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Virgin LONDON Marathon. Train SMARTER, not harder! Target 3:30-4:00

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Author

Dr Garry Palmer

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Length

16 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

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Plan Description

Do you want to train SMARTER, not harder for the LONDON MARATHON?

This is a 16 week training plan designed for club runners and those targeting a 3:30 to 4 hour marathon at London on 3rd October 2021 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 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. :-)

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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
04:40:00 03:30:00
Other x2
01:06:00 00:30:00
Day Off x2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run
04:40:00 03:30:00
Other
01:06:00 00:30:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

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Dr Garry Palmer

Sportstest

Sportstests' Dr Garry Palmer provides the ultimate personalised coaching & sports testing for cyclists, triathletes and runners. Whether you're a beginner or an elite athlete, knowing your personalised training zones will help you improve faster and to a higher level.

Testing provides a wealth of information such as your Vo2 max, aerobic threshold, lactate threshold, aerobic capacity and much more. Knowing how hard to train and where your weaknesses lie will help you become a better athlete.


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