By Jillian Anderson for Sports Fitness Advisor
Regardless of your age and ability, successful marathon training takes careful planning and preparation.
How much preparation?
Whether your goal is to run sub 3 hours or ‘just’ to finish, ideally you need to give yourself at least 18 weeks prior to the event…
And that assumes you have a solid running base to start with – currently averaging 20 plus miles per week.
But even for experienced marathon runners, allowing enough time and putting in the miles isn’t enough. Unless you follow some key principles of training there’s a good chance you’ll hit that wall – or at the very least log a time that doesn’t inspire you.
Below you’ll find several half-marathon and full marathon training schedules – classed as beginner, intermediate and advanced…