Tuesday Night Metro Workouts
- When: Tuesdays @ 6:30pm
- What: Club members and visitors/guests converge to participate in structured interval workouts in a fun, supportive environment. We encourage you to try out a workout or two before joining the club.
Jan 16 (Balboa Stadium @ 6:30pm):
C: Fitness circuit: 8 x 100 strides w/ calisthenics
B: 8 x 400 w/ calisthenics & 100m strides in between
A: Same as B, 8 x 100m strides
Jan 23 (Balboa Stadium @ 6:30pm):
A, B & C: 3-Person Relay
Jan 30 (Balboa Stadium @ 6:30pm):
C & B: 20 min steady/ 10 min of 30 sec on/10 sec off
A: 400/800/mile/20 steady/mile/800/400
Tempo Runs are excellent for developing stamina, confidence and sense of pace. What’s the physiological “secret” behind this type of training? It raises your lactate threshold velocity, the running speed above which fatigue sets in quickly. As your lactate threshold threshold velocity increases you’ll run at faster speeds without getting tired. Tempo runs are an excellent “bridge” to racing; they require you to run hard for relatively long periods. When you attend Tuesday evening workouts you will be expected to know your lactate threshold heart rate pace so you will be asked to measure your intensity by taking your pulse during these workouts. You will be instructed throughout each workout to take your pulse for 6 seconds and multiply that number by 10. To determine your lactate threshold heart rate pace, Coach Paul asks that you when you are at the San Diego Track Club Website under the link “Heart Rate Training Zones”press the heart rate training zones icon. Once you arrive at that link simply type in your resting
heart rate and age. Scroll down to Threshold Pace (min) and Threshold Pace (max) and the heart rates that you need to aim between will be available for viewing.
Some general rules for you to remember:
- Do wear your Track Club shirt, singlet or club apparel. School officials will be policing visitors, including those who use their facilities after hours.
- Do allow time to park in a nearby lot and remember we will finish in the dark, so pick a safe place.
- Do understand numerous groups use the field and track; don’t start warming up on the field or oval if another group is still using it. Wait your turn.
- Do make sure you look both ways before you cross over to the field upon arrival or departure. Listen carefully. If someone yells “Track!” it means a fast runner is approaching in Lane 1 or 2 and someone is blocking it.
- Do respect others’ paces. When we have large groups, such as during our marathon training season, the following designations exist:
- Lanes 1-3 are reserved for the fastest runners. Never stand in these lanes.
- Lanes 4-6 are for intermediate, or midpack, runners.
- Lanes 7-9 are for beginner or back-of-the-pack runners.
- Do warmups running clockwise; the workouts running counter clockwise.
About the Coach: Paul Greer
Coach Paul is professor in Health and Exercise Science at San Diego City College and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and 31 years coaching experience. A top San Diego section miler at St. Augustine High School, Paul was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1995. After high school he went on to become the school record holder for 1500 meters at San Diego State. His 3:42.44 still stands as the best mark in school history.
Greer also ran the mile in under four minutes (3:59.79), was a 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier at 1500 meters with a 3:39.05 and competed on the tough European track circuit as a post collegian. In addition to teaching at San Diego City, Mr. Greer also coaches for the San Diego Track Club; the largest running club in San Diego. He works with over 500 runners and is the Director for the Rockin N Runnin marathon training program preparing athletes every year for San Diego’s Rock N Roll marathon/half marathon in June. Recently, he was selected to be the Men’s Coach for Team USA’s Senior (20-35) and Junior’s teams (19 and under) at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Championships. Paul’s workouts cater for runners of all ages and abilities and he provides training schedules to his athletes on an individual basis.