The 4 Mile: FAST is a follow up program to our Beginner 5K: FINISH program - it's perfect for Participants who are looking to run a faster 4 mile race. Our 4 Mile: FAST group will focus on pace, speed, and form - to ensure we reach the finish line stronger and healthier runners. We introduce different components of training that will help build speed and strength.
You will have an opportunity to train up to three days a week with the group and will receive a week by week training plan to follow during the days we do not meet as a group. We’ll have a Tuesday night workout in Carrboro, a Wednesday night workout in Durham and a long run on Saturday morning that alternates between the Carrboro and Durham stores. We recommend coming to one of the weeknight workouts, whichever one works best for your schedule, but you are more than welcome to come to both! Our weeknight meetings start at 7 pm and are held at the stores or other local areas (such as a track or greenway). The Saturday morning runs start at 8 am and will be held at the Carrboro or Durham stores on a rotating basis.
We find lots of great places to run and walk in our community - on bike paths, areas with sidewalks, the American Tobacco Trail, etc. Occasionally, we’ll hold a workout at a local track (such as the UNC, Duke or a High School tracks) to run a speed workout. By alternating our Saturday morning long runs you will be able to balance the hillier, more frequent turns routes of Chapel Hill/Carrboro with the flatter, less traffic heavy routes of Durham’s American Tobacco Trail. All location information will be shared with you each week in our Program Newsletters, on our private Facebook group, and can also be found on our Fleet Feet Calendar. The workouts will last about an hour to an hour and a half as we increase mileage throughout the season. In addition to the workouts there are educational clinics, motivational speakers, on-site physical therapists through ATI Physical Therapy and Pivot Physical Therapy, nutrition tips from local nutritionists and expert coaching/mentoring to help inspire and motivate you on this training journey.
What to expect at Weeknight Workouts:
The focus of the weeknight workouts is to work on our speed and power when running. Whether you’re looking to finish your first distance race or you fastest distance race - building a speed workout into your training is important. You work different muscle groups (fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscles), build endurance in your legs and lungs, and it helps keep our workouts from getting stale. We’ll cover a variety of workouts such as Speed Repeats, Hill Repeats, Fartleks (Swedish for ‘speed play’), tempo runs, etc. We focus on pace and effort during these workouts. Below is an example workout:
What to expect at Saturday Long Runs:
The Saturday Long run focus is on time on your feet. We use the long run to build up our endurance so that we can finish our distance races healthy and happy! Overall, these long runs should be at a very easy pace. We don’t want to race through the long runs because it will ultimately come to us feeling like we’ve ‘raced’ every weekend - our bodies will be tired and it increases the likelihood of injury. You can expect your Mentors to lead the way and help set the pace. These long runs are fully supported with a Key Drop at the store, Water and Nuun (electrolyte drink) stops on the course, turn-by-turn directions, and access to your Coaches for questions, advice, jokes, etc. A sample route can be found here. Typically, we run loops from a central point so that we can have access to bathrooms/aid stations/coaches. We’re also going to have opportunities to run portions of the course so that we’ll be ready on race day!
Our groups are open to anyone! Yes, anyone. We group everyone based on a timed mile at the beginning of the season (don’t worry it’s not your gym class mile from middle school) and use that to help match you with similarly paced people. Your coaches will help give you suggested training paces once in your group! A general breakdown of our groups are as follows:
For participants under 18, please contact the Training Program Coordinator, Nora (firstname.lastname@example.org) before registering.