Fall is an awesome time to start running! For new runners, the cooler temperatures mean a lower rate of perceived exertion (making it feel easier to cover longer distances). For more experienced runners, this time of year means a winding down of race season, and an opportunity to focus on improving form.
For me, the changing weather also generates excitement about setting goals for the following year's Pittsburgh Marathon! Registration is now open and November is a great point for first time marathoners and half marathoners to start training. With a 20-24 week plan, novice runners can easily train to complete the full 26.2 miles, while those with almost no running experience can be ready for the half marathon.
So, where should you go to get the plan and the support you’ll need? PittsburghRunner.com of course! We'll be spinning up a FREE training group for anyone running the full or half marathon, and even the weekend 5K.
All three plans will include:
Whether you’re an experienced runner, just starting out, or have yet to hit the pavement for the first time, I hope you'll join our group.
Click here to join the Facebook Group!
Click here to sign up by email (you'll get weekly workouts sent to your inbox for the race distance you select).
Q: Sounds great, when should I get started?
A: Join the group and sign up by email today! Depending on the race you’re running, the plan will be 8 weeks (5K), 18-20 weeks (experienced marathoner and half marathoner), or 20-24 weeks (beginner/first time marathoner and half marathoner).
Q: Can I join this group and follow another training plan?
A: Sure! Feel free to join us even if you’re following another plan or working with another group. You’ll still benefit form a community of runners all working to help each other. Ask questions, upload your workouts, and/or ask the coach to give you some tips! Take what works for you and leave the rest!
Q: Do I need to know ChiRunning to follow this program?
A: Nope! Of course, we think it will help if you do (after all, who doesn’t want to run more efficiently and without injury?), but the plan will focus on both traditional training methods (time/distance), as well as added focuses to help improve your form.
Q: How can I ask more questions?
A: Send an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.