Running with the Bruces Official SLO Marathon + Half Training Plans

Maximize your training with Cal Poly alum and professional athlete / coach Ben Bruce and Stephanie Bruce!

2015 & 2017 SLO Half Marathon champion, Cal Poly alum, NCAA All-American, Big West Champion and current professional athlete for the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite team has teamed up with the SLO Marathon + Half to create simple and effective training plans for participants.

Leveraging the innovative Final Surge coaching platform plans are available on the SLO Marathon + Half registration portal powered by Race Roster. Marathon & Half Marathon 20, 16 & 12 week programs are available for purchase for both beginner and intermediate level runners.

Ben says:

I was excited to write these plans as I attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My wife Stephanie went to rival school UC Santa Barbara, but we have put that behind us and LOVE the entire Central Coast. Having gone to Cal Poly, I am very familiar with the course and in fact I have run every inch of it at some point in time. The course even goes past the three places I lived in while calling #RaceSLO Town home!

As you prepare for the race, remember that being constant in training is more important than any one workout. So if you miss a day here and there, do not beat yourself up, just get laced back up and move forward. Just as important in ensuring your success, know that one great workout or one bad workout is not going to make or break your performance come race day. It is the accumulation of the easy runs, the long runs, the specific workouts and being mentally positive that will get you fully prepared for the best experience.

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