Foundation Group

Welcome to the Foundation Group! The Foundation Group training plans cover distances from 10-milers through full marathons. This group is designed for:

  • Recreational runner: 10-25 miles per week
  • Want to finish a half or full marathon
  • Want to begin focusing on improving speed through speed work

The Foundation Group will target the Aramco Half Marathon and the Chevron Houston Marathon with a target pace range of 9:30/mile and 11:30/mile. The Foundation training plan is designed for runners who have not run a full or half marathon and are comfortable with the target pace range. Before beginning a CRC foundation training program, you should prepare your body by running three times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each workout. By the first week of a training program, your longest run of the week should be at least 4 miles for a half-marathon program and 5 miles for a marathon program.

The Foundation Group Training plan consists of three runs per week.

  • Two mid-week workouts that are recommended to be done at the scheduled sessions with a CRC Coach.
  • One Saturday long run with the Foundation Group (weather permitting). These runs are performed at a conversational pace for a specified distance.

Mid-Week Workouts

For the two mid-week workouts, the type of workout will change every 3-4 weeks to add variety and to develop different aspects of your running fitness. Some examples of these types of workouts include: Fartlek’s (speed-play), Tempo Runs, and Intervals.

Long Run

Saturday morning group runs of 4, 6, 8, and 10 miles take place all Summer. Additional distances will be added to the schedule once official training programs kick off.

Weekly training plans are also posted in the CRC Facebook Group under the events tab. If you have a different target race than what is listed below, please reach out to a coach for guidance. 

Target races

Race Name Plan
Cypress Half Marathon
See Plan
Aramco Half Marathon See Plan
Chevron Marathon See Plan

Tim Collier

Tim Collier


I started running in early 2012 as part of a weight loss regimen. I had never run very much in my young days and had never even considered the idea of becoming a runner. I officially joined CRC in the summer of ’12 and put in many training hours, constantly pushing to reach new goals. This running thing was really becoming a passion. I ran my first half-marathon in the fall of 2012 (Houston Half & Relay) with a time of 1:54. My first full marathon was a couple of months later at the Chevron Houston Marathon and I finished with a time of 4:20. Those were the days. These days running is more of a social outlet for me. I usually run about 3-4 half-marathons and 1-2 full marathons each year at much slower paces. My goals have changed from that first year and I try to concentrate more on the enjoyment of the activity. Lately I’ve enjoyed time out on the roads getting to know new CRC members and finding a variety of new running buddies. I’ve paced newer runners as they expand their distances and paces and that, to me, is just as fulfilling as attaining my own achievements. My next goal for running is to find beautiful and interesting races to run. Enjoyment of the sport is my primary goal.