Training For The Half Marathon
Completing a half marathon run or walk is not as difficult as you might think. The most difficult part is not the event itself, but the time committed to training for it. This is a big commitment but remember, it’s only for 12 weeks of your life and what you achieve here may mean a lifetime difference to an orphaned child.
Completing the training program allows your body to be conditioned over a period of time so that on race day you are ready to complete your event with little difficulty. The training programs used are based on several nationally known training programs and have been adjusted slightly to meet our needs. This training program has been used before and there was a 100% success rate on race day.
Training for the Big Sur Half Marathon will begin on August 22nd, 2016 and will finish the day of the race. The schedule is based on running 4 days a week.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays
Workouts that will help with cardiovascular conditioning.
Workouts are the longer distance group runs / walks that will help your body adjust to the physical demands of continuous walking / running similar to what you will experience on race day. The Saturday workout, although longer in mileage, will be done at your own comfortable pace. During the Saturday runs, we will use the “Run a mile, walk a minute” routine for the half marathon training. This allows the body to recover a little during the 1 minute of walking and is a good time to hydrate or consume an energy gel. On Saturdays we’ll meet at 6:30 am near the tennis courts at East La Loma Park and run on the trail along Dry Creek.
2016 Half Marathon Training
This training schedule incorporates the AFA Challenge Fit workouts into the half marathon training program. The AFA Challenge Fit training is held every other Saturday and may be substituted for your long run. The AFA Challenge Fit training will help build core strength and conditioning that will help improve your running. All AFA runners are invited and encouraged to attend the AFA Challenge Fit training. You may also run a few miles before or after the AFA Challenge Fit workout if you’d like to get some Saturday miles completed.