the best Marathon Training Schedules for beginner, intermediate, & advanced runners!
So you are looking for a marathon training schedule!
I’m already so excited for you!
Training for a marathon is going to be one of the best memories of your life! (perhaps you already know that though if you have previously run a marathon!)
I want you to know something though beforehand:
Your big dream is easier to achieve than you think!
A simplified approach is all you need to make crossing your marathon finish line a fun success!
And that is exactly what I’m going to give you on this page!
A list of simple yet highly effective marathon training schedules that have been well loved and used by thousands of runners world wide!
For your convenience, I put together this list of all the marathon training schedules that I currently offer on the All About Marathon Training Site in an organized list here on this page.
I have so many different marathon training plans to offer you from paid options to free printable pdf options so that you can start your marathon journey TODAY!
Here’s a quick list of all the marathon training schedules you will find linked on this page:
Beginner Marathon Training Plans
Intermediate Marathon Training Plans
Time Goal Marathon Training Plans / some are slightly more advanced training schedules depending on your specific time goals
Many of these marathon plans are available in miles as well as kilometers!
On each marathon training schedule plan that is linked, click the link to find a full run-down of everything you need to know in order to train and run a great race using the plan on the specific page that is linked.
I will give you a quick overview though of what each training plan entails on this page.
If you are looking for something specific that you don't see here, you can always reach out to me in the Contact Me form in the top right hand side of the navigation bar.
Let’s answer some common questions first before jumping into the training plans!
What is the purpose of a marathon training schedule?
A marathon is largely a feat of endurance.
The question always looms....Can I run a full 26.2 mile marathon?
A marathon training schedule will help you to reach your peak endurance potential at a certain point in time in order for you to be able to complete the entire marathon distance!
For most runners, training for a marathon is a challenge that requires months of upfront hard work, sweat, and probably a few tears.
Without a good training schedule, you quite possibly won’t even make it halfway through the marathon race.
This is devastating to anyone who has invested so much time into their running.
However, all of the training plans on this page have been well loved by thousands upon thousands of runners.
Be assured you can find your perfect marathon training schedule on this page! Yay!
What is the best marathon training schedule for me?
The best training schedule for you is going to be the one that is right for:
your current fitness level
time available to train
current life commitments
your belief in yourself that you CAN run a marathon!
These factors are just scratching the surface though.
This training schedule was designed specifically for first time marathon runners in mind.
Is this the best training schedule for you?
Are you a first time marathon runner?
Are you comfortable with running at least 3 to 4 miles at one time?
This plan is also great for run/walkers!
Here’s what’s scheduled on this training plan:
4 days of running scheduled every week (3 shorter runs and 1 long run)
1 scheduled cross training day per week
the focus is almost completely on the long run and does not include other quality running workouts such as tempo runs or hill repeats as this plan is specifically for first time marathoners
10% increase in mileage each week where your long run is over 10 miles in length.
You will have alternating “reduction/easy weeks” after you pass your 12 mile long run during training, where your mileage is reduced and the "long" run is much shorter in length (between 6-10 miles). These help you to stay fresh and injury free!
Therefore, this training schedule is multi-tiered and will have you train first for a 5K, then a 10K, a half marathon, and then the marathon itself!
The beauty with a plan of this length is that although you could use the phases as stand-alone training plans, when creating this 52 Week Training Schedule, I know exactly where you are coming from and your running history from the past couple of months leading into the marathon training phase.
If you follow the plan, you WILL be ready for that marathon in one year's time.
You can absolutely trim this plan to fit your needs and jump into the training at the level you are at and when you are ready. As always, make this training schedule your own!
I would recommend this 3 month marathon training schedule plan for a first time marathon runner only if they were very comfortable running about 4 to 6 miles, if they have previously run a half marathon or 10K within the past 3 to 6 months.
Otherwise this is also the perfect marathon plan for those who have already run a marathon or two, and would like to run another in 3 months time!
What is scheduled on this training plan?
This plan comes in both miles and kilometers
The plan is divided into 3 phases: a base building phase, a strength building phase, and a speed training phase
Your first scheduled “long run” is 6 miles (10 kilometers)
There is something so thrilling about chasing a time goal dream when you are training for a marathon!
Maybe you are trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon or you simply want to achieve a personal best with a huge boost of self-esteem to go along with it!
Whatever your reason, I have 7 Marathon Finishing Time Goal Training Schedules just for you!
Here are some of the details concerning each of the time goal training plans:
The plans combine base running with a variety of quality runs that will help you gain strength and speed so that you can crush your time goals!
Each plan includes both a version in miles and a version in kilometers!
Each plan is 16 weeks (4 months) in length
4 training blocks are scheduled onto each plan and are divided into: a 2 week block of base building, 4 week block of strength building, 8 week block of speed training, 2 week prep and taper before the race!
Is one of these marathon finishing time goal plans for you?
If you have run a previous marathon or have been running for at least 6 months to 1 year then you are well suited for one of these plans
It would be ideal if you can run about 6 miles comfortably and are comfortable running 15 to 20 miles a week on a regular basis
You are excited and motivated to put in the hard work to achieve your marathon dream goals!
Here are the 7 Finishing Time Goal Marathon Training Plans that I currently offer: