Train with PPTC

Prospect Park Track Club offers a variety of training programs to help their members achieve their running best. Whether you are looking to complete your first marathon, qualify for Boston, recover from an injury, or tackle an Ultramarathon, we are here to help!

 
 

Get Faster

Want to get faster, stronger and more efficient in your running? Do you want to improve your running form, learn more about injury prevention, stretching and strengthening drills?

Coach Tony Watson and Assistant Coach Charlene Kohler-Britton offer 10 week speed work sessions for $75 that includes all the above, and more. Sessions are offered for beginner/slower runners (Thursdays) and experienced/faster runners (Tuesdays). These workouts are for PPTC members only, and are held in Prospect Park and at the Red Hook Track. While the Speed Clinics are geared to all runners who favor all distances, our July speed clinic is also the perfect way to jumpstart or compliment your training for those planning for a fall marathon. The next 10 week sessions start on July 24th & July 26th.

Each week a suggested training program will be sent by email after each session. Each includes a program for those runners training for 10K distance and under, as well as a program for those who are training for half to full marathons.

Attached here, you will find the Info Sheet that we need each runner to complete, even if you’ve run with the coached speed program before. Please carry it with you for your first session and we will collect them before we begin. If the speed workouts are new to you, please bring your race history (2015-present).

Again, we wish you a warm welcome and look forward to working with each of you.

Best,
Coach Tony & Charlene

 
 

Get Stronger

Run with speed and power! This class is designed to make you a stronger runner and athlete. Your body will move better, be more durable, and allow for more volume/intensity in your training. We will focus on...

  • Sport specific muscle strengthening
  • Symmetrical strength
  • Ensuring proper muscle activation and timing to enhance running form and power
  • Core strength, stability, and balance to enhance running efficiency
  • Supportive muscle strengthening to reduce risk of overuse injury
  • Increasing flexibility and mobility

Ben Kessel of Priority Fitness has been working with endurance athletes (both recreational and professional) for 15+ years, and will be there to check your form, answer questions, and offer horrible jokes to ease the pain of your tough workout 🙂

  • For the summer session, it will be held outdoors on Wednesdays at 7PM.
    • The full series (July 11-August 29) costs $150.48 (including tax)
    • Drop-in sessions can be purchased for $22.99 (including tax)
 
 

Run a Marathon

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The club is happy to announce that we will be partnering with RunSMART again this year to provide custom training plans for the upcoming fall marathon season. The plans will be adaptable other fall marathons, but the baseline goal race will be the New York City Marathon. In conjunction, we will be meeting on Tuesday mornings to do group workouts led by your team captains.

Workouts will be shared on Facebook and on the Google Group every Sunday evening. We will start at Grand Army Plaza at 6AM on Tuesday, then warm up down to Lakeside. If you live on the southern side of the park, feel free to meet us by Lakeside at 6:10AM. Please note that we will be starting speed work at 6:10AM sharp, so make sure you've already warmed up!

You do not need to purchase a RunSMART plan to participate in the Marathon Training Group workouts – they are open and free for all members.

 
 

Run an Ultra

The Details

The fall season of PPTC’s Ultra Marathon Training Group has been finalized. We have multiple options depending on if you’re looking to run a road ultra, a trail ultra, or both. The races we will be targeting are the NYRR 60k on November 18th and TARC Winter Fells on December 1st (outside Boston) which offers 32 & 40 mile options on some rugged terrain.

We picked our races with the idea that many club members are targeting a fall marathon and these options allow for people to recover in time and still run an ultra with the team (marathon fitness is some of the best stuff there is)! We are hoping to field big men’s and women’s teams for the 60k, but for those of you interested in trail racing, our target trail races are put on by a great New England running team and are challenging but doable. If you’re doing a different ultra this fall or want to run something 50 miles or longer, get in touch and we can make it work (last season we had folks running a variety of races besides the official season race). If you’re curious or on the fence, reach out to me or any teammates who participated last season, and I’m sure you’ll be quickly drinking the Kool-Aid!

The Format

UltraMTG group will be similar to the Marathon Training Group format. Participants will get weekly, online training schedules via TrainingPeaks. We will also have clinics throughout the season to address a variety of helpful topics, such as: nutrition, gear selection, trail technique, mental strategies, etc.

No ultra or trail experience is required; however, we strongly suggest that those interested have at least 7-8 hours a week available for training during peak volume (starting roughly 8 weeks before the race) have completed a marathon some time in the last year, and have an incoming base in July of at least 20 miles a week. That being said, if you're determined to toe the line, We’ll do our hardest to get you to the finish!