Welcome to the SacFit Half Marathon Training Program!
Let's Get Ready for the New Year!
With each new year comes the opportunity to start (or restart!) any number of goals to enrich our lives and move ourselves in a positive and fruitful direction. Fitness tends to be one of the most enduring goals of the New Year season. As does starting or renewing connection, companionship, and friendship.
At Sacfit, we meld fitness with fun and friendship to create a rewarding, inspirational, and successful training program unlike any other in the region.
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? 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.
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 16-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 2024 Winter/Spring Half Marathon Training Program is also the official training program for the Parkway Half Marathon. And not only does our program fully prepare you for a successful finish for the Parkway Half Marathon, but it also provides an opportunity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners and walkers to train for other Winter and Spring Half Marathons including the inaugural Folsom Humbug Half Marathon and the Shamrock'n Half Marathon. Additionally, there are shorter-distance local running and walking events during the season to consider!
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 50 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.
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:
- Sacfit App which gives you access to your training schedule on your phone or computer.
- 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
- Deep discount entry fee for Parkway Half Marathon
- Periodic raffles at the Saturday workouts
- Free picnic breakfast for you and your family or significant other
- Discounts at select Fleet Feet stores
When does the season start?
We start on Saturday, January 6, 2024. However, online and in-person registration is open continuously thereafter, and you can jump into the program any time until the beginning of March. In-person registration occurs each Saturday morning.
Where is the training location and what time does it meet?
For the first Saturday, we meet the Rio Americano High School Auditorium. We start orientation at 8:30 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.
Thereafter, we meet at William Pond Park at 8:30 A.M. Click here for map.
Can I sign up in person?
Yes. All you do is show up at 8:15 A.M. at the Rio American High School location on January 6, or at William Pond Park on the ensuing Saturdays at 8:15 A.M. thereafter.
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 January date?
No problem. Just come on out on any time before March 1, and we'll get you going.
How much does the program cost?
Sacfit's 16-week program costs only $99 for new members and $89 for returning members. And for all you get, it's the best bargain in town!
What is included in the sign-up fee?
1. Deep discount entry fee for the Parkway Half Marathon
2. Individualized Coaching
3. Ability-based group workouts
4. Access to the Sacfit Training App
5. Fitness and Nutrition Seminars
6. Track workout Clinics
7. Discounts at Sports Apparel stores
8. Family Picnic Day
9. 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.