Welcome to our training programs! We love to run together - building community while training is our goal. This Summer we have the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Return-to-Run/Maintenance program meeting twice per week (described first, below), and the Learn to Run 5k and 10k program meeting once per week (described second, below).
MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RETURN TO RUN/MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
The Marathon, Half Marathon (Half) and Return-to-Run/Maintenance (RTR/M) training programs will begin on Wednesday January 10, 2024 and build towards Marathon, Half Marathon other race goals in spring 2024, including customized schedules where requested. We work hard to support our runners through our volunteer run leaders, weekly emails, webpage and private Facebook group. We provide a Frontrunners technical shirt, participant store discount, training tips, editorials, and speaker events to keep you motivated!
Marathon Runners: Wednesday January 10 2024 - Wednesday May 1, 2024 Goal Race: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 5
Half Runners: Wednesday January 10, 2024 - Wednesday May 22, 2024Goal Races: BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, May 5. Oak Bay Half Marathon, May 26
RTR/Maintenance Runners: Wednesday January 10, 2024 - Wednesday May 22, 2024Goal Races: TC10K, April 28. Oak Bay Half Marathon Relay or 10k, May 26.
Cost of all clinics: $99.95 (includes technical shirt)
Race registrations are not included with clinic
Our program includes: A complete training schedule from day 1 to race day, with a weekly breakdown consisting of self-directed “homework” runs, plus our twice weekly group runs. Our group runs take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wednesday workouts focus on hills, speed and tempos. Saturday morning long runs will be run-leader led and focus on building distance and endurance.
There are four Wednesday Workout meeting options:
Downtown Early Morning6:00 am
Downtown Evening 5:30 pm
Shelbourne Evening 6:00 pm
Westshore Evening 6:00 pm
The Wednesday evenings will meet from the various Frontrunners’ stores and from other locations as specified from week to week.
On Saturdays, we meet at 8:00 am in two groups: the Marathon runners meet together, and the Half Marathon and Return-to-Run/Maintenance runners meet together.
The Saturday meeting locations vary week-to-week in the Greater Victoria region. We try to spread out our Saturday start locations throughout the region, acknowledging that we have runners from all over the community.
RTR Option This group supports runners who are returning to running after a break due to any number of reasons (injury, illness, children, etc.) and/or runners who just love to run and maintain their endurance fitness, but don’t want a long marathon/half marathon training run on Saturday. This option provides a structured, social group meeting within the Wednesday and Saturday workouts. This is an opportunity to build and maintain a strong running base.
The RTR group has its own training schedule that follows the structure of the marathon and half marathon training schedule with self-directed “homework” runs, plus our twice weekly group runs. At the Wednesday workouts, RTR runners have the option of running easy, doing a shorter workout, or completing the same workout as the marathon and half marathoners. For Saturday long runs the group will build from ~40 mins (~5 to 8 km) to ~75 mins (~10 to 12 km). These runs will be led by experienced run leaders and will offer paces between 6 min/km and 7:30 min/km.
Some RTR/M runners set a TC10K race goal while some participate in the Oak Bay Half Marathon Relay or 10k. Others have different fitness goals or races in mind. If your running goals change during the clinic, you can move into the half marathon group, or the Tuesday Learn to Run Clinic.
Marathon - Participants should feel comfortable running at a steady pace for at least 75 to 90 minutes and be running at least 4 times a week. You need to be able to sustain at least a 7:30 min/km pace on these runs. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements for this group, please contact Jonathan Foweraker at email@example.com.
Half - Participants should feel comfortable running at a steady pace for at least 40 to 50 minutes and be running at least 3 times a week. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements for this group, please contact Wendy Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
RTR - Participants should feel comfortable running at a steady pace for at least 35 to 40 minutes and be running at least a couple of times a week. We will accommodate a number of paces, but you must be able to run 5 km in under 40 minutes at the start of the clinic. Runners not meeting the prerequisites are welcome to join the Learn To Run Clinic being offered by Frontrunners on Tuesday nights. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements for the RTR group, please contact Wendy Cohen at email@example.com
If you don’t meet these prerequisites, please check out our Learn to Run 5k and Learn to Run 10k programs (below)!
LEARN TO RUN 5K & 10K PROGRAM
The Frontrunners Learn to Run 5K & 10K training is a 20 week program that will run from Tuesday January 9, 2024 - May 21, 2024. The Learn to Run goal races are the Oak Bay 10k/Half Relay events May 26, 2024. Our participants can run one of two options on race day: They can run the 10k race themselves, or they can join a team of 4 runners who will each run ~5k of the Half Marathon relay. (*race registration not included)
Our program includes: A complete training schedule to prepare participants to build up to running either 5k or 10k by the end of the 20 week program. (Unlike shorter 5k/10k programs, our walk/run clinic emphasizes a very gradual progression to maximize your chances of remaining injury free.) Weekly pre-run question/answer sessions that will address the questions that arise as the clinic progresses. Weekly in-depth articles that cover a range of running topics including injury prevention, motivational techniques, strength and mobility, nutrition and hydration, and proper footwear and apparel. Each clinic run will begin with a pre-run dynamic stretching session designed to ensure we warm up our bodies to prevent injuries and make our running more enjoyable. Each clinic run will end with a post-run stretching session led by run leaders to help keep our bodies flexible. We also support our running community through facebook and other means to help us build into a strong runner community. There will be two goal groups - the 5k group for those who have not run before or who haven’t run for a while and want to start from scratch, and a 10k group for those who have completed the Learn to Run 5k clinic or who can run/walk for 25 minutes at the start of the program. The clinic will meet once a week as a group, with two other ‘homework’ run/walks to be done during the week. Note: the clinic is a run/walk program for the duration of the 20 weeks.
The group runs will be at 6pm on Tuesday nights starting at the Petting Zoo in Beacon Hill Park.
Cost: $99.95 (includes technical shirt) Tuesday evenings
DOWNTOWN ONLYPLEASE NOTE: NO SHELBOURNE OR WESTSHORE LEARN-TO-RUN CLINIC
Pre-requisites: 5K: Able to do a moderate to fast walk without difficulty for 25 minutes 10K: Able to do a run / walk for 25 minutes
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