The Fleet Feet Half and Full Marathon Training Program is a 14 week program, which meets three times a week, two days of running and one day of endurance-based strength training (strength training is only 12 weeks long). The 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. This program will educate on endurance training principles, hydration and nutrition techniques, body awareness, pacing and running autonomy. Athletes looking to train for the Half Marathon distance should be able to walk, run/walk or run 4 miles. Athletes who wish to run the Full Marathon should be able to run or run/walk 7 miles. Walkers are welcome in the Half Marathon Program.
The Program meets two or three times a week during the training period: Monday (for those participating in the strength portion of the program) and Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. The weekday 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, on-site physical therapists through Lifeforce Physical Therapy, nutrition tips from Kim Mueller, owner of Fuel Factor, and expert coaching/mentoring to help inspire and motivate you on this training journey.
Training Program Details:
INFORMATION SESSION: Tuesday, December 6th at 6:45pm and Tuesday, December 13th at 6:45pm
START DATE: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Q: What is the cost of the registration?
A: The cost is $165.00 (with strength training) or $110 (without strength training), which includes 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 20th 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.