Need For Speed

In my 2+ years as a runner, I’ve run at just about the same pace as when I started. I DO train on hills, and I’ve done psuedo-tempo runs and sprints-but I’ve never made speed a focus of my training. I’m proud of the PR’s I have achieved this year, but I’m eager to see what I can do if I put a little more work in!

SO! Yesterday, my boyfriend, Rich, and I went to Kezar Stadium for our first interval training session together. Kezar is the go-to track for San Francisco runners. Midday on Thursday we practically had the place to ourselves.

Track

After a 1/2 mile warm-up, we ran the track a total of 8 times: 4 X 400 meters at an intense pace alternated with a slow 400 meter jog in between. This turned out to be a fantastic workout. It was challenging to keep up the pace on the faster intervals toward the end, and definitely pushed me out of my speed-comfort zone, but I did it. I will be back next week!

Since we were in the area, we decided to head over to the Moraga Steps in San Francisco. The steps are located at Moraga and 16th St. in the Sunset District, and are decorated with a tiled mural that climbs all the way up to the top!

MoragaStairsMe

Amazing, right??

I ran up and down the stairs twice, and my legs were super tired by the end. I’m still a little sore, but hopefully if I keep up on workouts like these it will pay off! 🙂

-J

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8 thoughts on “Need For Speed

  1. Awesome pictures! I haven’t focused much on speed either, and I know I have to if I want to break two hours in the half marathon. I have yet to do a track workout, but I noticed I ran a lot faster when running with a group, so that was encouraging.

    • The great part of the track workout is that, unlike long distance training runs, it really isn’t a big time commitment! Hopefully that will make it easier to commit to speed work in to my regular running schedule. Glad running with the group is going well! Something I need to do as well 🙂

  2. Awesome! How lucky you are to have such neat places to run!!
    I’m focusing more on speed with this round of marathon training as well! I definitely skimped on speed work in the past. 😉

    • I wasn’t a runner until I moved to San Francisco, the sights and scenery were a huge motivator in turning me in to a runner! Good luck with marathon training, speed work will definitely give you a boost! 🙂

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