I’ve never been a fan of January or February, but a sure sign that spring is just around the corner in the Lowcountry is the start of multi-week training clinics for races in March and April.
And the clinics are an ideal way in helping make New Year’s resolutions stick for longer than 10 days.
Couch to 5K
Starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, TrySports and MooreOnRunning’s kicks off a “Couch to 5K” clinic. The eight-week program, featuring a training plan of three runs per week, will prepare people who basically sedentary train participants to finish the Catch the Leprechaun Run on March 13. The coach is former “couch potato” and now ultra marathoner Noah Moore.
The fee is $50, but it includes discounts on gear at TrySports and the race.
Y in Training
On Tuesday, the Summerville Family Y kicks off its 10-week “Y in Training” at two different locations and times. The first will be at 10 a.m. at The Ponds facility and the other at 6 p.m. at the downtown Y.
Both are designed to prepare locals to run or walk the Y’s Shamrock Shuffle, formerly known as the Flowertown Festival Run. The 10K and 5K will be held on March 15.
The cost is $65 for Y members and $90 for non-members.
Bridge Run clinics
The “official” Cooper River Bridge Run Training Clinics start on Jan. 15 and go for 12 weeks.
One clinic coached by long-time runner and coach Howie Schomer will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the MUSC Wellness Center. The other will coached by personal trainer Katie Blaylock at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex Track.
The cost is $75.
The Bridge Run will be April 5.
Fleet Feet Bridge clinics
Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant will hold clinics to prepare people to run or walk the Bridge Run.
On Jan. 28, the 10-week Bridge Run clinic will start. It meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. The clinic is designed for those who are tackling the distance for the first time as well as those looking to improve their time. Cost is $60.
On Jan . 29, Fleet Feet starts its WalkFit Bridge Run program. It is also a 10-week program that meets at the store at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. It will prepare participants to walk the Cooper River Bridge Run. Cost is $60.
Run/Walk to a 10K
Another multi-week alternative is the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission’s eight-week “Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K” starting on Jan. 27, 2014.
Two different clinics will held. One will be conducted by Tyler Cross 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at James Island County Park. The other will be run by Larsyn Runion 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Palmetto Islands County Park.
Cost is $60 for county residents and $75 for non residents.
Good form running
And if you have commitment issues but want to improve your running, The Foot Store will hold a Good Form Running Clinic at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Good form running focuses on proper mechanics and aims to help runners of all ages and abilities achieve those goals.
GFR is designed with simplicity as the primary goal, since if something isn’t easy it generally doesn’t last.