Running Update + LA Races

So, running! I like it. I haven’t been talking about it much. But I have been doing it here in sunny Southern California.

marina del rey boats

Seen on my run. I did not see the owners of these boats, otherwise I would have asked for a ride.

I’ve been doing yoga and strength classes + running about 3 times per week. I can do all this because I literally have very few other plans. Don’t be jealous, it’s boring. Anywho, my longest runs lately have been about 7 miles. I miss the feeling of going out for a long run (my ideal is probably 12-14 miles) and feeling high on life for the rest of the day, but so far 7 has been a good distance for me. It’s long enough to make me feel a teensy bit accomplished (especially since I’m not training for anything). Still, I’m planning to (safely) keep bumping it up over the next few weeks. As for timing, I’ve been pretty consistent in my paces:

Running Splits September 2014

There are definitely some outliers (for much shorter runs, mind you) in there. I need to learn that running at noon when it’s a hot, cloudless day (AKA everyday in SoCal) is not enjoyable. Just because the calendar says end-of-September does not mean it’s fall, and I really need to be more strategic about scheduling my runs. And that includes track work! I’m on a mission to find a track I don’t have to drive to. I’m trying to sort through the Google results for “Marina del Rey Running Track”, most of which are either for the George Strait song called Marina del Rey or places that are not actually tracks and are .2 mile long concrete paths.  I did find a local running club that offers “Track Tuesdays” so I’m pretty sure they probably know of a track. You have to buy a membership to join, though, so this little lady is gonna have to wait ’til she’s employed again.

Since I’m on my own for now, I’ve been focusing on progression runs. I don’t know what it is about them, but I love the challenge of getting a little faster with each mile.

marina del rey running

I know it’s a bad thing it’s so flat out here. But I don’t hate it.

I got a little lost at the beginning of this one last week. (Figuratively, not literally.) I was just bopping along, taking it easy…but I tried to finished it off strong, with the last mile as a cool-down. The 9:06 felt hard for me, though. I was upset when I looked at my watch, I could have sworn it would have been an 8-something split. Confession: I stopped and walked for few minutes after I finished that mile. I wasn’t even planning to go for the 7th mile, but after a bit of walking I felt re-energized.

progression run splits

Um can I even call this a “progression run”?

Moving on…this run was short, but look at the first two miles!

progression run I mean, seriously?! The EXACT SAME split? I’m so impressed with myself. This is like, the most consistent run I’ve ever had.

marina del rey sunset

I run here. <3

Since I’m still trying to find a job so I can pay for races settling in, I haven’t been able to sign up for a half marathon yet. I think it’s been hard to convince myself to run faster in my day-to-day runs because I haven’t signed up for anything that I really need to train for. But, I’ve found a few shorter local races that seem pretty cool. One of which I’m running on Sunday! (FINALLLLLLY a race!) RUN10 FEED10 reached out and offered me a free entry for their 10K “fun run”. FEED and Women’s Health Magazine started this charity race series to bring food to those who need it and raise awareness of the hunger problem in local communities. While they do have official, timed races in NYC (which was last week), Chicago, and San Francisco, this one is not timed (I don’t think it is, at least) so I’m picturing it as more of a group run than a race…but it’s raising awareness for a good cause and should be way more fun than running alone, so I’m looking forward to it!

If you want to join, here’s a coupon code for $5 off any Run10Feed1o race: R10F10PR. The entry includes a donation of 10 meals to local kids who need them, a limited-edition bag, and a bracelet!

If you’re local, here are some more fall races in Los Angeles that look fun:

10/4/14 Manhattan Beach 10K – Evidently this has been going on for years, and the views along the beach (and party afterward) look awesome. They also have a 5-minute video of people talking about how much fun the race is, soooo I’m guessing it’s pretty fun. (Did you get that? FUN.)

The last Thursday of every month is the Los Angeles River Night Run – I think this is more of a “let’s get a big group together to run and then eat and drink beer” run as opposed to a race, but who doesn’t love that?

10/26/14 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon – I’m really itching to run this one!

11/2/14 Heroes of Hope 5K/10K Super close to me, but I also want to sit at home and cry/watch the NYC Marathon/Twitter stalk my friends running. So we’ll see.

12/6/14 Christmas Run 5K/10K You get a finisher’s medal, long-sleeved tech shirt and a santa hat. Sign me up.

What’s your next race? What’s your favorite distance to run? Tell me everything!

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  1. September 25, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Your splits are looking good! It looks so pretty there, but running in full sun heat stinks!! Good luck!

    • September 25, 2014 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks Julie! It’s definitely beautiful, but I miss fall :)

  2. September 26, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Great runs so far!! Do you live by any schools? They usually have tracks! I can imagine that it is not very motivating to run fast if you don’t have a race to look forward too!
    Those progressive runs look great! I like doing those too!
    I did RNRLA a couple of years ago and it was fun!! Of course now it is even more expensive because the fees just keep going up and up as the race nears!

    I am doing Nike womens 1/2 and NYC marathon! Can’t wait!! My fave distance is 1/2 marathon hands down!

    • September 26, 2014 / 4:44 pm

      Yeah there are definitely some schools! I need to go out and actually look for the tracks. I’m just being lazy, haha! Yeah RNRLA seems expensive so that’s a bummer. Looks like such a fun way to see the city though!

      SOOO jealous you’re running Nike and NYC. I’ve always wanted to run Nike and NYC is my absolute favorite marathon. You have a great fall coming up :) Very excited for you!

  3. October 10, 2014 / 1:41 am

    There are definitely some tracks around Marina Del Rey! I would check out Santa Monica High School or Venice High School! Santa Monica City College also has a really nice track!

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