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.
1. General Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Location: Steve's Pizza (Downtown Davis). Time: 7:30 pm (or right after our Tuesday workout).
Come join us for some food and refreshments and to hear about what is going on with the Club this year!
a. Fundraising Ideas: The Board has been discussing some fundraising ideas in-lieu of Labor Day Race, and we would like to bring these ideas to you and get some feedback.
b. GVH Retreat
c. GVH presence in the community--PR Lead needed
d. GVH Summer Gear
e. Lagers for Joggers/GVH 5K Race--Summer Time
f. Very Quick Updates on the following:
- Western States
- Buzz Oats Series
- Poppy Pass for the Club
- Club Timer
2. Winter Gear: If you ordered Long Sleeve shirts or Sweatshirts, your gear is here! I will bring them with me to tomorrow's (2/18) workout, and to the Club meeting on 2/21.
3. Cronan Ranch Trail Run, Sunday, 2/19/17: A group of GVHers will be running the first part of the Salmon Falls 50K course (10-12 miles) this Sunday, February 19th, 2017, followed by brunch at Edelweiss in Auburn, CA. If you are interested in carpooling meet at the Boy Scout Cabin at 7 am. Drive to the trailhead is about 70-75 minutes. You can also join them at the trailhead if you do not wish to carpool. The group is planning on parking at the Magnolia Ranch Trailhead parking lot (6027 Coloma Road, Pilot Road Hill, CA 95664).
Let me know if you have any questions/comments regarding any of the items listed above or if you would like to have something added to the Club Meeting Agenda.
02/21/2017 Tuesday Speed Workout
, Boston Marathon
, No Excuses 5k
Secondary Workout (, , or )
4-mile tempo run (HM-10K)
For the next few weeks until the Davis Stampede, 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.