London Marathon Training Plans

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LONDON Marathon

Training Plans

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Welcome to our library of Marathon Training Plans for the London Marathon!

The 2020 London Marathon will be held on 26 April, 2020!

The marathon training schedules we’ve developed have been refined and road-tested by thousands of runners – each comes with explanatory notes and guidance.   

Our marathon training programs are split into three categories – novice, intermediate, and advanced.

Choose a marathon training plan which reflects your current state of running fitness, the amount of time you have available, and your marathon goals. 

Some of our training schedules are based around a specific time-goal (for example, the 20-week sub 4 hour marathon training plan), whereas others are based on training time and skill level.   

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How Long Is a Marathon?

A marathon is 26.2 miles, or 42.195 kilometers.

How Long Does It Take To Train For A Marathon?

The length of time it takes to train and prepare for a marathon depends on your current running abilities, and your marathon goals.

We recommend that you spend at least three months training for your marathon – assuming you have some running background.

Generally, a good marathon training plan should be 4 to 5 months in length; this allows sufficient time to build up the required mileage base, without ramping up too quickly.

How Do I Choose A Marathon Training Plan?

Deciding which marathon training program is right for you is a personal choice – it depends on what your current running ability is, how long you have until your marathon, and what your marathon goals are.  

Check out the notes alongside each marathon training plan below to help you choose!

Customisable, Free London Marathon Training Plans

At Marathon Handbook, our aim is to help you to run far.  

With that in mind, all our London marathon training plans are completely free and totally customisable.  

Do other commitments mean that you can only train on certain days?  

Need to trim a couple of weeks off the time schedule?

No problem, edit the spreadsheet as you see fit.  

Our training plans come in both Google Sheets and PDF format; feel free to grab a copy of the Google Sheet, edit it, download it to Excel, print it – do whatever you want!

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Who Has Designed These Marathon Training Plans?

Hi!

I’m Thomas, a UESCA-certified running coach and ultra-runner. 

I’ve worked with hundred of runners, and developed these training plans through ongoing research, my work with other marathon runners, and personal experience.

I am always reviewing the best marathon training practices and update the plans as required!

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BEGINNER AND NOVICE MARATHON TRAINING PLANS

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6 Month Marathon Training Plan

Our 6 Month Marathon Training Plan is great for both new runners, and those will a little bit of experience under their belt. 

With 6 months to prepare, we focus on very gradually increasing the weekly mileage at a manageable rate, so you don’t end up burning out.

If you have 6 months or more before your marathon, this is an awesome plan.

Ideally you should be able to run 2-3 miles without stopping before you begin this plan, but you can choose to adopt a run/walk strategy too!

Who is it for?:  First-time marathon runners!   It’s best suited for those runners who don’t have an ambitious finishing time in mind, as the focus is not on speed but on gradually – and safely – building that mileage up.

How Long?: Six months, or 24 weeks.  If your only objective is to complete your marathon comfortably, and you have six months (or more) to prepare, this is the plan for you!

The plan doesn’t have a speed or pace focus at all – the objective is to get the required mileage in.   It includes 3 mid-week runs, to be performed at a comfortable pace, and one long-slow run each weekend to build your max mileage.   The plan includes one cross-training day per week and two rest days. 

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20 Week Marathon Training Plan

Our 20 Week Marathon Training Plan for Beginners is well-suited for new runners, or runners who are used to shorter distances. It’s designed to get you to the finish line, and hopefully to run the whole 26.2 miles. 

Who is it for?:  First-time marathon runners!  Novices, beginners, people who have been running for less than a year. 

How Long?: Five months (20 weeks).  This allows for a very gradual increase in mileage in preparation for the marathon.

The plan doesn’t have a speed or pace focus at all – the objective is to get the required mileage in.   It includes 3 mid-week runs, to be performed at a comfortable pace, and one long-slow run each weekend to build your max mileage.   The plan includes one cross-training day per week and two rest days. 

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16 Week Marathon Training Plan – Ideal for First Marathons

Our 16 Week Marathon Training Plan is designed for runners with some short-distance experience . . . perhaps you’ve run a few 5k’s or 10k’s and want to push yourself.

Who is it for?:  People with some running experience, looking to ramp up their training for a marathon.   Perhaps it’s your first marathon, perhaps you’ve run a couple; this plan is designed for people who can currently run continuously for one hour.

How Long?: 16 weeks // 4 months. 

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The ‘training runs’ should be done at a comfortable, sustainable pace – their purpose is to help you get the miles and time on your feet in.

The ‘race pace run’ is designed for those who have a specific target finish time in mind: during these runs, stick to your target marathon pace.   If you don’t have a target marathon pace, maintain a comfortable, sustainable pace.

Long runs are there to increase your maximum mileage and time on your feet.   The whole purpose of these is to run slowly – at a conversational pace – no faster.  If you are struggling during these long runs, feel free to take walking breaks – no worries.

The plan includes one day of cross training and two rest days.

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What Is The Best Marathon Training Plan for Beginners?

If you have plenty of time, I would highly recommend the 6 month marathon training plan we have.  It’s designed so very gradually build up the mileage volume, so you shouldn’t get overwhelmed by the crazy training schedule.

Each of our beginner / novice marathon training plans are designed with running in mind, but equally if you are struggling then it’s totally fine to adopt a run/walk strategy. I’d recommend running for 2 minutes and walking for 1 minute. 

Why Is There No Speed Work in the Beginner / Novice Marathon Training Plans?

Speed work (interval training, repeats, Yassos, etc.) are excellent for improving your marathon pace, but they add a lot of intensity to an already busy marathon training schedule.  For novice runners, adding speed work exponentially increases the risk of injury – for that reason we don’t include it in our novce training plans.

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INTERMEDIATE MARATHON TRAINING PLANS

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Sub 4-Hour Marathon Training Plan

Our Sub Four Hour Marathon Training Plan has been backwards-engineered from the goal of crossing the finish line in less than four hours.

Who is it for?:  Runners who have established an initial running base, or have an existing good fitness level – and want to beat the 4hr time.

How Long?: Five months (20 weeks).  This allows time for the runner to strengthen their base of running fitness then add mileage at a manageable rate.

The plan focusses on developing a strong running base, while increasing mileage.  This plan has higher weekly mileages than the novice plans, in order to strengthen the running base which helps with running a consistent pace during your marathon.

The training schedule has been designed backwards from the goal of a sub-4-hr marathon.   So the amount of training and pace is all building towards that single goal. 

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12 Week Marathon Training Plan (Accelerated Schedule)

Our 12 Week Marathon Training Plan is designed for those on a tight training schedule. 12 weeks is the shortest timeframe we’d generally recommend for anyone preparing for a marathon, as sufficient time is required to build up the base mileage without cramming in too many miles and causing overtraining injuries.

Who is it for?: Runners who have established an initial running base, or have an existing good fitness level.   You should be able to run 10km without stopping.

How Long?: 12 weeks // 3 months.

This plan has you working out five days a week – four days of running and a day of cross-training, with two days off.  

Given the short training time, the important thing to focus on building your stamina and endurance rather than speed.   

There are 3 regular training runs per week, and a long run at the weekends. For your Long Runs, the aim is simply to get your body used to running for a long time – so take them easy, don’t push yourself.  For your weekday runs, try and sustain a pace at which you could hold a conversation with someone. 

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ADVANCED MARATHON TRAINING PLANS

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20 Week Advanced Marathon Training Plan

Our 20 week advanced marathon training plan is designed for experienced runners who are really looking to push their limits; whether it’s a new PB or another ambitious target, this training program is intense from week 1 and rachets things up from there.   Note that it starts with a 10 mile long run, and includes 3 x 20 mile long runs.

Who Is It For?:

Runners who have a good existing running base and want to really push their limits in their marathon effort.  Perhaps you’ve already run a few marathons and are looking to set a new PB.   You should already be capable of training several times per week, and run 10 miles continuously. 

How Long?: 

Five months // 20 weeks.  

 

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20 Week Advanced 2 (INTENSE) Marathon Training Plan

Our 20 week Advanced 2 Marathon Training Plan (INTENSE) is our toughest training plan.

It is based on the Advanced Marathon Training Plan, but replaces one of the rest days with an extra speed work day.   This means two days of speedwork per week; 5 days of running, one day of cross-training, and one rest day.

Note:  this plan is for people aiming to crush it and reach for the ‘elite’ section.   Even if you’ve run several marathons before, this training plan might not be for you.   If you’re training for Boston or to truly compete, then you’re in the right place.

Who Is It For?:

Ambitious, experienced runners who are looking to train for the fastest marathon of their lives.

