Half & Full Marathon Training Program
2021 Half & Full Marathon Training Program Kicks off July 20 @ 6pm!
[Registration will open on May 1, 2021]
We offer two excellent program options for both the half and full marathon training program. Both programs offer a structured training plan and use the Battleship Half Marathon and Richmond Half/Full Marathon as goal races / race dates, but plans can be tailored to accommodate other goal races as well!
The Level 1 program ($150) 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.
The Level 2 program ($200) 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 (e.g., speed, strength) in order to reach a new personal time goal. This program is more individualized and tailored to meet personal/pace goals, so groups based on pace can be limited.
Depending on your running experience, current mileage, and personal goals, we can help determine which program is best for you.
REGISTRATION FOR 2021 WILL OPEN MAY 1, 2021
Link to register will be posted here!
When & Where
The 2021 Training Program will kick off Tuesday, July 20 @ 6:00pm from our South Durham location.
The training program will continue through November 2021.
This training program meets twice a week (Tuesdays at 6:15pm for training runs and/or workouts, and Saturdays at 6:30am for longer run). Most Tuesday runs will alternate between both Bull City Running locations (South Durham and Downtown Durham) and Saturday runs will rotate among different locations in the Triangle for some variety!
Program Format & Features
Both programs are designed to provide the structure necessary for improvement and flexible enough to help you achieve your personal goals. Training is crafted to fit your training/race goals and life schedule and will be adjusted/modified as necessary throughout the program. Both programs will include two organized runs/workouts per week (Tuesday and Saturday) in order to enhance your training regime. The workouts are focused on building strength, endurance, and developing pacing skills.
All participants will receive a complete and detailed plan to get you to your goal race. Weekly running plans 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 (both South Durham and Downtown Durham locations), and we will utilize local trails such as the American Tobacco Trail, Woodcroft, Duke East and Ellerbe Creek trails, but we will also venture out to other local trails and routes for some variety on Saturday long runs.
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION:
Coaches are always accessible and we will provide you with helpful information and feedback throughout the training program. We’ll also schedule local fitness experts to share information before/after our group runs that will help to address your concerns, compliment your training program, and keep you injury free!
All participants will receive a 10% discount on all regular priced items at Bull City Running Co. during the entire training program (excludes GPS watches and other electronics).
A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19:
It is likely that COVID-19 will continue to impact events through the training season. Many races on the calendar, including Battleship and Richmond, are currently scheduled but may be modified or possibly cancelled. While we can’t control what happens to specific events, we will work to provide you with a safe and effective training program that is focused on attaining your goal – whether that ends up being at your event or through an alternate experience. As NC phases into re-opening, adjustments and modifications will be made to ensure both these measures and CDC guidelines are followed to keep participants safe.