Training Schedules

Running for the health of it

CERC’s training plans are developed to help you prepare for a specific goal race–whether it be a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, or any distance in between. We believe in running as a healthy lifestyle, and our schedules are not designed for couch to half marathon or marathon runners, as we worry that this “bucket list” approach can be detrimental to your long term health. With that in mind, we encourage members to meet the following minimum mileage requirements prior to our first run of the season:

5k/10k training:

Members who are new to running or returning from time off are encouraged to start here. Ideally a runner should be able to run 2-3 miles per week and run one mile without stopping prior to the commencement of the season. We offer higher mileage schedules for those runners who maintain greater mileage and are interested in more rigorous 5k/10k training as well.

Half Marathon training:

Our Level I Schedule is for runners who have prior running experience and are attempting their first half marathon, or runners with past half marathon experience who want to maintain their half training mileage without the rigors and time commitment of a higher mileage plan. You should be running at least 12-14 miles/week for several weeks prior to the start of the season, and should have the time to commit to 5 days of running.

Marathon training:

Our Level I Schedule is for runners who have prior running experience and are attempting their first full marathon, or runners with past marathon experience who want to maintain their full training mileage without the rigors and time commitment of a higher mileage plan. You should be running at least 18-22 miles/week for several weeks prior to the start of the season, and have the time to commit to 5 days of running.

 

 

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