Register for the 2018 Summer/Fall Distance Training

OVERVIEW

Has a marathon, half marathon, or other distance event been on your "life list" of things you must do?  Have you completed a long distance race before and gotten the bug?  Do you seek a new challenge for your current stage in life?  Completing an endurance event can be a life-changing experience.  Doing it with others sharing that common goal can make the experience even more powerful.  And doing it with the support and guidance of an experienced coach makes it much more realistic and manageable.

With the right program design, a good dose of personal commitment and discipline, and a little bit of luck, virtually ANYONE can complete a marathon or half marathon.  Whether you are a novice athlete or an experienced runner, a Distance Training Program can help you get to the finish line, and/or get there faster than you have before or thought you could!

PROGRAM DETAILS

The program provides everything you could need for a great race experience and is designed for both for new and experienced runners with training plans structured based on your race experience and goals!  

- Receive expert coaching from our knowledgeable coaching team — our track record speaks for itself — we’ve helped thousands of runners complete endurance events or complete them faster, achieving personal bests, Boston Qualifiers, and more.

- Attend various special in store events and get yourself geared up while you take advantage of some great savings as well. Receive special participant discounts at =PR= stores while you are in the program.

- Attend seminars offered by leading experts on topics ranging from running technique to nutrition to race day strategy, and hear great info each week in your weekly update from your coach.

- Receive weekly email guidance and tips from your coaches covering everything from the week’s specific plan to suggestions on form and technique, nutrition, sleep, and more!

- Enjoy other giveaways and goodies along the way.

The Distance Training Program is available in, BURKE, DC, RESTON and VIENNA, on either Saturday or Sunday morning depending on location. All training sites begin with an information session, coach meet and greet, and informal first day run the weekend of JUNE 9-10. All sites will meet at 7:00 AM for the first weeks. Thereafter, the start time will move to 6:30 (or possibly earlier on weeks with particularly long runs scheduled.). We’ll also be hosting Kickoff Happy Hour events in the week prior to program kickoff to offer another opportunity to meet coaches, set up carpools, enjoy some shopping and the chance to meet fellow runners over a tasty beverage.

In addition to the weekly group long run, participants also receive guidance on what to do on their own for days the group does not meet. Optional evening track/speed workouts are planned on weekday evenings at 6:30 PM throughout most of the program. (Speed workouts can be scheduled anywhere. Those on area tracks may change venues or end in the early fall when team practices and field usage, etc., can cause conflicts.) Beginners may choose to skip speed sessions, but all are invited to attend them. 

Participants are also welcome and encouraged to attend any weekly group run offered on various weekday evenings at various Potomac River Running Store locations (also at 6:30 PM.)

The weekend sessions are most important, and are focused on improving your long run. You will gradually increase your run volume, being careful to run at a pace that will maximize your body’s ability to recover and to use energy efficiently (coaches will provide guidance on appropriate pacing, and you may choose to train with a heart rate monitor to manage your effort level appropriately.) Some sessions will also focus specifically on your goal marathon or race pace. Typical participant paces range from run/walk at 16-18 minute miles, to 8-8:30 miles. You are not “too slow” for this program!

PROGRAM DURATION

The =PR= Training Programs’ Summer/Fall Distance Training Program has tracks for the marathon and half marathon/ten miler distances. The program gears toward major local fall races including the Army Ten Miler and Marine Corps Marathon, but also typically includes many runners preparing for earlier or later races including Chicago, Steamtown, Baltimore, NYC, Richmond, Philly and others.

The program provides everything you could need for a great race experience and is designed for both for new and experienced runners. Kickoff events will be held the week of 6/04 and the first group runs are informal on the weekend of 6/9-10, with training schedules beginning the week of 6/11 and the first “official” group long run the weekend of 6/16-17. The program continues through the end of October (and coaches make modifications/distribute additional suggestions and extension plans for runners with goal races in November.) 

PROGRAM COST

The program cost for the =PR Training= Distance Training Program is $169 for the session. This cost includes 18+ weekly coached weekend morning sessions, optional weekly track/group workouts as scheduled and available, as well as participant benefits including a commemorative program shirt and other giveaways and social activities throughout the program!

Active participants in the Distance Training Program also receive special promotions from Potomac River Running Store and discounts on entry to all =PR= owned races.  Past PR Training Program participants (in any program) will receive a $20 discount, applied automatically when registering (just use the same email address/user id when you register!)

Note: If you are training with us (or intend to be) in the Late Spring Running 101 or 201 program and also plan to tackle the DTP, you are eligible for an additional $20 discount as there is some program overlap. Ask your 101/201 coach or email cathy@potomacriverrunning.com for a promo code!

