Welcome To In Flight Running!
Houston Run Coaching - 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Marathon Training Programs
Early Bird Registration Now Open Through March 16th For Our 2014-15 Marathon/Half Marathon Season
Marathon & Half Marathon Training Program
Registration Now Open!
Register Before March 16th & Save During Early Bird Pricing
Choose Your Race Goal - We'll Get You Ready!
Early registration for our our 2014-15 marathon & half marathon training season is now open. Training starts on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Pick your goals race and we provide comprehensive
on-line training schedules and great coaching and support to get
you to the finish line line of your next race.
In Flight now offers the
longest, continuous marathon training season in Houston at 40 weeks. Train for the Houston Marathon/Half, the
early fall series races of major races (Chicago, San Antonio,
New York, Marine Corps DC etc.) or winter races (Dallas, Vegas Rock n Roll, Houston, Miami, Sugarland, Woodlands, Austin, New Orleans RnR, Fort Worth etc.) Our long, 40 week season allows beginners to build a solid running base and veteran marathoners to train for and race multiple races within the same training season.
Want to learn more about us get your questioned answered by owner/ head coach Michael Merlino? Then contact us below to register for an info meeting or live 15 minute webinar to review or program and ask questions.
would be glad to answer your training or running
questions and get you started today!
- View a 15 minute, live webinar with coach Michael at your convenience
- Attend An Info Meeting - RSVP for an upcoming info meeting at the Fleet Feet Rice Village store
- Call us at 713.523.2577
- Email us at email@example.com
- FAQs - Check out some frequently asked questions by other runners about our programs
- Register Now - Ready to get started? Register before March 16th and save on all marathon/half marathon training programs. Limited discounted spots so hurry! We offer a 100% money back guarantee for the first 30 days of our program so you have nothing to loose!
"No Boundaries" 5K/10K Training Programs For Walkers & Runners
Group Runs/Walks - Thursdays 6:00 PM Fleet Feet Rice - Saturdays 8:30 AM Memorial Park
12 Week Spring/Summer Season Starts On May 1st
Register Here While Spots Remain!
In Flight is thrilled to be coaching the only dual 5K/10K training program in Houston called "No Boundaries". No Boundaries is sponsored nationally by New Balance shoes and Fleet Feet store. It is a 12 week training program for runners and walkers of all skill levels who want to train for a 5K (3.1 mile) or 10K (6.2 mile) race.
The purpose of the program is to introduce participants to the benefits of the sport of running, o encourage healthier lifestyles and also help runners of all skill levels take their running to the next level. “No Boundaries” offers 6 different training schedule levels from 5K walkers to 10K intermediate runners who are looking to improve their fitness level, lose weight, get back into shape or tackle that new personal record (PR). The program has been featured in Runner's World Magazine, Self Magazine and Family Circle Magazine as a great way to jumpstart a fitness or running program.
"We are thrilled to be coaching this training program for Fleet Feet Sports Houston", commented In Flight coach head coach, Michael Merlino. "This will allow true beginners to learn the sport of running from experienced coaches. For those who are already experienced runners it also give them the tools to take it to the next level and improve race times. No Boundaries is also a great starting point for those who want to get back in shape or build a solid running base before tackling the half marathon or half marathon distances." We highly recommend No Boundaries as prerequisite training for In Flight's marathon and half marathon training program.
For more information or to register on-line check out the links below. Registration for our upcoming spring/summer season is now open and is capped at 75 participants so register today to reserve your spot on the team. If you have questions about No Boundaries email us at info@inflightrunning or call Coach Michael Merlino at 713.523.2577.
Visit The No Boundaries Houston Website For More Info
Register For The Spring/Summer Season Now
Our Training Programs
Our Our mission Is Simple ...
To "Take Your Running To New Heights"!
Whether you want to learn the sport of running from the ground up, take
your running to the next level or earn that elusive
Boston qualifier, In Flight Running can help. Our coaching programs offer a fresh and fun approach to coaching runners. Learn the sports of running, build confidence, lose weight,
get fit, and improve
running speed, efficiency and performance. We focus on coaching runners to run smart to mimimize injury risk.
Race training schedules are designed for runners of all
fitness levels to prepare them for the marathon (26.2 miles) and half
marathon distance (13.1 miles). Specialized training is also available
to help runners prepare for a Boston Marathon qualifying
time or compete in local road races.
If you are a pure road racer at shorter distances (5K, 10K etc.) or just want to
become a faster runner, our hill and speed training
programs will help you improve your pace, run more
efficiently and help you shoot for that next personal
record (PR). These week day interval training workouts
are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners
so you get the training you need without risking injury.
If you are not training with a race goal in mind our
program is a great way to meet new friends, run with a group and learn
how to be a better runner. Professional coaches help
you with the latest, research-based running techniques
and programs available and run with the group during weekly long runs, track workouts and speed training.
Since we started our program in 2004 almost every
one of our runners who has toed the start line for
their goal marathon or half marathon has made it to the finish
line. Most of our experienced marathoners and half
marathoners have completed their races with personal
bests while many of our first timers have enjoyed
respectable races and reached the finish line injury-free.
