Run Hub Northwest is excited to host its spring marathon and half marathon training program for runners for our sixth year!
Disclaimers and suggestions for participation
Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, our training program will be organized differently this year. You should only sign up for this training program if you are okay with virtual training and a virtual goal race, meaning the potential for no in-person practices or race. We are tentatively planning for small group, in-person practices by week 4 of the training program, but it is at the discretion of the coaching staff and guidance of local health authorities. We will require masks to be worn when you are not able to keep a 6 foot distance from others.
Participants of our 2020 Spring training Program who were not able to complete it may email [email protected] for a special code to save 15% on this year’s training program.
We will cap this year’s training program at 60 participants.
Please note that we do not offer refunds for any reason and the cost of this registration does not include the race registration for the Eugene Marathon or Half marathon race.
Suggestions for participation:
- Do not register for this training program if you are injured or dealing with pain related to activity.
- We recommend the marathon training program be attempted by those who have been running regularly for months leading up to the start of this program and have completed a run of at least 8-10 miles several times during that period.
- The half-marathon training program can be attempted by those with very little experience in running. However, if you have never run, we suggest starting with one of our beginner 5K programs that we offer at other times during the year, and then attempt a half marathon following successful completion of a 5K program.
- Only register for the training program if you are willing to spend time each week updating your training spreadsheet with your running data for each week and notes about how the week progressed for you.
About the program
This will be a 14-week virtual training program with weekly team meetings via Zoom and individualized training programs written by the coaches using Google Docs. The first workout will be Saturday, January 16.
The goal race for this training program is the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon on April 25, 2021. If it is a virtual event, the Eugene Marathon office has plans to have a course laid out with a start and finish line as well as mile markers.
We will have a virtual 2-mile time trial in week 3 of the training program. We are tentatively planning for small group, in-person practices by week 4 of the training program, but it is at the discretion of the coaching staff and guidance of local health authorities. We will require masks to be worn when you are not able to keep a 6 foot distance from others.
Each participant can expect to have a customized weekly training program written for them starting within a week of returning their athlete history questionnaire. We use a Google spreadsheet with a tab for each participant’s training plan. Coaches will continue to write a weekly plan for each athlete as long as the athlete has updated their training spreadsheet weekly. Team practices will be scheduled for Tuesday evening and Saturday morning, with a weekly or bi-weekly team meeting video conference call (day of week TBD). Tuesday evenings will be a higher intensity workout that will focus on running at faster paces and Saturday mornings will be the longest run of the week. The other days of the week will be laid out in each participant’s training plan based on each participants history and goals and will mostly include easy/recovery runs, days off, or cross training. There will be no official meeting time or location except for Tuesday and Saturday.
If you engage in many different forms of exercise please be aware that coaches may suggest that you rearrange or eliminate certain activities to successfully prepare you to run the half or full marathon.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]!