Ability Based Groups


Get Fit Atlanta  ~The Red Group~ <8:30 min/mile

The Red Group is designed to address the needs of those runners who maintain a pace of 8:30min/mile or faster. It is suitable for anyone looking to run marathons in the 3:10-3:45 range. As such, the Red Group is typically the smallest of the Get Fit Atlanta color groups.  This allows us to take a very personal approach to the training program. With Red Group members typically looking to extend themselves beyond their current capabilities/comfort zones to improve their times, attain stretch goals and qualify for events such as the Boston Marathon, we look to provide very specific feedback on individual training, key areas for improvement and race planning. As is also the case for the rest of Get Fit Atlanta, the approach of the Red Group is to use the first part of the season to build a good, solid base.  As the mileage increases week-by-week, we focus on form and controlled running. The group will run together for the long runs at a steady pace, concentrating on completion of the mileage at an even tempo. As the season continues we look to build on this through addition of tempo running and speedwork on the track, as well as increased pace on the long runs to help develop the additional strength and aerobic capacity necessary to sustain that higher pace for a longer period of time. Members stepping into the Red Group for the first time are consistently improving their marathon times and doing so while minimizing the risk of injury. The Red Group is led by head coach Orlando Daniels (head coach for Thursday night runs in downtown Atlanta).

Get Fit Atlanta ~The Blue Group~ 8:30-10:00 min/mile

The Blue Group is designed to address the needs of those runners who maintain an 8:30-10:00min/mile pace. It is suitable for anyone looking to run marathons in the 3:45-4:20 range. This group is one of the larger of the Get Fit Atlanta training groups. The Blue Group is a very social group that pushes and motivates each other to reach their individual goals. The common goal of a Blue Group member is to run a sub 4:00 hour marathon; a common goal for most marathoners. As is also the case for the rest of Get Fit Atlanta, the approach of the Blue Group is to use the first part of the season to build a good, solid base. As the mileage increases week-by-week we focus on form and controlled running. The group will train together during the long runs at a steady pace and concentrate on completing the mileage at an even tempo. As the season progresses we build on this base by adding tempo running, speed work on the track, and gradually increase pace of the long runs. This helps develop additional strength and aerobic capacity to sustain a faster pace for a long period of time.

Get Fit Atlanta ~The Orange Group~ 10:00-11:30 min/mile

The Orange Group is designed to address the needs of those runners who maintain a 10:00-11:30 min/mile pace. It is suitable for anyone looking to run marathons in the 4:20 - 5:00 range.  The primary goal of the Orange Group is to get you to the marathon finish line with confidence that you can maintain your target pace.  Many experienced runners considering their first marathon choose the Orange Group  because they feel the pace is one they can maintain over a longer distance.  This group is one of the larger of the Get Fit Atlanta training groups. The Orange Road Warriors enjoy running together and helping each other to reach their individual goals. As is also the case for the rest of Get Fit Atlanta, the approach of the Orange Group is to use the first part of the season to build a good, solid running base. As the mileage increases week-by-week, you will learn to run at a pace that will leave you the energy to complete your race. This means running more slowly at the beginning of each run and increasing to a steady, but sustainable, tempo. The group will train together during the long runs.  As the season progresses we may break into smaller groups of similiar paces, and will add tempo running and speed work on the track. These elements will make you a better runner by creating greater speed and endurance.

Get Fit Atlanta ~The Yellow Group~ 11:30-13:00 min/mile

The Yellow Group is designed to address the needs of those runners looking to maintain an 11:30-13:00 min/mile pace through running or run/walk intervals. It is suitable for anyone looking to run marathons in the 5:00-5:40 range. The primary goal of the Yellow Group is to get you to the marathon finish line with confidence and without injury.  Many new runners choose the Yellow Group because the pace is comfortable over a long distance.  As is also the case for the rest of Get Fit Atlanta, the approach of the Yellow Group is to use the first part of the season to build a good, solid base. As the mileage increases week-by-week, we focus on form and controlled running. You will learn to run at pace that will leave you the energy to complete your race. This means running more slowly at the beginning of each run and increasing to a steady, but sustainable, tempo. The group will train together during the long runs.  As the season progresses we will break into smaller groups of similar paces, add tempo running, speed work on the track and gradually increase the pace of the long runs. This will make you a better runner by creating greater and endurance on top of a solid foundation. The Yellow Group head coach is Karen Kaye

Get Fit Atlanta ~The Purple Group~ >13:00 min/mile

The Purple Group is designed to address the needs of those runners and walkers looking to maintain a 13:00 min/mile pace (or higher) through running, walking or run/walk intervals. It is suitable for anyone looking to complete marathons in 5:40 or longer. The primary goal of the Purple Group is to improve your health and fitness and help you to the get to the marathon finish line with confidence and without injury.  The focus of the Purple Group is developing a comfortable pace that you can maintain over long distances. As is also the case for the rest of Get Fit Atlanta, the approach of the Purple Group is to use the first part of the season to build a good, solid base. As the mileage increases week-by-week, you will learn what pace will leave you the energy to complete your race. The group will train together during the long runs.  As the season progresses we will break into smaller groups of similar paces, add tempo running, speed work on the track and gradually increase the pace of the long runs. This will make you more fit have greater endurance on top of a solid foundation.

Get Fit Atlanta ~The Green Group~ Half Marathoners

The Green Group is the Half Marathon group comprised of ALL different levels from the beginner walker or runner who desire to focus on the half marathon distance.  We have a great training program that will help you reach your race goals by providing a good mix of intensity, strength and aerobic work. Whether this is your first time running 13.1 miles or you just want to break your personal best time, we have programs designed that will help you reach your truest potential.

With the Green Group you will find that it is an easy way to train for a long distance event without having to endure the distance of a full marathon.  It is also a great way to train if you have a busy and hectic schedule and you don’t have enough time to run those longer distances.

For the beginner, our program is designed so that you will complete your race regardless of pace or time.  We will provide you with weekly customized training schedules that consist of a variety of different trainings sessions which include long runs, intervals sessions and cross training ideas.

Since the Green Group is a combination of different pace groups, some members will run with their appropriate pace group within the marathon group, breaking off early or starting later to reflect their reduced mileage compared to full marathon training.

If you are ready to train for a half marathon, this program is the one for you.