Thursday Night Track Club
Dates: July 7, 2016 through August 25, 2016
(8 weeks, 8 sessions)
Start time: 6:30pm
Location: Weeks 1-5: Gaithersburg High School Track; Weeks 6-8: Quince Orchard High School Track
We have had the pleasure of working with speed programs in the local area and encourage our athletes to look into all programs and pick the most appropriate and convenient for their needs. These programs are amazing and offer a platform for group motivation and progression together. Fleet Feet, MCRRC, and Run Father and Faster have long running programs in our area.
We would like to offer another tier of training for any who may be interested and available on our future track nights.
As some of you may know, we are focused on the individual athlete mindset. Speed work is scary for some and difficult for others. We do not all start at the same level, we aren’t looking for the same progression, and we don’t have the same goals. So, why not train appropriately to meet YOUR specific goals?
We invite ALL levels of athletes out to join us for a personalized track work out experience. From BEGINNING to EXPERIENCED runners looking for extra training in the off season, we can help you.
We will have three training groups on the track each work out. That’s right! You can tell us what your goals are, and we will help you meet them on the track. A short distance runner will have a much different program from a marathon runner.
Here are our training groups (scroll down for more details):
Short distance/One milers
Long distance/Half-Full Marathon
-We have at least one experienced coach working with each training group monitoring each athlete’s nightly progress. Click here to meet our coaches. They are experienced, well trained, and motivational people. Amazing runners.
-Let’s not forget about the swag bag with a T-shirt as well.
Here is how it will work for each group:
Short distance/One milers: This is a great option for both our novice runner looking to start a program and also for the opposite end of the spectrum, our fast runners looking to tackle the brutality of the mile. Our initial night will be a general track night, cues, techniques, and an intro work out. Our second night will be a recorded mile effort run. From this night we will determine what your final mile time goal should be and the time goals for each work out. On the eighth and final night, we have a timed mile event to retest your mile time.
Mid distance/5k-10k: Great for all levels of runners. We will require all of these athletes to provide their current weekly mileage and fastest 5k or 10k pace in the past 6 months to our coaches before the start of our training. If you have never run a 5k or 10k before, no problem, a recent effort run will do. Training begins on the first night and each athlete will have a work out with a specific time goal based on their recent 5/10k time and projected goals. Don’t worry though, we will still start out with the basics, warm ups, cues, techniques, your work out, and cool down.
Long distance/Half-Full Marathon: We will require all of these athletes to provide their current weekly mileage and fastest half or full marathon in the past year to our coaches before the start of our training. Is this your first distance race? No problem. Let us know any race times you’ve had in the past year. Don’t have any? E-mail our coaches directly to discuss if a speed training program is appropriate to add to your first long distance race in over a year. Training beings on the first night with our basics, warm up, techniques, the work out, and a cool down. Each athlete will have a work out with specific time goals based on their recent times and projected goals.
Your results on the track will be evaluated weekly and adjusted appropriately for the next work out week. It may advance, stay the same, or relax a bit. This will be reassessed every week with your coach in charge, as they are familiar with your program. Your coaches will be running among your group during the work out.
****Because of the individual nature of our program, please understand that our space is limited to a certain number of participants. The sooner you sign up, the sooner you’re locked in to a track work out designed for the athlete looking to make serious changes.****
To reserve a spot, please email Tom at: Tom@BetterTheMachine.com. Be sure to mention the distance you are interested in.
If you can’t make our track night, remember we have virtual coaching and one-on-one running form analyses that can also progress our very busy, or alternate hour athletes.