2019 Indy Runners & Walkers Spring Half Marathon Training Program

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Information about the 2020 spring half marathon training program will be coming soon!

 

Why Choose the Indy Runners and Walkers Spring Training Program (STP)?

New for 2019: Major changes are coming to the spring half marathon training program. Please read this entire section, even if you think you already know all about our beloved training program!

The Indy Runners board of directors has decided to make some modifications to the spring training program (STP) for 2019. Check out the following changes!

  • The STP is now included for all Indy Runners club members! That's right. Your 12 month Indy Runners membership fee now includes the STP!
  • Additional training runs/walks! The Spring Training Program will take place on Tuesdays from January through the Mini Marathon and Saturdays from March 9, 2019 through the Mini Marathon. In January and February, the week's longer runs will be done on Tuesdays from Hinkle Fieldhouse. As mileage increases, long runs will shift to Saturday mornings by the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. Tuesday runs will continue and will be complemented with clinics and workshops. Tuesday workouts will be shorter, but high-quality, helping to build speed and efficiency.
  • The Tuesday training runs/walks will continue to be led by experienced pacers. The Saturday runs/walks will take advantage of a larger, diverse group of runners and walkers. Participants are encouraged to team up with those like paces for the Saturday long runs.

 

What Hasn't Changed?

  • Started in 1986
  • Largest training program in central Indiana (300+ participants per year!)
  • Only training program providing a full array of running and walking pacers
  • Tuesday runs primarily held along the Central Canal Towpath, a "softer" crushed limestone path
    • Multi-level training schedule which allows you to train with others at your own pace
    • Recovery snacks after runs/walks
    • Knowledgeable guest speakers delivering informative seminars
    • Opportunity for consultation with sports medicine professionals and experienced runners
    • Local running store discounts (Runners Forum)
  • Indy Runners is the most comprehensive and largest running club in central Indiana
  • Social events
  • Get a document with some basic training information!
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Indy Runners memberships are good for 12 months. We use RunSignup.com for membership and Spring Training Program registrations. If you have a RunSignup account, please log-in, then complete the membership registration. If you don't have an account, one will be created as part of your registration process. Even if you are a member of Indy Runners, you must still register for our Spring Half Marathon Training Program to take part in this program. This is important and helps us with planning.

General Information

For beginning runners and walkers through the fastest competitors, the 34th Annual Indy Runners and Walkers Spring Half Marathon Training Program (STP) has a training pace to help you achieve your goal for the 500 Festival Mini MarathonSam Costa Half Marathon, the Geist Half Marathon, or any other spring half marathon around that time. While our training program schedule will be geared toward the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, alternate suggested distances can be made available for the last few weeks leading up to other half marathons.

Our training program groups runners and walkers of similar paces for weekly group runs and walks leading up to the race. Every Tuesday evening, participants will meet at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse (Map). Runners and walkers will be lead by experienced pacers along the scenic canal towpath bordering the White River. New for 2019: Starting the week of March 3, 2019, the weekly long run/walk will move to Saturdays in Broad Ripple, but shorter (still important) training runs/walks will still be held on Tuesdays (Wednesdays when there is a Hinkle Fieldhouse conflict)!

9:00 Minute Pace Group

Location

Tuesday activities (kickoff expo/packet pick-up and weekly runs/walks) take place at Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse (Gate 1) located at 500 West 49th Street. Get directions to Hinkle Fieldhouse. Note: Due to Hinkle Fieldhouse conflicts, a few of the Tuesday run/walks will have to be moved one day to Wednesday (see the below schedule).

Saturday Spring Training Program runs/walks (starting March 9, 2019) will meet by the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple at the corner of E. Westfield Blvd. and Winthrop Ave. (near Brugge Brasserie). The regular Saturday club runs/walks occur on Saturdays leading up to and following the training program. Come join us!

Hinkle Fieldhouse

Kickoff Expo and Packet Pick-Up

The kickoff expo and packet pick-up is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Come to check out our sponsors, pick-up your training packet, and meet your pace group leaders. If necessary, you may also pick-up your packet prior to the first training session from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (moved from Tuesday due to a Hinkle Fieldhouse conflict), but we strongly recommend doing so on January 15, 2019 as things will be hectic on January 23, 2019.

What to Expect the First Week (Runners)

The first training session will be on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (moved from Tuesday due to a location conflict) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The runners will start at 6:00pm. Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. to find a place to park. If the parking lot in front of the fieldhouse is full, you may park along the neighborhood streets to the south. There are restrooms available for changing, etc., prior to the training session.

The training distance on January 23rd will be 3 miles. Please come prepared to run the full distance.

What to Expect the First Week (Walkers)

The first training session will be on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (moved from Tuesday due to a location conflict) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The walkers will start at 5:45pm. Please arrive by 5:30pm to find a place to park. If the parking lot in front of the fieldhouse is full, you may park along the neighborhood streets to the south.

