Sportstest 16 weeks to Marathon. Saturday race, club runner with target 3:30-4:00
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This is a 16 week training plan designed for club runners and those targeting a 3:30 to 4 hour road marathon and has been prepared by Dr Garry Palmer
Over the period of 112 days, the plan firstly builds training volume, then adds in a significant level of threshold running and ends with a 3 week taper. The taper in achieved by reducing both volume and duration of the sessions, whilst maintaining intensity. It is designed to get you to the start line in the best possible shape, and carefully takes consideration of overload and recovery.
The plan is best targeting to runners who have been running a minimum of 40 km (25 miles) per week for at least the previous 4-8 weeks in a preparation phase. It also assumes they will have previously undertaken at least 2 long steady runs over one hour duration.
The plan uses a combination of target distance (for interval sessions) but is focused on using heart rate based zone running (for longer aerobic efforts), but the athlete can easily switch these metrics to use the plan as duration based or pace based training sessions.
The plan is suitable for any road based marathon. However, please note, it assumes that race day is on a SUNDAY. The plan can be reused for future races.
The sessions prescribed are based on Dr Palmers book Elite Performance Running; From Middle Distance to Marathon
PLEASE NOTE: The weekly and average weekly training hours shown in the summary are incorrect as TrainingPeaks fails to account for the duration of the intensity sessions. This will be corrected when you add your personal metrics for threshold heart rate and threshold pace. Apologies. :-)
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|4:39 hrs||3:30 hrs|
Day Off x2
|1:05 hrs||0:30 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||4:39 hrs||3:30 hrs|
||1:05 hrs||0:30 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Heart Rate Monitor