Runners who have a good existing running base and want to really push their limits in their marathon effort.  Perhaps you’ve already run a few marathons and are looking to set a new PB.   You should already be capable of training six times per week, and run 10 miles continuously. 

How Long?: 

Five months // 20 weeks.  

Description: 

This plan starts off with a good level of intensity, and continually rachets it up. 

 

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Half-marathon during marathon training

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Hey Thomas!

I am following your marathon training program for a 4-hour marathon (20 weeks).

At week 13, I ran a half marathon here in Greece as part of my training.

My finishing time was 1.54.54 official timing – on course to smash the 4-hr marathon!

It’s 7 weeks to my marathon race (Athens Authentic Marathon), let’s do it – thanks for your support so far!

Panagiotis Laskaris
Marathon Handbook student

Bhutan Marathon Done!

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Hey Thomas,

Thanks for your help throughout my marathon training journey!

It really helped me prepare and improve my running technique 🙂

Tshering Penden
Bhutan International Marathon

First marathon success!

First marathon success! 3

I’ve just completed my 1st marathon last Sunday, and couldn’t be more proud of myself and also be thankful for the amazing support from Marathon Handbook – which helped me so much!

I had a few issues on race day – my GPS stopped in the middle of the course, and we had some unexpected hills I hadn’t prepared for – but I ran consistently throughout the marathon and luckily didn’t hit the wall!

My finishing time was 4hrs 44min and I’ve already promised to myself get a much better one in the next race!

Samanta Bernard
Marathon Handbook student

Sub 4-hr marathon success!!!

Sub 4-hr marathon success!!! 4

On signing up to my first marathon I was extremely fortunate to come across Thomas’ 4-hour marathon training schedule, which I tweaked slightly to fit around my travel commitments.

What followed was a weekly e-mail packed full of useful tips which prevented me from making any rookie errors along the way.

One of the most useful tips being to run a consistent pace, which is a strategy I stuck to, finishing the marathon in 3:47 (having aimed for 3:50).

I would certainly recommend Marathon Handbook to anyone – particularly first-time marathoners!

Natasha Floyer
Sydney Marathon

Can’t believe I’m a marathon runner…!

Can't believe I'm a marathon runner...! 5

I prepared to the best of my ability, following the training plan and using the Marathon Handbook diet and gear guides.

My race was quite an experience . . . it was already pretty hot, and the weather became very humid.

I started with my heart pounding very heavily, gradually it slowed down. Up to half-way was ok, but after that my head started burning, feeling hot, legs started going . . . but then I reminded myself ok come on . . . you can do it!

hahahaahha! hurray yessss I did it, I made it, I made it… I could not express my feeling, how happy I was, I couldn’t believe myself!

After this I’m still surprised I can call myself a marathon runner!

Ratna Gomes
Dooars Run Safari Marathon

Breaking the impossible!

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“Your lessons were really helpful . . . they greatly helped me to achieve what I thought was impossible.

I cannot describe the euphoria and satisfaction I felt days after running the marathon!”

Kuba Pikus
Marathon Handbook student

Thank you thank you THANK YOU!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU! 7

WOOHOO!!!

Just dropping in to say I had my full marathon this weekend!!

When we started running in downpouring rain! I crushed my first half and had a little bit of a slow down around mile 17. I cried at mile 20 and got a fantastic second wind at mile 23 and flew across the finish line.

My knees are still feeling a little hot and the outside of my right foot is in rough shape but, I can’t wait for my next race, I loved it so much!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for supporting me throughout this training journey!! 

Hannah Asfeldt
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Training Plan Elements Explained:

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These are standard runs, typically of 3 - 6 miles in length.  They are used to build running form and time-on-your-feet. They should be performed at close-to your target race pace, or at a conversational pace if you have no target speed. 

Long Runs

These are longer distance runs, designed to increase your stamina.   They are purely about building up the length of time you can continue running - don't worry about your pace, keep it an easy conversational level (more info).

 

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Run workouts designed to increase your speed!  These come in various forms - Yasso's, intervals, Fartleks, etc.   They are useful if you have a speed-based goal, but if you don't then no need to focus on them - they can be tiring (more info).

Cross Training

Any form of exercise which does not involve running, and preferably one which is low impact (avoid contact sports).   Good forms of cross training include yoga, swimming, and strength training.

 

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Proven Training Plans by a UESCA-certified Running Coach 

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!

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