The second step after setting your fitness goal is to make sure you have a realistic expectation about the amount of time needed to get to the start line on healthy legs. From running your first 5k to your first marathon, any distance is possible… with the right amount of training.

Here are a few sample training plans; yours will be customized based on your Athlete Questionnaire and will count down to finish on your target race date.

Beginner 5k

  • Allow 4-6 weeks
  • 4-5 running days
  • Optional cross training

Half Marathon

  • Allow 8 to 12 weeks for training, depending on your current fitness level
  • 5-6 running days
  • 1-2 cross training days
  • Nutrition advice optional

Take a look at the first two weeks of a half marathon plan for a client looking to PR:

half marathon

 

Marathon

  • Allow 16 to 18 weeks for training, depending on your current fitness level
  • 5-6 running days
  • 1-2 cross training days
  • Nutrition advice optional

Take a look at the last three weeks of a marathon plan ending with the race that many runners consider their ultimate goal: BOSTON.

marathon

 

Ready to join the ranks?

Interested in a race distance not shown above? While these are the most popular distances, I can help you reach your goal with any distance up to an ultra marathon.

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