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Spring Road Training Class, 2021

Date: 02/28/2021
Cost: $50.00


Join Coach Forrest Boughner and Run Wild Missoula for the Spring Road Training Class! This class is intended for all paces and all abilities who are looking for structure in training with guidance from a coach.

This class has been offered since the Missoula Marathon began and has traditionally been a training class tailored specifically for the Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon. This spring, we are excited to add additional distance options to the training class for those looking for structure in training with guidance from a coach. This is a great class to take whether you are a first-timer or repeat runner looking to successfully train for and complete an event during the Missoula Marathon weekend, or have other events to tackle on your calendar!

Registration: Opens February 11th, 2021

Class Fee: $50
(That’s less than $3 per week!)

We are pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships will be available for those in need of assistance with the cost of the 2021 training class. For more information and to apply, please email Sally Henkel

This class is open to Run Wild Missoula members only - to join or renew, click here

Class starts:  Sunday, February 28th and is 17 weeks long (ending June 27th aka the Missoula Marathon!)

Class meetsAs we closely monitor COVID-19 and the variant strains in the US, RWM will be taking a cautious approach to in-person training.  This class will begin as a virtual class, with scheduled check-in times (via zoom) and accountability communications via email.  As we move later into the spring, we plan to provide in-person, small group opportunities (pandemic permitting).

  • Sunday at 8:00 AM- zoom accountability check ins, more details to come

  • Wednesday at 6:15 PM - will feature specific training topics and provide for a Q&A opportunity with Forrest

There are inherent risks involved in participating in in-person training classes, races, and events. While we are doing our best to provide a safe environment, we cannot guarantee the safety of all involved.  If you are concerned about your personal safety, we would suggest that you forego our in-person activities and consider our virtual options. 

COVID-19 Precautions - What we are doing for in-person classes, if/when they occur:

  • If you have been vaccinated, we ask that you still uphold our COVID-19 guidelines with mask wearing and social distancing at all times
  • Classes are open to Run Wild Missoula members only
  • Masks/face coverings, regardless of vaccine status:
    • Masks/face coverings will be required in indoor environments
    • Masks/face coverings will be required in outdoor environments pre and post run
    • Masks/face coverings are not required when actually running and/or walking
  • If members choose to wear a mask/face covering when running or walking, please support them in their choice
  • Please go to the bathroom before class. There will be no available bathrooms 
  • Sanitation products will be made available if a class meets inside
  • Social Distancing is highly encouraged

It’s no secret that our classes will look different this year as we navigate our way through these challenges, so we ask that you follow all the rules set forward and understand that we are trying our best to mitigate the risks of transmission.

2021 Coach:

  • Forrest Boughner - Forrest is a Missoula-based running coach. He has over 10 years of coaching experience from working with beginner runners to state championship high school teams. Forrest is dedicated to helping clients reach their goals, whatever they may be. When not in the office at Five Valleys Land Trust, Forrest runs Alpine Running Guides, which provides fully catered trail running experiences, personal coaching, and adventure planning, with his wife, Sara. 

  • Assisted by special guest coaches and experts on various running topics

Training Program Participants Receive:

  • Comprehensive training programs for:

    • Missoula Marathon

    • Missoula Half Marathon

    • 10K races

    • 5K races

  • Digital training program;

  • Guest speakers on topics important to trainees;

  • Custom gift for class participants;

  • Private Strava Club; and

  • Post class party! (details dependent on COVID-19 in Missoula County)

Class Members: Check here periodically for new information, your training plan and any updates!  If you have questions, please email Forrest. Thank you!

Are you part of the 2020 Training Class? Please join our private Strava Club! Click HERE to be directed to our club page.

Training Plan Definitions:

  • Sunday Run (Long Run): This is your longest and most important run of the week.  Make this a priority each week.  This is the cornerstone of a successful training plan.

  • Wednesday Run (Medium Distance):  These mid-week  runs will start as medium distance runs as a way to build up your mileage. This is the 2nd most important run of the week.

  • Tuesday Track (Fast Running):  We encourage all of you to try Tuesday Track a few times.  This is a great way to build speed and confidence.  There is a group for everybody at Tuesday Track and no reason to be intimidated.  If you cannot participate in track, you can do a workout on your own or a recovery run.

Pace Charts & Pace Calculators:

  • Pace Chart  Use this chart to predict finish times based on performances at shorter distances; identify training run and race paces; and to identify workout paces (based on minutes per mile/400 meter segment).  Click HERE for the pace chart.

  • Runner’s World (RW) Pace Calculators  This site has a wide variety of calculators including Race Time Predictor, Pace Wristband Creator, Training Paces and Pace Converter.  The RW Pace Calculators can be found HERE

  • Jack Daniel's VDOT Calculator This site allows you to put in your goal time and a current race time and then predicts your finish times at a wide variety of distances.The VDOT Calculator can be found HERE.

 Resources to Prepare for Class:

Tuesday Track - free to RWM members!

  • Weekly workout provided by Coach Courtney Babcock

  • Great opportunity to work on speed and endurance

Saturday Morning Group Run - free to RWM members!

  • Looking for a little inspiration to get out of bed on the weekend? Come join us on our Saturday morning runs at Run Wild Missoula.  These runs are geared toward everyone, from the beginner to the advanced runner; head out at 8:00 AM sharp.

  • Maps and route suggestions available here

Please note:  We suggest that you are able to run/walk the below mileage before the first class. If you have questions about what mileage group is the best fit for you, please email Forrest.

Marathon Advanced Long Run: 4 miles

Half Marathon Advance Long Run:  3 miles

Marathon Beginner Long Run:  2 miles

Half Marathon Beginner Long Run: 1 miles

COVID-19 Precautions

  • If you have been vaccinated, we ask that you still uphold our COVID-19 guidelines with mask wearing and social distancing at all times
  • To the greatest extent possible, maintain at least 6-feet of separation from others
    • This does not include members of your immediate household 
  • No hugs, handshakes, high fives, or elbow bumps
  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after your run or walk
    • And, regularly wash your hands in between your runs and walks
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, handkerchief, or the inside your elbow
  • Don’t pose together for selfies
  • If you feel any sign of sickness or illness, stay home
  • If it seems overly busy where you intended to run or walk and it’s more congested than you are comfortable with, consider finding a different course/route/trail
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