Marathon Training Plan

Mike and I signed up for the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle Marathon back in January and now we’re 14 weeks away from race day. I guess it’s time to start training.

I haven’t run much since the Bridge Run Half (<—new PR!) in May. A marathon is not something to take lightly and I know my body and mind will fall a part during the race if I don’t train properly. I want to do everything I can to ensure a positive experience in Erie.

I researched a few different plans, but this FIRST Runner’s World plan seemed like the best fit for me. I followed the FIRST half marathon plan and it was the first time I actually stuck to a plan. Each run has a purpose (speed, tempo, and long) and the program allows 2 days for cross training/strength training and a rest day.

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle training plan
I’m planning on doing speed work on Tuesdays, tempo runs on Thursdays, and long runs on Saturday or Sunday. The website helps determine your pace for speed work, tempo runs, and long runs. (I took out weeks 4 and 8 because the original plan is 16 weeks.)

I’ve never ran more than 13.1 miles, so I’m looking forward to conquering those 14+ mile days. Let the fun the begin!

Question of the Day
Have you ever completed a full marathon before? Do you want to? Why or why not?

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  1. Good luck with your training! If you are anything like me, I think you are going to enjoy both the training experience and especially the race!

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