Marathon training plans

Marathon training plans

Are you ready for the ultimate running commitment? Find the marathon training plan to suit your needs and you soon will be.

Once you've tackled a half marathon, it's time to take on the ultimate challenge: your first marathon. Marathons are tough and they require commitment, but they are also one of the most incredible achievements you will ever accomplish.

The beginner marathon plans are for runners attempting their first, and the intermediate & advanced marathon plans are suitable for runners running more than 30 miles a week, looking to improve speed and increase their running stamina.

We have a wide range of training plans and tips and they're all free to download and use.

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12 Week Beginner Marathon Training Plan

12 Week Intermediate Marathon Training Plan 

12 Week Advanced Marathon Training Plan


16 Week Beginner Marathon Training Plan 

16 Week Intermediate Marathon Training Plan 

16 Week Advanced Marathon Training Plan


3.00 to 3.30 hour marathon training schedule

4.00 to 4.30 hour marathon training schedule

Tips from our Personal Trainer

The Running Bug’s resident coach Nick Anderson from Runningwithus has years of experience helping athletes reaching their full potential.

Here, he'll show you;

How to run your first marathon

The secret to running your first marathon

The secret to running your fastest marathon

Important things to remember when training

There's more to running a half marathon than completing a training plan. You'll need to prepare your body for the challenge, so make sure you check out these guides too.

10 reasons why a marathon will be the best thing you ever do

Improving your training

Long run training explained

Interval training for long distances

How to keep running when you want to stop

Running technique

6 ways to improve your running technique

What your running style says about you

Running nutrition

What to eat when training for a marathon

What to eat the week and day before a marathon

What to eat 24 hours before a marathon

6 easy meals for runners

The London Marathon

There's no doubt it's one of the most popular and iconic running events in the world. Make sure you're fully prepared for the big day

The ultimate guide to the London Marathon

Best of Marathon from The Running Bug forums

Have a marathon question you need answering: why not ask 400,000 experts for their opinion? We have loads of super helpful members of the community who would love to help you out. 

Marathon training advice...

First Marathon help

What's a good time for a marathon?

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I'm training for the Bristol to Bath Marathon. I'm not massively experienced in the full 26.2 but did do the Bournmouth Marathon a couple of years ago. If I could offer one piece of advise, it would be. Get your miles up 30-50 miles a week and you will smash it. Add a mile or 2 to your weekly "long run" get as close to the full distance as you can. People say about peaking to early when training, I say that's rubbish. I'm 19 weeks from my marathon and I'm already up to 16 miles. I plan to get comfortable at 20 miles. It needs to be second nature to your body to get up and run 20+ miles for you to run a successful and enjoyable marathon. Or at least that's how I'm planning to do and it worked for me last time.


  • leanda.daddow
    • leanda.daddow
    • See you there it's my first marathon and did eden half last year and a few off road events longest will be 20 miles aug!

    • over 1 year ago
  • bagshaw36
    • bagshaw36
    • See you guys there cant wait as its the first ever one!! Happy training guys

    • over 1 year ago
  • Tracy Carpenter
    • Tracy Carpenter
    • I'm doing this race first marathon also!!  Slightly apprehensive but trainung going ok so far

    • over 1 year ago
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Why do so many running plans give you time to run rather than mileage in their plans. If you are a slow runner you won't cover sufficient miles to make a marthon less tiring if you go purely on time. Also the plans never tell you what total time for a marathon they are expecting you to achieve!!!



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I'm doing nottingham marathon and plan to do it in under 4:15hrs I have checked out the plan on her and the longest run is 2:15 is this right for a full marathon



Brilliant Marathon.done it twice what an experience,time was not important for me,just to say I did it,sure you will love it!!!!



snowdon marathon hear i come