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The Eugene Marathon offers training sessions for both runners and walkers attempting their first full or half marathon and experienced folks trying to improve their performance.  We hope these resources will help you on your "Road to Eugene."  See you in May!

Team Run Eugene

Team Run Eugene is more than a simple running club.  TRE get kids running, elites making a difference, and people of all shapes, sizes and speeds participating in the most accessible sport in the world!  

Look for regular updates on this page leading up to the 2015 Eugene Marathon! Team Run Eugene will provide bimonthy articles and podcasts about important training topics such as goal setting, finding and refining a training plan, nutrition for training and racing, and more. They will also share weekly workouts to help you prepare for the race. In addition, for those looking to connect with other runners in the Eugene/Springfield area, check out the list of Local Running Groups listed below. Happy Training!


Join Team Run Eugene every Thursday for a Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon workout!  “Like” them on Facebook or email ian@gotracktownusa.com to be added to the weekly email list for workout details and location.  

If you’re not a Eugene local or can’t attend the group workouts, check here each week to find out what the workout is!  Workouts will challenge you to run faster than marathon and half marathon paces and should only be executed if you’re healthy and have been running regularly.  Below are definitions of terms we will use to structure the workout each week:

Tempo Pace – This is usually somewhere between 10k race pace and half marathon race pace.  It should feel comfortably hard; you could exchange a few words at this pace, but not carry on a conversation

Interval Pace – This pace will vary a little depending on the length of the interval, but in general it’s approximately the effort you could maintain for a 5k race

Fast Pace – This is not an all-out sprint, but it’s faster than you could run for a full mile

Week 1 – Feb 9:  Introduction to Tempo Run

  • 2 x 2 miles at Tempo pace with 2:00 rest

Week 2 – Feb 16:  Introduction to Intervals

  • 4 x 800 meters at Interval pace with 1:30 rest

Week 3 - Feb 23: Introduction to combining paces:

  • 3miles at Tempo pace, 2:00 rest
  • 4 x 400 meters at Interval pace with 1:00 rest
  • 4 x 100 meters at Fast pace with 1:00 rest

Week 4 – Mar 2:  Building the Tempo Run

  • 3 x 2 miles at Tempo pace with 2:00 rest
  • 4 x 100 meters at Fast pace with 1:00 rest

Week 5 – Mar 9: Time Trial

  • 3 Mile Time Trial (90% effort), 5:00 rest
  • 5-10 x (1:00 fast, 1:00 slow)

Week 6 – Mar 16: Challenge the Recovery

  • 8 x 1000m w/ 1:00 rest (10k Pace – faster than tempo)

Week 7 – Mar 23: Mixed Intervals

  • 2 miles @ Tempo Pace,
  • 2:30 rest,
  • 2 x 1k @ 10k Pace (same as last week) w/ 1:00 rest,
  • 2:30 rest,
  • 4 x 400 @ 5k Pace w/ 1:00 rest

Week 8 – Mar 30: Hills

  • 30-40:00 Hilly Fartlek (push uphill, float downhill)

Week 9 – Apr 6: Time Trial

  • 10k time trial (90% effort, approximately Tempo Pace),
  • 5:00 rest,
  • 8-10 x 100m @ Fast Pace w/ 1:00 rest

Week 10 – Apr 13: Longest Tempo

  • 4 x 2miles @ Tempo Pace w/ 2:00 recovery,
  • 6 x 100m Stride

Week 11 – Apr 20: Maintaining Turnover

  • 4 x (4 x 400m) @ 5k Pace w/ 1:00 between intervals, 3:00 between sets

Week 12 – Apr 27: Freshen up!

  • 2 miles @ Tempo Pace,
  • 3:00 rest,
  • 2 x 800m @ 5k Pace,
  • 3:00 rest,
  • 8 x 100m Fast w/ 1:00 rest

Week 13 – May 4: You’re Ready!

  • 2 miles @ Marathon goal pace,
  • 3:00 rest,
  • 8 x 100m Fast w/ 1:00 rest




Marathon Training: Puzzle Pieces:  I fell in love with the marathon early, only weeks into my first training segment. For me, it was the thrill of the unknown and the idea that I was putting months of work into a single goal. When asked years later to explain why I loved the marathon, I said, “I love that it's such a puzzle, and even when you have a great day, it is gutwrenchingly hard. I love the way physical and mental components combine, and how many resources you need to tap into just to get to the finish line.” >>Read More (PDF)

Following a Marathon Training Program: Making it Fit: Whether you are working with a coach or using one of the many available published marathon training programs out there, chances are you have a pretty detailed map of what the coming weeks leading up to the Eugene Marathon look like. >>Read More (PDF)

Marathon Nutrition: Fueling Performance: In many sporting events, nutrition is often considered among the ‘little things’ you can choose to pay attention to if you want to optimize exercise performance. With the marathon, though, nutrition takes on a larger role in that it is difficult to complete the distance—let alone meet your time goal—without giving some attention to how you are fueling your body. >>Read More (PDF)





Eugene author and coach Joe Henderson has helped marathoners for decades through his writings and since 2005 in person. Joe’s Team will again have a training group focused exclusively on the 2016 Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon. The group trains together each Sunday for a number of months (usually four) leading up to race day.  For details, e-mail joe@joehenderson.com.


Cathie Twomey Bellamy is a former elite runner who qualified for five Olympic Trials in events ranging from the 1500m through the marathon and was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the IAAF World Cross Country championships.  The former track and cross country coach at Marist High School and Sheldon High School, where she mentored individual and team champions on the track and in cross-country, Twomey Bellamy coaches adult runners through her longstanding Eugene Running Club.  The Eugene Running Club is an adult based program with individualized coaching done for all abilities and distances.  Contact Cathie or visit her website:www.eugenerunningclub.com for more information on how to get your training started today.


Chi Walking and Chi Running training programs designed specifically for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon offered by Keith McConnell, Certified Chi Walking & Chi Running Instructor.  For more details on these efficient and injury free approaches to long distance walking and running check out Dr. Keith's web page.  Groups meet on Sunday mornings or Thursday evenings beginning in March. 


Planning to walk the Eugene Marathon? Join Kay Porter, Ph.D and the Spirited Walkers of Eugene to prepare! Training begins in January. Contact Kay Porter for more details on this very popular program.




For nearly 20 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training® (TNT) has been helping women and men from all fitness levels achieve their athletic dreams by offering unparalleled coaching and access to some of the best events in the world. In return, participants get the added satisfaction of raising funds to help the Society cure the blood cancers leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. This year the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon is proud to be a participating TNT summer race! Find out more about this exciting program and how you can make a difference in the search for cancer cures. Visit the Oregon Team In Training Chapter or call (800) 482-TEAM today.

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