By Coach Mandy
Syracuse Half, Wineglass, Empire State, Marine Corps, NYC… if you are planning to run any of these races this fall, it’s time to start training. I know, I know, we’ve just started to settle into summer and I’m already reminding you of fall? It’s not fair! But it’s true.
Distance training is not something that you can cram together in a few short weeks. Your overall cardiovascular fitness and running consistency is what prepares you for 13.1 or 26.2 miles. If this is your first half or full marathon or your 20th, it is very important to add mileage slowly and gradually.
Most inexperienced athletes will get injured because they get overzealous and jump right in. Trust me, I love the enthusiasm, but it’s better to be SMART about your training. Ramping up your weekly mileage, your long run and the intensity of your workouts should happen one week at a time. Imagine the entirety of your training as a pyramid. Without the building blocks of fitness supporting the bottom, the top is weak and wavering.
This year, Fleet Feet Sports is offering multiple program options for your goal race. As important as it is to train properly and with enough time, it’s also important to not burn yourself out. So first, decide what your fall goal race is and then second, register for the appropriate training.