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Subject:I've lost my mind. Again.
Time:12:20 am
This evening I was sitting at home working on some projects and I thought to myself, "I should start running again." I hunted the thought down like a cockroach and tried to stomp it dead, but cockroaches are made of stronger stuff than that. The thought wouldn't go away.

I dug out all my running gear and got ready to head out, but the thought of going to the gym stopped me dead in my tracks. I really couldn't force myself to get in the car and drive over there. The idea cockroach scratched frantically at the door, but he couldn't get through it.

And then something freakish happened. I spotted an old fanny pack sitting on a shelf. I stuffed my keys, drivers license, and phone into it and strapped it around my waist. And then out the door I went.

I ran. Out in the real world. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do C25K again from scratch, maybe this time not on a treadmill. I'm still not sure I'm wild about this outdoors thing-- I had a hell of a time pacing myself-- but who knows.
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crayonbeam
Subject:Tracking apps
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Time:2010-10-14 01:01 pm (UTC)
Not sure what "phone" you have these days, but I ditched Nike+ for RunKeeperPro. It uses GPS to track route and speed and it's fun to go home and see my pace laid out over the map. You can set it up to tell you your pace, distance, etc while you run.

For C25K I have it set up for each day... at the correctly timed interval a voice says faster, slower, etc.

Nike+ is good too, I just like RunKeeper better. There's a lite version for testing the waters.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Tracking apps
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Time:2010-10-14 06:00 pm (UTC)
I have a Droid. I have a C25K application to tell me when to change pace, music, and a GPS tracking program. What I need more than after-the-fact pacing is something to keep me at the right pace while I'm running. Maybe I'll add a metronome to the mix. Or maybe I'll just hunt down music that has the right number of beats per minute and only listen to that while I run.

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hoss_tbf
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Time:2010-10-15 12:41 pm (UTC)
I strongly, strongly, strooongly suggest pacing by feel. It won't take particularly long to get used to. There will be days where you feel stupendous and days where you feel awful, and being married to a numerical pace is just way more mental taxation than it's worth. Generally, you should try to run at a pace where you can hold a conversation but not sing an opera. Tracking apps are great for speed workouts or for viewing afterward just to see where/what pace you went.

I also (less strongly, but still with great enthusiasm) suggest training for a goal race. It's hard to get out there every time when the goal is, well . . . to get out there every time, but it becomes a lot more fun when you picture yourself crossing the line of that 5k (or 10k or whatever distance is right).

Sorry for the unsolicited thoughts, but as someone who hate-hate-hated running and grew to really love it, I'm just hoping to spread the wealth :-)
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x_mass
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Time:2010-12-20 02:56 am (UTC)
really really good advice about pacing running by feel.

One of my bug bears is people who say you should do x by y and then increase it by z over time. What strikes me again and again is how often people who hold themselves to rigorous patterns find excuses to stop

exercise=play

I like your advice so much i'm gong to cross-post it to my journal to remind me if you don't mind

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x_mass
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Time:2010-12-20 02:49 am (UTC)
congratulations on going running.

the only time I use a car to go the gym is when I am trying to get myself back into going - to get over my inertia, the idea of driving when I can cycle is obviously nuts even to me!

the evidence for the power of exercise is overwhelming, it keeps one young both mentally and physically.
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