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2014-02-06 11:28:34 AM
We annexed London?
 
2014-02-06 11:50:15 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: We annexed London?


It is not enough that we won our freedom. Now we must take theirs.
 
2014-02-06 12:25:06 PM
The running map of Jackson, MS was included too.  it was just a white GIF.
 
2014-02-06 12:32:38 PM
 Hey Noo Yawk....
FARK YOO TOO


cdn.theatlanticcities.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-06 12:35:12 PM
For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.
 
2014-02-06 12:37:06 PM
 
2014-02-06 12:38:13 PM
Ok, why are people running on the Upper East Side but not Upper West Side of Manhattan?
 
2014-02-06 12:38:56 PM
Chicago is about how I remember it:
cdn.theatlanticcities.com

There's on continuous park running the entire length of the city along the waterfront that has bike and jogging trails that are very popular, but once you go too far west or south the map gets awfully blank...
Though When I lived there up in the North side (Lakeview), I was very surprised that one night when I was out late looking for a meteor shower, that apparently single young women think nothing of using those jogging trails by themselves even at 4 am without so much as a can of mace by their sides
 
2014-02-06 12:39:11 PM
How about running for their lives from police?
 
2014-02-06 12:39:17 PM
Rule #1 - Cardio.
 
2014-02-06 12:39:26 PM
-10 for leaving the Greenbelt and Town Lake off the list.  Austin is one of the healthiest cities for crying out loud!
 
2014-02-06 12:39:38 PM
New York's seems to be skewed by the Marathon route.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-06 12:39:52 PM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: We annexed London?


And Toronto, apparently.
 
2014-02-06 12:40:58 PM

ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.


I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.
 
2014-02-06 12:42:56 PM
This will be helpful for aspiring rapists.
 
2014-02-06 12:42:57 PM

ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.


The Standells really love that dirty water, though.
 
2014-02-06 12:43:32 PM

I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farked

I have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence
 
2014-02-06 12:44:13 PM

Magorn: I was very surprised that one night when I was out late looking for a meteor shower, that apparently single young women think nothing of using those jogging trails by themselves even at 4 am without so much as a can of mace by their sides


So... how did you find out they didn't have mace with them?

/nevermind, I don't want to be dragged into this
 
2014-02-06 12:44:54 PM
Lol at the Dallas map.  No one goes jogging across the trinity river.  Not if you value your life that is.
 
2014-02-06 12:46:15 PM

ChipNASA:  Hey Noo Yawk....
FARK YOO TOO


New York looks more like a hand grabbing a penis to wank to me.
 
2014-02-06 12:46:57 PM
cdn.theatlanticcities.com

All I knows is nobody runs in Camden, except for the aforementioned "from the police" and "for their lives".
 
2014-02-06 12:47:04 PM

CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence


If I'd be allowed to speculate, I believe it is probably because short sprints prevent your body from adapting like it would with distance running.
 
2014-02-06 12:48:05 PM

theorellior: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.


You sound fat.
 
2014-02-06 12:50:40 PM
Of course they run, but for recreation, for fun.
 
2014-02-06 12:50:55 PM

LoneWolf343: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

If I'd be allowed to speculate, I believe it is probably because short sprints prevent your body from adapting like it would with distance running.


I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles.  I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three.    My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt.  Next time Imma try to mix it up.
 
2014-02-06 12:51:19 PM
The LA map is weird.  I guess they wanted to find the best 'shot' that illustrates a point.  It doesn't include any of the beach communities or the western hills.  I guess it depends on how one decides what 'Los Angeles' means.  Probably used a zip code type source filter.
 
2014-02-06 12:52:31 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: You sound fat.


No, I'm one of the bikers running stop signs next to the guy jogging in the middle of the street.
 
2014-02-06 12:52:35 PM
Do Detroit.  That would be amusing
 
2014-02-06 12:52:50 PM

Cubicle Jockey: New York's seems to be skewed by the Marathon route.
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 621x639]


Good call.  That map really didn't look right.
 
2014-02-06 12:53:47 PM
I was surprised to see the Chicago map included a large part of what used to be some pretty rough (as in don't go there alone, even armed and in daylight) neighborhoods.  Ogden Avenue?  Who knew.
 
2014-02-06 12:53:55 PM
Can't find Phoenix.
 
2014-02-06 12:53:59 PM

CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence


If your knees are truly messed up, for the love of God, why are you doing running sprints?

/there are non-weight bearing exercise options
 
2014-02-06 12:54:09 PM

AngryDragon: Do Detroit.  That would be amusing


They tried but after eliminating "for their lives" and "from police", it was just a blank sheet.
 
2014-02-06 12:55:06 PM
Bullshiat. No one in Dallas runs.
 
2014-02-06 12:55:12 PM

CygnusDarius: Can't find Phoenix.


Yet the guy made maps for Lincoln and Columbus.
 
2014-02-06 12:55:16 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: LoneWolf343: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

If I'd be allowed to speculate, I believe it is probably because short sprints prevent your body from adapting like it would with distance running.

I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles.  I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three.    My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt.  Next time Imma try to mix it up.


Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad
 
2014-02-06 12:55:31 PM

cgraves67: AngryDragon: Do Detroit.  That would be amusing

They tried but after eliminating "for their lives" and "from police", it was just a blank sheet.


There's always "scrounging".
 
2014-02-06 12:56:37 PM

The Dog Ate My Homework: Bullshiat. No one in Dallas runs.


Yell "Free BBQ ribs" and see the horde running towards you.

/Or waddling
 
2014-02-06 12:58:14 PM

theorellior: The Googles Do Nothing: You sound fat.

No, I'm one of the bikers running stop signs next to the guy jogging in the middle of the street.


So, you're less OCD and more asshole?

/rides bikes but cant stand most cyclists
 
2014-02-06 12:58:34 PM

CygnusDarius: cgraves67: AngryDragon: Do Detroit.  That would be amusing

They tried but after eliminating "for their lives" and "from police", it was just a blank sheet.

There's always "scrounging".


That's more of a slow ambulation rather than jogging or running, and the graph would resemble Brownian Motion.
 
2014-02-06 12:59:29 PM

Dr Dreidel: The Googles Do Nothing: LoneWolf343: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

If I'd be allowed to speculate, I believe it is probably because short sprints prevent your body from adapting like it would with distance running.

I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles.  I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three.    My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt.  Next time Imma try to mix it up.

Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad


In that case try an elliptical machine.  Running on pavement will really aggravate joint issues.
 
2014-02-06 01:02:16 PM

Carn: In that case try an elliptical machine. Running on pavement will really aggravate joint issues.


Pavement's free (though not their music). And once I start losing circumference off my gut, I've been told, my back/knee issues will abate.

// probably not the knee issues
// anyone who hits 6' before they're legally allowed to drive is gonna have shiatty knees
 
2014-02-06 01:03:25 PM

ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.


It's an error in RunKeeper and other similar phone-based running apps. Whenever a phone's GPS fails or stutters after a route's begun, it'll connect the dots from the last time it did lock on. That's why, for any runner who's serious about tracking themselves, it's worth it to get a dedicated GPS watch. Cellphone GPS units and apps aren't reliable for running.

Cubicle Jockey: New York's seems to be skewed by the Marathon route.
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 621x639]


Yeah the lack of lines doing the entire Central Park circle made me suspicious too--on any average summer day you'll find the entire Central Park loop packed. The authors really should have subtracted data from the dates of each city's marathon or other major races.

/Still interesting
 
2014-02-06 01:04:15 PM

Dr Dreidel: Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad


I never know what people truly mean by bad knees, but if you have a medical problem with your knees there is a chance you should not start running without clearance from you doc. If you just mean that your knees are weak, google "couch to 5k" and that will give you a good beginners running program. Running is very good for strengthening knees and ankles.

Anyway people in this thread keep talking about the body's adaptation to long runs, but a good long-term program should have interval training in it. Yes, I say that but I hate intervals so I dont do them often. I just dont blame distance running for my lack of fitness gains or weight loss.
 
2014-02-06 01:07:24 PM

CygnusDarius: Can't find Phoenix.


Or Seattle or San Francisco. Or Tokyo. Although Sydney looks like it's waving at us.
 
2014-02-06 01:09:38 PM

elysive: So, you're less OCD and more asshole?

/rides bikes but cant stand most cyclists


Well, I'm not the spandex-clad douchebag who takes up a whole lane but sees fit to run busy red lights and stop signs. I'm the guy on the cheap dirtbike who takes the back streets to avoid traffic and might venture on the sidewalks from time to time. If you care about me running a stop sign at an intersection with no traffic then you're either a sanctimonious driver or a person looking for an argument on the Internet.
 
2014-02-06 01:09:48 PM

cgraves67: CygnusDarius: cgraves67: AngryDragon: Do Detroit.  That would be amusing

They tried but after eliminating "for their lives" and "from police", it was just a blank sheet.

There's always "scrounging".

That's more of a slow ambulation rather than jogging or running, and the graph would resemble Brownian Motion.


Man, Detroit has such a bad rep even Canadian gamers make jokes about it.

fanbladesaresharp: CygnusDarius: Can't find Phoenix.

Or Seattle or San Francisco. Or Tokyo. Although Sydney looks like it's waving at us.


And New York's being a dick, for some reason.
 
2014-02-06 01:10:17 PM

Dr Dreidel: Carn: In that case try an elliptical machine. Running on pavement will really aggravate joint issues.

Pavement's free (though not their music). And once I start losing circumference off my gut, I've been told, my back/knee issues will abate.

// probably not the knee issues
// anyone who hits 6' before they're legally allowed to drive is gonna have shiatty knees


Walk and eat less if you really think it's a weight issue. I also find that larger people often "shuffle" more than they run (there's not a lot of lift off the ground).

As with most things, you have to proceed at your own risk, but is saving $10-30 on a health club really worth it when you consider the cost of medical care? Find something unhealthy in your life that costs $20, movies, booze, eating out, trade it in, and voila, you've paid for a month at the gym!

A treadmill is far more forgiving than the sidewalk if you really want to run anyway.
 
