Well, that was fast. After just running my first marathon a couple of weeks ago, I’ve decided that I want to try again in the spring. I’m currently debating between the Rock n Roll DC Marathon or the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I will probably do Virginia Beach because it is a spring Oiselle team meetup, but it might be nice to do a marathon at home as well. I will make my decision by the end of December (because that’s when Shamrock prices go up).
While I haven’t solidified which race I’m doing, I know how I’ll be training. I recently signed up for Potomac River Running’s Distance Training Program. I’ve never done a formal training program before and when I started looking into it, I realized that there are numerous in the DC area. Here’s what PR’s program offers:
– Receive expert coaching from our knowledgeable coaching team — our track record speaks for itself — we’ve helped thousands of runners complete endurance events or complete them faster, achieving personal bests, Boston Qualifiers, and more.
– Train in comfort with some new technical gear, including a technical training shirt you’ll receive early in the program. Attend various special in store events and get yourself geared up while you take advantage of some great savings as well.
– Attend seminars offered by leading experts on topics ranging from running technique to nutrition to race day strategy, and hear great info each week in your weekly update from your coach.
– Receive weekly email guidance and tips from your coaches covering everything from the week’s specific plan to suggestions on form and technique, nutrition, sleep, and more!
– Enjoy other giveaways and goodies along the way.
There are weekly long runs on Saturday mornings and an optional track workout in DC on Thursdays. The scheduling worked for me — I’m already used to doing long runs on Saturday mornings and I am generally free on Thursday evenings, which means I can make most of the track workouts as well. I’m really looking forward to the coaching aspect of the program. It will be great to have access to educated feedback as my training progresses!
Have you ever trained with a team? How’d it go?