Your Guide to Marathon Training in the LBK

Written By McKenna Dowdle

January 28, 2020

Register for the 2020 Mayor’s Marathon here.

We are about a month into our New Year’s resolutions and nearly 12 weeks out from the Lubbock Mayor’s Marathon. Coincidence? I think not. For me, there is no better way to stick to a goal than being $100 deep in the pursuit. I would also argue that publicly broadcasting you are running a marathon will hold you accountable just as well. So, here we are, eager and ready to be in the best shape of our lives. Let’s take the first step together into this 12-week training journey. 

If you are anything like me, I try to avoid any form of cardio like the plague so, naturally, this is my first half-marathon. To begin, I took to Pinterest to find a 12-week training schedule. You can find the Lubbock City training program here. I also use the MapMyRun mobile app by Under Armor to track my speed, time and distance and it also provides possible routes near your location to make finding a running course easier. 

As I began to consider running shoes, I knew my old reliable sneakers weren’t going to do the trick if I wanted to become a serious runner. Luckily, Lubbock has a great variety of shops to choose from when it comes to footwear. For a complete gait analysis to ensure the perfect shoe for your foot size and width, make your way to FootTech. In fact, they do much more than just analyze your feet. Their experts will help you with running techniques as well as nutrition and fitness goals while training. 

Of course, you have to have the gear (matching outfits) to compliment your new running shoes. When it comes to all things sports, Cardinal’s Sports Center is your one-stop-shop. From women, men and youth activewear, to belt bags and armbands to store your belongings while on the run, Cardinal’s has all you need to ensure every race is comfortable and smooth. Another trendy option to visit for those who value both style and functionality is LuLulemon located in Kingsgate Center North. There you can find the latest athleisure fashion trends that are just as fashionable as they are functional. 

To finish out your running prep, stop by Natural Health Market for a wide variety of supplements and vitamins to fuel your race. We know that basic running 101 is to refuel electrolytes after a long run, but what I didn’t know was that a vitamin deficiency can negatively affect your workouts. By taking the time to research and consider which supplements are best for me, I have been able to have the most efficient workouts. Natural Health Market is located off 82nd and Quaker. 

Now that we have taken the needed steps to properly kick this goal into high gear, we are ready to set a new personal record and earn that runner’s high we always hear about. If you’d like to tag along and train with me, follow us on Instagram at @visit_lubbock. I can’t wait to check off this New Year’s resolution with you and cross this goal off of my bucket list. For information and event details on the Lubbock Mayor’s Marathon, check out below.

Lubbock Mayor’s Marathon – April 19, 2020

Racers will begin the race at 7:20 a.m. at the Buddy Holly Center and make their way through Mackenzie Park, Downtown Lubbock and Texas Tech University campus. Click here to register for the Mayor’s Marathon, today! Options for races include the full marathon, half marathon, 5-K and the children’s fun-run 2-K. After you cross the finish line, celebrate this great feat with your biggest cheerleaders by listening to live music and indulging in the local favorite food trucks. I don’t know about you, but I am already dreaming of my post-run meal! 

Share your training with us using #LiveLoveLubbock and happy running! 


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