Training Guides

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.

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.

Hills Training Program

Fuel your marathon performance with our FREE hill training program offered by Des Moines University and Fitness Sports!

Join us starting Thursday, September 8, for weekly sessions, including training and pre-run and cool-down stretching techniques offered by the DMU Running & Cycling Clinic. Then, with members of the IMT DMM Pace Team presented by Fitness Sports, go for a guided warm-up from the DMU campus and run through the actual marathon course hills between miles 3 and 8. Perfect for newcomers and avid marathoners alike! Learn more.

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.

Marathon

IMT Des Moines Marathon Training Guide. Click here.

Add the IMT Des Moines Marathon training guide to your google calendar. Click here.

Half Marathon

IMT Des Moines Half Marathon Training Guide. Click here.

Add the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon training guide to your google calendar. Click here.

I-35 Challenge

Garmin Kansas City and IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon Training Guide. Click here.

Add the I-35 Challenge training guide to your google calendar. Click here.

Marathon Relay

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.

Jeff Galloway

The IMT Des Moines Marathon partners with U.S. Olympian and America’s Running Coach, Jeff Galloway, to provide you with the following Run-Walk-Run® methods designed specifically by Jeff for YOU:

Jeff Galloway’s quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978 and author Runner’s World articles and blogs used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway run-walk, low mileage, three-day suggestions to an over 98% success rate.

Run-Walk-Run Programs

Jeff Galloway’s proven training program has led more than 500,000 runners and walkers across the finish line while reducing the chance of injury to almost zero. Only three weekly training days are needed: 30-45 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday and a more extended session on the weekend. Half of the weekends, most will run and walk for an hour or less.

Training Guides

Jeff’s Run-Walk-Run® method was explicitly designed for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes (you) to get you to the finish line on race day. His training programs have allowed millions of runners to train for races of all distances – without the typical aches and pains! Just three runs a week will enable you to accomplish your goals.

Jeff Galloway – IMT Des Moines Marathon Training Guide. Click here.

Jeff Galloway – IMT Des Moines Half Marathon Training Guide. Click here.

Jeff Galloway – I-35 Challenge Training Guide. Click here.