Running Program

USA FIT Cypress members are just like you. Most get involved because they know it’s time to finally get in shape, and for many, that means doing something really different in their lives. They know they have to challenge themselves to step beyond the status quo, because without some accountability and guidance, their efforts might fall flat. Some of our participants are new to running, while others have been doing this for quite some time. But no matter what the individual stories, all share one goal: to get fit and have fun doing it.

Running Programs (Full and Half Marathon groups):

USA FIT Cypress’s runners form the backbone of our membership. Whether preparing for a full or half marathon distance, runners all receive weekly educational seminars, a schedule specifically designed for their ability level, an online support forum, and more.

At the start of each season, trainees will participate in a pace run to determine the placement that best matches their ability. All long runs (and occasional speed work) will be done alongside members of your pace group, so no one trains alone.

All members train in the following ability-based pace groups:

  • Green group: Below 9:00 minute/mile pace
  • Yellow group: 9:00-10:00 minute/mile pace
  • Red group: Interval Runners (5:1) 10:01 – 12:30 minute/mile pace
  • Orange Group: Interval Runners (3:1) 12:31+ minute/mile pace
  • Purple group (walkers): 15:00+ minute/mile pace

The program’s general format is as follows:

  • Before each Saturday run, members will come together for the week’s announcements and to check in with their coaches and pace leaders regarding the day’s workout and instructions for the coming week.
  • Members participate in an organized training run each Saturday morning with runners of similar training paces.
  • Weekend runs will be followed by an educational seminar on key training topics designed to prepare runners for the rigors of this endurance sport.
  • Members adhere to a schedule of mid-week training runs. Those runs are built with busy lifestyles in mind, so they keep members moving toward their goals while requiring only a moderate amount of time on the road.
  • Weekly speed training sessions may be available once the group has built a sufficient training base to handle it safely and comfortably.