Train Run 5/5/2018 - Meet at 6:10 AM

Train Run 5/5/2018

We will have two groups of runner for the train run. If you are doing the train run you will be doing a minimum of 16 miles. If you are doing less than that, it will be an out and back from the Solana Beach train station.

In short, this is the plan we jump on the train in Solana Beach and take it to Oceanside then run back. That's it!! 

Meeting Location:  Solana Beach Transit Center, 105 N Cedros Ave & Solana Beach Transit Center, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Meeting Times: Runners doing 16+Milers meet at  6:15AM (Don’t be late)

Runners doing less than 16 Miles will meet at 7:15AM

 Tickets: You will need to purchase your train ticket in advance at https://www.amtrak.com/tickets-reservations . Do NOT try and get them the day of at the ticketing station, there is too much going and you will not want to deal with it at that time.

Train Details:You will arrive at 6:10am, then we will proceed to the train platform by 6:20am and boarding the Amtrak 763 Pacific Surfliner at 6:33am. The train trip will take about 15 min north to the Oceanside Train Station arriving at 6:54am. Then we RUN!                                

Aid Stations: We will have two set of aid stations out this weekend.

Other things to bring: It might not be a bad idea to bring some cash with you. There are two aid stations but should you need something else are a little extra water between aid stations there are plenty of stores to stop at. This is also one of those runs where I would recommend bringing your cell phone with you. It’s good to have some form of communication with you as a backup or just to take pictures along the way.

 

LOGISTICS

The Scoop

There is ONE train, leaving at 6:33am.  They're like planes, they leave on time. Since I am driving North setting up aide stations, we do NOT drive to the start to bring any loose bodies or meet you to take things.  You need to get on the train essentially ready to run.

ARRIVE AT THE STATION BY 6:10 a.m.  

This will allow you the needed 10-15 minutes to allow for parking, getting tickets, and such.  Parking can be crazy there, and lines to get tickets get a bit crazy too.  We want to be down on the tracks with tickets in hand by 6:20am. I've seen a runner or two run frantically down the stairs to only see the back ass of a train heading out of town.

Parking/Driving Directions

Solana Beach Train Station, 105 N. Cedros Ave, 92075. http://goo.gl/maps/9QBUV  I-5 to Lomas Santa Fe, West on Lomas Santa Fe, Right on N. Cedros Ave.  Train Station is on left - park in public parking lots or streets.  You can also park up on Rios Avenue.  This area can become very busy and crowded if travel season is high.  Plan on a good 5-10-15 min walk if you have to park a few blocks up the street.

Meeting Spot

We will meet in the train station parking lot. Look for Run Force One, my truck.

Map - http://goo.gl/maps/EAqa ) I will have my truck pulled in there.  Use the restrooms and drinking fountain inside the train station but don't loiter about otherwise.

At approx 6:20a, we will all go to the tracks (on the other side of the station) but if you want to go hang out down there earlier, feel free.

Purchase Your Tickets

This is AMTRAK, NOT The Coaster.  DO NOT purchase Coaster Tickets at any kiosk or otherwise.  You must get tickets online in advance, or INSIDE the train station. (A few years ago another running group (doing it the same day) donated about a dozen, nearly useless 'Coaster' tickets.)

Tickets are $10.00 each, bring $$$ and an I.D. It is recommended to buy tickets online at www.amtrak.com  Search for the "763 Pacific Surfliner" train from Solana Beach (SOL) to Oceanside (OSD).  IMPORTANT - Bring an ID. It's required to get on the train.  Yes, you'll have to run with it in a pocket or belt.  They sometimes do not check and some have gotten away without this, but be warned.

I highly recommend NOT trying to gang up to buy the GROUP rate, most of you may save like a dollar, but it will be CHAOTIC as no one ever has the right change and so on (hence, at least a few getting jipped out of change altogether spending more than the regular ticket.)  Do not listen to the ticket agents who try to offer it to you.  

No Key Tub in Oceanside & Identification

We will NOT be able to hold onto anything from Oceanside so what you ride up with, you’ll have to ditch or run home with.  With that said, you’re technically supposed to have an ID while on the train (but I have yet to see anyone get asked so it’s your own risk)  Plan on carrying it with you . . . maybe along with that $10 bill for emergencies.  (I always carry one in my shoe whenever I go on long runs . . regardless of support on the course.)

Cell Phone- It’s a good idea to bring it with you.

Given the distance and all the moving parts related to this run it might not be a bad idea to bring your cell phone with you. This will allow you to take lots of pictures on your way down the coast and have a backup should you need to uber or Lyft your way back.  You might want to save Coach Aaron’s cell in your phone too in case of an emergency. I can’t come pick you up but if you need to let me know what to do about your keys  you have a way to reach me. My cell is   619-405-1828, text is always best.

 

THE RUN ITSELF

Anything related to the run itself, maps, aide stations, mileages, etc.  I thank the San Diego Track Club for this map that’s been around for at least a decade.

Half versus Full marathoners

As previously announced and discussed, this run is for the FULL Marathoners AND any Half Marathoners who are 1) fit and able to do the longer distance and 2) want the extra added adventure.  For all other Half Marathoners, there will be an alternate run starting from the same meeting place and detailed below.  Do NOT do the full 16 miles for the sake of doing it – we can’t risk anyone getting stuck, missing aide stations or worse, injured outthere. In fact, do NOT even plan to do it unless you are feeling 100% mentally and physically ready.

