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Running Forum / Re: Can you put heel pads ontop of running insoles?>
« Last post by runner88 on July 18, 2013, 12:41:37 PM »
Possibly. I have always steered clear of adding any kind of insole or structure to my running shoes for fear or messing with its mechanics. Having said that if you are getting heel pain then it might be time to invest in a new pair of shoes or maybe assess your running surfaces. Are you running on hard or soft surfaces? If you can run exclusively on grass then this will do your body a world of good!

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Sub 2.25 Olympic Triathlon
Sub 3.15 Birmingham Marathon
Sub 1.20 Cardiff Half Marathon
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Running Forum / Re: Can you put heel pads ontop of running insoles?>
« Last post by 4gen/sf on June 29, 2013, 11:43:59 AM »
If you are having heel pain google or YouTube lo dye strap (taping procedure). Heel pads or lifts go under the insole.
Running Forum / Can you put heel pads ontop of running insoles?>
« Last post by Ronayne on June 29, 2013, 10:26:06 AM »
Hey i was just wondering whether this is possible as im gonna buy some running insoles soon so once and for all pain whilst running will be gone, but i was reading about heel pads and how they too can stop pain on the heel as well.. so can you have both on at the same time or have some insoles got built in heel pads? as you can see they are quite big and i dont know how the gel heel pads would stay in place when ontop of some insoles
Running Forum / Re: KCCC Half Marathon
« Last post by Charlene on June 03, 2013, 09:10:18 PM »
Great race.   Exciting to do do some really short fast stuff in July.
Running Forum / Re: KCCC Half Marathon
« Last post by Andrew A. on May 21, 2013, 07:59:04 PM »
Nice racing and fun to read about, regardless.  There is no race strategy to negate the other guy's fitness. 
Running Forum / Re: KCCC Half Marathon
« Last post by cesar on May 21, 2013, 06:32:22 PM »
Great race Christensen!! If you would have done more long runs you would have won that one!!
Running Forum / Re: KCCC Half Marathon
« Last post by Ryan on May 21, 2013, 05:42:12 PM »
Good race. We can't always win but you put up a heck of a fight. Just as I did this past weekend, it's always fun to get into a head to head battle. I think that brings out the best racing in us.
Running Forum / KCCC Half Marathon
« Last post by ksrunner on May 21, 2013, 04:30:18 PM »
Since the last time that my company competed in KC Corporate Challenge, they've added a half marathon. I don't consider myself very fit for a half marathon, but thinking that they might not have enough runners, I decided to add my name to the roster. When I found out that there were others signed up, I opted to be an alternate. I figured even though I might be the fastest guy in my age group for the company, it would be better if someone who really wants to run runs it. I've not run more than 8 miles at once since early March. So, I was somewhat relieved to not run. Then, one guy dropped out of the half due to army reserve duties. But, the other alternate won the coin toss. At the KCCC 5K, I met that guy and when he learned of my 5K time he sounded less inclined to run the half. I encouraged him to run, but I had a feeling that he might back out. I found out on Friday, the day before the half marathon that I would be running the half. I cannot say that I was disappointed. Though I am not well trained, I love to race and to be honest I was somewhat excited about it. The quad issue that I'd been struggling with at the 5K had cleared up, so I felt good to give 100%. We spent some time getting his number transferred to me and made plans for him to deliver the number to me near the starting line about 20 minutes before the start.

Race morning dawned fairly warm. I had gotten to bed late and opted to sleep in a bit more than normal before a race. It seems that most springs we're getting to bed late as we struggle to keep up with the gardens and such. I did not anticipate spending a lot of time in warm up, so I was not stressed about the late start. Still, I pulled into the parking lot about the time I was supposed to be picking up my number. That was a bit later than I would have liked. I found Jason, pinned my number to my singlet, posed for a group picture with the other runners from my company and then headed for a brief jog and to the starting line. I had looked at last year's results and I knew that there should be one or two fairly fast guys in my age group from Garmin. They ran in the low 1:20's last year. I thought that I might be competitive with them. I figured 1:23-1:24 was probably the most likely time for me and that 1:22 would be the best-case scenario.