2014-02-06 01:11:46 PM

theorellior: elysive: So, you're less OCD and more asshole?

/rides bikes but cant stand most cyclists

Well, I'm not the spandex-clad douchebag who takes up a whole lane but sees fit to run busy red lights and stop signs. I'm the guy on the cheap dirtbike who takes the back streets to avoid traffic and might venture on the sidewalks from time to time. If you care about me running a stop sign at an intersection with no traffic then you're either a sanctimonious driver or a person looking for an argument on the Internet.


Hey, you're the idiot on the internet bragging about riding thru stop signs while trying to pick fights with runners.
 
2014-02-06 01:12:13 PM

fanbladesaresharp: CygnusDarius: Can't find Phoenix.

Or Seattle or San Francisco. Or Tokyo. Although Sydney looks like it's waving at us.



For anyone running in Tokyo / Japan as a tourist, I offer one piece of advice.  When looking at street maps by the side of the road to orientate in developed areas please observer the the top of the map is not by default 'north'.  North orientation on maps is based on the concept of 'if I push the map over right now as I am looking at it and let it fall to the ground, where would north be pointing?'

It will save some aggravation if one knows that beforehand.  I was doing Sisyphean loops near the Imperial Palace until I figured that out.
 
2014-02-06 01:12:22 PM

fanbladesaresharp: CygnusDarius: Can't find Phoenix.

Or Seattle or San Francisco. Or Tokyo. Although Sydney looks like it's waving at us.


San Francisco is on there.

cdn.theatlanticcities.com
 
2014-02-06 01:13:34 PM

Magorn: There's on continuous park running the entire length of the city along the waterfront that has bike and jogging trails that are very popular, but once you go too far west or south the map gets awfully blank...
Though When I lived there up in the North side (Lakeview), I was very surprised that one night when I was out late looking for a meteor shower, that apparently single young women think nothing of using those jogging trails by themselves even at 4 am without so much as a can of mace by their sides


My favorite route is apparently pretty well-known (you can usually run through the Soldier Field concourse when there's no event going on).

I too am shocked at the number of women I see running at 4am -- I take a lot of early morning cabs to O'Hare.
 
2014-02-06 01:14:03 PM

Dr Dreidel: Carn: In that case try an elliptical machine. Running on pavement will really aggravate joint issues.

Pavement's free (though not their music). And once I start losing circumference off my gut, I've been told, my back/knee issues will abate.

// probably not the knee issues
// anyone who hits 6' before they're legally allowed to drive is gonna have shiatty knees


Sprint work then. A little goes a long way. My knees hate jogging, they don't mind 2 sets of 4 or 5 sprints.

Make sure your warm up and cool down times are at least what you spent sprinting (ask how I know!).

/actually enjoy the sprinting until the last couple of oh-fark-I'm-going-to-throw-up runs
//only once or twice a week since I'm handing out advice
///harder on your body than you think if you're really doing 100%
 
2014-02-06 01:14:54 PM

SmellsLikePoo: Magorn: I was very surprised that one night when I was out late looking for a meteor shower, that apparently single young women think nothing of using those jogging trails by themselves even at 4 am without so much as a can of mace by their sides

So... how did you find out they didn't have mace with them?

/nevermind, I don't want to be dragged into this


Neither did those girls...
 
2014-02-06 01:16:39 PM

elysive: Hey, you're the idiot on the internet bragging about riding thru stop signs while trying to pick fights with runners.


www.reactionface.info

Problem?
 
2014-02-06 01:17:01 PM

mdeesnuts: Dr Dreidel: Carn: In that case try an elliptical machine. Running on pavement will really aggravate joint issues.

Pavement's free (though not their music). And once I start losing circumference off my gut, I've been told, my back/knee issues will abate.

// probably not the knee issues
// anyone who hits 6' before they're legally allowed to drive is gonna have shiatty knees

Sprint work then. A little goes a long way. My knees hate jogging, they don't mind 2 sets of 4 or 5 sprints.

Make sure your warm up and cool down times are at least what you spent sprinting (ask how I know!).

/actually enjoy the sprinting until the last couple of oh-fark-I'm-going-to-throw-up runs
//only once or twice a week since I'm handing out advice
///harder on your body than you think if you're really doing 100%


Yay, tell people who have never run before and who profess to have bad knees to do sprints. Don't bother to inquire about their age either. I love the internet!
 
2014-02-06 01:17:30 PM

elysive: Hey, you're the idiot on the internet bragging about riding thru stop signs while trying to pick fights with runners.


Anyway, my Weeners was about morons running in the middle of the street during a snowstorm. Is this normal behavior for you? Or might you think this is a little excessive?
 
2014-02-06 01:17:53 PM
I like some of the pictures from a purely aesthetic point of view.
 
2014-02-06 01:20:13 PM

cgraves67: AngryDragon: Do Detroit.  That would be amusing

They tried but after eliminating "for their lives" and "from police", it was just a blank sheet.


There is a nice riverwalk that you can take out to Belle Isle.  I bet that is where the majority of it is.
 
2014-02-06 01:20:54 PM

theorellior: elysive: Hey, you're the idiot on the internet bragging about riding thru stop signs while trying to pick fights with runners.

