The Running Program
Sacfit offers great half and full marathon programs for beginners and experienced runners. 

For our beginners, the program is designed with one simple and straight forward goal: to get you across the finish line. As such, we provide a very gradual program so as not to induce injuries. 

We focus on individualized programs that allow you to go at your own pace. And rather than focusing on miles, we begin our members with timed runs (miles are so overrated). Since there are no miles to worry about, you just begin your run and when the timed workout reaches the halfway point, you just turn around and return back. 

For our experience runners, we offer a range of ability based programs, including our new time-goal program, designed to meet your individual goals, be it finishing your first half or full marathon, improving your time from your last race, running that sub 4-hour marathon, or qualifying for Boston. (We had several members last season!) Also, because a number of weekly workouts are more dependent on specific mileage, a majority of the workouts are based on miles and not minutes.

And with each program, we complement the training with support and encouragement to inspire our runners toward their goal, including opportunities to build confidence by particiapting in various summer and fall races prior to the Big Event! 

All these factors contribute toward the ultimate goal of completing a half or full marathon. But in keeping with the Sacfit philosophy, these programs are also designed to make getting fit a fun, enjoyable, and interesting endeavor. If it's not fun, what's the point?

General Weekly Schedule
All Sacfit programs are designed to consider the busy schedules of our lives. While some adjustment and priortiy must be made for any new undertaking, our programs ensure that you will not be consumed by workouts. Following is our typical weekly schedule:

  • Monday - Recovery Workout
  • Tuesday - Specialized Workout - Stairs or Track
  • Thursday - Specialized Workout - Tempo
  • Saturday - Long workout

The Saturday morning workout is the "long" run. A 30 to 40 minute (or 2-4 miles) run starts the program and then gradually increases in duration, or mileage, over the course of the program. 

The mid-week workouts consist of 20 to 30 minute runs (3-4 miles) and only marginally increase over the season. Once daylight savings comes in March, we offer a supervised Tuesday workout the track (CSUS or ARC or Folsom Community College) and a supervised Thursday night workout around McKinley Park or at William Pond.

That's three meeting times a week to provide you optimal motivation!

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Pace Groupings
The most important component to sensible and safe training is not pushing too hard too soon. In running, that's finding the right pace. In order to find the right pace for you, we conduct a Pace Finder run. The Pace Finder run is not a race. Rather, it is easygoing run or walk (or both) at a pace that is comfortable enough for you to carry on a conversation throughout the run or walk. 

As you complete your run or walk - anywhere from one to three miles, Sacfit coaches track and record your time. Your time determines your pace group, which we assign as color groups - Blue, Green, Yellow, Red for runners. And from there the fun begins...