Hope the training is going well. We had a lot of good races this past weekend. A bunch more are this weekend. Don’t just be a trainer. Take advantage of your fitness and race. The spring is a great time for it.
As most of you know, next Friday, May 5 is the Hoka Henderson Invitational. This has become(other than the Penn Relays) the best regular season meet in PA year in and year out. It’s a chance to see some of the best high school runners in the region and Nation in your own backyard. We also have a professional men’s and women’s 800 meters. One of the great highlights of the meet every year is the Novice 1600m. The slow heat features about 100-120 runners fighting for a spot on the track. It’s great action.
I wanted to piggyback off of Hipster Ed’s e-mail last summer and give my own Henderson Invitational highlights from previous years. I’m only giving 3 highlights but I could spend hours sending you great videos from the meet:
1-Puma Battle Royale-Great concept. You have to take 5:00 to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQOwPORhHMk
2-Springer vs. Forys. This is the race that put the meet on the map. Craig Forys set the NJ High School 2 Mile Record and Paul Springer set the PA record. http://nj.milesplit.com/articles/13376/craig-forys-sets-3k-3200-and-2-mile-nj-state-records-henderson-pa-video-story-on. Race video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwjJd-91ybw
3-The 2014 version of the meet was a great meet for me as a coach. We had boys run 4:21, 4:30 and 4:32 in the 1600, a boy run 1:54 in the 800, one at 9:39 and one at 9:50 in the 3200 and then 4 at 9:21 or better in the 2 mile. Here’s that 2 mile: http://pa.milesplit.com/videos/57644 Interview with TR: http://pa.milesplit.com/videos/57640
Here is this week’s workouts as we get ready for Broad Street and other races:
Tuesday-3 x 2400 with 400jr at 10k pace. If you’re not ready for that, 2 x 2400 or 2-3 x 1600. Don’t be a hero. Just get in and get to work right away on pace. This is not a cut down workout. Be dialed in from the start.
Friday-5 miles(30-32:00 max) of tempo at Broad Street. When I ran 66:07 at PDR, we ran 5 miles of tempo 9 days before down around the river. I ran 5:03 pace then and felt great and did the same thing in the race. This is tempo, not cutdown, not a race. Finish feeling like you have a few more miles in you. We’ll do this all on the track. 30-32:00 is enough. So, figure out your pace and decide how far you’re going to go. For example, if you want to run 7:00 pace at BS, run 4.5 miles or 31:30. You can do the mat for the other paces. Some of you might turn this into your long run for the week. If you get a 4 mile warmup. You just have to cool down a couple of miles.
Saturday-If you ran long yesterday, just an hour. If you still have to go long, go about 3-4 miles less than last week.
See you on Tuesday.