How do I design a training program for a half marathon? Just ask my coworker Dr. Kristen Lattimore! As the resident running/endurance athlete specialist here at SPARK, Kristen asked me to design a training program in preparation for the Norfolk Half Marathon we will be running on November 20th. There are many components I take into consideration when designing a program for runners. The main elements include:

  1. Goals
  2. The runner’s medical and training background
  3. Time frame for training
  4. Types of workouts within a training program

In my following blogs, I will go into detail on each of these elements so you can see exactly how I put the numbers together. You will also be able to see what is specific to Kristen that I needed to keep in mind when designing her program in order to set her up for success and decrease the risk of injury. Stay tuned over the next few weeks so you don’t miss out on the details!

Follow Kristen and me during our build up to the Norfolk Half! We’ll be incorporating our progress into our blogs and social media updates so tune in and reach out with questions, comments or let us know if you’ll be there running too!


Dr. Ivy L. Jordan, PT, DPT, CSCS                                   

Performance Physical Therapist / Running Performance Specialist

Dr. Jordan received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She competed for four years in cross-country and track and field while attending UMary with areas of specialty in the 1500/1600m, 3000m, 5000m and 3000m steeplechase. She continues to be an avid runner who has a strong interest in working with the running population, whether it’s achieving a personal record or taking the first step towards joining the running community. Dr. Jordan is also a high school cross-country and track and field coach specializing in distance events.

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