Class Overview

Run Your First Marathon - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Photo from Vivian Vassall

Do you hope to someday run a half-marathon, but don’t know where to start? Do you enjoy running shorter distances, but 13.1 miles sounds a little daunting? Do you wish to better understand running jargon? Would you like to know how to put together (and follow) a training plan? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” this class is for you!

“Run Your First Half-Marathon” will give you all of the information, tools, and resources you will need to train for and run your first half-marathon, strong and injury-free. Specifically, the class will cover: choosing a great first race (including virtual races), footwear, technical clothing and gear, sticking to a training plan, injury prevention, running form, nutrition, hydration, rest and recovery, developing a positive mindset, and the race itself.

This course is delivered in a two-part lecture format via Zoom, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A during both sessions. You will
be given optional homework between the two sessions including some running exercises and the opportunity to send video footage for feedback on running form, if you so choose.

This class is suitable to both those who have immediate plans to run a half-marathon and those who simply have a desire to run one someday. No experience is necessary.

Enjoy supplemental optional videos and reading material that the instructor will share with you via email. 

When racing season resumes, you will have all of the tools you need to run a half-marathon. Until then you will be able to focus on your training with clarity and motivation. Get ready to check “Run a Half-Marathon” off your bucket list!


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know each step required to train for and to finish a half-marathon, injury-free
  • Be able to find or put together a training plan, and will be provided with tips on how to stick to it, or modify it appropriately
  • Receive guidance on tools and techniques necessary for healthy, safe running and avoiding gimmicks and fads
  • Be familiar with challenges faced by runners during training and during the race itself, and gain tips in how you can address them to finish your race successfully


Who Should Take this Class?

Anyone who:

  • has always wanted to run a half-marathon, but doesn’t know where to start
  • enjoys running shorter distances, but 13.1 miles sounds a little daunting
  • played sports in high school or college, but hasn’t run much since
  • plays sports or is physically active now, but isn’t experienced with distance running
  • wants to join a run club but is afraid they may get left behind
  • enjoys fitness but doesn’t yet consider themselves “runners”
  • is new to fitness and has a desire to learn how to train for a half-marathon

No prior running experience is required! 


Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Vivian Vassall
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $69