Coach Jim’s free marathon training for Saturday, January 3, 2015

This week, Coach Jim is leading his runners on a two-loop route for a total of 16 miles. The runs start and finish at lululemon Pearl District, at 1231 NW Couch. The runs start at 8a and are free and open to everyone!

Coach Jim’s group getting ready to run.

Coach Jim’s runs are led by experienced pace group leaders. Each weekend, the pacers volunteer their own time to help runners reach their half marathon and marathon goals. The specific paces offered vary from week to week, but you can usually find pacers running at a training pace for a marathon finish time between 3:50 and 5:00.

Even if you’ve never been to one of his runs before, you are invited! The Coach Jim runs are well-known as supportive training opportunities, and new people are always welcomed with open arms.

Arrive before 7:45 and keep in mind there is only one restroom at lululemon – try and “go before you go” if you can!

The run is split into two sections. First up is a ten-mile out-and-back on Terwilliger. There are restrooms near the top of the hill on Terwilliger. After returning to lululemon, at which time some runners will call it a day, others will join the group, there will be a very short break before the group continues on for another six miles, heading through the Pearl District to the waterfront and back. You can view the full 16 mile route from lululemon here.

The distance for this series of training runs is aligned to prepare runners for the ORRC Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon, but you can make slight adjustments to prepare for nearly any early spring marathon.

Be sure to bring your own hydration and nutrition, dress in appropriate layers, and come ready to make some new running friends!

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