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by MichaelMc
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Run/Race Reports
Topic: RM PB Thread
Replies: 506
Views: 149537

Re: RM PB Thread

Men's 5k The Joggler 15:05 Backs in Motion, Apr 02 Pat Menzies 16:56 Hamilton twilight meet, '03 ian 17:08 Camrose Running Club time trial, July '09 cgraham 17:09 Acura 5k, July 09 Robbie-T 17:30 Run for Wells (Georgetown) Oct 09 bgroot 17:39 Bulldog Triathlon(Rondeau) Aug. 2008 tritorun 17:42 Broo...
by MichaelMc
Mon May 18, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon
Replies: 3
Views: 2031

Re: Millarville "Run To The Farmers' Market" Half Marathon

I keep thinking about doing this one since I'm a fan of racing and farmer's markets; unfortunately this is the 3rd year in a row I've thought too long and it sold out. I've heard great things about everything but the speed of the course, and frankly who cares on races like this, right? Hope everyone...
by MichaelMc
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Timeless Running
Replies: 18
Views: 4341

Re: Timeless Running

Personally I glance at my Garmin a couple of times in the first kilometer to see if I'm near my goal pace, then only check at the kilometer markings. Any deviation between Garmin and true distance are noticeable at that point and it saves math on the pace band/watch. Instant pace can be erratic enou...
by MichaelMc
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Continuing to do things you aren't good at...
Replies: 36
Views: 23185

Re: Continuing to do things you aren't good at...

I'm a poor skater but really like playing hockey. Put me on a team of fun people with a high tolerance for a pylon and I'll play for years. If said team gets "serious" I'll drop off because I'm affecting everyone else's enjoyment by continually getting beaten to the outside or lofting soft...
by MichaelMc
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: School me on sweat saltiness
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

Re: School me on sweat saltiness

The salt level in sweat varies due to a number of factors, the main ones being salt in your diet and your hydration level. Your body tightly controls sodium levels and extremely salty sweat might indicate you have too much salt and/or too little water in your system, Another factor might be the weat...
by MichaelMc
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: The Speed Zone
Topic: Speed Work Training
Replies: 5
Views: 8381

Re: Speed Work Training

Successful Endurance athletes from a wide variety of sports seem to have that in common: a much wider range of training paces than "average" athletes. Over the whole year 80-90% of their training is quite low intensity, and most of the rest is pretty high intensiy, with not much training i...
by MichaelMc
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: The Speed Zone
Topic: Speed Work Training
Replies: 5
Views: 8381

Re: Speed Work Training

Good but I suggest many people skimming the article might come away with the wrong impression. McMillan is using a very specific definition of "speedwork" here, not the more common and general definition. "For this article, speed work refers to reps performed at your VO2 max pace (pac...
by MichaelMc
Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: USADA bans middle-aged recreational runner
Replies: 26
Views: 4594

Re: USADA bans middle-aged recreational runner

So she is well educated enough to understand the effects of the drug she is taking, she is a competitive Masters runner, she was sent a warning they were testing, she did in fact place in her division and she's shocked she was banned? She didn't have to go off the drugs, she could have gotten a doct...
by MichaelMc
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Nausea and Vomiting in the Marathon
Replies: 6
Views: 6018

Re: Nausea and Vomiting in the Marathon

Running at high intensity re-directs blood flow from your digestive system to your working muscles and skin surface (to promote cooling): this dramatically reduces your ability to absorb nutrients. If you are consuming more than you can digest that could very easily start some issues, as could takin...
by MichaelMc
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: "Chickamauga Marathon Winner Disqualified..."
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: "Chickamauga Marathon Winner Disqualified..."

True Ian, but we're all human. We're far more likely to act on items that directly affect us or which we can closely relate to than things which we are at a distance from (emotionally). Having said that, SOMETIMES people do very selfless things too! I don't have any sympathy for this cheater and fee...
by MichaelMc
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: "Better" marathon predictor calculator
Replies: 12
Views: 9494

Re: "Better" marathon predictor calculator

I'm glad to see another attempt to produce a more accurate "predictor". Since there are always going to be people who have better or worse than average endurance, no predictor can produce a number that will work for everyone. I've always preferred one that produced the AVERAGE result and l...
by MichaelMc
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting back into running...
Replies: 9
Views: 5423

Re: Getting back into running...

