When I truly got into running, I was a sophomore in college. I had just returned from a short stint in the Jesuit seminary, then, worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company for nine months, and finally, returned to Santa Clara University. It was in that fall that I met Gary Goettleman of Ryan’s Sport Shop, then on Bascom Avenue. Gary was a 2:22 marathoner and the most running geek adult I ever met. He challenged me to dig inside and when I hit 34 minutes for 10k, he told me that perhaps that was my limit. I got so mad, I increased my training, and a year later I broke 33 minutes. He smiled. Gary and his son, Steve run Ryan’s Sports in Santa Clara, California. I still have the first Track & Field News magazine Gary gave me, in June 1974. I can hear his voice challenging me. Like my father, Gary knew what made me tick, and I could not hide from his clear-sighted gaze. As a young man, it scared me, as a man now of a certain age, I miss the runs and the conversation. I know now, that was how he showed he cared.
adidas Marathon Trainers, circa 1978, photo courtesy of Ebay.com
Gary got me to train in adidas Marathon trainers, which kept my legs in good shape all though college. I loved them on long runs.
Your workout today: Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 11, Day 7
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 200 meters hard, 200-meter jog, the pace is 1500m, 30-minute run, cooldown,
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: Warm-up, 12 x 400m, at 3000m pace, 400m jog in between, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, Racing on the relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails