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Marathon Training Schedules
This page has a separate training schedule for six levels of running ability to match your own marathon goal. First though we take a look at the key elements of a good marathon training schedule. (If you want to go straight to the schedules themselves Click Here).
Tips To Help You Select The Right Marathon Training Schedule...
that suits your abilities and goals is not as simple as it may seem. Each and every runner is different, with differing levels of experience and capabilities (just look at all of the different running styles you see out there). So how can choosing from only a handful of marathon training schedules fit your specific needs? Letís take a closer lookÖ
Abilities and Susceptibilities
Weíre all good at some aspect of running. You have to be able to make a realistic assessment of your strengths and limitations. My own strength is the ability to run middle distances (Half marathon) at a fairly good pace (for me) and finish comfortably. My weaker runs are in short fast races like a 5K. I also find I am more injury prone doing this.
So, take a hard look at your previous race results, try and ascertain why you finished where you did, and set your marathon goals accordingly. Know your weak points.
The Training Goal
Before you decide on a specific training schedule, itís worth looking at the main goals of any marathon training program. The reason for having a schedule at all is to provide a training structure for you to accomplish the following:
When you add all this up what you get is Experience! Your body will get used to the extra demands you place on it. George Sheehan used to call this ďmiles in the bankĒ!
The Marathon Training Schedule
Now letís look at some training mileage charts. Iíve looked at quite a few marathon programs and I am astonished at the differences between them - from 9 to 21 weeks long, average miles per week varying from 30 to 50, speed workouts, number and frequency of long runsÖ. It can be really confusing!
So how do you choose your program?
1. Select your experience level
Some of the training schedules have different mileage charts depending on your experience and ability. Here is a typical classification chart:
Note: - These are only guidelines, and there is overlap between the categories. Many factors influence your ability to meet a marathon time goal.
2. Select the best training program for you
Ť Check with your doctor, especially first time marathoners!
3. A good marathon training schedule will stick to sound basic principles:
Itís easy for beginner marathoners especially to get drawn into training programs that are really too ambitious for their level of experience. This is true even for those folks who can run fairly fast 10K races.
Things to avoid.
You may not agree with all of these, but they reflect my personal preferences and experience.
Below are some marathon training schedules I have put together based on research and my own marathon experience. I have not included the elite category in these schedules. At the competitive level you should have a personalized schedule.
Feel free to adapt these programs to your own needs and abilities. I have followed combinations of levels 1 and 2 for my previous marathon training.
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