Walkers entering the program should already be capable of 2.5 miles at 20 minute/mile pace or faster. In other words, 50 minutes for 2.5 miles. Unsure of your pace? Time yourself on the Monon Trail (miles are marked) or find an outdoor track (typically 4 laps to a mile). Identify your pace then work on distance and speed over the fall and winter. Don't wait until January to begin preparation. Your chances for success are significantly enhanced when you show up on January 22nd knowing you've met or exceeded the minimum requirements!

We want to assure anyone who has dreamed of completing the 500 Festival Mini Marathon or other spring half marathon that we have a roadmap for you. We firmly believe that everyone who completes the walking program at Hinkle will surpass the 500 Festival Mini Marathon requirement of 18:18 minutes/mile for a 4 hour half marathon. You may start out slower, but we are confident our training will quicken your pace as you become accustomed to the longer walks. If you are walking another spring half marathon, be sure to note the minimum pace required so that we can assist you to be prepared to walk that pace.

We will note your pace at the first training walk. (Consider bringing a watch if you have one). This will be used for aligning everyone with the appropriate pacer starting on week 2. Our 2019 walker goal is this: Provide the environment and support to all walkers so they have the best opportunity to complete the program and finish the Mini. If we do our part, and you put in the work and complete the training, success is almost assured!

To enhance your experience, walkers will often take alternate routes from the runners to avoid trail congestion.

Weekly Runs and Walks

The training program includes a weekly run or walk on Tuesday evenings from late  January through April 2019. The walkers start at 5:45pm. The runners start at 6:00pm. The training program also includes a weekly 8:00am run or walk on all Saturdays from March 9, 2019 through the end of April 2019. 

Sam Costa LogoSam Costa Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon

The Indy Runners Training Program has been designed to encourage participation in Indy Runners’s Sam Costa Half and Quarter MarathonIndiana’s oldest road race. Strategically located at the midpoint of our preparation, the Sam Costa on March 23, 2019 provides an authentic racing experience for both novice and experienced runners and walkers. 

The week preceding the Sam Costa will have a shortened, relaxed training distance to facilitate maximum participation by our program members. All of our walkers, and those runners beginning or restarting their training, are strongly encouraged to enter the Sam Costa Quarter Marathon. For the veterans in our group, the iconic Sam Costa Half Marathon may be your choice. In either case, we want all of our training partners to have the Sam Costa experience as an integral part of the Indy Runners Training Program!

Pace Groups

Would you like to be considered for a pacer position? Contact the Program Director Jeff Dehler at halfmarathontraining@indyrunners.org. We will tentatively have pacers for the following groups (mins/mile):

Running Pace Groups:


7:30 mins/mile

8:00 mins/mile 8:30 mins/mile 9:00 mins/mile
9:30 mins/mile

10:00 mins/mile

10:30 mins/mile 11:00 mins/mile 12:00 mins/mile 13:00 - 14:00 mins/mile

 

Walking Pace Group

15:00 - 20:00 mins/mile


All of the walkers head out at once, with an array of pacers walking 15:00 to 20:00 mins/mile. 
Our training program is participant friendly with a wide array of walking paces!

Registration Price:

New for 2019: Your 12 month Indy Runners membership fee now includes the Spring Training Program!

Registration

New for 2019: Although the STP is included in your 12 month Indy Runners membership, you must still sign up for the program to help us with planning.

Online:

Get Registered

All memberships are good for 12 months. We use RunSignup.com for membership and Spring Training Program registrations. If you have a RunSignup account, please log-in, then complete the membership registration. If you don't have an account, one will be created as part of your registraiton process.

On-Site:
  • At the kickoff expo and packet pick-up on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:45pm
  • Tuesdays during the program from 5:30 to 6:00pm (some Tuesdays are replaced by Wednesdays due to a scheduling conflict with Hinkle Fieldhouse)

UPDATE: We will unfortunately be unable to offer on-site sign-up for the spring training program this year. Please register online using the above button. Thanks!

 

Seminars

At least four of the Tuesday run/walks at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be followed by a seminar. Start time and topics will be posted before each run/walk near the front desk. The seminar speakers are recognized as experts in their field. The seminars provide a chance to maximize your training experience and meet fellow participants. There will be time during each seminar for questions and answers.

Tentative Dates and Distances

Date Distance Time Location
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (Hinkle Fieldhouse conflict)
3 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners)
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (Hinkle Fieldhouse conflict)
30 minutes 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (Hinkle Fieldhouse conflict)
4 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 9, 2019 7 miles  8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8 miles  8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 40 minutes 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 23, 2019 6.55/13.1 miles
Sam Costa Race! (No training run/walk) N/A
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 30, 2019 9 miles 8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 5 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 6, 2019 7 miles 8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 5.6 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10 miles 8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 50 minutes 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 20, 2019 11 miles 8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5.6 miles 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 27, 2019 6 miles 8:00am (runners/walkers) Broad Ripple Monon Trail
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 40 minutes 5:45pm (walkers)
6:00pm (runners
Hinkle Fieldhouse

 

Questions

A list of frequently asked questions is available. Other spring half marathon training program questions can be directed to the Program Director Jeff Dehler at halfmarathontraining@indyrunners.org.

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