Spring 2019 - Week 7 (3/9/2019)



SATURDAY @ 7:15 am DE ANZA COVE/ La Jolla Half & RnR

SUNDAY @ 7:30 am SD Half Marathon 

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Its Race Week and we are a few days away from the big race. We want to wish everyone the best of luck this weekend. If you haven't done it yet you will want to read over all the details in the race prep so you know what's coming. The rest of you we will see you at our normal run on Saturday morning. 

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For those of you only signed up for the Winter ext for the SD Half and want to add on the RnR Half or Full Marathon training you can do so now. Below is the link. 


Saturday Details

 As many of you have heard that we will have a booth at the SD Half Expo this weekend.  Because of this, we will need to break up the coaching team. Coach Aaron will not be at the run on Saturday morning but don't worry Coach Yayoi be your fearless leader.  Additional there will NOT be an aid station this weekend either.  The course has lots of water fountains and bathrooms so you will never be far from water but if you require aid you will want to bring it with you. 

Wear your shirts on Saturdays and races

 We want to encourage our runners to wear the team shirt at all of our Saturday runs and Big Races. It helps us identify who you are and cheer you on along the course. Black Flag is still building a name for itself and we could use your support. 

A Story of a Pasta Dinner and a little HUSTLE

Long story short we had a 30 person reservation at a restaurant in Little Italy for our Pasta Dinner. Unfortunately when I called to confirm they informed me that they had to cancel the reservation and left us with no place to go. Well, good thing your fearless leader knows how to hustle and was able to secure another venue. Please click on the link and for all the details and remember you need to pay in advance. See details at: CLICK Event Details: CLICK

San Diego Half Marathon This Weekend

A few dozen of our runners have been training since October for the SD Half Marathon, and this is their big week!  If you’re not racing, consider coming out to some of the things we have planned, see a great race and cheer everyone one! https://www.facebook.com/events/2025226260930665/

Friends and Family are welcome and encouraged to come to all of the stuff we have planned this week. It is always more fun with more people and sharing in buildup and achievement of such a big goal.

Race Info: We will do our big race review on Tuesday but look at this race info post and comp prepared to ask questions.  CLICK

Pasta Dinner: We will be hosting a pasta dinner this Friday. We will be meeting at  7:15 pm at Old Spaghetti Factory Downtown. You need to pay in advance. See details at: CLICK Event Details: CLICK

Seating is limited to 30 people so get your tickets now. 

Group Picture:  We always take a big family picture 30 min before the start of the race at 7:00AM Sharp. We will meet at 6:30 am at the base of the Glass Elevator structure at the bottom of the new Harbor Drive Footbridge at the corner of Tony Gwynn Drive and Park Blvd.  And a picture of the meeting spot is here: http://bit.ly/VRqYKq

Post-Race Happy Hour: The afterparty will be at Henerys Bub located at 618 Fifth Ave San Diego CA 92101 at 10AM. See all the details at: CLICK 

Your TEAM SHIRT has arrived

We will have team shirts available for pickup on both Tuesday and Saturday this week.

Feeling Sick, Vacation, Missing Runs?

Don’t worry! Keep your head up and know that YES, you can miss runs . . even up to 2 weeks before having negative effects.  Keep your eyes peeled for an “informational email” soon regarding this subject.

This Week’s Training

We are off and running in Week 5 overall.  This is the 1st Week of the Second Training Cycle so we’re “back up” in more ways than one.  Everyone will be INCREASING their mid-week runs by a bit.   This is also when the Half and Full marathoners start to deviate in mileage a bit more so see specific notes below.  Saturday will end with a LONG run, the longest of this season, and longest for many of you.

Specific Training Notes for Week 7

  • Run/Walkers (ALL) – Last week we shifted intervals by a minute. This week, you will start doing Interval runs on Mondays instead of walking only. You will also notice that the Half and Full groups start to split during the mid-week since this is the week you’ll start to run different mileages.  Saturday long runs will still be the same for both groups during this training cycle.  Some of your runs will go up 10min each – this will add approx. 0.75-1.0 mile to each run – nice!!!
  • Run/Walkers (Half) – Monday’s run stays the same at 50min, while Tuesdays go UP to 60 Min.  Your intervals will remain the same as last week at a 2/3 and 2/8.
  • Run/Walkers (Full) – ALL of your mid-week runs bump up to 60 minutes!!  Your intervals will remain the same as last week at a 2/3 and 2/8.  
  • Intermediate HALF – Continue Base building! Add 1 mile to your mid-week runs, from 4 to miles.  All runs are still EASY!
  • Intermediate FULL – Add 1 mile to your mid-week runs.  Thursdays are up to a 6 miler now.
  • PR Chasers FULL - Tuesday Tempo will bump up 1 mile. 
  • SD Half Marathon Group - Begin your taper which means overall intensity cuts way back. Mileage will begin to decrease with this weekend’s Long Run.

Upcoming Group Runs & Clinics

Below are the run maps* and the group run locations.  At the very bottom of this email are detailed instructions on the meeting locations.

Saturday @ 7:15a - De Anza Cove for “Mission Bay Loop”

Starting at almost the end of the Mission Bay Boardwalk at De Anza Cove, run South on the busy and popular concrete pathway, pass Fiesta Island (or add-on for more) continue around Sea World, over Ingram Bridges, down through Crown Point Park and across the new footbridge through MB RV Park and into De Anza Cove for a loop.  Lots of Restrooms & Water Fountains on the loop.

As Always

We will arrive 15-20 minutes before each group run to make ourselves available for questions, tips, etc..  We also plan to stay afterwards for as long as it takes to do the same.  This means I'll be at Tuesday runs by 6 PM and the Saturday runs by 7 AM.

As always, please let us know if you have questions.

See you tomorrow!

Coach Aaron

Detailed Meeting Locations

This is where we will meet on Tuesday and/or Saturday. Don’t get lost :) 

De Anza Cove/Mission Bay

2750 De Anza Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

Go all the way to end of N. Mission Bay Drive (towards the golf course / mobile home park), turn left onto De Anza Road (towards cul-de-sac) turn left into parking lot.  We'll be in SE corner, near pavilion across from bathrooms, but along the parking lot.  http://bit.ly/tGLDPn