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Author Topic: Running Thread  (Read 22554 times)

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #300 on: May 08, 2022, 12:41:12 PM »
 :P
1. Safe course:  keeping vehicles and non-runners off the course.

2.  Well marked.  I’ve gotten sidetracked a few times when the course didn’t clearly indicate where to turn.  (Bourbon Chase in Kentucky in 2016 I was with a dozen runners that all turned too late onto a dead end road.   The correct path had no indication whatsoever where to turn.

3.  Along with the above I would include ample volunteers showing the way, so to speak.  Manning the difficult places to see where to go. 

4.  Interesting/well laid out course.  Rather not double back on a section that I just ran.

5. Beer at the finish line.

Those all sound quite sensible
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« Reply #301 on: May 08, 2022, 07:06:49 PM »
6. Flat course
7. Creativity with the goodie bag - shirt that isn't like a million I already have, good snacks, and noteworthy finisher's medal - I got one once that doubled as a bottle opener.
Have some patience, FFS.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #302 on: May 08, 2022, 08:38:26 PM »
6. Flat course


Flat makes things a little less challenging but IMO not better. Boston is my favorite for a lot of reasons (bucket list, tradition, unreal and enthusiastic crowd, etc) but it is anything but flat.

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« Reply #303 on: May 09, 2022, 08:29:59 PM »
Flat makes things a little less challenging but IMO not better. Boston is my favorite for a lot of reasons (bucket list, tradition, unreal and enthusiastic crowd, etc) but it is anything but flat.

I agree with you - one of my favorite marathons was Flying Pig in Cincinnati.  That race is very hilly but I went into it knowing that and trained for that.

I'd add:

-Measure/mark the course correctly.  The 2016 Milwaukee Running Festival was no fun when their marathon course was at least 1/2 mile too long and my GPS watch measured 26.9 miles.
-Have enough aide stations and make it easy to get water/energy drink at each station. 
-Provide what you promise for the registration fee - if it says mylar blankets are part of the registration, give those out at the end of the race.
-Provide gear check and either provide a decent sized bag to use with that or allow runners to provide their own bag.  One marathon I did gave you a small plastic grocery bag - there's not much point to that.


And something the Lakefront Marathon does afterwards that I love and have rarely seen in other marathons is give out a little shopping bag to carry your post race food in.  My hands don't work real well after marathons and I still remember at Flying Pig using my mylar blanket to carry the food in - people were asking for empty boxes but volunteers were told not to give them out.  And then I struggled to carry my stuff, find my family and open water to drink afterwards.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #304 on: July 26, 2022, 07:54:44 PM »
Time for a running check in - how is it going for everyone?

Life took some unexpected turns so it looks like my next marathon won't be until at least 2022.  I'm a little lost not training for anything and I'm super slow as I haven't been able to run as much as I was in the past and haven't been doing speedwork.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #305 on: July 27, 2022, 05:08:53 AM »
Not good.
Been running but no where even close to where I was pre-left knee surgery.  I was thankfully making slow but some noticeable progress increasing distance.  But there had been something in my right knee that doesn't feel right and was hindering more progress.  Finally having an MRI on Monday.

After a week of 3 or 4, 2 mile runs the pain in certain positions which was sleeping and driving became too much.

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« Reply #306 on: August 03, 2022, 10:25:46 PM »
Not good.
Been running but no where even close to where I was pre-left knee surgery.  I was thankfully making slow but some noticeable progress increasing distance.  But there had been something in my right knee that doesn't feel right and was hindering more progress.  Finally having an MRI on Monday.

After a week of 3 or 4, 2 mile runs the pain in certain positions which was sleeping and driving became too much.

Oh yikes - so sorry to hear that :(.  Hope the MRI is helpful to get things better with your knee.

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« Reply #307 on: August 08, 2022, 01:48:14 PM »
Oh yikes - so sorry to hear that :(.  Hope the MRI is helpful to get things better with your knee.

Visited the orthopedist and the MRI report is not too bad.  My right meniscus is all mishmashed up.  Simple arthroscopic surgery to clean up will correct. 
I would be cleared to walk the next day if I can, but I'm guessing more like 4-5 days of crutches like I saw 8 years ago on my left knee.

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« Reply #308 on: August 08, 2022, 01:58:11 PM »
You won't regret it.   FWIW, I shoveled 3 inches of snow the evening I had mine cleaned up.
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« Reply #309 on: August 08, 2022, 07:48:50 PM »
You won't regret it.   FWIW, I shoveled 3 inches of snow the evening I had mine cleaned up.

In 2014 when my left knee had this I was running 5 weeks later. Probably could have run sooner but I listened to the physical therapist and doctor.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #310 on: August 09, 2022, 07:54:15 PM »
Visited the orthopedist and the MRI report is not too bad.  My right meniscus is all mishmashed up.  Simple arthroscopic surgery to clean up will correct. 
I would be cleared to walk the next day if I can, but I'm guessing more like 4-5 days of crutches like I saw 8 years ago on my left knee.

Well that does sound like a promising prognosis to get you back running relatively soon.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #311 on: September 09, 2022, 01:01:56 PM »
Lakefront marathon cancelled less that a month out from its scheduled date. I feel awful for all those that have trained all summer. Seems the city wants nothing to do with being a marathon host.

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Re: Running Thread
« Reply #312 on: September 10, 2022, 12:59:17 PM »
Lakefront marathon cancelled less that a month out from its scheduled date. I feel awful for all those that have trained all summer. Seems the city wants nothing to do with being a marathon host.

I was so bummed to hear that yesterday.  It’s such a great race and yeah it’s awful for those who had planned to run it.  And I’m not sure about the future of the race - not sure they’ll ever be able to get permits again.

 

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