Marathon

You’re ready to go for it—and we’re here to get you there. Our 25-week Marathon Training Program has helped hundreds of experienced and first-time marathon runners safety achieve their goal. Prepare yourself for a simultaneously challenging and intensely rewarding experience that will leave you with some amazing bragging rights.

This training program is best suited for runners who are already running 20 miles a week and have previously completed a half marathon.

Training Schedules

Long Beach Marathon (2017) Revel Canyon City Marathon (2017) Los Angeles Marathon (2018)   *Read more about our LA Marathon Training Program here.*

Schedule
Saturday
Miles
Beginner

0-3 half marathons

Advanced

4+ half marathons

week 1 4 miles 6 miles
week 2 5 miles 7 miles
week 3 6 miles 8 miles
week 4 7 miles 9 miles
week 5 8 miles 10 miles
week 6 9 miles 8 miles
week 7 10 miles 12 miles
week 8 8 miles 8 miles
week 9 12 miles 14 miles
week 10 8 miles 8 miles
week 11 14 miles 16 miles
week 12 10 miles 10 miles
week 13 16 miles 18 miles
week 14 10 miles 10 miles
week 15 12 miles 12 miles
week 16 18 miles 20 miles
week 17 10 miles 10 miles
week 18 12 miles 12 miles
week 19 20 miles 22 miles
week 20 10 miles 10 miles
week 21 12 miles 12 miles
week 22 22 miles 24 miles
week 23 10 miles 10 miles
week 24 18 miles 18 miles
week 25 8 miles 8 miles
week 26 RACE RACE
Weekday Workouts
Sunday: Trail Run/Walk
Monday: Alternative Exercise 40 min.
Tuesday: Run at least 40 min.
Wednesday: Cross Train 45-60 minutes
Thursday: Run at least 40 min.
Friday: Rest Day
When We Meet
2017 LA Marathon Runners Photo credit: Sabrina Weisz
2017 LA Marathon Runners
Photo credit: Sabrina Weisz

Marathoners meet at the general all-club meetup at 7am on Saturday mornings. Mid-week runs are on your own, but you’ll frequently find other Marathoners out at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Check our calendar to verify specific location and time as conflicts occasionally cause a change in location.

What to Bring
As with any Pacer program or run, all you need is a water bottle and some comfortable running shoes. We also recommend a sports watch or phone with a run tracker app (loads of Pacers are on Strava or Garmin), but it is by no means required.

Helpful Advice
In order to get the most out of your training, we have these recommendations to keep you motivated and enjoying your workouts:

  • Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  • Always run at your own pace. A benefit of running with a training group like the Pacers is that there’s probably someone else running at your pace so you’ll have company to help keep you going.
  • If you feel any pain while running, stop immediately and let your coach/team doctor know.
  • Set goals for yourself and track your progress. For example, signing up for a 5K race after the program’s competition can help keep you motivated.
  • Find a partner for your workouts. One of your fellow Pacers might be the perfect candidate. You’ll keep one another motivated and take your mind off the hard work! Use the club Facebook page to find and stay in touch with running partners.
  • Midweek cross training helps balance your training by engaging different muscles. These workouts can take the form of just about anything; yoga, biking, weight training, and walking are all great.
  • Stretch after your workout when your muscles are warm to help your body recover.
  • Follow the rules of the road.