Anyway, my Weeners was about morons running in the middle of the street during a snowstorm. Is this normal behavior for you? Or might you think this is a little excessive?


He loves the internet.
 
2014-02-06 01:23:55 PM

CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence


It's not just you, running is actually a pretty terrible form of exercise. The human body isn't really made for long-distance running, just sprinting and walking.
 
2014-02-06 01:26:44 PM

theorellior: elysive: Hey, you're the idiot on the internet bragging about riding thru stop signs while trying to pick fights with runners.

Anyway, my Weeners was about morons running in the middle of the street during a snowstorm. Is this normal behavior for you? Or might you think this is a little excessive?


Your "Weeners" prominently stated this "It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen."

People bike and run up in the road when the bike lanes and shoulders become unuseable. I have never needed to do that since I live in a place with virtually no inclement weather. :D If I see douchebags, I dont disparage the entire sport and then trot out how my "sport" is better. I do judge douchebags who brag about their douchy behavior, however. :)
 
2014-02-06 01:27:49 PM
People like to run by water.

flowingdata.com
 
2014-02-06 01:27:52 PM

jxb465: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

It's not just you, running is actually a pretty terrible form of exercise. The human body isn't really made for long-distance running, just sprinting and walking.


Citation?
 
2014-02-06 01:30:48 PM

CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence


Does that happen a lot? Because if it does, you might want to re-think some of your life choices.
 
2014-02-06 01:32:28 PM

jxb465: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

It's not just you, running is actually a pretty terrible form of exercise. The human body isn't really made for long-distance running, just sprinting and walking.


You sure?
Link
Link
 
2014-02-06 01:32:56 PM

theorellior: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.


Well, it didn't take long for someone to start with the "runners suck" rhetoric.

// Oh, wait. This is Fark.
 
2014-02-06 01:33:44 PM
good book:

howtonestforless.com
 
2014-02-06 01:34:08 PM

elysive: People bike and run up in the road when the bike lanes and shoulders become unuseable. I have never needed to do that since I live in a place with virtually no inclement weather.


Nice not answering the question. Do you think that jogging (or biking, for that matter) in the middle of a treacherous street during a snowstorm might be indications of some kind of mental imbalance? Because it sure does to me.
 
2014-02-06 01:36:22 PM

theorellior: elysive: People bike and run up in the road when the bike lanes and shoulders become unuseable. I have never needed to do that since I live in a place with virtually no inclement weather.

Nice not answering the question. Do you think that jogging (or biking, for that matter) in the middle of a treacherous street during a snowstorm might be indications of some kind of mental imbalance? Because it sure does to me.



'treacherous' is subjective.  My mother thinks going up a flight of stairs is treacherous.

Runners train in Scandinavian winters too.  It's a matter or perspective.
 
2014-02-06 01:38:37 PM

theorellior: elysive: People bike and run up in the road when the bike lanes and shoulders become unuseable. I have never needed to do that since I live in a place with virtually no inclement weather.

Nice not answering the question. Do you think that jogging (or biking, for that matter) in the middle of a treacherous street during a snowstorm might be indications of some kind of mental imbalance? Because it sure does to me.


I'm glad I'm fulfilling your desire to argue, but really I only responded to you because I saw you brag about running stop signs and I remembered you calling runners OCD. I have no more opinions on your Boobies other than--if you live in the city, get ober it.
 
2014-02-06 01:40:37 PM

BafflerMeal: 'treacherous' is subjective. My mother thinks going up a flight of stairs is treacherous.


1. Freezing conditions.
2. Surface covered with mixture of snow and salt.
3. Jogging in the middle of a busy thoroughfare
4. Narrowly missed by oncoming traffic

Which one of these is as safe as climbing a flight of stairs?
 
2014-02-06 01:40:56 PM

theorellior: elysive: People bike and run up in the road when the bike lanes and shoulders become unuseable. I have never needed to do that since I live in a place with virtually no inclement weather.

Nice not answering the question. Do you think that jogging (or biking, for that matter) in the middle of a treacherous street during a snowstorm might be indications of some kind of mental imbalance? Because it sure does to me.


It's February. People have spring marathons coming up.

/// Currently tapering.
 
2014-02-06 01:41:21 PM

elysive: 'm glad I'm fulfilling your desire to argue, but really I only responded to you because I saw you brag about running stop signs and I remembered you calling runners OCD. I have no more opinions on your Boobies other than--if you live in the city, get ober it.


You're no fun.
 
2014-02-06 01:42:02 PM
Dr Dreidel:

Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad


If you are out of shape and have bad knees and back, you definitely don't want to just go out there and start running. Mix things up: fast walking (with weights if you like). Do some basic cardio stuff like jumping rope or whatever, swim if you can (personally, I hate swimming). You might want to look into an in-home exercise program. We actually just started P90 (wife, kids and myself). It's about 30 minutes a day to develop a routine of stretches, some weights, abs and cardio. Maybe this summer I will try the P90X program if this works out. Try to pick up a hobby that involves some exercise, preferably in a group setting so it's harder to ignore. Ultimate frisbee (or even frisbee golf), or a cycling club. I play soccer and roller hockey weekly, but you get the idea. Anything that gets you out with a group is harder to ignore. Just make it something you enjoy.

ps: you might want to get your back looked at. It's hard to do anything with a bad back. There was a point about 5 years ago that I could hardly move. I found a great chiropractor that got it straightened out.
 
