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  • Marathon & Half-Marathon Training

    Winter Run

    Winter Run

    Charleston Runs Group Marathon Training for Fall 2016/Winter 2017 races will kickoff on July 9, 2016. Stay in touch with us about all of our upcoming training programs by signing up for our email list on our contact page.

    Individual training for any race is available year round.

    If you would like to train on your own before July, please contact Coach Greg Shore at

    Building Up Your Miles

    Anybody who wants to complete a marathon this fall should be running now and you should have been running for the last year. Coming into the training, you should be running 15 or more miles each week and your long runs should be at 8-10 miles each week.
    The half marathon training is a little bit different. You should be able to run five miles with no issues and you should be a regular runner. Your program begins 12 weeks before your race and you are invited to begin up to 16 weeks before your race.
    We have some group runs scheduled for May and June to get you started. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest runs.

    Your Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

    Charleston Runs training is always personal. That’s why we can offer to let you begin at different points. Coach Greg wants to know you as a runner and a person and wants to match your goals, fitness level, and lifestyle to your training program. Every runner in the program follows a very similar program but it is truly customized for your ability, goals, experience, and your life. Training for the Marathon is $190 and the half-marathon plan is $150.

    What Can I Expect if I Enroll?

    • A monthly training plan that continues until 2 weeks after your goal race.
      • 16 week plan for marathons
      • 12 week plan for half-marathons
    • Unlimited email support
    • Supported Saturday group runs beginning July 9 and continuing until December 3. This means there will be a non-runner driving the route and checking on your progress. The driver carries water and a cooler. Coach Greg will be either driving the route or running or racing with the group every Saturday.
    • Weekly group email with hints and tips for training for your race.
    Group runs take place in Mt Pleasant from St. Andrew’s Church (440 Whilden Street) on Saturdays. Group runs begin at 6 am through October. Many Charleston Runs athletes get together during the week on their own. Once each week, depending on interest, Coach Greg can be found at the Mt Pleasant track for some additional group training.

    How Do I Enroll in Marathon  or Half-Marathon Training?

    Email Coach Greg (

    We understand that runners may have to drop out of training for a variety of reasons and many of them are beyond the runner’s control. However, the decision to drop the training is always the runner’s decision and for this reason we do not offer any refunds once you receive your first training schedule.

    Training Cost

    • Marathon Training - $190
    • Half-Marathon Training - $150

    Current and previous Charleston Runs athletes enjoy a 10% discount. Gather two more of your friends and enroll at the same time and you’ll receive a 10% discount as well. To receive the discount, you must email Coach Greg (

    Which Races Are Covered?

    All races are covered as the training plans are for individuals. Charleston Runs athletes have trained for races all over the world. Some of the races they have run:

    • Kiawah Marathon
    • Charleston Marathon
    • Savannah Marathon
    • Boston Marathon
    • Tokyo Marathon
    • Antarctica Marathon
    • Raleigh Marathon
    • Savannah Marathon
    • Chicago Marathon
    • Las Vegas Marathon
    • New York City Marathon

    Our runners have also have participated in numerous trail races across the country, ranging from half-marathons to 50K races to 100 milers and 24 hour races. They have also trained with us for sprint distance, Olympic distance, and Ironman triathlons.