FSRC 25k Trail Running Training Group

Sat July 11, 2020 Frederick, MD 21701 US Directions

Catoctin Half Cat 25K

7:00AM EDT - 8:00PM EDT
Fredrick and Upper Montgomery County Trail Systems - Specific locations to be determined
Frederick, MD US 21701

Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club
25k Trail Running Training Group

Goal Race: Catoctin Half Cat 25k, Saturday July 11, 2020 

Program Length: 7 Weeks (see pre-requisites below)

Information Session and First Group Run:  Tues, May 5th at 6:00 PM, at Worthington Farm. (Please see the Informational Guide for address and exact location) We will start with a 4 mile trail run immediately followed by an Informational Session. Attendance is highly recommended as we will be covering specifics that are unique to this training program, including gear, trail safety, how to adjust the training plan, how group runs will be organized, how to work cross training into the schedule, etc.

Coach:  Anne Shubert, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Level 1 Certified Coach, FSRC Communications Committee Member 

Program Description:

The FSRC 25k Training Program is designed for first-time and newer 25k runners, though ultra veterans are welcome! This program is a great way to improve your trail running, explore local trail systems, and meet other trail runners in our community, while learning the finer details of ultra trail running, including how to gear-up, pace, fuel, hydrate, and generally enjoy spending an entire day in the woods. 

If you have done other FSRC training programs, this one will be organized a bit differently and far less formal. Each participant will be given a training plan including recommendations for mileage, cross-training, and days off. Runs will be a mix of trail and road. Some runs will need to be done on your own. You will have access to an experienced coach, but unlike FSRC's other training programs, participants will play a larger role in planning weekly groups runs. Your coach will attend some, but not all, group runs. Don't worry, there are enough trail veterans participating to get you back to your car. Group runs are encouraged, but not mandatory. A private Facebook Group will provide a place to coordinate runs with other participants, and get support and advice from more experienced participants, your coach, and veteran ultra runners. We will try our best to answer your questions, or at least connect you with someone who can.

You must be a paid member of FSRC to register for this training. If you are not a member, it's only $20 to join FSRC and you get this training and so much more. Click on https://steeplechasers.org/membership/join/ to learn more and follow the instructions to join. If you think you are already a paid member of the club and you can't register, please check the spelling of the name you used to join the club, using https://runsignup.com/Club/SearchForRenew/668. Once you've joined the club, or renewed your club membership, come back here to register for the training.

Cost: $0 for current Steeplechasers members

Due to the unique demands of the Half Cat and the consequences if you aren’t prepared, we strongly suggest this is a tune-up plan, not a start from scratch plan.  Runners should follow along with the FSRC Half Marathon Training group plan then take a week off. This program starts the following week.   If you intend to participate in the goal race,  please review the race description and register on Ultrasignup.

To help protect against injury, we strongly recommend you are:

  • Consistently run 4+ days a week, 24+ miles per week
  • Comfortable running 12-13 mile long runs
  • Have the blessing of your physician if you have some sort of medical issue that may affect your participation (heart issues, orthopedic concerns, etc.)


To Register:

(1) Make sure you are a paid member of the club by checking https://steeplechasers.org/membership/registered-members/. If not already a paid member, you need to join before registering for the training program. You can renew or join at https://runsignup.com/fsrc. Click Renew to renew your membership or Sign Up to join. If you're asked to claim your account, please see https://steeplechasers.org/membership/claim-account-rsu/

(2) Register for the program by clicking the link above. 

(3) Ask to join the FSRC 25k Training Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is our primary means of communicating to keep you updated on when and where runs are occurring, to help you find support and get your questions answered by your coaches and fellow participants, and to notify you of cancellations due to weather. 

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