The 2020 schedule is much like those of years past: 2019 2018 2017 2016

The first four months out of Cedar Hill Rec Centre are pretty much nailed down.  One old workout Oakcrest has been brought back to start the year off, and a few others have been reordered for light levels.  King's Pond and Dark Trails are foul weather backups.  As always the schedule is subject to minor updates and tweaks as necessary.  Updated attachments with the 2020 date may come.

Remember an old workout you'd like back? See one you'd like dropped?  Have some thoughts on how to adjust an existing workout to improve?  Or a suggestion for a whole new workout?  Let us know.  Any and all input welcome.

Week / Leader  Date  Meet
5:15p at
Workout Surface Format
1 Gary Jan. 7
Cedar Hill Rec Ctr
Oakcrest Road 12 x 500m — "U" shaped Oakcrest, 100m recovery on Cedar Hill sidewalk
three sets of four, 500m reverse jog recovery between sets
2020: new first workout as haven't done in a while [~25]
2 Shane Jan. 14 Low Doncaster Snowy Trails Road
Cart Paths
12 x 400m incline, 275m dark path recovery, 85m sprint, 85m recovery
— three sets of four, 400m road recovery between sets

2020: 9 x 600m, 75m recoveries — 3 blizzardy figure eights on the NE interior cart paths of Cedar Hill Golf Course [snow 6]
3 Gary Jan. 21 Aldridge / Kingsley Road 10 x 500m, 100m recovery — Five circuits of Aldridge, Knight, Kingsley, North Dairy, crossing McRae 10 times, be careful! [~20]
4 Shane Jan. 28 Cook / The Rise Road 6 x 450m bump, 30 second walk/rest, 350m hill, 200m walk/jog recovery
— six laps of Cook, Vista Heights, The Rise, and Summit [29]
5 Gary Feb. 4 Savannah / Lovat Road 8 x 675m, 100m uphill walk recovery, counter-clockwise
— two sets of four, reverse 675m jog recovery between sets [rain 18]
6 Shane Feb. 11 Cook @ Quadra Twelve Hills Road Three Monarch of the Hill repeats of Hollis, then in turn of Clovelly Terrace, Camrose Court, and in a continuous loop Connorton Lane — longer recovery on roads between [28]
7 Gary Feb. 18 Townley Queenston Taylor Road 6 x 1km, final 200m build, 150m recovery — six flat loops [~23]
8 Shane Feb. 25 Peacock Hill Road 10 x 250m climb up Tolmie Avenue to Peacock Hill gaining +30m, jog recovery down
— two sets of five, 600m recovery between adding Bellevue to Maywood [~20]
9 Gary Mar. 3 Wordsworth / Browning Road 12 x 600m, 75m recovery — six figure-eights of Wordsworth, North Dairy, Browning, McRae, Wordsworth, Knight and Browning Park [~24 Oscar, ?]
2020: moved later for better end light through park
10 Shane Mar. 10 Bridgeport Hills Road Three paired hill assault tempos of Pointer & Nancy, then of Duke & Bridgeport, then of Tattersall lane & McInnis Rise (time permitting) — regrouping jog between [~22 Sophie]
2020: moved later for better light over Duke
11 Gary Mar. 17 Golf Course Uppers Chip Trail 4 x 1 mile on north perimeter trail, 400m jog + 100m walk recovery across middle - anti-clockwise
— alternate workout after first lap switch to Monghetti Fartlek 2x90s,4x60s,4x30s,4x15s [~15 Lara, Doug]

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, and following recommendations by BC Health Officials about physical distancing, Harriers Tuesday Night Workouts will be SUSPENDED until they are safe to resume again.  We will send a message to all club members when the group gathering cancellation is lifted by Health authorities.  It doesn't mean that you should stop running solo as health and running experts claim that an outdoor, active lifestyle will boost your immune system and help fight the disease if you come in contact with someone who is affected.  Be safe, protect your family, run often, stay positive, and we will be back together again when this terrible disease subsides.  It is a serious worldwide concern.

Challenge yourself to complete the current or any other week's workout as well or better than last year.  Or make up a similar workout at somewhere convenient.

