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WEEK 1

THE AIM FOR THE NEXT 16 WEEKS IS TO IMPROVE YOUR CONDITIONING AS A RUNNER SO YOU ARE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE MARATHON FASTER THAN EVER AND INSIDE 3:00. ALONG WITH DOING THAT, THE TRAINING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL DEVELOP THE AEROBIC ENERGY SYSTEM WHICH WILL IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING AS A WHOLE AS WELL AS YOUR LACTATE THRESHOLD ENABLING YOU TO BE A MORE EFFICIENT RUNNER WITH YOUR ENERGY.

📅 Monday

6.5KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS X4 SETS 3 MINUTES 2 MINUTES 1 MINUTES 60s REST BETWEEN INTERVALS 2 MINUTES REST BETWEEN SETS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

16KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

24KM LONG RUN

WEEK 2

THIS FIRST FOUR WEEKS IS ABOUT BUILDING YOUR ENDURANCE AND LAYING A SOLID FOUNDATION IN TRAINING FOR YOUR BIGGEST TRAINING WEEKS LATER IN THE PLAN. AS YOU DEVELOP THROUGHOUT THIS CYCLE, YOU SHOULD FIND THAT YOUR LT PACE IMPROVES WHICH WILL ENABLE ALL OF YOUR OTHER RUNNER PACES TO THAT EFFORT IMPROVE ALONG WITH IT.

📅 Monday

8KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 2 X 5KM AT LACTATE THRESHOLD 3 MINUTES JOG RECOVERY

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

17.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 8 X 15S HILLS, WALK DOWN RECOVERY 8 X 100M STRIDES WALK BACK RECOVERY POST RUN

📅 Sunday

27.5KM LONG RUN

Week 3

THIS WEEK WE INTRODUCE THE FIRST LONG RUN WITH MP MILES IN THERE, THIS RUN BECOMES YOUR SECOND WORKOUT OF THE WEEK HERE. THE OTHER DAYS ARE ALL RECOVERY RUNNING MILES, ON THE LONGER RUNS, GET INTO A RHYTHM AND PROGRESS THEM BY FEEL. IF YOU'RE TIRED, RUN SMART AND KEEP IT RELAXED BUT IF YOU'RE FEELING STRONG PROGRESS THE RUN TO A HIGHER TEMPO, WITHIN REASON!

📅 Monday

10KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS5 X 1.5KM AT LT3 MINUTES REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

19.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

29KM LONG RUN 6.5KM EASY / STEADY 13KM AT MP 6.5KM EASY / STEADY

Week 4

WE WILL WORK IN SMALLER TRAINING BLOCKS SO THE TRAINING CYCLE IS MORE MANAGEABLE AND YOU DON'T RISK INJURY OR OVERTRAINING. ON DOWN WEEKS, TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF AND PHYSICALLY RECOVER AS WELL AS MENTALLY TOO.FROM NEXT WEEK, SOME OF YOUR SESSIONS REALLY RAMP UP SO REST UP AND BE READY! IT MAY SEEM DAUNTING BUT IT CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HITTING YOUR GOAL AND MISSING IT. THE IMPROVEMENTS YOU'LL MAKE FROM PUSHING YOURSELF IN A DIFFERENT WAY WILL STICK WITH YOU FOR YEARS TO COME!

📅 Monday

REST

📅 Tuesday

13KM EASY RUN 10 X 100M STRIDES POST RUN

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Thursday

14.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

24KM LONG RUN

Week 5

THIS IS WHERE YOUR VOLUME WILL START TO APPROACH AND SURPASS 60 MILES PER WEEK AND STAY THERE. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN YOU'RE DOING SO MUCH TRAINING YOU'RE FUELLED FOR IT THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND ALSO MAKE SMART DECISIONS WITH YOUR TRAINING.IF YOU NEED TO SWITCH SOME MILES FOR CROSS TRAINING SO YOU'RE RECOVERED, THEN DO IT!

📅 Monday

11KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 2 X 15 MINUTES AT LT 2 MINUTES JOG RECOVERY BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST RUN

📅 Thursday

19.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

11KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

32KM LONG RUN

Week 6

ANOTHER WEEK OF SOLID TRAINING HERE, NOTHING FANCY BUT EVERY ELEMENT OF TRAINING HAS A PLACE. BY NOW, YOUR EASY RUNNING PACE SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE AND HOPEFULLY YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING YOUR EASY DAYS EASY BECAUSE OF HOW HARD THE HARD DAYS ARE!WELCOME TO MARATHON TRAINING.

