Houston Marathon Training Plan


Based on Cypress Running Club: Progression - Marathon Training Plan
Weeks To GoDatesMondayWednesdayThursdaySaturday
248/1-8/75 miles
238/8-8/1430 min.30 min. plus strides30 min.5 miles
228/15-8/2130 min.30 min. plus strides30 min.6 miles
218/22-8/2830 min.45 min. plus strides30 min.6 miles
208/29-9/445 min.Fartlek 45 min (10 min w-up + 12 x (1 min fast + 1 min CP) + 10 min c-down)30 min. plus strides7 miles
199/5-9/1145 min.Fartlek 45 min (10 min w-up +3/5/5/3 fast w/1 min @ CP in between + 10 min c-down30 min. plus strides8 miles
189/12-9/1845 min.Fartlek 45 min (10 min w-up +4fast +2CP/ 2fast+1CP/1fast+1CP/ repeat(4:2/2:1/1:1) + 10 min c-down30 min. plus strides10 miles
179/19-9/2560 min.Fartlek 60 min (10 min w-up + 4fast + 2CP/ 5fast+3CP/6 fast+3CP/ 5fast+3CP/4 fast+2CP /2 fast+1CP plus10 min c-down)45 min. plus strides7 miles
169/26-10/260 min.Tempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 1 mile @ TP, 0.5 mile @ CP, 1 mile @ TP, 0.5 mile @ CP, 1 mile @ TP, 1 mile @ CP (6 miles)45 min. plus strides9 miles
1510/3-10/960 min.Tempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 1.5 miles @ TP, 1 miles @ CP, 1.5 miles @ TP, 1 mile @ CP (6 miles)45 min. plus strides10 miles
1410/10-10/1660 min.Tempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 1 mile @ TP, 1 miles @ CP, 2 miles @ TP, 1 mile @ CP (6 miles)45 min. plus strides12 miles
1310/17-10/2360 min.Tempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 3 miles @ TP, 2 miles @ CP (6 miles)45 min. plus strides14 miles
1210/24-10/3060 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 3*1000 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 2x2 miles @ TP w/2 min recovery jog, 1 mile @ CP12 miles
1110/31-11/660 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 4*1000 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 1 mile @ TP, 2 min recovery, 3 miles @ TP, 1 mile @ CP15 miles
1011/7-11/1360 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 4*1200 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 4 miles @ TP, 1 mile @ CP18 miles
911/14-11/2060 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 5*1200 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 5 miles @ TP15 miles
811/21-11/2760 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 4*1200 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workout6 miles @ MP20 miles
711/28-12/475 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 5*1200 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workout8 miles @ MP14 miles
612/5-12/1175 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 6*800 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 3x2 mile @ TP w/2 min recovery jog, 1 mile @ CP16 miles
512/12-12/1860 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 1600, 1200, 1000, 800 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 1, 2, 3 miles @ TP w/2 min recovery jog, 1 mile @ CP20 miles
412/19-12/2560 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800 w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 3, 2, 1 miles @ TP w/2 min recovery jog, 1 mile @ CP16 miles
312/26-1/160 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 5*1200m w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 6 miles @ TP12 miles
21/2-1/845 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 6*800m w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workoutTempo Run - 1 mile @ CP, 2x2 mile @ TP w/2 min recovery jog, 1 mile @ CP8 miles
11/9-1/1530 min.Intervals - 20 min w-up, 4*800m w/2 min RI, 10 min c-down or track workout3 miles @ MPRace Day!

 

Pace Notes

Long Run and Easy Runs: Unless indicated differently, all long runs should be done at conversation pace. This is an easy pace that allows you talk as you run, on the other hand it should be fast enough to keep your heart rate at 110-140 bpm). You will be doing most of your mileage at this pace.

Strides are 6-10 short bursts of swift running, up to 150 meters on the track (3/8 of a lap, starting at the apex of the turn or the middle of the straightaway) or .10 miles on the road. In the first 40 meters, accelerate from conversational pace to near-sprint pace, spend 80 meters at near-sprint, then decelerate back to conversational pace. Allow full recovery: strides are for working on your coordination, not anaerobic fitness.

Fartlek workouts will be posted on Facebook each week in September; some examples are on the CRC website, at the “Milestone Training Programs” page.

Tempo Runs & Intervals workouts are prescribed in terms of the number of repetitions and the distance (in miles, kilometers, or meters). One mile is roughly 1,600 meters, and a typical track is 400 meters long. A workout that states “4 x 1200” means that you run three laps (or ¾ of a mile) at an appropriately fast pace, recover, and repeat three more times.

The “recovery intervals” allow your heart rate and breathing to return to a reasonable level. Typically, your recovery interval will be as long as you spent running, up to a maximum of five min..

The “right” pace for the Tempo Runs and Intervals is the fastest pace that allows you to complete all repetitions in nearly the same time. If you find that your times are increasing as the workout progresses, then this indicates that you started too fast.

The best way to determine appropriate training paces is to run a race or time-trial. A pace calculator, such as Greg McMillan’s (http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/), will give you a range of recommended paces based on a recent race. Or, the “pace wheel” is available as an iPhone or Android app. Consider the following examples, using a 2-Mile time trial to test your current fitness level:

 

2-Mile Time Trial Time: 15:00 17:30 20:00
Conversation Pace 10:43 per mile 12:30 per mile 14:17 per mile
Marathon Race Pace 8:56 per mile 10:25 per mile 11:54 per mile
Tempo Run 8:31 per mile 9:57 per mile 11:22 per mile
Intervals 1:54 per ¼-mile 2:13 per ¼-mile 2:32 per ¼-mile
Fartleks and Strides 1:38 per ¼-mile 1:55 per ¼-mile 2:10 per ¼-mile
Projected Marathon Finish 3 hrs., 54 min. 4 hrs., 33 min. 5 hrs., 11 min.

 

If you are used to using a heart rate monitor, then you can use as reference:

Workout Percent of Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)

  • Easy run and long run 65-75%
  • Tempo run 87-92%
  • Interval repeats 95-100%

Race Distance

  • 5-K 95-97%
  • 10-K 92-94%
  • Half-marathon 85-88%
  • Marathon 80-85%

MHR = 205 – (.5 x your age)

When the heat index rises, safety might dictate using a slower pace than indicated. In conditions of extreme heat and/or humidity, it may be advisable to walk recovery intervals rather than jog them. Whenever running, it is always advisable to drink plenty of fluids, particularly one that contains sodium to combat electrolyte losses from sweating.

Disclaimer: Consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any exercise program; information presented above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. When you choose to follow this or any training plan, you do so entirely at your own risk.

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