After a quick break, we are ready to jump back into the Saturday run group routine. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend, ready to run at 7:30am. While we are on that topic, in light of the warmer weather and earlier sunrise, we are planning to move the start time up to 6:30am (effective next week 6/21).
Next topic, run schedules. I have posted three different marathon distance schedules and 3 different mini marathon schedules at the bottom of this blog entry. The marathon schedules are designed with the Chicago marathon in mind. That only means that I put dates in the first column to keep everyone on track. If you are doing a different marathon, you can use the exact schedule, just start at the end (with your specific race date) and adjust accordingly. My recommendation to those that need extra mileage on specific days is to come a little early before the group to run the extra distance. It is always nice to have a group with you at the end of the run versus the beginning. The Mini marathon schedules are set-up without dates so you can use them for whatever race you like. We weren’t exactly sure who was doing what mini, so we left the dates blank.
The courses each week will be designed around the Chicago marathon so those doing other distance races or different marathons will simply turn around at their designated distance. All courses will be out and back to minimize water stops. Click HERE to view this weeks 9 mile training route.
We also would like to encourage those not interested in the marathon distance to continue training with us and work towards completing the Fall Runathon. This new series consists of a 5k (Sept. 6th), a 10K (Oct. 4th) and a mini marathon (Oct. 25th) Click on the link to get more details.
Don’t forget to acknowledge those sponsors that have made this program possible. See you Saturday!
Use the following bullet points to help you decide which schedule to use.
- Is this your first race of this distance? If YES, use beginner
- Are you willing to do speed-work and add a fourth day of running? If YES, jump to the Intermediate schedule
- If you have run this distance several times, want to increase your speed and are willing to put in the time, then proceed to the Advanced schedule.
- If you want to run recreationally to stay in shape and don’t really care about finish times, stick with the Beginner schedule.
- Beginner Full Marathon
- Intermediate Full Marathon
- Advanced Full Marathon
- Beginner Half Marathon
- Intermediate Half Marathon
- Advanced Half Marathon
Don’t forget that our number one goal is to promote the fine sport of running. We strive to do everything in our power to help make running an enjoyable experience for everyone. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions of concerns.