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

5KM WARM UP 10KM AT LT 5KM COOL DOWN

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

21KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

8KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

35.5KM LONG RUN

Week 7

THE KEY FOR THE INTERVALS THIS WEEK IS TO BE ABLE TO PICK IT UP FOR THAT FINAL 5 MINUTES SO RUN THE FIRST 20 SMART SO YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR LOCKER TO PICK THE TEMPO UP.THE LONG RUN HAS YOUR BIGGEST MP SECTION TO DATE, YOU'RE READY FOR THESE BIG RUNS SO DON'T FEAR!

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 20 MINUTES AT LT 2 MINUTES JOG RECOVERY 5 MINUTES AT 10KM RACE PACE

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

22.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

29KM LONG RUN 5KM EASY 19.5KM AT MP 5KM EASY

Week 8

WEEK 8 IS ANOTHER DOWN WEEK ENDING ANOTHER SOLID TRAINING BLOCK WHERE YOU'VE AVERAGED 60+ MILES PER WEEK.FROM NEXT WEEK, YOU HIT YOUR PEAK VOLUME BLOCK AND YOUR HIGEST AMOUNT OF SPECIFIC MP MILES. GET AFTER IT!

📅 Monday

REST

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 6 X 800M OR 3 MINUTES AT 5KM RACE PACE 90s REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Thursday

14.5KM EASY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

6.5KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

25.5KM LONG RUN

Week 9

THE WORKOUT THIS WEEK IS A BIG ONE IN VOLUME BUT YOU'VE GOT IT IN YOU. THE INTERVALS ARE JUST FASTER THAN YOUR HALF MARATHON PACE OR 20s AHEAD OF MP PER MILE. YOUR LONG RUN WILL BE YOUR LONGEST TO DATE, BY NOW YOU SHOULD BE CONFIDENT OF RUNNING OVER 20 MILES AND BE ABLE TO FUEL YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY FOR THE ENTIRE TIME YOU'RE OUT THERE.

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 4 X 3KM AT 20s PER MILES FASTER THAN MP 3 MINUTES REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

21KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

37KM LONG RUN

Week 10

FOR THE COMING WEEKS AS WE INTRODUCE TUNE UP RACES, THE INTERVAL WORKOUTS BECOME A LITTLE SHORTER IN VOLUME BUT HIGHER IN EFFORT/PACE SO WE CAN WAKE THE LEGS UP A LITTLE BIT.

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 3KM AT LT 5 X 2 MINUTES AT 5KM RACE PACE 60s REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

21KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

11KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

34KM LONG RUN

Week 11

YOUR HIGHEST VOLUME WEEKS ON THE TRAINING PLAN! IT DOESN'T MEAN THE WORK IS DONE THOUGH, SO STAY SWITCHED ON AND START TO PREPARE FOR THE RACE WITH STRATEGY, RACE DAY PLANS, FUELLING FOR THE WEEK OF THE RACE AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO CONSIDER GOING RIGHT BUT ALSO WRONG ON THE DAY.

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 6 X 1KM AT 10KM RACE PACE (INTERVALS 3 AND 6 AT 5KM RACE PACE) 60s REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

22.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

10KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

32KM LONG RUN 5KM EASY 22.5KM AT MP 5KM EASY

Week 12

RACE WEEK!YOU'VE WORKED HARD IN TRAINING AND IT'S TIME TO TEST YOURSELF IN A PROPER RACE DAY ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS ALSO A GREAT DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE BIG DANCE 4 WEEKS OUT.THROW THE KITCHEN SINK AT THIS RACE, GO FOR IT AND SEE WHERE YOU'RE AT.GOOD LUCK!

