Race Report: SF PrideRun 5K & 10K
This race was stop #2 on my Year of the 10K Summer Tour (Santa Cruz, SF PrideRun, Bad Bass, Summer Breeze, and Race to the End of Summer). I went into it kind of tentatively after a rough “taper” week that had left me nursing some wicked shin splints and went back and forth a few times about whether or not I should run it. In the end, I felt a lot better after not running the two...
Week In Review: June 19 - 25
This is my weekly training journal. Including it in the blog gives me a little extra accountability in the mileage department & helps me stick to my schedule. :) Race Week!! Although SF Pride Run isn’t exactly an A race (or a B race, or a C race…), I feel pretty strongly that if I’ve shelled out the money to run a race, I owe it to myself to try to make sure I have at the...
Article: The 10% Rule & Things We Think We Know
In a recent New York Times article, Gina Kolata discusses the origin & legitimacy of the much-touted and oft-parroted “ten percent rule” — you know, the fact that, in distance training, increasing weekly mileage by more than ten percent over the previous week’s mileage puts a runner at a significantly increased risk of injury. Where did this rule come from, she asks,...
Getting Out The Door
No matter how much we enjoy running, we all have those days when we feel stuck to the couch, glance side-long at our training schedule and give a forlorn sigh at the prospect of rousing ourselves sufficiently to pull on our running shoes. And then, the moving. Ohhhh, the moving… This is another one of those expectations games, in that we have to expect that we’re going to have those...
One way or another, expectations are everything. This is one of those realizations that I’ve had over and over again in the last ten or fifteen years, so at this point I’m convinced it applies to pretty much everything. A few examples: Dating. I think the most unhappy daters I know are people who approach every first date hoping the person will be the love of their life and/or...
Week In Review: June 12 - 18
This is my weekly training journal. Including it in the blog gives me a little extra accountability in the mileage department & helps me stick to my schedule. :) Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my longer run in on Sunday, so things got shuffled around a bit this week. In the end this meant running only four days instead of five, but given that I’ve had some trouble with shin...
Week In Review: June 5 - 11
This is my weekly training journal. Including it in the blog gives me a little extra accountability in the mileage department & helps me stick to my schedule. :) Finally, my life seems to be getting back to a point where I can get a decent amount of mileage in regularly. I did manage to break twenty this week, which was novel and exciting. I didn’t get in the full scheduled thirty...
Article: A Few Words on Barefoot / Minimalist...
Generally, I tend to be very suspicious of hot new trends and bandwagons. In fact, I’ve been known to go out of my way to avoid doing / reading / seeing / trying / etc. things that seem to be taking the world by storm. It’s not that I’m contrary by nature; I’ve just born witness to the stupidity of the masses a lot more often that I have their wisdom. So it was with...
Week In Review: May 29 - June 4
This is my weekly training journal. Including it in the blog gives me a little extra accountability in the mileage department & helps me stick to my schedule. :) As you may recall from my last WIR, I spent most of last weekend traveling and dealing with some sudden and severe hip pain, so not a lot of running got done (read: no running got done). I probably could’ve made the time for...
Link: Why the Bay Area is Perfect for Running
A short but interesting piece from the Bay Area Track Club: Fills, Hills, and No Chills: A Few Reasons Why the Bay is Perfect for Running Obviously, I heartily agree. Run on, BATC! :D
Road Race News: SFM "Half It All" Challenge
The San Francisco Marathon just announced a new program called the “Half It All Challenge,” where runners who completely both of the SF Half Marathons in consecutive years receive a special medal in addition to their finisher medals. Neat!