Training Guides are an exceptional tool for the first-timer to the experienced athlete. Knowing when and how much to run can help keep your training plans on course.
Run Iowa Challenge
Want a fun way to earn rewards for actively participating in your health & wellness? Sign-up for the Run Iowa Challenge presented by Capital City Fruit – Home Delivery. Unlock Run Iowa Challenge reward badges by uploading your miles or hours: minutes each month as you train for the IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, or the Principal 5K Road Race. Learn more.
IMT Des Moines Marathon Training Guide. Click here.
Add the IMT Des Moines Marathon training guide to your google calendar. Click here.
IMT Des Moines Half Marathon Training Guide. Click here.
Add the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon training guide to your google calendar. Click here.
IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon and Garmin Kanas City Marathon or Half Marathon Training Guide. Click here.
Add the I-35 Challenge training guide to your google calendar. Click here.
Bankers Trust Marathon Training Guide. Click here.
Add the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay training guide to your google calendar. Click here.
5K Road Race
Developing a 5K Plan. Click here.
Principal 5K Road Race Training Guide. Click here.
Add the Principal 5K Road Race training guide to your google calendar. Click here.
ALS Benefits of Walking Click here.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages you to consult a physician, physical therapist, or personal trainer if you are a beginning or intermediate runner/walker aspiring to complete the IMT Des Moines Marathon for the first time. For additional resources, visit the Capital Striders, the official run club and training partner of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Click here.
Are you looking for personalized coaching to help you achieve your running goals? Fitness Sports will help you with goal setting, weekly check-ins, and customized plans. You can partner with Lindsey at Fitness Sports for all your official personal training needs. Email Lindsey@FitnessSports.com.
Lindsey’s Top Training Tips for a Successful Training
#1: Your longest long run should occur 3-4 weeks before the race and should be at least 90% of the race distance! The longer, the better so that your mind and body are better prepared for the race distance.
#2: Experiment with your gear and nutrition before the race! Test out various race day clothing and accessories options to make sure they feel comfortable, function well, and help you feel confident! Additionally, test out different nutrition and hydration options throughout your training to help you figure out what sits best on your stomach, fuels you well, and that you like the best!
#3: Follow a plan! Whether you are a seasoned racer or this is your first race, you must follow a comprehensive program that spans the following schedule: 5K- 8-10 weeks; Half Marathon- 12-16 weeks; Marathon- 16-24 weeks. You’ll likely run into injuries or falter on race day if you don’t. The accountability and expertise will help you be more confident and ready for the race! Check out our printable training plans – coming soon! Or if you want a custom training plan made weekly just for you, focused on your abilities and goals, and adds extra accountability, click here.