RP Marathon Novice 2 d/wk
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A running plan for a new exerciser or someone with very little cardiovascular fitness background. This plan blends running and walking, and other optional forms of non-impact cardio training, plus suggested resistance training days, to progress you to completion of your first marathon. The goal of this plan is to prepare you to run a marathon from start to finish with no walk-breaks and without needing to stop in the middle to catch your breath!
Training Plan Information:
2 days per week running
24 total weeks, with your first marathon on week 24. (modifiable to as few as 9 weeks)
Starting weekly running mileage: 2 Miles
Highest weekly running mileage: 27 Miles
Lowest single-session running mileage: 1200 meters (broken up in smaller pieces in Week 1)
Highest single-session running mileage: 20 Miles (in Week 22! You’ll get there!)
Recommended Prerequisites to use this training plan:
Users should be able to successfully jog about 400 meters without stopping (no time/pace requirement).
Users should be able to walk about 1.5 miles in one session (no time/pace requirement, stops okay).
We recommend that you move up to the "Beginner" training plan series if you currently do, or have done in the last 6 months, any one of the following or any combination of the following:
Run 3 Miles without stopping (no pace requirement).
Run 8 miles per week, or more, as a part of your fitness routine.
Exercise vigorously with other forms of cardiovascular exercise like cycling/spinning, rowing or some form of "functional fitness," 4 or more hours per week.
Suggested RP Diet Products to pair with this training plan:
RP Diet Templates for Fat Loss, which comes with Maintenance. All workouts in this plan are rated to be paired with the various RP Diet Templates.
or, RP 1:1 Diet Coaching
or, (coming soon!) RP Endurance Diet Templates
Suggested RP Training Products:
Male and Female Physique Training Templates
or, Weightlifting Hypertrophy and Strength Templates
or, Powerlifting Hypertrophy, Strength, and Peaking Templates
or, Weight Training for Endurance Athletes Templates (coming soon!)
or, RP 1:1 Training Coaching
How it Works
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This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
- Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
- Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
- Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
- Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
- Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.
This plan is protected by our Refund Policy and may, with the author's approval, be exchanged for a plan of equal value from the same author.Still have questions about this plan?