Prepare to beat your best

Weight loss, increased energy throughout your day, better cardiovascular health, new friends, improved personal record time (PR) and better fitting jeans are just some of the many benefits of joining an organized training group. Training alone can be difficult, so we recommend joining a group to get you started in training and sharing of tips, methods, goals and other motivational information that will help you focus on accomplishing your goal.

Training Plans

As the official training program of the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, Pear Sports is offering 20% off the Pear Square One and any Pear Custom Training Plan.
*Must enter code USRSTWENTY at checkout to receive the 20% off.

Unlike any other heart rate monitor or training device, Pear Training Intelligence will guide you step by step throughout your workout telling you when to speed up or slow down while providing useful tips, working to improve your form, explaining the purpose and benefits of the workout, and motivating you.

Pear offers hundreds of workouts including half and full marathon training plans, 5K and 10K plans, workouts to help with weight loss, and many more. Pear also offers custom training plans designed by Matt Fitzgerald tailored specifically to your goal, time and fitness level.

Online Active Trainer

Check out the custom Active Trainer that gives you professionally written training plans, allows you to join teams for extra training motivation and connects you with a community of thousands of extra people. Join today and get on the right track for your half marathon.

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Training Groups

First Timer Friendly
Based on existing research from previous half marathons, more than 35 percent of the expected participants, ranging in age from 11 to 83, will be completing a half marathon for their first time at the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay on March 13, 2016. Local training programs have helped hundreds of participants achieve this goal and range from full walking to walk/run to run/walk to full run.

The Galloway method of training is offered by several training groups that adapt to your level of experience, allowing for programs such as one minute of walking followed by one minute of running and alternating that technique for the distance of the event. This incredibly popular method is tested and proven for those that need a kick-start into the endurance world.

Fit2Run Training Groups (Tampa & Sarasota)
Training programs are available for all levels at several Fit2Run locations throughout the state. Enjoy the benefits of training with experienced coaches, meet new runners and walkers, and share the experience of accomplishing a lifelong dream of completing the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay.

Karna Fitness
Karna Fitness has developed a 12-week Half Marathon Training Program to help prepare you to complete the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay.

Training Tips