This 14-week training program will get you from an aerobic fitness level
of running 2 miles to finishing the Oak Brook Half Marathon. You can
use this training program to help you build up your mileage by just one
mile on the weekend long run for two weeks then on every third week
you back off the mileage and rest up for the following weekend mileage
increase. By steadily increasing your mileage you are less likely to get
injured before your half marathon. You will be both physically and
mentally stronger just knowing that you have done all the physical and
mental training needed to get you through the distance of the half
marathon. What better way to go through the experience than with the
camaraderie of other fellow runners of your level? The experienced
group leaders will guide you through your weekend group training runs
as they share their experiences with you. There will be group leaders of
many different speeds from a 8:30 pace per mile to the 12:00 pace per
mile. Don’t worry if you think you might be too slow to run with a group
because you won’t be. No runner will ever be left to run on his own.
The group leaders are there to answer your questions and help you
get through each weekend run. All weekend training runs will provide
water at every 2 to 3 miles along the course.

To give you the opportunity to receive all the educational clinics we are
offering a half day session full of clinics at The Oak Brook Park District,
1450 Forest Gate Road. You will also have the opportunity to register
and pick up your packet before and during this session. The session will
include clinics on Training Methods and Goals, Injury Prevention,
Nutrition for Endurance Runners, Shoe Selection and Apparel! Our
speakers are experienced runners and experts in their field.

You should be able to have a fitness level of running up to 15 minutes

You will receive:
  • Educational lectures given by marathon runners who are
    professionals in their field on Training     Methods and Goals,
    Injury Prevention Nutrition, Shoe selection and Apparel Site
    Logistics and Race Day Strategy & Recovery
  • I-Run Discount at our sponsoring Specialty Running Shoe Stores
  • 13 Saturday morning small group runs lead by friendly
    experienced group leaders at various paces
  • A Cool-max singlet
  • 14-week training schedule
  • 10 mid-week group training runs
  • Handouts
  • AthletiCo Rehabilitation therapist at specific group runs
  • AthletiCo Toll Free Injury Hotline
  • Chicago Athlete Magazine delivered to your home for one year
  • Race entry fee is not included – register now at www.

Registration and Packet Pickup
Register online at You may register and pickup
your packet at the educational training session on Wednesday, May 28
starting at 5:30pm before and during the entire session. If you do not
or cannot pick up your packets, there will be an additional $10.00 fee
for packet mailing.

Half Marathon Training Program Educational Training Session Date
and Location

Oak Brook
– The Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road  
Wednesday May 28, 2008 6:00pm through 9:00pm

Clinic Schedule

6:00pm – Training Methods and Goals
6:30pm – Injury Prevention
7:00pm – Nutrition for Endurance Runners
7:30pm – Shoe Selection & Running Apparel
8:00pm – Training Run and Race Logistics
8:30pm – Wrap-Up

Half Marathon Training Program Weekend Training Runs

Oak Brook
– West Suburbs, Saturdays 7:00 a.m. May 31 through
August 23
Group meets at The Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road  
parking lot

Half Marathon Training Program Mid-Week Training Runs

Oak Brook
– West Suburbs – The Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest
Gate Road  
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
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