One of the first long runs I did was at Quicksilver Park, in New Almaden, on the south side of San Jose, California. It was in the summer of 1977, and it was with Dan Durante, my college coach, Rich Stiller, Don Clary, and Hollis Logue III. Bob Lucas and I ran fifteen miles (we may have done a 17 miler before), through the hills and canyons of the park. What do I remember of the run? The jokes by Hollis Logue, who could not breathe without a joke. Almost 50 years later, Hollis was my family’s trust lawyer and had my Dad laughing through each meeting. Don Clary was the first triathlete I had ever met, and the late Rich Stiller was one of the kindest people I had ever met. Dan Durante became my coach at Santa Clara University, after my stint in a Jesuit seminary, and challenged me with life lessons that I use, daily, 45 years later.
Long runs are so much more than physical. The confidence one gets from them, the ability to cleanse one’s mind is also important, and the positive memories keep me going well so many years past.
Cole Hocker takes the 3000m at the USATF championships, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto
Your workout for today: March 6, 2022, Sunday: 65-70 minutes moderate pace, on trails
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 8, Day 7
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 8 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 15 minutes easy running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: warm-up, 55-minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 16 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 13 minutes running, then 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
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