UPCOMING SESSIONS

There are four available training sites for the Summer/Fall Distance Training Program: Burke, DC/Georgetown, Reston, and Vienna.

Burke-based Distance Training Program:  Meeting at the =PR= Burke Store at 5715 Burke Centre Pkwy (intersection of Ox Road and Burke Centre Pkwy). Runs will take place on Burke trails with occasional “field trips.” Location is convenient for runners from southern/western Fairfax County and Arlington/Alexandria runners who seek a Saturday long run day. Weekend sessions meet SATURDAYS at 7:00 AM (Session time will move earlier as program progresses to accommodate longer runs and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early so the run can start promptly.) Optional Weekday Speed Session in BURKE on Tuesdays (at Burke Store or Robinson HS in conjunction with the Burke 101/201 program) at 6:30 PM) Note: if the Saturday session is not convenient, consider the Sunday program in DC.

DC/Georgetown-based Distance Training Program:  Meeting 34th & Water Street in Georgetown (under the Whitehurst Freeway at the park area near the start of the Capital Crescent Trail.) The Sunday meeting time allows for available off-street parking. Early start times mean metro is not open yet (though a walk across the bridge enables use of the Rosslyn station to head home post-run.) In past years, many carpools have formed, and you can find one at the Kickoff Happy Hour! The DC location is convenient for runners from DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Maryland. Weekend sessions meet SUNDAYS at 6:30 AM. (Session time will move earlier as program progresses to accommodate longer runs and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early so the run can start promptly.) Optional Weekday Speed Session in DC on Thursdays (at Wilson HS at 6:30 PM) OR in Arlington on Wednesdays (at W-L HS at 6:30 PM.).

Reston-based Distance Training Program:  Meeting at the =PR= Reston Store in Reston Town Center. Runs on the W&OD with occasional “field trips.” Location is convenient for suburban runners from Reston, Loudoun County, Chantilly, Centreville, and more. Sessions meet SATURDAYS at 7:00 AM. (Session time will move earlier as program progresses to accommodate longer runs and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early so the run can start promptly.) Optional Weekday Speed Session in Reston on Tuesdays at South Lakes HS at 6:30 PM.) Note: if the Saturday weekend session is not convenient, consider the Sunday program in Vienna or DC.

Vienna-based Distance Training Program:  Meeting at the =PR= Vienna Store at 111 Maple Avenue (next to the Starbucks). Runs on the W&OD with occasional “field trips.” Location is convenient for suburban runners from Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, and more. Sessions meet SUNDAYS at 7:00 AM. (Session time will move earlier as program progresses to accommodate longer runs and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early so the run can start promptly.) Optional Weekday Speed Session in Reston on Tuesdays at South Lakes HS.  Possible Vienna W&OD Trail venues to be added on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. Note: if the Sunday weekend session is not convenient, consider the Saturday program in Reston or Burke. 

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Waiver

I do for myself, my executors or administrators, parents, heirs, next of kin, and assigns, waive any and all claims as may accrue to me or them against PR Training Programs, LLC and PR Running Club, and its coaches, sponsors (including the Potomac River Running Store), members, employees and agents, as applicable, arising out of my participation in any of the training or racing events, social events, or any related activities, organized by or participated in by PR Training Programs, whether formally or unofficially.

I know that running and exercise are potentially hazardous, physically strenuous activities which require the participant to be in a superior state of health, to be assessed, determined, and approved by his/her own self and by his/her personal doctor. I assume all risks associated with running and exercising in this program, including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather (including ice/snow, high heat and/or humidity, traffic, and the conditions of the road or track); such conditions are known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in in order to have my registration accepted, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, including my executors or administrators, parents, heirs, next of kin, and assigns, waive and release PR Training Programs, LLC, PR Running Club, Potomac River Running Store, the Fairfax and/or Loudoun County School Boards, Fairfax, Arlington and/or Loudoun County Department of Parks & Recreation, the National Park Service, Reston Town Center, Fairfax Corner Center, Washington & Lee HS, South Lakes HS, Wilson HS, Stone Bridge HS, the program directors and coaches, sponsors, employees and agents, as applicable, from any and all claims and liabilities related in any manner to or arising out of my participation in any of the training or racing events, social events, or any related activities, organized by or participated in by PR Training Programs, whether formally or unofficially, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in the waiver. I do further agree to and do hereby indemnify the aforesaid organizations and persons from any claim, demand or judgment against them, including the costs of attorney's fees and expenses incurred in the defense of such claims made.

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