Sole Runners Full and Half Marathon Training Programs

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2014 Summer Season Starts in Long Beach May 10th

Pre-Season Runs Start April 19th

We meet at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach at 7 AM.  During pre-season, the group will run about an hour.  If you are training for a specific race, there will likely be someone to run with you.

A typical Saturday morning

7:00 AM – Training Focus

7:20 AM Body Looseners

Yoga immediately following the run

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Tri This Coaching
1600 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Long Beach group will meet in Marina Vista Park in Long Beach

FAQs

How long is a marathon and half marathon? What marathons are we training for?

A marathon is 26.2 miles and a half marathon is 13.1 miles. We will be training for Long Beach, Disneyland Half, Race to the Top of Mt. Baldy, Conquer the Bridge, Rock and Roll races in San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Born to Run Ultras and 10 miler, and the French Riveria Marathon (Nice to Caan).

What’s involved in the training?

Starting Saturday we will meet every Saturday, in Long Beach. We will start off each Saturday will a quick discussion on important topics related to successfully completing your marathon. Topics will include hydration, nutrition, shoes, clothing, and more. We go out on our run and finish each Saturday with an optional yoga session. You will receive a training schedule that lists at least two other runs of 30-90 minutes per week and suggested cross training. You are expected to train on your own or with friends during the week.

Do I need to be in shape to train with the Sole Runners?

No, you do not need to be in shape. We specialize in working with beginners, intermediates and people coming back to running. We take people off the couch and get them running, jogging, and walking. And, between the yoga and ChiRunning® we train you smarter and reduce your chance for injury.

Do we have to show up every Saturday?

No, you will have a training schedule. If you miss a Saturday, you will know what you have to do. In fact, some people are doing this program virtually and might not ever come to a training session but will run with our team the day of the Marathon of their choice.

How long will the Saturday runs take?

The program is broken into three phases. The first 8 weeks should take 2.5 hours or less each Saturday. Weeks 9-18 will depend on the recommended time/mileage and your training pace. After 8 weeks you will know better and we will help you plan appropriately at that time.

Where do we run and what support is provided?

Many of our training runs are on the streets, bike paths, and practicing on the Long Beach full and half marathon course. We provide sports drink at the beginning and end of each Saturday training, Clif Shots, Clif Blocs, C2O Coconut Water and other goodies. Even with numerous water fountains and bathrooms along the training routes, we strongly encourage participants to train with a hydration system. Understanding your own nutritional needs during a race takes practice and we ask you to bring what you need to eat, so on race day you already know what works best for you.

What is MarathonTraining.TV and ChiRunning®? Do we run, walk or both?

MarathonTraining.TV is an internet-driven training system that uses a proven training regimen. ChiRunning® is a running technique based on biomechanics and efficiency. We will work on specifics focuses associated with the MarathonTraining.TV principles and ChiRunning® techniques each week to develop your best overall fitness and running practice. The primary focus will be running but we encourage you to walk when your body tells you too. We would like you to try at least combining running and walking. We do have participants that walk. It is a small group yet they receive that same benefits of the program and training in a group. Some of our walkers have incorporated easy jogging into their training.

Do I have to use ChiRunning®?

No, we recognize individual preferences yet most of us choose to use the ChiRunning® techniques. You can run with your own form, and we think you may want incorporate some of the well thought-out techniques of ChiRunning®, even though you continue with your personal running form.

Are there going to be timed pace groups?

A MarathonTraining.TV principle is that we do not have formal, timed pace groups. We believe that pace groups limit potential speed while increasing chance for injury, because people stop listening to their bodies in order to keep with the pace group. We teach participants to become more aware of their body while running, according to how it feels. After a few group runs, people that run at a similar pace usually end up running together. Running with different people is a great way to make new friends, work on your form and train at varied speeds. Last year, we had people training from a 3:10:00 marathon pace to a 7:50:00 marathon pace.

What do we get from this program?

We have a  21-week professionally coached training program, a one hour group ChiRunning® lesson ($75 value), a Sole Runners technical training shirt, the “ChiRunning” book by Danny Dreyer, weekly training articles, sponsor discounts, and more. You are responsible to pay for the marathon or half marathon you want to run. Some participants just train to stay in shape and rarely run in a race.

Can I still go to the gym and lift weights and can we do any other activities besides run?

Absolutely, and if you are already on a fitness program, please continue. Cross training is encouraged. If you have any question about your program, I will be happy to discuss them with you.

How do I join when is the first day to sign-up and the cost?

Registration is open now.  The cost is $195 for new Sole Runners and $145 for returning alumni.  Check out the on-line payment page for current discounted pricing.  You save the on-line processing fee if you send me a check, made out to Tri This Coaching, 1600 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, 91030.  Click Here to Register

What other support will we receive?

Besides receiving weekly emails discussing the past week and the current week’s training schedule, you will also receive numerous tips relating to successfully completing a marathon. You will be able to email Coach Steve with your questions (within reason). If you want additional help we can discuss private or group training sessions at an additional cost.

Where are the directions to where we meet each week?

We meet at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach Here’s the directions

How do I stay in the Group Coaching Marathon Training information loop? Join MarathonTraining.TV or SoCalRunning.com It’s free! The easy sign-up form is in the upper center of the main web page. “Like” our Facebook page: Sole Runners Full and Half Marathon Training Programs facebook page

Who is my primary contact?
Steve Mackel, CHt, Certified ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructor, USA Triathlon Sole Runners’ Head Coach and Program Director (818) 414.9181

A Typical Saturday Training with the Sole Runners