Prerequisites

We don’t require much to join, but there are some guidelines that you should be able to meet AT THE START of the program.

Everyone, Regardless of Program

  • If applicable, be medically cleared by your doctor as needed. Training for a half or full marathon is rigorous and requires a lot of physical training.
  • Have a fun, outgoing and “can-do” excellent attitude. Any of the “Two-Percenters” can stay home.
  • Be at least 20 yrs old on the first day of training. (There is no upper age limit per say, but see bullet point #1 above)

Beginner Run/Walk Program

The Beginner Run/Walk is designed for runners who have little/no experience with long distance running or for runners who have taken a long break or coming off an injury. Read more about the Beginner Run/Walk Program Training Approach. Learn more here.

  • Be able to briskly walk 2-3 days per week approx 30-40min each session. We will immediately start run/walking 4x per week, for a total of 180 minutes total.
  • Be able to complete a brisk walk of 60 minutes on a single outing. Our first “Long” day will be a run/walk of 60 minutes.

Intermediate Running Program

The intermediate running program is designed for casual or existing runners who are looking for a “middle of the road” approach. You’re not going to kill yourself training 6 days per week, but you want to follow a solid, proven program to get you to your half or full marathon. Learn more here.

  • Be able to run* 2-3 days per week, up to 15 miles total per week.  Though we will immediately start running 4x per week at about 15-20 miles depending on ability
  • Be able to complete 4-6 miles on a single run*  Though our first “Long” run is 5-7 miles depending on ability.

*NOTE: While the program is designed for “runners” it is okay to not fully be there yet.  We do encourage “walk breaks” if need be – especially during the first few weeks of training. You may benefit from following the Run-Walk program either during the whole season, or during a few weeks to come up to speed.

Advanced Running Program

The Advanced Program is designed for runners with a base already set and ready to take their training to a higher level. Learn more here.

  • Be able to run 3-4 days per week, up to 20miles per week. Though we will immediately start running 4-5 days per week and up to 27miles during the first week.
  • Be able to complete a 7-8mi Long run the first week.

It’s assumed that the advanced runner has a good, solid base of 4-6 months leading into the start of our program.

Have a bit of Time Before Starting? Prep Training

If you find yourself with a few weeks or longer before the start of training, you will highly benefit from getting some time on your feet before we start. Download the Prep Training Schedule (PDF 177kb)