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Novice Marathon - 16 Weeks - Saturday Long Run


Lifelong Endurance - Coach Andrew Simmons

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16 Weeks

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Plan Description

This plan maxes out between 40 and 44 miles at the biggest weeks, and starting with a 12 mile long run, peaking with a 22 mile long run. Traditional 2 week taper leading into race day. Optional Half Marathon at 8 and 14 weeks.

This plan offers challenging workouts, workouts designed to help you set your zones, hill workouts, continuous tempos, intervals, and 1 marathon specific long run. For athlete running sub 30:00 5K's most workouts will be inside of 70-80:00. Easy runs max at 6 miles at a time during the week.

This plan has 3 days off during the week. These are flexible days and could be used as crosstraining. The exception is during the peak weeks there are 4 optional 4 mile runs on Sunday's to extend mileage up to 40 miles per week in the peak weeks. All long runs are completed on Saturday's.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
5:31 hrs 4:08 hrs
Day Offx3
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
5:31 hrs 4:08 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • GPS

All supported devices

Andrew Simmons

Lifelong Endurance

Coach Andrew Simmons draws from certification, experience, and hard science to help athletes achieve there goals. Andrew specializes in working with distance runners looking to conquer the 5K to the marathon and beyond.

Run Coaching:

  • Road Running (Mile - Marathon)
  • Ultra Running (50K - 100 Mile)
  • Sky Running/ Mountain Running


  • Running Specific Strength and Condtioning
  • Injury Specfic Strength and Conditioning (will work alongside PT team)
  • Running Form and Gait Analysis