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Running Boot CampEach session is 4 weeks of each month in duration. If you happen to find us in the middle of the month, give us a call, we may be able to let you join in mid-session. We meet Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. and Sat. 7:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. Each run is a little different. We may do hill training one day, a slow tempo run on another, or play The Amazing Race on another. Running Boot Camp is FUN!

Truly, ALL ages, shapes, fitness levels and abilities are in Running Boot Camp. This is a very motivational running group! We are heavy on camaraderie, and very light on competition. There are six Running Boot Camp Sessions in 2013:

  • June 4th - June 29th
  • July 2nd - July 27th
  • Aug 13th - Aug 31st (3 week camp)
  • Sep 3rd - Sep 28th
  • Oct 1st - Oct 26th
  • Nov 5th - Nov 30th
  • Dec 3rd - Dec 21st (3 week camp)

What is Running Boot Camp?

Running Boot Camp is an outdoor running program for co-ed groups offering world-class running instruction & motivational techniques. This program is packed with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness and running goals quickly!  No matter what your age, size or fitness level, you can achieve great results. The only requirement is that you must be able to run 1-mile without stopping to walk. The speed of the mile doesn’t matter.  We will run on Tuesday Evenings and Saturday Mornings.  Running Boot Camp will run concurrently with the monthly calender (start the first Tue of each month and end the last Sat of each month). The goal here is to learn how to run more efficiently, increase your speed and have fun doing it! 

This running program is unlike any other. There is NO COMPETITION. You will feel motivated and empowered! There are 6 different running terrains that we utilize from week to week throughout the Bay Area.

To see a list of Running Locations and view samples of Running Boot Camp workouts, see the bottom of this page.


Why Running Boot Camp?

  • Learn proper form & breathing techniques
  • Increase speed, efficiency & endurance
  • Increase muscular strength
  • Conquer fears of running
  • Personal coaching
  • Camaraderie & accountability
  • Learn Myofascial Release Techniques (Foam Rolling)
  • Learn injury prevention techniques
  • Strengthen legs & core
  • 2-5% body fat reduction
  • 5-12 lbs. of body weight loss 

What you can expect to find in your Running Boot Camp:

  • A nurturing, empowering yet challenging running program
  • A motivating and caring coach that will teach you proper running and breathing techniques
  • A friendly group of people to share in your running ventures
  • A chance to learn more about running and become a more efficient and fit runner

6 Different Running Terrains/Locations:

We run/train on different types of terrain to promote muscular joint support.

  • High School & Collegiate Track Surfaces
  • Dirt Trails
  • Gravel/Granite Trails
  • Concrete Sidewalks
  • Asphalt Roads
  • Grass Fields

Daily Workouts

  • Hill Training / Stair Workouts
  • Slow Tempo Runs
  • Running Games / Fun Runs
  • Leg Strengthening Workouts
  • Endurance Work
  • Muscular Strengthening & Interval Training for Speed
  • Stamina Building

Assessment day

Assessments are designed to establish a baseline of your timed mile run and track improvements! We will test your mile run the first and last week of your session. It doesn’t matter where you start - the key here is progress! If you come to all of your scheduled classes and commit to your goals you will show significant progress in just one complete session! Most participants take anywhere from 30 seconds to even 2 minutes off their time.

What You Will Need:
Yoga Mat (when needed)
Good Running Shoes
Water Bottle & Towel
Positive Attitude

Cost: 2 workouts a week for 8 Weeks
8 Running Workouts for just $89!! (recommended for maximum results)
After your first session, prorated sessions are available for those who know in advance of scheduling conflicts.

Be the runner you have always wanted to be! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I'm not a very fast runner?

A. You are welcome to join us. This running program is geared towards runners of all fitness abilities and speeds. We will coach you and teach you to become a faster and more efficient runner.

Q. I enjoy running, but I'm not very good. I'm a little nervous about always being the last runner. Will I be holding the group back?

A. No, you won't hold anyone back. The way the program is designed, you won't ever feel like you are the last runner. Everyone is very encouraging. More than anything, you will feel empowered and become a great runner before long.

Q. Are there any prerequisites for attending this program?

A.  You must be able to run a mile without stopping to walk.

Q. What happens if half way through the running session I become injured, will I get a refund?

A. First of all, we will take every precaution that you will not become injured. However, in the unlikely event you do become injured you will receive a credit for the missed days toward a future running camp.

Q. I have been told that I run like a duck, can you fix that?

A. Everyone has their own unique running style. The way you run is often due to your biomechanics. Sometimes it is because you just haven't learned proper body alignment and technique. We will assess your running style and help you incorporate modifications as needed.

Q. I can't breathe when I run, so I can't run very far. What is the furthest you run?

A. Often times people run too fast, so they go anaerobic immediately. (They feel out of breath.) Another reason you may have challenges breathing is you are breathing from your chest. Breathing this way creates "shallow breathing." We will teach you techniques so you can breathe more easily while you run. Every week our distance will vary. You will build on your distance. The furthest you will run in one session workout will be 5 miles.

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Running Boot Camp Locations

KIPPER MEASE SPORTS COMPLEX: 10700 Red Bluff Blvd, Pasadena

BAY AREA PARK: 7500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena

HOLLY BAY PARK: 7102 Crenshaw, Pasadena

STRAWBERRY PARK: 1104 Parkside Dr, Pasadena (NEW LOCATION)

BURKE CRENSHAW PARK: 4950 Burke Rd, Pasadena (NEW LOCATION)

BATTLEGROUND MONUMENT: One Monument Circle, La Porte

REX MEADOR PARK: 2100 Meyer Road, Seabrook

BAYBROOK PARK: 4221 Todville Road, Seabrook

TEXAS AVENUE PARK: 17100 Texas Ave, Webster

CHALLENGER 7 MEMORIAL PARK: FM 528 & W Nasa Rd, Webster (NEW LOCATION)

TOM BASS REGIONAL PARK III: 15108 Cullen Blvd, Houston/Pearland (NEW LOCATION)

MEMORIAL PARK: Lieberman Exer-Trail, Houston


Sample of a Running Boot Camp Workout

Running Schedule Weeks 1-2

Tues:   Introductions, various drills, Timed Mile, followed by more drills and light run

Sat:   Fun Run

Tues:   Various drills. (More focus on technique and breathing)

Sat:   Various drills. Trail Run (approx 2.5 miles)

Running Schedule Weeks 3-4

Tues:   Fun Run and Focused Stretching… BRING A MAT!!

Sat:   Timed 2-mile run followed by Relay Run and Various Drills (Exercises to follow include Lunges, squats, skaters, etc.)

Tues:   Run gravel trail out and back (approx 3 miles total) followed by various drills.

Sat:   Endurance Run (slow tempo run out, fast return) 2 miles out and back (4 miles)

» 3-5% reduction in body fat
» 5-12 pounds of weight loss
» 1-3" decrease in the midsection
» 25% increase in strength
» 25% improvement in endurance
» Better relaxation
» Greatly improved posture
» 100% gain in self-confidence
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