FIT Speed Sessions are specifically designed for:

  • runners who regularly log a minimum of 15 to 20 miles per week and want to train their bodies and minds to withstand running at faster paces on a regular basis.
  • runners who desire to maximize their current level of cardio fitness in order to reach the next level
  • experienced runners who have completed multiple events and desire to be better prepared and able to make their race experience more rewarding or enjoyable, or to qualify for the Boston Marathon
  • veteran distance runners intending to train intelligently in order to improve their finish times
  • anyone who truly enjoyed holding their breath for extended periods of time as a child

 Session Information:

There will be two separate Speed Session Programs, both of which will be held every Tuesday at multiple locations throughout Topeka, each for seven consecutive weeks. The first seven week session will begin with a time trial at 6:00 p.m. on July 8, followed by Speed Sessions at 6:00 p.m. July 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, and 19.  The second session will also begin with a time trial at 6:00 p.m. on October 14, followed by Speed Sessions starting at 6:00 p.m. on October 21 and 28, and November 4, 11, 18, and 25.

The time trials are devoted expressly for the purpose of charting your current level of cardio fitness and will be factored in conjunction with recent race performances to determine your precise training pace for each workout in the upcoming training sessions.

Please check the Schedule page regularly to determine the location of each upcoming workout.  In the event of inclement weather, a group e-mail will be delivered to inform you of any session class cancellation by 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. on the day of the session, depending upon the session starting time.  Please note that unless thereís ice or very deep snow on the ground, lightning in the air, or a severe weather alert, we will be running.

 Your Benefits of Participation:

  • You will learn the secrets of successful speed training and how to best utilize that experience on race-day
  • Youíll enjoy the camaraderie of training alongside peers of comparable ability while performing workouts designed for your level of experience and ability
  • Learn how to run faster by running smarter, not necessarily harder
  • Youíll gain the opportunity to discover that running, especially while reaching the upper limit of your ability, truly is mind over matter
  • Water and Sports Drinks are provided for you to maintain optimal hydration

 Program fees for Fall 2003 Speed Sessions:                                                                                                                                                         One Seven-Week Session
                                   Non Member  - $45.00
FIT Member   -  $25.00
                                   (Current or Alumni)

                                 Both Seven-Week Sessions
                                   Non Member  - $85.00
FIT Member   -  $45.00
                                   (Current or Alumni)

                                   Per Session Fee:
                                Non Member - $10.00
FIT Member   - $5.00
                                   (Current or Alumni)

                                   Time Trial Only:

Itís never too early or too late to join. You can start anytime at a prorated cost.  Additional programs are available for individuals who prefer to train alone and for small groups who prefer to train separately.               Training programs and coaching services are also available via e-mail and telephone.


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