I used to love all-comers meets.
When I was training in college, I would build up my mileage over the winter (for nine-twelve weeks), and then, begin moving to the hill work, and then the track. During the mileage build-up, I would do an all-comers each Saturday, racing the 2 miles or 5000m. I believed that the stress I battled racing would help me when I was fit enough to race my primary distance, 10,000 meters. I would only race the distance 4-6 times during the year. I would race 30 times a year, from mile to 5,000m, and then some hilly road races.
Racing at Boston University, Valentines Invitational, February 13, 2022, photo by JKHale Photography
The idea was to build to six weeks of key racing I had planned in May and June.
I learned about the weekly testing from reading Frank Shorters’ training, where he would get in a two mile to 3 mile of racing once a week. I liked the feeling of speed when I was building up my mileage.
Enjoy the all-comers today!
Your workout for today: February 19, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 6, Day 6
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 5 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 6 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 10 minutes moderate running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 5 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: warm-up, 55-minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 14 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 17 minutes running, then cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 5 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
Sunday: 60-65 minutes moderate pace, on trails