Training Programs

Marathon Program

Our 2016-2017 season ended with the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Our 2017-2018 program will culminate with the Austin Marathon in February 2018.

Traditional Half Program

This is designed for the beginning runner or those returning from some time away from running.  The 23 weeks are devoted to slowly building mileage toward the target event.  There is a running group;  a run/walk group information and a walking option. The half marathon ended with the Louisiana Half Marathon in Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, January 5, 2017; this season will have us running the Austin Half Marathon in February 2018.

“Double Half” Program

We offer the opportunity for runners to train for two half marathons in their season. If you have any questions about whether this is a good fit for you contact the Head Organizer at  In the 2016-2017 season this group ran the Log Jammer Half in Shreveport and the Louisiana Half in Baton Rouge. In 2017-2018 the Double Half group will run the Log Jammer or Dallas or Mississippi Gulf Coast Half marathons which all occur the 2nd weekend of December 2017. They will then go on to the Austin Half in February 2018.

Running Programs (Marathon and Half Marathon groups):

Whether preparing for the full or the half marathon distance participant receive frequent educational seminars and a training program with a structure to meet your experience levels and abilities.

At the start of each season, trainees will participate in a 2-3 mile timed run to determine the placement that best matches their ability.  Over the course of our time together  we’ll advance up to 21 miles for marathoners and 12 miles for half marathoners towards the end of the program. All long runs (and occasional speed work) will be done alongside members of your pace group, so no one trains alone.

The program’s general format is as follows:  Before each Saturday run, members will come together for:

  • the week’s announcements and/or seminar on key training topics designed to prepare runners for the rigors of this endurance sport,
  • a group warmup and a briefing from the group coach before heading out onto the designated run route.

Members participate in an organized training run each Saturday morning with runners of similar training paces. Each group is designated by a color.

Members adhere to a schedule of 3-4 mid-week training runs. Those runs are built with busy lifestyles in mind, so they keep members moving toward their goals while requiring only a moderate amount of time on the road.

Speed training sessions, hill training sessions, and/or tempo runs will be incorporated into training once the group has built a sufficient training base to handle it safely and comfortably.

Believe it or not, USA Fit Shreveport members are just like you. Most get involved because they know it’s time to finally get in shape, and for many, that means doing something really different in their lives. They know they have to challenge themselves to step beyond the status quo, because without some accountability and guidance, their efforts might fall flat. Some of our participants are new to running, while others have been doing this for quite some time. But no matter what the individual stories, all share one goal: to get fit and have fun doing it.

USA Fit Shreveport was formed in 2008 with 90 members and now hundreds have completed one or more marathons or half marathons. Many of our members have developed and continued friendships well after the marathon, and continue to run with us year after year, while others have conquered their goals and have challenged themselves to do triathlons up to the Ironman level and ultramarathons.  The sky is the limit!