2015 Spring Half Marathon Training Program FAQ

Here is the Spring Half Marathon Training Program FAQ:

 Note: Feel free to substitute the word "walker" for the word "runner" below.

  1. What has changed for 2015?
  2. What is a "pacer"?
  3. How do I decide which pace group to join?
  4. What happens if I want to move to a faster or slower pace group?
  5. How accurate can I expect a pace group leader to be?
  6. How far is the first Tuesday evening run?
  7. How far is the longest Tuesday evening run?
  8. What routes do we run?
  9. What happens if the weather is bad?
  10. Why is the Indy Runners Spring Half Marathon Training Program better than other local training programs?
  11. What can I expect at a seminar?
  12. What support is offered along the training course?
  13. What should I do if I get injured while training for my half marathon?
  14. Are there any other opportunities to run with a group outside of the formal Tuesday training runs?
  15. Can I get a refund?
  16. Does participation in the Indy Runners Spring Half Marathon Training Program include an entry in the 500 Festival Mini Marathon?
  17. What if I still have questions?

1. What has changed for 2015?

In 2014, we concentrated on making the walker experience even better, moving the longest walks to Saturday mornings so that the walkers got home at a reasonable time on Tuesdays.

In 2015, we'd like to emphasize the work-out opportunities provided by the club. It's great to get in your run or walk on Tuesdays, but why stop there? Wouldn't it be better if you could do other runs/walks with fellow training program participants? You sure can! Check out our weekly club walks and runs. In addition, while we provide long runs on Tuesdays for beginners, we encourage experienced runners seeking even longer runs to still come out on Tuesdays. Experienced runners can choose a faster pace group, treat the run as speedwork, then join the Saturday morning club run for even longer long runs. 

2. What is a "pacer"?

Each group will be led by at least one pace group leader (also called a "pacer"). The pacer's job is to lead his or her group at the prescribed pace, for instance, 10:00 mins/mile. This helps you get used to running a particular speed.

3. How do I decide which pace group to join?

Choose a pace at which you feel comfortable running or walking three miles for the first run/walk. You are then welcome to change pace groups in later weeks.

Are you unsure of your pace? Consider running or walking a couple marked miles before the program begins. Most outside tracks have 1/4 mile laps. The Monon Trail also has marked miles.

We also recommend wearing a watch the first week or two of the program to help determine your pacing.

4. What happens if I want to move to a faster or slower pace group?

The training pace group that you join the first night is simply a starting point. You are free to change pace groups as often as you would like. Pacers will hold up signs indicating their pace at the beginning of each run/walk. This makes it easy to find the correct group.

5. How accurate can I expect a pace group leader to be?

No pacer is perfect, but each will do his/her best to run/walk close to the prescribed pace. Issues like snow and ice will of course result in a slower run/walk that week. On long runs/walks, the time spent running/walking is more important than whether your run/walk is at an exact pace.

6. How far is the first Tuesday evening run or walk?

Be prepared to run/walk three miles outside.

7. How far is the longest Tuesday evening run or walk?

The longest Tuesday run will be 11 miles. The longest walks will occur on Saturdays, with the same longest length of 11 miles.

8. What routes do we do?

The routes may change from week to week based on construction, path conditions, etc. However, the shortest runs are expected to go through the Butler University campus with the rest of the runs occurring primarily along the scenic Central Canal Towpath. The very longest runs will head by the Velodrome. Walks may or may not use the same routes as the runs.

9. What happens if the weather is bad?

If the ground conditions are questionable, pacers may lead their groups at a slower than prescribed pace. Runs/walk will be canceled (there will likely be no make-up run/walk) if the conditions are too dangerous for running/walking. Notice of this will typically be posted on this Indy Runners web site and Facebook page as early as possible. Unless the front page of the web site says that a run is cancelled due to the weather, expect to run/walk. Cold or rainy weather will typically not cancel a training run/walk.  A thunderstorm or other severe weather will.

10. Why is the Indy Runners Spring Half Marathon Training Program better than other local training programs?

 
  • While each half marathon training program is different, we feel that ours offers the best deal for the money.
 
  • The Indy Runners Half Marathon Training Program is well established in the community. This will be the program's 30th year in existence.
 
  • We have pacers leading each group. Many other programs have you run on your own.
 
  • We run primarily along the Central Canal Towpath. It has a crushed limestone surface which is softer than asphalt and allows for quicker recovery.
 
  • We have seminars led by knowledgeable professionals.


11. What can I expect at a seminar?

Each seminar has a speaker who is in some way connected to running. Speakers over the last few years have included a former 500 Festival Mini Marathon winner talking about her experience, local running store owner discussing shoe and apparel selection, 500 Festival Mini Marathon race director discussing the changes for that year's race and what to expect on the big day, athletic trainers discussing the importance of stretching and flexibility, and many other knowledgeable people.

12. What support is offered along the training course?

Beginning with the 7 mile run, one or more water stops will be available on the course.

13. What should I do if I get injured while training for my half marathon?

An expert with St. Vincent's Sports Medicine will be available following many of the runs. Feel free to see him/her concerning any injuries you might have.

14. Are there any other opportunities to run with a group outside of the formal Tuesday training runs?

Club runs at other locations include downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday evenings, Broad Ripple on Saturday mornings, and Fort Harrison on Sunday mornings. Indy Runner group runs also occur on Tuesdays at the same time and place when the training program is not in session. See here for the complete details. We STRONGLY recommend participating in these other club runs and walks. 

15. Can I get a refund?

Sorry, there are no refunds.

16. Does participation in the Indy Runners Spring Half Marathon Training Program include an entry in the 500 Festival Mini Marathon?

No. Registration for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon is totally separate from our spring half marathon training program.

17. What if I still have questions?

Feel free to contact the program director Leslie Stoeffler by email at halfmarathontraining@indyrunners.org.  During the training program, you can also ask your questions at the front desk or talk with your pacers who are happy to help out.