I’m planning to attend tomorrow’s informational meeting for the San Francisco Marathon Training Program. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Potrero Hill Sports Basement. This time last year I was contemplating whether or not to sign up for one of the marathon training programs as I was getting ready for the SFM, and I decided not to. By January I had developed training habits which might not be recognized by other runners, but they were working for me. I was afraid an actual training program would change too much of my routine and would undercut my motivation and ability to run 26.2. A year later and a little wiser, I recognize the possible benefits of engaging in a supervised training program, and that’s why I’m going to tomorrow’s meeting. My hope is the program has a coaching component so I can get tips on things like nutrition, stretching, and how to improve my running and speed. If the program merely revolves around getting a group of people together to run, I’m afraid I’ll have to pass. Motivation to run isn’t my concern right now, but learning how to do it better is.
For more information on The Official San Francisco Marathon and Half Marathon Training Program, click here.
Update: The meeting was well attended, and many of the attendees were first-time marathoners and half-marathoners. The presenters were enthusiastic, encouraging, and had a lot of good information about the programs offered. I’d would love to sign up for the 18-week program, but the price tag scares me off. After all, why pay for something you’ve been doing for free, right? Of course, that discounts all of the coaching and camaraderie a program like this offers, so I may have to get over my money issues and sign up.
What kind of supervised training have you done?