Howard County Striders - Next Step Marathon / Half Marathon Training

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Training Details

Time and Place:
Day of the week and time: Tuesday from 6:30-8:00
Training dates: Program begins June 27th with a time trial
- No meet up on July 4th
- First training run July 11th
Place: Centennial High School

Note: Maximum number of runners: 110


The 2017 Next Step Half/Full Marathon Program is designed to provide you with coaching and a structured training plan geared toward reaching your fall race goals. You'll train in a group environment and receive the support of coaches and other runners that share similar goals.

This program is not easy. It will challenge you and often push you past your comfort zone. This program is designed to give you support and structure during your hardest weekly workout. Why do this alone when you can join a group of similarly minded runners and coaches?

Your coaches are experienced runners who commit to support you and share vast amounts of information on running and training for these longer races because they too are runners that have successfully completed half and full marathons.


It is highly recommended that runners signing up for the Next Step Half/Full Training Program have, at a minimum:

  • Base of 20-25 miles of running per/wk if you are training for a full marathon and have completed a 10 mile long run.
  • Base of 10-15 miles of running per/wk if you are training for a half marathon.

We consider this base mileage critical in taking this "next step" in training for longer distance races. Anything less and we get nervous that you're starting behind and may be prone to injury if you ramp up miles too quickly.


You must be able to maintain a long run pace anywhere from 6 - 13 minute miles of constant running.

There will be a 5 mile time trial that will help put you in the best group. As the program progresses you may change groups in order to ensure you have training partners at a similar pace.

* Please note that although we welcome runners of all ability, that this program is not geared towards the walk/run method of marathon training. While you may take occasional walk breaks on your long run, you MUST be able to run continuously during the training nights.


The Next Step Half/Full Marathon program meets every Tuesday from July 11th through November 1st to help you prepare for your October race.


Groups will meet Tuesday evenings beginning July 11 at Centeniall High School in Ellicott City, MD at 6:30 p.m. Once daylight saving time begins, the start time will switch to 6:00 benefit from the most sunlight. The time trial will be held on June 27th.


For event related questions please email the program coordinators Bill Brown, Ryan Brown, and Rachel Collins at

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