Got a training buddy? Always easier to share the pain, right? Good for you for getting out there, reminds me I should do that, too.
Since January, I've been doing intervals with the Palo Alto Running Club, which has been great because there are always people right around my pace (including some faster than me). At this point, I tell myself that I don't have a choice. I leave work at 6 on Tuesdays and go to the track, and there isn't any other option. It's just harder to find training buddies for long runs and tempo runs and orienteering training because it's hard for me to schedule runs at set times (the running group has many other runs, but I can't leave lab that early too many days a week, and if I'm not travelling on a weekend when there's the monthly trail run, I often want to sleep in since I need the sleep). I think my main problem is having a bunch of orienteering training buddies who live nearby (the Bay area is huge!) to keep me motivated and excited about getting in more specific orienteering training. I have various friends at Stanford that like running, but none of us can schedule runs at a consistent time each week since our schedules change a lot.
Good luck getting out and doing intervals yourself!
Oooh, that is SO good for intervals - awesome to find a group like that. I've been doing mine on Jon's sprint map, and I was going to go out today, but then they went and sprayed the entire neighborhood with pesticides. Ugh. Good thing we're headed up for our 20th reunion on a perfectly good, if somewhat rocky/cliffy/steep map, so I know I'll get something good in. Probably not intervals, though.
I hear you about getting the other runs in. Now that my schedule is freer (and my tasks seem to have no clear endpoint), I'm actually having a harder time scheduling workouts. Sometimes I get to dinnertime and wonder where the time went.I do better when Jon and I decide to go run somewhere together. Good luck finding things that work for you all!
That's great that you'll get some good orienteering in at your reunion!
Anytime I try to go for a run after leaving lab in the evening, it never happens, so I've given up even trying. If I need to go for a run on a weekday, it has to either be my Tuesday intervals or a run first thing in the morning.