Racing two miles in high school on a 400-meter track means just short of 8 laps. At Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, California, for all athletes before the mid-1980s however, we ran on a 352-yard dirt track, which meant just about 11 laps for two miles. The track, part of the old University of the Pacific (BCP moved there in 1912), was fit under a bridge overpass and next to the railroad tracks. The colorful College Park Station train office had been featured in Jack London’s Call of the Wild. (Check the first chapter: https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMAXDG_College_Park_Station_Jack_Londons_Call_of_the_Wild_San_Jose_CA)
The laps moved for each time with a 352-yard track. The fastest 2 mile that I ran there was 10:29.8. We loved the track and felt that training on it gave us a huge advantage.
The track at Bellarmine now is a gorgeous 400-meter all-weather track, which is a facility that could suit a college or uni. What an exceptional change!
Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, California, photo courtesy of Bellarmine website
Your workout for today is April 2, 2022, Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 12, Day 6
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 12 x 300 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, 20 x 200m, at 3000m pace, 200m jog in between, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, 800m, 1,500m, 3000m, or 5000m, cool down
Sunday: 70-75 minutes moderate pace, on trails