Marathon training plans are typically 16 to 20 weeks long. The plan generally has three to five runs a week, increasing your mileage as you get nearer to race day. On non run days we would advise strength and conditioning session and include some low intensity exercise like Yoga or Pilates. Most importantly, rest your legs, allowing them to recover.
I often talk to beginners and suggest to start with a marathon training plan that is designed to complete the distance. Runners should not get focused on the finishing time! Try to use a race predictor to to work out which plan is best suited to you. These tools are available on line and can assist in the preparation for the race.
What marathon training pace should I run at?
Each training plan will include different runs, which require you to alter your pace to avoid burning out. From an easy run training pace, to a tempo run training pace, whether you’re a beginner or a well-practised marathon runner, it can be difficult working out how fast to run. Training pace is influenced by the finishing time being aimed for. But not all runs should be at this pace. Above all use a variety of paced runs including tempo and fartlek the best results. Very few runners will get to the end of their marathon training schedule without missing some runs. Due to illness, injury or life getting in the way. If you’ve missed two or three weeks you should still have time to build up to your longest training runs.
What about strength training?
Of course, strength and conditioning is important for any runner. Especially when you’re training your body to run a marathon. A mix of upper and lower body with core stability exercises are important.
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