Checkout our 2018 16 Week Marathon Training Program - designed for beginner to intermediate level marathon runners. Please remember that all training programs require individualised adjustments to suit your specific requirements - there is no one size fits all training program for a running event (or any fitness event for that matter). If you need help personalising your running program please chat with us. Find out more and see the program here...

Training Sessions:

  • Long: Consistent pace at 70-75% Max HR/conversation pace/slower than race pace.
  • Tempo/sustained efforts: Consistent pace at 80-85% Max HR/faster than race pace or race pace. Build pace steadily as a warm up for first 10-15 min.
  • Easy/recovery: Consistent pace at 70-75% Max HR or slower/conversation pace/comfortable pace
  • Speedwork/intervals: Intermittent periods of a set distance or time at 90-95% Max HR/faster than race pac/uncomfortable pace followed by periods of lower intensity that allow recovery. Warm up and cool down of 10-15minutes required.
  • Fartlek: Self determined periods of work at 80-95% Max HR/faster than race pace followed by self determined periods of recovery. Build pace steadily as a warm up for first 10-15 min.
  • Hills: Running on hilly terrain. Thorough warm up and cool down of 10-15min required.

Week 0 (Leading up to 12 March)

  • Easy runs building up to 1 hour 2-3 times per week.

Week 1 (Monday 12 March)

  • Long: 1 hour 15 min
  • Tempo: 45min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Speedwork: 30min 400m on/off 
  • Total: 3 hours 30 min

Week 2 (Monday 19 March)

  • Long: 1 hour 30 min
  • Tempo: 45min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Fartlek: 30 min
  • Total: 3 hours 45 min

Week 3 (Monday 26 March)

  • Long: 2 hours (finish last 30min at race pace)
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Hills: 30 min
  • Total: 4 hours 30 min

Week 4 (Monday 2 April)

  • Long: 1 hour 45 min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Tempo: 1 hour
  • Speedwork: 30min 600m on/off 
  • Total: 4 hours 15 min

Week 5 (Monday 9 April)

  • Long: 2 hours
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Tempo: 1 hour
  • Fartlek: 30 min
  • Total: 4 hours 30 min

Week 6 (Monday 16 April)

  • Long: 2 hours 30 min (finish last 30min at race pace)
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Hills: 30 min
  • Total: 5 hours

Week 7 (Monday 23 April)

  • Tempo: 1 hour 15 min
  • Easy: 30 min
  • Tempo: 1 hour 15 min
  • Speedwork: 30min 800m on/off 
  • Total: 3 hours 30 min

Week 8 (Monday 30 April)

  • Long: 2 hours 15 min
  • Tempo: 1 hour 15min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Fartlek: 30 min
  • Total: 5 hours

Week 9 (Monday 7 May)

  • Long: 2 hours 30 min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Tempo: 1 hour 15 min
  • Hills: 30 min
  • Total: 5 hours 15 min

Week 10 (Monday 14 May)

  • Long: 3 hours (finish last 30min at race pace)
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Speedwork: 30min 1000m on/off 
  • Total: 5 hours 30 min

Week 11 (Monday 21 May)

  • Long: 2 hours 45 min
  • Tempo: 1 hour 30 min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Fartlek: 30 min
  • Total: 5 hours 45 min

Week 12 (Monday 28 May)

  • Long: 3 hours 
  • Tempo: 1 hour 30min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Hills: 30 min 
  • Total: 6 hours

Week 13 (Monday 4 June)

  • Long: 3 hours 30 min
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Speedwork: 30min 1000m on/off 
  • Easy: 30 min 
  • Total: 5 hours 30 min

Week 14 (Monday 11 June)

  • Long: 2 hours 30 min (finish last 30min at race pace)
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Tempo: 1 hour 45min
  • Total: 5 hours 15 min

Week 15 (Monday 18 June)

  • Long: 1 hour 30 min (finish last 30min at race pace)
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Total: 3 hours 30 min

Week 16 (Monday 25 June - Race Week)

  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Easy: 1 hour
  • Marathon 42.2km

Notes:

  • Respond to 'niggles' & injuries as soon as you notice them by making individualised adjustments to your training program. 
  • Other cross training options can be used to substitute for the speedwork, fartlek OR easy training sessions but up to only 1 substituted session per week (unless your body requires more days off running). Coss training options include cycling, rowing, swimming etc that follow the same training format as the day it's been substituted in for.
  • Include strength training & mobility work for the purposes of improving running related function & preventing injury. This may include but is not limited to core strength, hip stability, hip & ankle mobility, postural control & glute, hamstring, quad & calf strength. 

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