Marathon Training Schedule

This marathon training schedule uses science to make running a marathon a guaranteed result. After 17 weeks you will be a different person, and it will be your mental strength that will have improved the most.

Your week-end runs are long and progressively get longer as you become stronger. Weeks 7, 10 and 13 are the longest wee-end runs and then you are trained to run a marathon.

Marathon Training Schedule Week 1
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 12 miles

Marathon Training Schedule Week 2
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 6 miles – cut long run in half

Marathon Training Schedule Week 3
Monday Rest
Tuesday 4 miles reduce from 4 last week
Wednesday rest – more rest this week to get you ready for back to back longer Sunday runs
Thursday 4 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 14 miles – the beginning of your back to back long runs

Marathon Training Schedule Week 4
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 16 miles

Marathon Training Schedule Week 5
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 5 miles – add one mile
Sunday 18 miles – add 2 miles

Marathon Training Schedule Week 6
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 5 miles – add one mile
Sunday 6 miles – easy, only 6 miles this Sunday to recover

Marathon Training Schedule Week 7
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles – 1 mile less so you can rest up for Sunday
Wednesday rest – last week was 8 miles
Thursday 4 miles – 2 less than last week
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles – one less than last week
Sunday 20 miles – this is your first summit, next week is easier

Marathon Training Schedule Week 8
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles
Wednesday 7 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles – one less than last week
Sunday 14 miles – less but this week but still tough

Marathon Training Schedule Week 9
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 7 miles – give your body a break this week

Marathon Training Schedule Week 10
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles
Wednesday rest
Thursday 4 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 21 miles – eat to run two days before this, second summit

Marathon Training Schedule Week 11
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles
Wednesday 7 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 14 miles – easier week

Marathon Training Schedule Week 12
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 8 miles – surprised that 8 miles seems easy now?

Marathon Training Schedule Week 13
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday rest – big one’s coming…
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 22-23 miles – largest summit, almost there

Marathon Training Schedule Week 14
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles
Wednesday 7 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 5 miles
Sunday 12 mile

Marathon Training Schedule Week 15
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday 8 miles
Thursday 6 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 14 miles

Marathon Training Schedule Week 16
Monday Rest
Tuesday 7 miles
Wednesday rest
Thursday 5 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 4 miles
Sunday 10 miles

Marathon Training Schedule Week 17
Monday Rest
Tuesday 6 miles
Wednesday rest
Thursday 4 miles
Friday rest
Saturday 1-2 miles
Sunday Marathon

After you complete your marathon training schedule you will think it is your last, but chance are you have become addicted to marathons and this is only the beginning.

Half Marathon Training Schedule

This half marathon training schedule uses progression to take you from running 30 minutes to a great half marathon.

The Saturday long run is the key day for progression, adding 10 minutes time each week. At week 8, you shift from time to distance by running 8 miles. Weeks 9 and 10 are your toughest running 10 miles for your long run. Week 11 is easier with a 60 minute run and then you taper down for the last week.

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 1
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 80 minutes
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 2
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 90 minutes – 10 more minutes than last Saturday
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 3
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 100 minutes – again 10 more minutes than last Saturday
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 4
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 110 minutes – again 10 more minutes than last Saturday
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 5
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 2 hours- nice progression, 10 minutes each week has us up to two hours.
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 6
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 2 hours 10 minutes- 10 minutes more than last week
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 7
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 2 hours 20 minutes
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 8
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 8 miles – now we switch from time to distance
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 9
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 10 miles – tough week, add 2 miles to your long run
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 10
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 10 miles – repeat your 10 mile long run
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 11
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday 60 minutes
Sunday off

Half Marathon Training Schedule Week 12
Monday 45 minutes
Tuesday off
Wednesday sprints
Thursday 30 minutes
Friday off
Saturday off
Sunday HALF MARATHON

Congratulations, after completing your half marathon training schedule you are ready for a great run.

LA Marathon

The LA Marathon, originally called the City of Los Angeles Marathon, and now The Honda LA Marathon takes place this spring 2012 on March 18.

LA Marathon Route

This marathon is a great way to see LA and the surrounding landmarks. The race starts near downtown LA and moves through the eclectic communities of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Here’s a summary of the course.  The race begins in LA with views of Dodger Stadium and the Twin Dragon Towers Gateway in Chinatown.  Then it moves onto Sunset Boulevard with amazing views of the Hollywood sign.  Then for eight mile you experience sight after sight of Hollywood’s best including the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Comedy Store, the House of Blues Sunset Strip and Whiskey A Go Go. After leaving West Hollywood, the course wends through the heart of Beverly Hills and straight down Rodeo Drive.  From Beverly Hills, the course moves west to Century City, home of the backlot for 20th Century Fox studios.  Then six miles along Historic Route 66.  After thrashing through Brentwood, the route moves along San Vicente Boulevard. The last three miles of the marathon are through Santa Monica past the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It finishes on Ocean Avenue near the Santa Monica Pier.

Born from the Olympics

The LA Marathon was inspired by the 1984 Summer Olympics and ran the first race on March 9, 1986.

Fast Course

To increase the popularity of the LA Marathon, the route has been optimized to help create a 2:10 marathon.  Enjoy the speed as you experience a net elevation drop of 430 feet.

La Marathon Celebrity Runners

If you are looking for celebrity joggers you are likely familiar with San Vicente Boulevard and the popularity among celebs of the LA Marathon.  Most notable of the famous runners  Freddie Prinze Jr., Shia Labeouf, Gordon Ramsay, David James Elliot, Flea, Chris O’Donnell, even Audrina Partridge from the Hills ran part of the course.

Marathon Training

Before trying the cause you should go through a progressive marathon training schedule.

To prepare for the LA Marathon, begin with half marathon training.