Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When can I join San Jose FIT?
    The 2017 program will start on Saturday April 22, 2017, registration will open early January 2017.
  2. I’m not a member. Do you allow drop-ins? San Jose FIT does not have a drop-in program unless you are a visiting member of another USA FIT program. Our all-inclusive membership covers our seminars, coaching, and training runs/walks.
  3. What is San Jose FIT? San Jose FIT is a 26-week marathon and half-marathon running and walking program. It is part of USA Fit, which developed and runs this program in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 20 years.  The program includes Saturday morning seminars and group runs/walks with experienced coaches at multiple paces, weekly training schedule and Fit Newsletter, mid-week track and  hill workouts (optional), event and store discounts, and more.
  4. Who should join? San Jose FIT is perfect for anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves, wants to exercise and make new friends, wants to increase their body strength and stamina, wants to look and feel better, or simply wants to get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport.
  5. When is the San Jose FIT season? The official San Jose FIT season is the six months prior to our target race (to be announced soon). This usually runs from April through October.
  6. Where is the training? We meet at the  Los Gatos High School tack bleachers in Los Gatos, CA. every Saturday morning at 7:30 AM sharp for a seminar or pep talk with our coaches.  After that we begin our training on the nearby Los Gatos Creek Trail.
  7. How do I get to Los Gatos High School (LGHS)?  Check our map or Google’s map or follow these directions:
    • From CA-17 S, take the exit toward E. Los Gatos
    • Merge onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd
    • Turn right onto Los Gatos Blvd
    • Turn right onto Simmons Way
    • Turn Left onto New York Ave
    • Parking will be on the left
  8. Can walkers participate? Walkers are welcome! We have a wonderful walking program that will enable you to complete the Morgan Hill Marathon.
  9. Are you affiliated with a charity? San Jose FIT is not associated with a charity, and you do not need to raise money to participate in this program. There are several good marathon training programs where raising money for a charity is part of the program. While these can be effective and rewarding, we realize that it’s not for everyone, and it may be impossible to do year after year. Some of our members choose to raise money for a charity, independently of our program.
  10. How did all this come about? It all began in Houston about 24 years ago with 50 runners, two guys, and an idea that runners needed some guidance and training to achieve their marathon goals.
  11. What is an ability-based color group? San Jose FIT consists of five pace groups: Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, and Purple (walkers). You will be placed in the group that best suits your training pace. For example, if you train at a 9-10 minute per mile pace, you will be a member of the Yellow group. This system works because it allows you to train with those who are at your ability level.
  12. What color group will I be in? Our first weekend are one- or three-mile pace finder walks or runs. Your time for pace run/walk will place you in a color group. You should walk or run at a pace at which you feel you could keep going for a little bit beyond those one or three miles. If you couldn’t keep walking or running after completing our initial pace finder, then you are going too fast. All walkers are in our Purple group regardless of pace.
  13. Why should I walk or run my one or two mile time trial slower when I can go faster? Simply because you are training for a marathon, not a one- or three-mile race. Walking or running too fast will seriously compromise your training season. If you find your correct training pace from the beginning, you will complete the marathon in less time, you will experience fewer injuries, and you will have a lot more fun.
  14. What are the weekly seminars? Each Saturday, before the group training begins, we’ll hold a 30 minute educational seminar. Topics will all be health- and fitness-related and will be led by industry professionals. After each seminar, you will break off into your color groups for a brief talk and question-and-answer with your coach.
  15. What happens on any given Saturday? We run or walk with our groups before after each seminar. The seminar will start at 7:30 AM sharp every Saturday. After the seminar, we usually meet with our color groups for a few minutes to talk with the coaches, ask questions, make plans for the next week, etc. Before the weekend, you will be given the starting time for your color group (available on this site in the Schedules section).
  16. Who created our schedule? Our schedule comes from the great folks at Houston FIT. For over 24 years, they have been training people all over the country just like us. Everybody has a different marathon philosophy, but ours has been tested literally tens of thousands of times.
