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16 Week Marathon Training Plan

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16 Week Marathon Training Plan


Marathon Handbook

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16 Weeks

Plan Description

Our 16 Week Marathon Plan is designed for runners with some short-distance experience . . . perhaps you’ve run a few 5k’s or 10k’s and want to push yourself.

Who is it for?: People with some running experience, looking to ramp up their training for a marathon. Perhaps it’s your first marathon, perhaps you’ve run a couple; this plan is designed for people who can currently run continuously for one hour.

How Long?: 16 weeks // 4 months.

The plan focusses on building your strong running base and adding mileage.

The ‘training runs’ should be done at a comfortable, sustainable pace – their purpose is to help you get the miles and time on your feet in.

The ‘race pace run’ is designed for those who have a specific target finish time in mind: during these runs, stick to your target marathon pace. If you don’t have a target marathon pace, maintain a comfortable, sustainable pace.

Long runs are there to increase your maximum mileage and time on your feet. The whole purpose of these is to run slowly – at a conversational pace – no faster. If you are struggling during these long runs, feel free to take walking breaks – no worries.

The plan includes one day of cross training and two rest days.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x4
29mi 20mi
Day Off x2
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X-Train x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
29mi 20mi
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

Thomas Watson

Marathon Handbook

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