2014-02-06 01:44:53 PM

elysive: Yay, tell people who have never run before and who profess to have bad knees to do sprints. Don't bother to inquire about their age either. I love the internet!


Heh. Early 30s, and I will have a farking tag on my toe before I just take Fark's word for it - I also asked some fitness friends of mine (a trainer or two).

// and I have run before
// many times
// like when my favorite sandwich shop is about to close

mdeesnuts: Sprint work then. A little goes a long way. My knees hate jogging, they don't mind 2 sets of 4 or 5 sprints.

Make sure your warm up and cool down times are at least what you spent sprinting (ask how I know!).


So, just by way of example - half-mile warmup, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, then a half-mile cooldown?

// because no farking way am I running a mile just to "cool down"
 
2014-02-06 01:45:46 PM

powhound: Dr Dreidel:

Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad

If you are out of shape and have bad knees and back, you definitely don't want to just go out there and start running. Mix things up: fast walking (with weights if you like). Do some basic cardio stuff like jumping rope or whatever, swim if you can (personally, I hate swimming). You might want to look into an in-home exercise program. We actually just started P90 (wife, kids and myself). It's about 30 minutes a day to develop a routine of stretches, some weights, abs and cardio. Maybe this summer I will try the P90X program if this works out. Try to pick up a hobby that involves some exercise, preferably in a group setting so it's harder to ignore. Ultimate frisbee (or even frisbee golf), or a cycling club. I play soccer and roller hockey weekly, but you get the idea. Anything that gets you out with a group is harder to ignore. Just make it something you enjoy.

ps: you might want to get your back looked at. It's hard to do anything with a bad back. There was a point about 5 years ago that I could hardly move. I found a great chiropractor that got it straightened out.



Another point:  Joints tend to be shock absorbers when a human is mobile.  The lower joints cushion the upper joints in a chain.  Sometime a back problem is due to a joint below it and the back it taking the hit by having to pull all the slack.

So as one starts increasing mobility in a regimen (of any intensity) pay attention to your range of motion as you build up.  Make sure to be fully using your ankles and needs to try an minimize transition to the hips and back.
 
2014-02-06 01:45:58 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles. I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three. My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt. Next time Imma try to mix it up.


I am betting you upped your food intake as well.  I read somewhere that when people train for marathons their weight usually goes up.  I lost 15 pounds last year when training for mine.  Unfortunately, I have gained most of it back.
 
2014-02-06 01:45:59 PM

theorellior: BafflerMeal: 'treacherous' is subjective. My mother thinks going up a flight of stairs is treacherous.

1. Freezing conditions.
2. Surface covered with mixture of snow and salt.
3. Jogging in the middle of a busy thoroughfare
4. Narrowly missed by oncoming traffic

Which one of these is as safe as climbing a flight of stairs?


On Tuesday I was driving during rush hour down a small street that didnt have a real bike lane (the bike lane was overcome by gravel and soft shoulder so most cyclists dont use it) when I passed a commuter cyclist weaving into traffic off the white line. He had one hand on the handle bar and one hand holding a cell phone up to his ear. He seemed happy as a clam.

Was he mentally unstable? Who knows. It's not really the most outlandish thing a person will see any given day in a metro area. Did I get my panties in a twist? No, I drove carefully and then laughed about it with my boyfriend that evening. I'm guessing the guy got home fine and the world is unchanged.
 
2014-02-06 01:46:30 PM

Dr Dreidel: The Googles Do Nothing: LoneWolf343: CruJones: I only run when chased.  Plus my knees are farkedI have learned that when I switched from distance running to mostly walking with short sprints now and then I've lost 45lbs, and am in far better shape.

/anecdotal evidence

If I'd be allowed to speculate, I believe it is probably because short sprints prevent your body from adapting like it would with distance running.

I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles.  I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three.    My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt.  Next time Imma try to mix it up.

Hmmm. I was thinking about starting a running regimen today (playing volleyball last night really showed me just how out of shape I am. Plus, I think my lack of mobility is starting to fark with my sleep-breathing).

Does anyone know of a good mix to start with?

// also have bad knees
// and a bad back
// thanks, genetics!
// you farking c*nt-faced toad


If you're really serious, check out the forums on runnersworld.com. There are plenty of older, out-of-shape, overweight people who take up running. Slow and steady is the key, but as far as the fat goes - if you don't overhaul your eating habits, you won't drop much weight.
 
2014-02-06 01:51:45 PM

Nogale: Slow and steady is the key, but as far as the fat goes - if you don't overhaul your eating habits, you won't drop much weight.


