Winter Half and Full Marathon Training


It’s time to train for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon (or any other March half or full)!!!

The Fleet Feet Run Club's Half and Full Marathon Training Program for the HALF & FULL are 12/14 week programs & which meet two (3 if strength training) times a week, two days of running and one day of endurance-based strength training at AXIS Fitness (10/12 weeks long).  AXIS has created a Monday FFRC class to tailor instruction that compliments our needs!  Due to class sizes at AXIS' locations, the 6:30 Monday class is limited to 16 people, (this class is FFRC specific on controlling reps & focusing on form, but ALL THEIR MONDAY OPTIONS offer the same workout) so if you are disciplined and don't get swept up in the energy of AXIS feel free to choose any of the time slots available to accommodate your schedule. Fleet Feet's program is designed to prepare runners for this endurance event; whether a seasoned runner, looking to meet a new performance goal, or a first time marathoner, this program will help achieve your goals. Through educating you on the principles of endurance training, hydration, nutrition techniques, body awareness, pacing and running autonomy, Fleet Feet will take you the distance!  Athletes looking to train for the Half Marathon distance should be able to walk, run/walk or run 4 miles with walkers welcome. Athletes who wish to run the Full Marathon should be able to run or run/ walk 7 miles.

 The weekly runs consist of hill, track and long run workouts:  Tuesday nights workouts will last about an hour to an hour and a half and Saturday sessions will last 1-4 hours as we increase mileage throughout the season.  In addition to the workouts there are educational clinics, newsletters keeping you up to date,  nutrition tips, and expert coaching/mentoring to help inspire and motivate you on this training journey. Also insider availability to FFRC apparel exclusive to the club!

I am EXCITED to announce that we have partnered with Life Force Physical Therapy!!! Liz Henry as well as other associates have offered fabulous support towards our runners and you can look forward to having them as resources as they pop in after long runs and invite us to hear about important topics such as common foot issues, running myths and more! 

Join us and let us help you tackle the running goals you have set for yourself 2019! Save 10%  through the month of November using promo code EARLYBIRD

Training Program Details:

INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday November 27th at 6:45pm

START DATE:  FULL-Tuesday, December 4th-6pm, HALF- Tuesday, December 18th-6pm


  • Tuesday (starting December 4th/18th ) at 6pm at various locations - running workout

  • Saturday (starting December 8th/22nd) at 7:30am at Fleet Feet Wilmington - long run day

GOAL RACE: Wrightsville Beach Marathon Half & Full

COST:  Two Options:

  • OPTION 1:  $110 + $90/ $118 (AXIS) for the HALF/FULL 12/14 week running program and 10/12 week strength program. Race fee not included

  • OPTION 2:  $110 for just the running program. Race fee not included.

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Q: What is the cost of the registration?

A: The cost is $110 (without strength training) or $110 + AXIS fee ($90/$108). Both include a technical shirt, coupons, offers incentives, expert coaching and mentor assistance. 

Q: Do I have to be running the same goal race as the program is designed for?

A: Absolutely not.  There are plenty of great races that weekend and surrounding weekends, and you are more than welcome to run ANY race and still train with us!  Just make sure that you get with the coach beforehand and talk about your dates and tapering needs.

Q: I am a very slow runner.  Is this still the right program for me?

A: Absolutely.  We want to inspire and educate runners of all levels, regardless of pace!  We will always have trainees and Mentors to run alongside you, so you need not worry about being alone on the runs.  Just make sure you are meeting the mileage requirements (~4-7 miles) as posted on the registration page before you sign up.

Q: If I have already run an endurance event but I am looking for a group to train with is this program right for me?

A: You are always welcome to join in on the fun and reap the educational and motivational benefits that the program provides!  You can always talk to your coaches if you have any training requests! 

Q: If I miss workouts, or I have to consistently miss one of the days of our weekly meetings does that mean I cannot be involved in the program?

A: Of course you can still be involved!  We would love to have every trainee at every run, but understand that life and obligations may get in the way.  Just make sure that you are completing your training runs independently so you don’t fall behind on your progress!  Also, let your coach know when you are expected to miss so we don’t worry about you!

Q: What if I have to miss the informational meeting?

A: No big deal!  The informational meeting is not mandatory.  Just come to the first workout and we can get you up to speed then.  Or e-mail the Training Program Coordinator what day you are planning to attend and she can give you a run-down, send you the informational handout via e-mail and walk you through registration.

Q: Can I come to the first workout before deciding to register?

A: Of course!  We are confident after you see what the programs are all about that you will want to get involved! We are offering the first workout for FREE on December 4th or 18th so bring a buddy and run with us!

Q: What does the training schedule look like?

A: We will be starting at smaller mileages and building over the course of the program.  It will never change suddenly or dramatically and you will always be well prepared for any increase distance.  You can also expect track workouts, hill workouts and trail runs on a fairly regular basis. 

Q: Where do we meet?

A: The training locations will be announced to you before the start of the season and also weekly in the program newsletter.


Winter Half and Full Marathon Training More Info »

Program Start: Tuesday December 4th/ 18th, 2018
Goal Race: Wrightsville Beach Marathon
Program Fee: $ 110 for FF training only / $190(half) or $208(full) with Strength Training, does not include race fee
Description: 12/14 week progressive Half/Full Marathon training coupled with resources from Life Force PT & Wellness & AXIS Fitness as well as runner education topics like running form, injury prevention, and nutrition/ Hydration.
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