Spring 2020 - Week 8 (3/10/2020)


Tuesday@ 6:15p County Admin Building/Waterfront Park 


Saturday @ 7:15am - Torrey Pines Gliderport

This is a newer location for us and I look forward to getting your feedback. In preparation for La Jolla Half, we will be taking on the Torey Pines Hill. It's going to be a hard run but super rewarding.  

  • Meet: Gliderport La Jolla 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr La Jolla CA 92037 - https://tinyurl.com/yag8yfje
  • Map: Route 
  • Notes: Because we have only done a couple Saturday morning runs at this location before things like water and bathrooms are kind of a wild card. I will bring an extra cooler for water and know the bathrooms will be open by the time you return but it's unclear on what will be open in the morning when we start the run. Please try and be flexible, we try to switch up the run locations to keep them exciting and fresh. It will be an adventure either way. 

SUNDAY @ 7:30 am SD Half Marathon 

Social Events:   CLICK

Articles(Race Prep):   Click    

Schedule: Click   

Discounts: Click



We are heading into Week 8 of training, and it’s going to be a busy week.   We are ramping up our mileage for our long runs and we have a group of people getting ready for the San Diego Half Marathon this weekend.  This post has a lot of info in it so make sure you look it all over..

SD HALF - Upgrade Your Program / This will be your last post.

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. 


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.

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! 

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 Tix: 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 after-party will be at Henry's Pub located at 618 Fifth Ave San Diego CA 92101 at 10AM. See all the details at: CLICK 

An abundance of Caution: Coronavirus

I want to start off by saying there is currently no major health risks in San Diego County as it relates to the coronavirus. I might be overly cautious here but with everything in the news, Black Flag Running Club will be imposing the following action to ensure we can keep everyone running and healthy.

  • If you are sick we ask that you don’t come to the group runs.
  • We will suspend holding your keys and jackets. Please leave those in your car. 
  • We will suspend the use of aid stations on our runs. We are encouraging runners to carry water or aid in a hydration pack or handheld water bottle see link
  • We will still have printed maps made available but will designate a single individual you can see to pick them up rather than everyone taking one from the box.
  • If you haven’t picked up your shirt yet we will have hand sanitizer available and ask that you use it before and after looking for your shirt.  

I am sure all of this is a little over the top but think it’s best to be proactive. Thank you, everyone, for your support and understanding     


Pasta Party - Friday 3/13/20 @ 7:15pm

Buy your tickets today (Link)

Facebook Post (Link)

This year's pasta party will be at the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown on Friday 3/13/20 at 7:15pm. You need to buy tickets for this event  


Cheer Zone - Sunday 3/15/20 @ 8:45am

Come cheer on our runners at the Black Flag Cheer Zone for the SD Half Marathon. 

Facebook Post (Link

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 8:45am

702 Market St San Diego CA 921010


After Party - Sunday 3/15/20 @ 10:00am

This is one of our most fun finisher parties for Black Flag Running Club. Join us at Henry's Pub after the race to celebrate your amazing finish or just to have a beer. 

Facebook Post (Link) 

Sunday, January 16, 2020 at 8:45am

Henry's Pub: 618 Fifth Ave  San Diego CA 921010

Looking for Event Locations

The Black Flag leadership team is on the hunt for locations to host some of our upcoming pasta dinners, movie nights and awards ceremony. Does your apartment building have a community room, are you aware of a cool public space we might be able to get into or have a relationship with a restaurant? If so, please email me at Coach@blackflagrunningclub.com or connect with one of our brand ambassadors to discuss details. Below are the general details we are looking at:

  • Friday 4/24 @ (6:15pm or 7:15pm) – 2 hours (25 people)
  • Friday 5/29 @ (6:15pm or 7:15pm) – 3 hours (35 people)

Shirts are in!!!!

If you are new to the club your shirts are in. Please pick them up this week. I have them separated into men's and women's and your I am picking up the Black Flag team shirts for all the new members today and they will be available after the run on Saturday. While you are out on your training running I will be labeling them so they are ready when you come back.  

Specific Training Notes for Week 8

Run/Walkers – Interval groups stay at 2/3 or 2/8 Full marathoner’s mid-week runs are slightly longer by 10min each.     

Intermediate HALF – Continue Base building! No change from last week. All mid-week runs in the 5mi range. All runs are still EASY (Novice) to Steady State (Intermediate)

Intermediate FULL – No Change overall.  All runs are still EASY (Novice)to Steady State (Intermediate)

PR Chasers FULL - Tuesday will introduce a little speed work this week. Fun Stuff!!

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. 

Tuesday @ 6:15pm - County Admin Building / Water Front Park

Saturday @ 7:15am - Torrey Pines Gliderport

NOTE: Please note that when I send Map Links, the runs MAY contain mileage further than your prescribed run.  Please refer to your training schedule for the correct mileage. This is so I can use one map for many different mileages.

As Always

We'll usually arrive 15-20 minutes before each group run to make ourselves available for questions, tips, whatever.  We also plan to stay afterwards for as long as it takes to do the same.  This means I'll be at Tuesday runs around 5:45 PM and the Saturday runs at 7:15 AM.

 Please let us know if you have questions.

 Talk to you all soon,

Aaron Adragna


Detailed Meeting Locations

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

County Admin Building @ Waterfront Park

1675 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 -  (Address is not exact)

We will be meeting at the fountain on the west side of the county admin building. Street parking is free after 6 pm so park wherever you can find a spot. There is generally parking around on both N Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. There is a set of restrooms and water fountains in this area too. 1675 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 921

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla CA 92037

The Gliderport is a dirt lot overlooks Blacks Beach. Once you enter the parking lot you can go immediately to the left or go straight. Continue going straight about 100 feet and we will meet on the lefthand side in the clearing area. You can park anywhere in the dirt lot. The bathrooms on site are porto-potties so officially there are facilities but they are not great. You will also want to bring water with you as I am not sure about water fountains. https://tinyurl.com/yag8yfje