Adult Training

Our adult training programs are conducted by some of the finest coaching talent in the Northern Virginia area. The Beginning Running Class and Distance Training Program are designed and implemented by our very own Coach Mary Davison.  Mary is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified Running Coach and American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist. She’s helped hundreds of runners over the past 2 decades, and worked with all abilities, from beginners to sub-3-hour marathoners.  For a first-hand account, check out others’ experiences at  You can reach Coach Mary at:

Beginning Running Class

Always wanted to run, but unsure or confused about how to get started?  Returning to running after a long hiatus due to an injury, a family event, or life changes?  Maybe it’s just finally time to pursue that goal that was shelved for a long time.  This program is an ideal bridge to ease into running from walking.  This 10-week program begins with walk/run workouts and builds to running an entire 5K event of your choice.

 Participants receive:

  • Initial phone consult to discuss current fitness level, running history, and goals.
  • Detailed training schedule, tailored to individual ability, level, and goals.
  • Twice-weekly group coached workouts, beginning as walk/run workouts that graduate to running an entire 5K.
  • A “The Running Store” Training Program T-shirt.
  • Educational materials on running-related topics, such as nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, core strength, and more.

 Class meets Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5-6 PM in and around the Bristow area. 

Registration fee is $160.

The next session begins Monday, August 17 and runs through Wednesday, October 21. 

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Distance Training Program

Training for your first 10K, 10 miler, half or full marathon? Looking to set a personal best or qualify for Boston? Completing any endurance event or pursuing a personal best is a challenging and rewarding experience, and training with the guidance and support of an experienced coach will help ensure that you reach and/or exceed your goal!

 Participants receive:

  • Initial phone consult to discuss fitness level, running history, and goal(s).
  • Detailed, personalized training schedule specific to ability level and goals. The schedule is modified based upon individual progress.
  • Twice-weekly group workouts that include interval, tempo, easy aerobic or hill training.
  • Educational materials on running related topics such as nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, core strength and much more!

 The 18-week Distance Training Program meets Monday evenings at 6:30 pm in Bristow and Saturday mornings at 7:00 am at various courses in the Gainesville, Bristow, Haymarket, and Manassas areas, with occasional field trips to run the W&OD or the C&O Canal Trails.

 Registration fee is $295.00.  Runners may join a session later than the start date with a pro-rated fee.

 The next session will begin Monday, July 13, and run through Saturday, November 14.

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