Training: The Road to San Francisco

A Short Workout is Better Than No Workout

See that? Hills, hills, more hills and a cold, windy bridge.

See that? Hills, hills, more hills and a cold, windy bridge.

Several of us committed to the Rock and Roll San Francisco half marathon on a whim, sight unseen. No, really unseen: I registered in 2012 and the course map was only released earlier this month. And when I met with my group of Team in Training alumni for a run on Saturday, there was only one response to the course.


Seriously, I couldn’t be less interested in running this race if I actively tried.

Nonetheless… I haven’t missed a race for anything less than serious injury in the past, and I’m not going to start now.

And so, I plow ahead with belated training. This weekend, I logged five miles on a cranky IT band, which was a fairly decent start, considering. In the coming weeks before the April 7 race day, I’ll have a 5k fun run in London* and the 5k Color Run in San Francisco, which I’ll be running with the Tiny Coaching Assistant.

Until then, I clearly need to go back to working on the IT band exercises that the physical therapist prescribed last year. They did amazing things, and probably would still be helping if I actually kept doing them.


Anyway, work has still been busy, but I’ve adopted the theory that a short workout is better than no workout. I’ve been hitting the gym for 30 minute bursts, doing some intensive cardio mixed with a little bit of strength and stretching before darting back to the car to dial in to my next conference call. Is it perfect? No. Is it sustainable? No. But it’s definitely better than nothing.

Do you have any races on your calendar? What’s your training schedule when you’re crunched for time?

* How could I pass up a race that fundraises for children’s literacy programs AND gives out Where’s Wally (Waldo) shirts to all runners? It’s too silly to miss! Can I count on you for a small donation to the cause?


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