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  1. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    We finally got above freezing this week after a couple of weeks below, which has inspired me to get back out there. I actually missed two full weeks of running and playing football while it was constantly below 10 degrees Fahrenheit here in Chicagoland. I just can't run in that, and none of us...
  2. GenerationX

    RIP - ROL

    If they were going to get rid of the barges, they should've had one last show, concluding with the river being invaded by pirates firing cannonballs and sinking the barges. That would've been cool.
  3. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Another 3 miles today in 30 degree weather, which seems to be the norm here in Chicagoland. At least the pavement is clear and dry. It's a little disheartening that my times are worse than when it was warmer, but that always happens to me in cold temps.
  4. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    About a year and a half ago, middle son had just started to work out by walking and running. He wanted to go on one of my runs with me, and he struggled through three miles. I had to slow down at points. Oh, how the tides have turned. I knew he'd been working up the "run" part of his...
  5. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Took the first weekend off running for a while. Instead, played football today (1.5 hours of stop-and-go running) and tennis yesterday (lost to middle son 6-3, 6-3 in, again, about 1.5 hours of stop-and-go running). I'll be curious if my speed improves on my next run.
  6. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Cold 3 miler today. My nose has been running non-stop ever since. I guess my sinuses aren't ready for the cold yet.
  7. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    We went to mandatory work from home in March and only recently opened the offices to everyone. However, we have a virtual first policy, so working from home is still expected. It has been great for my running. I can run during the daylight hours most any day of the week. I check the weather...
  8. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    I have the free version of RunKeeper, too. The splits are pretty rudimentary and there's no real way to analyze the data it's keeping, but at least it has the basics. I particularly like the shoe tracking. I have RunKeeper set to track miles and FitBit set to track kilometers, so I don't have...
  9. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Ran three miles this morning at 50 degrees and windy. Actually had to wear long sleeves!
  10. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    I always run outside. It's way more satisfying and interesting. As for pacing, I run as fast as I can throughout my run while still breathing in through my nose (and out through my mouth). My pace just sort of adjusts itself that way. I don't walk until my cool down. Something that I...
  11. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    I'm sorry to hear that. I was out three months last year with blood clots in my left calf. It drove me crazy not to run, and I watched my fitness deteriorate (from resting heart rate of 50 to 64 and VO2 from 51 to 44). It took me four months to get it all back. At least you can watch...
  12. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Whenever I really want to increase my speed, I spend a couple of runs with interval training. For me, that means every time I run across a cul-de-sac on my route (6 or 7 times), I run at near full speed through it. My speed on the next "regular" run after that is typically very good.
  13. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    I got 3 miles in at a wonderful 57 degrees this morning. I had to wear my Hoka's for the extra padding for my feet. Felt good.
  14. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    Running in a far NW suburb of Chicago in beautiful McHenry County, Illinois. Had a great run on Saturday to start August. Had an even better day playing baseball yesterday, but unfortunately pounded the balls of my feet (long game, old bad spikes). Perfect weather for running today, but as a...
  15. GenerationX

    News Primeval Whirl, Stitch's Great Escape and Rivers of Light permanently closed

    Primeval Whirl and Stitch were just taking up space. Rivers of Light, on the other hand, was an entertaining show, especially given the constraints of a night time show at AK. Surprised it got the boot, as it would be pretty easy to section off every other row. In my dreamworld, Stitch would...
  16. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    100% agree on the weather impacts. My categories are: 55-65 Perfect 45-55, 65-75 Will do fine 35-45, 75-85 Not going to hit my best time, but can power through it 20-35, 85-90 Well, I need to get a run in, even a really uncomfortable one <20, >90 What's on TV?
  17. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    It's cool that you can run everyday. Some of my friends are able to run daily, but not me. My muscles typically need another day to recover.
  18. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    According to RunKeeper, I had my fastest 2-4 mile run this morning out of 630 miles of tracked runs! I don't know how many of the 217 runs were in the 2-4 mile range, but quite a few. I do have a bunch of 1 mile runs in there, as well, because it's 1 mile to our local park where I play...
  19. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    How'd it go? Other than the icy/hot, the other strategies I've tried are wearing compression gear and drinking water 30 minutes before running.
  20. GenerationX

    What did you do?

    I've done that, though usually with a lower back or oblique muscle. I'll turn a little too sharply or bend in a slightly weird way, and there it goes. Frustrating.
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