25 Week Marathon Training Plan

Even if you have never run a step this 25 week training program is designed to help you train for and finish a marathon. It is important for those who may be new to the sport of running to start slowly and build week by week, giving the body time to adjust. More experienced runners are free to join in when the program matches their current level of training and fitness.

The program involves 3 days of running and 2 days of cross training and is divided into 9 different periods of adaptation. The most important day of the week is the weekend long run which start at 3 miles and finish at 20-22 miles. At first glance, the task may seem insurmountable but experience and research shows the body, given proper rest, has the capacity to adapt quickly.