Winter 2019 - Week 9 (12/28/2019)


 SATURDAY @ 7:15 am - Balboa Parks Fountain (note the meeting spot)

Meet:  Balboa Parks Fountain 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

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Hey everyone!

Hope everyone had a great holiday and ready for another long run. Also remember that we moved our run from Tuesday to Monday because of New Years' next week.  This week we are up in mileage and in the final build-up before race day!  Remember we are doing some the longest runs of the winter season and are the most important in having a successful race. Don't skip the long runs, and if you can't make the Saturday run try to shift the mileage to another day in the same week. We are in the home stretch. 

Wear your shirt on Saturday runs

We want to encourage our runners to wear the team shirt at all of our Saturday runs. It helps us identify who you are and cheer you on along the course. As we start creeping up in miles seeing another runner out of the course giving you a little encouragement can make all the difference. I will also be out there taking pictures so want to see you rock'n your shirt. 


 As you might have heard me say at the bar Saturday, December 14th, we had a minimum we need to meet to get the trailer and unfortunately they wanted it all on one tab.  I went ahead and put it all on my card and figure I would settle up with everyone later. If you drank anything that you didn't pay for on Saturday please venmo me. It's the honor system.  My venom account is: @Aaron-Adragna 

I am estimating there is something like 16-18 drink unaccounted for. Thanks for taking care of this. You're the BEST!        

Back Up, but Be Careful

This week is very tricky for most of us who are truly taking time away for the holidays.  You are supposed to be ramping things up, but that's hard to do during the holiday season. 

We’re into week 9, Phase 3 of the Training and it’s going up pretty steep from here on out with 2.5 weeks of long, hard runs.  Be ready to push yourself hard.  At the same time, if you missed (or going to miss) a lot of running due to the holiday's, then ease into it.  The schedule is designed for optimum conditions (meaning you’ve kept up with all of the training and runs) If you have to cut back on some intensity or mileage, do so. It won't kill your chances to run a strong race.

This Week’s Training

This is Week 9 and is back up in overall training: intensity, mileage, frequency.  The next 2 weeks are the final build-up to the long run, with some great tempo and speed workouts in between.  These next 2 weeks can provide you with some very effective training.  We’ll end the last week and a half with a Taper (which is also important).  Make your Tempo runs count, keep those long runs nice and steady and long, and start to mentally think about your race.

Specific training notes are:

  • Run/Walk Group: Up AGAIN to a new set of intervals going to a 2/8 and a 2/13.  This is a very decent jump as you move to the next interval set (10 min. and 15 min. respectively) but guess what?!  YOU CAN DO IT MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK!  **IN addition, your mid-week runs are going up to 60 minutes each.
  • Intermediate Group: You’re also adding a mile to each of the mid-week runs.  In addition to gearing up for the longest long run of the season (but not THE longest of the program ;)  We’ll also introduce a bit of TEMPO INTERVALS to the Tuesday workouts.
  • PR Chasers Group: Bumping your mid-week mileage up by 1 mile each running day. Thursdays will become TEMPO runs as well.  Your long runs are really cranking up there in the 14-15 mile range.

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.


I hope everyone is excited because this Saturday's run. I'm excited about it because it includes 4 bridges, and the option to visit a forgotten cemetery. I have a feeling it's going to be a favorite, but know in advance it's a good way! :) 

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 afterward for as long as it takes to do the same.  This means I'll be at Tuesday runs by 6 PM and Saturday runs at 7 AM.

Please let us know if you have questions.

Have a great week everyone!

 Coach Aaron


Detailed Meeting Locations

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


 Balboa Park, Bea Evenson Fountain

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

We will meet at the main fountain in Balboa Park, there is plenty of parking behind the Reuben H Fleet Science Center or behind the San Diego Museum of Natural History.