Stage Race Training Plan

This Stage Race Training Plan is a key part of the Stage Race Handbook – my complete guide to preparing, training, and running races like Marathon des Sables, or the 4 Deserts series . . . multi-stage races over several days and hundreds of kilometers!

Who Is It For?:

Anyone preparing for a Stage Race!

How Long?: 

Six months // 24 weeks.  

The training plan is over six months, so starts off quite lightly (3-4 10km runs per week).

As pace isn’t essential for stage race training, I have not included any recommended pace and mainly made the runs time-based as opposed to distance based.  The one exception to this is the long runs on Saturdays, which I have given set distances to cover – this is to ensure you reach the criteria of completing certain distances in preparation.

Your weekends will be busy.  I’ve scheduled the longest weekly runs for Saturdays, and a shorter run for Sundays.  This is called running “doubles” – doing back-to-back long runs to get your body used to running long distances on tired legs.I’ve scheduled two cross training days per week, and one rest day per week.  If you wish, feel free to take two rest days and only cross train once. 

I’ve assumed a taper of 4 weeks.  This should suit most stage racers, though the more experienced runners may wish to have a shorter taper.

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The most comprehensive plan you will find

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October 28, 2019

I had run a couple of half marathons and was in reasonable shape coming into the plan and it was a good rise in intensity throughout. You need to want to do an event like this – I was getting up at 3am to get my long run in before kids weekend sport etc and this was hard. When you combine the plan with the online community through the Marathon Handbook FB page and website, you get complete support. Have used this plan with great success and now looking at upping the pace in the marathon space… GREAT JOB!

Rob McCaw

Get out of my way

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December 27, 2019

Really good book. Not a lot of extra fluff. Here is what you need to do. Now go do it. Building for my 1st marathon. See you on the other side.

Phil

10k training​ plan

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December 27, 2019

Great

Pido​

50 Mile Success!

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November 22, 2019

Hey dudes, this is the plan to use for a 50 miler. Got me through at least – at age 42, I’m happy with that.

Ellis Kern

Training for NYC Marathon

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October 29, 2019

Trying to train for NYC Marathon and cane across your site! Wish me luck!
Jaime

Jaime Goodall

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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!