It's time to begin your journey towards the Wilmington Marathon!
The Fleet Feet Half and Full Training Program presented by Hoka is a 12-week program & which meets twice weekly for our group workouts with the option of a third day (Wednesday) strength component with the option of 3 locations. The weekly runs consist of hill/ track (Tuesday) and long-run (Saturday) workouts, while our partnership with AXIS Fitness has proven to be an awesome compliment that adds the necessary strength & conditioning to our training. While the strength add-on is optional (additional $100/10 weeks) it is recommended as it strengthens our bodies to make them able to maintain form under fatigue. Look for the strength option during registration. With running being such a linear sport we are incorporating a weekly strength & mobility routine that can help ward off the muscular imbalances that can lead to injury.
Fleet Feet's program is designed to prepare runners for this either 13.1 or 26.2 endurance event; whether a seasoned runner, looking to meet a new performance goal or a first-time marathoner, this program will help achieve your goals. By educating you on the principles of endurance training, hydration, nutrition techniques, body awareness, pacing, and running autonomy, the Fleet Feet Run Club will take you the distance! Athletes looking to train for the Half Marathon distance should be able to walk, run/walk or run 4 miles, with walkers welcome and those interested in the full marathon should be comfortable to run or walk/run a distance of 8 miles.
Our weekly runs consist of hill, tempo, and long-run workouts: Tuesday nights workouts will last about an hour to an hour and a half, and Saturday sessions will last 1-4 hours as we increase mileage throughout the season. In addition to the workouts, there are educational clinics, newsletters keeping you up to date, nutrition tips, and expert coaching/mentoring to help inspire and motivate you on this training journey.
Join us and let us help you tackle the running goals you have set for yourself 2023! Save 10% when you register by November 21st using to promo code EARLYBIRD
Training Program Details:
INFORMATION SESSION: Tuesday, November 29th at 6:45pm at Fleet Feet at The Forum at 1125 Military Cutoff Rd.
START DATE: Tuesday, December 6th-6:15pm
Tuesday at 6:15pm at various locations - running workout
Saturday at 7:00am at Fleet Feet Wilmington - long run day
GOAL RACE: Wilmington Marathon
COST: $120 for the running program. Optional $100 AXIS Strength & Conditioning. Race registration not included.
NEW THIS YEAR...Wilmington Marathon VIP Race Day Experience Sponsored by Hoka with your training program registration.
- A 15% discount on your Wilmington Marathon Race Registration
- Exclusive Fleet Feet Bag Drop at the start line
- VIP Post Race Tent courtesy of Hoka
- Free RoadID at the start of the training program
- Exclusive discount on Hoka shoes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the cost of the registration?
A: The cost is $10 a week (without strength training) HALF $120 OR training program fee + AXIS fee ($100/ 10 weeks). Both include a technical shirt, coupons, running incentives, expert coaching, and mentor assistance.
Q: Do I have to be running the same goal race as the program is designed for?
A: Absolutely not. There are plenty of great races that weekend and surrounding weekends, and you are more than welcome to run ANY race and still train with us! Just make sure that you get with the coach beforehand and talk about your dates and tapering needs.
Q: I am a very slow runner. Is this still the right program for me?
A: Absolutely. We want to inspire and educate runners of all levels, regardless of pace! We will always have trainees and Mentors to run alongside you, so you need not worry about being alone on the runs. Just make sure you are meeting the mileage requirements (~4-7 miles) as posted on the registration page before you sign up.
Q: If I have already run an endurance event but I am looking for a group to train with is this program right for me?
A: You are always welcome to join in on the fun and reap the educational and motivational benefits that the program provides! You can always talk to your coaches if you have any training requests!
Q: If I miss workouts, or I have to consistently miss one of the days of our weekly meetings does that mean I cannot be involved in the program?
A: Of course you can still be involved! We would love to have every trainee at every run, but understand that life and obligations may get in the way. Just make sure that you are completing your training runs independently so you don’t fall behind on your progress! Also, let your coach know when you are expected to miss so we don’t worry about you!
Q: What if I have to miss the informational meeting?
A: No big deal! The informational meeting is not mandatory. Just come to the first workout and we can get you up to speed then. Or e-mail the Training Program Coordinator what day you are planning to attend and she can give you a run-down, send you the informational handout via e-mail and walk you through registration.
Q: Can I come to the first workout before deciding to register?
A: Of course! We are confident after you see what the programs are all about that you will want to get involved! We are offering the first workout for FREE on December 7th, so bring a buddy and come run with us!
Q: What does the training schedule look like?
A: We will be starting at smaller mileages and building over the course of the program. It will never change suddenly or dramatically and you will always be well prepared for any increase distance. You can also expect track workouts, hill workouts and trail runs on a fairly regular basis.
Q: Where do we meet?
A: The training locations will be announced to you before the start of the season and also weekly in the program newsletter.