2023 In-Training for Publix Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon

2022 In-Training Fall Marathons

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Marathons and half marathons are challenging. Let us help you run your best race with In-Training for Publix Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon. In-Training is Atlanta Track Club's premium training program designed to help you prepare for Atlanta Track Club events.

In-Training for Publix Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon program is designed for runners and walkers who want to improve their marathon or half marathon performance and those aiming to complete the distance for the very first time. The program combines structured long workouts with additional midweek workouts to help you reach your goals with the support of a community or without having to leave your neighborhood.

The 2022-23 In-Training for Publix Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon Program features:

  • Training grounded in science developed by Atlanta Track Club's High Performance Team
  • In-person and virtual options
  • Certified coaches to guide you while keeping you accountable
  • Online learning opportunities on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. led by Atlanta's running and walking subject matter experts followed by Q&A
  • Small group workouts throughout the city during the week and larger group workouts on Saturdays
  • Course specific field trips so you train on the actual marathon and half marathon course
  • Customized training levels to meet your fitness, experience, and goals
  • Daily text/email reminders of workouts powered by Final Surge
  • Online platforms to build community and camaraderie
  • In-Training shirt. Only virtual participant shirts will be mailed.

This training program accommodates both advanced and beginner athletes. For those attempting the distance for the first time, we recommend that all marathon participants have consistently been training 15 or more miles total per week and recently completed a long workout of at least 9-10 miles. We recommend that first time half marathon participants have been consistently training 10 or more miles total per week and recently completed a long workout of 4 miles or more.

Note: This In-Training program does not include entry into the Publix Atlanta Marathon or Half Marathon.

In some cases, the program may be shortened for late registrants. Please email training@atlantatrackclub.org if you are interested in training with Atlanta Track Club but need to reduce the length of the program.

Training Program Policies

In-Training for Publix Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon can be completed virtually or a participant may join the in-person, midweek, small group workouts and Saturday long workouts. In-person workouts will begin on Wednesday, January 4 and Saturday, January 7.

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Distances
  • Marathon - 26.2 miles
  • Half Marathon - 13.1 miles

Cost
  • $150 - Marathon (in-person), $135 - Marathon (virtual)
  • $135 - Half Marathon (in-person), $120 - Half Marathon (virtual)

Program Schedule

October 7

Registration opens

November 20

Marathon orientation - online at 7:00 p.m.

November 21

Marathon training begins

December 4

Half Marathon orientation - online at 7:00 p.m.

December 5

Half Marathon training begins, Marathon registration closes

December 19

Half Marathon registration closes

January 4

In-person midweek workouts begin

January 7

In-person long workouts begin

January 21

Course preview field trip, location TBD

February 4

Course preview field trip, location TBD

February 26

RACE DAY!

LOCATIONS

In-person workouts begin on Wednesday, January 4. Participants select their preferred Wednesday locations during registration.

  • Saturday Workout Locations:
  • Atlanta Track Club Headquarters, 201 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 - 7:15 a.m.
  • Two course preview field trips, locations TBD - 7:15 a.m.

  • Wednesday Midweek Workout Locations:
  • Cheney Stadium with Coach Bob, 741 Connally Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 - 6:20 a.m.
  • Pending participation: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075 - 6:20 a.m.
  • Pending participation: East Lake Marta Station (West Howard side), 2260 College Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Pending participation: Peachtree Middle School Track, 4664 North Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30338 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Piedmont Park with Coach Bob, Dockside (or Active Oval), Atlanta, GA 30309 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Pending participation: Swift Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 - 6:30 p.m.

Locations subject to change based on demand and participation.

COST

Marathon

  • In-Person - $150.00
  • Virtual - $135.00

Half Marathon

  • In-Person - $135.00
  • Virtual - $120.00


  • Refund Policy: Training registration is non-refundable* and non-transferable.
    • *Refunds are for medical reasons only and must be submitted with a physician's letter prior to the close of registration. A $25.00 processing fee will be retained.
  • This training program does not include entry into the Publix Atlanta Marathon or Publix Atlanta Half Marathon.