  17. Do we get discounts on shoes? There will be more information to come.
  18. How can I sign up? Signups open January for the 2017 season. You can sign up online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page, or in person at the orientation in April.
  19. How much does it cost? San Jose FIT’s 26-week training 2017 program costs only $125 for new members and $95 for returning USA FIT members. Optional Core and ATP classes are each $25 additional.
  20. What is included for the sign-up fee?
    • Ability-based group workouts and coaching
    • Training log
    • Weekly seminars
    • Weekly training schedules
    • San Jose FIT T-shirt
    • Discounts at sports apparel stores
    • Social activities and more!
  21. When are the in-person sign-up sessions? We will have in-person registration for one day, on April 22, 2017 at 7:30 AM near the Los Gatos High School baseball bleachers in Los Gatos, CA.  If you cannot make this time, on-line registration will be open in January until May 29, 2017 midnight.  Since information like your e-mail and shirt size is collected during registration, we recommend the on-line method. However, we strongly encourage attendance in April 2017 as it’s the official start of the season.
  22. What happens at the sign-up session and season kickoff? The sign-up session include sign-ups, a short time trial run or walk which helps place you in the correct training group, and an orientation seminar.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend the orientation/sign-up sessions in April as the seminar will cover different information. The sign-up session takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
  23. Can I pay with a credit card? Yes. Register online by clicking on the red “Register Now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit card. We cannot accept credit cards at our in-person sign-up, so please sign up online with your credit card online or bring cash or check to the in-person sign-up.
  24. Do I have to attend the orientation session? If possible, we’d like you to attend the season kickoff and in person sign up on April. We will cover all the details of how the program works the first week and put you into your groups. We will also be having an informative seminar on how the program works and will introduce everyone to our coaching staff.
  25. I can’t make it to the first weekend. Should I still sign up? Yes, you should still sign up! We’d like you to attend the first week for the reasons outlined in the previous Q&A, but we know not everyone can make it to week 1. That’s why we have online registration.
  26. I missed the orientation, what should I do? don’t worry. Come on Saturday at 7:10 AM and introduce yourself to any one of our coaches – they will help you find your group and coaches.
  27. Does entry into San Jose FIT include entry into the marathon? No, your payment to San Jose FIT only covers the cost of your participation in the training program. We are not affiliated with the Morgan Hill Marathon in any way — we just train for it. We will provide information about how to sign up for the Morgan Hill Marathon.
  28. How much training does this program involve? Realizing that most people lead very busy lives, this program is one that can easily fit into your schedule. For the most part, the program calls for running or walking only four days a week. Your long run or walk will usually take place on Saturday with your group. The day after your long run/walk is always a rest day. During the week, you run or walk for time only (i.e., 30 minutes), not for distance.
  29. What does 20 on the weekly schedule (during the week) mean? Are we running 20 miles?During the week, we run for minutes. So if the schedule says “30” on a Tuesday, you should run or walk 30 minutes. Do this at a comfortable pace unless instructed to do otherwise. On the weekends, we do miles, so the schedule will say four miles. Listen to your coaches for guidance on running these miles each week
  30. Do I have to be there every week? While those long runs and walks are a lot easier when you’re doing them with the group, we know there are times when you won’t be able to make a weekend meeting. The seminars are important, so be sure to speak with your coach or running buddies about what you missed. In our experience, the success of our members is directly proportional to their ability to attend our weekend trainings. If you do have to miss a week, check this website for the next week’s schedule.
  31. Can we participate in races during training? Sure! In fact, the entire group will be participating in three races this season. You certainly don’t have to be competitive about it, but it’s fun to run or walk in a different place, get a race number, and cross the finish line.
  32. What if I travel during my training? Can I attend USA FIT programs in other cities? Absolutely. USA FIT has programs in over 50 cities around the world, and you are welcome to attend any USA FIT meeting anywhere.
  33. Could I win the marathon? Of course you could. However, most likely you’ll get a nice T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bragging rights, and a lot of cheers from spectators and coaches.
  34. What if I want to find out more? Send us an e-mail at info@sanjosefit.com