Half and Full Marathon Training

Looking for something a little different in your training?

Want to conquer a milestone?

Want to just get better at running and increase your aerobic capacity?

Then check out Coach Mary’s spring training!

It seems like winter temperatures hit East Tennessee all at once but that’s the perfect time to start thinking about spring – Spring racing season that is.  Knoxville is lucky enough to host its own ½ & full marathon, which also includes a 5k and plenty of relay options for the race, which hits city streets on April 2.

The course isn’t for the faint of heart, with the half marathon rolling through some hilly portions of East Tennessee including Sequoyah Hills and a stretch of streets in the “Fort” just off the Cumberland strip.  The half’ers will then head towards Neyland Stadium for the big finish, while the full folks will continue winding around Old North Knoxville, East Knoxville and eventually making their way to Island Home, which is arguably one of the best spots of the entire race.  Then the course heads back across the Gay Street Bridge, through Market Square and on to Neyland Stadium for a big finish on the 50 yard line. 

If you’re curious about the race or what it takes to train, you can always ask me.  But you can also ask one of dozens of CFK Endurance team members who continue to race it each year.  It’s becoming a tradition and we’d love for you to be a part.  Our 10 week ½ marathon training starts in January but if you’re interested in the full 26.2, shoot me a message and let’s chat.  Be on the lookout for more details over the holidays and what you need to do to get signed up. 

And here’s my final tip – if you’re thinking about racing your first half or full marathon and the opportunity exists in your own backyard, just do it.  There’s something very unique about exploring your own city – on foot. 

Happy Holidays!

Coach Mary. 

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