Next Step Females in Training (FIT) – Spring 2022

The Females-in-Training (FIT) program is designed for women of all ages who want to learn to run in a supportive, non-coed environment. FIT is primarily for women who are fairly new to running or coming back to running after a break. The FIT coaches will support and guide you so that you will be ready to run a 5K (3.1 miles) distance by the end of the program. If you are already running, you are welcome to participate if you do not run faster than a 10-minute pace for your typical run. If you are already faster than this pace, we encourage you to try one of the other Striders programs. All runners must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the program.

We want running to be a way for you to meet your fitness goals while having fun and developing friendships with women who are also embarking on their running journey.

Fitness, Fun and Friendship

The FIT Motto


Group Rules

1) Participants must register and sign the waiver on the online registration form
2) NO headsets during training runs; NO strollers; NO pets (RRCA safety rules). Please leave children at home as we do not offer childcare
3) Participants must bring their own water


Training Program Structure

Participants will be divided into smaller training groups with coaches who will provide them with training that is best for their current fitness level and running method preference. We offer two types of training groups:

Group 1 – Run/Walk

Incorporates a run/walk method where short run segments are followed by a walk segment. This run/walk method is highly successful for both new and experienced runners

Group 2 – Mostly Running

Primarily running groups split by pace with only limited breaks for water or coaching

In all groups, weekly workouts will gradually increase in distance and pace. Pre-run warmups will take
place at the school followed by runs primarily on nearby paved trails. In addition, participants are
expected to run on two other days of the week to build endurance. Please note that while we offer
run/walk groups, running is a key component of the program. It is not a program for those who wish to
walk only. And we run in rain, but not during thunder or lightning!

Howard County Striders will also monitor COVID guidelines and will adjust as needed to remain in
compliance of any/all group gathering requirements for the county. We ask that all participants be
cognizant of this in order to be flexible with groupings as needed.


Training Program Location

The program will meet at Oakland Mills High School


Training Program Dates

FIT will begin on Thursday, April 21 and continue through Thursday, June 23. The program meets every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

12
April2022
OrientationIn-Person! Learn more about the program, coordinators and coaches, get answers to frequent questions, and learn how to select proper footwear and other running apparel.
This session is not mandatory, but it is recommended for those who have never participated in the F.I.T. program in the past.
6:30pmFeet First
Wilde Lake Village Center
20
April2022
Registration ClosesRegistration may close early if registration limit is met
11:59pmSOLD OUT
21
April2022
Baseline RunTimed 1-mile run or run/walk to determine group placement
6:00pmOakland Mills HS
28
April2022
First Group Run
6:00pmOakland Mills HS
23
June2022
Last Group RunRefreshments and celebration to follow!
6:00pmOakland Mills HS

Pricing

The program fee is $50 and includes:

  • Weekly training sessions with FIT coaches
  • Weekly email communication with coaches
  • Access to our FIT members-only Facebook page
  • Short pre-run presentations by local experts
  • Several Saturday meet up runs
  • End of season premium
  • Lots of Fitness, Fun and Friendship!

Participants MUST be a member of the Howard County Striders to participate!

Training Program Participation Fee
$50
  • Registration closes on April 20 at 11:59 pm EST
Howard County Striders Membership
$20
  • Visit our membership page for more details on being a member or to check your membership status

Questions?

For more information, please email a FIT coordinator: