August 22 - 28

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Lets Party!' " - Robin Williams

It's almost time to start training! 

Welcome to our Trail Heads Training Program - Session III; training for the Granite Head Trails and Ales race. Thank you for choosing to train with us!

Workout Times and Locations

  • Sunday, August 28th @ 7:30 am - Cavitt Middle School, 7200 Fuller Drive, Granite Bay  (workout directions)
    • 1st Workout 
    • Please arrive early so you can pick up get your schedule, coupons and shirt. 
    • Don't forget a water bottle, fuel and electrolyte drink. 
    • Bring a friend to try out Trail Heads training. Just make sure you let the coaches know so your friend can sign a Waiver form.
    • Munchies provided after the workout! 

Training Topics 

Come Prepared: Are you ready for your first workout? Here are a few great things you will need to come prepared to the first workout.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals: "A goal is a dream with a deadline." What would you like to get out of this training? Are you looking to run your first trail race? Do you have a specific time goal? Whatever your goal, it's important to put it in writing and create an action plan. Here is a fantastic worksheet to make sure you are setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Trail Safety and Etiquette: Just as with road running, there is a certain etiquette to running on trail. Make sure you know the "rules of the road" with this handout.

Schedule: Hard copies of the training schedules will be available at the kickoff and workouts, but if you prefer it digital, here is a pdf version.

What's Happening in Training 

Carpooling: We encourage carpooling to all our trail training locations. We will have a carpool list at all workouts. Add your name and number and check the sheet often if you are interested in carpooling.

Poppy Pass: Many of our training locations will have pay-for parking. One of the best ways to avoid these fees is to purchase a California State Poppy Pass. There will be a few opportunities where Ranger Pat will come to a workout to sell Poppy Passes. You may also purchase these online or at the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento, California.

Transition to CIM: If you plan on racing the California International Marathon, why not jump into our CIM training program once Trail Heads is done? Use coupon code TRAILHEADCIM to pay only $80 for this add-on. Make sure to let your trail coaches know so they can make any tweaks to your schedule if necessary. 

Facebook Page: Join us on Facebook! We have set up a Trail Heads Training Facebook page exclusively for our trainees. This is a great spot to communicate with fellow trainees in the program. This is not a coaching site and our coaches are not required to participate on the page. If you have training questions, please email: Please read the page rules as well. Here is how to join:

  • Search: Trail Heads Trail Training - Fleet Feet J Street
  • Click this link a send us a friend request




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