Shin splints are basically caused when the small muscles on the front of your shin (tibialis anterior) take too much of a beating. This is common in new runners because those muscles work MUCH harder during running than when you are walking. When you run you leave the ground, and during the landing ...
by MichaelMc
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Speed, or endurance what's more beneficial to focus on?
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: Speed, or endurance what's more beneficial to focus on?

Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your new commitment! The key to making this a success in the long term will be consistency, and that means staying healthy and motivated. Given time and dicipline either of your approaches COULD work, but in practice working mostly on endurance is where t...
by MichaelMc
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: The Long Run in Marathon training
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: The Long Run in Marathon training

The effect of long runs, overall mileage, pace of your average run and speedwork all factor into training. The challenge when your goal is getting faster is building a program which keeps you healthy while creating enough of the right stress to get your body to rebuild itself better, stronger, faste...
by MichaelMc
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: The Long Run in Marathon training
Replies: 11
Views: 1896

Re: The Long Run in Marathon training

Correlation is not the same as causation and if you believe the marathon convertor website, the 3:47 in Victoria translates into a 4:05 in Calgary and thus I cut my mileage in half and by one measure actually ran the race much faster and by the other measure, roughly the same. That comparison caugh...
by MichaelMc
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Wait, can it be... a decent news article on fitness?
Replies: 5
Views: 1487

Re: Wait, can it be... a decent news article on fitness?

Powerlifting 101. I think the anti-science angle is overdone, since the science of lifting for strength has suggested compound exercises (like the one listed) over isolation exercises for more than a decade. It was what I taught when I was a gym owner and trainer in the late 90's. Same goes for low ...
by MichaelMc
Sun May 25, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: First Marathon - Oct 19th Toronto Waterfront
Replies: 4
Views: 2900

Re: First Marathon - Oct 19th Toronto Waterfront

I signed up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Full distance) and I'm doing it in memory of a loved one and to lose weight. I've never been a runner, and I think the longest distance I've run without stopping is 2 km (last weekend!!!). I'm 28 years old, 5' 11", 225 lbs. My questio...
by MichaelMc
Sat May 24, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: The Speed Zone
Topic: Have you lost too much weight trying to get faster?
Replies: 36
Views: 18957

Re: Have you lost too much weight trying to get faster?

The interesting thing to me would be WHY people got slower. Losing fat does not make you weaker, losing muscle does. Losing fat doesn't make your immune system weak (at least until extremely low levels), but poor nutrition might. I've been competitively involved in two sports that had a premium on s...
by MichaelMc
Wed May 21, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Red Deer Marathon
Replies: 8
Views: 1532

Re: Red Deer Marathon

The worst thing about it is he is such a nice guy you can't even resent it.

Might be interesting if/when Brendan and Tom meet up next: two nice guys with blazing distance speed.
by MichaelMc
Tue May 20, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Red Deer Marathon
Replies: 8
Views: 1532

Red Deer Marathon

Congratulations Ian on a nice 3rd place overall. Shame you brought that Brendan guy with you: he always costs you one position.
by MichaelMc
Tue May 20, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: 2014 Edmonton Marathon - Aug 24-25, 2014
Replies: 25
Views: 7993

Re: 2014 Edmonton Marathon - Aug 24-25, 2014

If you mean you miss Groat Road and McKinnon Ravine in the marathon then... well no one liked them very much while running them. That course went from one of the slower in Canada to one of the fastest routes in one year. The start / finish is nearly back where it used to be (now by the conference ce...
by MichaelMc
Sun May 04, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Boston Marathon Fixed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1978

Re: Boston Marathon Fixed?

It was an unwise move by Meb's competitors, nothing more. All the Africans were watching the favorites, and none of them wanted to push the pace to chase. When Chebet finally went it was too late. Everything has to be a conspiracy these days. I see enough simple incompetence day to day that I have a...
by MichaelMc
Sat May 03, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: April 2014 training
Replies: 13
Views: 4054

Re: April 2014 training

465km on 24 runs in April... not super, not terrible.

Need to see 500+ May, with some serious speed work.
by MichaelMc
Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: March 2014 Training Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 3310

Re: March 2014 Training Goals

For the record, managed 24 runs for 421km in March, 1285km YTD
by MichaelMc
Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: General Running Discussion
Topic: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Plaque
Replies: 41
Views: 3728

Re: Long distance running and the risk of Coronary Artery Pl

Let me start with a simple truth: there is such a thing as "too much" running. This is just common sense. On the other hand, if you love exercise and are wondering whether you should cut back to prolong your life, the results above make it pretty clear that running an hour a day is certai...

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