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Raymond Valencia

I am a press feeder Operator (printing) at Monarch Litho Inc. in Montebello. I joined the ASP running Academy in January 2011 as an assistant coach for the half marathon training class. I began running as part of a cross country team at Bosco Tech High School. I usually averaged a 7:30 pace. I have run eight half marathons averaging 1hr 50 min. I have also run four marathons at an average time of 4 hrs. My running philosophy is you must have a positive attitude. Any negative thoughts will make running more difficult than what it is. Have Fun!
Your training will follow a standard training pyramid which will go as follows:

BASE BUILDING/ENDURANCE training for the first 3 weeks. At this level you will be begin to work on a good base of running. You will be running slowly with the sole purpose of training your body to endure the constant pounding of running long distances. Towards the end of this first phase we will cover step by step the basics rules of running biomechanics.

STRENGTH training will occur in weeks 4-6. In this stage you will be introduced to longer sustained running and short 20 second surges of quicker paced running. Finally in this stage you will practice the techniques on running mechanics covered in the first stage.

SPEED training takes place during weeks 7-9. As you become more comfortable running at this level this is the perfect time to introduce drills which will assist in speed training on the track.

PEAKING in week 10 &11 will provide you the confidence to run your 10k with the utmost efficiency. At this level you will feel strong, confident and ready,

TAPERING in week 12 may be one of the most important sessions. This is the final week but your training is not yet complete. Now it is time to rest and allow your body to repair itself from the past 11 weeks of training. During this week you will be cutting down the time on the road and by race day you will be like a “race horse in the starting gate.�
Join A Snail's Pace Running Academy for our Kick-Off for Fitness Party! We are here to help you reach your running and fitness goals.

At our Kick-Off Party, you will meet many others wanting to figure out their path of fitness. We will have doctors as our guest speakers talking to you about how to set achievable goals, and how to avoid the pitfalls of injury.

Don't miss out on the raffles with great prizes such as FREE Brooks running shoes, FREE enrollments into the Running Academy, hydration and nutrition products and packs and much more.

Also, each enrollment fee will be discounted on this evening only. New enrollment fee is normally $150 and will be $140 at the Party. Alumni enrollment fee is normally $125 and will be $115 at the Party.

We will have food & beverages and running related giveaways.

All coaches and the Academy Director will be on hand to answer questions on each of our current courses

Mission Viejo
Monday & Wednesday 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM
A Snail's Pace Running Shop 
24451 Alicia Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Brea/Yorba Linda
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 PM
A Snail's Pace
1040 E. Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821

Saturday 7:00 AM
Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

Monday & Wednesday
6:00 PM
A Snail's Pace
750 S Myrtle
Monrovia, CA 91016

Saturday 7:00 AM
Encanto Park
777 Encanto Pkwy
Duarte, CA 91010

Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM
Huntinton Beach Pier Plaza
1 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648




Pre-requisite is three or more months of consistent running experience or immediate completion of Running 101. In this course you will begin where RA101 finished and steadily advance into the RA102 format. It expands on the information covered in RA101. In addition this course will follow a more advanced curriculum as you progress.

A stronger emphasis will be placed on biomechanics of running form as well as upper body strengthening exercises to become a more efficient runner. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared to run a 10k. You may choose to re-enroll in RA102 multiple times to improve your overall fitness and running efficiency. If you choose to challenge yourself to a longer distance please consider our more advanced classes Running 201-half marathon training or Running 301- marathon training

spnsored by
Jeoff Haertle
Fountain Valley

Jeoff started running recreationally back in his college days and completed numerous 5K's/10's. After taking some time off, he decided to get back into it and trained himself once again for the standard 5K/10K's, but this time he moved on to the half-marathon distance (10+) and then the full-marathon (5). Those to him were the most satisfying races, but the most humbling. His mantra is respect the distance and put in the time and effort necessary. One of his favorite quotes is as Vince Lombardi said, "the only place where "Success" comes before "Work" is in...the dictionary".
Jose Gonzalez
RRCA Certified Coach
Monrovia & Brea

Jose feels coaching is a very fulfilling position because there is no better feeling than seeing someone who at first thought they were not a strong enough runner to finish a 5k accomplishment their goals. He currently runs to maintain his fitness level to participate in running events like 5k's, 10k's and Half Marathons. Jose has been running seriously since 2007 when he ran the Nike Run Hit-Remix at the Colosseum. Before that he was using running as a way to warm up before he started a physical activity like Martial Arts, Softball, Basketball and weight lifting. Right now his short term goal is to get a Triple Crown Medal in 2013 for running three Rock n Roll Half Marathons. His long term goal is to some day run a Full Marathon. Jose feels that you get out of your fitness what you put into it, in other words, go strong or go home.

David Griffin

David "Coach Dave" Griffin joined A Snail's Pace in Brea as a volunteer coach in December 2011 before assuming the RA 101 coaching duties in April 2012. Dave began running in high school back in 1983 and never looked back. Over the years, he has raced in several distances, including several marathons, but the 5K is his favorite. He loves the opportunity to coach beginner and veteran runners in an effort to give something back to the sport. Dave's philosophy of running is the belief that there's room for everybody in our sport and everyone's reason for running is equally important. Most of all, Dave cares about the sport as well as everyone he has the opportunity and pleasure of coaching. When he's not coaching, he's most likely racing somewhere! 

Tuition for all 102 courses - Regular: $150.00, Alumni*: $ 125.00
*Completed any Running Academy Course in the last 90 days.
Sydney Turrubiartes

Sydney currently works at A Snail’s Pace as the Apparel & Accessories Buyer. She loves working with and getting to meet customers that share my enthusiasm for running. However, she is looking into getting back to school to do some good with the biology degree she earned from Loyola Marymount University. She joined A Snail’s Pace Running Academy in August 2011. She became inspired to assist and encourage others to achieve their running goals. She believes ASP Running Academy provides a very welcoming, educational and supportive environment for first time runners and runners that want to train in a group setting. She began running in 2001 where she ran the 1600 meter and 3200 meter for her high school track team. She played high school and went on to play college soccer until 2007. When she stopped playing soccer, long distance running came naturally to her. She ran her first half marathon in 2009 and finished her first full marathon in July of 2011. Her running philosophy is to have trust in yourself and know that you are stronger than you think.
Marina White
Mission Viejo

Marina has been running since 2003 and ran her first official race at the LA Marathon's 5K in March 2004 with some high school classmates as part of a charity drive. Since then she progressively moved up to longer distances, and now does marathons on a regular basis. She has run almost 150 marathons, including one on all 7 continents and all 50 states. To her, one of the best parts of running is that it can be as social or individual of a sport as each particular athlete desires. As a coach, she hopes to work with each runner in a way that suits his or her individual goals and needs.
Spring 2014
Training: April 7 - June 29, 2014
Goal Race: Surf City 4th of July Run
Enrollment Opens March 1, 2014
Summer 2014
Training: July 7 - September 28, 2014
Goal Race: Race for the Rescues
Enrollment Opens June 1, 2014
Fall 2014
October 6 to December 28, 2014
Goal Race: Make Room for Santa
Enrollment Opens September 1, 2014
1040 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
24451 Alicia Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
750 S Myrtle
Monrovia, CA 91016
8780 Warner Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Friday, March 28
Saturday, March 29
Come to our Kick-Off Party 
All Kick-Off Parties start at 
6:30 PM
For more information or to RSVP for a party
contact your local Running Academy Director
Fountain Valley & Mission Viejo
Michelle Montiel
(714) 392-3290
Brea & Monrovia
Joy Weber
(714) 514-2786
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