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Marathon Training Plans

Select a marathon training plan to download from the options below. At the same time, be sure to sign up for our weekly coaching emails for the duration of your 18 week training cycle. 

If you're signing up to train for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon with us, the race is on Sunday, October 17th and our training will begin on Saturday, June 12. 

STEP 1: 

  • Sign up for the weekly coaching emails. These weekly emails will provide guidance, motivation, and everything you need to know for the current training week - and we'll be raffling off prizes throughout the training season, so watch your inbox to find out if you're a winner!  
    • If you sign up for our winter/spring season, training takes place from December/January through April/May, and the coaching emails begin 18 weeks prior to Cincy's Flying Pig racing weekend. 
    • If you sign up for our summer/fall season, training takes place from June 12 through race day on October 17, and the coaching emails begin 18 weeks prior to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. 
    • If you sign up for the "Choose Your Own Training Season" option, you can begin training today - and your 18 weeks of coaching emails will begin immediately.

STEP 2: 

  • Download a free training schedule below.

 

MARATHON: 18 WEEK BEGINNER PLAN

This plan is an ideal option for first-time marathoners or those who are pressed for time in their day-to-day schedules. The beginner plan calls for 3 runs or walks each week along with one cross training day. Before starting the beginner program, you should already be capable of running or walking 6 continuous miles. The training schedule is available as a downloadable, printable pdf. Print it up and post it where you'll see it on a daily basis!

 

MARATHON: 18 WEEK INTERMEDIATE PLAN

The intermediate plan is for those looking to take that next step with their marathon fitness. This plan calls for 4 runs or walks each week along with one cross training day. Before beginning the intermediate program, you should already be capable of running or walking 6 continuous miles. The training schedule is available as a downloadable, printable pdf. Print it up and post it where you'll see it on a daily basis!

 

MARATHON: 18 WEEK INTERMEDIATE PLAN + SPEED WORK

The intermediate + speed plan is for the marathoner in search of a PR on race day. This plan calls for 4 runs or walks each week, with one of those runs consisting of a speed workout. This plan also includes one cross training day. Before beginning the intermediate + speed program, you should already be capable of running or walking 6 continuous miles and you should already have some experience with the half marathon or marathon. The training schedule is available as a downloadable, printable pdf. Print it up and post it where you'll see it on a daily basis!

 

MARATHON: 18 WEEK ADVANCED PLAN + SPEED WORK

The advanced plan was built with input from Olympic Trials qualifying runners from CRC Elite, and this high level plan is designed for the runner looking to maximize their potential through additional speed workouts and longer miles. This program is intended for those with a significant running background, and there are two levels of the program (level 1 with speed work and level 2 with advanced speed work). The training schedule is available as a downloadable, printable pdf. Print it up and post it where you'll see it on a daily basis!

 

We'll share specific training details in each week's coaching email, but you can find key info via the downloadable training sheets here. This includes pace charts and info about specific workouts that you may find on your plan. 

Remember, PACE MATTERS!

 

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