2 Program Options:
We have 2 program options: a Level 1 and Level 2 half & full marathon training program. These training programs meet twice a week (Tuesdays at 6:15pm for shorter training run and/or speedwork, and Saturdays at 6:30am for longer run). Most Tuesday runs will start and finish at Bull City Running Co. and Saturday runs will rotate among different locations in the Triangle for some variety!)
Level 1 program will focus on safely and effectively building a mileage base for completing a half/full marathon and will include pace groups for training. This program is appropriate for novice and first-time half/full marathoners.
Level 2 program is for a more experienced runner who has a current mileage base of at least 25 miles/week for half marathon and 30 miles/week for full marathon training, has already completed a half or full marathon in the past year, and is interested in adding more rigorous training components (i.e. speed, strength) in order to reach a new personal time goal.
Both programs will offer a structured training plan. Depending on your running experience, current mileage, and personal goals, we can help determine which program is best for you.
Both training programs will use the Richmond Half/Full Marathon as goal races, but plans can be tailored to accommodate other goal races as well!
LEVEL 1 HALF/FULL MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM
This program is focused on building a strong mileage base to accomplish the goal of successfully completing a half or full marathon. The program will include training components to establish an adequate mileage base for a half or full marathon, prevent injury, and have fun in a group training atmosphere and lay the groundwork to add more advanced training components in the future. Participants are expected to be currently running consistently at least 3 days per week. Program will run mid-July to mid-November (depending on goal race). Participants will be divided into pace groups and will receive a weekly training plan, opportunities to meet twice a week for training runs, and a 10% store discount.
LEVEL 2 HALF/FULL MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM
Geared to the more experienced runner who is currently running consistently (at least 20+ miles per week for the half marathon and at least 25+ miles per week for the full marathon) AND has recent experience running distances up to and including a half marathon within the past year. This program assumes participants already have a strong mileage base and are looking for advanced training components to attain a specific goal time for your goal race. This is a higher intensity training program that will focus on speed, strength, and endurance in order to help you attain your goal time. Program will run mid-July to mid-November (depending on goal race). Program includes a customized, individual training plan, regular consultation with coaching staff, opportunity to meet twice a week for training runs, and a 10% store discount.
HOW ARE THESE PROGRAMS DESIGNED?
Both programs are designed to provide the structure necessary for improvement and flexible enough to help you achieve your personal goals. They’re crafted to fit your training/race goals and work/life schedule and will be adjusted/modified as necessary throughout the program. Both programs will include two group runs/workouts per week (Tuesday and Saturday) in order to enhance your individual training regime. The workouts are focused on building strength, speed, and developing pacing skills.
PROGRAM FEATURES & BENEFITS:
TRAINING PLAN: Weekly running plan and pacing guidelines based on your current fitness level and goals, and a training calendar that includes information on your weekly workouts that are adjusted to accommodate your racing schedule. The program is designed to let you stay in control of your schedule and goal events while we provide guidance, structure, and encouragement.
GROUP TRAINING FORMAT: Runners train in a group atmosphere on Tuesday evenings (6:15pm) and Saturday mornings (6:30am). It’s much easier to get your runs in when you’re looking forward to seeing other participants and know they are there waiting for you! Our program emphasizes fun, camaraderie, and a supportive, educational environment. Most runs will start from Bull City Running and we will hit the American Tobacco Trail and trails/roads around Woodcroft and Hope Valley, but we will also venture out to other local trails and routes for some variety on Saturday long runs.
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION: We will provide you with helpful information and feedback throughout the training program. We’ll also schedule local fitness experts to visit and share information before/after our group runs that will help to address your concerns, compliment your training program, and keep you injury free!
OTHER BENEFITS: All participants will receive a 10% discount on all non-sale purchases at Bull City Running Co. during the entire training program (excludes Garmin products).
QUESTIONS: Email us, drop by the store, or call 919-265-3904.
Space is limited and will sell out!
After you complete the registration form, you can pay online, by coming into the store, or by giving us a call at 919-265-3904.