In Flight Group Run Coaching & Training Programs Include Many Benefits
We think we have some unique benefits lined up for
our participants. Here are the highlights of what
is included in our run coaching programss. The benefits
below may vary depending on the training package.
Saturday Group AM Long Run
The staple of all endurance training, most of our long training runs originate at our
meeting place at Memorial Park. You will never get bored running in our program as we have over 265 routes built in the Greater Houston area. Locations include the
Memorial/Tangle Wood area, Houston Heights, Downtown
Houston, River Oaks, Montrose, Rice University
Campus, Hermann Park, University of Houston Campus,
Terry Hershey Park, Kemah/Seabrook trails and
Huntvsille State Park trails. Each long run includes
coaching during your run with manned water and
Gatorade vehicles every 2-2.5 mils along each running route. routes are accurately mapped out using GPS technology
with route maps and turn by turn directions emailed to members
Member Open Thursday 6:00 PM Fleet Feet Rice Store Run
All members are welcome to join us for a group run from the Fleet Feet
Running Store in Rice Village for a 3 - 6 mile
run around Rice University & Hermann Park..
Program & Schedule(s) For Every Runner
Each participant receives electronic, online training schedules for the goal races they want to run during the season.
Our training schedule system emails runners daily to let them know what is on their training schedule for the next two rolling days. This year training starts on May 21, 2014 and continues
through February 21, 2015. We start 4-8 weeks sooner than most Houston programs to
allow fall marathoners more than enough time
to prepare for October and November races and
give beginners extra training time to build a solid running base.
running a Fall or Winter Marathon like Chicago,
New York, Marine Corp, San Antonio, Dallas or
Honolulu? No problem. We have schedules designed
for all Fall or Winter marathons and half marathons
through early March. Pick your races, get comprehensive
training schedules and train with our group to
reach your race goal.
We also include which days we recommend to do strength training and cardio cross training.
Route E-mail/ Newsletter
Our weekly e-newsletter includes our game plan for our weekly Saturday long run, club news, recommended local races, running tips, articles, upcoming In Flight
events and more.
Private FaceBook Group
All members on FaceBook are invited to participate in our private, membes only FaceBook page. This has proven to be a great way to communicate with members, share articles and local running news and allow members to create small training groups within the group to train with each each other during the week.
Cotton "In Flight" In Training T-shirt
Available in a Gildan brand unisex 50/50 cotton/poly design
Brooks Tech T-shirt or Tank
Available in both men and women's styles. Choice
between a Brooks T-shirt or tank.
Variety is the spice of life and we have found that our runners really like mixing up training locations to prevent boredom. So we vary the training location
and terrain throughout the running season and
take an occasional Saturday long run road trip. Long run roadies may take you to the soft trails
of Huntsville State Park north of Houston, Kemah
and Seabrook's ocean view running trails, West Houston's wooded and hilly Terry Hershey Park, Conroe's rolling hills and more.
All of our long road trips are designed to prevent
long run boredom, experience various running trails
across the Greater Houston area, have fun and
still get some serious training in.
Recommended Races To Prepare For the Houston Marathon & Half Marathon
We are big believers that runners need to practice
running in a race environment and at varied distances
throughout our training season. Long distance runners can
still benefit from shorter races at the 5K & 10K level.
Road racing is a great chance for every runner,
regardless of skill level, to take their new skills
and current fitness level for a test drive every
few weeks and get an "offical time" for their efforts. Every time you run a race you
learn new racing strategies and get more comfortable
running with a crowd. Getting official race times
on our runners at shorter distances (5K and 10K) also gives us more data that we
can use to fine tune each runner's pacing, coaching and
race goals. .
Monthly Seminars & Workshops
There is much more to the sport of running
than meets the eye. So we offer free monthly seminars from
Houston’s top fitness and wellness professionals.
Learn the latest training techniques, injury prevention strategies and nutritional info from fitness trainers, podiatrists,
sports chiropractors, therapists, dietitians and running experts.
Meet New Friends
Long distance running is truly a team sports. Most people are not going to knock down a 20+ mile long run on their own. A great way to hold yourself accountable
to your running goals is to run with others while
under the guidance of coaches who know what it
takes to get you to the finish line. Our group is very diverse with runners
from all age groups, experience levels and
walks of life. You will meet new friends and find your own others to train with that are about your pace. Our group programs give you the
chance to hang out and train with others who love the sport
of running and be coached by people who live and
breathe it. We love running and we want you to
have as much fun as possible every stride you take during each group run..
Annual Group Events & Happy Hours
Talk shop with your running peeps and meet others you would not normally run with during group runs at our monthly Houston area happy hours. A great way to talk a training time out and connect with others in the group. In Flight is a true training program but like to keep a clubby feel also.
