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Week of Sierra training on tap for collegiate cross-country team

Peter Fain
Running on Dirt

I graduated from San Francisco State University, where I ran track and cross country. Theyand#8217;re a Division II school that, on occasion, gets to compete against schools like Berkeley, Stanford and UCLA, to name a few. I did, and had fun doing so.

This coming week I get to support the SF State cross country team as the athletes come up here for their preseason training week. I jumped at the opportunity to steer them on to some of my favorite trails and create some pain and suffering at the same time. Coach Lyons didnand#8217;t buy in to the latter.

I wanted to share the training week I have scheduled for the collegiate athletes in the Sierra.

Day 1: Stop in Auburn for a 60-minute run on the Western States Trail. Finish and get to the house.

Day 2: A journey around the and#8220;Animal Trail.and#8221; Iand#8217;ve mentioned this trail many times. It has some great climbing, switchbacks and technical descents. Theyand#8217;ll run the 9-mile loop. Theyand#8217;ll finish, if theyand#8217;re lucky, with a dip in Donner Lake. Perhaps a 60-minute hike in the afternoon. Weand#8217;ll see how they feel.

Day 3: Emigrant Trail at Highway 89 to Stampede. This run is relatively flat for what we have to work with, unless we want to run the bike path from Squaw to Tahoe City. The Emigrant Trail is about 9 miles, with the finish at Stampede. The afternoon will consist of hill repeats at Tahoe Donner Nordic Center, probably seven to 10 three-minute efforts.

Day 4: Girls run from Sugar Bowl to Squaw, and the boys go the other way. Theyand#8217;ll pass off a water filter when they pass each other. Iand#8217;ve hooked them up with Elisa and Chris, two of our main stays in the ultra scene, to ensure they donand#8217;t make a wrong turn and head to Auburn.

Day 5: Run from the Tahoe Donner Nordic Center up and over the Drifter Hut and finish at the bottom of Negro Canyon. This will only be about 7 miles, but the downhill should leave their legs aching.

Iand#8217;m sharing their training program with you because I donand#8217;t want any of us to forget the luxury that is our back yard. The lakes and the skiing are one thing, but I live here for the trails. We are the envy of so many runners.

Donand#8217;t take for granted the special place we have and donand#8217;t forget how long our winter was. Get on the trails now while you can. Theyand#8217;re dry and dusty and full of wildflowers.

and#8212; Peter Fain is a local trail runner who competes regularly in regional trail races and snowshoe runs in the winter. He may be contacted at runondirt@gmail.com.