Running the Marathon is a challenge many runners set themselves. With the right preparation and training this is a goal virtually everyone can achieve. We have everything you need to achieve your marathon running goal free to view on site from the beginners first run to the serious athlete aiming to break 3 hours for the distance.
Former Elite Marathon runner Paul Evans gives his inside hints and tips of how to train for your first Marathon as well as improve your time on race day.
Former Elite Marathon runner Paul Evans gives his inside hints and tips of how to make the most of race day for any big city marathon including the London Marathon.
This 14 week plan takes the beginner step by step through the training needed to complete your first marathon. Increasing time on your feet and gradually building the miles up is the aim. For a first timer they will usually require a 13 or 14 weeks build up program to give themselves the best chance of completing the 26 plus miles of a Marathon.
Going under three and a half hours for the marathon is a good standard for a club runner and means increasing your pace to average around 8 minute miles. This is a introduction to the type and level of training required as well as the required starting level of fitness to run a 3 hour marathon.
Once you have a little experience then you might want to break the 4 hours barrier. This means running consistently around the 9 minute mile mark. This programme will help you get there and is suitable for runners hoping to break 4 hours for the distance. Do not jump straight to this schedule if you have not done any running before.