1. I have never participated in an organized race event before. Can I really train to run or walk my first half marathon?
Many of our runners and walkers have never “raced” before, and that is just how we like it. Most people even with no prior experience can finish a marathon provided they follow a structured, progressive training program start to finish, without falling off of the training program. (However a base of 10 miles running is required for the marathon program specifically). Commitment is more important than previous experience. We are extremely confident in our coaches, philosophies, and programs, as they are designed to be used with any ability level. As long as you commit to the training, we will give you the tools to succeed.
2. I don't know the first thing about running gear, diet, or training techniques. Will there be information given on these topics?
Absolutely! Many of our participants will be relative beginners at running and/or walking, so you will not be the only one. We will provide clinics on all of these topics and have experts come in to teach you all that you will need to know concerning the information regarding training for an endurance event. Gear up clinics will be held during training.
3. I feel like I might be very slow compared to others. What if I can't keep up with the rest of the group?
Our programs are designed to teach you to finish regardless of pace. By splitting into pace groups for runners, run/walkers and walkers, you have the opportunity to meet other folks who train at your pace. Remember, your goal is to finish an event, and that is lofty enough. You can worry about breaking world records when you attempt your second (or next) event!
4. I won't be able to join the program until after it starts. Can I still join the training?
If you have to miss the first few weeks, you will need to make sure you get your mileage completed on your own. Within three weeks of the program beginning, we cannot allow anyone to join who would not be ready for the mileage we have worked up to. Our goal is to get you trained safely so you are injury free and ready to rock on race day.
5. How long is the training program and when and where do they meet?
The spring full and half marathon groups begin Saturday, January 14, 2017. They will start their workouts on Saturdays at 7 a.m. at various locations including Fleet Feet Brentwood, Fleet Feet Green Hills, Cool Springs and parts of the race course.
The No Boundaries 5K, 10K and 15K groups begin Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. They meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings at various locations.
6. What if I have to miss a Saturday group run or two because of my personal schedule, will I fall far behind?
Missing runs and walks is part of training and part of life. You will have the complete schedule which will tell you what mileage to run each week. Ideally, you should do your best to make training a priority. Should an injury, illness or unforeseen circumstance cause you to miss more than ten days of running/walking, contact a coach to help get your training back on track safely.
7. What should I do if something starts to hurt or I get injured during training?
Our main goal is your safety through training. Recognizing an injury, or potential injury is important and can be the difference of finishing your goal race. Our physical therapist at Results Physiotherapy will be offering free injury screenings after group runs on designated weekends. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to be screened in a Results Physiotherapy location prior to training to ensure your body is ready to handle endurance training. Often times, resting or strengthening is all that is needed to get you healed and able to continue training.
8. I heard the half marathon goal race is hilly. Will it be okay to run or walk as my first half?
All marathons are hard, and if you live and train in Nashville, the hills will not be unfamiliar to you by the time race day comes around. As a runner or walker you will learn to embrace the earth's natural terrain. Don't let the hill rumors detour you. We will prepare and educate you on tackling the hills.
9. Can I bring my dog with me to the group workouts?
No, Fido cannot come to the workouts. Our running insurance policy does not allow us to have dogs at group runs or walks.
10. I have run several marathons before and do not consider myself a new or inexperience runner. Is this group for me?
Yes, we train runners of all ability levels and experience. We also believe some of the most experienced runners have the most to learn when it comes to the newest training techniques and injury prevention. Aside from gaining new running knowledge, you will gain a new set of friends to help keep you accountable and occasionally, push the tempo!
11. I have a goal in mind for this race. Can you train me to set a PR (personal record)?
Yes, by joining our half or full training, and our winter speed sessions, you will get the best of both worlds and improve your chances of a new PR. Speed sessions are held on a track on Tuesdays (either 6am or 6pm) and fit perfectly into our training schedules. By focusing one workout a week on speed, a second workout a week on race pace, and a third workout a week on distance, you can reach your goals.
12. I am a run walker. Are your programs run/walk friendly?
Yes! We embrace the run/walk method of training and use it extensively in our No Boundaries beginner training program. Typically we encourage people to use this method to slowly work their way up to just running. But others choose to run/walk as their permanent method, and that is okay, we will teach you the most effective to do it. We will have pace leaders of a variety of run/walk intervals that will help you cover the longer distances at the group workouts.