Some Progress

As it turns out, signing up for a really expensive half marathon was enough to get me in my running shoes 4 times last week, for a total of 20.5 miles. There was some quality in those miles too: I had my first track workout in over 8 months (probably longer) on Thursday and a fast-finish 9-mile run on Saturday with the last 2 miles at 8:50 and 8:38/mile. Those are probably the fastest 2 successive miles I’ve run since…my last 5K? In February?! PLUS! I did a double (sort-of) on Sunday: easy 3-mile run in the morning, followed by a tough, 6-mile hike in the late morning/early afternoon. It was quite a dramatic turn of events from my recent bout of laziness.

At Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore

At Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

These are the things I’ve learned (or re-learned) in the past week:

  • Having an imminent goal puts a fire under me. I may not PR at Walnut Creek, but I’ll definitely give it my best shot.
  • Having set workouts helps a lot. While it’s more relaxing to say, “Oh, I’ll just go out for an easy jog” the truth is that an easy jog gets boring real fast. And doing easy jogs 4 times a week is a snooze-fest. There’s a time and place for easy runs, but I think I needed to shake things up, and to get out of my 50K, “let’s just get some miles done” mode. While the track workout (4 x 400) was really painful at the time, I got a huge rush of endorphins afterwards – something that I’ve found usually accompanies speedwork. The same thing happened after I completed my fast finish run. Speed is painful but fun/rewarding.
  • Leave no time for excuses. Having things ready to go – outfit set out for morning runs, afternoon run officially written down in my schedule – left no wiggle room for me to talk myself out of running. I also framed it as “WHEN I run” versus “IF I run” to make it a no brainer.
  • Running regularly makes me feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. ‘Nuff said!

Speaking of running and motivation…some of you might remember the post I wrote advising new runners, and in particular, my friend AJ. Well, I have exciting news! After a rough few weeks (not related to running), AJ is up to 4.5 miles of run/walking! She also had some observations, which she allowed me to share with you all:

  1. I hate the arm band iPhone holder things, they’re dumb. I think I want/need a waistpack situation? A FANNY PACK!?
  2. Running the river in the fall is really motivating and smells good and looks so so nice.
  3. My shoes are garbage, I really need proper ones. My left foot goes numb in these!
  4. Always wear way less clothing than you think you need.

#4 is ON POINT. I don’t know how I failed to advise her on that. As for #1, I recommended that she get a Flipbelt, which I vastly prefer to my Spibelt — and for which I should write a review! Or at least update my Spibelt review. I’m totes jealous about #2, and I agree she needs to get new shoes (#3). Anyway, keep up the good work, AJ!!


Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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4 comments on “Some Progress
  1. Cathryn says:

    I’m so glad you’re doing WC!! x

  2. bt says:

    Nice job! WC sounds like it will be a fun time.

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