Coach Gilbert pulled me aside at the end of Wednesday’s workout. He told me that he’d been watching me do my mile repeats on Monday and that, as soon as my marathon was out of the way (October 17), he was going to help me focus on my form.

He mentioned some of the problems he sees with it (and even did some helpful, slightly embarrassing, demonstrations) and said he would be “riding [me] hard” about form. This makes me happy. I’m glad that I’m getting this one-on-one help, and he tempered it all by saying I was a quick learner and that he say great improvements in my future.

Wednesday was positive in so many ways. As we were starting out, I realized I had a small group to hang with. There was so much positive feedback — I think I’m going to have to stick with the 7:30 a.m. group because I enjoy the people so much. And then, I actually shaved a few minutes off the run from the last time we did it. It’s not a lot but it’s progress, but it’s something, and I feel like I am just glowing from all the positives.

Saturday’s run was a good one; the cooler temperatures helped so much. Plus, I had buddies to run with the whole way.  The shorter distance, combined with the cooler temperature and fun times, made this a night-and-day experience from my bad run the weekend before.

This weekend, I have 20–22 miles on the calendar. Lindsey and I are going to do 20, and I feel a lot of pressure for this to go well. Because of having to cut it short two weekends ago, I have yet to complete a 20-miler. It’s time…I can’t go into the marathon without these longer distances.

Lots of activities this weekend, too, so I need to watch what I do and what I eat so that I have a good start to my workout.


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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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