Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June Gloom! 8 mile treadmill progression run.

It has been gusty here night and day for the past 3 days. I fully recovered from my 20 miler in about 2 days. I could have run yesterday but the wind kept me in bed. Today I got on the treadmill for 8 miles: 5 miles @ 8:00 pace, 2 miles at 7:30 pace, and the last .5 miles at 6:40 pace and watched the trees sway from inside. Total workout was just over an hour.

I have some good links to check out that I have found over the past week:

Coach Jay Johnson out of Boulder, CO has a great website and some good videos on core workouts for runners. Check them out.

Here is a recent article from the NY Times titled “The Road to Success, Paved with Bad Advice.” It talks about stretching, orthotics, and running form and how the wrong advice, even with good intentions can be detrimental to your training. I think anyone that says that their technique or their product will help everyone or prevent injuries for all runners is feeding you a line. Again, there are so many variables that training, stretching, footwear, etc., have to be individualized for each runner. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had perfect biomechanics?

Next, here is a great article from Exercise Physiologist and Coach Jason Karp Ph.D. out of San Diego, on training by time and not mileage. Definitely worth a read! He has an online newsletter on his site called REVO2LT that is also worth checking out.

Did anyone watch the Prefontaine Classic this weekend? I thought the women’s 1500m was the most exciting with Jenny Barringer almost catching Gelete Burka of Ethiopia at the tape. See the bell lap on video here (it was Flotrack's Tasty Race of the Week) start video at 2:23. She became only the third American woman ever to break 4:00 in the 1500m. Mary Slaney and Suzy Favor-Hamilton are the only others. See her reaction here. Quartz Hill HS graduate and 2x world champion hurdler Michelle Perry won the 110HH at the Pre Classic in 12.74. Second place also ran 12.74 another photo finish!

Finally, the California state high school championships was this weekend. There were two local girls that represented the Antelope Valley well in the sprints, both making the finals in the 100m and 200m. Jessica Davis, a Junior at Highland HS in Palmdale was 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Jordan Hasay won the CA 3200m for the 4th year in a row by 18 seconds in 10:05! After looking over the results of that race I noticed that nearby Saugus HS qualified 4 girls in the 3200m final and placed 2 in the top 5 and all 4 in the top 20 (only 1 senior--the 4th one)! Amazing! See all the results from the meet here.

Looking to visit Hawaii this year? Seach on they have some tickets as cheap as $99 each way!

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Due to the wind I have also been inside on the treadmill for the last three days.

Thank you for the links to the recent articles. They were very interesting and informative.

I really enjoyed watching the Prefontaine Classic. Eugene is such a great track city. My nephew was invited to run the 1500 meters in the Track City International Classic in 1992 & 1993. I was able to get in some great runs on the Prefontaine trails while we were there.

It is really nice having someone to communicate with that shares the same passion for track and distance running. Prime Ticket should be showing the California State meet soon. I will be keeping my eye out for it.