D3 26.2 mile Marathon Plan Intermediate

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:54
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:54
Training Load By Week

D3 Marathon Intermediate

Author: Mike Ricci, USAT Triathlon Level 3 Coach
Starts:
Anytime
Length: 20 Weeks
Time: 140 hours

This program should be used for an athlete whose goal is to run a Marathon in the 3:30-4:20 range and has a good running base in the past 8-12 weeks. You should be able to run 20 miles per week when starting this plan. The schedule consists of 4-6 runs per week and is run specific. There are 2 days of strength training and core work included as well. Most weeks have 40 miles of running per week with the maximum volume being 50 miles at the peak. This plan can be used by time or miles, your choice! We’ll guide you every step of the way with a detailed plan and free complimentary access to our D3 Message Forum.

Our programs are designed for the age group athlete who has a busy life with a full time job, a family and / or other responsibilities.

Our plans set YOU up for success! We have sold thousands of our plans internationally and many or our athletes are returning customers who keep coming back for more! Our main goal with this plan is to get you to cross the finish line happy and healthy!

Years of coaching experience goes into the design of our plans! USA Triathlon Elite Coach Mike Ricci has designed these plans with his twenty years of coaching expertise. Mike has written the training plans for our Age Group World Teams seven times and is the coach of the University of Colorado Triathlon team (the 3 time defending National Champions). Mike’s passion is getting you to the finish line and having an enjoyable experience along the way. With a sufficient base, this plan starts 20 weeks out from your Marathon and builds up from there. By race day we will have you ready when you toe the line!

Purchase of this plan includes our 'Training Terminology' and our "How to use Intensity" documents. You’ll also have access to our online videos for run drills. We leave no stone unturned in trying to get you to reach your goals!
During the training plan, there is testing every few weeks throughout the program to test your fitness level so you can re-adjust your HR Zones if you train with a HRM. If you don’t train with a HRM, that’s fine as the tests are still good training and you can measure improvement based on time.

Most importantly, purchase of this program includes complimentary access to the D3 Forum at any time for questions that you may have about this plan.

If you have questions about the plan, please feel free to email Coach Mike Ricci at any time: Mike@D3Multisport.com and check out our website at: www.D3Multisport.com.

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
3mi
Hilly

Run on a hilly course or treadmill. Let the HR get up to high Z3/low Z4 on the uphill and keep HR in Zone 1-2 otherwise. Stretch when done and add in Core 1, 2 or 3.

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
New Weight Training Program

After 5-10' minute aerobic warm up: 3 Warm up Exercises: 1. 3 way lunges (front, side, rear) 2. Macarena's 3. Squat Rows Main Set: 1. Lat Pull Down 2. Pushups on Ball or feet on ball 3. 1 leg squat (Bulgarian Lunge) 2nd Main Set: 1. Dumbell Press 2. Cable Cross 3. W's 4. Doubles http://www.d3multisport.com/blog/index.php/weight-training-adaptation-phase

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
5mi
Easy

Run on a flat course or treadmill. Keep HR in Zone 1/2 and no higher than the top of Z2. Think about running like a Kenyan - smooth and efficient! Stretch when done and add in Core 1, 2 or 3.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
5mi
AeT - workout 1 - :45

Run on a flat course or treadmill. 15' Z1, then 15' at Z2 (about 20 bpm below LT) and then 15' Z1. RPE: Z1 = 5/66, Z2 = 6, Z3 = 7. Pace: Z1 = E Pace, Z2 = L Pace, and Z3 = M Pace. Stretch when done and add in one of the Core Workouts (1-6) from the D3 Resources page: http://d3multisport.com/category/strength-training/

Sample Day 5
0:45:00
New Weight Training Program

After 5-10' minute aerobic warm up: 3 Warm up Exercises: 1. 3 way lunges (front, side, rear) 2. Macarena's 3. Squat Rows Main Set: 1. Lat Pull Down 2. Pushups on Ball or feet on ball 3. 1 leg squat (Bulgarian Lunge) 2nd Main Set: 1. Dumbell Press 2. Cable Cross 3. W's 4. Doubles http://www.d3multisport.com/blog/index.php/weight-training-adaptation-phase

Sample Day 6
0:49:59
5mi
Strides

50' run with 8x30" strides. These are best if done on a slight downhill on a dirt path. Warm up for at least 10' before the first stride. For your recovery, you can walk back to the starting point. Strides are quick bursts that are as fast as 5k pace. You are looking to get in about 45 left foot strikes per 26-28". Stretch when done and add in Core 1, 2 or 3.

Sample Day 7
1:20:00
8.5mi
AeT - workout 5 - 1:20

Run on a flat course or treadmill. 15' Z1, then 3x15' at Z2 (about 20 bpm below LT), with an easy 5' Z1 in between and then 10' Z1. RPE: Z1 = 5/66, Z2 = 6, Z3 = 7. Pace: Z1 = E Pace, Z2 = L Pace, and Z3 = M Pace. Stretch when done and add in one of the Core Workouts (1-6) from the D3 Resources page: http://d3multisport.com/category/strength-training/

Michael Ricci
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D3 MULTISPORT, INC

The key to achieving your goal is having a plan! D3 Multisport founder and head coach Mike Ricci uses his collective 25+ years of coaching experience to help each individual athlete be successful - at any level. His passion for the sport and wisdom gained from coaching thousands of athletes all go into the design of his training plans. Let the D3 coaching team take the guesswork out of your training and guide you with pre-built training plans, customized plans, or 1-to-1 coaching.