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Re: Running

Post by this clump of trees » Thu Oct 29, 2009 01:43

NYT wrote:Most mammals can sprint faster than humans — having four legs gives them the advantage. But when it comes to long distances, humans can outrun almost any animal. Because we cool by sweating rather than panting, we can stay cool at speeds and distances that would overheat other animals. On a hot day, the two scientists wrote, a human could even outrun a horse in a 26.2-mile marathon.

Why would evolution favor the distance runner? The prevailing theory is that endurance running allowed primitive humans to incorporate meat into their diet. They may have watched the sky for scavenging birds and then run long distances to reach a fresh kill and steal the meat from whatever animal was there first.

Other research suggests that before the development of slingshots or bows, early hunters engaged in persistence hunting, chasing an animal for hours until it overheated, making it easy to kill at close range.
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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Tue Nov 10, 2009 13:09

ugh. my 10k race is on sunday, and i've only gone as far as 5k in my training. this could end in tears on the sad bus.
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Re: Running

Post by RITH » Sat Nov 14, 2009 23:00

nanski wrote:ugh. my 10k race is on sunday, and i've only gone as far as 5k in my training. this could end in tears on the sad bus.
Good luck!

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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:22

thanks!

well, it didn't end in tears on the sad bus (there was no sad bus this time), but my time was worse than the last one I ran. boo.

it didn't help that I banged my head really badly yesterday, and was still feeling a bit fuzzy-headed today.

nevermind. hopefully the next one will go better.
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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Tue Dec 01, 2009 23:18

aw, it's great that you raced twice the distance that you trained for!
and with a fuzzy head!
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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:40

i've already signed up for another 10k. this one has hills! I'm a bit scared, but at least i have time to train properly...
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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Wed Dec 02, 2009 13:34

I signed up for a hilly race the other day, too!

I've never done hill training, but the other day I ran up / walked down this hill in the park about 10 times and nearly died! But I think it helped because my next run was really fast.

or maybe I'm just imagining things.
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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Thu Dec 03, 2009 07:40

i bought one of those Nike+ thingies, so I'm no longer able to imagine that I'm getting faster.
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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Fri Dec 04, 2009 15:22

I read the other day in my running magazine that:

1 lb of body fat slows you approx. 2.5 sec/mile

I have an unrealistic body image as is, but after ready that I became more obsessed. But it stressed me out and so yesterday I ate 12 cookies and too much pizza. And beer.

why are cookies so good?!
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Re: Running

Post by DefenderOfPants » Fri Dec 04, 2009 20:41

i've decide that before i get too old, i want to run a sub 5 minute mile. wish me luck!

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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Sun Dec 06, 2009 01:47

good luck!
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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Mon Jan 11, 2010 09:41

i'm finally using my nike+ thingie. i'm not sure i like it telling me how slow i am :(
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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Wed Jan 13, 2010 22:22

DefenderOfPants wrote:i've decide that before i get too old, i want to run a sub 5 minute mile. wish me luck!
Good Luck!

I just want to consistently run 10 for miles and miles and miles. Should be doable but I'm so lazy.
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Re: Running

Post by nanski » Sun Jan 24, 2010 08:28

i've completely messed up my feet so i don't think i can do my race. does anyone know what to do about half-fallen off toenails?
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Re: Running

Post by DefenderOfPants » Sun Jan 24, 2010 18:24

i hate to say it, but i think the best thing to do is to rip them off.

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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Wed Jan 27, 2010 14:57

oh no! that must really hurt. when is your race, nan?
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Re: Running

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 27, 2010 15:45

I just did my first sub-50 minute 10k for months. is anyone else getting slower as they get older? or are you all getting faster?

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Re: Running

Post by yubo » Wed Jan 27, 2010 17:15

I'm getting faster! Not as fast as you, though!
But I was pretty slow before. I didn't start getting faster until I added hill repeats to my runs. Those really work you out. Before I would just run leisurely and add mileage, but now I'm "training" and that made a difference. I just finished another proper race on Sunday and shaved FOUR MINUTES off my run time (13.1 miles @ 2:06:24 !!). Still finished in the ~55% of my age/gender category though. And I felt like I was hit by a truck for the rest of the day. I don't know how people run hard for that distance and still go about their day. My goal is to finish in sub-2 hours by the end of the year and not be useless for the rest of the day!
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Re: Running

Post by DefenderOfPants » Thu Jan 28, 2010 03:25

i'm getting slower, but i don't know if it has to do with age. laziness more likely.

i will say that is taking me a lot longer to recover from injuries. at least, a lot longer than i remember. i think i might have to start stretching after runs, or something.

also, i think i am gradually switching over from fast-twitch muscles to slow-twitch. whether or not that is helping me have better times for longer runs, i'm not sure.

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Re: Running

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jan 28, 2010 06:34

You've just bamboozled me with all that Dof. You're a PROFESSIONAL.

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