Mark Lofquist
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Just 'staying on task'

Started Jun 3, 2012 0 Replies

this sounds weird, but during a race - whether a 10k, or a 50-miler I will find that i've forgotten what I'm doing.  i mean i'll notice i'm not running very fast, i'm not tired or hurt just sorta…Continue

running in the heat

Started Apr 8, 2010 0 Replies

How's your running going as the mercury rises?  seems like it's two different sports 1.) running in the cold, 2.) running in the's been >90F here during the days already - and I've turned…Continue

Static stretching

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Orton Jan 10, 2010. 2 Replies

"causes injuries"That's one of Gordon Pirie's "12 commandments" about running.…Continue

Hip Flexor injury

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Lofquist Nov 24, 2009. 2 Replies

new to the site (I hope this discussion is in the right place), thought i'd mention a running injury that i had last month.during the marine corps marathon i hurt my hip. after MRI, xray, etc it's…Continue

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How many years have you been running?
0.75 yrs running correctly
What is your goal race for the year?
completing the JFK50!! it's coming!
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
completed two 50ks, 1:42 half marathon
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
100mile ultra

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JFK 50miler

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 5:24pm 2 Comments

my first 50-miler. this is almost the end of my first year of really trying to run and it's been a year to remember! (more on that later).

I'm very nervous about my race this saturday (11/20/2010). the best advice i've gotten is:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while…


Marine Corps Marathon 2010

Posted on October 31, 2010 at 9:00pm 5 Comments

I had a few goals for this race, but the most important pair of goals was:

1.) dont get hurt

2.)beat my last years marine corps time (2009, 4:24* injured finish).

a lil' background info on me. I'm 40y.o, and for the past couple of years i've been trying to run more. good exercise, love the endorphins,…


latest on my running form:

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 10:22am 6 Comments



my relay race - a very different kind of running experience!

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 11:00am 2 Comments

this past weekend, i ran sections of a relay race. It's a 'ragnar

relay'. they have them all over the country. this race went from

Cumberland, MD to National Harbor in DC. 203 miles total.

the way it's supposed to work is you have a 12-man team and each

runner runs approx 3, 10kms, each spaced about 12 hours apart. the

runs actually vary from…

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At 11:45am on October 8, 2010, Richard McGaha said…

I don't have GPS on my HR monitor (it is a cheapy Polar). This is one run I want to do:
At 10:25am on October 8, 2010, J-F lemay said…
Yeah I got them half price(70$)!!! I think it's cuz of the kinda weird color match (brick-red and yellow) They are very spongee but they compress to become low to the ground so i can feel prety much each details of the trail! And the outer sole has more grip than an eagle's claw! I'm sure they'll be perfect for long hard trail runs! Definatly "THE" most comfortable shoe i've ever try followed by the VFFs!
At 9:12am on October 6, 2010, Richard McGaha said…
8 min hill sprints??? That is just insane. LOL Thanks for the advice about the hills though. I do have a hill or two I can use for hill repeats they are just not on my normal trail and one of them has heavy traffic. It is nice to have a varied terrain, but I usually run in the bottom of a valley here so I don't get the full effect except when I am running for distance. If you ever get a chance you should come out and run a race out here in WA you would love it.
At 4:30pm on October 5, 2010, Richard McGaha said…
Hey Mark,

I actually can't afford a treadmill, I live in a very hilly area of W. Washington, so I can use what nature gave me, even if I am running on concrete. (yikes!) How did you feel after your relay? I have another half-marathon in two weeks.
At 6:58am on May 14, 2010, Diane Laidig said…
My daughter and I ran the Pig together. It poured for about the first 4 miles and then just drizzle. That didn't bother us at all. The hills were a wonderful challenge coming from flat northern Indiana. Our time was a little slow but we were happy and had a great day and stay in Cinncinati.
At 9:03am on May 3, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
Good job.
At 6:47pm on April 12, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
I think I was done in by trying to get to a 7:38 pace to fast. Had a couple of 7;30 miles in the middle. Should have stayed slow(8:30) for longer than 10, maybe to 18. Treadmills tell lies!!!!
At 12:17pm on April 12, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
I did deplete at 18. Very painful last six miles. Very, very painful last three miles. I think I concentrated too much on the uphill training. There was a six mile down hill stretch that did my quads in. It was interesting that they went out at the same time. One muscle at a time, together. For what it is worth I did not do Erics plans and my feet and hamstrings felt great at the end. 3:56 finish time.
At 10:32am on April 8, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
Last training run out at 20 was 2:45. I expect to be at about 3:30-35. I am hoping that training on some awful, hilly gravel roads will allow me to have a better reserve on the last six and maybe be able to speed up and race the last three or so. I fear bonking on mile 22. 3:20 is the goal. It's a paved urban route, so I am hoping that is a plus as well. Using this marathon as a starting point to train for longer race(s).
At 9:47am on April 8, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
No race dreams. I like the training more than the races. Haven't races in six yrs.....last marathon was 3:52. What was your pace speed in your ultra? Going for a Boston Qual. time, but fear that I am 5-10 sec. a mile to slow. Plan on a negitive split race. HR 120ish to start and by mile six bring it up to 130ish to 140ish till the last six. Thanks for the incouragement!

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