I remember my mile and 2 mile PBs from high school like they were yesterday.
I ran my mile PB at Fremont High School in San Jose, CA in March of 1976. The race was won by Joe Mangan, who would go on to be the head coach of Foothill College in Los Altos, CA some fifteen years later. What I recall about the race is that I actually kicked the last 300 meters hard, finishing six seconds behind Joe, in 4:45.4. I had already run the 2 mile in 10:38, another PB. What I recall is how good I felt finishing.
The 2 mile PB was at a big Invitational. It was about two weeks before the League finals, so late April 1976. The meet was called the King City Invitational. I believe that there were at least 50 in the event. The race was won in about 9:20, and I remember, again, feeling good each lap and kicking the last lap, finishing in 10:28.0, a ten second PB. My parents and girlfriend were there, which made it extra special. I finished 38th in a field of 50.
I hurt my foot the week before League finals, and did not run well. I trained over the summer with my best friend, Bob Lucas. We were both going to Santa Clara, and we wanted to be fit. So we raced our first 10ks, one hour run championships and 10,000m on the track that summer. It was fun, and it lead to a life long involvement in the sport.
Enjoy the race. Focus on the moment and challenge yourself to something unknown.
Saturday, May 18, 2019-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown
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Week 19, 2019 Track buildup-time to get serious, racing is almost here
Monday-warm up, 45 minutes moderate run, back to the track, 8 x150m stride outs, core work, cooldown
Tuesday-warm up, 20 minute tempo run, run at 30 second per mile above your 5k current race pace, 4x 150m, good effort, cool down
Wednesday-warm up, 45 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown
Thursday-warm up, 6 x 400m, 400m jog, 800m pace, 2 x 200m, cut downs, coold down
Friday-warm up, 45 minute run, 8 x 150m, core training, cooldown
Saturday-warm up, Prime distance (1 race) and relay, if needed, cooldown
Sunday-warm up, 75-80 minutes, cooldown