Classic Training

Our Classic running program accommodates a variety of running paces and methodologies and includes full marathon and half-marathon options.

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

Training methodology

While most of our groups do train by continuously running the long distance mileage, some of our other groups train using the run/walk method. The duration of the run/walk intervals varies depending on participant goals, fitness levels, and pace. All running and walking is done at a conversational pace, which means that as members run or walk, they should be able to carry on a conversation. More intense running and walking will take place during hill training, speed workouts, races, marathons, and half-marathons.

For experienced athletes wanting a more vigorous training, USA FIT Cypress also offers an advanced training option.

Group meeting format

The general format of each USA FIT Cypress weekend meeting is as follows:

  • Members participate in an organized training run or walk each Saturday morning with a group of runners or walkers of similar training paces. Each pace group’s starting time varies depending on the mileage scheduled for that morning.
  • After the day’s training run (generally around 8 a.m.), members receive a seminar on a training-related topic to teach concepts fundamental to the rigors of successful endurance training.
  • After the day’s seminar, there is always plenty of time for discussion among group members and additional instruction by coaches.
  • During the week, members complete their schedule of training runs or walks on their own or with other members of their group through organized and supervised weekly hill training, speed workout sessions or Tempo Runs. These organized weekly meeting begin approximately week 4 of your training program.