Fall Endurance Training
We have built our training plans for 2020 to provide a better balance of miles, intensity, and recovery.
We offer three plans for both the half (11 week) and full marathon (18 week) runners. Whether this is your first, fifth or fifteenth event we have a plan for you. Our flexible plans are based upon YOUR race.
Our plans are electronic via Final Surge . You can view your plan on virtually any Internet connected device. Easily update actual runs versus planned runs to see your progress.
We have group runs three days per week (but see Note below regarding the impact of COVID-19 on group runs):
Saturday group run includes multiple pace groups and hydration stops (worth the cost alone!)
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, our training program will be a virtual program. Group runs and hydration stations will not be offered at this time. We will continue to evaluate guidance from federal, state, and local officials in determining when and how our group runs can be safely restarted. Please consult the FRTR main page and calendar on the FRTR website, as well as the FRTR Facebook page, for up-to-date information on the status of group runs.
You also get free access to our private club tent for the Fox Valley Half/Marathon and access to our hospitality suite for the Chicago Marathon. Both include gear check, bathrooms, food, water, and Gatorade.
Finally, you also get a cool FRTR singlet to wear to all summer!
Our flexible training plans can be adjusted for any fall full or half marathon. You may join our group runs at any time; however, the “official” start dates for training for each of the primary races are:
We offer THREE different plans for both the marathon and half marathon (you select the plan you want during registration).
In order to enhance your opportunity for success, we strongly encourage you to have an adequate training base in place before entering the program. We recommend the following:
We offer great value for your training dollar! Sign Up Now!
Not a member? (Wha?!?!) Join the FRTR and save your dough for some new gear for your big race!
For more information about the program, contact our Training Coordinator.
Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Mahalo, Shukriya, Danke, Arigato, Takk!!!
Thank you so much for your encouragement, patience, and coaching throughout the training season. Last year I trained alone and was jealous of those lucky runners on the trail that had water. I joined FRTR Marathon Training for the water stops, but what I found was a group of great friends. No I take that back, I found an extended family on the trail. Thanks to the pace leaders that ran with us and for the care you showed when you circled back after a long run to encourage slow runners like me at the end. Thanks to all my friends for caring and encouraging me. — J.B., St. Charles
Thank so much to everyone for the outstanding training program, the words of encouragement, the weekly emails, the great conversation on the trail, the friendships developed, the folks who put out the water and Gatorade every week, the pacers and the overall fantastic experience! I trained by myself last year and didn’t meet anyone on my long runs – this year, I met some outstanding individuals and it was a pleasure running with you! — B.B., Elgin
I think not only is FRTR Marathon Training a great to join a running group. I think we have the most awesome running group imaginable!! Totally an answer to prayer for me. I never said I would run another marathon…..unless I had support for my long runs and a close trail. I got much more than I asked for. Thank you all so much! — J.S., St. Charles
I had a great race yesterday and I am truly happy to have finally “smashed” the 4 hour barrier. I am trying to focus on the fact that I met my goal and took 16 minutes!! off my PR. However, already there is this voice whispering – can I do better. Several factors contributed to this being a great day for me – the weather was obviously one, sticking to a basic plan and not going out “too” fast to avoid bonking was another – but – most important was the coaching both of you have given me over the past 20 some weeks. Your encouragement, training plan, track work outs and running tips played a tremendous part in my preparation. I have learned a great deal during this training period and I am grateful for all the help and time you have given me. I don’t think this would have been such a great day without you. — E.P., Batavia
Just want to let you know how much I appreciated your investment in our endeavor and in our well-being. Your advice, encouragement, and support were invaluable. Thanks also to all the pace group leaders. I may have run alone (and slower than anyone else) but I never felt isolated or unsupported. Thanks! — B.W., Geneva