Still, for certain runners the time and expense is well worth the investment. These runners can best be described as "dedicated amateurs": People who run and race regularly and are looking to accomplish a specific goal-either a faster time or a longer distance-in 2012.
Of course, a running camp includes a lot of running. This means that participants should be comfortable with higher weekly mileages-typically around 70 miles per week-before the camp begins.
Where Do I Sign Up?
There are dozens of running camps held around the country-and world-every summer. Picking the right one is a matter of matching schedules, focus, and location. Here are a few popular choices:
Craftsbury Marathon Camp: Held in Vermont between July 15 and 21, this seven-day camp is open to runners of all abilities and, at $980, is one of the cheapest week-long options. This would be ideal for a runner looking to complete his or her first marathon in the fall.
Jeff Galloway's Lake Tahoe Running Retreat: Another option for those looking to train for a fall marathon is this camp located at Lake Tahoe, California. Led by Marathon Legend Jeff Galloway, this week long retreat runs between July 13-20 and costs $2045.