Tucson 10k Training:  Start Now!

11 July 2017

Here is a 10k training plan designed for runners who are interested in running strong at the TMC Tucson 10k, on September 17. 

Better yet, it will set you up to cruise right into half marathon training for the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon in October.  The coolest thing about this training plan is that you can start at the phase that best fits your training needs (so be sure and read to the very end).  If you have questions or concerns about your 10K or half marathon training, contact coach Tia Accetta (

All training program materials are copyrighted and owned by "Run Tucson."  For permission to duplicate the training programs, please contact us here.

Summer in Tucson: What to do to get in shape

29 June 2017

It's about 5,000 degrees outside in the Old Pueblo, with eggs frying on the sidewalk and eyelids sticking to eyeballs -- not a great time to be a distance runner.  The heat in Tucson will make it hard to run a lot -- your average pace will be as much as 10% slower than when running in moderate temperatures, your lactate levels will increase, your core temperature will be hotter, and your heart rate will increase so that an easy run feels like a tempo workout.  So if you're going to go slower and fee bad, what do you do?\

Well, the first thing is to not worry about performance: give yourself the freedom to feel crummy and to run slower.  It's amazing how freeing it is to let go and not stress about any given run.  

The second thing is to change your plans: instead of worrying about training for a given race, give yourself the chance to build your base.  Run as many easy miles as you can -- go as slow as you need, but get in the weekly volume of easy, conversational pace runs.  

The third thing?  Add cross training -- do an exercise that makes you breath hard for up to 60 minutes and improve your running form by doing any combination of bike riding, swimming, or running in the pool. (Clearly, we don't swim the way we run, but you can breath hard and enjoy the same sort of meditative effect when swimming.)  If you can get to a gym and do the elliptical or similar machine, try to spend 20-45 minutes a day moving and getting your heart rate up.  

Fourth, in Tucson enjoy the many structured activities: do the Monday Night Aquathlons or the Tuesday Night All-Comer Track Meets

Fifth, when all all else fails: wake up early and get the run in before the sun sticks its head out . . . 

Train for the Festival of Miles:  One Mile At a Time.

19 April 2017

The Festival of Miles is Friday, May 26, and we want you to be mile ready!  Whether you’re training for a 1-mile race or a marathon, you grow your fitness one mile at a time.  It's the process of learning to run better that keeps us interested (for many of us even enamored) with running.  If you're new to this process, or coming back from time off, the mile is a perfect distance to embrace.  Once you can run a mile safely and comfortably, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.  Click on the title to find a 5-week training plan.  Let's go run a mile!

Meet Me Downtown 5k Training Plan.

4 April 2017

Be #MMD5k ready on May 27!  

The Meet Me Downtown 5k is on Saturday, May 27.  We want to see you looking confident at the start and finish line of the Meet Me Downtown 5k.

Three Ways to Register for Sunday’s TMC Old Tucson Trail Run

20 January 2017

Three ways to register: 1)  Register here online through 5:00 pm Friday night or in person this weekend:

Saturday, January 21 between 10:00 - 1:00
shirt size first-come, first served

Sunday, January 22 starting at 7:00 am