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Running - Beginner Marathon Plan, HR-based, with functional strength workouts - 16 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Maria Simone

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16 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

Learn More about Structured Workouts.

Plan Description

Are you ready to run a MARATHON!?!

With this plan, you will be as you build endurance, speed and strength!

Creator: Maria Simone, No Limits Endurance Coaching

Length: 16 weeks

Ability level: First time marathoner or a runner returning to the marathon distance after a few years of running shorter distance. We strongly advise individuals who are going to race their first marathon to have completed a half-marathon. While the plan is good for beginners, this is not a couch to marathon plan.

Before starting this plan, you should be able to run 60-75 minutes continuously, and be running 3-4x per week, with an average weekly duration of 2-3 hours.

This plan includes a session to set your heart rate zones, including the calculator to determine your specific zones. All sessions will provide zone guidance for where your intensity level should be for each workout.

You will also have 3-4x/week functional strength sessions to improve core strength, which will aid with your endurance and strength - especially in those later miles!

This plan does not come with regular coach correspondence. However, anyone who purchases the plan may have a one-time email consult. If you'd like a phone consult, you get 20% off the current rate. Email

Athletes who purchase this plan receive a 10% discount to join our #NLECrew, the team for endurance athletes with no limits! Visit #NLECrew for details or to sign up.

Upon purchase of the plan, you can email Maria ( for the code to get your club discount.

For more information about No Limits Endurance Coaching, please visit our website at

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How it Works

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Track Your Progress

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x4
04:09:00 03:00:00
X-Train x2
01:22:00 00:45:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
04:09:00 03:00:00
01:22:00 00:45:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Maria Simone

No Limits Endurance Coaching

What's your big dream - you know the one that makes you feel scared AND excited? Yup, that one. From big goals for the first time or a fast time, I can to help!

I coach with a holistic approach that considers your athletic ability and history, mental training, and life-training balance. We'll focus on your short and long terms goals and all available metrics to dynamically progress your training.

  • This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
  • Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

Refund Policy

This plan is protected by our Refund Policy and may, with the author's approval, be exchanged for a plan of equal value from the same author.

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