Running - VLACS
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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks

Overview

This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners and offers a variety of training schedules for each. In addition to reviewing the fundamental principles of fitness, students learn about goals and motivation, levels of training, running mechanics, safety and injury prevention, appropriate attire, running in the elements, good nutrition and hydration, and effective cross-training. While this course focuses mainly on running for fun and fitness, it also briefly explores the realm of competitive racing. Students conduct fitness assessments and participate in weekly physical activity.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

 

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1:

  • Unit 1: Getting Started
    • Fitness Assessment & Analysis
    • Getting Started
    • Training Plan
  • Unit 2: Running Mechanics
    • Exercise Principle Review
    • Running Principles & Technique
    • Training Zones
  • Unit 3: Safety & Equipment
    • Rules & Safety
    • Outdoor Elements
    • Equipment for Running
  • Unit 4: The Running Scene
    • Benefits of Running
    • Speed Training
    • Competitive Running
  • Unit 5: Total Wellness
    • Diet & Exercise
    • Cross Training

 

Status

Open

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets PE graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Setting Running Goals
    The student will demonstrate understanding of how to set running goals by completing a fitness plan and developing goals.
  • Running Principles, Form and Techniques to Enhance Running
    The student will demonstrate an understanding of proper running principles, form and exercise techniques to enhance running by analyzing research and comparing the ideal running form to their form.
  • Rules and Safety
    The student will will demonstrate an understanding of running guidelines and equipment for running safety by assessing the dangers of running and critiquing ways of staying safe.
  • Benefits of Running
    The student will demonstrate understanding of the benefits of running by analyzing the mental and physical benefits of running.
  • Improving Running Through Diet, Exercise, and Cross-Training
    The student will demonstrate an understand how to improve running through diet, exercise, and cross-training by researching various types of cross-training and assessing the benefits of involvement in various forms of cross-training.

Pre-Requisites

Walking Fitness and Running cannot be taken concurrently.

Attend an open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.