Early humans developed the ability to sprint in order to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with this Groupon.
$49 for 10-Week Training Program for Rock the Road 10K ($200 Value)
Runners amass in north and downtown London for a 10-week program to train for the Rock the Road 10K, overseen by Brandon Laan, the race's co-founder and director. Two-hour sessions meet twice a week to instill healthy running habits and a competitive edge, leading participants in a mix of stretches, exercise drills, and practice sprints. With his knowledge of the race's flat, looping course—which is bordered by live bands and cheerleaders come race day—Brandon shares strategies for long-term pacing, such as growing a third lung in a petri dish. Though the program focuses on achieving best personal times, it covers a wide range of general wellness guidelines, including tips for recovery and nutrition.
Attendees can report to a June 6 information session before training begins on June 10. Sunday classes commence at 8 a.m. for a medley of long runs, and 6 p.m. Wednesday sessions set legs chugging toward high speeds and thresholds. The last class meets August 15, four days before the race.
Having conquered several marathons in pursuit of personal speed goals, Brandon Laan and Chantelle Wilder co-founded Runners Feed as an online runners' resource to educate both casual joggers and competitors. Their team of writers, coaches, and technical planners contribute to an up-to-date library of running reference materials that includes articles, exercise video tutorials, and healthy recipes. Interviews with elite racers such as the 2012 Olympic Trials qualifiers fuel inspired running routines, and suggested music playlists can drown out thoughts such as "I hate this music." With commentary on everything from shoe choice to local race events, Runners Feed aims to shine a helpful light on all facets of its sport.