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A2K Running Club

 
 
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 11:26 am
@Region Philbis,
Yeah.
Go watch a Marathon some time.
Stand at the 22 mile point.
The elite runners come by faster than you can get your iPhone to capture.
Someone yells "Here they come!" and too suddenly they are right in front of you



and gone..... .
They will be done by the time runners like me reach the Halfway point.

Stand there and watch for another three hours, the elites have already finished, toweled off, eaten a snack, changed and are in a taxi headed downtown for lunch, here in front of you are thousands of men and women who seem to running but oddly.....there is a similar cadence to the whole group. They are moving forward, but it is a measured movement, being spooned out, a little for this mile, a little for the next mile..... .

Later, maybe an hour later , more runners stream by, but they aren't running; they are double-timing. They are doing the same kind of woof-woof----woof-woof-pacing, trucking along the way civilians do when they are in a crosswalk and the light has already changed.

Only they have been doing it for about four and half hours and they are going to do it for about another hour.

~~
If someone asked you at that point if the first group and the last group were from the same species, I think you'd agree with me that there should be some testing done.

Joe(hmmmmm , seems like the same DNA, but still..... .)Nation

ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 11:29 am
@Joe Nation,
Joe Nation wrote:
The elite runners come by faster than you can get your iPhone to capture.
Someone yells "Here they come!" and too suddenly they are right in front of you



and gone..... .


I have a friend in that group.

By the time I realize he's approaching and I should be cheering him on and remembered what his name is (those running pants and shorts can be mmmm distracting) he's ..... oh where'd he go
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:39 pm
@Region Philbis,
The reason you get calf cramps is that the intelligence of your other half is insisting that you stop aggravating it with the notions in your noddle. And there is a theory that aggravating it causes it to sulk.

A man of your age, moving in such exalted company as you do, should have learned by now to understand what your other half is saying. I am so good at it that I know what my calf muscles are thinking when I'm lying in bed shortly before my digestive system outvotes my calf muscles and forces me to stagger forth into the breakfast room.

I'll translate for you--they are saying "for ****'s sake RP- knock it off!! And remember that if you make us go too far we can make you pay. And if you use painkillers it means that the pharmaceutical company ran the last half of the distance and your artificial over-riding of our urgent signal will do us both no good in the long run.

And it is highly likely that other organs and tissue in your body are feeling the strain too and the calf-muscles are merely their spokespersons.

Light exercise is the thing. Lifting pints off the bar for example.
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:49 pm
@Region Philbis,
Quote:
world-class runners only need an extra hour on top of my 10k time to finish a marathon...


Try clean and jerking 46 stone. Try moving it.
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2012 05:27 am
@spendius,
We are going to keep running, but we promise to use our legs and not our backs when we lift up and carry your casket.

Joe(Right. On three. One....)Nation Razz
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2012 02:39 pm

southie-2-brighton 10k #6! tonight...
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2012 03:24 pm
@Region Philbis,
Trot Regie Trot!
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nqyringmind
 
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2012 03:35 pm
I've run a couple of LA Marathons.
There is no feeling like running through neighborhood streets where people have set their stereo speakers on the front porch and blast music for the runners as they smile, wave and cheer you on.
What really touched my heart was the little kids standing along the curb with huge grins and little hands extended to slap you a high 5 as you run by. Man, that stuff really helped take the pain away.
spendius
 
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2012 05:24 pm
@Joe Nation,
I'll have you know Joe that I once ran the Three Peaks Walk in just short of 10 hours in the company of a guy who could walk 100 miles in 24 hours and another who was the English javelin champ. The 26 mile route.

Quote:
The mountains of Whernside (736 m/2,415 ft), Ingleborough (723 m/2,372 ft) and Pen-y-ghent (694 m/2,277 ft) are collectively known as the (Yorkshire) Three Peaks. The peaks, which form part of the Pennine range, encircle the heads of the valleys of the River Ribble and of Chapel-le-Dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the North of England.


You're talking about showing off your legs.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2012 05:29 pm
@nqyringmind,

serious adrenalin rush, i'd imagine...

i get a kick out of otherwise apathetic BU students eagerly clearing a path for me on a crowded sidewalk... Very Happy

1 hr 24 min
right knee wasn't too interested after about 7k; mostly walked the rest.
i think i'll do better in the fall/cooler temps/less humidity...
nqyringmind
 
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Reply Wed 8 Aug, 2012 10:22 am
@Region Philbis,
All the best to you.
I haven't run in a while, since I strapped on my Cliff Huxtable handyman tool belt and ended up dropping a 8' long 2x4 on my big toe Embarrassed
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 04:00 am
@Thomas,
Quote:
I'm sure it'll be better at the Seagull Stride on August 18. There's a reason for the famous expression: "as chilly as August in Boston".
gonna be cool + wet -- 69°F, 90% chance of precip/t-storms...
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 04:53 am
@Region Philbis,
It'll be a damp, squishy 5K. My 31st, good Lord.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 11:30 am
Sorry I couldn't come. How did it go for you?
George
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 02:38 pm
It was off-and-on rain at the Stride for Health, but my Clan was out in
force. The Lovely Bride power-walked, Rhys and I ran at Rhys's pace,
Hermione ran considerably faster, and Nigel went like a bat out of hell.

Because of the rain, they shortened the course to about two and a
quarter miles. Rhys ran the best I've ever seen him do. He never once
slowed to a walk and finished in 25:32. And, as a bonus, I took his
picture with Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.

There was a lot of food at the finish -- burgers and hot dogs, bananas,
watermelon, and oranges. Every time I looked around, Nigel was eating
something else. Ah, youth.
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 02:42 pm
@Thomas,
27:02 for RP, 48:02 for me. Smile

We missed ya!
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 03:05 pm
Good job! I missed you too.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 03:10 pm
@nqyringmind,
I'm jealous, I was never that good. I did watch them on tv - saw an old friend running along, that was cool.

Were you around in '84?

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 03:12 pm
@nqyringmind,
Ouchie.

I've done similar, tripped on plywood and likely cracked my patella.

Carry on..
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George
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 03:52 pm
@George,
George wrote:
. . . And, as a bonus, I took his picture with Bruins forward Shawn
Thornton. . .


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o497/gstanton3/d8f7e321.jpg
 

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