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Raikas

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  1. I have the Forerunner 410. I do a lot of hiking/trail running, so having everything mapped out afterwards is my favourite feature, but it's been fantastic for all the standard features as well. My only complaint is the size - the face is huge - but that's a fairly minor issue in the grand scheme of things.
  2. A lot of the hairier guys I run with actually shave around the area so that they can still do the tape there. That said, they're mostly running longer distances, but still - it's not an uncommon thing to see people do, so even if it strikes you as weird at first you wouldn't be alone in doing it.
  3. Oh, no! How did you hurt yourself? Onwards and upwards, once you've recovered, right? To go back to this for a minute: It depends on what you mean by "get you through". If you're putting in the distance week after week, then you can probably get through it (and by "the distance" I mean a base minimum of 50km/week) - but it probably won't feel as good (and you probably won't be as fast) as you would be without a plan. My 59-year-old mother-in-law ran her first half this past May, and her sole training was running 10-15km 5 days/week. She wasn't fast, and she didn't feel great afterwards, but she finished. That said, a plan that actually sees you doing the full distance a few times before the actual race (or at least closer to it, like this plan) is always going to be better than that.
  4. I think most of that is macho posturing - bigger is better and all that. "You ran 30km? Pft! I ran 42!" I do think there's one point that's less about bragging rights and more about reality - people seem to peak at higher ages for the real endurance stuff, so if you're (for example) 35, your peak potential 5km running days have probably passed, whereas the longer the distance, the older you can keep improving (even at the elite level - look at this year's Boston marathon winners - Meb Keflezighi is 38, and the wheelchair winner Ernst van Dyk is 41). And they usually say that the average runner peaks a little later than the elites, so you can imagine people sitting there thinking "I'll qualify once I'm in the next age group..." - I think that drives some of the marathon-pressure as well. I mean, people who only start running at 35 will still improve their 5km time with training, but they'll always have that "If I'd started at 15..." in the back of their minds.
  5. I won a fitbit at a work event a few months back - it's a fun piece of technology, and if you have friends who use it, the connect/community features are fun. I have a Garmin Forerunner, and I've found that the fitbit actually does a decent job of turning the step measurements into distance - it's actually a little on the undercounting side (although obviously it doesn't have the extra features that you have with a GPS-based device). Realistically, as a fitness tool, it's really best for people who are trying to hit general distances, or a certain number of steps/day or who are tracking for basic fitness/weight-loss gains. It's not really detailed enough if you're doing intense time-goal-related running, and it doesn't really meaure things like lifting or yoga or the like. That said, even though I personally don't use mine as a training guide (that's what my Forerunner is for), it's still a lot of fun to have because it's cool to see how incidental movements add to your daily distance, the sleep tracking is interesting, and the competitive bit that you can get going with friends is entertaining. I honestly wouldn't have bought one for myself if I hadn't won it, but I've enjoyed having it more than I ever expected I would.
  6. I'd put in another vote for both (or rather than doing extra on the side, finding some other running group to do your long runs with). Plus, you mentioned that you were excited about the fact that they do competitive 5ks - if you want to join them in that then you'd need to stick with them, right? An as aside - if that distance is their focus, I wondered why you expected them to do longer runs - I certainly know loads of people who train a variety of distances, but they usually also compete at the longer ones. Or does this group do other distance races as well?
  7. Well, this is related to none of my goals, but the husband's paperwork has gone through and next week we'll be house-hunting in the USA. Change! Stress! Excitement!
  8. Updates: Rings work: not seeing a lot of progress, but also haven't felt as beaten by any of it as I did the first day, so... dunno. Actually that's not quite true - the # of reps for everything this week is +2 over the earlier ones, so I guess there is. Hmm. Baking: I make a giant cookie-cake last week, but that's been the extent of it. Course work: of the three I've been watching, I dropped one. Another ends this week, so that'll be one checkmark at least! Language play: have some non-English comics sitting in my "to read" pile.
  9. What country are you in? Your national gymnastics organization (or a regional/provinical/state one) may have resources that can point you in the right direction. And if there's nothing nearby, depending on what elements of gymnastics you're interest in, you may be able to study certain elements through a gym or class that's actually aimed at circus skills, or capoeira.
  10. Wow! You're spending some serious time on those hollow holds! Respect! Love the videos too!
  11. Since I may never write this up if I wait until I have the time to do an in depth review, I'll give some first thoughts of the R1 program (I'm on day 8, so I've gone through the first week). As someone who mostly works gtg style, having to do everything at once makes for an interesting challenge. The notes strongly suggest not trying to jump ahead, and I can totally see why: on first glance I looked at the novice plan and though "But I can do more advanced versions of all of this" - which is true, but not at nearly the volume that this calls for, so that was a little humbling. The above the rings days are: Top position holds (3 types/5-10 seconds/ 3-5 sets)Dips/assisted dips (3-5 sets/8-10 reps)Push-ups/assisted push ups (3-5 sets/8-12 reps)Plank position holds (5-10 seconds/ 3-5 sets)Mountain climbers (3-5 sets/8-12 reps)Having done a fair bit of work on static holds already I found those parts to be pretty easy, but I was surprised by how much harder the push ups and mountain climbers are on the rings. They have an active recovery module for the in-between day (part of which is their optional leg module), but I'm not using it - I run a minimum of 10km every day, so I'm not hugely worried about ending up with a weak lower body. It looks solid, but I honestly have only glanced at that part. The below rings day is: rows/reverse rows (8-10 reps/3-5sets)pull-ups/assisted pull-ups (8-10 reps/3-5sets)reverse pull-ups (8-10 reps/3-5sets)jump to inverted hang (same as the static holds)This one turned out to be crazy hard - going through it was do-able (although I skipped the inverted part, because it freaks me out), but I totally felt it the next day. And the day after - and everywhere - stretching, reaching, coughing, it was crazy. I don't think I've ever felt like that for that long before. Impressive! There are set warm-up and cool-down and routines as well, although I found them to be a little to long for my tastes, so I'm not really doing them as described. The references are totally solid - the daily charts are great (although I managed to skip a rest day by not reading one bit, so don't be me! ), and the video examples are shots from really useful angles (and sometimes multiple angles). They also include an ultra-beginner's bit, which looks like it would be solid for anyone with no background in any rings/bar work at all, and there's an intermediate one for people who are considerably more talented/experienced (which seems like a great extra value, since it doubles the length of the program if you're starting from Level A.
  12. If your goal isn't related to caffeine (and it sounds like it's just the sugar/cream that you're getting away from) I'd second the vote to stick with the coffee. Just drink it black.
  13. I'll make sure to review it at the end! I've actually been meaning to write up a few initial thoughts but keep getting caught up with real life commitments - I should get on it!
  14. Updates: Rings work: finally caved and bought the GMB Rings1 program. It's interesting stuff: On my first readthrough I thought "This looks easy!" - and then I tried working through it and realized how unbalanced my personal program has been. Static holds (in particular the above rings ones) are super easy for me, but I was surprised at how challenging it was to do even the novice moves were over the required number of reps/sets. I certainly know where my weaknesses are now! Baking: made some tuna cakes yesterday, but still no cookies or dessert cakes! Course work: watched the second week videos, did the optional quiz & scored 8/9. Language play: changed the language preference on some of my work pages.
  15. Heh, I have fond memories of debating about the right number use for a Swiss-set role-play in my Grade 10 French class!
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