July 22, 2016 (Yeah, kinda late, I know)
Clear your Cache! The Summer Training Page is HERE
July 19, 2016
Running Camp Discount at Movin' Shoes!
We are getting a special deal from Movin' Shoes for all participants of this year's Sequoia Running Camp. Bring the flyer (click the pic below) into Movin' Shoes for a great deal and to support our great local running store. Movin' Shoes is also donating four pairs of racing flats to the camp for special prizes (to be determined). I hope to see a huge parent group at the Running Camp meeting Wednesday night
Summer Training Is Well Underway!
Beginning on June 27, we begin our traditional summer schedule with Week #1. For these first two weeks during the Coaches "No Contact" period, the team can meet at Standley Park on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday the team meets at Mission Bay, and Saturday runs will meet according to the schedule on the left. Directions are all on the list at left as well.
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 18th?
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.
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.
Great Track Season Ends. Allen Siegler is #8 All-Time for San Diego
Running his last two races as the very best of his career, senior Allen Siegler roared to a 4:09.29 in the 1600 Final at the California State Meet in Clovis on June 4, placing 8th with a time that would have won many of the past state championship finals. This easily catapulted him into the top 10 all-time for the county, and the second athlete from UC to break the 4:10 barrier. Check out the pics below for a photo recap of the CIF San Diego Championships. Congratulations to everyone who competed. I look forward to a summer of GREAT fitness (after a short rest, of course). Cross Country here we come!
May 25, 2016
Distance Crew ROCKS at the CIF Prelims
Click HERE for Prelims Results, CIF Finals Qualifiers, Heat Sheets and Time Schedule
The UC distance squad had a great day at the Mt. Carmel oval last Saturday, qualifying 3 boys and 3 girls for the championship finals this Saturday, again at Mt. Carmel. Allen Siegler and Elise Boisvert qualified as the fastest times of the day, Allen in the 1600 and Elise in the 3200. Niko Chapman finished as the third fastest of the day in the 800. This is a great showing, highlighted our team leaders as some of the county's very best. Also qualifying with outstanding races were Renee Torre in the girls 3200, Izzy Shepherd in the girls 1600, and Alex Halter in the boys 3200. Congratulations also to our great competitors in the CIF Prelims that ran great races but narrowly missed qualifying for the finals: Bailey Stone in the girls 800, Ella Ruff and Amy Sovinsky in the girls 3200 and David Berard in the boys 3200. All of these great champions have been solid performers all season and have done a great job carrying the torch for UC.
Check out Mike Boisvert's great pics of the day. It was a long day, so unfortunately he didn't get all of the races. This is the first call for more parent/student photographers so I have more items to share to all of you. Please let me know if you'd be willing to take pictures of the athletes this weekend and in the future. For this Saturday, I will get you into the meet.
May 5, 2016
JV Championships Tomorrow at Serra -- 4:00 p.m. Start
Click HERE for JV Entries
April 7, 2016
The season opens Thursday with our first Western League showdown of the 2016 season on our home track beginning at 3:30. This will be a great dual meet match-up in virtually all 16 event areas over the course of the afternoon, so get out there and cheer on every member of the Centurion Track team until the last event is contested. We'll especially have quite a showing in the 3200 meter race with over 22 UC participants taking to the track at the same time, so don't miss this one. Many of you will be right in the thick of it, running your first 8-lapper. Enjoy this. Memories are made here!
Check out the entries below to make sure you know what you're running. Be ready and let's show the Dons what we've got.
March 30, 2016
Trabuco Hills Friday Night!
Festival of Miles
We are meeting at UCHS on Friday afternoon at 2:55 p.m., a little earlier than we had originally told everyone, to drive up to Trabuco Hills HS for the Distance Carnival that is sure to be a great night for all of our athletes. Please be aware of this time change. Meet information is below. Still missing are the heat sheets that tell you what race you're in. I will post these as soon as I get them from the meet director. Also, don't forget to sign up to bring something for our "World Class" potluck and track-side banquet.
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|I'll put the Heat Sheets up as soon as I get them. Every one of you will be in a heat that you can win, so it's all about racing. We'll go over specifics tomorrow. Not at the meet? Follow the results LIVE at finishedresults.com (get the APP!)||Directions to Trabuco Hills High School. Our first race is at 6:20 p.m. beginning with the girls FS 1600's, so we should be prepared if there is some traffic. We will need to be there with plenty of time to prepare for the races.|
March 30, 2016
It's spring break time and our athletes are running amazing well so far this season. Today's easy practice/picnic will be at Liberty Station in the park behind the Ace Hardware. We'll do a nice easy run, drills, exercises, and then enjoy the late morning with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with sides and drinks (you bring the side, I got the drinks). See the map below for directions.
I'll have results, pictures and other exciting information about our most recent meets up here very soon. I do need more people taking pictures, though. Jack?
March 28, 2016
14 for 10! A Great Day for a Long Run
We had a nice group run out to the Glider Port this morning to start off a somewhat mentally relaxing first training day of spring break. Practice tomorrow (Tuesday) is at the track at 8:30 and then on Wednesday, we will be at Liberty Station, behind Ace Hardware in the park at 10:00 a.m. Finally a chance to really sleep in! We will go for a short recovery run around the park area and Spanish Landing, and then have a great barbecue with the whole team. Please bring a side dish and/or drink to share so that we have a wide variety of items to eat along the usually great hotdogs and burgers.
March 11, 2016
Centurion Relays RESULTS
It was a great opener for the track team, with Point Loma, Clairemont and La Jolla Country Day all vying for team title honors at the first annual UC Centurion Games. Coach Stone did a huge amount of work compiling splits and results for the distance team, so be sure to check them out below. Look at your individual split times? Too fast too early? Too slow too late? Now we have something to work with, so be sure to remember and understand what you ran in each race. We're improving well, but we still have a long way to go. Good luck to the Irvine Invitational athletes competing tomorrow. Let's carry the blue torch! FULL TEAM RESULTS
March 9, 2016
Centurion Relays Entries
Check out what you're running on Thursday, March 10 for our home relay meet. Remember that almost everyone will be running two events, including the DMR, the most exciting relay event in the distance repertoire. Enjoy this! It may be the only time you get to race a true Distance Medley Relay. Click on the banner below for the individual entries. The time schedule is on Athletic.net to the right. Click on the meet info button, and then "schedule". Good luck. Let's work on those hand-offs a little bit so we're not so terrible.
Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating
I posted this great TED talk about success and striving to achieve it two seasons ago. It's very relevant to what we do in our training philosophy, and worth watching again as we begin the quest for another successful track season. Coming back "home" for us is focusing on the process of training, and loving it for what it is and how much reward we get for participating in it rather than the results from it. Most important is the acceptance of failure in the process and the idea of where we "rightfully live." Let me know your thoughts.