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Subject:I ran again
Time:03:39 am
I went out running at about 1 a.m. (Is it insane to go running in Oakland at 1 a.m. on a Saturday evening/Sunday morning? It didn't seem like it to me.) Running in 40-odd degrees and dry is a million times better than doing it in the same but raining, and a sweatshirt is better than a T-shirt. I need gloves, though.

I've been using a C25K app on my phone, but somehow I managed to reset it about three different times tonight. After a while I gave up on timing myself, and decided to just judge my times by distance. My neighborhood has long blocks and short blocks, and one long block has tended to be about one minute, so I made sure to do at least that much on each run. I also ran way more than the eight 1-minute segments that I was supposed to do, since I was having fun pushing myself. (Did I really just say that? Really?!) I also played with pacing, deliberately doing some of the runs faster than I typically would.

Running makes my shoulders hurt. I do not understand that at all, nor do I have any idea what to do about it, but it really is annoying. It doesn't seem to be hurting me anywhere else this time, except for the "hey, I used my muscles" soreness in my legs.

I desperately need a good pair of bluetooth headphones. I don't like running with a cord, plus I have earbuds and they tend to fall out while I run. The Jaybirds look really tempting, but I'm not sure I want to spend almost a hundred bucks on a pair of headphones. I only need audio, not a microphone. Anyone have recommendations?
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slfisher
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Time:2012-01-22 02:50 pm (UTC)
glad you made it back

re shoulders -- are you tensing them when you run? is it the pounding?
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ronsrants
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Time:2012-01-22 03:10 pm (UTC)
Next time relax your shoulders. In fact, relax your arms too. They should all be loose. My guess is that you are tensing your arms up when you run. Even your hands should be loose.

Also, I highly recommend moisture wicking running shirts. You can still wear a sweatshirt over them, but they really help prevent chaffing.

-R
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njchick
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Time:2012-01-22 05:37 pm (UTC)
+1 on Ron's comments. When running I try not to stiffen up and keep my arms relaxed as much as possible.

Moisture wicking running shirts rock. Also check your sports bra believe it or not.

At one point I had to switch because the one I had was GREAT at keeping my puppies really snug..but too sung and then my shoulders and neck stiffened up.

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ronsrants
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Time:2012-01-22 07:04 pm (UTC)
Also, I personally don't think there is anything wrong with running at night/wee hours of the morning. Most people ignore joggers. I just wouldn't stop until I get to my destination.

I've jogged in some really bad ghetto neighborhoods and never had any problems.

-R
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chrishartman
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Time:2012-01-22 08:26 pm (UTC)
After trying several more expensive exercise earphone solutions, I've ended up with something similar to http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Ear-Loop-Stereo-Headphones-for-iPod-MP3-Player/2073760/product.html that I found in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. Cheap but effective, make sure the ear loops are flexible, I tried some with hard plastic and they were very uncomfortable.

(I run with an iPod nano in my shorts pocket, with the cable run through my shirt so I don't catch my arms on it.)

May not be the solution for you, especially if the cord bothers you, but for less than $10 might be worth a try.
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loser_variable
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Time:2012-01-24 03:20 am (UTC)
1 a.m. is prime time. Look into a couple tech shirts, quality running bras (so I hear), and a lightweight breathable jacket made for runners. I use inexpensive (under $30) auria running ear buds and they stay put. I did have to superglue the right sized sizing rings in place, as they can come off at times. The cord clips to your collar or as mentioned you can run it under your shirt. The pain sounds like routine middle agedness, but I second the 'run loose' comments.

We use vaiations on this Louis CK bit daily, but it does get better as you get into better shape. Replace ankle with knee/shoulder/elbow/ribs/back as appropriate:

Doctor: Yea your ankle is just worn out.

*Patient: What do you mean, I injured my ankle?

Doctor: No it's just shitty. Eh they get like that, not good anymore.

*Patient: So just goodbye, there's nothing, no options, so is this the incurable shitty ankle and thats it.

Doctor: Well there's things you can do like stretch, for 30 minutes a day.

*Patient: How long will it take to fix it?

Doctor: No you just do that now until you and your shitty ankle both die.

*Patient: Well dude this hurts alot.

Doctor: Well you can take aleve, take 10 a day and you'll be fine."

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