Our training groups are currently suspended, but we are offering a series of virtual training programs to assist runners to remain motivated.
Virtual training programs
We have 4 virtual training programs for you to choose from. The level 1 program is for beginners, level 2 for those with a little bit of running experience and fitness (you may have been part way through the 5/10 km training program when it was suspended), level 3 for more experienced runners (maybe you've been doing TTS for a while or were part of the half marathon training group), and level 4 is for those more experienced runners looking for longer distances (you may have been part of the marathon training group).
All programs start on Sunday 11 April and last for 8 weeks, but you can begin at any time. The weekly programs will be posted on Fridays, designed for a Sunday start, but fit them in how you like.
At the moment it's important that we all focus on our health. While it's good to get out for a run, we don't want to push it too much. Therefore, we've designed these programs for maintenance. If they seem a bit easy, that's OK. At this point it's more important that we keep our fitness, rather than drastically try to improve it.
Please remember that by choosing to participate in any of these virtual training programs, you do so at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety so choose a program that is at your level, choose safe times and places to run, and practise responsible social distancing. If you have an existing injury or medical condition, seek appropriate medical advice before commencing. If you develop an injury during the program, rest a few days and start back gradually. If the injury persists, seek appropriate advice. Do not run if you are sick, including if you just have a mild illness, unless you have medical clearance to do so.
The information about the Canberra Times Marathon Festival 5/10k TG and the Half Marathon TG is obviously no longer relevant, but we could keep them there as place holders for future programs.
The YCRC conducts a number of training groups to assist members with their running goals. Club training groups are conducted by members who volunteer their time and expertise to facilitate these groups. All runners must be members of the YCRC and pay the appropriate registration fee.
Tuesday Thursday Saturday Training Group (TTS)
This training group caters for social runners of mixed ability whose training times range from 4 min/km to 7.30 min/km. The group meets at Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive (near the toilet block) at 6:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and meets at various venues around Canberra at 7:00 am on Saturdays. The group meets all year round.
Midweek runs go for about an hour while Saturday runs are generally longer with a coffee or breakfast afterwards at a local cafe. The atmosphere of this group is very social providing members with an opportunity to train and socialise with other runners. A number of our more experienced members and distance runners will be training with the group, so it is also a good opportunity to get advice on any of your running questions.
Groups of TTS runners also attend events outside Canberra such as the Melbourne Marathon Festival and the Queenstown Marathon in New Zealand. So if you are looking for some company on an interstate trip ask around to see if others are planning to attend. During Autumn the TTS assists with the YCRC Half Marathon Training Group (see below) by running with the participants each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A detailed program for the Saturday run locations is produced quarterly.
The Canberra Times Marathon Festival 5.3/10 km Training Program 2020
Want to get fit for 2020? Need to lose some Christmas kilos? Want to run your first fun run? Planning on entering a race at the Canberra Times Marathon Festival and need some running buddies? Want to improve your park run time? Now’s the time to start.
This 8-week training program is designed for those who want to start running, those who run regularly but want to improve, those who used to run and need help to start again, and those who hate running alone and need some running buddies.
Our 2020 program starts on Sunday 9 February and concludes on Thursday 9 April. This structured program allows runners to develop fitness and running strength in a fun and supportive environment.
Training is on three mornings each week – Tuesday and Thursday (6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.) and Sunday (from 7:30 a.m.). Our training base is the entrance to Weston Park, at the corner of Banks and Brown Streets, Yarralumla.
This 13-week Training Program prepares runners for the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon. It is suitable for those looking to move up to the half marathon from 10 km events and those who are returning to distance running.
The YMCA of Canberra Runners Club is conducting a half marathon-training group to prepare participants for the YMCA of Canberra Half Marathon on Sunday 24 May 2020. Please pass on these details to friends and family. It is aimed at novices – those runners who have not completed this distance before and are attracted by the challenge - or people who are coming back to distance running after a long break. We suggest that you are able to run for about 40 minutes before joining the program. Note that the first run the group will do is around 8km.
The program will start on Saturday 29 Feb at 7am at Acton Park, end of Barrine Dr near the Parkes Way overpass and finish with a celebratory recovery run on the Tuesday (26 May) following the big event. Group training will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at various venues around Canberra. Members may also like to participate in the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club events as part of their training.
Experienced runners with many marathons and half marathons behind them will run/jog with participants at each group session.