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Mojo Risin’ December 22, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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I haven’t lost it. I am not going crazy. After Sunday’s run at the Lafayette Reservoir in the Bay Area, I needed something to boost my confidence. That run—and it’s hills—certainly got the best of me.

The day after Lafayette we returned to Modesto and I was determined to get out and run. I needed to get my mojo back. Despite the solitary, non-competitive nature of training, I still enjoy the challenge of recording my times. I use it as motivation to track my progress, while also adding an element of competition. So, in my weird and obsessive way, I felt that Lafayette had “beaten” me and I wanted to get back to it.

I picked a route that I had done back in November. It was a safe, flat trail that I was familiar with and all I needed was a decent time to feel good about my running again Luckily, I hit my goal and, using my disappointment from Lafayette as fuel, made a good time that I’m happy with.

Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 41:00
Pace: 7:58 mile

So the run went well and I’ve got my confidence back. I can take solace in the fact that Lafayette was bad because of the unending, terrible hills. One day, I’m going to go back to Lafayette and run all over that trail with an iron foot. Hi-yah!

(Much to the chagrin of my friend Karen, who has been pushing me to run in the rain, it started pouring five minutes after I returned from the run. Like I tweeted to Karen, I’m not avoiding the rain, I promise!)



1. Karen N. - December 22, 2009

I’m glad that you didn’t hit the rain. Then you would REALLY hate the Lafayette Reservoir. Someday let’s run the reservoir then get some coffee cake at Millie’s Kitchen, the traditional Lafayette spot for birthday breakfasts.

RJL - December 22, 2009

Yeah, that sounds good! We’ll try and do it. That would be really fun. I think I may have been to Millie’s, actually…

2. Little Ms. GG - December 24, 2009

Hi, Richard!

I hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

I’m happy to hear that you got the foam roller and that it’s helping you. I need to get one myself.

🙂 Agreed! Leggings are great, but they don’t always look the best. At least you’re not cold… It’s been freezing lately, don’t you think?

Happy Holidays!

RJL - December 24, 2009

Thank you! Happy holidays to you, too!

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