Beginner 20-Wk Marathon Training Plan
Ryan Eckert, MS, CSCSAll plans by this Coach
This is a beginner training plan for an athlete interested in completing a marathon road race. This training plan is geared towards the individual that is interested in completing their first race at this distance and has minimal to no running experience. This training plan is prescribed and individualized based on Rating of Perceived Exertion (1-10 scale) and assumes that an athlete has the equipment necessary to run. This training plan includes a mixture of walking, road running and resistance training performed in a gym. An athlete should have a basic level of fitness before participating in this. I would recommend consistently walking and light jogging for three months before beginning this plan as it does progress quickly over the span of 20 weeks. It is also recommended that the athlete has the ability and basic competency to run without pain.
This training plan comes with a few documents/resources that will prove useful to athletes while following along to the prescribed plan:
1. Instructional Booklet - Contains basic educational and background material that will help the athlete successfully complete the training plan and learn about the training process
2. Exercise Technique Guidebook - Contains pictures and descriptions of over 80 exercises that will help the athlete successfully complete training sessions prescribed within the plan
Basic equipment needed to successfully complete the run sessions within this training plan include:
-proper run clothing and attire
How it Works
Training Plan Sample Week
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