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Become a runner
All Levels
duration_icon8 Weeks

All runners have to start somewhere.

And all too often, it's on their own. Have you tried before to go out and run, only to get overwhelmed and discouraged? This time, work with Coach Michelle Quirk, who specializes in helping runners-to-be to develop the essential skills, confidence and fitness to start a consistent running practice.

In this 8 week program, we will be using run/walk intervals that slowly increase every week towards more continuous running. You'll also learn what different effort levels feel like, and incorporate a solid warm up and cool down routine to prevent injury and build mileage and endurance safely.

At the end of the program you'll have a consistent 3 day a week running habit, and be ready to set your next running goal.

The Become a runner program includes:

  • An 8 week training program for runners and run/walkers at all levels, including 3 run/walk workouts and one day of cross training per week. Every running workout has options for run/walk intervals starting at 15 seconds of jogging with 30 seconds of walking, and can be modified for your ability level. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • One on one text support from your certified coach Michelle Quirk for questions, accountability. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Videos from Coach Michelle and monthly live coaching calls on everything from finding the right sneakers to hydration to how to stay motivated. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Who should join:

All runners-to-be are welcome! You should be comfortable walking a mile and exercising for 20-30 minutes three days a week when you start the program. Our run/walk intervals will start very slowly and are totally up to your fitness and comfort level.

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Your Coach
Layne Pace Turley
I'm Layne, founder of Start-Her Running Company. I specialize in coaching women and beginner recreational runners. My coaching focuses on personal growth โ€” I work to create a connection with the body and soul through running.
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What Our Flock is Saying
Reviews
Bridget
Bridget
โ€œLongest run in the books in well over a year today ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป โ€
Longest run in the books in well over a year today ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป I signed up for a January (Virtual) Run Club because 1. What else do you do in Chicago in January and 2. Itโ€™s fun to set new and short fitness goals to keep things fresh and to keep from getting bored. 3. Running in the snow makes you feel like a badass I canโ€™t recommend @bird_coach enough. Next month Iโ€™ve signed up for an Accountability Club because Chicago Februaryโ€™s suck and I know Iโ€™ll need a little extra push.
Robin Palmer
Robin from CA
โ€œThe regular text check-ins and weekly virtual happy hours were the accountability that I was looking for and demonstrated that the coaches really cared about helping you get to where you wanted to be in the program. โ€
Years ago, I used to participate (run/walk) in 5ks to half marathons, but itโ€™s been at least 5 years since my last one. I joined the Bird Running Group to help motivate me and to have some accountability to get moving again. The January run club was the perfect fit! All the coaches were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful! The guidance and weekly run plans were clear and provided you with specific instructions for beginners, intermediates, and experts. I was impressed and excited at how far Iโ€™d come from the beginning to the end of the program! The regular text check-ins and weekly virtual happy hours were the accountability that I was looking for and demonstrated that the coaches really cared about helping you get to where you wanted to be in the program. I canโ€™t wait to sign up for more of the Bird programs!
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