Program Overview

When someone completes their first marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K, the experience is so powerful that they carry it with them for the rest of their lives. The physical and psychological benefits gained from this intensive training are truly remarkable. Here at Albuquerque FIT, our goal is to safely bring these benefits to as many people as possible, including couch potatoes, Boston-qualifying athletes, and everybody in between.

Albuquerque FIT started in 2000. Beginners, walkers and even non-runners have been with us from the early days, and since that time, we have enjoyed solid growth and have expanded from the marathon-only distance to a variety of programs including the half marathon, 10K, 5K, Couch to 5K, Advanced Training, and more.

The program is simple, but powerful. Over 25 weeks in our summer program and 14 weeks in our spring program, through safe and steady coaching, members progress from little or no running base to race condition. Members follow our carefully developed training schedule during the week, then on the weekends, the entire group meets for ability-based long runs. These group meetings are great for lots of reasons. First, they’re a good chance to share the challenges and joys of training with others who are going through the same thing. Second, the weekly group meetings are important because members receive educational seminars on running-specific topics that round out their training with essential practical and strategic information. Our emphasis is on safety and achievement, and we find that often, these meetings represent the beginning of many lifelong friendships. And third, our members get to run in pace groups with others who run comfortably at their same pace. We hope you’ll join us.

Why it works

Over the last two decades, we’ve learned a lot about how to help people accomplish their goals. We bring together our members in a positive environment with other like-minded athletes, give them a carefully refined training structure to guide them, coach them skillfully, and watch the achievement happen. Participants show up each week to run or walk, to support each other in a common goal, and to hold each other accountable. In these ways, Albuquerque FIT is more than a training schedule; it’s a way of life that helps members thrive both on and off the track.