With spring right around the corner, its time to start thinking about plans for a spring marathon. If you haven’t already registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon, well, best advised to do so shortly, as the race has grown in popularity and will likely sell out. First time marathoner in Pittsburgh or seasoned veteran? There are plenty of marathon training options available for you to choice from!
If this is your first marathon, the mere fact of running 26.2 miles might be overwhelming and developing a training plan for this endeavor might be just as overwhelming. For the veteran runner, often they will join a group due to several reasons, some of that are shared with rookie marathon runners. Here are some pros and cons to marathon training groups:
- Groups are usually local to your area, since many are run by nearby running stores.
- Group runs are regularly scheduled.
- There are established hydration/nutrition stations on longer runs.
- Groups with many runners allow for many pace groups, so it’s likely that you’ll have someone to run with.
- Many running shops offer discounted deals on running shoes, clothing and other merchandise.
- A certified running coach often runs these programs.
- You can learn from experienced runners that are running beside you.
- You can make new running friends!
- It’s often easier to get motivated when others are involved and counting on you.
- Different running locations can stimulate you and challenge you.
- A busy personal schedule might not allow for regular attendance at group runs.
- A mileage-based approach does not work for everyone; some prefer running by time elapsed.
- Not all marathon training programs offer training for those who prefer the Galloway method (run/walk).
- You might prefer to run alone.
- You might want or need more individualized training.
- Training groups are more expensive (but usually very reasonable when you factor in the perks and gear discounts!)
Of course, weigh the pros and cons before entering a program. I believe the pros outweigh the cons for most runners, especially those who are running their very first marathon.
Here are a few options available in the Pittsburgh area for group marathon training:
Mojo Running & Multisport is offering a full and half marathon training program the details of the program from their website are as follows:
We meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 & on Sat or Sunday Mornings (TBD)
- 18 Week Instruction Program Starts January 5th
- Hands on Certified Coaches, 2 per Run
- Hydration & Nutritional support for all of the runs over 5 miles
- 10% off Shoes and 15% off Apparel in shop while in the training period. (For Runner only, not for family)
- Official “Mojo in Training” Tee adidas
- Free Pair of Swiftwick Socks ~ Made in America!
- 20% off & First Choice of “Official Mojo Pittsburgh Marathon Apparel” adidas
- Discount Pass for Salt Yoga Studio
- Free Form Clinic
- Personal Form Coaching if needed
- Revolution Physical Therapy Educational Seminar
- Discount Pass for Revolution Physical Therapy & Massage Therapy
- After Party Food & Beverages at the Mojo Hospitality tent at the finish
The meeting is free ~ The Program is $115.00 for Marathon, Half & Relay Peeps.
You can register by clicking here - there is a link on the bottom of the page to register.
From their website:
Marathon Training Group:
We will be starting our training for Spring 2013 Pittsburgh Full or Half Marathon and the Just a Short Run Half Marathon on December 15th.
Spring 5K/10K Training Group: Begins January 12th
- This is set to be a fun group and if it is anything like last year, you will make some friends with whom you will run all year round!The program features:
- USATF Certified coaches so you can ask the really detailed questions.
- Pace Leaders for weekly long runs and to ask questions when needed during the runs.
- Personalized gait analysis during a special group Good Form Running Class
- Personalized Training program. We train as a group but the coaches work with each person
- Online accessible Calendar via Google events showing workouts, locations, and updates as needed or necessitated by weather events.
- Weekly updates via email and Facebook
- Two weekly workouts: #1 morning distance, #2 evening speed work/strength
- Saturday morning distance sessions. Locations and times will vary based on distance.
- Weekday sessions are always at 7pm. Locations are out by the shop, but vary depending on whether it is a track speed session or a strength workout.
- Minimum 3-4 actual course sessions of varying lengths so you know what the course is and how to develop race day strategy
- At each session, we provide the water, Gatorade, and energy gels/chews plus we map out the routes with aid stations when needed.
- Special clinics with experts on nutrition, massage, strength training, injury care, podiatry, physical therapy, stretching, injury prevention, use of kinesio tape, & more!
- Long Sleeve Training Tee
- Discount off all purchases at Elite Runners & Walkers
- Special Shopping days 3x during the program with a bigger discount.
- Discounts into our 3 Winter Training races, Frigid 5 Miler, Spring Thaw, & Just A Short Run which we use to assess your progress.
- Optional High Visibility Jacket to keep you safe out on the roads.
- Access to the entire Elite Runners & Walkers staff that has a vast knowledge about running and all that goes with it.
- Advanced emails about some special stuff we are planning for race weekend!
To learn how to register – click here!
Information session: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9am
Kick-off Meeting: Saturday, January 12th, 9 am at Fleet Feet Sports
First Group Run: Sunday January 20th 7:30am, location TBD
All the details of the program are available - here!
Saturdays through to the Pittsburgh Marathon – Training at Up-N-Running
Every Saturday, meet us at 8:00 AM at Up-N-Running where we’ll run anywhere from 5 miles up to 20 miles on the back roads of Middlesex Township. Look in November for our training schedule as we kick off Pittsburgh Marathon/Half Marathon training for novices up to professionals! Call or email@example.com for more details.
Check for more details here - http://www.runpa.com/events.htm
Lastly, some charities also offer group training marathon programs. The largest and most well know is Team in Training, part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Team in Training program is one of the most successful marathon training program. You can learn more about Team in Training by clicking here!
Whether you are running solo or running with a group, best to start making a plan now!