The Half and Full Marathon Training Program is a 12-14 week program which meets twice a week designed to prepare runners for their first ever endurance event or to help seasoned runners meet a new performance goal. This program will educate on endurance training principles, hydration and nutrition techniques, body awareness, pacing and running autonomy.
The Program meets twice a week during the training period, once on a weeknight and once on Saturday mornings. The workouts will last about an hour to an hour and a half as we increase mileage throughout the season. In addition to the workouts there are educational clinics, motivational speakers, newsletters keeping you up to date, on-site physical therapists through Proaxis, a monthly cooking demo with Whole Foods and expert coaching/mentoring to help inspire and motivate you on this training journey.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the cost of the registration?
A: The cost is $100.00. This includes a technical shirt and it works out to about $2.50 a workout. Also included in the fee is RRCA insurance, prizes, giveaways, 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: No, 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 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! This program should challenge even more advanced runners, so there will still be many obstacles presented to you.
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: How do I register?
A: You can register at Signmeup.com.
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!
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.
“I was in the Half Marathon training class and the environment was very supportive and as I was always the "Turtle" someone always ran with me, thanks to the encouragement I stayed the course and so happy I did.”
“I wouldn't have done half as well without this training program and our great team of runners. The whole experience from day 1 to race day has been the highlight of my year.”
“Let me also say this has been great. The enthusiasm and motivation were inspirational. I had doubts in the beginning, because I had the jock mentality that we needed more and more mileage, but really what is needed is the quality of the workout. The enthusiasm and just being positive is great!”
"Thank you for everything! As always, with all the programs, I had so much fun! You guys deserve a medal for keeping the whole city, in movement, healthy and most importantly 'health' educated. You are all inspiring!"
“You know, when I first started talking with you, the thought of running a half marathon much less a marathon never crossed my mind. All I wanted to do was work up to a 10K so I could keep my cholesterol down. I had always wanted to run a marathon, but seriously thought I had gotten too old and out of shape to actually make it an achievable reality. That’s where you and the Fleet Feet Carrboro family stepped up and provided the opportunity, motivation, resources, and sense of community for me to really set about changing my lifestyle. I can honestly say, you guys have helped me tap into the joys (and pain!) of running I haven’t felt since I was a track and cross country athlete back in high school…. Only now I really appreciate and savor each and every run!”
"I'd like to thank you for the great training program this past season. I met my time goal for the race and improved by over six minutes from my first half marathon, but more importantly I met a lot of great people and had fun. I also learned a lot about running that I know I will carry with me going forward."