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  1. I ruined this shirt for daily wear by washing it in the wrong load a couple of weeks ago, so it's now been downgraded to hiking/climbing gear:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 aft
  5. 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 ru
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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!
  9. I've been playing Saints Row IV this past week - not deep, but absurdly fun (and absurdly funny).
  10. Dude, the article mentioned a teenage girl who was involved in school sports and wasn't overweight whose mother sent her to a diet clinic. That's pretty clearly about someone else's issues. Then another poster mentioned people on another forum coming to peace with their expectations for their body - and the immediate response was one of "but it's not impossible". That original comment doesn't read to me as them looking for inspiration, it reads to me as them deciding what they're comfortable with and aiming for that - to come back with "That's a lie!" is throwing their own desires back in
  11. People don't make choices in a vacuum though - we're social animals, after all. Sometimes we choose things based on desires that stem from on other people's needs and/or wants. And that's sometimes a good thing - that's the compromise part of couple relationships, and the respect part of parent-child ones - but it's still more complicated than just being a "you" problem. I do think it's easier to do things you love. I mean, I love being outside and running around with my dog - so the fact that I get in the mileage that I do is easy, at least in the sense of motivation. You love you
  12. Meh, treats are still food. If a person has trouble with moderation or has trouble analyzing advertising, that's hardly an issue with the existence of junk food in and of itself. Sure, knowledge is power. I don't disagree with that at all. What I take issue with is focusing on the "this is possible!" element when that knowledge is used to pressure people into focusing on something that doesn't necessarily have a personal value for them. Facts are neutral, but it's how they're presented that I think we need to watch. I think this: Is great, but only for those people for whom it
  13. The article mentioned some clients like that - but it also mentioned teenage athletes whose parents or peers thought they should lose weight. And that's social pressure, not personal desire. I was also responding to the number of comments about "anyone can have beachbody results" - which while true in the sense of being physcially possible, just isn't worth the effort for many people. That's not in any way saying that people shouldn't make time for exercise (or think about what they eat) - but there's a difference between that and the effort/time for an infomercial body. If you want it,
  14. I think they're tied together though - because I see plenty of people who are happy in their lives and yet talk about weight loss seemingly just because it's assumed that you're supposed to. And again, I'm not talking about fat people, or lazy people. I'm talking people who have acceptable bodies, just not infomercial material. That they could if they made it a major priority isn't a problem, the problem that I see is that they think it's something they should strive for even if it doesn't interest them. If you don't love it, and your lifestyle is already reasonable, I don't see what's w
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