadmill is boring.

Being over 40 and a late-comer to running, I'm slow (9-10 minute miles) which means I don't get as many miles in, and I run every other day (gotta have rest days!)

With all that in mind, any of y'all have tips for helping me keep my total miles up during the winter? What have you been doing?
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
8:16 am
 Can anyone recommend a pedometer program like gmaps pedometer. I had used gmaps in the past a couple of times, but apparently, it only wants to map on streets now. :(  I used to be able to map runs through parks, etc, but can't seem to do that today. Is there another option that will let me do that?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
11:01 am
Hello fellow runners,

I have a random question, I am looking for a lovely 10 - 12 mile run somewhere in the portland area. i like having parks near by for water and bathrooms, also little traffic and somewhat beautiful would be awesome. I live in NW and doing bridge to bridge is getting old for me. i need to shake things up.

So what are your favorite routes? why?
suggestions please!
Friday, November 7th, 2008
2:16 pm
Kevin's Cup
Will anyone be at Kevin's Cup (8k) tomorrow? I was going to run with my SO, but he has a bad back and can't make it. It would be nice to see a friendly face, or at least someone I pseudo know. :)

The link, in case you want to run. Registration closes at midnight.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
2:04 pm

Ok so ALLLL last week I didn't run except I think a mon and a wed on a treadmill.

this week It is WEDNESDAY! GOD and I finally got back on the wagon.

This rain is getting me down? Any tips for how to run in the rain? Also anyone know about the YMCA off barbur and about the track, I am thinking if I go in the afternoons it might not be raining, and my school tracks aren't open to the public til 3:30... and I don't run streets yet.

So I went to the gym did 2 miles on the treadmill, my runners high kicked in at 1 mile... it was glorious.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
1:35 pm
Springwater Corridor Mile Markers?
Has anyone out there mapped the mile markers along the Springwater Corridor trail?

I have no GPS to map them myself, but I'm sure someone else has out there, because Portland is home to lots of runners, and lots of gadget-y types, and surely there's considerable overlap between the two.

On the internets, I've found a bunch of people who have mapped the trail itself, but what I'm looking for is the specific locations of the various mileposts along the trail, such that I could import them into Google Earth for future reference.

And now I go out for my Sunday long run. In the rain. Which I have been procrastinating doing. Because of the rain.

(cross-posted from damnrunners)
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
12:45 pm
running through the pain.
 I was diagnosed with a type of facitis last spring (stupid overtraining!), and it has since gotten better. I'm running again, a bit, but it seems to still bother me some. Lately, it's gotten a lot worse, but it seems a little different. Originally, the pain I felt from it was mostly in the center of my calf muscle. Now when my leg bothers me it seems to start in my ankle, swelling horizontally from the my ankle bone on the inside of my leg toward my achielles, and sometimes radiating up my calf muscle. I'm really careful -- I always stretch before & after, run out & back on trails so the cant is even, and build my mileage very slowly.I'm pretty sure there's something else going on and made an appointment with my doctor, but I can't get in for another two weeks.

Aaaaanyway, the day after my last 10K, my leg swelled up like mad. There wasn't anything remarkable about the race; it was flat, I ran it at my typical astonishingly slow pace, and it wasn't swollen after the race. It wasn't until the next day (when I didn't even run!) that it started to bother me. I spent the next week with it wrapped, iced and elevated, then another week just trying to stay off it. I just got back from an easy 2 mile run, and my leg is throbbing. I really don't want to stop running for the next two weeks, but what is a reasonable distance for me to do? (For what it's worth, my run schedule up until two weeks ago was this: Mon & Friday off, 5 miles each on Tues, Weds, Thurs, 4 miles on Sat, and 6-8 mile son Sun, pretty much all on trail.)

Has anyone here done little mini-runs in this kind of situation? What should I be doing -- running until I start to feel it? Running until it hurts? Running my normal distances, only on flat, level ground?

Halp, oh mighty internets. You always have all the answers.

(crossposted... lo siento, really I am)

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
3:31 pm
lots of firsts
So I was downtown anyway yesterday and stopped by the Portland Running Store on Morrison on the way home. And I must confess, there was a piece of me waiting for them to take one look at my nearly 300 lbs and laugh me out of the store. But they were quite nice, and I wound up with a pair of Asics. Then I got cheap and went to KMart to pick up some pants and socks and whatnot. ;)

So today was the first workout of the Couch to 5K. During the first jogging interval, my brain was all "omg who the hell am I kidding, I'll never be able to do this, I can't run, I'll never make 60 seconds... wait, it's already over???" The first couple of intervals were pretty good. These random guys passed me in their car during the third or fourth interval and one of them yelled "harder!" or something like that out the car window. I still can't figure out if they were a) being encouraging to the random fat chick who is clearly taking measures to be healthier, or b) mocking the random fat chick who has the audacity to pretend to be able to run. Therefore, I choose to believe a. ;) After the 5th, I had to pause the podcast and take a longer recovery, and from that time on my recovery walks were quite a bit slower than they had been. But still - after that 5th inverval, I really wasn't sure I'd even be able to complete the workout. The lengthened walking interval was only maybe twice as long as it should have been, and was the only pause I took from the program, and I did manage to run through each running interval, though there were a few where I was SURE I'd never make it to him saying it was time to walk again. I chose to run a loop that I've been known to walk from time to time - it's a good chunk longer, took about 4 more songs on my iPod to get home after the podcast was over, but a little extra cool-down walking never hurt anyone. ;) Plus, that means I can keep using this loop for a while even as I increase my distance, which is nice.

Of course, that's assuming I'll be ABLE to increase my distance. Part of me is now convinced that I'll never be able to do more than the current interval training. I keep pointing out that it was convinced I'd never be able to finish the intervals and then telling it I don't want to hear another word. It's not listening, but I'm used to that.

This workout KICKED MY ASS. I've already downed 2 emergen-cs since I got home (had a trainer who swore by them for muscle recovery, years back when I was in training to walk the Breast Cancer 3-Day) and a full quart of water. But here's the thing: I NEVER thought I could run. Ever. At all. And you know what?

I DID IT!!!!! That deserves some mention right there, I think.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
6:13 pm
Has anyone been to Rebound Orthopedic? I've had a couple of folks recommend the Vancouver clinic to me, but I'm trying to get in at the Portland location. If you've used them, how was your experience there? I have a pretty nasty leg injury that I can't seem to kick, and am hoping to get a second opinion from them.


(crossposted to damnportlanders)
Sunday, October 19th, 2008
1:45 pm
Run Like Hell
 Anybody else do the Run Like Hell 10K this morning? Just curious, because I had my "omniscient running partner" with me, and she seemed to believe that it was actually 11K. She also thought I ran very fast (which I likely didn't). Did anyone else use some kind of GPS thinger on the race? Was the course distance accurate to 10K? Also, if it was exactly 10K is there some way to calibrate my confused little running partner? 

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