Weekly Workouts

After mile repeats in the Arboretum 9/20/2011

GVH officially meets three times a week for workouts. Unless otherwise noted, all runs start and finish from Fleet Feet Sports, 615 2nd Street, Davis, CA. If you are new, introduce yourself so we can watch out for you.

This week:

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Most GVHers are famous for taking as little rest as possible in between intervals. Well, now your dream workout has arrived. 

This week, we'll do the famed Australian workout: the Mona fartlek. Your goal is to run the fast sections at something like 3k-5k pace and the off sections steady, which is something in between your marathon pace and your easy run pace. 

Fartleks are best done on dirt or grass. As it is getting dark earlier, I figured we could use the grass field next to the track where we ran the tempo portion of the Michigan. If anyone has a better alternative spot, please let me know. DO NOT "reply all" if you have an alternative location, please. 

Tuesday Workout
Mona Fartlek: 2 x 90sec, 4 x 60sec, 4 x 30sec, 4 x 15sec w/equal time "floats" at slightly slower than marathon pace in between each fast portion

5:45 PM - Meet at FF
5:50 PM - Early birds leave
5:55 PM - Late birds leave

Thursday Workout
3-4 x 8min (10k/15k pace) w/2min jog rest + 4 x 30sec (Mi) 

Saturday Workout
90min long run or race XC in Martinez

Tuesday nights - 5:45 p.m.
The Speed Workout
This workout changes every week, but it usually includes a 1 - 2 mile warm-up, 2 - 4 miles of tempo or intervals, and a 1 - 2 mile cool down. If you are a slower runner, you can usually keep up with the warm up and cool down, then adjust the speed portion to your ability. If you want to become a faster runner, this is the workout to make. The specific workout details are announced on club e-mail distribution list or the website.

Thursday Morning - 8:00 a.m.
This is an informal group in GVH that meets at the track at UC Davis for a morning workout on Thursdays.  (POC: Joannie S.)

Thursday Morning - 5:55 a.m. (TBD)
This group meets at Mercedes and Grande in North Davis and departs promptly at 5:55 am. The workout usually has a 2 mile warm up, a 2 - 3 mile tempo, and a 1 mile cool down. We try to be finished by 7 am since most of us have to go to work.

Thursday nights - 5:45 p.m. (meeting time); 5:55 p.m. (departure time)
These tend to be easy mileage and/or recovery runs.  There are two standard loops of 6-7 miles.  The main loop goes on the west UC Davis campus, and the "winter loop" goes East into Davis on a route that has good lighting and light traffic.  Occasionally people will do hill repeats or another workout but start at the same time/place. 

Saturday mornings - 8:00 a.m.
The standard distances are 7 or 10 miles, usually at a social pace. Marathoners often tack on additional miles before or after. 

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