Trail Running – Learn or Return – the original and best trail running program – is BACK and EVEN BETTER!
Once again in conjunction with the St. Joseph County Parks Department!
If you are new to running or have been out of exercise for a while, then LET’S GET YOU RUNNING!!
PLUS gain the added benefit of gaining skills to call yourself a true TRAIL RUNNER… AND finish the FUN Running Wild 5K Trail Run!
Be a part of a supportive group that starts with walking intervals and builds from there. No one is left behind!
What? Regular trail training sessions organized by a certified running coach and ultrarunner?? … Yep!
Hit the trails instead of pavement!
YOU can have fun and excel at trail running! Stop running alone and come join us!
Get excited for getting active and everything TRAIL!
This workshop is also ideal for anyone who may want to get away from the hard pounding of concrete roads and instead run on the softer surface of trails, which are a great workout yet easier on the bones and joints!
You also get the benefit of being out in gorgeous, natural scenery – cooled by green trees!
As a bonus you will get a full, easy-to-follow, week-by-week plan of the EXACT workouts you need to reach your goal!
Build endurance any way you wish, through walking or hiking/fitness walking, or use the Run/Walk (or Hike) method, also known as “Gallowalking”. This method is also used extensively by many ulrarunners in long distance races. Or, work up to continuous trail running!
There are also no deadlines or anyone you feel pressured to “keep up with”! I have changed the method so you can take the time you need to reach YOUR goal!
If you register early you will also get a bonus walking routine so you can also build up your walking before you start!
Great for families! Ages 15 and under can be enrolled in the program with parent present. We have had ages 12 to over 70 years old in the program!
“I want guidance but also want to do workouts on my own schedule”
Eight weeks of run workouts in an online social run training group.
Get everything the in-person groups gets – but you get the ability to complete the planned workouts on your own time and schedule.
“I want to meet with the group once a week, but other workouts I want to do on my own schedule”
Eight week in-person training group – Flexible option.
Your choice of a Tuesday or Thursday in-person running workout.
This allows you to have a workout with the group, but still be able to do your other planned workouts at your own place and time.
Plus, get entry into the online social run training group!
“I want it all!”
Get the full package with 2 In-person workouts each week for 8 weeks – for just $16 more!
In-person running workouts on Tuesdays AND Thursdays. You can meet others in the groups to workout on other days too!
Great if you want more accountability!
Also gain entry into the online social run training group!
Running with Life, LLC will cover payment fees so that
100% of your donation will go to the St Joseph County Parks Department.
No worries, because these workouts are about YOU getting the best workout for YOURSELF at YOUR level.
So these workouts are not about who finishes first or last!
And, they are geared for people who are just starting or getting back into it. So no world records being set here.
Also, we go out and back by TIME, not DISTANCE, so everyone finishes at the same time.
Unlike other groups you may have experienced, these groups also do not have people who will look down on you for “being last.” Every member of the group is valued.
And if you are still concerned… read the next FAQ!
I am doing something NEW this year! If you are still concerned about being last, read this as well:
In trail races there is a very important person known as the “sweeper.” This person makes sure that there is no one left on the trail course and that everyone is supported. You can see why the sweepers are so important!
Because of this – the sweeper is on purpose last!!
You do not have to be “slow” to be the sweeper. I have volunteered to be the sweeper before to help out in this important role.
Each time you attend a workout, you will get an entry into a drawing at the end of the trail running program for your choice of either a gift card or a donation made to your favorite charity (see! You even get REWARDED for WORKING OUT!)
At each workout, we will also give an EXTRA DRAWING ENTRY to the first 2-4 people who volunteer to be a sweeper!
Again you do not have to be “slow” to volunteer. You can volunteer just because you want to help others out, or want an extra drawing entry.
So if you are still afraid you will be last, just volunteer to be a sweeper!
No one will really know why someone is volunteering to be the sweeper – for example they just may want to give back to the group, be social with the others volunteering for that role, take it easy that day, or just want the extra bonus entry into the end of program drawing!!
You can simply wear workout clothes, something comfortable to move in, and running shoes.
While trail shoes are recommended and you will get more information during the course, the trails at St. Patrick’s Park are gentle and regular running shoes are OK to start out with.
Yes! You can just do the run workout on your own time. Since the information for the week will be given in the online group, you won’t miss out (just make sure to get the workout done on your own lol!)
You will get a full workout plan that will take you from walking to gradually introducing short intervals of running, and then walking again and repeating.
Gradually, the running intervals will get longer and the walking intervals will get shorter.
The people in the program previously have felt challenged but successful.
HOWEVER, there are a couple other changes this year!
If you get to a point that you feel like the running is getting to be too much and you might fall behind, you can repeat a week of workouts as many times as you need to in order to feel that your fitness is comfortably catching up.
Everyone doesn’t need to be at the exact same place in order to progress.
No one will look down on your for repeating a week of workouts until you feel comfortable moving ahead – even repeating it 10x if you want to!
Again, this is about you getting your workout going, not on anyone else’s schedule – but your own and what you can do.
If you are tired on a particular day and just want to show up and walk or hike, that is better than zero and that is OK too.
If you get to a certain point in the program and decide that run-walk intervals are fine for you, you can also stay at that level of run-walk interval and just add minutes a you go along.
If you have any questions on this – contact me!
Nope. You can if you want to (and who wouldn’t?), but if that is not convenient, you can do any or all non-group sessions on a sidewalk, treadmill, road, pedestrian path, dirt road, track, etc.
You can also join the online group and take advantage of the start to run plan you get, get all the information and know-how about running trails that will be presented in the group, and still do all of your run workouts on a treadmill or road! It is totally up to you!
You might ask, “How do I safely run trails?” While we will go over this info in the course as well, we will be using marked trails and keeping attendance before and after the runs.
We will be using the same trail as the Running Wild 5K race and therefore you will be familiar with the trail after a few workouts.
The most the group has experienced on the trail has been deer or raccoon, which is a beautiful experience.
Still, as with any type of natural experience, although pictures are OK from afar, it’s best to leave the animals to their natural environments.
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Learn from Professional Running + Wellness Coach, Amie Dworecki
Amie Dworecki, B.S., M.A., MBA, is one of the few running coaches in the country to have obtained both the RRCA’s Level 1 and highest Level 2 Training and Certification as a Certified Distance Running Coach.
This provides advanced training in performance distance running, coaching ultrarunners, optimal nutrition trends, injury prevention and much more.
In addition, she is a certified USA Track and Field (USATF) running coach and a Wellcoaches-Trained Wellness Coach (soon Nationally Board Certified).
She is also a former course instructor for the Indiana University School of Kinesiology/Exercise Science teaching such topics as running endurance, strength and conditioning, health planning and fitness.
A distance runner for over 30 years, she has personally qualified for the Boston Marathon multiple times, the Western States 100-miler, and has placed in, won or broken the course record on trail, road and mixed terrain courses from the 5K to the ultra marathon.
Amie started her running and wellness coaching company five years ago with the mission to use this experience and knowledge to help other distance runners reach their ultimate running performance goals, as well as improve their self-confidence and overall health to achieve their best life.
Amie has coached countless distance runners to reach what they formerly considered just a dream or a “secret goal” that they never thought possible, such as running more than they ever thought they could, injury-free.
She has coached them to go on to qualify for marathons majors such as the Boston Marathon, running 100-mile races faster than they ever have and placing, breaking long-standing PR plateaus and racing Olympic Trials Qualifiers.
She also enjoys helping people start their own journeys in the sport through group programs that also foster social health and fun.
She has also coached clients to reach their contributing wellness-centered goals such as losing 50+ pounds, increasing energy through discovering nutritional strategies that work for them, personalized techniques to reduce stress, improve sleep, as well as finally gaining more life balance, mental strength and more inner peace.