Workout of the Day


7.5 Mile Progression Tempo

Splits: 5:38, 5:30, 5:21, 5:11, 5:03, 4:58, 4:51, 2:24

Recovery: n/a

Brian Barraza — Sept. 20th, 2014


Context & Details 

Steve Magness has been coaching and developing Brian for 5 years at the University of Houston. Brian is set to make a run at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase. He is my pick to win it. 

This session came early in Brian's sophomore season of XC. It is a simple aerobic endurance workout designed to help him manage and cope with the demands of racing 10,0000m cross country.

That season, he placed 4th at the South regional meet and earned himself his first individual trip to the NCAA national championships. At the NCAA XC meet, he was outclassed and finished 224th. 

But that was then, and this is now.

Brain's come a long way since that 224th placing and currently owns a 8:32 lifetime best in the steeplechase. He is now the head of the class and posed to vie for a national title. Best of luck to him, Steve, and the Univ. Houston team in Eugene.


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Jonathan Marcus