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20 Week Marathon Training Plan - Advanced II / Intense

Author

Marathon Handbook

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Length

20 Weeks

Plan Description

Our 20 week Advanced 2 Marathon Plan (INTENSE) is our toughest training plan.

It is based on the Advanced Plan, but replaces one of the rest days with an extra speed work day. This means two days of speedwork per week; 5 days of running, one day of cross-training, and one rest day.

Note: this plan is for people aiming to crush it and reach for the ‘elite’ section. Even if you’ve run several marathons before, this training plan might not be for you. If you’re training for Boston or to truly compete, then you’re in the right place.

Who Is It For?:

Ambitious, experienced runners who are looking to train for the fastest marathon of their lives.

Runners who have a good existing running base and want to really push their limits in their marathon effort. Perhaps you’ve already run a few marathons and are looking to set a new PB. You should already be capable of training six times per week, and run 10 miles continuously.

How Long?:

Five months // 20 weeks.

Description:

This plan starts off with a good level of intensity, and continually rachets it up.

How it Works

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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
34mi 26mi
Day Off x1
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X-Train x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run
34mi 26mi
Day Off
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X-Train
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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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