Training

Practice makes PRs.

Whether you’ve been running for years or are just getting started, there are several training programs available to get you all set for race day.


Runcoach customized online training program

Now that you’re in the race – it’s time to train for FREE* with Runcoach

Join a community of fellow Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K Trainees! The Runcoach training service combines a dynamic application with personalized training programs for Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K. On average, trainees improve finishing times by 7% and the program also offers a fun rewards program (sponsored by Garmin and others) throughout your training journey.

Whether you are a first-time participant, seeking a new PR, or somewhere in the middle – Runcoach will help you race your best.

*Note: If you ordered Runcoach via your registration form, you do not need to sign up again. You will receive an email with login credentials directly from Runcoach in the near future.

Runcoach also syncs with Garmin, Nike+,  RunKeeper and Strava.

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Minnesota Distance Running spring training program- Twin Cities Metro

Cost: $125 MDRA members; $150 new members

Training program is led by certified coaches and includes MDRA gear, training plan and supported runs. This class is geared toward the Grandma’s Marathon runners in the twin cities metro and will easily accommodate other spring races.

  • Suitable for runners of all levels and abilities.
  • A base of at least 25 miles per week is recommended.
  • Class meets Tuesdays & Saturdays at various running locations in the Twin Cities metro
  • Informational sessions on training topics such as injury prevention, nutrition and different training methods and philosophies.

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Duluth Running Co. Spring Marathon/Half Marathon Training Group

A Fun and Super Social Running Group in Duluth, MN!

The Duluth Running Co. training group is one of the largest store-based training groups in the state of Minnesota. You’ll connect with up to 150 others runners of varying abilities three times per week from January 21st to June 20th (race day). The size of the group and our attitude towards making each run a fun and social event will likely change the way you feel about running.

Get Expert Coaching – Alisha Bradley, a Certified Personal Trainer with an emphasis on endurance, will guide you through a 22-week training program. You’ll follow a training plan, gain advice, receive loads of information, and get to take advantage of a large, fun group to train with.

Here are some of the other group benefits:

    • 22-week training plan
    • 10% discount in store during the group session plus additional in-store rewards
    • Training group T-shirt
    • 3 group runs per week
    • Saturday long runs supported with water and sports drink
    • Exclusive opportunities to participate in vendor-led product testing and access to MTG discounts
    • Individual coaching and advice upon request
    • Advice on strength and cross training
    • A fun and encouraging atmosphere

Training group runs start at 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, typically from Duluth Running Co. Saturday long group runs start at 8am and then move to a 7am start in April. Saturday run locations will vary.

Cost:

  • $100 through November 28th
  • $120 through December 31st
  • $140 starting January 1st

Registration is available in-store (no service fee) and online.

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Tony Stensland Coaching

Tony Stensland provides a personal coaching experience in the Duluth area that can also include a training group leading up to Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Tony is a long-running ambassador of the local running community and a member of our Young Athletes Foundation committee who has significant experience with coaching runners and groups to reach their race goals.

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LightSpeed Lift

Based in Duluth, LightSpeed Lift excels in the design and manufacturing of affordable body weight support systems built to alleviate pain and stress on bones and joints.  Recognized by athletic trainers and physical therapists for their ability to increase performance speed, decrease impact force, and support natural movement and balance, these devices revolutionize the physical training process for beginning runners, elite runners and those challenged with physically debilitating conditions. Stop for a FREE consultation and trial at the LightSpeed Lift Movement Center located at 500 East 10th Street, or call (218) 481-7242.


Zilch to 5k – Training Resource

Doing your first 5k and need some help getting there safely? Is your goal to finish between 36 minutes and an hour and fifteen? Zilch to 5k can help you achieve your goal whether you are walking or running!


 

Other local running store partners and resources for expert advice: