Train for the Twin Cities Marathon with Fitango
In the last week I’ve been asked by two different people for tips on how to get into running. Regardless of person or their level of experience – my first few tips are usually the same:
- Get the Right Shoes – quality shoes count, make sure you have a pair that’s right for you!
- Set a Goal – having a goal can help you stay motivated and gives you something to work toward.
- Follow a Plan – whether it’s for a 5k or a marathon, a plan makes sure you’re not doing too much too soon or too little too late!
Shopping for shoes is the fun part. Selecting a goal can be relatively easy based on your fitness level and amount of time you have to dedicate to running. Finding a plan and tracking your progress – that takes a little more effort.
I was recently given the opportunity to check out Fitango, an e-health platform that combines technology with health care. The site includes access to training programs which provide users with a detailed plan to reach their fitness goals. After an initial profile set-up, I took a look at two Twin Cities Marathon training programs and here’s what I got!
There are two training programs to get you ready for the Twin Cities Marathon – a 26-week training program with a start date of 4/8 and the 21-week training program with a 5/13 start date. Each plan follows four main phases:
- Building Cardio and Strength
- Increasing Strength and Stamina
- Increasing Volume
- Tapering prior to the race
This typical base, build, peak, taper training cycle helps you make progress toward your goal while avoiding the common mistake of increasing mileage too fast and risking injury.
In addition to the phases of training, the plan includes all the race information you would need to know! Instead of searching around the web, you get access to race maps, FAQs, packet pick-up and expo information as well as hotel/lodging options specific to the Twin Cities Marathon.
Using the Training Program
To follow the training program – everything is available at your fingertips on your personal dashboard.
You’ll see your daily to-do which includes what your workout is, how to go about accomplishing it as well as an explanation of the purpose of that workout. I’ve seen many programs that simply list the minutes or miles you need to run – but having a purpose for each run (speed work, tempo, long slow run, etc.) is key to improving your fitness.
Great tips; from an inspirational quote on your long slow run days or when to buy new running shoes, are also included throughout the training plan. After you’ve completed your workout, simply check the to-do box, select how the workout felt and add any notes about the run.
One consideration when using the plan – there isn’t an option to view the plan in it’s entirety. So, if you’ve got summer vacation plans, travel for work or other events you need to train around, you’ll need to scroll through the program day by day to get a sense for the scheduled workouts and how you may need to adjust them.
Whether it’s your daily to-do or the tip of the day – you’re able to share your experiences through social media like Facebook and Twitter. There is an opportunity to connect with others on the site who are using the Twin Cities Marathon plan for support and/or questions. If you need additional motivation you can invite your friends and family to follow your progress and act as motivators or hit the ‘quick fix’ button for instant inspiration from a random user on the site.
Using Fitango as a way to follow a plan and connect with others for motivation and support is a great way to reach your running and fitness goals! Interested in trying Fitango? Use the following discount code for 20%off.
Code: 4190473f Expires: 2013-06-12
And here is the discount code for the original 26-week marathon plan:
Code: d0a05c0e Expires: 2013-06-12