Winter 2017 - Week 1 (10/27/2017)



  • Meet: Kate Session Statue - 2498 Balboa Dr San Diego CA 92101 Click

  • Map: Balboa Park Loop Click

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Welcome!  We're ready to start training, and have a great season lined up for you!  The response has been great and as of this morning, we have over 80+ members and projecting to be over 100 runners for the winter season, with 2 weeks left for sign-ups and we’re looking forward to kicking things off.

Reminder – these informational texts are only going to registered members, so please do not simply forward these to others.  If you know of anyone who has NOT received this text, have them contact me and we’ll get it resolved.


We want to send a big congratulation to the runners that took on the Ventura Marathon this past weekend. Running a full is always a big task and looking forward to hearing all the details of the race. If you see one of these runners on Tuesday before to give them a big high-five. They will be easy to pick out because they will be the ones walking bowlegged. Congratulations once again on your accomplishment.


The first few meetings will be a bit extended because we'll have a lot to cover and review, in addition to welcoming all of the new runners that keep on signing up.  Also plan on the ammount of detail in these post to decrease once we get things up to speed.  There will be less speak and more run as we progress and usually by about week 2 or 3 we're in full speed with mostly running! So, with that . . .


The entire “team” will be there Tuesday night. Coach Aaron offer up the Re-orientation at 5:30 pm, and kick things off with a general welcome to the group at 6:15 pm . . . then we’ll get on with the program.  We’ll all stick around for as long as needed AFTER the run to answer questions, etc.


Spread the word . . . we will be taking registrations and signups on Saturday after the group run. 


There is warm weather in the forecast for the week so plan on coming to the run well hydrated. There will be drinking fountains along the course but it is a good habit to get into now of drinking a fair amount of water throughout the day.

It might also be a good idea to bring a light jacket to have on before the run. As the veterans know, we provide "Storage" for your clothing, keys, etc. 


One good thing about running is that it’s relatively easy to get ready, get dressed and pack up.  While not the “cheapest” sport, it’s pretty straightforward. Now, actually GETTING OUT THE DOOR . . . that’s one of the hardest parts of this adventure you’re on.  More on that later.

  • Running Shoes*

  • Running Attire / Clothing**

  • Water / Aide for after the run.  Many bring a sports drink, water bottle, etc.

A few other points that may help:

  • Yes, we do run in the rain (just incase there was any question about it)

  • Dress as it’s 10-15deg warmer than it actually is, for the actual run.

  • Plan to bring some warm/dry outerwear that you can leave behind (more on “Clothing Tubs” below).  Jacket, sweatshirt, sweatpants / warm ups, etc.


* Shoes - we will be having a shoe clinic within the first few weeks so if you are in need and not sure, hold off.  You’ll be fine for a bit.  Do NOT just go out to Dicks Sporting Goods and get the coolest looking, least expensive shoes.


** Clothing / Attire - similarly, we’ll be reviewing this during our “Running 101” clinic that happens in the first few weeks.  Generally speaking, it’s athletic, moisture-wicking “technical” or “dri fit” type of stuff.


Remember, we'll be taking sign-ups until 11/5/17 so pass on the information to friends, family, coworkers, etc.  For those who want to pass on detailed info to others, send them to the site:



We are off and running in Week 1, so plan your runs based on the training log.  The training program calls for 4-5 days per week, so don't feel obliged to get a "Great workout" on the first and every run.  It is the long haul that counts!  You will hear us say this over and over.


For Beginners and Intermediates, we are in our "Building Phase" for the first 6-8 weeks.  This is the time it takes for your body and “systems” to get up to speed with long distance running.  You’ll hear me say it often, but if you can make it through the first 8 weeks, your chances of success go waaayyy up.   Consider it boot camp!  Even more, beginners & Entry level intermediate runners (those of you who haven’t been running lately or ever) - The first 2-4 weeks shall be VERY EASY to slowly ramp into it.


  • Run/Walkers – This week will be sort of a test, to determine which Interval Group you will be in, A or B.  The A Group will be on a 4/1 interval (It’s actually Walk/Run during the runs) with the B group on a 4/6.  The idea is for you to go out and test the different intervals. Coach Yayoi will review in more detail at the group runs.

  • Intermediate Runners – Nothing special here, just go out and run ;)  HOWEVER . .  SLOW DOWN.  You are likely running too fast and if you’re new to long distance running, this will catch up to you in a few weeks.  One more thing – it is okay to take an occasional walk break here and there.  Maybe 1min worth at the turnaround?  Or 30sec on 10min intervals.   

  • PR Chasers  – Remember, this doesn’t mean you’re simply fast*.  It just means you have a good base and are ready to run out the gate.  This week is full of simple easy but solid runs.  

 *For those of you “seasoned” already and coming off of some recent races, you will simply pick up with the training program and keep your runs solid and strong (but easy when it calls for it ;)  If this pertains to you, then the PR Chasers schedule may be the one to follow.  

FOR EVERYONE – After our group chat tonight, we will be breaking off into our Individual Groups, just listen for the announcements.  Each Coach will review in general the overall approach.  We will do the same on Saturday.   

SOCIAL EVENT AT EL CAMINO - Saturday 11/4/17 

Next Saturday will be our first social event of the season. The Black Flag social events are very informal and you are welcome to invite our friends out for the evening. They are a great way to get away to meet new people that you might not normally find yourself running with on our training runs. See the social link above for details.  


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


We will meet in the grassy area just south of the Kate Sessions statue located on the corner of El Prado and Balboa Dr. Review map for full details, we will be running for the time listed in your training schedule which will be 50 min for most. There will be an option to extend your loop at the fountain in front of the science center. 

  • Meet: Kate Session Statue - 2498 Balboa Dr San Diego CA 92101 Click

  • Map: Balboa Park Loop Click



    We'll usually arrive 15 minutes before each group run to make ourselves available for questions, tips, whatever.  We also plan to stay afterward for as long as it takes to do the same.  This means I'll be at Tuesday runs around 6:00 PM and the Saturday runs at 7:00 AM.

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

    See you Tuesday tonight!

    Coach Aaron


    Detailed Meeting Locations

    Balboa Park, Balboa Dr.

    2498 Balboa Dr San Diego CA 92101

    This is just South of Kate Sessions statue in the large grass area. There are restrooms and water fountains nearby.  Parking is street only, and keep in mind that Balboa Drive is a one way street.