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Old 11-02-2013, 07:57 AM
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Yesterday was yoga for me. I'm hoping to get out for a long bike ride this week. My last one was cut short as a dog bit at my pants while I was riding. It was rather scary, and I'm just thankful the dog got my pants and not my leg. I rode straight home and called the cops on the dog. So not cool that some negligent dog owner lets their vicious dog in the street.

Anyway, going to have to think about other options as well. About 6 months a year here are just super windy. There is one gym in town: a Curves for Women (other than the college gym which I'm not a student so I'm not allowed). So, I might go check that out and see what it's all about. The other option would be looking into taking a fitness class at the college starting in January- then I think I'd be allowed in the gym, plus I'd be part of a class which would be nice. I need to find the schedule for those.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:10 PM
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veryready- I hear from elsewhere on the site you have 1 year sober (or will in a few hours). Just wanted to say congrats!!!
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:00 PM
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[QUOTE=veryready;4269918]DG I agree, biking in the wind is a drag. Unless I'm sailing or flying kites, the wind can really **** me off. Well kudos for managing to stay busy with your walks when you can't ride.

When riding my first century Years ago the wind came up strong and it really got to me. An experienced racer I was riding with said
"The wind is my friend. It makes me stronger. Plus, everybody hates it and that works to my benefit when it freaks them out."

I have never forgotten that lesson and love telling people the wind is my friend when they are wigging out. Inevitably there will be major wind when you have a major race , or the middle of a week long tour. It has always helped me to not fight it.....especially a head wind. Accept it, work with it, and let the others waste a whole lot of physical and mental energy over something they can't change or beat by muscling.

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Old 11-04-2013, 08:42 AM
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Runners-what are your thoughts on shoes? I need a new pair I think and find the whole shoe issue really confusing and daunting. I don't really have any issues other than nursing old ankle injuries, and currently run in a couple of random pairs I've had forever, one for dry pavement one for rougher/rain.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:47 AM
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Couple short mountain bike rides and hikes this weekend with some friends and the kids. Awesome late season weather and happy to get out on the trails for even a little bit.

DG thanks for the congrats. Yep 1 year yesterday. I have to add, it was odd posting on this thread early on because I thought that if I am an alcoholic how can I be running or biking so much. I thought that if I posted too much on this thread that people would question if I was really an alcoholic or not. I'm over that. I'm just and alcoholic that has always liked to exercise. That does not make me any less of an alcoholic. Just an alcoholic that can run. I can't control my drinking and I will never be able to do that. Never, no matter what.

Santiago - thanks very much for the PM. I'll keep you posted.

To all the KAers, good work and thanks for the posts. Keep it up!
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:45 AM
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Thanks Santiago for the comments about wind.

I really don't mind a little wind, it's when it's super strong that it gets to me. And around here there are times when it gets insanely windy. Sometimes it's hard for me to even walk into the wind, much less bike into it. The wind is bad enough here that it blows my dumpster over on a regular basis and on bad days has been known to blow the thing all the way down the block.

Veryready, I can relate to what you say. I used to go running and then immediately afterward light up a cigarette. Towards the end of my drinking days I could be found hiking up steep, rocky hills with a bottle of beer in my hand. Despite whatever addictions, I liked to be out doing things, but that didn't make me any less of an addict.

Yesterday was a 30 minute bike ride. I didn't feel really motivated so I just kind of took it easy, but did get out for a bit. Then I had yoga class in the evening.
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Hey IP, I would find a running store where they evaluate your gate on a treadmill. Then try on lots that they recommend and pick the one that feels the best. I am a neutral runner and love my Brooks Pureflow II shoes. Almost all my friends run in Brooks.

Good luck!