Train run experience for Half Marathoners

So if you really, really, really want to do the train run but not ready to take on 16 miles there is always another option. Everyone is welcome to take the train up with us and run the majority of the miles back south and when you hit your mileage call an Uber or Lyft. You get the experience of the train run but don’t need to take on the commitment of the full 16 miles. As we said before, don’t take on the mileage if you are not ready for it.

Full Marathoners (R/W Group) – Options?

The full marathon run/walk group’s schedule calls for 190 minutes.  It will be up to you (and knowing your approx. pace) whether you want to attempt the full 16 miles.)   Again, TIME is most important, not mileage.   FYI – Covering 16 miles at a 12 minute average pace will take 192 minutes w/o stops and breaks . . . so you’re at the top end of the range. If you know you’re slower than a 12 minute pace (again, overall average of both walk/run) then you may consider just doing an up and back.  Sorry. if I could shorten the distance between Solana beach and Oceanside, I would . . . plus there is just no other option or time in our calendar to do this run to better fit the schedule.  Do NOT do the train run if you will be out there for more than 3 hours (210 minutes). You will miss aide stations and course support.

The Actual Run

Once off the train, you'll be on the East side of tracks.  Head a bit south towards the Coaster section, then go UNDER the tunnel and meet up in the parking lot near Meyer's street.  It should be wide open and quiet.  Give 5 minutes to let people use restroom, etc. and then have SOMEONE lead the quick warm-up/stretch.  Head out and run*.

o    UpNorth (Get it done first)

o    DownSouth (Wait till end): http://bit.ly/1GS7uHD

  • 2.0miAdd-on = Pass SB Station, turnaround at Via De La Valle
  • 5.0miAdd-on = Pass SB Station, turnaround at Power House Park (Water & Restrooms)

* PLEASE DO NOT HANG AROUND UP THERE LONG.  

Everyone should be running by 7:15am latest.  This is a late start compared to others, and risks hot weather quicker so it’s vital we get out soonest. We need everyone back to the finish by 11:15am.

**The attached map shows going North on Meyer to Seagrove and this is NOT required. Simply go straight West to Pacific Street and turn left (South)  The e-map link is correct.  

Add-on Mileage

Some have asked about adding on mileage at the top/beginning.  You can do this, but all of the maps have been developed to add it at the end.  If you do, simply go UP half of your add-on mileage and turn-around and come back down to the finish - but know you can only go so far up North.  Check out the e-maps ahead of time if you wish to do this.

Add-on Mileage up North

All of the existing maps and runs have been developed with add-on mileage at the bottom, or to put it less mildly, the end of the run . . . asking you to pass the finish area, keep going and come back.  Yes, it’s tough mentally.   Some have always added it on at the beginning, or up North.

Just don’t forget that the existing maps will be whatever many miles off and we set aide stations based on the main run heading south, so it will be that many more miles before hitting one.  There are a handful of public restroom buildings w/ water fountains though. (A few of which are down on the Strand / Beachboardwalk which you can hit on the return)

Half Marathoners / Coastal Run (NOT doing Train Run)

For anyone not doing the train run, we’ll have a great run up & back on the coast.  Being an out & back, means you can turn it into any mileage you wish.  

It’s mapped out to 14 miles, but you will turn around at “Jason Street” which is about 6 miles up.  I’ve indicated the existing aide stations and a couple of Turn-off points.

Aide Stations & Lots of Water

There is plenty of water and aid on the course see below:

  • 5.5 miles, at Canon Road (along bushes/trees/fence just before streetlight)
  • 6.5 miles, just past Palomar Village Rd, along fence/pull-out near mini-glider port and orange windsock.
  • 9.1mi - just before La Costa Ave (inside fence turn-out)
  • 10.5mi at Leucadia Blvd stoplight (at Roadside Park)
  • 12.8mi - Swami's Seaside Park park.  (in the grass in front of park)- Aid StationAdditionally,

there are plenty of water fountains (at least 12) and restrooms:

  • 3.2mi - Magee Park (corner of Beach St & N Coast Hwy) – Aid Station
  • 4.1mi -Beach Access, Tamarack Road
  • 7.0-8.5mi , inside the campground, there's at least 6 of them.**Must enter campground at 7 mi, or at center main entrance, 8mi.
  • 9.0mi - StateBeach parking lot, just before La Costa a bit off the road, but it's there.
  • 12.8mi - Swamis Seaside Park
  • 13.8mi - San Elijo StateBeach Campground Entrance (inside the park)
  • 14.2mi - StateBeach Parking Lot
  • 15.2mi - StateBeach Parking Lot

Half Marathoners – Aide station?

We will have the Swamis aide station set up right away which is 3.2 miles from the Train Station (mile 12.8 from Oceanside) so you will have access to that both on the way up and the way back.

Gels & Gus

We will also have a supply of Gels, GUs and related nutrition products to sample at the start, and at one of the aide stations. As always, it’s good to test/sample your own too as what we have may not be what’s on the racecourse, etc.

Keys, Clothing and Tubs (for Half Marathoners)

Due to the nature of the run and the fact that we have multiple aide stations on a one-way route, we will be out on the course for a while supporting all of the runners.  We may not be back at the station for a bit.  If you have anything important to leave early for, please do not leave your keys behind.

AGAIN: Everyone must be back by 11:00am which is a 4 hour run, which is 45 min past the recommended training mileage. Plan on your own keys & support if you cannot or will not do this.

After The Run

We will have the bins/tubs/keys at the same spot across the street from the Station.

It's Always a Great Day to Run!

See ya on the train!

 

Coach Aaron