Distance Training – Summer/Fall Details
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!
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! We know there are many group training options available in the DC Area; our goal is to provide the best experience and greatest value.
Thanks to our partnerships with Potomac River Running Stores, and various other vendors, we’ve created a great package of benefits for all participants.
- 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.
- Train in comfort with some new technical gear, including an Under Armour SS technical training shirt you’ll receive early in the program. 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 ASHBURN, BURKE, DC, and RESTON, 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 — NOTE WE ARE STARTING EARLIER THIS YEAR as some fall races have shifted forward . 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.
We recommend that runners with marathon distance goals be able to complete a run of 6-7 miles when starting the program. Those focused on the ten miler or half marathon are encouraged to be ready to begin with at least 4 miles. Your PACE for these distances is not important, just your comfort with the time on your feet – we have runners with paces ranging from 8:00 to 18:00, some taking walk breaks.
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 6/10-11, with training schedules beginning the week of 6/20 and the first “official” group long run the weekend of 6/17-18. 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.)
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 tech 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a promo code!
There are four available training sites for the Summer/Fall Distance Training Program: Ashburn/Leesburg, Burke, DC/Georgetown, and Reston.
Ashburn-based Distance Training Program: Meeting at the W&OD Trail at Carolina Brothers on Ashburn Road and/or Loudoun County HS in Leesburg. Runs will take place on the W&OD and Ashburn trail system, with occasional “field trips.” Location is convenient for runners from Loudoun County as well as those living in western Fairfax and seeking a Sunday meeting day. Weekend 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 ASHBURN on Wednesdays (at W&OD trail site or Riverside HS at 6:30 PM) Note: if the Sunday session is not convenient, consider the Saturday program in Reston.
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 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 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, Vienna/McLean, 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 Lake Fairfax Park or W&OD Trail venues (HS is unavaiable this summer) at 6:30 PM.) Note: if the Saturday weekend session is not convenient, consider the Sunday program in Ashburn or DC.