Beginner – Marathon Training Routine and Schedule

Beginner – Marathon Training Routine and Schedule
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Rest 3 Miles 4 Miles 4 Miles Rest 3 Miles 6 Miles
2 Rest 3 Miles 5 Miles 3 Miles Rest 3 Miles 7 Miles
3 Rest Fartlek
(4 Miles)
5 Miles 3 Miles Rest 3 Miles 8 Miles
4 Rest Fartlek
(4 Miles)
3 Miles 4 Miles Rest 3 Miles 10 Miles
5 Rest 4-5 Hills
(5K-10K Pace)
3 Miles 4 Miles Rest 3 Miles 12 Miles
6 Rest 3-4 Long Hills
(5K-10K Pace)
4 Miles 6 Miles Rest 5 Miles 5 Miles
7 Rest 3 X Mile
(5K-10K Pace)
3 Miles 5 Miles Rest 3 Miles 15 Miles
8 Rest 6 Miles 5 Miles 6 Miles Rest 5 Miles 7 Miles
9 Rest 5-6 Hills
(5K-10K Pace)
4 Miles 7 Miles Rest 3 Miles 18 Miles
10 Rest 7 Miles 6 Miles 7 Miles Rest 6 Miles 9 Miles
11 Rest 4-5 Long Hills
(5K-10K Pace)
5 Miles 8 Miles Rest 3 Miles 20 Miles
12 Rest 3 X Mile
(5K-10K Pace)
5 Miles 8 Miles Rest 3 Miles 10K Race (or 10 Miles)
13 Rest 6 x 880s
(5K-10K Pace)
6 Miles 8 Miles Rest 3 Miles 22 Miles
14 Rest 7 Miles 5 Miles 8 Miles Rest 5 Miles 10K Race
(or 10 Miles)
15 Rest 6 x 880s
(5K-10K Pace)
6 Miles 8 Miles Rest 3 Miles 24 Miles
16 Rest 4 X Mile
(5K-10K Pace)
7 Miles 10 Miles Rest 4 Miles 10K Race (or 10 Miles)
17 Rest 5 Miles 3 Miles 5 Miles Rest 3 Miles 26 Miles
18 Rest 6 Miles 5 Miles 8 Miles Rest 4 Miles 12 Miles
19 Rest 5 Miles 4 Miles 6 Miles Rest 3 Miles 12 Miles
20 Rest Fartlek
(5 Miles)
4 Miles Rest Rest 2 Miles Day of Race
Running Routines
Additional Information and Definitions

Runners who run 15 to 30 miles per week four to six days per week, and who have at least six months of running experience behind them. This may also include longtime runners who have not been training very hard. For men, 5K time is 24:00 and up, and 10K is 48:00 and up. For women, 5K time is 26:00 and up, and 10K is 54:00 and up.

Fartlek (for Speed and Pace) – Run at an moderate training pace then add in bursts of speed for various distances throughout the run. Vary the speed and times of the speed sections, from as short as 15 seconds to as long as two or three minutes. Between these bursts, allow yourself enough recovery time to match roughly 2/3 of the effort time.

Hills (for Strength) – Running hills is a form of speed work and are ideal for building strength and good form. Short hills should be
steep enough to give you pause, but not so steep that your form falls apart. Look for inclines between 100 and 200 yards long. Long hills are excellent for developing strength, stamina, and confidence. Long hills should be about 1/4 mile long and not quite as steep as your short hills.

Tempo Runs (for Speed and Pace) – After your typical warmup routine (i.e. running at your easy training pace for at least ten minutes), pick up the pace. The increase in speed should be close to your 10K race pace (approximately 80%-85% of maximum heart rate). The time, distance and pace of your tempo run, as with all phases of your running, depends on both your ability and your goals. For the distance you choose (3 and 5 miles are popular tempo distances), find a pace that is not so fast that you cannot sustain it for the distance, but not so slow that you do not feel challenged toward the end. Tempo runs should be tough, but not impossible.

Intervals (for Speed) – Interval sessions are the most formal of the speed workouts because the distances and target paces are precisely defined before you run. The intent is to run a series of relatively short repetitions over distances from 220 yards to one mile, with rest periods of slower running in between. Interval training involves a shorter period of effort than your usual run (i.e. 45 minutes at a steady pace). This forces you to run much faster than you usually do, thus, requiring your body to adapt to the higher demands you are placing on it.

Long Runs (for Endurance) – Including “Long Runs” in your running routine produces significant benefits to your overall running endurance. During a long run your body will maintain an aerobic heart rate for an extended period of time and also use energy differently than on your shorter runs. If you plan on running a marathon in the future, then the 20-22 mile distance is where you want to build up to on your long runs. However, if you intend to run only 5k races, then a long run of 6 to 8 miles is sufficient. Long
runs are excellent for developing cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and mental toughness.

Easy Run (for Recovery) – The Easy run is one of the most important components of a good training program and it should not be overlooked. Too many runners, determined only to increase their speed and mileage, completely overlook the importance of the easy run; often running themselves into injury. Your body needs a chance to rest, so make sure that somewhere between those killer hill workouts and aggressive interval sessions you manage to squeeze in some recovery time (i.e. the Easy Run).

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