At the start, I was looking around for the guys in Garmin singlets. I had the name of the guy from Garmin (Joe), but I had never met him. Garmin was fairly well represented, but I did not see anyone who appeared to be in my age group. I had not identified any likely suspects when the race started. Despite not warming up much, I stood at the start feeling relaxed and ready. And when the start sounded I got out well. Shortly into the race, I was running at the front of a small pack and there were two guys running together a little way ahead of me. One was a tall guy in a Garmin singlet that I had noticed earlier. I moved up to join them. As I pulled up just behind them and centered between them, the guy on the right looks over and says, "I'm 46 are you in my age group?" I said, "Yes, I am." We introduced ourselves. It turns out that he was the Joe from Garmin that I'd been looking for. He faced the challenge very directly saying, something to the effect of "Let's throw down." This was awesome and had the makings of a very fun race. During/after this interchange the pace picked up quite a bit and we soon caught the next small group. I was running without a watch, but the Garmin guys seemed to be well-armed with Garmin devices and at mile 2, Joe said, "I don't know that I'm ready for 1:18:36 pace." I said that I was glad to hear it. But, it did not seem that we slowed too much. At some point we dropped the younger Garmin guy. Though I was running fairly comfortably with Joe, I felt that the pace was a bit too quick for my current fitness -- especially knowing that there were some big hills coming. I tried to slow the pace some -- not sure if I hoped that Joe would slow too or not. He did not slow and as he pulled away, I had hopes that I might move to catch him after we left the hills on the way back. That was my plan and I just tried to stay close. There were two fairly big hills. I had run a 5K over part of this course at one time and had won my age group with a strategy of running my own race and then catching the two guys ahead of me in the flats after we passed the hills. But, in that instance, I had been stonger and I think that I had attacked the hill in my pursuit of them. In this case, I was not feeling strong on the hills and just hoped to survive them with enough energy to allow me to give chase in the last 2-3 miles. As far as it went, I think that my plan was not too bad except that Joe was too fit and I was not fit enough. I struggled in the hills and I think that I lost some more ground there, but as I came off of the hills, I began to give chase. Joe probably had at least 40 seconds on me. I caught glimpses sometimes when there were open spaces or longer straight aways. There were two runners between him and I as I gave chase. I caught the first one, Eric, whom I had mentioned in my 5K report. I had assumed that he would be well in front of me, but it turns out that he is also undertrained for a half marathon. I passed him and he offered some encouragement. I also caught the next guy around mile 12 but just after I caught him there was a very slight incline. It was so slight that I would not notice it under normal conditions, but I found it hard to push the pace any further. I think that I had made some progress in pursuit of Joe, but he still retained too much of his lead. At this point, I knew that I would not be catching him and just struggled to the finish. The guy whom I had caught pulled away and Eric caught me again soon after that. I just wanted to maintain my position. As we neared the finish, there was an open lot where I could see Joe, two turns ahead of me making the final turn to finish. He'd run a very good race. When I in turn approached the finish, I could see the clock ticking at 1:22 something.

I enjoyed the race. I wish that I'd been a bit more competitive, but overall, I felt that I took my best shot and had been beaten by a better runner that day.

The next KCCC races are the mile and the 800m on June 4th and June 6th respectively. I'm sure that I will see Joe there again. I'm looking forward to it. For the mile, I had been hoping to break 5:00. Now, I am just focusing on competing.
Running Forum / Re: KCCC 5K
« Last post by Ryan on May 16, 2013, 06:56:48 PM »
Post where you feel it fits best. In my opinion, these posts would be at least tangentially running related so the blog would fit if you would like to there. In the end, the blog is what you want it to be anyway. I'm going to be less strict about what topics show up there, though I don't want this to become a political website or something like that. Regardless, wherever you post, I'll look forward to following. I'll also be checking out your site. Thanks for the link.
Running Forum / Re: KCCC 5K
« Last post by ksrunner on May 14, 2013, 02:10:24 PM »
Thanks for the running feedback and the garden/livestock interest.

With regards to the latter, I am willing to post about it, but I in this partnership with my wife, I am more of the laborer than the brain, but I am learning. She has shared much of her knowledge at our website.

Right now, we are reading Joel Salatin's books and trying to figure out how his lessons can apply to us in our smaller context. He's running a business, but we're mainly wanting to feed ourselves and through cutting costs and perhaps a bit of selling to allow my wife to quit her work away from the farm.

In the short term, we are moving our goats to different pastures more frequently. Ideally, we would do this with electric fencing, but we did not have funds available for purchasing anything, so we are making do by repurposing cattle panels that had been in use elsewhere. Joel likes to move his animals everyday, but in our case, we actually want our goats to destroy some of the shrubs and things that they like to eat to make room for more grass. So we might let them stay in the same area longer. We also have many fewer goats than he has cows.

Now that the goats are settling in again, our focus is shifting to the gardens. This weekend we planted broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, and some flowers. I also scavenged some lumber from an old barn on our property (It was too far gone to salvage when we moved in.) to build some small raised beds. The first was a hexagon bed 1' on a side for an ornamental herb. The second is a 2'x2' bed that will be the top tier of a tiered strawberry bed. The bottom tier was already built it was part of my daughter's flower garden last year and this year is being reallocated for strawberries.

I'm also working on digging up the post for an old satellite dish. It is in space that we intend to use for gardening. I've dug down about a foot below the concrete all the way around and cannot move the post at all. I would have thought that I should at least be able to create a little wiggle. I'm beginning to despair about how deep or heavy this thing might be.

In the future, I will post garden/sustainability related stuff in the non-running forum or a blog entry (should those be running related too?), but I thought I could get away with some non-running here since it is in response to previous posts and also related to why I'm reducing my racing schedule this year.  :)

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