The 2018 Marathon: FAST Training Program is a 17 week program meeting three times a week. It is designed to help experienced runners meet a new performance goal. This program will educate on endurance training principles, hydration and nutrition techniques, body awareness, pacing and running autonomy. This 2018 season will be geared towards the Fort 4 Fitness Marathon on September 29th, 2018. However, our Coaches can help you train for any fall race you choose!
What to expect at Weeknight Workouts:
The focus of the weeknight workouts is to work on our speed and power when running. Whether you’re looking to finish your first distance race or you fastest distance race - building a speed workout into your training is important. You work different muscle groups (fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscles), build endurance in your legs and lungs, and it helps keep our workouts from getting stale. We’ll cover a variety of workouts such as Speed Repeats, Hill Repeats, Fartleks (Swedish for ‘speed play’), tempo runs, etc. We focus on pace and effort during these workouts. Below is an example workout:
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10 min Warmup Easy Jogging
30 minute tempo circuit--rotating 1/4 mile @ Half Marathon Pace, 1/4 mile @ Marathon Pace, 1/4 mile @ Easy Pace
10 min Cooldown easy jogging
Optional Cool down stretching/core with your group
What to expect at Saturday Long Runs:
The Saturday Long run focus is on time on your feet. We use the long run to build up our endurance so that we can finish our distance races healthy and happy! Overall, these long runs should be at a very easy pace. We don’t want to race through the long runs because it will ultimately come to us feeling like we’ve ‘raced’ every weekend - our bodies will be tired and it increases the likelihood of injury. You can expect your Mentors to lead the way and help set the pace. These long runs are fully supported with a Key Drop at the store, Water and Nuun (electrolyte drink) stops on the course, turn-by-turn directions, and access to your Coaches for questions and advice.
Our groups are open to anyone! Yes, anyone. Your coaches will help give you suggested training paces once in your group! A general breakdown of our groups are as follows:
9:00 - 10:00 training pace
10:00 - 11:00 training pace
11:00 - 12:00 training pace
Have questions? Reach out to Kevin, our training program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org