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16 Week 2:55-2:50 Marathon Plan


Lifelong Endurance: Coach Andrew Simmons

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16 Weeks

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Plan Description

16 Week 2:55 and Faster Marathon Plan

"It's not what you get from your training, it's what you become from your training"

Getting under 2:55

"It's not what you get from your training, it's what you become from your training"

Who is this plan for?
Looking to finally dip under the 3 hour mark or drive towards a NYC Marathon auto qualification time. This plan is for an athlete that can confidently run 7 days a week and is looking for a schedule that starts at 52 miles and peaks at 75 miles per week. This plan incorporates double days to allow for optimal recovery and mileage after a workout. This 16 week plan assumes that you've built a healthy base. You can incorporate our Strength Training for Runners 12 week program starting on Day 1 to give you a healthy build up with a 4 week maintenance section in the biggest build up weeks so you can build and taper effectively.

Before you jump into this plan you should be able to:
Confidently complete a marathon or multiple marathons sub 3
Have experience with successful 1/2 Marathon or longer nutrition and hydration strategies
Have an appropriate amount of time to train for an event of this duration (8-12 hours/week)

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x7
45mi 22mi
X-Train x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
45mi 22mi
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

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