Our 20 week marathon training plan for beginners is designed for beginners, novices, and first-time marathon runners. The 20 week marathon program includes gradual mileage increases.
Who Is It For?:
People who are new to marathons – beginners and novice runners who don’t have a long history of running. Perhaps you’ve picked up running in the past year – then this is the plan for you.
20 weeks // 5 months.
The plan focusses on developing a strong running base, while very gradually increasing mileage.
Your focus during training is to build up the miles, without worrying too much about speed.
Try to run the mid-week runs at a comfortable pace.
Long runs should be done slowly – at a conversational pace.
Walking breaks is acceptable, but if you can continue to jog – no matter the speed – that’s preferable.
The goal is simply to get your body attuned to running the miles.
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Every one of our training plans has been developed by Thomas Watson, a UESCA-certified running coach.
Thomas is also a podium-finishing ultra-marathon runner, and has dozens of marathons under his belt.
Each training plan has been road-tested by hundred of runners, refined and improved – and are free to download and customise to suit your needs!