Marathon In 3 Months – The Book

This week I’ve launched my latest Marathon related book – Marathon in 3 Months. It’s a 95-page guide focused on getting you race ready in just twelve weeks.   The book includes training plans, training advice, expert tips on nutrition, preparation and injury prevention.  You can pick it up now in paperback or on Kindle.

Marathon In 3 Months

As the title suggests, it covers marathon preparation for people on an accelerated schedule.

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Click Here to Pick-up ‘Marathon In 3 Months’ eBook at the Amazon Store!


Inside the Book

The eBook is based on four key principles of marathon preparation:

– Design A Robust Training Plan (and stick to it from day one)

– Stay Injury Free (even if it means missing a day of run training)

– Train based on Distance, not Pace (increase the time on your feet)

– Get The Right Gear (Shoes, socks, shirt, shorts and GPS)

I expand on these principles and go into more detail, including sections on:

  • Getting started. We look at the mental and physical commitment you’ve made, what to expect and how best to prepare yourself in the coming three months.
  • We dive into detail on how to get from your current state to race-ready in twelve weeks.  This includes assessing your current level of running fitness, and how feasible a marathon in three months is.  Marathon training these days is a science, not an art – and the lessons learned from countless other runners can be de-constructed and applied to your own training.  Example training plans are included here.
  • Shoes and gear. Have the correct shoes and running gear is fundamental for success.  We break down every piece of gear you need to run a marathon, and all the optional extras too.  We discuss what to look for when you’re buying shoes, shorts and everything else.
  • Nutrition and Hydration. Fuel is what gets you round the race, but it comes in many different forms – and everyone’s stomach is different.  We look at the various fuelling options to have before and during a race, as well as discussing your fuelling strategy and how to road-test it before the race.
  • Before The Marathon. We explain where your focus should be at various milestones – 4 weeks before the race, 1 week before the race, the night before the race and the morning of the race.  Here we discuss tapering and cross-training, diet and mental preparation so you get to the start-line in optimal condition.
  • The Marathon. The actual marathon is the culmination of all your training in one event.  Here we go through what to expect on the day itself – this section contains a lot of advice and tips from experienced marathon runners.
  • Post-Marathon. What to expect, how to minimise recovery time – and how to retain your new level of distance running ability.
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Click Here to Pick-up ‘Marathon In 3 Months’ eBook at the Amazon Store!

So far, the book has helped over 1000 runners work towards their marathon goal.  Here’s a sample of reviews from the book’s Amazon page:

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Head over to Amazon and get your digital copy – and if you love it, add a review!

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson is an ultra-runner, UESCA-certified running coach, and the founder of His work has been featured in Runner's World,, MapMyRun, and many other running publications. He likes running interesting races and good beer. More at his bio.

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