No. BUT, our groups always attract 100+ runners and 'organic' pace groups just naturally form during the course of the season. Something to keep in mind is that your pace will naturally increase over the course of the season. So, you may start out running 10:00/mile and towards the latter stages of training, a more comfortable pace for you might be 9:30/mile.
-What are we doing for the first workout on Saturday, 8/16?
We are doing an EASY 2 MILE RUN (unless you are a 'Race' level runner). You can walk at certain points if you need to, but ideally we'd LOVE for you to cover the entire distance.
-YIKES! 2 Miles sounds like a LOT of running!
We don't expect you to set any landspeed records. Run the 2 miles as slow as you need to. You can take walk breaks if you like.
-Where do we meet for runs?
On Tuesdays you have '3' options in the evening(Marina, Golden Gate Park, or Downtown):
-Tuesday nights @ 6:30PM launching from the Marina Green Monkey Bars near the intersection of Marina/Fillmore. This is our PRIMARY location on Tuesday nights and will be led by me.
-Tuesday nights @ 6:30PM launching from outside PSOAS+Massage/Bodywork. These runs will be led by Coach Leslie. This option is designed to accommodate those working downtown and/or in the Financial District.
-Tuesday nights @ 6:30PM launching from Golden Gate Park. These runs will be led by USATF/RRCA certified coach Toby Silver. If Golden Gate Park is more convenient for you, this option will serve you well.
Thursday workouts are ALWAYS at the Marina Green Monkey Bars @ 6:30PM. We alternate between bootcamp and speedwork each week-
Bootcamp is geared towards core strengthening/stability. Expect lunges, squats, and a plethora of other great exercises designed to strengthen, stabilize, and stave off running related aggravations/injuries. Bootcamp is led by Coach Gaby.
Speedwork includes a variety of workouts throughout the season designed to increase speed. Expect hills, fartlek, tempo, target pacing, and more! Yours truly leads the speed workouts.
The first Thursday night workout of the season is bootcamp.
Saturday long runs are at various locations in SF @ 9:30AM.
We will mix up our long runs locations and venture out to Golden Gate Park, Lake Merced, and/or Ocean Beach.
ANY CHANGE OF LOCATION ON SATURDAY IS COMMUNICATED VIA THE TWICE WEEKLY TEAM EMAIL NEWSLETTER!
-Do I need to sign up for the half marathon(s)?
If you plan on participating in any of the races, the answer is YES! You have ONLY signed up for TRAINING.
The actual half marathons are SEPARATE/DISTINCT events. Here are links to registration for the various races we are training for-
-The Nike Womens Half on 10/19
-The Healdsburg Wine Country Half on 10/25
-The Honey Badger Half Marathon (& 5K/10K) on 10/25 (*HINT-pass the code 'HALLOWEEN' for $5 off.)
-The US Half on 11/2
You could head over to A Runner's Mind (3575 Sacramento St), get fitted for a new pair of shoes and some new running gear.
You could also get into a regular running routine and log a few easy miles on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday prior to joining the program.
-What if it's raining!? Will we still run?
YES. We may encounter inclement weather on race day and I can pretty much promise you the race will NOT be canceled! So, it's actually a good thing to train during inclement weather as you will be prepared should you encounter it on race day and your friends will think you are REALLY tough! :)
Obviously, if there are 'monsoon' like conditions where this a torrential downpour and 50MPH winds, we will likely err on the side of caution and cancel a run. But, this almost never happens.
EMAIL COACH MATT-MARATHONMATT@MARATHONMATT.COM!