Sometimes you have to do the thing that scares you to become the person you've always wanted to be.Read More
I'm passing into the land of long long runs and "shorter" recovery runs that used to be "long" runs for me. Things are getting real!Read More
If it's important to you, you'll find time to get it done.Read More
As a side perk of Noah accompanying me on my seven mile run, we talked through a couple of major story revisions I'm working through for my novel, Chasing the Wind, and I'm excited that he thought my changes were strong, excited for what that means for my story and the progress I'm ready to make on it. Yay for synthesis of running and writing!Read More
I really, really hate running in the rain.Read More
What do you do when your brain says it's time to quit, but you're pretty sure you have further to go? Just keep running. Just keep running. Sometimes it's the short runs that mess with you the most.Read More
Sometimes you've gotta improvise to get through what you've gotta do. And sometimes you've gotta walk through a really deep puddle to get where you need to go, too.Read More
I'm shooting for the right balance of levity and determination. In all things, really, but especially with running 26.2 miles all at once.Read More
On a benchmark run, you're supposed to start out slow for 7 minutes, run hard for 3 minutes in the middle and then finish with a slow, solid cool-down for 5 minutes. Well... here's what my pace looked like for this run.Read More
You might be a runner if your training program tells you to run 2.75 miles and you lengthen it to 3 because who runs 2.75 miles on purpose?
I was supposed to do this run yesterday. But yesterday it was cold. And I was tired. And other excuses that add up to missing the run yesterday. Well, I got out today at least. I'm going to call it a win.
I gauged the distance well, so I didn't have to compensate too much at the end. Running for distance makes so much more sense to me than running for time. It's something about the way my brain works right now, I think.
And anyhow, the sun was out and I was here in Davis and all the conditions were perfect. Yay for getting the running done! Pressing forward. Not letting myself backslide. This is the point where backsliding happens for me. The distances will start to accumulate, and suddenly I'll be way behind.
And I have goals. I can't forget. The pain is temporary. The feeling of accomplishment will never go away.
Running in a giant circle is... surprisingly satisfying when you need to motivate yourself to finish a distance and you're pushing yourself to run faster than you usually do. I was supposed to do 4 reps of 400 yards. And as you can see, I almost did that. I had a really bad side cramp at the end of the last round (surprised? not at all), and so I gave up before the end. Sad. But hey, all effort is good effort at this point.
Lauren and Chris and Noah joined me for this particular run, which made it the more bearable to do. And Tag, my lovely, ridiculous collie, enjoyed sprinting back and forth across the infield and trying to knock us down.
The point of sprints (as I understand it) is to help raise my endurance over long distances with short distance speed intervals. I'm interested to see how the speed training effects my running in the long run. Which... I suppose... means I need to keep doing it.
Why so cold, California? I thought we were friends.Read More
Thanks again to Lauren for putting up with my need for short running.Read More
Hey look! I ran!Read More
Running while sick can make you feel like you don't run very well and maybe you should find other, more sedentary goals to pursue.Read More
It's still the first week of January, and I'm still beginning things over here in the new house. I started a new Nike+ Training program. Well, I set it up today and then it told me to go run, so I did.
I've written before about needing a certain amount of running to make it worth getting moving... but that's not the case right now. I just need to get moving. So 10 minutes was a fine goal for today, until I hit it and realized how close I was to a mile and then THAT became the goal.
The other characteristic of today's run was the rain. It had slowed to a constant mist, and not wanting to miss my window of opportunity, I ventured out in it. But I hate rainy running for one reason: glasses. By 30 seconds in my visibility is shot. Blergh. Still, if it had been raining harder it would have been more miserable. Leslie has suggested I get contacts for rainy running, but that seems extravagant in Sunny California, so I'm undecided as yet.
I've now spent longer writing about this run than I spent actually running, so I think I'll sign off. Let me leave you with this thought: If the end goal seems too large, too unfathomable, break it down. Break it down. Break it down, until you get to what you can manage and start there.
Let's start that again. Running: 2017 editionRead More
It's easy for some people. And depending on the emotion, it's easy for me. But I don't always recommend it.Read More
Wherein technology befuddles me more than it helps me stay on track with my training this weekRead More
Wherein I outline my plan to blog regularly about my running so that I run more regularly. We'll see how effective this strategy really is. But I have goals, so I hope blogging here helps me reach them.Read More