ORIENTATION

We will kickoff the program with a 60 minute online orientation in which Coach Bob will provide an overview of the program, explain Final Surge and its benefits, and answer your training questions.

  • Marathon orientation - Sunday, 11/20 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
  • Half marathon orientation - Sunday 12/4 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

COACHES

Bob Wells, Atlanta Track Club, Manager & Coach - In-Training Programs | Eric Heintz, Atlanta Track Club, Director - High Performance | Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club, Lead Coach - Olympic Development Team, 2008 Olympian - 10,000m

Become A Member

Did you know as a member of Atlanta Track Club you receive a discount on all events and programs including In-Training. Join today to begin receiving discounts and the many other benefits of membership!

Frequently Asked Questions

Technology

I am not technologically savvy. Will I be trained on how to use all of the digital tools in the program?

Yes! Orientation, online videos, downloadable documents, and more will take you through the process step-by-step to maximize your experience.

Customization and Coaching

What do you mean by customized or individualized coaching?

The program offers a variety of training levels based on mileage, experience, and goals. The program also provides the tools to customize your paces for easy runs and walks in addition to harder workouts such as tempos and speedwork. Participants have the ability to move training days based on their work and life schedules. While a certified coach will look after your training and keep you accountable, it is not a one-on-one coaching program with unlimited access to the coach.

Are there opportunities for interactions with coaches?

Yes! Tuesday evenings often feature online education sessions including opportunities for questions and answers. Coaches and Run Leads, experienced volunteers who assist with the program, are also present at midweek workout locations for in-person conversations. Finally, there are plenty of opportunities at the Saturday long workouts to talk with coaches or Run Leads. Your coach will also be available through email and in certain circumstances by phone.

Will I be able to schedule weekly one-on-one calls with my coach?

No, but you do have digital correspondence and access at midweek workouts, online educational sessions and our in-person long workouts. In some situations, phone calls may be the most appropriate and efficient form of communication.

Group Training

Are group interval/speedwork sessions included with this program?

Yes! Our midweek workouts will begin January 4 at locations around Atlanta.

Are supported, group long workouts sponsored by Atlanta Track Club included with this program?

Yes! Our long workouts begin on January 7 at Atlanta Track Club headquarters.

General

Once I sign up for In-Training how long does it take before I receive my plan?

A day or two after you register and accept your invitation to Final Surge, a coach will upload your training plan. Our coaches review each individual registration for the participant's experience, current training, goals, and preferred level before manually implementing the plan that best fits your unique needs.

What weekly mileage and long run will I begin with at the start of the program?

To maximize your benefit from the program, it is encouraged that all participants be actively training prior to the program beginning. The first week of prescribed training will be around the following levels:

Level I: 10+ miles per week, long - 4 miles (half marathon only)
Level II: 15-22 miles per week, long - 5 miles (half marathon), 11 miles (marathon)
Level III: 30 miles per week, long - 7 miles (half marathon), 13 miles (marathon)
Level IV: 40 miles per week, long - 9 miles (half marathon), 14 miles (marathon)

How do I determine my paces for workouts, training runs or walks?

There is a two step process. First, In-Training utilizes an Indicator Run or recent race result to determine your current fitness. An Indicator Run is a race effort that acts as a starting point for the program. In-Training then uses a proprietary pace calculator to derive your training paces in order to maximize your benefits from the program.

Where should I run?

Runner and walkers have individual likes and dislikes for training locations. While Atlanta Track Club can recommend popular locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, it is important to find safe routes near your neighborhood to maintain consistent training. Shaded streets with sidewalks and few intersections are best or dedicated paths devoted to pedestrian traffic. Using tools such a RunGo, MapMyRun, and gmap-pedometer can be useful in determining good routes. We also encourage talking with Run Leads and other participants for local recommendations.

I did not reach the prescribed mileage for a day or week. Should I adjust my paces or workouts?

You do not. Most of your workouts are for a specific amount of time and the mileage is an estimate. If you are over or under by a small amount it is okay. Consistency of effort and training are more important. Some days, specifically your longer workouts, the total mileage is the priority. These are typically your Saturday workouts.

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