Get Your Roll On: Training for a Quad Skating Half Marathon!

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Hey, skaters! Are you ready to take your quad skating skills to the next level?

Are you eager to complete a half marathon?

Lace up, because I’ve got the ultimate guide to help you train for this epic adventure!

First things first: what’s a quad skating half marathon, you ask? It’s a 13.1-mile race on quad skates.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How long do I need to train for this beast of a race?” Well, my friend, the answer is: it depends! ? Are you a total newbie to quad skating? Or are you a seasoned skater looking to level up your game? Either way, I’ve got you covered!

Total newbie! If you’re a newbie, training to skate a marathon is not for you, Not yet!! What I want you to do is get into our beginner class, once you’re through beginner class you’ll join Speed & Agility, this is where you’re going to learn all the skills you will need to start your outdoor skating journey.

Here’s a general training plan to get you started:

Phase 1: Building a Foundation (Week 1) Start with short sessions (20-30 minutes) Focus on the basic speed & agility skills like stopping fast, turning fast, skating over cracks, changing levels from street to side walks, practice lots of stops. Every thing you have been working on in Speed & Agility it’s time to see how you do with concrete, cracks, debris and level changes. Gradually increase your skating distance and time.
**And for the love of God please be lifting heavy weights / strength training for injury prevention and power** If you need help with your off skate game contact our sponsor Hill Top Fitness

Phase 2: Building Endurance (Weeks 2) Skate for 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week * add some interval training (alternate between fast and slow pace)

Phase 3: Building Speed and Strength (Weeks 3) * Skate for 45-60 minutes, 3-4 times a week * Incorporate sprints and longer intervals *

Phase 4: Taper and Prepare (Week 4)

All right so there you have it that’s a short and sweet plan. You can draw this plan out from four weeks to 8 weeks to 12 weeks, Don’t forget to add your nutrition in, your resistance training, strength training mobility, injury prevention training. Basically if you’re at this level you have the skills you need. You just need to be consistent, and if you need a community of other skaters taking on this challenge, join our Facebook group for this very specific challenge of distance skating!

Congratulations on taking on this challenge! You are doing the best thing ever for your cardiovascular and mental health!