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Generic Marathon Schedule

This schedule isn't targetted for any particular race, it just gives you a general idea of a sensible plan. You'll need to find your own races and perhaps move some of the long runs round to fit. For speed work, do our usual club sessions except where something specific is given.


The schedule shown is for a runner hoping to complete a MARATHON race in a time of 04:20:00.

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Use our pace calculator to find out more about the terms used in the schedule.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1
 Heath. 6 miles Easy (1h06) Speed work  11 miles Easy (2h02)
20 Jul to 26 Jul
Week 2
 Heath. 6 miles Steady (1h01) Speed work  10K Race
27 Jul to 02 Aug
Week 3
 Heath. 4 miles Easy, 2 miles Threshold (1h03) Speed work  12 miles Easy (2h13)
03 Aug to 09 Aug
Week 4
 Heath. 6 miles Easy (1h06) Speed work  4 miles Easy, 4 miles Steady, 3 miles Race Pace (1h55)
10 Aug to 16 Aug
Week 5
 Heath. 6 miles Steady (1h01) Speed work  13 miles Easy (2h24)
17 Aug to 23 Aug
Week 6
 Heath. 4 miles Easy, 2 miles Threshold (1h03) Speed work  16 miles Easy (2h57)
24 Aug to 30 Aug
Week 7
 Heath. 6 miles Easy (1h06) Speed work  10K Race
31 Aug to 06 Sep
Week 8
 Highgate. 7 miles Steady (1h11) Speed work  4 miles Easy, 4 miles Steady, 3 miles Race Pace (1h55)
07 Sep to 13 Sep
Week 9
 Highgate. 4 miles Easy, 2 miles Race Pace (1h04) Speed work  18 miles Easy (3h19)
14 Sep to 20 Sep
Week 10
 Highgate. 7 miles Easy (1h17) Speed work  Half Marathon Trail Race
21 Sep to 27 Sep
Week 11
 Highgate. 4 miles Easy, 2 miles Race Pace (1h04) Speed work  20 miles Easy (3h41)
28 Sep to 04 Oct
Make this Sunday a race day practice run. Try out what you will eat and what you will wear on the big day. Above all, enjoy your longest run.
Week 12
 Highgate. 7 miles Easy (1h17) Speed work, but reduced quantity  Half Marathon Race
05 Oct to 11 Oct
Week 13
 Highgate. 7 miles Steady (1h11) 12 x 400m at mile pace, 200m walk recovery  5 miles Easy, 5 miles Steady, 4 miles Race Pace (2h26)
12 Oct to 18 Oct
Week 14
 Highgate. 7 miles Steady (1h11) Marathon pace fartlek, 1hr  8 miles Easy (1h29)
19 Oct to 25 Oct
Week 15
 12x200m sprints. Jog recovery 2 miles Easy (22 mins)  Race Day
26 Oct to 01 Nov
This week take it easy in every way. Don't waste energy on other things like work, housework, gardening or sightseeing. Just chill. Start carb loading on Thursday evening.



It's important to be flexible out your schedule. This plan is just an outline and it is important to pay attention to how you feel. Here are some tips: