Our Beginner 5K: FINISH program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. The program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first race in just 12 weeks! It can also help existing runners meet new performance goals. Along the way we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you!
The Program meets twice a week during the training period, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Saturday mornings at 8 am. The workouts will last about an hour to an hour and a half as we increase mileage throughout the season. This program will conclude with a 5K race on April 27th, 2019. We'll have an Information Session at Fleet Feet Carrboro on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm - meet your coaches, mentors, and learn more about the program!
Over the past couple of years this program has been called No Boundaries. And while we're shifting our name a little bit, we will still have the amazing camaraderie, support, and fun as we have every season. Everyone who completes this program will earn a special Fleet Feet Running Club 5K Finish patch (see below)! We are excited for all the fun 2019 will bring us!
We find lots of great places to run and walk in our community - on bike paths, areas with sidewalks, McDougle Elementary, the American Tobacco Trail, etc. Occasionally, we’ll hold a workout at a local track (such as the Duke, McDougle or a High School tracks) to mix up our workouts. 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.
Each week will have a slightly different focus - breathing, form, nutrition, etc. Below is an example workout and how our weekly topics are discussed during the training:
There are many benefits to using a run/walk method in your training. We encourage beginning runners to start using a Run/Walk interval in our No Boundaries Beginner 5K training programs - it's a great way to get started. But using a Run/Walk interval is not just for beginners - it’s an excellent tool to help you build endurance and help you cross the finish line of your next race. Some of the benefits include: