There’s a free half-marathon class offered at REI (Biltmore Park) on Wednesday, August 26th
at 7PM conducted by Greg Walker, a former runner with Team Elite Powerbar and GU Sports. It seems like a great event for runners considering a half marathon or for accomplished half-marathon runners looking for a better time (or a personal record).
Here’s what Greg will cover …
- Developing a training plan
- Race day fueling tips
- Race strategies (so important!)
- Hydration (special consideration with longer runs)
It’s free, open to the entire community and I commend Greg Jackson and REI for putting this on. If you’re a first-time half-marathon runner you’re probably wondering about a lot of things relating to race day and you will have more anxiety as the race day gets closer. A class such as this helps tangibly (with your physical preparation) and it helps emotionally (confidence). If you’ve done a half-marathon or two and you’re just trying to get better I suggest this is a good place to start.
I started running half-marathons in 2005. I just made up my training plan and I finished the first couple I ran but didn’t know where to go from there. I wish I could have attended a class like this. I think it would have helped me get focused. I have 13 half-marathons under my belt but I can’t make this class because I teach my own class (non-running related) from 6-9 PM that day.
There are a few merchandise-related tangible benefits for those who attend this. You will receive one 15% off REI coupon (applicable toward one full-priced item) and there will be performance food samples available.
If you’re doing one or more half-marathons this season I suggest this as a great event. It may help you focus your training and preparation and you’ll meet other runners wrestling with the same pre-half-marathon consideration as you.
Registration is requested. Please contact Ching Fu at REI. Here’s how: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-687-0918.