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Sep. 4th, 2005 06:48 pm Running surprises

Part of the fun of living in San Francisco is all the events I literally run into when I go jogging on Sundays. Last week on a run from the Ferry Building to the Palace of Fine Arts (and back), I arrived at Aquatic Park just in time for the awards ceremony after the annual Cable Car Chase. Then today on the same run, as I approached Justin Hermann Plaza I found that today was the annual San Francisco Grand Prix cycling event. It was great to see The Embarcadero and many other streets closed off for all the cyclists (cheered on by about half a million spectators).

Today's run was somewhere around 7.5 - 8 miles - I didn't measure the last bit accurately because I spent some time jogging around the rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts, admiring the architecture and the beautiful swans. Between fatigue from the workout (I'm still not getting all of my weekday runs in, which is where I should be building up speed) and slowness dodging tourists and waiting to cross streets, the run took me 2 hours 11 minutes.

I'm really worried that I may have to drop out of the half marathon in October if I don't pick up speed really soon. I was afraid this would happen when I started running again; I got caught up in the excitement at the San Francisco Marathon 5K and thought that it would be good to enter and train for a longer race. Apparently I didn't learn my lesson from my last half marathon in the year 2000, where I could barely walk the next day. Today I've spent the afternoon lying on the couch watching TV, an actually pretty rare occurrence for me nowadays. But I barely have the energy to move.


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Date:September 5th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
7-8 miles, wow!
Date:September 5th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
I have to build up to 13+ before October 23!!
Date:September 5th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think the excitement of the event will help power you through. My nephew is a runner and he has a buddy who goes with him, because he's doing 8-10 miles a day. He wants to run a marathon and he calls all that running "setting down a base".
Date:September 5th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not so much worried that I can't finish the distance as that I won't finish it in fast enough time that the roads will still be closed, water stations still stocked, etc. They are being very generous in allowing participants to go as slow as 16 min/mile I think, but I'm barely meeting that at this point - and I thought my 11 1/2 min/mile pace in the last 1/2 marathon was slow!. At least in the actual race I won't have to deal with slow-moving pedestrians on the sidewalk and traffic light delays.
Date:September 5th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well, you will definitely move a lot faster without the pedestrian cross traffic and so on. I have faith in you.
Date:September 6th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
I can understand the frustration and tiredness, especially when my own fitness program seems to be making such slow progress, and when a good hard bike ride seems to knock me flat for the rest of the day. But I am wondering: is it possible that you've been training too hard, and that maybe resting for a few days might be a good thing?
Date:September 6th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)


Argh, sorry about the anonymous post. Keep forgetting about the login thingie.
Date:September 6th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Oops

I think if anything I'm not running enough, rather than too much. I should be running 2-3 days during the week in addition to the Sunday "long" run and most weeks I've only managed 1 (plus some walking on other days). It's hard to get up at 5 a.m. to run when I can't get to sleep at night easily. In any event I think there are some other health issues going on and I'm heading to the doctor this afternoon.