September 5, 2014

Tomorrow's Run at San Elijo Lagoon: 8:00 a.m.

Tomorrow we continue our long runs on the best and softest trails in the county. Please join us at 8:00 a.m. for another epic San Elijo run. Set your goals high and go get them!

September 4, 2014

Some Quick Vaquero Results/Comparisons:

Team Results
History Comparison

Click HERE for complete results for the day, all divisions included.

August 28, 2014

Vaquero Meet Information for Saturday

I haven't had time to radically change everything over to the cross country season yet, so for now, here is the meet information for this Saturday. Please meet us in front of the office at 6:10 a.m. Saturday morning. We will carpool to the meet, which is relatively close by. We do need parent drivers to transport the kids, so plan on participating in this wonderful event. Athletes: check out the sheet below as a guide to where you might fit in to the front end of these races. We have to set our goals high, don't we? Just remember that this weekend we are focusing on "PROCESS" and not "OUTCOME", which means you are thinking more about HOW you are going to get there, instead of WHERE you would like to, or need to finish. Enjoy.

August 27, 2014

Practice Today at 2:30

We are changing our practice time today (Wednesday) to the afternoon because of teaching commitments in the morning. We will be meeting at 2:30 Wednesday at Standley, 2:30 at Mission Bay on Thursday, and 2:30 back at Standley on Friday. I will have uniforms for the new athletes at Friday's practice, and we will talk about our race plan for Saturday's race.

Information for Saturday's race at the Vaquero Stampede will be up on this website later this evening.

August 23, 2014

Jessica's Great Running Camp Video

Check this one out! There's a pretty good chance you're in it, and the editing is a piece of magic, so sit back and enjoy a truly wonderful ride through the Sequoias 2014. Thanks, Jessica, for submitting this outstanding work.

1600 State Final in 2009: Mac Fleet

I found this on Flotrack. It's worth a look. Many of you boys are getting much stronger. Take note at how these big races are won: Bold, strong moves mid-race with a fantastic finish.

Watch more videos on Flotrack

August 16, 2014

Meet Schedule is Up on (look right!)

Our preliminary schedule is here. Please mark your calendars and be ready for one of the most exciting seasons in UC Cross Country history. We have the athletes, and they're doing the work, so pretty soon it'll be "show time!" Thank you all for your wonderful support.

Also, the Fake Camp schedule got moved over to the right, too. We still have a few more days to "camp it up," so let's stay excited and participate. See you all on Monday morning for a full day of incredibly fun runs and activities.

August 2, 2014

Some New Italy Photos by Connie Culp and Margie Watkins

Connie Week 1
Connie Week 2
Connie Week 3
Margie's Page

Here's Tyler's Great Video of the Via Ferrata Strobel Climb

July 25, 2014

A Different View of the Palio! We're in there somewhere

July 23, 2014


June 14, 2014

Mac Fleet is NCAA Champion AGAIN!

Summer Training Is Well Underway!

We are currently meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Standley Park, on the east side of the pool. Tuesdays we are meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Penasquitos Canyon on the WEST end, and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. we continue to meet at Mission Bay Park at the runner's bathroom, south of the Information Center.

Plan your summer well and follow the training information that you'll find on this page and the orange links. We have a phenomenal group that has already begun training, and our team looks great! This could be one of the strongest teams in the last several years, but only if YOU do the work this summer.

Read the mileage goals sheet to plan out your summer framework, most importantly how many miles you will run from today until September 8th.

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.

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.

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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