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.

Week Saturday Miles
Beginner* Advanced**
1 4 miles 6 miles
2 5 miles 7 miles
3 6 miles 8 miles
4 7 miles 9 miles
5 8 miles 10 miles
6 9 miles 8 miles
7 10 miles 12 miles
8 8 miles 8 miles
9 12 miles 14 miles
10 8 miles 8 miles
11 14 miles 16 miles
12 10 miles 10 miles
13 16 miles 18 miles
14 10 miles 10 miles
15 12 miles 12 miles
16 18 miles 20 miles
17 10 miles 10 miles
18 12 miles 12 miles
19 20 miles 22 miles
20 10 miles 10 miles
21 12 miles 12 miles
22 22 miles 24 miles
23 10 miles 10 miles
24 18 miles 18 miles
25 8 miles 8 miles
*Beginner = 0-3 half marathons
**Advanced = 4+ past half marathons
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 Pre-Conditioners 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 know.
  • Set goals for yourself and track your progress. Do you have a target time for completing a 5-mile run? Maybe you want to register for a 5K race scheduled after the end of the Pre-Conditioners program?
  • 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.
  • Stretch after your workout when your muscles are warm to help your body recover.
  • Midweek alternate or cross-training workouts help 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!
  • Follow the rules of the road.