June 8, 2019

Erase your cache and reset your bookmarks! The Website Is ALIVE!

I know, it's been a disaster, but I'll give it my best shot to keep it up to date this summer.

Summer Training Is Well Underway!

Beginning on June 24, 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 17-21, the team will meet all 5 days (M-F) at Standley Park. On June 27, Thursday, the kids will begin meeting at Mission BayPark at 8:30 at the Runner's Bathroom. Beginning Tuesday July 2, we will be at PQ Canyon WEST end.. All weekday runs are at 8:30. Remember that Saturday runs, at different locations each week, have 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. We will have printed logs for you during our first week of training.

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.

June 8, 2019

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.

June 8, 2019

A Look Back at 2005 (Great Athletes in the Making)

This was the year of the freshmen with Mac Fleet, Masami Okada, Adam Scherling and Guadalupe Gonzalez among many others taking starring roles for the varsity squad. Injury would cut Mac's season a little short, but the boys would lay a foundation that eventually grew to superstardom and a #1 county ranking by the time they were seniors.

The varsity boys roar through the mile mark in their dominating win against Scripps Ranch. Freshman Mac Fleet won the race in 16:37

Freshman Guad is only the sixth best frosh on the emerging team. Senior Guad is 3rd best in San Diego County and tenth at state. Freshman Macky wins the varsity meet at Morley Field against Scripps in 16:37. Senior Mac is county champion, state champion, and eventual national champion in track.

Summer Schedule:

Monday-Friday: Standley Park
Tuesdays: PQ Canyon West End (begins July 2)
Thursdays: Mission Bay (begins June 27)

All practices begin 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 will be linked on the left in the coming days.

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.

  So, you knew I was a little bit crazy right? This is what I'm doing in Southern Italy (among other things, of course). check out the Volo dell' Angelo in Castelmezzano.  

  Ok, so as if that wasn't crazy enough, a few weeks later I'll be heading up to Cortina d'Ampezzo to climb the Tofana di Rozes. This should be spectacular (If I survive it).  

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