Foundation Training Plan
The Foundation Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Plans cover distances from 10-milers through full marathons. The foundation training plan is designed for runners who have not run a full or half marathon or are content with completing those race distances at a 10:30+ minute mile. Before beginning a CRC foundation training program, you should prepare your body by running three times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes each workout. By the first week of a training program, your longest run of the week should be at least 4 miles for a half-marathon program and 5 miles for a marathon program.
Target races for the 2019-20 training season
|Cypress Half Marathon||Nov. 10, 2019||
|Aramco Half Marathon||Jan. 19, 2020||See Plan|
|Chevron Marathon||Jan. 19, 2020||See Plan|
|Woodlands Marathon||Mar. 7, 2020||See Plan|
All foundation training programs call for three runs per week:
- Two mid-week workouts that we strongly recommend you do with CRC at scheduled sessions with coaches
- One Saturday long run with the club (schedule permitting); these runs are performed at conversational pace for a specified distance.
For the two mid-week workouts, the type of workout will change every 3-4 weeks to add variety and to develop different aspects of your running fitness. We begin with strides, then introduce fartleks (aka “speed-play”), Tempo runs and Intervals. Once runners have gained familiarity with strides and fartleks, they are encouraged to incorporate those into one of their other midweek runs.
Saturday morning group runs of 4, 6, 8, and 10 miles take place all Summer. Additional distances will be added to the schedule once official training programs kick off. You can look at the calendar, the sidebar along the right side of this page, or on Facebook to see weekly scheduled runs.