2021 Issaquah track & Field

The 2021 season kicks off next Monday, May 3rd. We will be practicing from 3:45pm-5:45pm M-F except for meets. Usually we will be meeting in the main gym to take attendance and warm up. Be prepared to be flexible on the 3rd as the main gym may not be available.

Our meets are on Wednesdays this year and will begin at 4pm, here is our schedule:

Wednesday May 12th Home vs Mt Si

Wednesday May 19th BYE/No Meet

Wednesday May 26th Home vs Liberty

Wednesday June 2nd Away at Skyline

Thursday June 10th Away at Hazen

Final Forms is used to track the paperwork and eligibility of athletes so make sure you check your account and are ready to go next week. Also, make sure you are checking the email that is attached to your final forms account as we will be using Final Forms to communicate with you.

Have a great week, looking forward to seeing you all next Monday,

Coach Bean

meet results vs mt si

Wonderful job by everybody yesterday, thank you to our volunteers who helped us host our first meet of 2021!

You can view the results here:

Race #2 Update: Liberty @ Issaquah @ Lk. Sammamish state park March 20

We have some exciting news about the race this weekend. We had some athletes request we investigate moving it to Lake Sammamish State Park. Well, we managed to pull that off today! It is a beloved place to race and better footing.  Please let me know immediately if your athlete is not racing. 
This weeks races will at Lake Sammamish State Park on March 20. Meet will be versus Liberty:

Boys Race 1@ 11:00 am,

Boys Race 2@11:30 am

Girls Race @12:00, noon
Athletes – check in with coaches at the UW tent by the main bathrooms 45 minutes before your race for temp checks/attestations/warm up instructions.

All boys will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 10:30am.

All girls will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 11:30am

NOTE: You will need a Discovery Pass to park there for the meet. 
Volunteers – we have some, but we need MORE to help ensure a safe race. Please email Coach Liza ASAP if you can help out.  Remember to wear masks at all time and follow all social distancing protocols!

Also, does anyone have flagging and/or rebar to help mark the course?
Friday Practice – to help us visualize and get familiar with the course, we will meet at 4 pm Friday for our workout @ Lake Sammamish State Park. If students drive, they need a DISCOVER PASS. If they are getting dropped off, please use the lot at the end of the entrance by the concessions/bathroom (NOT by the water sports rental lot).

XC will not start on February 1st, 2021

The Kingco League voted today to delay the start of all Fall sports. WIAA announced last week that these sports would begin on February 1st. Discussions are taking place this week with school districts to determine the best time to start. Leagues were given permission to determine the best scenario for their covid situation.

As soon as I hear what the plan is going forward, I will post the information on this website.

STAY TUNED!

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We hope everyone is having a happy and safe winter break and new year!

Winter Training Guide

This is a 15 week plan with a proposed start date of the first week in December. If you start later, you can adjust accordingly. Week 16 is scheduled to be the first week of xc season on March 15th.

Week 1-3; Mileage total= 6-30 miles; Core 2-3 x week

Week 4-6; Mileage total= 10-35 miles; Core 3 x week; Circuits x 1; Strides 2-3 x week

Week 7-9; Mileage total=15-40; Core 3 x week; Circuits x 2; Strides 3 x week; Hills or Fartlek 1 x week

Week 10-12; Mileage total 20-45; Core 3-4 x week; Circuits x 2; Strides 3-4 x week; Tempo 1 x week; Hills or Fartlek 1 x week

Week 13-15; Mileage total 25-50; Core 3-5 x week; Strides 4 x week; Tempo 1 x week; Hills or Fartlek 1 x week

Definitions of above training terms

Core Any strengthening for abs, back and hips. This includes things like “dirty dozen”, Superman’s, clamshells, etc.

Circuits General strengthening work using body weight. Squats, lunges, pushups, tricep dips are examples. Do for 10-30 seconds each.

Strides These are done after your run and can be in length from 100-200 meters at a pace of 800-1600 race effort. Do 3-6 strides. All are done using good form.

Hills Find hills of varying length from 50-200 m. These can be done after a good warmup of 1-2 miles with a 1-2 mile cool down. Do enough to get tired but without exhaustion at a 5k race pace effort. Remember to use your arms!

Fartlek This is done during a training run where for a 10-20 minute segment you run at 2mile-5k race pace with alternating normal run pace. Example would be 30 seconds race pace followed by 30 seconds normal run pace. Gradually increase the length of each alternating paces and gradually increase the total length of the fartlek time week by week.

Tempo Runs The total amount of time you run at tempo pace is based on your total weekly mileage. The longest tempo run is 10% of your weekly mileage. Example if you run 30 miles per week your longest tempo run is 3 miles. When you do tempo runs, warm up 1-2 miles and cool down 1-2 miles. The tempo effort is “comfortably hard” where you can say a few words but would not want to have a conversation as you would during a regular training run. The pace is roughly 40-50 seconds per mile slower than 5k race pace. Ideally you do this run on a flat surface like a bike path. You should feel pretty good after a tempo run, not as tired as you would after a race and the following day you feel fine. If not, you probably ran too hard.

Have fun and enjoy the process!

Winter Training Reminders

Take a break if you have been training hard for 4-6 months straight

If you have not run in over a month gradually build up your mileage

If you are sick, do not run

If you are injured not run

Vary your runs in terms of distance, hills and pace

Be consistent in your training

Each week run 3-6 days per week depending on your fitness

You can do core exercises 2-5 times per week (Very Important)

Do circuit training for general strength work

Have fun

Winter training 2020/21

The school district will allow us to post a winter training plan for cross country beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd. If the winter conditioning period starts tomorrow and there are no “pauses”, I will post a suggested plan for you to follow if you so desire. There are a few sports who have chosen to be in person for conditioning but we are not going to do that. Your coaching staff felt it would be better for you to have the option of running on trails, parks and traditional running routes as opposed to meeting at assigned times on the track following the guidelines of 5 person pods, mask wearing at all times, screening, etc. During the winter conditioning period we are not allowed to coach or educate so our role would be to supervise only with the above mentioned restrictions. This decision was made in the best interest of everyone involved.

As we have always done in the past, the summer and winter training periods are athlete run. Older athletes get the word out to younger athletes so I am confident that will happen again this winter. One thing you will notice that is different this year (besides the obvious) is that the track will not be open to you. Teams who are meeting in person will have exclusive use of the tracks and fields at IHS and IMS. Please respect their use of the facility as there are restrictions on the number of athletes allowed at any one time.

The training plan that will be posted is meant to help you gain a level of fitness to carry into the xc season which is currently scheduled to begin on March 15th. This season start date has been moved once already. There are no guarantees but I am hopeful that we are on target to begin on that date. You are free to work with outside clubs/coaches if you desire to do so. The winter training plan is optional and meant as a guideline for you to use.

Stay tuned and I will try to post something tomorrow if all goes well!

Stay healthy, positive and do your homework.

We miss you and look forward to seeing you once the season starts.

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