Summer 2019 - Week 8 (7/23/2019)



SATURDAY @ 7:15am - SHELTER ISLAND to Hilton Bayfront Hotel







Good morning everyone! Please read over this entire post as we have made some changes for this weeks regularly scheduled runs. We are back up in Mira Mesa High School for our last track workout. I also want to thank everyone that came out on Saturday as we had an awesome time.  

Full Disclosure/Same As Last Time  - Track workouts


In an effort to be a 100% transparent, I want everyone to be aware of the situation with the tracks we use. Over the last few years, the track in San Diego has become more and more difficult to get onto as campuses are needed to make their facilities more secure they are locking up tracks that were once open to the public and unfortunately charging for usage. Believe it or not, there is no track in the County of San Diego a person can go run on a track endless you are part of the institution that manages it. We requested usage of the track at UCSD and the cost was $9,000. We obviously want to keep the program affordable and could not cover a cost like that.  So we are going rogue. 

We are not officiously authorized to be at the track on Tuesday and I bring this up in the event we are asked to leave. I have a feeling this will be a non-issue but you deserve to know in advance. If for some reason we are asked to leave I have an alternative run planned for us and an alternative track in place for next week. Let see how it goes but obviously want you to know what we are doing.   

WE ARE RUNNING AT Mira Mesa High School (6:15pm)

We are run on Tuesday at Mira Mesa High School. I know there will be some crying because it’s a little further out but let’s give it a shot and we will reassess. We are not authorized to be at this track but we have run here in the past and we are not anticipating any issues. See below for details.

Parking at Mira Mesa High School

Parking is always a little tricky but this is what I can tell you. Give yourself a little extra time to get parked and find your way to the track. There is some construction happening on the parking lot so they recommended that we park on the backside of the school in the neighborhood and not on the campus. (see pic below). 10423 Marauder Way San Diego CA)  


Week 8 – Recovery week

This week we are in recovery mode. The weeks level of intensity is down and our mileage is down on our Saturday run. Don’t worry, we are back up in mileage next week so take advantage of this week and use it to recover.  

This Week’s Training - Week 8

As noted above, we are in recovery week. Which means we will take it a little slower and easier on our long runs.  This is important because the next 2 weeks are the final build-up to the LONG run, with some great long hill tempo runs in between.  These next 2-3 weeks can provide you with some very effective training.  We’ll end the last week before the race with a Taper (which is also important).  Make your long hill runs count. Keep those LONG runs nice, steady, and solid. Start to mentally think about your race.

  • Interval Run/Walkers – Intervals go up to 2/8 or 2/13.  
  • Intermediate Runners –Thursdays are now 7 milers ;)  We’re going up to 8-10 on Saturday.  
  • PR Chaser Runners - You love bumping up!  Lots of specialty workouts for you, including hill repeats and LT intervals on Thursdays.  You’re up to a cool 11mi on Saturday.  See the schedule for details.  

Upcoming Group Runs & Clinics

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

Tuesday @ 6:15pm – Mira Mesa School Track

  • Go to Track. Run in circles, usually fast ;)  Bring your aide, towel, gym bags, keys, etc. down with you to the track.  *See below for detailed instructions.

    Saturday @ 7:15a - Shelter Island to Hilton Bayfront Hotel

    Enjoy the water's edge and Marina District along Shelter Island all the way to downtown, through Seaport Village and towards the Hilton Bay front Hotel to your turnaround point.  Add on Ash Street + 6th ave for a hill, or add-on Harbor Island for flat mileage.

    o   Add-on: Fast Harbor Island, 3.25mi -

    o   Add-on: Hilly Ash & 6th St Hill, 3.5mi -


    See ya out there!

    Coach Aaron

    Detailed Meeting Locations

    This is where we will meet. Don’t get lost :)

    Mira Mesa High School Track

    10423 Marauder Way San Diego CA  

    This is our 2nd time at this location but parking in the back area of the school in the neighboorhood. 

    Shelter Island, Shoreline Park / Fishing Pier

    1720 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

    Will meet in the SW end of the fishing pier parking lot, which is about 1/2 way down the Island (heading South).  Please refrain from parking along the West side of the parking lot near the Pier & Store.