Local Training Group

We will be meeting every Tuesday at 7PM starting June 3rd.  Our first meet will be at Pre’s Trail in Eugene

Week 1 Get Moving

Congratulations! You've made a big decision to change your life. As you begin training, you will feel excited for the goal you have made. Your enthusiasm will be contagious as your friends see the changes you are making. At this early stage, it's possible some of the workouts might seem easy. Even so, don't overdo anything and put yourself out of the game. Remember, you have a ways to go, and the important thing now is to develop good habits.
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Week 2 Build Core Muscle Endurance

Now you have been training consistently for several days. It takes 21 days to create a habit; you are about a third of the way there. Follow your training schedule as closely as possible. Don't get distracted, and don't get carried away. It is the small things, day after day, that make the biggest difference. Training too much could put you at risk for injury, and training too little will make it hard for you to finish your marathon.
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Week 3 Keep Going; Be Consistent

By now, you have run a total of 39 miles. You will have had some good, some bad, and some in between days with running. This is normal. Follow the advice of your Yoga instructor: be aware of your bad days, but don't judge yourself too harshly. If you have not already done so, start a training journal. Record the details of your training and how you feel before, during, and after working out. Take photos as well. This journal will help you keep track of your schedule. It will also help you beat discouragement and boredom when they come.
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Week 4 Rest is Best

This week, allow your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and organs to recover. You must understand that the strengthening processes happen while you are resting, not while you are working out. Keep your exercise to a minimum this week. Don't cheat yourself out of valuable time to build strength and endurance!
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Week 6 Building Speed

Even as you are training to run farther, you should also train to run faster. Regular interval training mixed in with your distance running will…
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Week 11 Stay Hydrated

After running almost 13 miles in the sun with no water, you have stopped sweating, you are terribly hot, your head aches, your muscles are…
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Week 16 Feeling Strong

Step back this week in preparation for your longest training run next week: 23 miles. Right now, you might feel stronger and healthier than ever…
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All packets that are not collected at the expo will be available at their respective start-lines.  Please plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before your event start. No ID is required to pickup your packet.

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Start Times and Locations
Marathon: 7:00 AM September 21st at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg, OR
Note: Drop-offs are welcome, limited parking at start (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below).
Half Marathon: 8:00 AM September 21st at 33325 Wilkins Rd, Eugene, OR 97408
Note: Limited drop-off capacity, if you are dropping off a participant, plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the race. No parking at start. (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below)
5K: 9:00 AM September 21st at ​7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)
All races end at the bus turn-around at 7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)

Information regarding start times, parking and other useful information is also available via our interactive race map.

Parking and Shuttles for Race Start
The expo and finish line are in the school bus driveway just east of Harrisburg Elementary School on Smith Street. You can not drive in or park there. There is limited parking at the full marathon start, and there is no parking at the half marathon start. The 5K start is the same as the finish line.

The best parking areas are:
1. Harrisburg High School parking lot on 9th Street (on Friday during the expo, we will be competing with a football game, starting at 7:00, so fill the other areas first)
2. Harrisburg Middle School parking on 6th Street (only on the west side so you don’t block the 5K course)
3. Gravel lot between school bus parking and Middle School
4. On city street north of Smith so you don’t block or congest the race course

On Friday for the expo, we will be competing with a football game, so if the parking lots fill up, just drive a little farther north in town to find open street parking. Make sure to park correctly, and don’t block driveways or fire zones.

On Saturday, parking will be easiest before the full marathon, from about 4:15am to 6:15am. If you are going for the half marathon, go a little early in case the parking lots are full and you have to park on the street (not along the race route).

Catch the Shuttle Early
You can catch the shuttle from the high school parking lot as early as 4:45am on Saturday to the full marathon start line. For the half marathon the early shuttle starts at 6:00am and several others come at 6:30am. There are more large buses than last year, so we hope it will be less stressful for everybody.

If you are staying at either of the host hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Springfield or Life Northwest Harrisburg, the shuttle will pick up on Friday for the expo and on Saturday morning early for either race. Full marathon shuttles start from the hotels at 4:30am from Life Northwest and at 4:45 from Hilton Garden Inn. Life Northwest in Harrisburg, is only 1.5 miles from the high school.

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Packet Pickup
Packets are available at the expo only.  If you cannot have your packet picked up for you at the expo click the button below to notify our packet crew.