ML's 2014 Training Thread: Detroit 2014

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ML's 2014 Training Thread: Detroit 2014

Post by Mae Lynn » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:21 am

My former thread had 130 pages and 1299 replies so I thought it might be time to retire it and start a new one for a New Year.

We're not even three days into 2014, I'm sitting here snowed in by our first 'nor Easter of the year, and I'm already feeling that familiar winter panic I know so well. After my 10k PR at the Manchester Marathon and sub-30 5k at the end of November, I had a dreadful month of December due to wintry weather. My running group cancelled our runs more often than not. In addition to that, I decided that I really didn't like running in the dark on sidewalks that may or may not be icy. Even in the best weather conditions, the sidewalks of Manchester are uneven and full of cracks. Definitely a recipe for injury.

One positive out of the running group canceling a lot was my discovery of SurfSet fitness. I really enjoy that workout, which is great for core strength and stability. But now here I was doing three strength training workouts a week (my regular bootcamp twice and surf once) and no running, which is not at all what I signed up for, literally and figuratively. So I decided I needed to get a treadmill. I looked on Craigslist. First I found a 375.00 one that was new and very nice but hubby said 300 was the most we could spend and the guy wouldn't budge on price. Then I found one for 100 but just missed getting that one. Today I managed to reach an agreement on one that was 250 and seems perfect. We can pick it up Sunday, which gives me time to make a space in Henry's old classroom for it. I'm happy to have the convenience, and being at home I can blast my music without headphones or watch lots of Doctor Who on my iPad while running, and never miss a short midweek run.

My 2014 race schedule is starting to take shape. I'm officially registered for the halfs in June and October, Run to Home Base, the 5 miler in March, and verbally committed to RTB. The rest is in process. ;)

March

• St. Paddy's 5 Miler

April

• One Run for Boston 2 - probably 2 stages in two states

June

• Runners World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon, Newton, MA
• Run to Home Base, Fenway Park, Boston - The fundraising was a little stressful, but reading this about my one coach who is doing the Boston Marathon and who I did ORFB with last year motivated me to do it again, and join their team. http://www.runtohomebase.org/2014RunToH ... g.facebook

September

• Reach the Beach NH Relay

October

• Detroit International Half Marathon

November

• Manchester City Half Marathon - a tough, hilly course but one I'm very familiar with (Maybe. I reserve the right to downgrade to the relay and do 10k again. But it will either be 10k or half. If I'm doing a longer leg I might as well do the half. ;))

Training for HHH begins 16 weeks before June 8 : February 17
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Re: ML's 2014 Training Thread

Post by Mae Lynn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:53 am

Well turns out I can't do the Nubble Light Half, we leave for the shore on the 23rd. Oh, well. :(

:going back to edit schedule:
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Post by mrsphs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:27 am

Oh! How I hope you love your TM as much as I love mine! Suddenly, I think she needs a name! :lol: I am so happy for you!
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Re: ML's 2014 Training Thread

Post by MatL » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:23 pm

Wow, What a schedule!
I also just realized how not awesome it is to run on sidewalks that are covered in ice. Looks like into the basement for me.
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Post by Mae Lynn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:26 pm

mrsphs wrote:Oh! How I hope you love your TM as much as I love mine! Suddenly, I think she needs a name! :lol: I am so happy for you!
Picking her up tomorrow. I hope I love her too! Funny, the 375 guy got back in touch. He was willing to go down in price. His was nicer, but I practically begged 250 lady, so I'm going with that one.
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Re: ML's 2014 Training Thread

Post by Mae Lynn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:28 pm

MatL wrote:Wow, What a schedule!
I may be crazy, but I'm not running any marathon! ;) I'm very impressed by your dedication so early in your running life.
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Post by Bonbey » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:12 pm

I can't say that I love my treadmill, but I like it better than an injury or driving a half hour to the gym to use theirs. What brand did you get, and do you know how much it cost when it was new? There really is a broad range in quality. Mine is okay and quite durable, but the programs stink. I can't even do intervals or set it for random hills. The ones at the gym have great programs, but they cost a small fortune.

Maybe there isn't a full marathon in your plan, but back to back half marathons and then some!!!
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Post by Mae Lynn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:35 pm

Bonbey wrote:I can't say that I love my treadmill, but I like it better than an injury or driving a half hour to the gym to use theirs. What brand did you get, and do you know how much it cost when it was new? There really is a broad range in quality. Mine is okay and quite durable, but the programs stink. I can't even do intervals or set it for random hills. The ones at the gym have great programs, but they cost a small fortune.
Bonnie, that's kind of my worry. I don't know a lot about treadmills. The one I'm getting has an MSRP (????) of 999 new and is on sale for about 450 at Sports Authority now. Hers is only about six months old. It makes me a little suspicious. I need to see if I can get the story about why she's ditching it already. I sent her an email asking a few questions. I have to remember there's no rule that says we have to take it home with us after checking it out. It's a ProForm Performance (300? She removed the post on Craigslist) with the iFit module (worth 100.00) included. I don't really need anything fancy, and the price is right.

I THINK it's this one:

http://www.sportsauthority.com/product/ ... ct-details

Okay, it's NOT that one because that one isn't iFit compatible. I'm beginning to fear it is one that isn't recommended for running. I hope I hear back from her soon.
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Re: ML's 2014 Training Thread

Post by Bonbey » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:30 pm

I hate to say this, but I suspect it won't be very durable for running. A good rule of thumb is that the retail price of a treadmill should be at least $1000 to be able to hold up to the impact of running. You might find a better deal by looking for an older model (the age being the reason for the lower price rather than the quality).

Of course, if you only need it for a few months per year, it might be okay. Take your running shoes with you to try it out. If there is any jerkiness at all, give it a pass and keep looking. I bet there will be loads of tradmills showing up a few weeks after the resolutions tank.

Also, if you want some cheap indoor cardio that is on par with running, try a mini-trampoline. Seriously, try one out at a fitness store for 5 minutes. My sister is a physical therapist (and a former runner), and she recommended it to me...
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Re: ML's 2014 Training Thread

Post by Mae Lynn » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:26 pm

I just heard back from her, she said she's done hundreds of miles of running on it. I'm going to check it out. If I don't like it, there's always the guy with the NEW Proform XP690T for 300. I told him I'd email him after seeing this one.

A review of the XP690T:
While most ProForms are made for the budget category falling between $400 to $1,000, about 20 percent of their machines are in the highly competitive $1,000-plus market. And that is the problem with the ProForm XP690t treadmill (MSRP $1,299). There is almost no reason to buy this ProForm at this price when you can get a better treadmill with quality components and outstanding warranties from Sole, Smooth, Nordictrack, or the new line from Livestrong. Compared to other ProForms, you’ll find a better deal with the ProForm Power Series (models 690, 990, and 995) which have better motors, cushioning, console displays, and sale prices.
Ah, but what about for $300? Sounds better.

Now to figure out how to say no to this lady.... :roll:

Thanks for the suggestion about the trampoline. What do you do on it? I have to be careful about bouncing - that was how I aggravated my disc in my back/neck a while back and I had to go to PT.
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