20% Welcome Coupon - 10% Ongoing Member
Discount on Running Shoes & Apparel From Fleet
Our lead sponsor, Fleet Feet Sports Houston, is Houston's original running store has 4 convenient
Houston locations (Rice Village, Voss/Woodway, Kirkendahl & Woodlands locations). Shop & get fitted
with experienced staff who truly know and are
passionate about the sport of running. Members get a 20% off welcome coupon to gear up at the beginning of the season and enjoy an ongoing 10% off all all stores during our training season
Marathon & Half Marathon Training Programs
During our 40 week training season we offer
four levels of marathon/half marathon training
options. You choose the mix of running services
you need based on the amount of time you can commit
to training, where your interests lie, your
personal running goals and your budget.
"Excel" - Marathon/Half Marathon
Program - May 31, 2014 - Feb 21, 2015
Sat Long Run Support + Unlimited Weekly Speed, Hills & Strength Training
40 Long Runs - 3+ Workouts Per Week - 72+ Weekday Workouts ( speed, hills and strength training workouts)
Cost: $525.00 - $475.00 if registered before March 16th - Save $50.00!
Our most comprehensive package includes a
weekly Saturday long run along with your choice unlimited hills, speed and strength training workout during the season. Pick and choose any combination and time slot you want each week.
"Essentials 2 " - Marathon/Half
Marathon Program - May 31st - Feb 21
Saturday Long Run Support + 2, Weekly Speed, Hills or Strength Training Workouts
40 Long Runs - 2 Workouts Per Week - 48 Weekday Workouts ( speed, hills or strength training workouts)
Cost: $445.00 - $395.00 if registered before March 16th - Save $50.00!
This package includes a
weekly Saturday long run along with your choice of 2 hills, speed or strength training workouts per week. Pick and choose any combination and time slot you want each week.
"Essentials 1" - Marathon/Half Marathon Program - May 31st - Feb 21
Saturday Long Run Support + 1, Weekly Speed, Hills or Strength Workout
40 Long Runs - 1 Workout Per Week - 24 Weekday Workouts ( speed, hills or strength training workouts)
Cost: $365.00 - $315.00 if registered before March 16th - Save $50.00!
This package includes a
weekly Saturday long run along with your choice of 1 hills, speed or strength training workouts per week. Pick in choose any combination and time slot you want each week.
"Weekend" - Marathon/Half Marathon Program - May 31st - Feb 21
Saturday Long Run Support Only
40 Long Runs - No Mid Week Speed, Hills or Strength
Cost: $265.00 - $215.00 if registered before March 16th - Save $50.00!
This package includes the essential long run support
for those that can only commit to weekday workouts. This package still offers more than enough to get you trained up and ready to go for your goal races.
Speed & Hill Training Workouts - Bought Standalone Without Long Run Support
Speed and hill workouts are bundled with our Excel, Essentials 1 or Essentials 2 packages below or can be purchased a la carte without long run support. You don't have to sign up for one of our marathon/half marathon training programs to purchase on the interval training packages below.
Speed/Track workouts on soft trails or a 1/4 mile
track are essential for improving speed, turnover
and running form. Speed workouts are designed for both beginners and advanced runners with varied workouts for each skill level.
Speed workouts are held on the outer trail of Memorial Park and high school and middle school tracks inside the 610 loop. Speed workouts are held on Mondays at 5:30 AM and 6:00 PM.
Hill workouts are a great way to increase power and strength in both the upper and lower body. The strength gained from hill training increase power, turnover, speed and pace. Hill training dramatically improves cardiovascular endurance and prepares runners for the long marathon/half marathon training season ahead. By mimicking the terrain runners will experience on race courses we not only make them physically stronger but mentally prepare them for the challenges they will face on a race course. Hill workouts are designed for both beginners and advanced runners with varied workouts for each skill level. Hill training is primarily held on the hills of Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and the Sabine bridge on the edge of downtown Houston. Hill workouts are held on Wednesdays at 5:30 AM and 6:00 PM.
"Summer Intervals 1" - Speed/Hills - June 16th - Sep 3rd
1 Workout Per Week - 12 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed or hill workouts)
"Summer Intervals 2" - Speed/Hills - June 16th - Sep 3rd
2 Workout Per Week - 24 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed and hill workouts)
"Fall Intervals 1" - Speed/Hills - Sep 15th - Dec 3rd
1 Workout Per Week - 12 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed or hill workouts)
"Fall Intervals 2" - Speed/Hills - Sep 15th - Dec 3rd
2 Workout Per Week - 24 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed and hill workouts)
"Summer/Fall Interval Combo 1" - Speed/Hills - June 16th - Dec 3rd
1 Workout Per Week - 24 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed or hill workouts)
"Summer/Fall Interval Combo 2" - Speed/Hills - June 16th - Dec 3rd
2 Workouts Per Week - 48 Weekday Interval Workouts ( speed and hill workouts)
To Your Head Coach
A group run
coaching program is not worth much if each individual
does not have full access to coach. This is
even more important for beginners so we offer
full access to head coach, Michael Merlino. So if you have questions or want to talk running strategy feel free to book a conference call, coffee talk or live webinar during our training season.