Beginner Marathon Plan



This beginner marathon plan will prepare you to feel confident and capable on race day. With evidence-based training principles, this plan will develop your endurance and improve your speed as you build up to the marathon distance.

The beginner marathon plan is ideal for

  • First-time marathoners
  • Lower mileage runners

Training plan features:

  • Four to five days of running (if running four days, one day is optional cross-training)
  • Easy runs, long runs, and workouts
  • Explanations of workouts and pacing

What You Get:

  • A downloadable 16-week training plan, with Excel and PDF formats, plus space for a training log
  • A race day strategy
  • Workout and pace guides
  • Customizing notes

To start this plan, you should be able to:

  • Run for 7 miles
  • Run four to five days per week


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Before you start this plan, you should be able to run seven miles continuously and approximately 20 miles per week. 

Yes! The plan includes one per week speed workouts, plus strides on other days. 

This plan is designed with four to five days of running per week. One day is written as running or cross-training so you can adapt based on your preference. 

Yes, this plan is designed for first-time marathoners, if you are already able to run 7 miles at once and roughly 20 miles per week. 

The longest long run is 20 miles. The weekday runs are written by total time (not distance), so exact peak mileage will vary, but it will be approximately 40-45 miles in the highest mileage week. 

Yes! This plan is also ideal for lower mileage marathoners or those who are not ready for the intensity of an intermediate/experienced plan. 

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