Training Plan Overview
The Newbie Run Marathon Training Program is a very popular program for first-time marathoners and those who are currently running 3-4 times per week for 3-5 miles. The 20-week program includes two to three running workouts for 40 minutes and gradually progress and one long workout starting at 5 miles and building slowly to 20 miles. The program also includes two optional cross-training workouts and rest days. Cross-training allows you to incorporate other activities you enjoy to complement your program. Cross-training activities may include strength training, cycling, yoga, swimming, elliptical or any activity that is not running. This program is geared to first-timer half marathoners and gradually builds in mileage allowing your body to adapt to the new distances week to week. The Newbie Marathon Training Program is best suited for those who have been running at least three times per week for 40-50 minutes for at least 6 months. If you are running less, that's okay, consider following the Run-Walk Marathon Training Program.
Training Plan Mileage Chart
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