🏃 🏃‍♀️ 2024 Taiwan Runner's Thread

Cool weather makes me feel like a superstar. I shaved another four minutes off my weekly climb up 九五峰. Come summer I’ll be back to an hour :sob: and cussing the whole way.

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So I completed my 5k training schedule. Moving on to building my conditioning. Loosely following a 10k training schedule, which mixes easy runs with longer runs and cross training, which for me consists of walking for an hour and yoga. :person_in_lotus_position:

And man do I need the yoga. I’m very tight now. Did floor work yesterday and the hip openers made my eyes water. :joy:

Today is an easy run day, so maybe a 2k uninterrupted run around the track. We’ll see if I can find my “talking in sentences” pace, or for me, my “singing along with the Grateful Dead” pace.

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I’m glad I’m not the only one that does this. The looks are uncomfortable though; I don’t ever see taiwanese treating the track as their own personal ktv. Once I’m fully gray, maybe they’ll chalk it up to me being senile rather than western.

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I mention it as I read on the 10k schedule that one should be running at a pace where you can talk, in sentences. I thought, hmm. Not a bad idea. But I run like George Thorogood drinks—alone.

My issue is going too fast and overheating. I’d rather not get dizzy and blackout on the track, which nearly happened today. The talking is supposed to help with that, as is not running on an empty mitt stomach and drinking Super Supau.

As for the Dead I was
Listening to a show from 1992 today and they pulled Casey Jones out of space and the folks around me surely wondered why I was high on cocaine. But later probably thought that was why I was down on one knee, exhaling as much CO2 out of me as possible. :laughing:

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There can’t be more than one or two who know what you’re talking about.

Take my advice, you’d be better off dead.

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I’m dead to the core.

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I don’t really care about longevity but as long as I’m gonna be around, mobility is a primary consideration.

10k is pretty easy to accomplish. An hour in the morning and a short walk at night. That and whatever you do during the day.

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2024 Donghe “Little Horse” 6k, done.

Completed it, mate! :banana:




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Signing up for the Green Island 10K on 10/6/24

Ibert Registration Network - 2024 Fire Island National Marathon (bao-ming.com)

and the Matsu Marathon has been listed but no sign up yet.

2024 Lienchiang County (Matsu) Marathon 11/02 Sat

:running_man: :runaway:

and this one I just noticed.

IDK if my aged knees could handle 3 10ks in a month. :grandpa:

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I think somewhere around a 6km (about 3.5 miles) is 10,000 steps for me. Easy to knock that out in the morning. After a longer run it’s usually double that (about an hour of running). But I’m pretty slow now that I’m old and have packed on the pounds. Recently found out my cholesterol is quite high so I’m planning on ramping up my workouts. Currently running every other day. Problem is that if I try to make it every day I start to burn out. Maybe alternating 3 and 4 times a week is enough?

I’ve been following the 10k race coach on Garmin so far

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There’s no hard fast rule . Don’t give yourself shit for getting in shape at your own speed!

I’ve had to slow down to a walk these days as I suffered another retinal problem. Not a tear thank god but no jostling the eyeball for a few weeks the doctor advised.

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Might I suggest variety? A bike ride once a week and a stair climb on one of Taiwan’s many city mountains? It not only helps with burnout but it’s more practical regarding joints and muscle groups. Repetition isn’t what gets us in peak fitness and can cause problems.

When I go to the track at random times I ALWAYS see the same five people. That means that they are jogging for hours every single day. I have been going to that track for years. That is commitment!
I’ve given them each nicknames. I’ve never spoken to them, but I feel kinship.

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Yes!

I’ve restarted my yoga routine as well.

You’re one up on me. I can’t seem to make myself so it. :persevere:
and I used to be a yoga instructor ffs

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Yesterday was pretty much breathing so it was ok. When he suggested stopping the video and doing a few rounds of sun sals, I say, “Yeah, I’m good with the one.” :joy:

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It’s a good point. Before I was doing half gym and half running but I had to cut out gym due to money/time constraints. I can still do calisthenics though. I’m not the biggest fan of biking or swimming though. I’d definitely prefer biking to swimming.

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I agree with Bree and you seem to as well. I was in the best shape of my life when I did triathlons (I did the sprint distance mostly). But you seem to not like cycling and swimming.

Maybe you can find a park close to your house and do sit-ups, push-ups, dips, and other body weight exercises. Pull-ups if you are ready for that challenge. You can also head to a mountain and hike every now and then. I just did a 3k run up the mountain by our house, and walked down slowly. It’s a nice way to get into nature once a week or so, and it mixes things up.

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I talk to some of my mountain friends. They have great English names: Simon (“White Bear” in Mandarin), Bear (“Black Bear” in Mandarin because he’s dark), Rhino, Thomas, and Gavin. I may start giving the rest nicknames.

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Only if you’re hyuuuge or take giant strides - most people are closer to 2000 steps per mile / 5.miles for 10k steps.

Tiny or take tiny strides