Should I consult my doctor before starting the program?
We recommend all members talk with their doctors before starting the program, especially if running is a new sport for them.
How do I go about setting a goal?
We emphasize having fun while going through the program. It's important to establish a running goal before you start the program. The registration process includes an opportunity to consult a coach in establishing a realistic goal based on ability.
What should we do during the week?
You will train on your own during the week, except for track sessions. However, many of the members meet informally to run.
Do you only train runners for the marathon?
No, we have a variety of programs. However, the majority of our group trains for the Houston Marathon. When not training for the marathon, the group trains for shorter distances while some members continue only to maintain fitness.
What groups is the club affiliated with?
Runner's High Club is affiliated with HARRA (Houston Area Road Runners Association) participating in local fun runs, relays and marathon warm up series events. Members are also encouraged to volunteer to help in local races.
I like to cross train. Will this interfere with my running program?
A program is designed to include your cross training as part of the schedule.
How often will we have track workouts?
Organized weekly track sessions are included in most training schedules. You are assigned to a group with other runners of similar ability.
When does the marathon training program start?
The marathon training program starts the first Saturday in August, meeting most Saturday mornings for organized group long runs followed by an informative running related seminar. Planned topics include injury prevention, stretching, hydration, speed work, diet, cross training and many other topics. Professional experts will address these topics followed by a brief meeting with the coaches who will answer any questions. Members receive a monthly training schedule geared to meet their level of fitness and running goals.
I walk three miles a day. Is there a program for beginners?
Yes. Many of the members who are walkers start off walking a short distance and then progress to jogging. They gradually work up to a consistent run.
How will I benefit from a training program?
A noticeable benefit is getting in better shape and having other people comment on the difference they see. Many Runner's High members are surprised at how quickly they increase the distance they can run; starting at one or two miles and increasing to 23 mile runs in just a few months. Many of these runners are training to run their first marathon too. It's a memorable experience as family members, friends and the Houston community are lined up beside the streets to cheer the runners every mile of the run. It's a lifetime experience no one ever forgets!