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Run - Marathon Basic Training Plan (16 weeks)


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16 Weeks

Plan Description

This plan is intended for a first time marathoner who wants to be prepared to complete 26.2 miles. It will likely start a little too aggressively for a complete beginner, so if your are not already comfortable running at least a 5k or active in some other endurance sport, we would recommend starting with our 8-week 5k or 10k training plans prior to beginning this plan.

Aerobic endurance and proper pacing are the most important qualities to successfully completing a marathon, so this plan focuses on a steady increase in weekly training volume and run intensity is limited. Cross-training is recommended once a week, and as an optional replacement for one weekly run for those who may be dealing with an injury or who have a history of running-related injuries.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
26mi 26mi
X-Train x2
01:54:00 02:00:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Strength x1
00:28:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
26mi 26mi
01:54:00 02:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:28:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week

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Vision Quest Coaching

Vision Quest Coaching

We offer one-on-one coaching and a variety of consultation options to all athletes, as well as performance testing, bike-fitting and facility-based memberships to athletes in the greater Chicago area.

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  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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