Mefi runs! February 26, 2010 11:49 PM   Subscribe

Do you like running?

Or maybe you just like Running Man. Either way, you can get all the yellow spandex, electrified pants AND MORE at the Mefi Running Group (March challenge here).

We're down to about four challengers, so this is just a friendly reminder to any mefites who may have forgotten, or never even knew there is a group. I have personally found the camaraderie and pretty graphs from membership have helped my both my running, and my memory of Schwarzenegger films.

Ability is immaterial, but an Austrian accent and healthy competitive attitude seems to help!
posted by smoke to MetaFilter-Related at 11:49 PM (37 comments total)

Okay I'll play.

I don't have a gadget, though. Does this require a gadget?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:04 AM on February 27, 2010


It does not! I do not have any gadget at all, I just put in my time and distance manually.

Yay for Llama! Excelsior!
posted by smoke at 3:30 AM on February 27, 2010


oh yeah, I should remember about this.
posted by gaspode at 5:39 AM on February 27, 2010


I liked this, but I eventually found it anxiety-producing in a strange way to be putting the distances I was running in a public forum. That's just an idiosyncracy of my own brain, though.

But hey! As far as odd/stupid/awesome running goes: I signed up for the upstate NY iteration of the Warrior Dash! Other runners! Check it out! You get a furry hat!
posted by Greg Nog at 6:18 AM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


It was disappointing to me to determine that I do not like running, because I love the way I feel and look afterwards.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:19 AM on February 27, 2010


It was disappointing to me to determine that I do not like running, because I love the way I feel and look afterwards.

I like it because it's my only opportunity to be by myself and listen to really loud music of my choosing. Also it gets me high. Also, if I don't, I become hard(er) to live with.

So I've signed up, Smoke, gadget-less as well.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:16 AM on February 27, 2010


It was disappointing to me to determine that I do not like running, because I love the way I feel and look afterwards.

I don't particularly like running either. My problem is I get bored - especially if I have to run inside. What's worked for me lately is listening to audiobooks instead of music while running.
posted by chndrcks at 7:24 AM on February 27, 2010


I like drinking, that's sort of like running.
posted by electroboy at 9:23 AM on February 27, 2010


You needn't choose.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:03 AM on February 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


I joined. It's not quite running weather here in Atlantic Canada but I'll record any that I do and will be an active participant come April.
posted by Hiker at 11:14 AM on February 27, 2010


Is it compatible with Macs?
posted by hal_c_on at 12:18 PM on February 27, 2010


Went running for the first time since the kid was born today. I am back, baby.

By the way, I'll be pushing a stroller the whole time, so will be inflating my distance by about 25% to make it fair.

This is fair, right?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:22 PM on February 27, 2010


OK, I just started running again for the first time since I literally stumbled across the Lisbon Marathon in November. I'll be pulled by 2 dogs the whole time, so I'll be deflating my distance by about 25%.
posted by Mngo at 12:49 PM on February 27, 2010


Salvor Hardin and I track our daily morning runs with RunKeeper (the iPhone app). Anybody else use that? If you're in the Cambridge/Boston area, we can make a "street team" and join forces once in a while.
posted by Cygnet at 2:00 PM on February 27, 2010


Is it compatible with Macs?

Yeah, it's just a website, if you can handle javascript you should be apples. :)

Distance deflation and inflation is a-okay; there's plenty of fabulous cash and prizes to go around, and not everybody has a pretty treadmill or track to tell them how far they've run.
posted by smoke at 3:14 PM on February 27, 2010


Cygnet, RunKeeper is literally the best app for the iPhone I've ever come across, and the community behind it is freakin' amazing. I don't know a single other iPhone app that has kept up with RK's pace of innovation and feature addition. RK is probably what has kept me running since I started back in July of last year.

So this is all to say: I do like running, but I suspect there's little chance I'll regularly remember to upload my run information into yet another website. So I'll probably just occasionally check into the March challenge to see how much I'm running vs. other MeFi folks; I suspect I wouldn't win the challenge (or come close), so there's that.
posted by delfuego at 7:07 PM on February 27, 2010


y'know I still run 10 miles a day even though I'm supposedly long retired from running (and a physiotherapist's worst nightmare) and I can't do any racing or speed workouts anymore, so I will pass because I'll suck all the fun out of the group with my plodding 10/10/10/10 entries every day for years on end. However, I'm jealous!
posted by stagewhisper at 8:22 PM on February 27, 2010


obsessive compulsive? why yes, why do you ask?
posted by stagewhisper at 8:23 PM on February 27, 2010


Still haven't quite decided if I really actually like running or not, but I'm in!
posted by bluestocking at 11:03 AM on February 28, 2010


I've given up running in favor of hiking now that I live near a park that is big enough for such pursuits. Easier on ye olde joints as well. I did appreciate the weekly motivation of posting my miles to a public forum, though.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:09 AM on February 28, 2010


Thanks for the reminder, smoke. I'm in!
posted by Hlewagast at 2:19 PM on February 28, 2010


Mr.Doodley PR'd in the Gasparilla marathon today, so I am feeling a powerful need to repazent up in here. so I will be out on my route, macing dogs as I go.
posted by toodleydoodley at 7:38 PM on February 28, 2010


The running competitions were great motivation when I was training for my half marathon last year (which I finished in 2:04 and change, beating my 10-minute-pace goal). But over the winter, I seem to have developed ITB syndrome which has been a laugh a minute. I'm trying to get my legs back into shape to do a 5k in a couple weeks, but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to sit it out.

