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Marathon beginner (20 weeks)-HR based

Includes Structured Workouts

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Author

Lindsay Zemba Leigh

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Length

20 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

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Plan Description

The Beginner Marathon plan is geared to first-timer marathoners who have been running 3-5 miles comfortably 3-4 times per week for at least six months. The plan gradually builds in mileage and intensity allowing your body to adapt to the new distances each week. We progress from a 5 mile long run to one 20 mile long run in prep for the race.
The plan includes four runs per week, optional cross-training workouts, yoga, functional strength workouts, and rest days, and also a field test to set heart rate zones.

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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x4
2:14 hrs 1:07 hrs
Other x3
0:18 hrs 0:45 hrs
Strength x3
0:27 hrs 0:25 hrs
X-Train x2
0:57 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run
2:14 hrs 1:07 hrs
Other
0:18 hrs 0:45 hrs
Strength
0:27 hrs 0:25 hrs
X-Train
0:57 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off
—— ——

Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Lindsay Leigh

No Limits Endurance Coaching

I have had a passion for fitness and endurance sports all my life and use this passion and knowledge to motivate athletes to be their best. I have a M.S. in Biology, I am a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA, USAT Level II Endurance Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, and NESTA Nutrition Coach. I have experience coaching athletes of all levels – from beginner to pro, and distances – from sprint triathlons to Ironman, and from 5k to Ultramarathons.


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