Training Tips

New to running or need a boost during training? Find helpful training tips, nutrition and other advice to get you moving in the right direction. We’re here to help so if you need further assistance, please reach out to us at info@rundallas.com and we’ll help connect you to the right place. Happy running!

Getting Started

Training for the 2024 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival?

Here are some fundamental building blocks of training for a marathon or half marathon:

Have A Good Base. Aim for running 4-6 days per week depending on your level of experience. For beginners you should be running 25-30 miles per week for marathons, 10-15 miles per week for a half marathon.

Run Long Once a Week. This prepares you physically and mentally for the distance. This should be done at conversational pace for most of us, especially beginners. Aim to increase by 1 mile per week, or 2 miles every other week, building in a “fall back” week every 2 or 3 weeks as recovery. Build your long runs gradually to peak with the longest run of 20-22 miles 2 or 3 weeks prior to race day.

Weekday Shorter/Faster Workouts. These workouts will help increase aerobic capacity and make those long runs feel easier! You can incorporate mile repeats, longer “tempo” runs that can range from 3-6 miles and hill repeats of running quickly up & downhill for 2, 3x 10-minute blocks with 5-minute recovery which will help strengthen and help form efficiency as well as gain mental toughness.

Recovery, Rest and Tapering. These are essential ingredients in any training program. If you are not reaching your long run and shorter/faster workout goals, you may be running too hard on recovery/easy days. Rest days (at least one per week) means NO RUNNING OR WORKOUTS. Tapering for race day starts 2-3 weeks out by decreasing weekly long run miles in half and keeping weekday miles short with some speed to keep the legs fresh and primed to race!

Good luck in your training and we’ll see you December 13th - 15th, 2024!

Train with Fleet Feet

Looking for a program to help get you on the right track?  Fleet Feet has options available this fall for all fitness levels and distances!  Click HERE to learn more about running and walking training program options led by experienced and professional coaches!

Have a question about getting started?  Email the Fleet Feet team HERE.

Finding the Right Shoe

Running shoes will be one of your most loyal companions you’ll have getting to your goal.  Some runners hit it off just great and seem to have synergetic dependence with their shoes.  And others, not so much.  These runners flounder in and out of brands and model types and when they almost get close, the model changes and issues creep in.

Today’s running shoes can fit different running styles, speeds and how your biomechanics change when fatigued.

There are many ways to manage overuse injuries through footwear:

  • Overlapping and alternating your working model
  • Diversifying your stress with different brands or models within the same structural family
  • Having a recovery cruiser or a speed race day shoe in the mix

Even if all has been well, the industry has many moving parts.  Running shoes are ever-evolving. As we age and implement other fitness activities, both mobility and joint stability change.

Basic running shoe knowledge:

  • Core Running Trainers last 350-400 miles
  • Lightweight Trainers last 200-300 miles
  • Rotating shoes can gain about 50 miles a pair
  • A well fitted shoe will become an issue when the product needs to be replaced
  • A re-evaluation is needed if problems show up after a two-week break in period
  • Overlapping shoes can help with model transition and help you recognize when a shoe is at its end.
  • Lacing techniques allow the shoe to behave differently
  • Running shoes are sized to your arch length, not your foot length
  • No human has the same size foot, the common margin of difference is a half size (1/8”)
  • Most 6-month running programs would need 2-3 pairs of shoes to cover the training

Blisters are a product of friction. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Eliminate cotton socks as it binds when wet; try a good wicking sock
  • Try a different shape shoe
  • Try variations of lacing
  • Use anti-blister lubricants

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