Anyhow, yeah, I'll be down for this again when I'm running regularly.
posted by Plutor at 6:37 AM on March 1, 2010


Plutor are you wearing a patt-strap when you run/bike/climb stairs? works wonders - allows you to continue moderate training without pain/additional inflammation so you don't lose fitness. then you do an ass-pile of ITB stretches and ice 2-3x/day with a big chunk of ice swirled directly over the inflamed part rather than simply strapping on a sack of frozen peas and sitting still.

anyway, with judicious distances (a 5k should be ok), a patt-strap (above the knee) works wonders. you can run without pain.

yes, this is why I didn't do the Gasp. Half. I increased mileage too quickly because, due to other workouts, I suddenly had more lungs than legs, plus my overage consisted of up/downhill trail running. doh!
posted by toodleydoodley at 10:41 AM on March 1, 2010


stagewhisper I would dig seeing your posts, especially to remind me there's all kinds of productive running. ;-) I frequently need reminding, since I fall off the wagon again and again.
posted by toodleydoodley at 10:42 AM on March 1, 2010


Ok, toodleydoodley, I'll join. It'll be a boring read. No gps or fancy stuff, just 10 miles averaged by time. Infinitely.
posted by stagewhisper at 1:14 PM on March 1, 2010


Ok, toodleydoodley, I'll join.

wheeeeeeee!
posted by toodleydoodley at 3:14 PM on March 1, 2010


hahaha just looked at today's stats - good thing stagewhisper joined, that's all I'm gonna say ;-)
posted by toodleydoodley at 3:16 PM on March 1, 2010


I've been running off and on for a few months, but a couple weeks ago I decided to make it a regular thing. Then this post comes along. Today was the start of the march challenge and...... Yesterday I banged my knee so hard playing basketball that it hurts to walk today.
posted by chndrcks at 4:51 PM on March 1, 2010


I'm in, off and running.

Plutor, these have helped me with both IT band syndrome and some tendonitis issues. But I'm pretty low milage...

Also, I use SportyPal on my Blackberry for keeping track of my workouts. It is free, there are versions for a whole mess of different GPS-enabled phones.
posted by Mountain Goatse at 9:04 PM on March 1, 2010


Also, I use SportyPal on my Blackberry for keeping track of my workouts.

I'll have check that out, I'd been typing info on the little Notes app until I get around to adding stuff to Runners+.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:25 AM on March 2, 2010


Hey, that group is going to need some more middle-aged women running ten minute miles. Fer chrissake.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:48 AM on March 2, 2010


toodleydoodley: "Plutor are you wearing a patt-strap when you run/bike/climb stairs? works wonders"

Mountain Goatse: "Plutor, these have helped me with both IT band syndrome and some tendonitis issues. But I'm pretty low milage..."

Just this morning, I was looking up the number to call my PCP and try to get a referral to a Physical Therapist. I knew I should have Asked you guys earlier. New plan: Strap some technological gizmo to my leg; upgrade my before-and-after-every-workout stretches to 2-3x a week; ice.

toodleydoodley: "with a big chunk of ice swirled directly over the inflamed part"

What.. um.. does this mean? Swirled? Is it like a swirly? (If so, I'm not a fan.)
posted by Plutor at 8:01 AM on March 2, 2010


Plutor! I got the ITBS too! It sucked! I was training for a marathon, and I got up to like 22 miles, and then suddenly I got SHUT DOWN. I did go to a physical therapist, and they gave me a bunch of strengthening exercises and stretches to do.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:13 AM on March 2, 2010


I'm in; on my last week of C25K this week, so I'll probably be a 5K-3-times-a-week plodder during the challenge.

It took me ages to find out how to enter a run manually; Control Panel --> Run Manager, right?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 12:11 PM on March 2, 2010


no, not a swirly!

take a 8-10 oz paper cup (or plastic, they last longer), fill it most of the way with water and freeze it. do 2-3 at the same time so you'll have a few.

after a run, get the frozen cup out, decant the ice chunk and wrap one end in a towel. swirl the cold end directly on the inflamed part of your leg, just moving the ice up and down so the inflamed area gets really nice and cold, without frost-burning your skin. you will want a towel under you because that ice chunk is just going to rain.

do it for about 10 minutes a couple times a day, and make sure you do it pretty soon after your run. it's much more effective than regular cold packs. they showed mrdoodley this neat trick at the UF sportsmedicine center.
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:08 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


also, remember - for ITBS, the strap goes *above* your knee. below will make everything hurt way worse.
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:09 PM on March 2, 2010


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