Run Boston: Boston Marathon Training Program/20 Weeks [INTERMEDIATE]

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:15
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:15
Training Load By Week

This program is for beginner to intermediate marathon runners preparing for the Boston Marathon. Incorporates strength building workouts and hill structured workouts to prepare for the 4 Newton Hills in Boston. The 20 week program incorporates 4 weeks of Base, 8 weeks of Build, and 5 weeks of peak volume that leads into 3 weeks of tapering. Largest peak volume week tops at 2x marathon distance (~52 Miles). Includes recovery weeks and easy days to rest and harvest gains. There is field testing every six weeks to assess advances. Comes with a companion 70+ page eBook with detailed Boston Marathon course analysis and race logistics, and Running Performance Console spreadsheet based calculators with dashboard.

Sample Day 1
1:15:00
9mi
82TSS
RunBoston | Base | Aerobic

Base Mileage. 75 Minute Run. Exact finishing distance will be intensity defined.

Sample Day 7
1:00:00
RunBoston | Base | XTrain

Cross Training: Cross training is an important part of marathon training.

Here are a list of cross training activities that will help you burn calories, work your aerobic system and minimize the impact stress on your lower body.

Choose a couple of them for your hour of cross training. These can typically be found at most gyms or athletic facilities.

Elliptical
http://youtu.be/hP8wUI0qdaQ

Arc Trainer
http://youtu.be/7L8t8c_-xzs

Rowing Machine/Ergometer

Pool Running
http://bit.ly/TcoS0s


Functional Strength

There are many ways to get strength into your program. Swimming and cycling are examples of ways you can strengthen your legs and core group with minimal impact on your lower body. Here are some examples of workouts that will help increase your functional strength for running.

Swimming

Pull interval repetitions with a pull buoy and paddles. Completed as sprints.

Hard kicks with fins for short intervals

Reverse dolphin/360 dolphin kicks

Flip turns increase core strength

Butterfly enhances upper body strength. Breastroke strengthens hip flexors

Cycling

Hard and short interfals at high resistance help strengthen quadriceps.

Hard gear climbing on hills.

Sample Day 7
0:15:00
Running Drills

Drills: Try these drills in your spare time. They can be done indoors. They'll help re-engineer some of your running biomechanics if they require work Side-to-Side Pendulum http://bit.ly/19KF8y1 Timber http://bit.ly/19KH0ag Timber Drill in Pose http://bit.ly/19KH0ag Pony http://bit.ly/19KH7Th Front Lunge http://bit.ly/1ixUspR

Sample Day 14
1:00:00
RunBoston | Base | XTrain

Cross Training: Cross training is an important part of marathon training.

Here are a list of cross training activities that will help you burn calories, work your aerobic system and minimize the impact stress on your lower body.

Choose a couple of them for your hour of cross training. These can typically be found at most gyms or athletic facilities.

Elliptical
http://youtu.be/hP8wUI0qdaQ

Arc Trainer
http://youtu.be/7L8t8c_-xzs

Rowing Machine/Ergometer

Pool Running
http://bit.ly/TcoS0s


Functional Strength

There are many ways to get strength into your program. Swimming and cycling are examples of ways you can strengthen your legs and core group with minimal impact on your lower body. Here are some examples of workouts that will help increase your functional strength for running.

Swimming

Pull interval repetitions with a pull buoy and paddles. Completed as sprints.

Hard kicks with fins for short intervals

Reverse dolphin/360 dolphin kicks

Flip turns increase core strength

Butterfly enhances upper body strength. Breastroke strengthens hip flexors

Cycling

Hard and short interfals at high resistance help strengthen quadriceps.

Hard gear climbing on hills.

Sample Day 14
0:15:00
Running Drills

Drills: Try these drills in your spare time. They can be done indoors. They'll help re-engineer some of your running biomechanics if they require work Side-to-Side Pendulum http://bit.ly/19KF8y1 Timber http://bit.ly/19KH0ag Timber Drill in Pose http://bit.ly/19KH0ag Pony http://bit.ly/19KH7Th Front Lunge http://bit.ly/1ixUspR

Sample Day 19
1:00:00
7mi
67.6TSS
RunBoston | Base | Aerobic

1 Hour Run. Aerobic. Warm up for about 10 minutes. Active set for about 45, cool down for 5. Final distance is intensity defined.

Sample Day 84
1:00:00
7mi
RunBoston | Peak | Aerobic

7 mile run (sub-threshold) RPE of 13-14, or Heart Rate Zone 4.

Can be split in half and done as a broken effort (etc. half in the a.m. and half in the p.m.)

Tony Rich
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