Golden Valley Harriers (GVH) is a running club located in Davis, CA. GVHers come in all shapesand sizes—from elite ex-college runners to folks who are just starting to run and everything in between.
Everyone and anyone is welcome to come out and run with us, but we appreciate a positive attitude. (Please note that our insurance requires that runners under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.)
GVH meets for workouts at Fleet Feet Sports, 615 2nd Street, Davis, CA (Map, Fleet Feet website). Group runs are on Tuesdays (5:45 pm), Thursdays (5:55 pm) and Saturdays (8 am). For more details, go to Workouts and Events
Annual dues for GVH are $35 each January. Membership dues pay for insurance during organized group workouts and nominal club operating expenses. Club members get on a distribution list to receive e-mail announcements of additional workouts, trail runs, races, uniform buys, and social events.
GVH Monthly Trail Run: Sunday, February 26th, Auburn, CA. GVH will head back out to the trails in Auburn this Sunday, 2/26/17, to explore the Confluence Trail:https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/4155163/confluence-trail
Meet at the Boy Scout Cabin parking lot in Downtown, Davis at 7 am to carpool to the trail head or meet us at the trail head at ~8am. The group is planning to park on the side of highway 49 near the Quarry trail head and run down to the Confluence trail head from there (~1/2 mile). The plan is to do an out-and-back course for a total of 2 hours of whatever the group decides. Breakfast in Auburn after the run. Please email Annie if you have any questions of if you plan to meet the group at the trail head.
02/28/2017 Tuesday Speed Workout (TBD)
, Boston Marathon
, No Excuses 5k
Secondary Workout (, , or )
4-mile tempo run (HM-10K)
For the next few weeks, we're going to alternate between threshold type workouts that improve lactate threshold and speed workouts that improve stride rate, running economy, and fatigue resistance.
All runners need these kinds of workouts, but how much and how often varies based on when and how far a person is racing. For example, a 5k runner will need more speed work to improve fatigue resistance at 5k race pace where as a marathoner/half marathoner will need more threshold work to improve their endurance.
But both need some of what the other does a lot of. Since we're training for races that are a few months away (Napa, Boston, Sactown 10, No Excuses 5k), now is a good time for the 5k runners to do a substantial amount of threshold work and the marathoners/half marathoners to get in their limited speed work before either group moves away from these types of workouts and toward more race-specific ones down the road. Thus, we have our workout plan for the next month or so.
Tuesday nights-5:45 p.m.
New runners are encouraged to try this speed workout out. The warm-up pace is relaxed and we often do the faster paced intervals at a track or a loop where it is hard to get lost or left behind. This is the best attended workout and a great way to work on your form, up your game, and meet club members.
Thursday nights-5:45 p.m. Distance ranges from 5 - 8 miles and the pace is easy to a hard tempo. Note: Plan to leave FF by 5:55 in order to get back by 7 pm.
Saturday mornings-8:00 a.m. Standard distances are 7 - 10 miles usually at an easy, social pace, but you can usually count on a few to kick in a brisk, tempo run. Marathoners often tack on 3 - 10 miles. About 15 - 25 runners show, but only a few may be there if there is a big local race. We often grab breakfast afterwards.