Mileage Builder Training Plan

The Mileage Builder Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Plans cover distances from 10-milers through full marathons.  The Mileage Builder 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 Mileage Builder 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 2016-17 training season

Race Name Date Plan
Cypress Half Marathon Nov. 13, 2016 See Plan
Aramco Half Marathon Jan. 15, 2017 See Plan
Chevron Marathon Jan. 15, 2017 See Plan
Woodlands Marathon Mar. 4, 2017 See Plan


All Mileage Builder 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.

Midweek Workouts

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.

Long Run

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.

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson

Head Coach

Mark Peterson has been running for about 8 years. He started as a severely obese walker and progressed to an obsessed runner and cyclist. While he has completed events from 5k-50 miles, he has learned that speed isn’t the most important factor in running and that the finish line will be there when HE gets there. In 2014, he assisted 2 first-time marathoners in finishing the Houston Marathon. Although, he might of been hated a bit towards the end, it was instantly forgiven as the medals were distributed. If you want to be sure to finish your 1st marathon, he will gladly help make that a reality. In real life, Mark is a veterinarian and although animal emergencies might occasionally make him late to a training run, he’ll almost certainly be there eventually with Gu, gloves, socks or nip guards.