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Running Marathon 26.2 Intermediate


Carrie Smith, PT, DPT, USAT and IRONMAN Certified Coach

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16 Weeks

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Plan Description

This 16 week plan is designed for the intermediate runner who is training for a Marathon 26.2 race. It is recommended that you have previously completed a marathon distance race or longer, have been running an average of ~20+ miles per week consistently for the last two months, and can complete the following distance:

Run 10 miles

This plan will include two benchmark running tests to establish or update your training zones. You'll also receive a training zone calculator as well as step by step instructions on how to update your ranges in Training Peaks.

A typical week will include 4 runs (longest peaks at 20 miles) two days of interval training, two strength training sessions, two foam rolling sessions, and two cross-training day. There will be a gradual build in duration and intensity for two to three weeks, and then an easier week to allow for recovery.

Each training plan will include access to the training zone calculators as well as a Training Manual. The training manual will include instructions on how to use your zones (RPE, HR, pace), how to perform benchmark testing, and access to video descriptions of the drills and exercises, and tips on race day and workout hydration and nutrition.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
X-Train x6
2:00 hrs 0:30 hrs
Run x4
4:08 hrs 3:00 hrs
Strength x2
0:51 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:00 hrs 0:30 hrs
4:08 hrs 3:00 hrs
0:51 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • GPS

All supported devices

Carrie Smith, PT, DPT

Comprehensive Endurance Solutions

Carrie is a physical therapist, USA Triathlon, and IRONMAN Certified coach in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in working with triathletes and runners to improve race performance from sprint to Ironman distance as well as those looking for injury prevention and return to sport. Carrie has over 10 years of experience working with triathletes and also offers metabolic testing for the bike and run, movement assessments, run video analysis and physical therapy and craniosacral therapy services.

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