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New Training Plans Available for the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, 10K or 5K

With three months left to train for the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, you’re probably feeling a bit nervous and ready to amp up your training. It’s natural to get the jitters as a running event approaches, and the secret to building confidence is preparation. Luckily, you don’t have to up your readiness alone – some of the Bay Area’s best coaches have come up with training plans you can follow.

Sign up directly on the race website, and you can purchase training plans designed by an expert coach specifically for the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon course.

The plans were created by coach Jesse Williams, a well-known running coach who has trained runners for more than 15 years, overseeing numerous athletic programs as head of Brooks Sports Marketing. There are two separate plans, one for the Half Marathon and one for the 10K and 5K, and you can purchase them here for a $30 fee. If you haven’t yet registered for the race, you can add the training plan of your choice to your registration fee.

Another option is to join the track workouts and runs organized by Pamakids running club, which manages the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Pamakids, which has supported runners in San Francisco for 30 years, has weekly track workouts and spot runs available to both members and non members.

The track workouts are held at Kezar Stadium every Tuesday night; contact coach Andy Chan at coach@pamakidrunners for more information. The fee is just $5 for non-members and $3 if you join the Pamakids running club.

Spot are held on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. Thursday night runs leave  at 6:30 pm from the corner of Fell and Cole streets near the panhandle of Golden Gate Park. Saturday morning runs leave from the corner of Carl and Cole at 9 am. These are casual 6 to 12-mile runs you can do at your own pace with occasional tempo runs.

Not only are these runs an excellent way to prepare, they’re a great way to meet other runners who are planning to do the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Good luck and enjoy!

Veteran marathon runner Jodi Thirtyacre works for Kaiser Permanente as the manager of the Department of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at the San Francisco Medical Center. Jodi began running when she was only nine and ran track in high school. She kept up her regimen in college and ran her first marathon at 21. Jodi is the captain of Kaiser Permanente's teams for the Half Marathon and 5K.