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2016 New Year Special!
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Sale Ends January 18th!
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It's a new year so if you have your mind set on losing weight, getting stronger, running faster and owning new personal records In Flight can help! During our new year sale we are offering great discounts on our 2016 walking and run coaching programs from the 5K to marathon level. If you want to fine tune your running we aer also offering great deals on VO2 max and metabolic testing services, video gait analysis and strength training for runners.

For a full lineup of our early, early bird new year special click on the link below. These offer end on January 18th so register today and lock down your training and ways to improve your running in 2016 now.

Have questions about any of our training programs, strength sessions or services? Then call Coach Michael at 713-523-2577 or email him at

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5K/10K "Launch" Training Program For Walkers & Runners
Registration Now Open For Our Winter Training Season - Jan 17th - April 10th
Group Runs/Walks - Tuesdays 6:30 PM - Saturdays 7:15 AM
Register Here While Spots Remain!

In Flight "Launch" Winter 5K/10K training program kicks off on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Get the same great support and coaching as our marathon/half marathon program with this 12 week program that welcomes walkers and runners of all skill levels and gets you trained up for a 5K or 10K holiday goal race during November. Whether you just want to get off the couch and recommit to your fitness, run or walk your first race, return to the sport of running after a break or improve your current 5K or 10K time this is the program for you!

The Launch program includes 2 group workouts a week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, online training schedules accessible via a phone app, 10% discount at Houston area Fleet Feet sports running stores, dry fit training T shirt, online video running instruction series, coaches to help lead the way at group workouts and all the team camaraderie you need to reach your finish line.

Register during early registration before January 18th and save $15 off registration. Regular pricing kicks in on January 19th and registration is open through week #3, February 2nd.

For more information or to register on-line check out the links below. Program is capped at 75 participants so register today to reserve your spot on our winter training team now. If you have questions about our 5K/10K program email us at info@inflightrunning or call Coach Michael Merlino at 713.523.2577.

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Spring PR Program - Off Season Marathon/Half Training
Early Registration Now Open For Our Spring PR Program - Feb 27th - May 14th
Group Long Runs - Saturdays 7:15 AM - Morning Speed & Hill Training Also Available
Register Here While Spots Remain!

Keep that running momentum going that you worked so hard for or rebuild your base for our upcoming marathon season with our Spring PR program. This twelve week training season offers supported Saturday long runs with options to add morning Monday speed/track and Wednesday hill training. Focus on our spring program is on maintaining or building a solid base, maintaining long run mileage and improving shorter distance race times at the 5K and 10K level.

Runners training for late spring marathons and half marathons like San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, etc. are provided with online training schedules.

Register for our Spring PR program or bundle it with our 2016-17 for the best deal with our "Year Pass" option>

Early, early bird registration pricing continues through January 18th so register today and save!

For more information or to register on-line check out the links below. If you have questions about our 5K/10K program email us at info@inflightrunning or call Coach Michael Merlino at 713.523.2577.

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2016-17 Distance Program - Marathon & Half Marathon Training
Early Registration Now Open!
Register Through January 18th For A Great Deal
Choose Your Race Goal - We'll Get You Ready!

Registration is now open for our 2016-17 programs included our 12 week "Spring PR" program which starts on February 27th and our 38 week "Distance" marathon & half marathon training season which starts in on May 28t, 2016. Register during early, early bird registration during January and get the best possible deal on 2016 programs. Or you can bundle our spring and regular season programs for an entire year of training with our "Year Pass" option.

In Flight Running offers the longest, continuous training season in Houston with our marathon training season program which kicks off on May 28, 2016 and runs through February 190, 2017. The sooner you join the more training you can get in for that next goal marathon or half marathon race. Pick your goal races and we provide comprehensive on-line training schedules, full fluid support during long runs, awesome support, excellent coaching, webinars and more to help you get ready for that next big race goal.

Train for our hometown Houston Marathon/Half in January, the early fall series of major, national 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, 38 week season allows beginners to build a solid running base and veteran marathoners to train for earlier fall races like New York City and Chicago and run multiple races within the same training season.

For more information on our programs email us at info@inflightrunning or call Coach Michael Merlino at 713.523.2577 or register at the link below:

To Learn More About Our Programs Check Out This Info Webinar With In Flight Head Coach & Founder Michael Merlino

If you need serious coaching and awesome support we've got it!

  • Runners of all skill levels and paces are welcome!
  • A welcoming group of over 200 members means more running friends and the camaraderie you need to keep you accountable!
  • Online comprehensive and progressive race training schedules accessible online or via a smart phone app
  • Daily email alerts that remind you what workouts and mileage are on the schedule for a rolling two days
  • In Flight Running phone app with group run check in, weather alerts, notifications of member news & access to In Flight webinars and radio show episode replays
  • One on one "coffee talks" available with head coach Michael Merlino to help you with your training and racing strategy
  • Fully supported Saturday long runs including fluid stations/trucks (iced down water and Gatorade) every 2 - 2.5 miles
  • Sag wagon service to take you back to your car if needed
  • Key drop service at homebase - we'll watch your keys while you run your long run
  • Licensed, certified massage therapists available at homebase after each long run
  • Live and on demand webinars & Q&As so you can learn more about running 24/7 where ever you are
  • Stellar Houston Marathon/Half race day support with 6 team cheering/aid stations on the course to propel you to the finish line!

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Join In Flight Running founder and Head Coach. Michael Merlino, every Friday at 11am central time for the In Flight Running internet radio show on the Voice America Health & Wellness Radio Channel. Join Michael and his guests as they help you navigate your way towards becoming a better runner. Use the show episode player to the left to check out episodes now or hit the links below from his more popular show episodes.

The show is live and on demand on line on Michael's show host page or via the Voice America Radio app. It is also available via Podcast. Check out the links below for the most convenient way for you to access the show.

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Listen To Our Most Popular Episodes Here

12/19/14 - Tech Gadgets & Gear Review For Running & Fitness

01/16/15 - What You Need To Know Before Training For Your First Marathon

02/13/15 - Running Gait, Foot Types & Common Running Injuries

02/20/15 - Determining Proper Run Pacing For Training & Racing

03/06/15 - Run Faster With Interval Training

04/10/15 - The Houston Marathon: An Interview With Race Director Brant Kotch

04/24/15 - Dream Big With Your Running: 2015 Boston Marathon Recap

05/01/15 - Getting Prepared For Marathon Training Season

05/15/15 - Shoe & Gear Review Update: Lindsey Perkins with Fleet Feet Rice

05/22/15 - Long Run Training Tips

06/19/15 - Marathon Training & Racing Mistakes To Avoid




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