Marathon

You’re ready to go for it—and we’re here to get you there. Our 26-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.

Schedule
Saturday
Miles
RUN
week 1 4 miles
week 2 5 miles
week 3 6 miles
week 4 7 miles
week 5 8 miles
week 6 9 miles
week 7 10 miles
week 8 8 miles
week 9 12 miles
week 10 10 miles
week 11 10 miles
week 12 14 miles
week 13 10 miles
week 14 10 miles
week 15 16 miles
week 16 10 miles
week 17 11 miles
week 18 18 miles
week 19 10 miles
week 20 11 miles
week 21 20 miles
week 22 10 miles
week 23 12 miles
week 24 22 miles
week 25 10 miles
week 26 8 miles
week 27 RACE WEEKEND
Weekday Workouts
Monday: Monday: Run 3-5 miles (week 1-5); 4-6 miles (week 6-12) Negative Splits.
Tuesday: Strength & Core Training
Wednesday: Wednesday: Run 3-5 miles (week 1-10) easy with hills; 3-5 miles no hills (week 11-12)
Thursday: Cross Training
Friday: REST DAY
When We Meet

We meet Saturdays at 6:45am and Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

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!
  • 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.