  • Mon. Mar. 23: G did the Mt Tolmie workout this morning.  About 3:50 up & 2:40 down each south, and 3:40 up & 3:00 down each north.  Most of the wide trails have been recently upgraded with a new hard packed layer of fine gravel.  Check it out!
  • Mon. Mar. 30 G did the 6-lap Browing-Sonria-Wordsworth workout this morning.  A remarkably consistent 6:57 each lap, including a walk+jog recovery up Derby and walk recovery along McRae, excepting 5 seconds quicker on the last.  It's definitely harder to keep pushing on your own through the end of each nterval, especially when a strong headwind from the south along Wordsworth knocks your pace down.  Done by 7:45a and all in the sun, although also in the rain for the last 1.5.  Careful on the wooden bridge if wet.
  • Tue. Apr. 7: G did the Summit Park workout this morning.  9:25, 9:25, 9:22 per set with 3:00 between.  Although worried that even early dawn would be too busy and there were dog walkers about, only had to step wide a few times on the narrow trails.
  • Mon. Apr.13: G did an adapted solo version of the Parloff Relay workout noonish, not in-situ but around the south soccer field in Braefoot park.  Soon determined that a walk recovery on one end of goal box depth gave the desired equal time to running the remainder, about 50s.  Yours may vary.
  • Mon. Apr. 20: G did the Golf Course Lowers workout at 6:30 am to reduce encounters but still met about 10 per lap.  Recoveries may have been a bit long at 1 minute quick walk, and the west downhill interval short.  Improved about 10 seconds per lap averaging 11:01.
  • Mon. Apr. 27: G did the Topaz Park U's workout midday after a 3km warmup.  Basically had the area around the fenced sports field to myself.  Ran through the yellow dandeloins on the south & west, but kept to the cement path on the north & the walk / jog recovery on the east.  About 15:30 to finish off the 8th interval both sets, first clockwise, second anti. 3km uphill return.
12 Shane Mar. 24
Group sessions suspended until further notice – you can do on your own
Mt. Tolmie Road / Trail Six big hill climbs — 3 x 600m up Mayfair road from south gaining +60m, jog recovery down; 3 x 525m up trail section from north gaining +40m, jog recovery down road & trail
13 Gary Mar. 31 Browning Sonria Wordsworth Road 6 x 520m (140m recovery) / 700m (80m recovery)
— six loops of Browning, park, Browning (Derby) / Sonria, Browning, Knight, Wordsworth (McRae)
14 Shane Apr. 7 Summit Park Grass / Trail 12 x 500m, 1 minute recovery
— three sets of four, 2 minute walk / jog recovery between sets
15 Gary Apr. 14 Oswald Park Parloff Path Parloff Relay — continuous tagged repeats with partner of 250m (70m recovery)
— in sets of 12, 10 and 8 minutes with two minutes rest between
16 Shane Apr. 21 Golf Course Lowers Chip Trail 9 x 650m (50m recovery) on south perimeter and middle trails
— three clockwise laps of three intervals (uphill, flatter, downhill)
17 Gary Apr. 28 Topaz Park Diagonals Pavement or grass Continuous repeats of ~350m U's around fenced sports field with ~95m recovery jog across end
— 2 sets of 15 minutes with 3 minutes rest between
** Spring Fluids & Fare ** — 5th Street Grill on Hillside TBC
? spare extra King's Pond Trail / Road 12 x 125m/250m — first on chip trail, second on Ascot accelerating three times, equal jog recoveries
— three sets of four, walk/jog recovery between sets

The schedule for the remainder of the year from Mt Doug on hasn't even been date adjusted yet.

I hope to mark out every 100m for the Glendenning workout, but not clear if the others along narrower trails are even viable in a socially considerate manner given current distancing guidelines.

  • Mon. May 4 (star wars day): G laid out white dots every 100m and did the Glendenning 200's workout early this morning.  Consistent but slower than years past.  The spray dots mid-width start at the no bikes sign and should last a few days.  Some lower sections have a new smooth grit surface.  No issue with other users.
  • Mon. May 11: G did a 20 minute warmup from home at 6:30a to the end of the Whittaker segment, walked a minute recovery up to where the trail narrowed, then launched into the Long North workout starting with the 1100 along Norn.  Knocked about 25s off by the third lap.  Definitely more people out in these early hours, especially runners and dog walkers, with most well practiced at accomodating respectful distance passing on these somewhat wider trails.  6 new Sooke hill summits yesterday.
  • Mon. May 18: No Douglas Mile or parade today.  A later holiday start of 8:45a from home to the South Up workout definitely meant more users about, with encounters on every trail, mainly dog walkers.  Be prepared to slow or stop to kindly step aside when meeting and call out when overtaking especially on the narrower trails.  My watch lap button stopped after the first three segments so an extra challenge to remember elapsed times.
18 Shane May 4
Mount Doug Park lower (beach) parking lot
Glendenning 200's DT Trail 21 x 200m increasing inclines, 100m jog recovery
— three sets of seven, 800m jog recovery down between sets — far South, long warmup
19 Gary May 14 Long North Trail 3 x 1200m / 1100m, 1 minute recovery
— Whittaker / Norn — warmup to old resort
20 Shane May 21 South Up Trail 3 x 600m / 350m / 550m, 1 minute recovery
— connector, up Mercer, Harrop / down Whittaker / up Firepit, down Glendenning
2018: rotated segments for a gentler start
21 Gary May 28 Dave Reed Triangles Trail 6 x 450m / 250m / 350m, alternating hard and steady intervals
— Mercer / connector / Glendenning — Dave Reed memorial workout
22 Shane June 4 Norn Steeplechase Trail 4 x 400m / 500m / 600m, 1 minute recovery
— Norn, Irvine / Norn, Whittaker / Whittaker, Norn — loop crossing Churchill Dr
23 Gary June 11 Harrop Hill Trail 3 x 600m / 600m / 600m, 1 minute recovery
up and along Harrop / down Mercer / down Maddock
24 Shane June 18 Cross Churchill Trail 4 x 300m / 250m / 400m / 450m, 1 minute recovery
— Whittaker / Norn / Whittaker / Norn — figure 8's north and south of Churchill Dr
25 Gary June 25 Douglas Trail 3 x 1000m / 650m, 100m / 200m walk / jog recovery
— Beach, Douglas / Douglas — figure 8's south and north of Ash Rd
26 Shane July 2 Double Shot Trail 3 x 500m / 400m / 400m / 400m, 1 minute recovery, jog middle, walk ends
— Whittaker / Whittaker / Norn / Norn — between Churchill & gravel pit
** Summer Picnic in the Park with order-in options
27 Gary Shane July 9
Summer Wild Card — various
Cuthbert Holmes Trail & path 6 x 650m / 350m double interval figure 8's, common 1 minute recovery
— meet by Silver City Theatre, Tillicum mall — warmup into shaded park
28 Shane Gary July 16 Mystic Vale Trail 5 x 600m / 550m / 100m surprise, 70m walk recovery
— meet by Henderson Rec Centre parking lot — magical Mystical tour warmup
29 Gary July 23 Layritz Trail 3 x 430m / 700m / 430m / 640m figure 8's with flat & hill side intervals and common centre interval, walk recovery
— meet by Layritz Ave parking lot — 3/4 figure 8 warmup
30 Shane July 30 Macaulay Point Trail & path 4 x 800m / 600m, 100m recoveries — loops through & around old fortifications
meet by Buxton Green parking lot off Munro St — warmup with seaviews of Victoria
31 Gary Aug. 6
Beaver Lake lower (gravel) parking lot
Bananas Trail 2019: 4 x 3 x 450m / 450m / 350m / 350m, bananas, 1 minute recovery
— near the shelter — full loop warmup
32 Shane Gary Aug. 13 East Bridges Trail 5 x 775m / 515m, pink / blue, 100m recovery
— near the small beach
33 Gary Aug. 20 West Double D Trail 4 x 750m / 830m, 150m recovery
— near the riding ring
34 Shane Aug. 27 East Meadows / Lakeshore Trail 4 x 600m / 800m, 100m recovery
— in the meadows & lakeshore trail
35 Gary Sep. 3 Bear Hill Trail 2 x 1km surges outbound on back stretch, 1+km climb up Bear Hill, 1km and 2km surges inbound, jog between
36 Shane Gary Sep. 10 West Meadows / Lakeshore Trail 6 x 500m / 500m, 100m recovery
— between the shelter and riding ring
37 Gary Sep. 17 Long East Boathouse Trail 3 x 1250m / 650m, 100m recovery
— towards the boathouses
38 Shane Gary Sep. 24 Long West Loop Trail 5 x 1200m, 1 minute recovery
— near the ponds
39 Gary Oct. 1 Parloff Relay Grass Parloff Relay (teams of three) — 30 minutes of 200m, 100m recovery
— in sets of 12, 10, and 8 minutes, 2 minute recovery between sets
** Autumn Fluids & Fare — Med Grill on W Saanich
40 Shane Oct. 8
Fall Wild Card — various
Uplands Park Trail 5 x 500m / 500m, 1 minute recovery, five circuits of a 1.2K loop
— meet by small lot on Scenic Drive entrance just off Beach Drive
41 Gary Oct. 15 Rithets Bog Park Trail 2 x 2800m, 3 minute recovery
— meet at corner of Chatterton Way and Dalewood Lane
42 Shane Oct. 22 Esquimalt Gorge Park Mixed 5 x 800m / 500m, 50m walk recovery
— meet by main parking lot at end of entrance road off Tillicum
43 Gary Oct. 29 Beckwith Park Grass / Trail 6 x 500m / 500m alternating, 150m walk/jog recoveries
— meet by washroom building
44 Shane Nov. 5
Cedar Hill Rec Ctr
Epsom / Ascot Road 5 x 400m / 540m, 1 minute recovery
— five circuits
45 Gary Nov. 12 Tracksell / James Heights Road 5 x 200m / 350m / 350m / 200m, 100m strong jog / 50m walk recoveries
— five out & back "Big Dipper" circuits
46 Shane Nov. 19 Derby Road 12 x 500m — Derby, up Persimmon, Astoria, 100m recovery by Maplewood
— three sets of four, 300m jog recovery via Willerton between sets
47 GaryShane Nov. 26 High Doncaster Road 12 x 500m — Derby, up Doncaster, Glacier, 300m walk+jog recovery via Diana
— three sets of four with 4th to Cranbrook, 500m reversenjog recovery between sets
48 Shane Dec. 3 Kathleen / Craigmillar Road 6 x 800m — Kathleen, down Rock, Craigmillar, 100m recovery up Tattersall sidewalk
— six circuits
49 Gary Dec. 10 Astoria Road 12 x 500m — Astoria, down Persimmon, Derby, 100m recovery by Maplewood
— three sets of four, 300m jog recovery via Willerton between sets
50 Kathleen, Jeff, Paul Dec. 17 Cedar Hill Rd @ Mt Doug Park between Elnido Rd & Cres Christmas Lights Run Road several routes of various lengths through west Gordon Head
** Winter Fare & Fluids — Romeo's Broadmead
51 you Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Dark Trails of CHGC Trail 9 x 600m, 75m recoveries — 3 snowy (wishful thinking) figure eights on the NE interior cart paths of Cedar Hill Golf Course
52 Dec. 31 UVic Run Through Time Road Race 6pm 5K

