Yes, all the classes of the group training are on Saturdays morning. There are 7 Saturdays during the 10 week period of the program.
Here are the high level description of the 7 modules:
Module 1– The intro module on the approach of Tao of Running: April 13th – 9 am to 11 am
Module 2 – Body Training Part 1 _ Running metaphors: April 20th – 8 am to 10.30 am
Module 3 – Mind Training _ Mindfulness of breathing: May 4th – 8 am to 10.30 am
Module 4 – Heart Training _ Connecting body & mind: May 18th – 8 am to 10.30 am
Module 5 – Supporting Nutrition Principles & Habits: May 25th – 8 am to 10.30 am
Module 6 – Body Training Part 2 _ Becoming a “whole runner” : June 1st – 8 am to 10.30 am
Module 7 – Mastering ToR Journey: June 15th – 8 am to 10.30 am
Question 2: Does it include running sessions in group (on Saturdays)?
The intro module (module 1) and closing module (module 7) don’t include any group running.
Module 2 to module 6 include “on the run coaching” to apply the theory discussed earlier the same day. We will do these runs in Damansara Heights or Lake Gardens. Some weekly group runs are also organized the weekends between the modules.
Each module has typically a duration of 2 to 2.5 hours comprehending a theory part (with slides and videos for intellectual understanding of the concepts and to provide some facts/evidence of the benefits) and a “on the run coaching” part to apply the theory and build knowledge in the mind & body system.
Each participant will receive a logbook at the beginning of the program with some specific guidance on how to practice and integrate the learning during the personal practice between the modules (advised to practice 3 times a week ). Also, I provide some coaching cards at the end of each module to support/reinforce the personal practice.
Question 3: I work during the week days, is there any group runs on the weekend?
On the top of the weekend group runs included in the 10 week transformation program, there is a weekly run open to all the old and new participants of the ToR programs.
It is organized in different parks/green areas of KL. This run is organized at different days of the week (or week-end) and alternating morning/evening (schedule available on demand). The days and time are defined to maximize the participation.
Question 4: Is this program open to beginners? I am a complete novice
Yes, it is. The program is not focused on performance but on improving health/well-being through the practice of running first. Each participant will have a different level of fitness and experience related to running and meditation/mind training techniques. The program focuses on providing tools and techniques to better listen to the body and connect body and mind to progress at the right pace based on the level of fitness of each participant.
By enjoying the practice, it motivates the practitioners to do more of it and the performance becomes a natural outcome of the regular practice.
Some participants have never run in their life and might start by mixing walking and running at the beginning. Other participants have already run [half-full] marathon(s) and want to enjoy more their runs, prevent injuries, be less tired, have more efficient running techniques.
The challenge is more for me during the on-the-run coaching sessions as I have to manage the differences of fitness level between the participants to spend some time with everybody -:)
Question 5 : What happens if I am not available on that particular Saturday?
There are several possible scenarios:
Many people can’t make that day, we simply reschedule to a date that fits all
I organize a Skype call (or other video conference tool) to go through the theory with you and I spend more attention during the following group run of the following module or during the weekly run (if you can make it).
If I happen to have another group/person having the same module at a close by date either in person or by skype, you can join that session
Last, but not preferred option, you get the materials and read through, but in general, I prefer that we go through the module. In the future, I will have recorded videos, it’s in the plan! 🙂