My marathon schedule

I have uploaded a word document containing my marathon schedule here

If anyone would like to take a look and tell me what they think that would be super. I'm 2 weeks behind due to the snow but I'm feeling pretty good and reasonably quick (for me!) at the moment image

I'm aiming for a sub-5 (preferably 4:30). 

There are 14 week in this schedule, the total for each week is (roughly)

  1. 13 m
  2.  14 m
  3. 19 m
  4. 20 m
  5. 23 m
  6. 24 m
  7. 21 m
  8. 21 m
  9. 24 m
  10. 29 m
  11. 30 m
  12. 32 m
  13. 22 m
  14. 32 m
Not enough? Too much? All opinions welcomed.


  • PhilPubPhilPub ✭✭✭

    Hi Pete,

    My main thought is that it's a bit light on mileage, and that the only progression you've got is on the weekly long run.  The mid-week runs don't progress at all, and the main problem with this is that the long run will make up an increasingly large proportion of your overall mileage, and I think you will find them tougher than necessary.  (They'll be tough anyway!)  For example, the week of your last 20 mile run, this run accounts for two-thirds of your total mileage for the whole week. 

    You will be better off gradually increasing the length of some of your shorter runs.  I'd recommend keeping the Sunday runs short, keep the pace very easy, treating them as a recovery run.  Your Tuesday run I would gradually increase the length to become a mid-week, 'sort-of' long run, building up to 8-10 miles (10 ideally).  Apart from increasing your overall mileage and adding to your endurance fitness, it will support your long run immensely.  Imagine yourself starting your training for w/c 5th April - by this time, you will be doing 4 mile runs in your sleep, but dreading the 20 mile run because it's so much longer.  Best to have got to the stage where 10 miles feels manageable, and having covered this sort of distance twice a week, you will cover the first half of your long run in relative comfort.  It will still be a bit of a slog, but then this is the marathon you're training for!

    Thursday's run doesn't want to be too hard because you want to have lots of energy for Saturday's long run, but you could add some distance on, say up to 7/8 miles, and this could be a time to practise running a bit faster, either with a slightly stronger finish, or doing a section of the run at target pace, or a bit quicker.  Always have an easy pace warm-up and cool-down though.

    Finally,  your taper could be a bit more aggressive IMO, i.e. drop the mileage to make sure you're well rested for the race.  18 miles 2 weeks out is a bit heavy.  (I'm planning 16 miles, and that's coming down from 75 miles, 6x per week training.)  Something like 14 miles will be plenty, that'll still be well over 2 hours on your feet.

    Hope that helps.

  • Excellent, excellent response Phil, many thanks image

    I will re-read what you've said a couple of times and take another look at the milage breakdown. My guide was my original schedule for the last time I ran london and I seem to recall that never took a mid-week run beyond 10k, but I'll certainly have a shuffle around of the various distances!

  • PhilPubPhilPub ✭✭✭
    No worries.  "On a boat" sounds interesting.  Would love to join you but I've got a 10 mile race that day.  image
  • I'm taking the gf on a mini-cruise for valentine's. If it goes well I might get in some non-scheduled exercise but it won't compare to a 10 mile run image
  • phil thats great to read.. i did a schedule similar to petes in 2008 and i think you are right.. the sub 5 garmin one im following now really builds up the midweek ones which looks a bit daunting after work but I am hoping will really help on marathon day!
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