Half-Marathon Training

Half-Marathon Training
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Join our TeamFootWorks Half Marathon Training Program (13.1 mile) for a memorable experience that will change your life and how you view your health & fitness. Every year, individuals who thought they couldn’t run or walk 2 or 3 miles, let alone 13.1, learn that they CAN DO IT!!

The long runs or walks will be done on Saturdays with your training team. Teams are led by 2-3 veteran runners. You will be amazed how quickly the time and miles melt away running or walking with your training team. The energy is contagious and the friendships you develop will be well worth the early wake up calls!!

Each program starts with a 30 minute orientation and then a 30 minute run/walk. Following the Run-Walk Method, you only have to concentrate on the next 2-6 minutes of running and a 1-minute walk break. We offer several different pace groups for people of every ability and speed, even WALKERS! We will also have one pace group RUNNING the Miami Half. This group of experienced runners will take little to no walk breaks. We aim to finish by 8:00am, therefore as the distances increase, training may begin as early as 5:00am.

While the long runs and walks develop your ability to go the distance, it is the weekly running and cross-training that will take you to another level of health and fitness. During the week you are responsible for two short runs or walks of no more than 60 minutes. FootWorks South Miami hosts our weekly runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and FootWorks South Beach hosts our Tuesday night run at 7:00pm to keep your training on schedule.


  • New members begin Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:30 am with a 20 minute run/walk from FootWorks South Miami, 5724 Sunset Drive. Alums start October 11.
  • 17-Weeks of training
  • Leadership by 100-time marathoner Josh Liebman
  • Technical running shirt and official training program
  • 15% discount at FootWorks (discount starts when you register and ends at completion of the program)
  • Training with a pace group that is right for your needs!
  • Measured & marked running courses with water and Vitalyte Sports Drink stations every 2-3 miles
  • TeamFootWorks Fitness News Emails
  • Clinics on proper shoes, apparel, strength training, stretching, nutrition, and more
  • Entry to the TeamFootWorks VIP Hospitality Village at the Miami Marathon
  • Does NOT include or guarantee entry to the Miami Marathon
  • Marathon textbook by Jeff Galloway for first time participants


(ends March 7)
Oct 11
Oct 11
New Member $170 $190 $215
Alumni $100 $145 $170


Most of the long runs for the South Miami program will start from South Miami Hospital’s Adult Education Center. South Miami Hospital Victor E. Clarke Adult Education Center is located at 6200 SW 73rd St. Thanks to South Miami Hospital, we are able to offer our runners:

    • Free covered parking in the Visitor Garage located on the left when entering via 62nd Ave
    • Indoor bathroom and changing facilities
    • Classrooms for group stretching and speakers
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  1. David
    David 18 August, 2014, 15:29

    What days do we meet to train?

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 21 August, 2014, 16:18

      Hi David,
      We meet Saturdays for the long run then there are two weekday runs you can do with us on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30pm in South Miami or on your own.

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  2. Karen
    Karen 23 August, 2014, 21:08

    I would be a new member but wont be able available for the first run on the 4th. Can I still join even if my availability to start isn’t until the second weekend the 11th?

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 25 August, 2014, 14:05

      Hi Karen, yes of course you can. Many participants, especially those that have been running already, skip the first few weeks while we catch up the beginners. We do 30 minutes the first Saturday and 40 or 45 on the second. For many participants, they see this as “too short” and do their longer runs on their own until we start getting into the 5 and 6 mile range.

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  3. Jackelyn
    Jackelyn 27 August, 2014, 19:54

    Hello –

    I’m interested in signing up for the training along with my boyfriend. I don’t have a sitter on the weekends so I would need to take my daughter in a jogging stroller for the training. Would this be an issue? For the marathons I leave her with a sitter but I won’t be able to find someone to watch her every Saturday @ 5 AM.

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  4. M Elizabeth
    M Elizabeth 29 August, 2014, 16:41

    Saturday morning schedules are unpredictable for my family as our kids are involved in sports leagues. Do you always begin at 6:30 am? What time do you typically finish?

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 5 September, 2014, 14:44

      We aim to finish training by 7:30am each Saturday. There may be a couple towards the end that might not be done at that time.

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  5. Nik
    Nik 22 September, 2014, 02:56

    Hello: I am barely a walker, much less a runner and I am concerned with keeping up… how does the training begin/go?

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 22 September, 2014, 13:30

      Hi Nik! I’d recommend coming to our info training session. Our next one is Oct 2 Thursday at 6:30pm. Half training starts Oct 4th. Martha is our walker leader and she’s amazing. She’s walked countless of half marathons. I think she’s done at least 12. We all start somewhere and she understands that. Martha is out of the office until tomorrow afternoon but her partner in crime Karen is here. Call 305.666.7223 and chat with either one!

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  6. Joely
    Joely 22 September, 2014, 15:10


    How much running is required or recommended outside of every Saturday? I imagine that’s not enough, once a week.

    Thank you,

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 22 September, 2014, 15:13

      Hi Joely, there will be two short weekly runs that are time based. You’ll start with 15/20 minutes and increase to 60 during training. These can be done at FootWorks South Miami on Tuesday and Thursday nights or on your own. Being time based makes it easy to know how far to go.

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  7. John
    John 30 September, 2014, 15:12

    I love this idea, but I’m in central Broward. Anyone you know of doing this up here?

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  8. Melissa
    Melissa 30 September, 2014, 18:07

    I would like to join but will be busy with work the first two weeks. May I still sign up as first time after the 11th? Or do you have winter or spring training dates available?
    Thank you

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 30 September, 2014, 18:09

      The program starts gradually with a 20 minute and then a 30 minute run/walk the first two Saturdays. Skipping the first couple of weeks won’t be a problem as long as you’re doing these short runs on your own.

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  9. Angela
    Angela 2 October, 2014, 14:58

    Do you have a South Beach training program on Saturdays?

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  10. Mariaelena
    Mariaelena 2 October, 2014, 19:29

    Can I sign up on Saturday, Oct. 4th and pay with cash? If so, should I arrive earlier?

    Thanks, M.E.

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  11. Daleana
    Daleana 3 October, 2014, 21:02

    I would like to pay tomorrow as well, where should I arrive tomorrow morning?

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  12. cynthia
    cynthia 6 October, 2014, 23:59

    Hi, Are any of the trainings done in Coconut Grove? I really don’t want to drive to South Miami to train.

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 7 October, 2014, 00:43

      Hi cythia. The Saturday long runs will mostly start in South Miami and will eventually run through the grove. Mile 4 is just after the turn on main and Douglas. Mile 5 is St Stephen church. 6 is Kennedy, and the furthest you may go is mercy.

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  13. GR
    GR 10 October, 2014, 22:49

    What time do we begin tomorrow morning, anyone know (6AM)??

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  14. Daleana
    Daleana 10 October, 2014, 23:15

    Hi Eddie,

    I was not able to go last Saturday. Can I still go tomorrow? And where you guys meet and time? Thank you.

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  15. Kakum
    Kakum 17 October, 2014, 11:12

    A what time is the training tomorrow?
    I have not picked up my packet. Can I pick up tomorrow?

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    • Eddie Suarez
      Eddie Suarez Author 17 October, 2014, 13:28

      HI Carlos, check your inbox. Josh emailed a reminder this morning. I will forward it to you. And yes you can pick up your packet tomorrow.

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