WTDWTF Fitness Group


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @heterodox said in The Official Status Thread:

    @izzion said in The Official Status Thread:

    Status: After having been hard stuck on my 5K times between 42:20 and 43:00 for 4 weeks worth of 5Ks (over 6 weeks of time, boo weather and work), my last three times have been 41:50, 40:00, and 40:00. #newstratsop

    And a WTDWTF fitness group (actually of those two, this would be the most awesome to see, I think).

    Alright, so if we're gonna have a group, we should probably have an official group thread. At least until someone gets around to making an admin do work and create a sub-forum for us or something. :p

    Thred rules:

    • Be civil and positive - constructive criticism (not garage content) and don't pester people with advice if they don't want it
    • Celebrate your successes, commiserate your struggles, suggest workout or ask for advice


  • Oh, interesting. Recently started running after a while of being sedentary. Been running 5K every other day, steadily improving my times from 36:50 three weeks ago to my last three times 33:06, 32:01 and 31:02.

    Always struggle with keeping at it though. I get months where I'm super motivated and productive (like this one) and others where I don't want to do anything.


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    @Kian said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    Always struggle with keeping at it though. I get months where I'm super motivated and productive (like this one) and others where I don't want to do anything.

    Have you thought about training for a road race before? If you haven't, it's a really good way to give yourself motivation to get out there. I've spent the past few months training for a race for exactly this reason, because I went through a several month long stretch where I almost didn't do anything.

    Great pace improvements, by the way.



  • Because I haven't figured out how to commute by bike...if I bike to work I have stinky clothes (we now have an open office). To only bike home means I have to bring the bike to work during rush hour which is both difficult and judged harshly.

    I've been thinking about a scooter or some kind of skates that go over shoes.

    I ended up deciding to get a new set of skates because I need the ankle support. My old skates were over 15 yrs old (I skated home on 9/11 with them).

    They are currently back ordered but I can't wait to get them. I really need to get back int regular exercise.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Placeholder said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    Have you thought about training for a road race before?

    That, along with good old fashioned peer pressure, is what has been my motivating factor this year. They had a weight loss challenge at work, and one of the "side challenges" to go with it was to find the most inventive way to complete a specific walking/jogging route near work in the shortest distance possible. That circuit was around 5km long (me and my friend's winning shortest distance was 2.97mi = 4.75km), so I was like "hey, I can do this and start doing it for time, see if I can get a good time in the June 5K race that happens locally.

    So far, i've lost 12 minutes and 10 pounds since the end of February 😃



  • @izzion said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    That, along with good old fashioned peer pressure,

    That's why I decided to post here. I had to go running today, and saying it out loud makes it feel like more of an obligation. At least until it becomes part of my routine and I no longer think about it.

    Today's time was 29:45 (full circuit is 5.5 Km, Endomondo says my 5K time was 27:02). I'm taking it easy and trying to push myself a bit further each time but without reaching the point where my breathing becomes agitated, curious to see when I reach my limit.

    @izzion said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    So far, i've lost 12 minutes and 10 pounds since the end of February

    Congrats! I've gained that much since December, one reason why I wanted to start running. I'd been going home from work by bike for the past year, but then I changed jobs and that was no longer feasible, so I went from 25 Km by bike daily to nothing.



  • @Karla
    No changing room, shower or lockers at work?
    Damn even we have those. Bikes can be stored in closed bike shed. It could use a coat of paint ...
    Anyway there is this one weirdo who uses this:

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  • area_can

    Maybe someone can make a Strava group...(it has groups, right?)



  • @Kian said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    Oh, interesting. Recently started running after a while of being sedentary. Been running 5K every other day, steadily improving my times from 36:50 three weeks ago to my last three times 33:06, 32:01 and 31:02.

    Always struggle with keeping at it though. I get months where I'm super motivated and productive (like this one) and others where I don't want to do anything.

    I'd really like to run but I'm always getting shin splints (on both legs) after about a mere kilometer or so. Already been to several doctors to see if it's something seriously wrong - but an x-ray showed nothing, there's no inflammation, muscles are in the correct position and my nerves are conducting, if anything, faster than average.

    So, the last current guess is that I'm using the wrong movements - would have to do a movement analysis and then retraining... 😞


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Rhywden
    One thing I did to help with shin splints was to change how I stretch out before going.