1. "Slow and steady" is the only way I know how. Well, I've got the first part down, anyway...
2. Based on my past, what I'm starting with is cutting out soda. In college, I lost 15-20 pounds in 6ish weeks that way (when you start at 280, 20 extra pounds are easy to find). I quit my pack-a-week habit 4 years ago, rarely drink (functional pothead, but whatever), and while I do love fatty and rich foods, I've taken to having a salad for dinner once or twice a week - probably covered in crap that makes it a 9,000 calorie salad, but I'm trying.

// fark is not my personal training site
 
2014-02-06 01:53:05 PM

Dr Dreidel: elysive: Yay, tell people who have never run before and who profess to have bad knees to do sprints. Don't bother to inquire about their age either. I love the internet!

Heh. Early 30s, and I will have a farking tag on my toe before I just take Fark's word for it - I also asked some fitness friends of mine (a trainer or two).

// and I have run before
// many times
// like when my favorite sandwich shop is about to close

mdeesnuts: Sprint work then. A little goes a long way. My knees hate jogging, they don't mind 2 sets of 4 or 5 sprints.

Make sure your warm up and cool down times are at least what you spent sprinting (ask how I know!).

So, just by way of example - half-mile warmup, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, then a half-mile cooldown?

// because no farking way am I running a mile just to "cool down"


:) Good for you making a change now. I'm sure whatever you do will be fine. The human body is crazy resilient. I still think couch to 5k was great. As I recall the slow programs had far more walking than running, so with diet, they should help you lose weight before upping the intensity. And of course most trainers will give good advice, but I'm biased.
 
2014-02-06 01:56:21 PM

theorellior: I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.


There is a couple that does this in my neighborhood as well.  Heavy snowstorm, temps around zero, 30 mph winds? Yep.

And they are usually out early in the morning when it is still dark out.  I saw them out a few days ago during the snowstorm, running in the middle of the street.  I think they have a death wish.  If the cold doesn't get them I bet a car or a plow will.  I mean I like running myself, but there is a time when ya might want to put that gym membership or treadmill to use.
 
2014-02-06 01:59:34 PM

Cubicle Jockey: New York's seems to be skewed by the Marathon route.
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I was thinking, "Wow! RunKeeper users sure are hardcore to run all the way up to the Bronx, and ignore most of Central Park!"
 
2014-02-06 02:04:32 PM

Glendale: Of course they run, but for recreation, for fun.


www.imfdb.org

"What the hell kind of fun is that?"
 
2014-02-06 02:07:06 PM

SmellsLikePoo: Magorn: I was very surprised that one night when I was out late looking for a meteor shower, that apparently single young women think nothing of using those jogging trails by themselves even at 4 am without so much as a can of mace by their sides

So... how did you find out they didn't have mace with them?

/nevermind, I don't want to be dragged into this


Honestly, when you are wearing as little as these women tended to,(Olympic-style body hugging shorts and a tank top)- It's pretty obvious if you are carrying anything additional, or indeed if you bothered to wear underwear
 
2014-02-06 02:09:12 PM

Dr Dreidel: So, just by way of example - half-mile warmup, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, quick sprint/slow lope for a quarter-mile, then a half-mile cooldown?

// because no farking way am I running a mile just to "cool down"


I don't jog at all anymore. My sprint warm up is light static stretches moving into full body movements. Burpees, pushups, knee bends, 15-25 yard runs (50-75%), a few sit ups (10ish for me), pull ups (2 or 3 or 4), 5-10 jumping jacks. Ankle rolls, squating on heels (hip stretch), general full joint movements. Repeat 'til everything is good and loose, usually about 10-15 minutes for me.

4 sprints with 90 seconds of rest between (pick a distance - I started with 40 yards)
walk a lap
4 sprints with 90 seconds of rest between.

More walking, burpees, short runs at 50%, jumping jacks, tapering until you're close to resting state again.

You can find these interval training regimens everywhere. The above is something that appealed to me and seemed to be within my capabilities.

I enjoy it and it's a pretty quick work out. It's rather exhilirating if you haven't opened up the throttle completely in a while. And I used so many muscles I forgot about when sustaining full speed I was sore in some strange places after the first few sessions.

Fun departure from the gym and bike.
 
2014-02-06 02:10:06 PM
You know what else attracts joggers besides water and parks?

"Downtown"

When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go downtown
Things will be great when you're downtown
No finer place for sure, downtown
Everything's waiting for you

Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown
Maybe you know some little places to go to
Where they never close downtown

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over
Happy again
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go downtown
Where all the lights are bright, downtown
Waiting for you tonight, downtown
You're gonna be alright now, downtown

Downtown
Downtown

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along
So maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares

So go downtown
Things will be great when you're downtown
Don't wait a minute more, downtown
Everything is waiting for you, downtown

Downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown)
 
2014-02-06 02:14:18 PM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: We annexed London?


Shush!

It's only in phase one. As you can see, They haven't got the numbers for a takeover yet. All those joggers you see are part of the conspiracy. They're in training to gradually take over all the world's cities. So far They've only occupied Toronto and part of London, UK and a few others. The joggers you see in other cities are just hiptsters following the fad for jogging. They make good cover. Useful idiots and all that.
 
2014-02-06 02:23:59 PM

ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.


