BSX Athletics: Intermediate Marathon - 3 to 6.25 Hours per Week

Average Weekly Training Hours 03:02
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 03:02
Training Load By Week

Choose this training plan if you’re prepared to run five times per week in pursuit of a faster marathon time. The plan is 18 weeks long and includes five lactate threshold tests, in Weeks 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15. These tests are opportunities to use BSX Insight to measure your progress and adjust your training zones. Be sure to complete a lactate threshold test before you start the plan in order to establish your initial zones. You should also be able to run comfortably for at least 6 miles before you start. Like all BSX Insight/Matt Fitzgerald Training Plans, the Beginner Half Marathon Plan is based on the 80/20 Rule, which stipulates that 80 percent of total training time is spent at low intensity and the remaining 20 percent at moderate and high intensities. This approach is scientifically proven to produce better results for runners of all levels. See for yourself!

Sample Day 1
0:35:00
Speed Play 35 (6x20)

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 2. Then run for 30 minutes in Zone 2, sprinkling 6 efforts in Zone 5 lasting 20 second each throughout this segment. It doesn't matter when you do these efforts, but be sure to allow enough time to fully recover from each before you start the next one.

Sample Day 2
0:40:00
Foundation Run 40

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1. Then run for 35 minutes in Zone 2.

Sample Day 3
0:35:00
Fast Finish Run 35 (5)

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1. Then run for 25 minutes in Zone 2. Then run for 5 minutes in Zone 3.

Sample Day 5
0:40:00
Foundation Run 40

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1. Then run for 35 minutes in Zone 2.

Sample Day 6
6mi
Long Run 6

Warm up for 0.5 mile in Zone 1. Then run for 5.5 miles in Zone 2.

Sample Day 8
0:40:00
Speed Play 40 (6x30)

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 2. Then run for 35 minutes in Zone 2, sprinkling 6 efforts in Zone 5 lasting 30 second each throughout this segment. It doesn't matter when you do these efforts, but be sure to allow enough time to fully recover from each before you start the next one.

Sample Day 9
0:40:00
Foundation Run 40

Warm up for 5 minutes in Zone 1. Then run for 35 minutes in Zone 2.