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Beyond Half and Full Marathon Training Program

Sat January 6 - Sat April 28
Location: Portage, MI US 49081
Type: Other
P.O. Box 393
Portage, MI US 49081

Thinking about training for your first half or full marathon and looking for a comprehensive training program in a fun and supportive environment? Completed one or more half and/or full marathons and looking for that next dimension in your training? Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) is pleased to introduce an out of this world half and full marathon training program designed to help you achieve your distance running goals! The 2018 Beyond Half and Full Marathon Training Program runs Saturday mornings January 6, 2018 through April 28, 2018 and features schedules targeting the Kalamazoo Marathon, Borgess Half Marathon and the Boston Marathon. Place the launch date on your calendar.  Information Night and Blast Off is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Bronson Gilmore Center. 


The Beyond Half and Full Marathon Training Program includes:


*Organized and supported Saturday morning runs held on a variety of courses in greater Kalamazoo and Portage.  The 2018 program features several NEW courses and starting locations.

*Runs begin at 8:00am (7:45 pre-run discussion) January and February, and 7:30am (7:15 pre-run discussion) March and April. 

*Low, moderate and high intensity half and full marathon training schedules with day by day workouts.

*Special advanced training schedule for the marathon distance.

*Hydration (water and electrolyte beverages) and sag support provided on the course

*Weekly email and blog site communications with training tips, schedules, and more

*Supportive and encouraging Team Leaders with pace groups ranging from under 8:00 min/miles to 12 minute miles and above.

*Informative Clinic Night Thursday, January 25, 2018 offering 8 running related topics (attendees select up to 4)

*Information Night and Blast Off, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 with light refreshments and door prizes. 

*A FUN and supportive winter training experience with shared camaraderie and team spirit.

*Optional Beyond Marathon Training Program long sleeve technical shirt by Nike (available through December 18, 2017)

*Optional Beyond running caps  (available through December 18, 2017)

*Optional Metabolic Efficiency (ME) Package (available through December 31, 2017).


Optional Metabolic Efficiency (ME) Package


Back by popular demand, Athletic Mentors is offering Beyond participants a discounted Metabolic Efficiency (ME) package that includes their cutting edge metabolic efficiency testing and a supplemental 2 hour companion class.  The cost of the package is an additional $90. 


Prior to attending the class, you will schedule and complete a 40 minute Metabolic Efficiency test at Athletic Mentors in Richland. The sub maximal effort test is performed on a treadmill while wearing a mask that is attached to a metabolic cart.  The cart captures and measures your breath, analyzing in real time the volumes and concentrations of O2 and CO2 of the inspired and exhaled gases. This enables Athletic Mentors coaches to determine your proportion and type of “fuel” (fats and carbohydrate) used to meet your individual energy demands at increasing intensities. 


In one of the three scheduled group participation lecture-style classes, Athletic Mentors coaches will discuss some fundamental metabolic physiology as well as nutritional and exercise based strategies that will aid in improving ME over time. You will learn how to interpret and apply your own test results in making informed lifestyle and training decisions, amplifying your journey of improved athletic performance and long term health.

The dates of the classes are: 

Thursday, January 18th – 6:00 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, January 31st – 6:00 – 8:00pm
Thursday, February 15th – 6:00 – 8:00pm

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