I'm guessing there was a problem with connectivity on the phone.  One minute the runner shows up on one side of the river, then a few minutes go by with no new locations (because the phone couldn't connect to a tower or GPS satellite), then it shows up across the river and down the road once it connects again.
 
2014-02-06 02:24:18 PM

The Dog Ate My Homework: Bullshiat. No one in Dallas runs.


Hmm, then how'd I get those medals hanging on my wall that say 13.1 on them?

/2 of the half marathons I've done were in the City of Dallas
// The rest were in other Texas towns
///seemed to be a lot of people not running with me in both of them
 
2014-02-06 02:32:21 PM

theorellior: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.


These people are addicted. They need their fix.
 
2014-02-06 03:14:35 PM

Arkanaut: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I'm guessing there was a problem with connectivity on the phone.  One minute the runner shows up on one side of the river, then a few minutes go by with no new locations (because the phone couldn't connect to a tower or GPS satellite), then it shows up across the river and down the road once it connects again.


Yeah, I'm sure of that too.  I don't run, but I try to take brisk walks.  I got an app to track my walks- mostly because I think its geeky cool.  However, often that exact thing will happen to me... a diagonal line jumping over buildings, etc.  No, I'm not Spiderman ;)
 
2014-02-06 03:28:35 PM

Tyrone Biggums: The Googles Do Nothing: I agree....I trained for my first marathon last year and doubled my weekly mileage up to around 45 miles. I was expecting the pounds to melt away but I lost just two or three. My training was all LSD though and I think getting away from the speedwork caused my body to just adapt. Next time Imma try to mix it up.

I am betting you upped your food intake as well.  I read somewhere that when people train for marathons their weight usually goes up.  I lost 15 pounds last year when training for mine.  Unfortunately, I have gained most of it back.


I think you're right.  I wasn't eating poorly, just a lot.  I'm 6'4" 195.  Would like to be 185.   I'm thinking 10lbs lighter would make it easier to haul my smaller arse around.
 
2014-02-06 03:30:25 PM
Here's the cycling heat map (generated by Strava). You can browse around anywhere in the world:  http://raceshape.com/heatmap/

/I full-stop at stop signs, bike or car.
 
2014-02-06 03:31:17 PM

theorellior: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I wouldn't be farking surprised if they did do exactly that. During the recent snowstorm I saw several joggers playing chicken with snowplows and other traffic, just blithely jogging along in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue in the slush and sleet and salt. I realize they need to be maxxed out and look cut and feel the burn, but I'm pretty sure you can take a break for a day or two and not lose that endorphin high.

It's times like these I'm confirmed in my suspicions that running is a form of OCD disguised as an exercise regimen.


I have heard suggested -- though the idea may seem far-fetched and even impossible to many joggers -- that methods exist for exercising while indoors.
 
2014-02-06 03:39:20 PM

Dr Dreidel: Nogale: Slow and steady is the key, but as far as the fat goes - if you don't overhaul your eating habits, you won't drop much weight.

1. "Slow and steady" is the only way I know how. Well, I've got the first part down, anyway...
2. Based on my past, what I'm starting with is cutting out soda. In college, I lost 15-20 pounds in 6ish weeks that way (when you start at 280, 20 extra pounds are easy to find). I quit my pack-a-week habit 4 years ago, rarely drink (functional pothead, but whatever), and while I do love fatty and rich foods, I've taken to having a salad for dinner once or twice a week - probably covered in crap that makes it a 9,000 calorie salad, but I'm trying.

// fark is not my personal training site


Why don't you take a look at a few of the "Novice" programs on Hal Higdon's site?  I have used his half marathon and marathon programs and they really are easy to follow and tailored to your ability level.  Plus having a program keeps you focused and on track.

http://halhigdon.com/
 
2014-02-06 03:48:37 PM

Dr Dreidel: Nogale: Slow and steady is the key, but as far as the fat goes - if you don't overhaul your eating habits, you won't drop much weight.

1. "Slow and steady" is the only way I know how. Well, I've got the first part down, anyway...
2. Based on my past, what I'm starting with is cutting out soda. In college, I lost 15-20 pounds in 6ish weeks that way (when you start at 280, 20 extra pounds are easy to find). I quit my pack-a-week habit 4 years ago, rarely drink (functional pothead, but whatever), and while I do love fatty and rich foods, I've taken to having a salad for dinner once or twice a week - probably covered in crap that makes it a 9,000 calorie salad, but I'm trying.

// fark is not my personal training site


Some others may frown on this advice, but if you like to smoke...

I didn't used to run distance, honestly I'd get a bit bored. What helped me get over the hump was smoking immediately before my runs (I still do sometimes, but less often). Basically it set me up for a nice, slow, steady, plodding pace for the first half and by the time I was home my head was clear. The high eased me into the run enough to carry me 3-4 miles from home, so when I would turn around I'd have that mental boost of being half way there.

Still haven't done a full marathon, but I completed my first half in under two hours.

/Worked for me, your mileage may vary
 
2014-02-06 04:10:31 PM
New York data is fail without JKO reservoir loop.  Surely.
 