    1. Find a small step with something nearby you can hold on to for maintaining balance.
    2. Stand on step with only about the front half of your foot on the step, so that your heels are hanging off into space.
    3. Slowly rise up onto your tiptoes, hold for a few seconds.
    4. Slowly dip so your heels are below the step, as far as you can go without falling off, hold for a few seconds.
    5. Repeat 3 & 4 a few times.

    Proved to be pretty effective at reducing the severity of my shin splints while I built up muscle strength/ endurance. Now I don't really have to stretch that way any more since I'm more used to running.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    Missing: @izzion's 13th minute. If found, don't bother calling 😆

    It's really interesting to me to look at my per-km splits over the past two weeks, now that I've changed to a strategy of walking slower while I'm sucking wind from not having enough endurance to jog the whole distance.

    Date     km 1   km 2   km 3   km 4   km 5   Total
    May 25   6:24   9:25   8:43   8:43   8:32   41:47
    May 27   7:02   7:39   8:29   8:32   8:09   39:51
    Jun 1    6:55   7:44   8:20   8:44   8:19   40:02
    Jun 3    7:16   6:47   8:31   7:45   8:26   38:45
    

    First time, I pushed my opening run for a full 5 minutes, was pretty winded and didn't really recover until the 15 minute mark. After that, I've changed to be more like "run until I'm moderately winded, then walk until I'm mostly breathing normal, and repeat", and while my middle segment runs are definitely not as long, I'm at least not fighting through tight ankles/calves during the back half of the run.



  • @izzion Something that really helped me improve my times was a trainer at the gym telling me, while I was on the treadmill, to not push so hard that I'm breathing hard. Find what pace you can maintain while breathing only through your nose, and keep it up for the whole run. Over time that pace will go up as your body gets used to the effort, and your times will improve. I've been doing that for the first 4 km of my runs, with a higher pace for the last km that almost pushes me over but doesn't leave me panting.



  • @Luhmann said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    @Karla
    No changing room, shower or lockers at work?
    No. I don't know any workplace that does. I previously would use the gym to change.

    The issue is we have such close quarters that the sweat of my clothes can be smelled by those nearby.

    Damn even we have those. Bikes can be stored in closed bike shed. It could use a coat of paint ...

    We have indoor bike parking so that isn't a problem.

    Anyway there is this one weirdo who uses this:

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    That looks interesting.


  • Fake News

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    Boy, did this hurt yesterday. Surprisingly not as sore as I expected today, though I still want a foot massage. 😛



  • @heterodox said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

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    Boy, did this hurt yesterday. Surprisingly not as sore as I expected today, though I still want a foot massage. 😛

    I misread that second bubble from the right. That would be some very fast talking to call 4288 people in 399 minutes.



  • Well, looks like I reached my limit today. Time was 29:59 for 5.5 km, +14 s compared to Friday's 29:45. That said, my split times today were:

    5:06, 5:18, 5:38, 6:02, 5:26 and 2:30 for the last 0.5 km

    compared to my Friday's split times;

    5:24, 5:26, 5:31, 5:37, 5:15 and 2:33.

    I kept a better pace for the first three km, but I was feeling side stitches and ankle pain and had to slow down for the fourth. It went away near the end and I powered through what remained for the last km, but my time was already shot by then. Still, I should be able to cut 30 s over the next couple of runs if I get over the side stitches. This site suggests some ways to prevent/deal with them: http://www.military.com/military-fitness/fitness-test-prep/avoiding-stomach-cramps



  • @Kian said in WTDWTF Fitness Group:

    my split times

    I've only ever heard that phrase in speedrunning of video games. TIL.



  • @ben_lubar Made me check, I misused the term. I gave my lap times, not my split times. Split times would be the sum of the lap times. So for today's run, 5:06, 10:24, 16:02, 22:04, 27:30 and 29:59.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Kian
    Eh, when people speedrun video games, they use the term "split time" to indicate each individual segment ("lap time"), so I understood what you meant 😛


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @Karla
    Several of my co-workers maintain a supply of Dude Wipes (baby wipes rebranded for marketing to grown men, it looks like) under their desks - if they go jogging over lunch, they'll wipe themselves down and change shirts when they get back. Not sure if that would be a practical solution for you (or if they even make Femme Fatale Wipes...)


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