📅 Monday

13KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 5KM AT LT 3 MINUTES REST 3KM AT LT 2 MINUTES REST 2.5KM AT 10KM RACE PACE 90s REST 2 X 1KM AT 5KM RACE PACE WITH 75s REST

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

16KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

TIME TRIAL HALF MARATHON

📅 Sunday

29KM LONG RUN

Week 13

THIS IS YOUR FINAL WEEK OF FULL TRAINING BEFORE THE TAPER SO KEEPING YOUR FOCUS IS KEY. YOU'RE COMING OFF OF A HARD HALF MARATHON RACE FOLLOWED BY 18 MILES SO THE START TO THE WEEK IS EASIER WITH THE BACK END GETTING BACK INTO IT BUT IT'S STILL A 75 MILE WEEK SO BE AWARE OF FATIGUE AND NAIL YOUR RECOVERY!

📅 Monday

REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

13KM EASY RUN

📅 Wednesday

INTERVALS 6 X 1200M AT 10KM RACE PACE

📅 Thursday

17.5KM MIDWEEK STEADY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

11KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

35.5KM LONG RUN FINAL 60 MINUTES AT MP

Week 14

THE TAPER!TIME FOR THE VOLUME TO DROP, INTENSITY TO INCREASE AND FOR FINAL PREPARATIONS TO TAKE PLACE.THIS WEEK IS YOUR LAST FULL SEND EFFORT BEFORE THE BIG DAY AND WE DO IT OVER 10KM. LET THE REINGS OFF AND THROW THAT KITCHEN SINK AGAIN!

📅 Monday

11KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

INTERVALS 3KM AT LT 5 X 2 MINUTES AT 5KM RACE PACE 60s REST BETWEEN INTERVALS

📅 Wednesday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Thursday

16KM EASY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

TIME TRIAL 10KM

📅 Sunday

27.5KM LONG RUN

Week 15

YOUR LAST WEEK OF TRAINING BEFORE RACE WEEK.KIT, FUELLING, RACE DAY TRAVEL, WHAT COULD GO RIGHT, WHAT COULD GO WRONG, WHAT DO I DO IF IT DOES GO WRONG? EVERYTHING YOU PLAN NOW, YOU WILL BE THANKFUL FOR LATER.PLAN, PREPARE, ADAPT AND OVERCOME. NEXT WEEK IT'S GO TIME!

📅 Monday

10KM EASY RUN OR REST DAY

📅 Tuesday

13KM EASY RUN 8 X 100M STRIDES POST RUN

📅 Wednesday

INTERVALS 5 X 3 MINUTES AT 5KM RACE PACE

📅 Thursday

REST

📅 Friday

10KM EASY RUN PLUS 4 X 20S STRIDES AT 5KM RACE PACE/EFFORT POST-RUN WITH A WALK BACK RECOVERY POST-RUN

📅 Saturday

8KM EASY RUN

📅 Sunday

21KM LONG RUN

Week 16

THIS IS IS! 16 WEEKS OF PREP FOR THIS ONE RACE.IT'S YOU AGAINST THE CLOCK. YOU'VE DONE THE HARD YARDS, YOU'VE DONE THE GRUNT WORK AND NOW IT'S TIME TO PROVE TO YOURSELF WHAT YOU'RE CAPABLE OF.STICK TO YOUR RACE PLAN, SETTLE IN AND GET BORED BEFORE YOU GET TIRED.GOOD LUCK!!

📅 Monday

REST

📅 Tuesday

11KM EASY RUN

📅 Wednesday

5KM EASY 3KM AT MP 5KM EASY

📅 Thursday

8KM EASY RUN

📅 Friday

REST

📅 Saturday

6.5KM EASY IN RACE SHOES

📅 Sunday

RACE DAY

Marathon Pacing (Advanced)

KM:

Advanced Easy running Steady running Tempo Threshold Intervals Race pace HM race pace
2:55 4:43 - 5:10 4:25 - 4:43 3:58 3:55 3:35 4:08 3:58
3:05 4:58 - 5:30 4:39 - 4:58 4:14 4:08 3:48 4:23 4:14
3:15 5:13 - 5:46 4:55 - 5:13 4:26 4:21 4:00 4:37 4:26

MILES:


Advanced Easy running Steady running Tempo Threshold Intervals Race pace HM race pace
2:55 7:35 - 8:20 7:05 - 7:35 6:25 6:18 5:48 6:40 6:23
3:05 8:00 - 8:50 7:30 - 8:00 6:47 6:39 6:07 7:03 6:46
3:15 8:25 - 9:15 7:55 - 8:25 7:08 6:59 6:26 7:26 7:08