Training Tips

New to running or need a boost during training? Find helpful training tips, nutrition and other advice to get you moving in the right direction. We’re here to help so if you need further assistance, please reach out to us at and we’ll help connect you to the right place. Happy running!

Getting Started

Training for the 2021 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival?

Consider joining a Luke’s Locker Training Program to reach your distance goals, whether you are training for a 5K, 10K, Relay, Half Marathon or Marathon. They can help guide you to train safely and set realistic goals to make this a fun, life changing experience.

Here are some fundamental building blocks of training for a marathon or half marathon:

Have A Good Base. Aim for running 4-6 days per week depending on your level of experience. For beginners you should be running 25-30 miles per week for marathons, 10-15 miles per week for a half marathon.

Run Long Once a Week. This prepares you physically and mentally for the distance. This should be done at conversational pace for most of us, especially beginners. Aim to increase by 1 mile per week, or 2 miles every other week, building in a “fall back” week every 2 or 3 weeks as recovery. Build your long runs gradually to peak with the longest run of 20-22 miles 2 or 3 weeks prior to race day.

Weekday Shorter/Faster Workouts. These workouts will help increase aerobic capacity and make those long runs feel easier! You can incorporate mile repeats, longer “tempo” runs that can range from 3-6 miles and hill repeats of running quickly up & downhill for 2, 3x 10-minute blocks with 5-minute recovery which will help strengthen and help form efficiency as well as gain mental toughness.

Recovery, Rest and Tapering. These are essential ingredients in any training program. If you are not reaching your long run and shorter/faster workout goals, you may be running too hard on recovery/easy days. Rest days (at least one per week) means NO RUNNING OR WORKOUTS. Tapering for race day starts 2-3 weeks out by decreasing weekly long run miles in half and keeping weekday miles short with some speed to keep the legs fresh and primed to race!

Good luck in your training and we’ll see you for our 50th anniversary taking place December 10 – 12, 2021!

Finding the Right Shoe

Running shoes will be one of your most loyal companions you’ll have getting to your goal.  Some runners hit it off just great and seem to have synergetic dependence with their shoes.  And others, not so much.  These runners flounder in and out of brands and model types and when they almost get close, the model changes and issues creep in.

Today’s running shoes can fit different running styles, speeds and how your biomechanics change when fatigued.

There are many ways to manage overuse injuries through footwear:

  • Overlapping and alternating your working model
  • Diversifying your stress with different brands or models within the same structural family
  • Having a recovery cruiser or a speed race day shoe in the mix

Even if all has been well, the industry has many moving parts.  Running shoes are ever-evolving. As we age and implement other fitness activities, both mobility and joint stability change.

Visit with a Luke’s Locker Shoe Guru at either the Dallas or Fort Worth location to help you find a shoe that meets the shape you’re in and helps find adaptive solutions over the length of your training program.

Basic running shoe knowledge:

  • Core Running Trainers last 350-400 miles
  • Lightweight Trainers last 200-300 miles
  • Rotating shoes can gain about 50 miles a pair
  • A well fitted shoe will become an issue when the product needs to be replaced
  • A re-evaluation is needed if problems show up after a two-week break in period
  • Overlapping shoes can help with model transition and help you recognize when a shoe is at its end.
  • Lacing techniques allow the shoe to behave differently
  • Running shoes are sized to your arch length, not your foot length
  • No human has the same size foot, the common margin of difference is a half size (1/8”)
  • Most 6-month running programs would need 2-3 pairs of shoes to cover the training

Blisters are a product of friction. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Eliminate cotton socks as it binds when wet; try a good wicking sock
  • Try a different shape shoe
  • Try variations of lacing
  • Use anti-blister lubricants

Train with UCAN

The perfect partner to help get you through the long runs

Using UCAN products throughout your training will give you steady, long-lasting energy for your workouts to help you finish stronger. Make your calories count with UCAN and eliminate the need to rely on sugary sports fuels before, during, and after your run.

Per-run: Drink UCAN Performance Energy 30 minutes before your run. 1 serving of our stomach-friendly fuel delivers 90+ minutes of sustained energy with no spikes and no crash. Try a UCAN Bar instead if you prefer to eat your pre-run snack.

Post-run: Refuel with UCAN Performance Energy + Protein for a mix of energy-sustaining carbohydrates to prevent a post-run crash + protein to repair and rebuild your muscles.

Ready to see what runners are buzzing about? Visit HERE for more information and to try UCAN today!