If you’ve got a solid running background but are new(ish) to the distance or don’t want to take on anything to strenuous, this is the plan for you. We start off at easy pace, then after a 5 or 10k time trial to set your pace, we add in marathon paced running.
As with all my Standalone Plans, it also includes coaching support materials (video, audio, pfds) on key issues affecting training such as avoiding injuries, pacing, nutrition, S&C, as well as membership of the Feel Fit Training Club and discounts on additional support options.
Why no intense speed work/ intervals?
Your marathon pace work will certainly be challenging, but there’s no fast speed interval sessions in this plan. For the vast majority of runners, what limits us is not our top end speed, but our aerobic capacity, and our body's ability to absorb training without getting injured or worn out. We can train both of these more effectively by simply building up the distance, whilst avoiding the relative risk of higher intesnity work. We stop things getting too ‘ploddy’ with some strides to break up longer runs, and the marathon paced intervals at the weekend will both challenge you, as well as help you to refine your race pacing plan.
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Marathon – including race pace
20-24 weeks, for those already running 25k+ (15 miles) per week, with longest run at least 12k (7.5 miles).
Possible as 16 week plan for those already running 30k+ (19 miles) per week with longest run of at least 16k (10 miles).
If you’ve got less weeks/ existing training I’d recommend booking a coaching call to discuss how to bridge the gap.