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.
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.
Run SMART client Michelle LaSala has now dropped about 20 minutes off of her marathon PR in two years. Back in January of 2010 she dropped 10 minutes finishing the P.F. Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon in 3:15:36. This past weekend she took almost another 10 minute chunk off her best finishing the Twin Cities Marathon in 3:06:31 (7:08 per mile)!
Michelle executed her race game plan brilliantly with a half marathon split of 1:32:45. She finished 44th overall out of 3,681 female finishers. You can check out the full results here.
Big congrats to Michelle and her longtime coach Vince Sherry on all the success.
Brian Schmidt, coached by Blake Boldon, ran a new PR by almost 12 minutes, finishing in 2:47:24. That time placed Brian 21st overall for the U.S. Masters Championships! Check out Brian’s full race results here.
Melisa Christian, coached by Dr. Jack Daniels, also competed at Twin Cities, which hosted the USA Women’s Marathon Championships. Melisa, like Brian, had a great performance finishing 18th place overall in 2:41:55. Check out Melisa’s full results here.