August 21, 2017

Back to the Glider Port!

The Aerobic Power runs are underway! Beautiful weather and a partial eclipse made this morning's run the beginning of a fantastic day.

August 21, 2017

Coach Vigil Coming to San Diego

Next Saturday, September 2, Coach Joe Vigil will be coming to San Diego to talk to coaches and athletes about his successes as a coach and professor of physiology, and to talk about all levels of training. I am hoping to bring a large group of our team to hear him talk about his ideas of training. He has coached several Olympians and world class runners, but most famously, he created the Adams State program in Colorado, one of the most successful and storied college running programs in the nation. Look at the photo below. This is a picture of the lead pack of the NCAA Division 2 Cross Country National Championships with less than a mile to go (10K race distance). This famous men's team was arguably Coach Vigil's greatest creation, finishing 1-2-3-4-5 at the National Championships. This was the first and only time this has ever been done, scoring a perfect 15 points at the peak of the season on one of the country's biggest stages. They all finished the 10 kilometer race within a span of 4 seconds. Yes, this is a coach's dream. Can we be this good?

July 25, 2017

Can We Be This Good?

Check out this video of the first half mile from the Western League Cross Country Championships in 2013. The boys are rolling out of the Dog Loop, the majority of the team right up front and definitely able to touch each other. They're that close. These boys trained hard together for four straight years, the only way to be this good. Can we do this? I don't think it's too late. Team leaders: Let's Roll! Stay tuned. More videos to come.

2013 Western League: Dog Loop from Gimi McCarthy on Vimeo.

July 14, 2017

Long Overdue Track Pictures from Mike Boisvert

Apologies to Mike for not getting these up during the heat of the season. Check out these great season-long pics that Mike has faithfully given to the team. There are thousands of great memories captured throughout the season that tell a passionate story of agony, persistence, strength, pain, commitment and ultimately, triumph. Thanks, Mike for all the consistent dedication of your time and energy to this great track team.


Summer Training Is Well Underway!

Beginning on June 26, we begin our traditional summer schedule with Week #1. For these first two weeks during the Coaches "No Contact" period, the kids will be meeting each day according to our training schedule linked HERE (and under "mileage goals" at left). June 19-23, the team will meet all 5 days (M-F) at Standley Park. Beginning on June 26, Monday Wednesday and Friday, the kids will meet at Standley Park at 8:30. Tuesday will be at PQ Canyon WEST end, and Thursday will be at Mission Bay. All weekday runs are at 8:30. Remember that Saturday runs, at different locations each week, has a start time of 8:00 a.m. because we are meeting other teams there.

Plan your summer well and follow the training information on the back of your running log. We have a phenomenal group that has already begun training, and our team looks great! We are going to be a great team again, but only if YOU do the work this summer.

Read the mileage goals sheet to plan out your summer framework. How many miles will you run from today until September 17th?

Do You Plan to Travel and Be Varsity?

Then you should plan on being at all of the Saturday runs and all of the hard workout days, unless you have another pre-arranged engagement. Make this part of your training important to you. "Pre-arranged" also means that you let me know well in advance.

Train Together!

Which group are you in? Many times the groups will be mixed together on longer runs. Being in a slower group does not necessarily mean you will be running slower than the faster groups each day. It means you MAY be running shorter and/or you MAY be running slower. Always strive to be better.

All Groups Follow the SAME Run

This is important! Everyone will be running the same course. We are not splitting up all over the city. We'll have different runs each day, but all groups will follow each other. Most runs are out-and-back, which means you will follow the same course, but likely turn around earlier.

Here's What's Important:

1. You must fill out the running log EVERY DAY. This is mandatory to be part of the mileage club AND to go to camp. I will not accept just numbers in the daily mileage box. You need to write a daily journal: where you ran, with whom, how you felt, how long the run took to complete, any extra exercises/activities for that day. This is the only way you can compare your improvement to previous workouts over the same course. This is very easy to do thanks to Gus and his father who created and printed the running logs for us.

2. If you're in town, you need to be running with the team. This is the only way to run FAR enough and FAST enough, the two "F" words that make us great.

3. Camp is an awesome experience, but to qualify to attend, you must be on track to achieve the appropriate mileage goals assigned to you. Make sure you have talked to me about your goals before the first week of training is over.

4. If you can't make it to practice for vacation or other previously scheduled activities, understand that you MUST STILL RUN. You cannot progress in mileage if you don't complete the appropriate mileage the week before. One week builds on the next, so you have to get it done. Wherever you are going, there is still Earth, and the laws of gravity remain the same, so put on your shoes and get out the door. NEVER make decisions from the couch.

Summer Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Standley Park
Tuesday: PQ Canyon West End (begins June 27)
Thursday: Mission Bay (begins June 29)

All meeting times are at 8:30 a.m. Check the location links on the left for directions.
Saturday runs are at 8:00 a.m. at varying locations. Saturday Run locations are linked on the left.

For all you history nuts, click on the pics above for a great history of just about everything running and racing, including some epic pictures. This is a great archive that is updated periodically, so I will have a permanent link to it. Dale and Mac are on page 40. There are also some other great pictures of Dale in his running days, as well as current high school and collegians that you will all recognize. Check it out.

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