I have only gotten a couple runs in on the weekends...short ones too. My work is swamping me and my right arch is still hurting. I do think its plantar faciiatis. Not sure if I spelled that right..
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:33 AM
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Runners-what are your thoughts on shoes? I need a new pair I think and find the whole shoe issue really confusing and daunting. I don't really have any issues other than nursing old ankle injuries, and currently run in a couple of random pairs I've had forever, one for dry pavement one for rougher/rain.
As Tres recommended, go to a store and buy something that feels good. I was a high mileage(100+ at times) runner up until 2 years ago. Have many shoes in the $150 range but my favorite at the moment are rubber $5 slip on from China. Most the things you hear are just marketing related and really offer little benefits IMO. Shoe stores and employees benefit from the confusion when in the end a random choice might be better.
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Yesterday was a 30 minute walk, 20 mins of stretching and a few pushups.

Don't know why, but my motivation has been kind of lacking lately. I need to dig deep and get inspired somehow.

I went to the Curves for Women in town to check it out and apparently it's closed in the last couple of months, so that option is out. But at least I did make an effort to investigate. I'd tried one time previously a couple months ago, but they were closed when I went and their hours were super limited- not open on Sunday or weeknights, so it would have been a bit difficult to work around their schedule anyway. Oh well.

In a couple of months, classes start up at the college so I'll definitely be checking those out when the schedule comes out.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:52 PM
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Yikes DG, you must live in a small town! You sound like me in the summer when I was working out on a military base because there was nowhere else.

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Most the things you hear are just marketing related and really offer little benefits IMO. Shoe stores and employees benefit from the confusion when in the end a random choice might be better.
That's kind of what I was thinking. And yeah, the two pairs I have now I bought with no assistance, just felt good in the store, and they've been just fine. I guess I'll just do that again.

In the 10k I ran last weekend, there was a guy that ran it in flip flops!
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:20 AM
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Yes, I live in a very small town.

Yesterday was yoga and 10 pushups.
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Laying off the calf so had my first hard mountain bike in a few months. New park in the area. Awesome fun.
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Getting ready to head out the door to go up some undecided hill on the bike. My carbon wheels arrive today - yeeha.

VeryReady - good luck with the calf. Nice that biking doesn't aggravate it and you still get your exercise fix.
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Well, 15 pushups, 30 crunches, a 30 minute walk and yoga class for today.
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Nice variety DG!
How was the ride on the new wheels Siam?
At the far end of an out and back route I've been doing, there's a staircase through a park that I run up. Today I ran around the block and did it TWICE. AND it was pouring rain--I felt like a Warrior Princess.
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Mountain Biked today on some new trails. 10 miles and just about 2,000 feet of climbing. Rode with a friend who is great to ride with. Awesome weather. Great fun.
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Getting colder here in the mountains of Central Oregon so I joined a gym yesterday. Haven't belonged to a gym for several years so I did a nice circuit workout and was feeling a bit sore this morning. Then the sun came out this afternoon and it warmed up to about 50 deg so I went for a 12 miler on the mountain bike. I can ride to the trailhead from my house which makes it really nice.
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Finally got outside for 11.5 mile run. Boy did I need that! My right foot is killing me now...and I will pay for it tomorrow....but its still better than a hangover!
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Yikes DG, you must live in a small town! You sound like me in the summer when I was working out on a military base because there was nowhere else.

That's kind of what I was thinking. And yeah, the two pairs I have now I bought with no assistance, just felt good in the store, and they've been just fine. I guess I'll just do that again.

In the 10k I ran last weekend, there was a guy that ran it in flip flops!
Good for him. I highly recommend the book 'Born to Run' by Chris MacDougall. It is a great story about the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, who run all day long in those litttle leather huaraches. Like hundreds of miles. There is increasing evidence that the big thick running shoes that many of us wore for years actually do a lot of damage, hence the move back to more 'minimalist', flat shoes, and even the Vibram Five Fingers things. I don't run anymore (well not much) but wear the minimalist Merrell and Patagonia running shoes for hiking and general wear and the feet and knees never felt better.
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I made it out yesterday for a 45 min walk. Did 20 mins of stretching/yoga, 15 pushups and 30 crunches.

I've been slowly putting on weight over the last several months, and I'm really set on reversing that process and slowly taking off a bit. I don't really have much to lose, 5-10 pounds, but I'd rather take care of it now than wait until it's a larger problem.

The colder, shorter days don't help though. I'm not a fan of this time of year.
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