Challenging training runs in the Pikes Peak region occurring every Tuesday and Thursday at 6AM, rain or shine, blizzard or drought.
Welcome to the Sunrise Striders
A small group of us began running together in the Garden of the Gods in the spring of 2004 as part of the PPRR Garden 10-Miler training runs. We were labeled as the “fast trail group”. After the Garden that year, our group decided to continue the habit of running at sunrise throughout the year, moving around to different trails and venues throughout the Colorado Springs area. Many of us are avid volunteers, board members and race directors for the Pikes Peak Road Runners.
Over time, word-of-mouth spread about our training group as more and more runners have come out to join us. Over the years, runners have come and gone, but one tradition has continued: regardless of the weather, and regardless of when the sun actually rises, the Sunrise Striders will be logging in some great training miles at 6AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Over 500 runners receive the weekly workout reminders, and on average, between 20-40 show up for any given workout. One thing is for sure though. Those who are consistent and stick to the training plan definitely get faster! Get started by clicking on any of the options below.
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Enjoy that extra hour of sleep? And a bit of extra light in the mornings? I'll take it. It would also be great to run in slightly above freezing temps for a few days (fingers crossed). Remember, we are meeting at 6am at the Plaza of the Rockies, south tower, 121 S. Tejon. Here's what's on tap for this week:
Tuesday, Nov. 5: ELECTION DAY Speed Work: Mini-Yasso 800's at the CC Track.
What's a Yasso 800 workout? Read about it here. That's also where you can find your target pace (think marathon goal time). We'll warm up via ATB Park north to the CC track. Once on the track, you'll run 7-8 x 800M intervals with a 400M jog recovery in between. If you're closer to the 4-5 minute range for your target 800 pace, shoot for 7 of them. If you're down around the 3 minute pace or faster, shoot for 8. Cool down easy back to the Plaza. And remember to VOTE!
Thursday, Nov. 7: Bear Creek Tempo (Figure 8 or Clockwise loop).
We'll warm up via ATB Park and head south into Bear Creek, entering off of 8th Street. From the entrance, run the Figure 8 loop at a tempo effort, and for those who will take more than 30 minutes, do just the outside loop in a clockwise direction. If you're new, ideally you'll be able to follow the runner/headlamp in front of you to learn the route. Convene back near 8th Street for a cool down back to the Plaza.