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Pacers Running Summer Training

There are many ways to get to the start line and we’ve got free options involving your favorite local neighborhood running store.  Group runs are lead by knowledge team leaders and filled with local runners. Train with us and maybe even find your new best running friends in the process!

Training for a fall distance event can be tough but running with friends makes it work. Pacers Running is for every run: all paces, experience, and ability levels. Don’t let the distance intimidate you; we break down training into manageable segments building you up to crush your race day goals. And yes! Anyone can join!

Special MCM training program: If you are training for Marine Corps Marathon or another upcoming marathon Joe Shultz, manager of Pacers Alexandria and one of our Saturday long run group leaders, offers this 18 week plan to help get to the start line prepared to meet your goal. The schedule includes speedwork, long runs, hills- all of the elements you need to build your endurance for race day.

Click on the spreadsheet to view the training schedule and pace chart

Download the Training Schedule as a PDF

More about Joe Shultz


Social Runs Every Week

Free Training from MedStar

Our partners from MedStar are offering free runner education sessions with running physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. These sessions are focused on MCM training but are open to any runner, regardless of distance or event.

Tuesday, July 25

Exercises and Cross Training for the Marine Corps Marathon
Daniel Black, MS,CSC, Exercise Physiologist, Supervisor of Sports Performance at MedStar Health

Tuesday, August 22

Nutrition and Hydration for MCM runners
Kate Ayoub, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Medstar NRH at Friendship Heights

Tuesday, September 19

Injuries: When to see a doctor, what can you train through
Andrew H. Gordon, MD, PhD, Sports Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
J.D. Sheppard, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, MedStar NRH at Friendship Heights

Tuesday, October 10

Marine Corps Marathon: Event Day Tactics and Recovery
Kristina Indriksons, PT, CMPT, Clinic Director, Physical Therapist, MedStar NRH at Friendship Heights
Megan W. Moran, PT, DPT, SCS, Running Program Specialist, Physical Therapist, MedStar NRH at Ballston-Marymount

Join us for one session or all! No registration is required.  For more information:

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