Training

The Next Step ®

You MUST be a current Howard County Striders for 2015 in order to participate in any of these programs. Membership renewal and new member sign up will not begin until January 1st. Mark your calendars for this and for all of our amazing Next Step Program offerings for 2015.

Youth Programs

Training Program Info

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Beginning April 23rd, this beginning running program is designed for women who want to start running. FIT assumes you have never run before, and gives you the tools to run a 5K (3.1 miles) distance by the end of the program. The goal of the program is to get all participants to train for and complete the 5K Women’s Distance Festival. If you are already running you are welcome as long as you don’t run faster than a 10 minute pace.

Experience: Beginner

Beginning Monday, January 12th and ending Monday, February 16th, this program is for both beginning runners and more experienced runners that just need to get back off the couch after a Winter break. Although we only train as a group once a week, participants should expect to be devoting time for 3-4 workouts each week. This year's offering will be held at Oakland Mills High School's track, each week at 6:30 pm.

Experience Level: Beginner or Intermediate

Beginning at the end of June, Zero to Weekly assumes you have never run before, and gives you the tools to run a 5K (3.1 mile) distance by the end of the program. Coaches will meet participants for a workout once a week, and you will be expected to repeat this workout two to three more times before the next week’s meeting. At the end of the session, participants may optionally run a complimentary Striders Weekly 2-mile or 5K race.

Experience: Beginner

Beginning in September, Building to Bagel is designed for runners who can run at least two miles. Runners will be required to complete a two-mile time trial at the first meeting. Based on your two mile time, you’ll be assigned to a coach with other runners to train for a 6 mile run over 9 weeks. At the end of the program participants and coaches will run a 6-mile bagel run.

Experience: Beginner

This year we are splitting off our 10km program from the 10mi program to help better train runners for this distance. Beginning Monday, March 9th and ending Monday, April 13th, this program is for both runners new to this distance and those who want to set a personal record (PR) for this distance. Runners who may be interested in participating in our 10mi program for the first time are encouraged to participate in this program to help build your distance. This program will help train you for the Clyde's 10k race to be held in April.

Experience Level: Beginner or Intermediate

This year we are splitting off our 10mi program from the 10km program to help better train runners for this distance. Beginning in April, this program is for both runners new to this distance and those who want to set a personal record (PR) for this distance. Runners who may be interested in participating in our half/full marathon program for the first time are encouraged to participate in this program to help build your distance. Runners typically train with this program who plan to run the Baltimore 10-miler.

Experience: Intermediate to Advanced

Beginning in July, the Next Step Half/Full Marathon program will be grouped into two categories of runners based upon experience, realistic goals… not to mention pace: 1. The Builder Program - Runners who have been running 7-10 miles at a time on a run and are ready to take the NEXT STEP and attempting their first half or full marathon in the fall. OR 2. The PR Program - Runners who have completed the distance and are ready for the NEXT STEP in training to get stronger and/or have the need for more speed! They may even have their sights set on a PR (Personal Record.)

Experience: Advanced

In the spring, from around late March through late May, the Junior Striders put on a track program consisting of multiple practices a week and the opportunity to compete in meets against other junior runners on weekends.

Sprinting, Distance, and Field events are covered.

The annual G.I.R.L. Program is organized entirely by volunteers of the Howard County Striders who want to share their love of running and fitness with you.

Their goal is to inspire women to enjoy a lifelong program of fitness.

A program is for the more serious and competitive runners, 9 to 18 years old.

We will compete at the AAU Club Championships in Disney the week of July 8-14.

In the fall, from around Labor Day through late November, the Junior Striders cross-country team holds their season. The program is for runners ages 6 to 14.

The runners will have an opportunity to participate in twice a week practice sessions, as well as compete against other junior runners at weekend meets.

This program is for runners in 2nd Grade through 12th Grade. This track clinic is for the more serious & experienced sprinters looking to stay in sharp during the fall or looking to get ready for the winter track season

Running from June through August, a resource designed for high school and college runners pursuing excellence in cross country.

The program simply encourages runners to run over the summer and build a solid base so they will be prepared for what their coaches have planned for them when the season begins in mid-August.

The Weekly Series races are conducted at various locations, mostly elementary and middle schools, around Howard County.

Separate races ranging in distance from 2 miles to 15 kilometers are scheduled for most weeks throughout the year and the series culminates in the distribution of series awards

A monthly workout forum, Coach strives to provide accessible workouts for a range of runners, who differ in age, ability, competitive desire, racing goals, racing distances, and mileage levels.

The Feet First/Striders racing team is a joint venture between Feet First Sports and the Howard County Striders.

Founded in the summer of 2006, the purpose of the racing team is to provide an avenue to assemble and recognize highly talented and competitive members of the Howard County Striders.

Every Saturday morning at 7:00am, a group of Howard County Striders and friends get together in the parking lot in front of the indoor Swim Center in Wilde Lake for informal distance runs.

Runners of all skills and abilities come out,and group themselves based on pace, and then go out for runs ranging from 7-20 miles.

All levels of runners are invited to join: fast, moderately fast, pacers, walkers and run walkers.

We will start with 2 mile runs and progress to 3.6 miles

Come out and meet new friends and see your current running buddies!





Unstructured runs & bagels sound more your style?
Check out some running groups as well!
Not sure what program is right for you? Have some questions?
Contact the Special Programs lead, Jessica Stern: specialprograms@striders.net