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Running Academy

Train with the Running Academy

The opportunity for a fresh start is around the corner; commit to a healthier lifestyle this 2022. Set goals and achieve them with ASP Running Academy this 2022 year in 5K, 10K, Half & Marathon distance classes. Whether you’re training for a road race, getting back into a solid fitness routine, or just getting started — all of our classes accommodate all levels of running, along with the proper guidance you need that will help you achieve your goals.

Our classes will utilize V-Dot, a web-based program facilitated by your running coaches. All of your workouts are accessible whether by computer or by phone. Each program provides flexibility, expert coaching, accountability, socialization, personal convenience, motivation, and a running community that will prepare you to successfully complete your race. Our Running Academy coaches have helped countless academy members achieve their running and fitness goals over the years. 

View below for program details, dates, and locations!

JOIN OUR IN-PERSON RUNNING ACADEMY CLASSES!

Marathon classes begin on May 21st.
ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN.

5K, 10K & Half distance classes begin June 18th.
ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN.

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Upcoming Running Academy Classes 2021 – 2022

May 21, 2022

Long Beach/Chicago/NYC & Marine Corp Marathon — Back Bay Loop Only

June 18, 2022

5K, 10K & Long Beach/RnR San Jose Half Marathon — Back Bay Loop & Yorba Regional Park

JOIN OUR VIRTUAL RUNNING ACADEMY CLASSES!

Classes continuously begin every Saturday.

Running Academy Coaches

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SOUTH COUNTY 5K/10K
Michelle Montiel

Michelle started running at a young age as a conditioning for soccer. The passion for running spouted from there. This passion led her to 9 marathons and a countless number of half marathons, 5K/10K’s, and multiple trail races. Michelle has been coaching for A Snail’s Pace for 20 years and is in constant pursuit of advanced studies to help her become a more knowledgeable instructor. Michelle is an RRCA Certified Running Coach. Michelle’s joy of coaching comes from seeing her runners not only cross the finish line but develop their passion for the sport.

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NORTH COUNTY 5K/10K
Bill Ruebsamen

Bill has been running consistently since 1977. Yes, the first running boom. Bill believes that as a runner, we should test our limits. He has run countless races ranging from 5k to marathons, just recently finishing his 30th marathon in Ogden, Utah. Over the years, he has learned the value of training cycles and recovery, allowing him to be at his best when approaching a goal race. As a coach, he shares his experience, lessons learned from trial and error, and training principles. Since being part of A Snail’s Pace back in 2011 as a 5K coach, he has obtained his level 1 certified RRCA in 2013, coached several 10K classes, and began training runners for marathon distance in 2013 as well.

Coach Bob

SOUTH COUNTY SURF CITY HALF MARATHON
Bob Craig

Bob Craig has been an RRCA Certified Coach since 2012. Previously, he has coached groups and individual runners for all distances from 5K to marathon at Fleet Feet Sports in Schererville, Indiana, and the Couch to 5K with AREC in Long Beach. Passionate about running and enjoying it, Bob focuses on form, motivation, health, diet, and wellness as a coach. He has completed eight marathons as well as numerous half marathons, 10K and 5K races. He is new to Orange County and is looking forward to working with runners of all skill levels. Bob is also a personal creative coach, a writer, and teaches, directs, and performs improvisational comedy. Let’s run together!

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NORTH COUNTY OC HALF MARATHON
Tammy Giordano

Tammy is an RRCA certified running coach who has been coaching for A Snail’s Pace Academy since 2017. She has run over 50 half marathons. Tammy enjoys sharing her experience, knowledge, and love of running with others. “Coaching people to get to their running goals, go farther than they thought possible, and helping them find their running potential is so rewarding. I feel honored to be a part of their journey.”

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SOUTH COUNTY OC HALF MARATHON
Mike Schwartz

If you’re running your first Half marathon or 31st, Mike will help you avoid the common mistakes that most runners can make. His approach to appreciating your running environment will give you more smiles per mile, and his attention to detail will get you across the finish line with less effort, ready to sign up for your next half marathon. Mike has run numerous marathons/half marathons and numerous races of shorter distances, some on pavement and some on dirt trails. He also volunteers as a pacer at the Surf City and OC Marathons every year. Mike’s daily workout is being a UPS driver. He lives in Lake Forest with his talkative cockatiel Eddie.

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NORTH COUNTY SURF CITY HALF MARATHON
Becky Bell

Becky has been running for most of her life. She has completed approximately 500 races, ranging from 5k to 50k races. She is known to be a “Pusher,” as she is proud to help, “Push” others to start running and to start racing. She has privately coached numerous individuals and groups to complete their races, at different levels and distances, in addition to coaching new and experienced runners who prefer not to race. When she’s not road & trail running, she loves God, being with her family, pets, and friends, hiking, biking, surfing, softball, rollerskating, working out, writing, gardening, and making people laugh. One of her mottoes that she shares with runners is, “YOUR RACE. YOUR PACE.”

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SOUTH COUNTY LA MARATHON 2022
Kevin Mullen

Kevin has been a long-distance runner for over 20 years. He has participated in more than 30 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, four times. Kevin is an RRCA certified running coach and has coached for A Snail’s Pace Running Academy, the LA Marathon, and the OC Half Marathon. When he is not running, he is hiking, surfing, snowboarding, or doing hot yoga.

“Focus on the mile you’re in, trust yourself, trust your training.”

Running Academy Perks

° Web-based “VDOT” Interactive Program connected by STRAVA (free), GARMIN, or COROS.

° Private group STRAVA page that tracks all your activities while being socially connected to motivate and elevate one another.

° Scheduled  3 days per week run/walk your favorite route, treadmill, track, or trails during the week. You have the flexibility and convenience at any time, at your pace.

° Scheduled 1 day per week in-person training every Saturday.

° Pre & Post workout stretch plans, and sport-specific strength training assignments.

° Scheduled 2 days per week sport-specific strength training workouts. Designed to strengthen running muscles and prevent injuries.

° Videos and handouts to guide you through your workouts.

° Scheduled 1 day dedicated to recovery with instructions to help you maximize your fitness gains.

° Fun and informative in-person workshops along with Zoom group meeting workshops and FB Live Videos, led by Running Academy Coaches, Team Doctors, and A Snail’s Pace Running Shop Associates on subjects such as sport-specific training, injury prevention, nutrition, gear, and more.

° Bi-weekly voluntary virtual races if you would like to participate to gauge progress.

° 10% discount on all store purchases during the duration of your program.

For more information contact michelle.montiel@asnailspace.net

Video Testimonial

Watch our testimonial video with one of our students “Jamie Garcia.”

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