Welcome to the SacFit Half Marathon Training Program!
Let's get moving!
Thank you for your considering Sacfit as your half marathon training program. We're glad you dropped in. Whether you're looking for first or fastest half marathon finish, or any half marathon goal in between, we have a program just for you.
We are a full-service program that covers all facets of your training journey. We start with tailoring a training program specifically to your individual needs and goals. Next, to help you stay on course, we provide you with a knowledgeable coaching staff who actually train with you and your teammates.
Added to that, we provide educational seminars to give you the broadest understanding of available information related to running form and technique, hydration, nutrition, electrolyte balance, cross-training, pre-and post workout regiments, shoes and apparel, just to name a few.
And finally, we round out your program with a positive environment that is fun, supportive, and inspirational, which lends to our motto of fun, fitness, and friendship.
Since our start in 2006, Sacfit has committed to a training philosophy that incorporates community and social interaction as part of its approach toward half marathon training. The Sacfit "family," as many refer to the team, provides a supportive and socially vibrant environment that serves to strengthen personal accountability and motivate consistent workout attendance, the sum of which ultimately contributes to successful athletic achievement.
We animate this aspect of our training philosophy throughout your entire workout experience by providing coaches and pace groups that train with you for every mile - each and every week. In this way, the bonding through shared experience builds life-long friends and keeps the fun going from workout start to finish.
Looking to run a 90-minute half marathon? Or maybe a sub 2-hour half marathon? Or is a Half Marathon finish on your bucket list? Whatever goals you have, Sacfit has a training program to provide you all the challenge you want to get you to the goals you've set.
Our training program incorporates science-based and best-practices training and techniques that have been time-tested and proven effective for thousands of our members over the past 18 years. Sacfit's training program has afforded its team members a success rate of over 99% in achieving their respective goals on their first try.
So no matter what your half marathon goal, we have a program and supportive team just for you! See below for additional program features and information.
Our 26-week Half Marathon training program is broken up into weekly segments, each segment consisting of three mid-week workouts (Mon, Tues, and Thurs) and a Saturday morning long workout.
- Monday is a timed active recovery workout of shorter duration.
- Tuesday is a track, hill repeat, or stair-lunge workout.
- Thursday is a tempo, race-pace, or longer mileage workout.
- Saturday morning workouts are the longest of the week where the entire team and coaching staff meet at the same location. This workout includes coach-led pace groups consisting of about 10-15 teammates, post-workout strength and stretching stations, and an occasional raffle!
Our 2023 Summer/Fall Half Marathon Training not only trains you for the Urban Cow Half Marathon, but also provides an opportunity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners and walkers to participate in other late Fall Half Marathons including the Folsom Blues Half and the Sacfit Half Marathon, as well as the two-person CIM relay. Additionally, there are shorter-distance local running and walking events during the season to consider, including the 10-Mile Buffalo Stampede!
Finally, all Sacfit training programs offer flexibility because you never know what the future holds! Should you decide you need to adjust your goal later in the season, you can switch to any other Sacfit training program at no additional cost!
To help you further attain your goal and enhance your workout experience, our staff of over 40 experienced and knowledgeable coaches actually train with you - something no other training group offers. By training with you every mile, your coach is better able to assess and advise you of your running form and technique, breathing, and hydration and nutrition intake, when it counts - during your workout.
Half Marathon training includes weekend workouts that can extend a couple hours. At Sacfit, we believe that keeping an athlete sharp, focused, and committed to completing those long workouts includes training as a group - not just meeting together prior to the workout, but training as a group for the entire workout.
Sacfit is the only training group that offers pace groups for your long workouts so you always have at least several friends ( and usually more!) along for the ride! And most importantly, you are never left alone on the trail.
To complete the triad of fitness, we add Strength and Stretching to your Aerobics. This includes providing strength and stretching stations and equipment after you complete your long workout. We also have supervised yoga and other stretching discipline and strength sessions.
Sacfit is part of the Urban Cow VIP team, which affords each team member an invitation to the exclusive early packet pickup party, as well as our own pre- and post-race race day lounge, which include no-line portables and plenty of room and hay bales to relax on while we celebrate our team achievements. You can register now under our team name: Sacfit Cow-a-fun-bunch!
Part of any safe and sensible training program includes aid stations for the longer workouts. Sacfit aid stations are famous along the Parkway and a welcome respite to our longer workouts. We offer a plethora of choices to satiate any palate of special food-diet requirement. And we ALWAYS have ice-chilled water and Gatorade to keep you cool, and ice to fill your water bottles. We also have first-aid kits at every station to keep you safe and moving forward.
Sacfit provides a comprehensive training experience that extends beyond a workout schedule and marathon training information. In keeping with our community and social-based atmosphere, Sacfit incorporates additional amenities as part of you marathon training experience, including:
- Tech-fiber team jersey
- Sacfit App which gives you access to your training schedule
- Private social media group to connect with teammates that is NOT tied to Facebook or any other platform, etc.
- Voice-navigation running routes you can download onto your phone or apple watch
- Point-to-point Sacfit Half Marathon
- VIP race-day lounges for Urban Cow and CIM
- Discounts entry fee for select races
- Periodic raffles at the Saturday workouts
- Free picnic breakfast for you and your family or significant other
- Discounts at select Fleet Feet stores
- End-of-season catered banquet and recognition awards
When does the season start?
We start on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Online registration is open continuously until the middle of August.
Where is the training location and what time does it meet?
We meet the William Pond Park in Carmichael. We start our training at 8:00 A.M. Not too early and not too late. You'll be done before your family or friends are even awake. Click here for map.
Can I sign up in person?
Yes. All you do is show up at 8:00 A.M. at William Pond Park on June 10. But you can sign up online right now.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes. We take cash, check, or credit card.
What if I can't make it to the first date?
No problem. Just come on out on June 17, 24, or July 1 and we'll get you going.
How much does the program cost?
Sacfit's 26-week program costs only $115 for new members and $90 for returning members. And for all you get, it's the best bargain in town!
What is included in the sign-up fee?
1. Team jersey (Tank, Short Sleeve, or Long Sleeve)
2. Individualized Coaching
3. Ability-based group workouts
4. Running and Walking Form Clinics
5. Fitness and Nutrition Seminars
6. Track workout Clinics
7. Discounts at Sports Apparel stores
8. Family Picnic Day
9. Discount to the End of Season Formal Dinner and Awards Banquet
10. Other stuff, too, but this list is getting too long!
If I'm a walker, will there be other walkers, too?
You bet. Our walking group is one of our largest groups. In past years, we have averaged between 70-90.
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- Ken Press