Our Spring 2017 No Boundaries Program is a 10-week beginners training program structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K (or cross it again after taking time off from running). Whether you are brand new to exercise or are currently doing a run/walk routine this program is for you! For this program our graduation race will be the Run For Hope 5K on Sunday, March 26. However, you can also use this program to train for any race you choose or just to learn to run with great people.
There will be a program informational session on Monday, January 9 at 7:15 pm at the Store. Past participants will be here to share their story. Come find out if this is the right program for you. Our program kick-off and first workout will be Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm.
When: Training runs will be at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and 8:00 am on Saturdays from January 17 - March 26.
Where: The group will meet at Fleet Feet Sports Bloomington, Rollingbrook Park and other locations in Bloomington-Normal. Participants will receive a program calendar that highlights where the group will meet each week as well as weekly email reminders.
Program Cost: $70 per participant. Cost does not include race registration, but all training program participants do receive a special race discount for the Run For Hope!
Participants will have the option to add a weekly strength training workout on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm with Positive Training at The Warehouse (1103 Martin Luther King Drive in Bloomington). The additional fee for this option is $5 per session.
There are two different strength training formats during our workouts on Wednesdays. Functional Circuit Training Wednesdays will focus on strength/power, while our Yoga Wednesdays will focus on strength/flexibility. A strength-training program developed specifically for runners can help keep you healthy and out on the road, in addition to improving your speed and endurance. Targeted strength training for hips, glutes, and legs helps runners stay balanced, decreasing your chance of sustaining injuries related to strength imbalances or weak areas. A strong core helps runners maintain good form over as many miles, move more efficiently, and decreases strain on joints. It can also help with cardiovascular performance, allowing you to breathe more fully to give your muscles the oxygen they need to keep going.
As part of the No Boundaries program, participants will receive the following:
**A 10-week training program and calendar with workouts provided
**Twice a week runs with a coach and mentor-guided training sessions
**The camaraderie of others with the same goal!
**Educational clinics on proper footwear, injury prevention, nutrition, and more
**Dedicated support from coaches and mentors to answer individual questions and help motivate you on your training journey
**Group newsletters and access to coaches via email during the week
**Program technical shirt and other great swag
**TWO gear up shopping weeks for participants only with special discounts
**Facebook group for participants only and access to a training program graduates Facebook group after program completion
Note: Past training program participants that already have a FitVil account have the option to register for the program and pay with cash or check at the store.
Registration open through January 29
Here's what past program participants have to say about No Boundaries:
"I'm so glad I joined No Boundaries! I've always liked the idea of running, and more than once I've tried to start on my own and quit after a couple weeks because I wasn't being held accountable or I pushed myself too hard and burned out. No Boundaries gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to be successful, from how to dress to how to pace myself. I can now run 30 minutes straight and actually enjoy it--something I wouldn't have believed a few months ago! Plus the program was full of great people, and who doesn't want some new friends?" - Lauren Lacy
"I started the program with a time goal. By the end of the program I realized that I was a winner even if I did not meet my time. The real win was running with a great group of people." - Bill Harrison
"Running does change everything. When I started, I could not run a mile and now I have been able to run over 4 miles without stopping. I may not be "fast" yet, but I am continuing to improve in both speed and endurance. I have met many amazing people that I now call friends. I have lost weight, gained confidence and am overall more productive. The Fleet Feet family is the best."
"Fleet Feet's running program is for all skill levels. I have never been a runner or ever thought I could be one. With the great staff and mentors of Fleet Feet I just completed my first 5K at the age of 35. I am excited to start another FF training program soon, as I work at becoming a healthier person." - Andrea Aggertt
"I am one of those who always said "I hate running" and NEVER saw myself able to run a 5K, but No Boundaries changed all that. I saw a post on Facebook about it and I don't even know why I clicked on it, but I am very glad I did. I was clueless HOW to run and the support, education, encouragement and mentoring I received while completing it are priceless! The sense of a major life accomplishment (for a nearly 50 year old whose never ran a day in her life before NoBo) is something that will stay with me the rest of my life!"
"In no way have I considered myself a runner. I haven't been an active runner since high school. This program helped me gain confidence in my abilities that I could run, I could complete a race and I could run longer distance. Towards the middle of the program I actually started to enjoy running! I never thought I would say that. I am excited to continue running and create new goals for myself!"
"Great program. I recommend it to those just starting running as well as those who have been running already but need a new routine and encouragement." -Kathy Schlueter
"I would encourage anyone of any shape, size, age, experience level to take advantage of this program. Any good exercise program is executed best with correct equipment and training. I have tried running on my own with apps and purchasing shoes however I was met with pain and a lack of motivation. The NoBo program helped me select a pair of shoes and educated me the whole way through the walls that would pop up, pain, hydration, cross training, motivation. I did not make it to the graduation race in 10 weeks. Life happened and some setbacks however I will eventually. Running is now one of my options and I have the tools and support I need."