Training Programs

Albuquerque FIT members are just like you. Most get involved because they know it’s time to finally get in shape, and for many, that means doing something radically different in their lives. They know they have to challenge themselves to step beyond the status quo, because without some accountability and guidance, their efforts might fall flat. Some of our participants are new to running, while others have been doing this for quite some time. But no matter what the individual stories, all share one goal: to get fit and healthy, and have fun doing it.

Beginner Program (Couch to 10K):
This program is meant for those who have never run or have not run in many years. In early weeks we mostly walk with a few short runs in between. Throughout the season, the walks gradually get shorter and the runs get a bit longer. By the end of the season, each member will be able to complete a 5K at their own pace and by running as much or as little as their comfort allows.

Running Programs (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K):
Whether preparing for the full marathon, the half marathon, the 10K or 5K, Albuquerque FIT members all receive weekly educational seminars; a schedule specifically designed for them based on their ability level, their running history and their running goals; an online support forum; and more. All Saturday runs are done in pace groups from 9 minute/mile pace and under to 14 minute/mile and every 30 seconds in between, i.e. 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, etc.

The program’s general format is as follows:

  • Before each Saturday run, members will come together for the week’s announcements and to hear an educational seminar on key training topics designed to prepare runners for the rigors of this endurance sport.
  • Members participate in an organized training run each Saturday morning with runners of similar training paces.
  • Weekend group runs will be followed by a brief discussion about the day’s workout and instructions for the coming week.
  • Members adhere to a schedule of mid-week training runs. Those runs are built with busy lifestyles in mind, so they keep members moving toward their goals while requiring only a moderate amount of time on the road.
  • Weekly speed training sessions will be available once the group has built a sufficient training base to handle it safely and comfortably.