SportMe Run Trainer FAQs

By Matt Forsman A.K.A. Marathon Matt, June 10, 2016


Congratulations on starting your training! Understandably, it might be a bit intimidating to train for your first (or fiftieth) race.

We imagine you may have a number of questions. Below is a summary of many of the common questions (and answers) people have when beginning their training.

Can I do this?

We’d say you likely can, but nothing is promised. Running is a demanding, high impact sport. One footstrike can generate 3-5 times your bodyweight in impact force.

So, you want to make sure you’re training properly. That’s where we come in. Between the custom schedule provided by SportMe and access to Marathon Matt, you’re well positioned to pull this off.

So, we think you absolutely CAN do this! Know that we are here to help you if you encounter any challenges.

What’s the general approach/methodology you employ with your training schedules?

There are a few words that come to mind….gradual, progressive, and methodical. Rome was not built in a day. This is how you want to train.

Your schedule reflects this approach. Your schedule also takes into account your goals, target race, current mileage, and a few other key data points.

Whether you’re new to the sport of running or a seasoned veteran, it takes time for your body to adapt and become better equipped to handle the demands of running. Hence, a gradual approach is always wise.

I don’t want to get injured. Can you help me avoid injuries?

As mentioned earlier, running generates 3-5 times your body weight in impact force PER footstrike.

It’s not hyperbole to characterize running as an EXTREME sport. There’s a reason why it’s one of the fastest/easiest ways to burn calories, running asks a LOT of you!

We wish we could guarantee you will never get injured, but we’d be doing you a disservice by providing you this guarantee. Even the best runners on the planet with the best resources at their disposal still get injured. The good news is most aggravations and injuries can be overcome.

Here’s our advice….listen to the messages your body sends you. If it feels like something is ‘off’, it might be. Dull, aching pain that waxes and wanes is ‘likely’ something minor that can be treated with rest, ice, massage, foam rolling, and/or perhaps a quality sports massage.

But, if you’re feeling pain that is sharp, intense, searing, or excruciating, seek medical attention immediately and abstain from running.  

If you’re not sure about what’s going on, you can reach out to Marathon Matt via ‘Ask a Trainer’ and he will do his best to help assess what’s going on. Please bear in mind; Marathon Matt is NOT a medical professional.

What if I want to learn about injury prevention, nutrition/hydration, biomechanics/form, or something else related to my training?

You will receive a newsletter from us twice a month (typically) that contains a section dedicated to covering things like injury prevention, nutrition, and a number of topics relevant to your training.

Independent of this, you can always reach out to Marathon Matt via ‘Ask a Trainer’ and he will give you what you need!

We also maintain an awesome blog with TONS of great information that will likely help you. Click here to take a look at it.

What else is in the email newsletter?

You will get some ‘runspiration’, learn more about some awesome runners in the SportMe Run Trainer community, and more!


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