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Speed Play or Cross country Intervals for Northface Relay Challenge

One of my favorite trails in Joaquin Miller Park with a nice view of the Bay on a sunny day and moderately flat going to the Horse Arena. We can do a modification Speed play drill that will help us get ready for the Northface relays or to make for more room for Turkey, mash potatoes and stuffing before Thanksgiving.

The Sequoia Bayview trail is Joaquin Miller's most popular trails in the park with many XC teams doing their workouts or Olympic champion, Regina Jacobs with her Poodle can often be seen.

If it rains we will just remain on the Bay View Ridge trail since the Redwoods would block most of the rain from getting us wet.  If it's sunny we can run into Redwood Skyline Gate side.

The Bayview Trail is after Joaquin Miller Park taking a left onto Skyline Blvd if going up Lincoln/Joaquin Miller Road.  The trail is before Roberts Pool probably less than 1/2 mile from the line after the curve.  Parking is on the left hand side after the S curve in the road. If you went past Roberts and the Chabot Space Center you went too far.  It's fairly easy to miss though look for the trail and parking on left side of road.  It's best to go past trail head and to make a U turn since the road is narrow.  There is a turn off on the right above the trail.

photo Click on photo for the map for the first 1 mile interval.  The first interval is a mile and starts at the beginning and will end at the Fern Ravine trail before the bridge.  Yellow on the maps means to jog easy or for recovery.  Note at Moongate we will continue to Map 2 or going to Skyline Gate.

Redwood - Click on Redwood for second map with 2 X 2 mile intervals.  If weather is nice we can run the first 2 mile intervals as a group running together forming a line.  The last runner will sprint to the front in continuation till we end at the Phillips trail.

The second interval will be based on your pace at 10K pace with end at Moon Gate.

The final interval is a mile interval and starts at the end of the first one mile sprint at Fern Ravine trail.  Try to end the last interval before the starting area to give your self a cool down.

 

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  • Yuch

    Thanks for organizing, Jon! Not sure I would have braved the rain on my own.

    November 17, 2012

  • Drew

    Good run, rain tapered off, mostly just dripping a bit, fun to dodge puddles.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had lots of fun with jumping over the puddles. Rain makes the world look different and I like it. Thanks for organizing the run, Jon!

    November 17, 2012

  • Anna

    uh oh, supposed to rain friday to monday X-(

    November 13, 2012

    • Drew

      Friday looks rainy, but I think Sat might be alright...

      November 13, 2012

    • Drew

      I take back all the semi-good things I said about the weather...

      November 17, 2012

  • Yuch

    I'll be driving from Berkeley, if anyone still needs a ride. I will have to get home by around 12:30, but this sounds like a fairly short workout (I think?).

    November 11, 2012

    • Yuch

      Hi Rachel--sure, I can swing by there. When/where do you want to meet?

      November 15, 2012

    • Yuch

      Hi Rachel--are you ok with meeting in front of the Oakland public library (Lakeview) at 9:40?

      November 16, 2012

  • Jon David L.

    Yes, Yuch sorry the map doesn't give the exact spot even if I change it and Yes let's meet at the trailhead with the sign Bayview trail. It's easiest if you take Lincoln, Joaquin miller Rd and take a left at skyline going to the Roberts and the Chabot space center. It's less than 800 meters after turning left on Skyline.

    November 15, 2012

    • Yuch

      Cool. Thanks, Jon.

      November 15, 2012

  • Yuch

    Oh, just read your description--guess I should have done that in the first place. :/ I guess we're meeting at the trailhead parking lot, then?

    November 15, 2012

  • Yuch

    Hey Jon, I'm a little unclear on where we're meeting, as the map shows a location in the middle of the park. Is there a parking area where we plan to meet? Thanks! --Yuch

    November 15, 2012

  • Anna

    I'm bringing a couple friends from work to the run and we're thinking about having brunch at Montclair Egg Shop after the run if anyone's interested in joining!

    November 14, 2012

  • Jon David L.

    Contingency plan is to run the Sequoia Bayview trail twice with periodic 1 mile intervals since the Redwood trees will offer cover against the rain. The trail doesn't get that bad unless it rains more than 2 days and hard. So hopefully the trails will be moist and easy to run just bring a change of shoes and socks. I'll post a map in case we have good weather so we can stick to the speedplay plan. I'll also post for those that like waterfalls, the Cataract Falls trail in Marin though will wait till February so the four lakes in the Marin water district is full and the falls are spectacular.

    1 · November 13, 2012

    • Yuch

      Cataract Falls is gorgeous in the spring, but would be difficult to run--the trail is narrow and slippery when wet!

      November 13, 2012

    • Anna

      Ok, maybe wait for a weekend at the end of a rain-free week in Spring? :) Supposed to have plenty of rain (and snow at higher elevation) this year though.

      November 14, 2012

  • Jon David L.

    Hi Yuch yes this will be a short workout since will we similar to a 10k with some 2 mile and one mile 10K repeats so will get done in about an hour.

    November 11, 2012

  • Peter S.

    wish I could join, I reaally need to prepare for the sprint up Bobcat. All 800 vertical feet of it!

    November 11, 2012

  • Marioune

    Some sort of fartlek on sequoia bay view, love it! Hope i can make it.
    Used to do this sort of things when i started running with a group of crazy guys. (by crazy I mean the fast 3h or less marathoners were given handicaps: running 30Mi the day before, carrying a huge piece of wood, looping 400m around the group...)

    October 4, 2012

  • Laura

    This looks awesome- I love a good indian run.

    Any chance someone is coming from Berkeley and willing to give the poor car-less girl a lift?

    October 3, 2012

  • Jon David L.

    Won't be Hill repeats Anna thinking more of a Conga line with the last person sprinting to the top of the line. Will help practice our passing drills and running as a team. This trail is pretty tame though 98% shaded in the redwoods with some single flat S trails especially in the Big Trees trail.

    July 30, 2012

  • Katie W.

    Love this. Thanks for planning it!

    July 29, 2012

  • Anna

    Jon: Great idea! Looking forward to this event. Hill sprint repeats in Joaquin Miller? Let's do it!

    July 28, 2012

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  • Jon David L.
    Event Host
  • Yuch
    Professor of 69
  • Drew
    Blue Streak, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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