Winter 2021-22 - Week 8 (Sun) - No run Saturday moved to Sunday

NEED TO KNOW: Week 8 (Read Details)

    CHANGE OF DATE: Sunday 12/26 @ 7:15 am - Balboa Parks Fountain 

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      Happy Holidays Everyone,

      I trust everyone had a great holiday season with friends and family. It was nice to see everyone in front of the liberty stations Christmas tree on Tuesday, it truly felt like the holiday season was in full effect.

      As we have mentioned the last few weeks, we are moving this Saturdays run to Sunday because of the holidays. Coach Aaron will also be out of town both on Sunday and Tuesday so we will be in good hands with Coach Yayoi!

      I also owe everyone an apology as I presented some conflicting information on Tuesday’s post and when I spoke about the up coming runs. Sorry about that, my brain was already looking at week 9 while we where still on week 8.  

      Have a great run this weekend and we will see everyone on Sunday morning.

      Holiday Schedule- Moving our run to Sunday  12/26 and 1/2

      As I mentioned last week, given Christmas and New Years falls on a Saturdays so  we will be moving the run to Sunday 12/26/2021 at 7:15am and Sunday 1/2/21 at 7:15am.

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      Back Up, But Be Careful

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

      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 8 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 very decent Jump as you move to the next interval set (10min and 15min respectively) But guess what, YOU CAN DO IT MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK.  **IN addition, you’re 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 Thursday and/or Saturday. Don’t get lost :)


           Balboa Park's Bea Evenson Fountain

          1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

          We will meet 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