19 Week Marathon Plan for Time Crunched Runners

Who says you have to log tons of miles to safely run a marathon? We’ve found that you can successfully train for a marathon while leading an otherwise busy life. That means there’s no excuses for skipping runs, and it will be easier to get a family member, friend or coworker to join you in your journey of running 26.2 miles. Before you start, you should be able to run 5 miles, 3 times a week for at least three weeks. Remember, you should check with your doctor before beginning any formal exercise program.

Sample Day 1
Week 1

Sample Day 1
Run for 40 minutes

Run 40 minutes at a pace that makes it difficult to speak at the same time.

Sample Day 2
Crosstraining Day

Go for a bike ride, swim, lift weights or stretch out with some yoga.

Sample Day 3
Easy run: 40 minutes

Run at an easy pace for 40 minutes

Sample Day 4
Crosstraining Day

Go for a bike ride, swim, lift weights or stretch out with some yoga.

Sample Day 5
Rest Day

Rest up, you've got a 6 mile run tomorrow. Get a good nights sleep and be ready to hit the ground running.

Sample Day 6
6 mile run

Run 6 miles at a conversational pace. You should not be gasping for air on these runs. Go easy, as mileage on Saturdays will be building.

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