Monday, June 9, 2014

NCAA Champs, PTF, Brooks PR Invite, and USATF Champs: Last Week's Training

I mentioned it last week, but there are some great meets in the Pacific Northwest over the next few weeks. The NCAA Track and Field Championships kick off this week in Eugene, the Portland Track Festival (PTF) is approaching this next weekend (June 14th and 15th), and the Brooks PR Invitational is going outdoor this year and is set for June 21st at Renton Memorial Stadium. High school athletes are running much faster than when I was in high school (already 10 years ago now!). Running PRs of 8:30 for 3000 meters and 3:53 for 1500 meters left me a wide range of full-ride scholarship opportunities, but these times are now commonplace. It was also not as common for the best high school athletes to get together at the national level at the same venue. The Brooks PR Invite is truly going to be a treat for track and field fans. I'm sad that I won't be making the trip to Seattle because I'll be departing soon after for Sacramento for the US Outdoor Champs, but I'll definitely be watching it on tv. The information for the race is below.

Where                                  Renton Memorial Stadium
When                                   June 21st, 1:30pm-4:30pm (doors open at noon)
Why                                     Come watch the fastest and deepest high school meet of the year in our backyard!!
                                            1000 technical PR Invite t-shirts to the first spectators arriving
                                            Come Meet the Brooks Beasts
Cost                                      $10 per person, kids 6 and under will be FREE (all proceeds go to the Renton       School District)

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I'm also excited to head down to Eugene for a couple of days and cheer on the Cowboys where they are looking for a historically high team finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. It will also be an opportunity for me to see my coach, Dave Smith, for the first time since the fall.

My track work in preparation for the Portland Track Festival (mile) and USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (10,000 meters) has continued to progress on a weekly basis, and I'm excited to test out my fitness over the next 5 to 6 weeks of racing. I don't get to race often in Portland, so the mile next weekend will be a rare opportunity for me to enjoy the local atmosphere and have the support of family and friends. The Portland Track Fest has become bigger, deeper, and faster every year. This year will be no different.

Feel free to check out last week's training below. I'm particularly happy with my ability to close the Tuesday workout with a 4:13 on my 7th mile of the workout. I'm ready for a solid 10km. The miles are easing down with the aim of a light week heading into the USA Track and Field Champs on June 26th. It had been 6 weeks since my last day off, so I decided Monday was the right time for a rest day. My plantar was a little sore from all the spike work lately, so it was a good excuse to lay back. My daily volume for the week was still quite high, but the day off pulled my weekly mileage down to a more reasonable level on my way into racing season. Each week will get lighter in terms of volume for the rest of June. I'll check back in next week after the mile at the Portland Track Festival. For more updates, follow me here on twitter.

Week 8 AM PM Strength/Drills Mileage
Monday off

Tuesday 3 mile tempo @ 70.5, 3 min rest, 4 x 1 mile (4:25, 4:22, 4:18, 4:13)   5

Wednesday 14   off 40 minutes 14

Thursday 11.5 + drills and grass strides   6

Friday 8 5 x (200, 200, 400) in 29-30 and 59-60 w/equal jog recovery

Saturday 11.5 4.5 40 minutes 16

Sunday 16 off



1 comment:

  1. Ryan, I am really looking forward to see you in the Mile this weekend!