Category Archives: Training

Running in the Heat of Summer

Has the summer heat derailed your running goals? Good news, the forecast shows a break from the high 90’s we’ve been having for the past several weeks. Still, learning to embrace the heat rather than hiding on the basement sofa will help you keep running when the high temps return. Here are some tips to practice when the mercury rises:

Run by effort not by pace – Instead of strictly following pace targets that you might normally follow, try running by how you feel rather than distance or pace.

Don’t wear dark colors or cotton – Gear matters in extreme conditions so dress appropriately. Look for synthetic fabrics like polyester or wool to keep you dry and cool.

Start your run hydrated (and keep hydrating). It’s important to hydrate well before, during and after your run. Unless you’re running more than 60 minutes, you probably don’t need to take any water with you, but learn what works for you.

Get off the roads – Asphalt and concrete absorb heat and radiate it back onto your poor, wilting body. The summer months are a good time to explore the amazing trails all over northern Colorado.

With all the whining we do about summer training, it actually makes you a better runner. Running in the heat causes our body to acclimatize to the conditions and adapt. These adaptations improve your efficiency and make you ready to run even faster as soon as the heat drops in the fall. So embrace the heat and run through it!

Horsetooth Half 2018 Training Group

Registration for  the 2018 Horsetooth Half RunningU Training program is now open!


We’re excited to start training and cranking out the miles in preparation for the 45th running of the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Race day is April 15th and training kicks off January 7th with a group run from New Belgium Brewing.

As in previous years, we’ll be offering:
  • Training plans for both the beginner and intermediate levels
  • Group runs every Sunday
  • Mentor support via email and/or private RunningU Facebook page
  • Weekly email training tips and updates
  • Weekday meet-ups
  • Monthly Tortoise & Hare training races
New this year:


CSU Track Renovation

As of last week, the track at CSU has closed for renovations. Expansions and upgrades along with a complete replacement of the track are already underway. The track is scheduled to re-open October 31st, but where can you go to get your speed work in?

  • Old Fort Collins High School track – located southeast of the Jack Christiansen track (Pitkin & Peterson) is a cinder track
  • Poudre School Districk tracks – did you know community members can receive access to PSD tracks when the schools are not using them? There is an agreement you need to sign and a $20 fee to receive an access key. You can find out more information under “Community Use of Tracks and Tennis Courts” at the bottom of the link.
  • Westfield Park – This quiet park is 1/2 mile around and an easy substitute for a track located on the southwest part of Fort Collins.
  • City Park Cemetery – If you’re near Old Town, have you tried running at the cemetery? There are several loop options varying in distances. This one is a 1/3 mile and is best run in the early morning.
  • Stewart Case Park – This 1/4 mile loop is on the east side of Fort Collins behind FCHS.
You don’t have to look very hard to find and easy substitute for a track. Find something close to your neighborhood and you’ll never have the excuse of having to go far for those speed workouts. And don’t forget, there’s the Tuesday Night Track group that meets every week. You can find up-to-date location and workouts on their Facebook page. With so many options, it’s easy to see why Fort Collins was named a Runner Friendly Community by the Road Runners Club of America.

2016 is just around the corner! What is your resolution?

Run the Horsetooth Half Marathon in 2016! (bring a friend!)

Don’t forget to register for Running U by January 3, 2016 and train with the 126 participants that already registered! Participants will receive a technical shirt so we can identify each other as part of the training team! You will also be added to our listserve and can join our FCRC closed Facebook group (all FCRC members are welcome to

Here is a breakdown of participant experience:

Also register for the Horsetooth Half before prices go up on January 7, 2016. Email for your discount code.

Don’t want to join Running U? It’s OK, all members are welcome to join any of our Sunday Runs. Click here for the schedule.

Our first training run is this Sunday January 3 at 8am from Altitude Running. Stick around after the run and former FCRC president Connie will answer your questions about training for a half marathon.

After the Tortoise and Hare on January 10 we will have an opportunity to learn about the Horsetooth Half Marathon by race director Nick and get inspired to run by FCRC president Dan.

Saturday runs will continue through the half marathon training season!

See you soon!


Free Horsetooth Half Marathon Training Program through the FCRC

Press Release
For Immediate Release: November 25, 2015

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Train for the Horsetooth Half Marathon – For Free!

Fort Collins, CO- Do you need a goal to get or keep you moving through the winter months? Do you want to conquer the oldest, most scenic and rewarding race in Fort Collins? Join the Fort Collins Running Club’s free Running U training program beginning January 3, 2016 and get ready to run the Horsetooth Half Marathon on April 17, 2016.

Whether you are a first time half marathoner or looking to improve your half marathon time, this free 14-week training program will help you achieve those goals. Join hundreds of runners of all abilities as they build up their miles, learn about running, and find new running partners. If you want to get started early, join the Fort Collins Running Club’s Tortoise & Hare 6k race on December 6, 2015 from Spring Park. All Tortoise and Hare races are free for Club members!

About Fort Collins Running Club: The mission of the Fort Collins Running Club is to promote running in Fort Collins and the surrounding communities by: providing an enjoyable, supportive, and positive atmosphere; providing competitive and participatory events for runners of all abilities; and providing a forum for educating the public about the benefits of running.

Membership is $20 per year for individuals and $10 for additional family members. All members receive $20 off their Horsetooth Half Marathon registration fees! In addition to free club races and training activities, members also enjoy discounts at local running stores and many club-sponsored races. Join this actively growing community of over 500 Fort Collins runners today!

About the Horsetooth Half Marathon: Now in its 43rd year, this scenic and challenging course is a Fort Collins classic. The Horsetooth Half Marathon runs from Hughes Stadium to the finish line party at New Belgium Brewery, tackling climbs such as “Monster Mountain,” “North Dam,” and Bingham Hill as it runs along the eastern shores of Horsetooth Reservoir, before connecting with the Poudre River recreational trail for the run into the finish.


Fort Collins Running Club
Katie Quatrano, Running U director

Horsetooth Half Marathon
Nick Clark, race director


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