Half Marathon

“Maybe, just maybe, I could see myself running a half marathon…” If the thought has crossed your mind, you’ve come to the right place! In the Half Marathon group, we’ll take you from your longest runs of 4, 5, or 6 miles, and super-size them to 12 miles. Along the way you’ll build strength, confidence, and experience, conditioning your body to go the distance!

Follow the suggested program of weekly runs, trails/hikes/yoga, rest days, and a long run on Saturdays, and you’ll be ready to cross the finish line with a smile on your face — then you’ll come back for more!

Training schedules for upcoming races are linked below:
2017 Pasadena Half Marathon Training Schedule
2017 Surf City Half Marathon Training Schedule
2017 OC Half Marathon Training Schedule
2017 Mountains2Beach Half Marathon Training Schedule

When We Meet
The Half Marathon program meets at the general all-club meetup at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Mid-week runs are on your own, but you’ll frequently find other Pacers out at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Training groups meet just south of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on the south end of Lot I. Check the Pacers calendar to verify specific location and time as conflicts occasionally cause a change in location.

What To Bring
If you are joining the Half Marathon program, all you need to bring is a full water bottle or hydration belt, a watch, and some comfortable running shoes. A watch with an interval timer is recommended. That’s it!

Helpful Advice
In order to get the most out of your training, we offer these recommendations to keep you motivated, in great shape, and enjoying your workouts:
  • Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  • Nutrition becomes more important as your miles increase. You’ll need to consume more protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins to support your training.
  • Hydration plays a larger role as your mileage increases. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and always carry water with you. Be mindful that the demand for hydration is changeable depending on heat, cold, and humidity levels.
  • Set goals and track progress. Keeping a log will help keep you motivated. Enter your miles and some details about the run. Was it humid? Windy? Hot? Keeping track of your running will help you prepare for the next run and will show you how much you have improved.
  • If you feel any pain while running, stop immediately.
  • Find a partner for your workouts. You and your partner can keep each other motivated, take your mind off the hard work, and give each other encouragement. Use the club Facebook page to help find running partners in advance.
  • Stretching after long runs is important for your recovery.
  • Take advantage of hill training and track workouts to improve your stamina, speed, and strength.
  • Follow the rules of the road.