NOTES:

  1. Training sessions every Tuesday night throughout the year start at 5:15 pm from Cedar Hill Rec. Centre (Nov.–April), Mount Douglas Park (May–June), Wild Card locations (July, Oct.), and Beaver Lake (Aug., Sept.).
  2. There are different pace groups for the warmup and workouts intermix abilities so all groups finish at the same time. Each session will feature a bonus lap for regrouping prior to the cool down. Run leaders are Gary Duncan and Shane Ruljancich who will generally alternate weekly.
  3. Do not train faster than your normal pace; don't be dragged through an uncomfortable workout at someone else’s pace when it is beyond your fitness level. It is up to each person to determine their training pace and workout pace.
  4. Each training session is geared towards the upcoming Island Series race, or as a softer surface recovery run following a race. Other races where TNW’s benefit training and recovery include the TC 10K, Sun Run, Oak Bay and other Half Marathons, MEC and Victoria Run Series, Victoria Marathon, PIH-hosted Thetis Lake races, and other road and cross country events.

Basic program developed by Bob Reid, Prairie Inn Harriers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 250-384-1520. Adjusted for 2020 by Gary Duncan and Shane Ruljancich. Maps by Gary Duncan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 250-721-2912 and Chris Callendar. Please do not copy or distribute this schedule without permission. January 1, 2020.

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