Greg Gilliam of Stafford, VA set five new PRs this fall after customizing an 18-week marathon plan. Gilliam’s main objective was to PR at Marine Corps so he was pleasantly surprised to see how much his new fitness helped him achieve personal bests across other distances as well.
We recommend 18-weeks of training if you’ve been running fairly consistently but are not in great race shape when starting the plan. 15-weeks is better if you’re in good racing shape and you’ve already been doing some quality workouts. Sometimes the longer the training plan the more risk of overtraining.
Training for the Marine Corps Marathon? Find out how fast you can go with a training plan written by legendary coach Jack Daniels, personalized just for you. Jack has written templates that can be personalized for those looking to finish their first marathon right through to breaking 3 or 4 hours.
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Running a fall marathon? The absolute best thing you can do is start thinking about your preparation now. An unrushed training plan is the safest way to progress forward and stay injury free while allowing your body to adapt to your training. Make sure to follow a personalized training plan that factors in your age, goal time, time commitment, fitness and experience levels.
Below are the dates of some of the most popular fall marathons and the first day of training for each on our 15-week and 18-week training plans.
Everett Hill has been working with Run SMART coach Vince Sherry for almost three years now. He has turned 50 since and is still setting new personal bests over a variety of distances. Just three weeks after setting a new half marathon PR in Nashville, Everett ran his fastest 5k ever in 23:54 at the Alpharetta 5k, dropping 37 seconds off of his previous best.
After Vince forwarded Everett’s results I did a quick search since it seems like Everett runs a PR every time he signs up for a race.
Run SMART client Everett Hill set an 8 Minute PR at the Marine Corps Marathon today. Everett’s chip time was 4:00:32, check out his splits. The most impressive part about his race was the perfect pacing job he did, coming through the half point just under 2 hours and running evenly over the last half on a course that is considerably harder over the last 13 miles. Congrats to Everett on the new PR and also for being named ThinkFastMoveFaster.com’s Featured Athlete of the Week. Everett is coached by Vince Sherry.