2014-02-06 04:15:18 PM

waterrockets: Here's the cycling heat map (generated by Strava). You can browse around anywhere in the world:  http://raceshape.com/heatmap/

/I full-stop at stop signs, bike or car.


Thanks for that.  I'm not surprised that Austin shows up as "hotter" than Houston, DFW, or San Antonio, but I am by how great the difference is.

/ ditto on the full stops, even in parking lots
 
2014-02-06 04:33:30 PM

ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.


I used to work on the Nike + project, and we'd have heat maps of runners throughout the world (where most people were running based on their GPS locations).  Since the GPS only pings at least once every 15 seconds, even if there are no GPS errors or physical obstructions to receiving a clean GPS signal, you'll still get weird diagonals.  What you're seeing there are the errors (on that scale).  Sometimes (especially older devices), may not get a reliable GPS signal for a few minutes.
 
2014-02-06 04:36:11 PM

ChipNASA: Hey Noo Yawk....
FARK YOO TOO

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Cut the artery.  Up the street, not across the road.
 
2014-02-06 04:39:35 PM

northguineahills: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I used to work on the Nike + project, and we'd have heat maps of runners throughout the world (where most people were running based on their GPS locations).  Since the GPS only pings at least once every 15 seconds, even if there are no GPS errors or physical obstructions to receiving a clean GPS signal, you'll still get weird diagonals.  What you're seeing there are the errors (on that scale).  Sometimes (especially older devices), may not get a reliable GPS signal for a few minutes.


IN real time? That's kind of creepy.
 
2014-02-06 05:04:34 PM

Nogale: northguineahills: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I used to work on the Nike + project, and we'd have heat maps of runners throughout the world (where most people were running based on their GPS locations).  Since the GPS only pings at least once every 15 seconds, even if there are no GPS errors or physical obstructions to receiving a clean GPS signal, you'll still get weird diagonals.  What you're seeing there are the errors (on that scale).  Sometimes (especially older devices), may not get a reliable GPS signal for a few minutes.

IN real time? That's kind of creepy.


Not real time, cached and aggregated w/ at least 10,000 data points (each GPS ping) to help ensure anonymity.
 
2014-02-06 05:32:42 PM

northguineahills: ZAZ: For those of you not from the Boston area, the "Charles River" is in fact made of water. I have not noticed purple runners dashing diagonally across it instead of using the bridges.

I used to work on the Nike + project, and we'd have heat maps of runners throughout the world (where most people were running based on their GPS locations).  Since the GPS only pings at least once every 15 seconds, even if there are no GPS errors or physical obstructions to receiving a clean GPS signal, you'll still get weird diagonals.  What you're seeing there are the errors (on that scale).  Sometimes (especially older devices), may not get a reliable GPS signal for a few minutes.


Most of what you're seeing with long straight lines is people who didn't stop recording, but drove home/work after the workout. I have several Strava KOMs where I frequently get bumped by a mountain biker on his way home with the Garmin still running. I think Strava's detection of that stuff is improving though, as it's a lot more rare these days, and I doubt their users have become more attentive.
 
2014-02-06 05:52:33 PM

waterrockets: Here's the cycling heat map (generated by Strava). You can browse around anywhere in the world:  http://raceshape.com/heatmap/

/I full-stop at stop signs, bike or car.


I live in New Orleans- while most of it seems accurate, there's some funkiness to those results (for my city).

1.  There's a major busy street (St. Claude) with a dedicated and safe bike lane.  That map shows no color there.

2. It shows color going over the Crescent City Connection bridge- which is an interstate, cars-only, and no way that I know of to get a bike on there.
 
2014-02-06 06:29:31 PM

jxb465: The human body isn't really made for long-distance running, just sprinting and walking.


The opposite really. Humans are freakishly suited for easy jogging. Basically only some wild horses can compete on that front.
 
2014-02-06 06:37:52 PM

Tyrone Biggums: There is a couple that does this in my neighborhood as well. Heavy snowstorm, temps around zero, 30 mph winds? Yep.

And they are usually out early in the morning when it is still dark out. I saw them out a few days ago during the snowstorm, running in the middle of the street. I think they have a death wish. If the cold doesn't get them I bet a car or a plow will. I mean I like running myself, but there is a time when ya might want to put that gym membership or treadmill to use.


That's my point. There are plenty of times when sure, go for a jog, groove on your bad self. And then there are times you're just a moron with a deathwish.
 
2014-02-06 11:54:39 PM

downstairs: waterrockets: Here's the cycling heat map (generated by Strava). You can browse around anywhere in the world:  http://raceshape.com/heatmap/

/I full-stop at stop signs, bike or car.

I live in New Orleans- while most of it seems accurate, there's some funkiness to those results (for my city).

1.  There's a major busy street (St. Claude) with a dedicated and safe bike lane.  That map shows no color there.

2. It shows color going over the Crescent City Connection bridge- which is an interstate, cars-only, and no way that I know of to get a bike on there.


St. Claude does have some blue on it near Franklin. The rest of it just must not be that popular with Strava users. I've done probably 1000 Strava rides out of my house, and my street doesn't show any color.

That Crescent City Connection bridge color must be from commuters running strava on the bus with their bikes in the racks
 
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