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I’m not a runner. Not anymore, at least. I ran a lot in college but just for fun and never as an athlete or in actual races. I’d just walk out the door and run 10 miles without a route or a timer or a plan of any sort because I was young and capable and clearly not studying.
Those days are long gone. These days I’m tired and my knees hurt and I can’t convince myself to cover any more than 3 miles any more than a couple times a month. I miss running but not enough to start running again.
So your guess is as good as mine as to why I agreed to run the inaugural rebranded Charlotte Marathon this fall (and as a race ambassador no less).
Here we are creeping in to training season and here I am once again without a plan or any clue where to start. Thankfully, Charlotte has programs for beginners like me, advanced Boston qualifiers and everyone in between.
Dates: June 4 – November 12
Cost: $140 returning members, $170 new members
Run For Your Life offers full and half marathon training programs for first-time beginners and experienced intermediate runners alike. You’ll get customized weekly training schedules as well as coached group training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Register here.
Dates: Full marathon training July 5 – November 12; Half marathon training August 24 – November 12
OrthoCarolina is teaming up with NoDa Run Club, Lenny Boy Run Club, WFNZ and Carolina Beer Temple to create a social marathon training club complete with weekly runs, access to training experts, a hefty swag bag full of goods and, of course, beer. NoDa Brewing and Lenny Boy even collaborated on a specialty run brew. There will be two different programs – one for the full marathon and one for the half. It all kicks off with a party at NoDa Brewing (North End) on Tuesday, June 28. Register here.
Dates: August 16 – November 10
Cost: $120 members, $170 nonmembers
The Dowd YMCA will host a brand new training program for half marathoners. It includes hills, track workouts and tempo runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. All runners should be able to complete 3 miles on day one. Anyone interested can attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dowd YMCA. Register at the Dowd YMCA.