Running Lately

Since it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about running, I thought I’d do a quick check-in on what’s been going on lately. To catch you up to speed: I’m training for the Danville 10K on Saturday, May 28th. Coming off of a PR at the Oakland 5K (24:52; 8:00/mile), I thought that it would be quite reasonable to aim for 8:15-8:20/mile pace at Danville. In the last 7 weeks since Oakland, my training has been all over the place. One big reason: despite coming very close to my PR at the LMJS 10K on 4/24, I took more than a week off in favor of Maui.


“I think I can, I think I can” (Photo credit: Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders)

Now, I don’t regret that trade off; the vacation was WAY more important to me than my performance at the Danville 10K. However, I might have underestimated how 8 days off would affect my speed. (FWIW, I’m not counting the 1.5 mile run I did in Maui.) The paces of the workouts I’ve done since I’ve been back have been sad. I mean, they weren’t great before, but now it’s like I’m stuck at 8:30-8:40/mile pace and I can’t find a faster gear. I did manage a 2 x 2 mile workout averaging 8:25/mile last week, but I was *dead* at the end of it.

Then, in the theme of life/fun >> training, I went out this past Saturday night for girls’ night out. I had a few too many drinks and stayed up way past my bed time. Do I regret it? No. Did my run suffer for it? Of course!

So I’m definitely recalibrating expectations and aiming to run smart at Danville. I want to start on the conservative side and hopefully speed up — i.e., the opposite of what I did at Lake Merritt. I’m also going to spend the next 10 days getting my mind ready for the fight. I think it’s going to be an “expect the worst but hope for the best” situation. I’m going to try my best; that’s the only thing I can control.

The one thing that looks promising is the weather; I had expected warm temps, but it’s been quite cool lately. I hope writing this down doesn’t jinx it!


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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9 comments on “Running Lately
  1. Cathryn says:

    I REALLY hope it’s cool!!!! If it heats up, I’m blaming you!

  2. bt says:

    Sad not to be joining you but will be sending great vibes for the best race you’ve got in the tank that day. Enjoy!

  3. Dominick S. says:

    …and I’m sure you just jinxed the weather.

  4. Angela says:

    Hah — Expect the worst & hope for the best was exactly my attitude about Eugene. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates!

    • Jen says:

      Can’t go wrong with that attitude, huh? And if it’s hot… then I have a legit excuse of why I didn’t run faster. Heh

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