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Ends January 2018
Our Marathon Training Programs meet Saturday mornings at 6am and are for runners of all abilities. If you can jog 3 miles (at any pace) without stopping then you are fit enough to start training with us. We provide Water and Gatorade every 2-3 miles and a small direction sheet to guide you on the run.
We have pace groups ranging from sub 3hrs through to 5hrs and we have training schedules in which the longest run you do in training is 18, 20, 22 or 24 miles.
You get to choose which schedule is best suited to you. You will be instructed how far to run or not run on each day of the week.
Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon Training Also Chicago, New York, Marine Corp, Dallas, Austin, St George, San Antonio or any other marathon.
Corner of Jackson Hill and Memorial Drive (between Waugh & Shepherd). Click here to see map of our meeting place.
If you want to try us out, just come out to any of our workouts and take advantage of our $5 drop in rate. We have supported Saturday long runs almost all year round. (see our announcements page for details each week)
Our number one priority is to keep you injury free. We emphasize relaxed, easy running for 85% of your runs. Consistent weekly mileage is the key to success.
Negative split all your runs. This means getting faster every mile on your run as you naturally warm up, running the second half of your run faster than the first without increased effort.
In order to stay injury free you will need to listen to your own body and adjust your training as needed. To help you with this we give you a choice of online training schedules in which you can pick the longest run you will do in training. Some runners can handle multiple long runs over 20 miles while other runners tend to break down if they run over 20 miles in training. You can choose a marathon training schedule with 18 or 20 or 22 or 24 miles being your longest run.
Our philosophy is a slow increase in total weekly mileage and long runs. The more you run, the better your marathon performance will be as long as you stay healthy. We schedule gradual hill workouts on grass early in the week and tempo runs, progressive runs and fartleks, later in the week. All these workouts should be at medium effort.
The long runs should be run at relaxed conversation pace effort with some of the longer runs finishing up at your goal marathon pace. The long run is the most important workout for a marathoner because it teaches your muscles to store more glycogen. Muscle glycogen is your body's primary source of fuel during exercise. With low muscle glycogen stores, your body will quickly need to turn to fat, which is a less efficient fuel, and you will therefore slow down. Teaching your muscles to store glycogen is especially critical for marathoners who wish to avoid hitting the wall.
It is essential that you incorporate core training and strength training into your regular routine. If you want to train year after year and continue to improve your performance by staying injury free, you will have to strength train your legs and core muscles.