Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, November 2 and Duboce Park Cafe!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, November 2 and Duboce Park Cafe. The Cafe is on the southeast corner of Duboce Park.

For those running the Berkeley Half in two weeks, we should log about 8-10 miles. We’ll have routes that take us from 6 to 10. I think it’s time for a little climb up the top of Frederick Street, how about you?

Hope to see you all there!

Good luck to our clubbers Carmel and Darlene, who are running the NYC Marathon this Sunday! Get up and cheer them along! We can follow them online, and I am sure that the race is televised somewhere. Supposed to be 53 degrees and sunny, perfect weather for a race!

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

Running into the Night – NY Times article

This article is very evocative for me. We can debate whether the author is a selfish jerk, as noted in the comments, but it brought back vivid memories.

I used to run at night all the time. Before kids when I lived in the Haight and the Castro, because of my job, and I was not yet a morning person. After kids, when I lived out by City College, because that was the only time I had available. I couldn’t get in my 40 miles a week without it. It’s a special feeling, but it really requires dedication. Sharp eyes, good footing, and an ability to sprint out of danger. Knowing the course helps, which makes this story all the more thrilling.

My nighttime running was late 80s and early 90s, before decent headlamps and certainly before cell phones. I ran from McLaren Lodge to the ocean and back on JFK Drive, about 7 miles roundtrip, usually around 8:30-9:00 at night, maybe earlier in the winter, three nights a week. After getting hit by a car (my fault!), I started wearing a reflector vest and a flashing bike light strapped to my upper arm. I got hit twice more, so it was clearly me that was the problem – people in cars just cannot see you at night, and I was assuming they could. At that time in the City, GG Park was in a shambles. The equestrian trails were overgrown with blackberries, most of the street lights were out, and the paved pedestrian path along JFK was crumbled and buckled. I used to run down the middle of the road to keep from tripping over obstacles in the dark. To get to the Park from the Castro, I ran down the middle of the street through what is now The Wiggle – not much traffic in those days, but lots of sketchy characters hanging out on the street.

I always felt I ran faster in the dark. For those who have done ultras (not me!), I suspect it’s all about being able to run in the dark for extended periods. I have a friend who finally made it into Western States this year, and said he was fearful of running in the dark, but when daylight came, he was sad to see the night go.

We are lovers of a very strange sport indeed.

Jay K
Half Full Running Club

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 26 at Java Beach!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 26 at Java Beach. We meet across from Java Beach where Judah ends at the Great Highway.

We are three weeks out from the Berkeley Half Marathon/10k/5k. For those doing the half, this is our last long run before tapering down for the race, so we should have at least 13 miles in mind. For those running the 10 k, I’d suggest 8-10 miles, it will give you the confidence to finish strong.

My highly accurate weather forecaster – my phone – says Saturday will be cooler than today, but I have my doubts. I live about 3/4 of a mile above Java Beach, and it was a scorcher at the beach today, and is about 80 degrees right now.

So some of us will be starting at 7:00 am tomorrow to get in a few miles while its cool and avoid finishing later in the day. If you would like to join the early birds, meet us at 7:00, and let me know if you’re joining us so we’ll look for you. We’ll loop back around to join the group by 8:00.

We’ll have routes of 6, 8,10 and 13 (or so!), aiming to take advantage of our beautiful fall weather – we’re one of the few places in California (or the world!) where fall is better than summer.

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

jaykloepfer @ gmail. com


Join us for a special run from North Trailhead of Sawyer Camp Trail. We’ll meet at 8 am at the corner of Skyline Blvd and Hillcrest in Millbrae. We’re running out and back along gorgeous Crystal Springs. It should be a beautiful crisp day and perhaps we’ll catch some fall colors. The paved trail is marked every 1/2 mile so you can choose your distance, totaling up to 12 miles. We can also decide as a group. After the run, we’ll head over to Karen’s for coffee. The address will be shared on Saturday.

If you’d like a ride from SOMA, please text Anna.
It would be helpful to know if you are planning to join us so we can be sure to wait and look out for you at the start. Thanks.

Take Larkspur exit off of I-280 in Millbrae.
Take Exit 41 for Larkspur Dr. toward Millbrae Ave.
Continue onto Larkspur Dr. for 233 ft
Turn right onto Skyline Blvd. Continue for .6 mi

Meet at Corner of Skyline Blvd and Hillcrest, on the island across from Chevron Station

Se you there.