Marathon Training Schedule

I had planned to write this big, long post about why my marathon training schedule is planned out as it is below.

Instead, I decided to do some online shoe shopping for a foodie event I have on Saturday night. #priorities

So, here’s the quick explanation…

  • I love Body Pump.
  • I want to incorporate more than one day of strength training each week.
  • Hal Higdon is a running genius.
  • Yoga helps relieve my stress and forces me to stretch.
  • I’m afraid I’ll injure myself (and get bored with the pavement…) if I run too often.
  • I compromised and did an every other week thang.

Problem solved.

Marathon Schedule

Good strategy? I think so, especially because it was created in a spreadsheet.

Also, the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon/10k lines up perfectly with my training schedule. Who wants to run 13.1 with me on August 2nd? Get 10% off here.

Fellow race trainers – what is your running strategy for the upcoming months? Is there anything I’m missing? 


  1. Good luck with training! I’d love to run the half with you if it weren’t so far from me.
    Tiff recently posted…Five for FridayMy Profile

  2. Good luck! I stick to 3-4 days of running or I get burned out/bored. I think it’s important to incorporate workouts you like to keep you interested.
    Runnergirleats recently posted…Fitness and FeastsMy Profile

  3. Good luck! I find 3 days a week of running is the best for me. If I add in 4 for too many weeks, I get really burnt out and start to hate my runs. I love that you are adding in bodypump!! It’s really important to keep up the strength training! Good luck darling :)
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…Summertime Arms WorkoutMy Profile

    • Thank you, Heather! And yes, the last thing I want to do is get burnt out so I think 3 is probably the right number for me :)

  4. Wellllll I did Hal Higdon the last time I was training for a half and injured myself whomp whomp…but I totally wasn’t listening to my body! As long as you listen, you’ll be good to go!

    • Oh no! I have used his schedule for each of my races and haven’t had issues. I’m also running with a group so hopefully that’ll help.

  5. yay, so excited for you! I think if you listen to your body (which it sounds like you will!) you will be all set for the big day! I love Hal Higdons training plans too!
    Katie @ daily cup of kate recently posted…National Salad Month: Do You Know What An Endive Is?My Profile

  6. shoe shopping is WAY more important than writing a long post. :) I want to see what you got!!
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  7. Wow! You are so organized. But I guess you have to be with running a marathon :)
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Honey Nut Muffins +Giveaway!My Profile

    • Ugh gosh, my entire life is wayyyyy too organized, haha! But yes, with a marathon you really have to plan it out. I can’t just go out there on October 12th and run 26.2 ;)

  8. You’re going to do awesome no matter what! Good luck with it!
    Holly @ eatgreatbegreat recently posted…8 Things I’ve Learned About MyselfMy Profile

  9. I love your idea of every other week! I usually take Hal’s plans but go for 3 runs a week. The long run is sacred, the other two are short and hopefully fast!
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  10. Looks like a balanced schedule. You’ll do great! Enjoy!
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  11. I think your plan is awesome. I love longer training plans because it leaves some room for if you miss a long run or whatnot. Whenever I train for a marathon, I always run 3 (sometimes 4) days and it’s worked well for me. Have fun!!!
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted…Being ProductiveMy Profile

  12. I love me a Hal Higdon training program! Used it for my first half and my first full :)

    I still haven’t written out my training schedule for Chicago. However, last year one of my marathons was that same weekend and I had a coach SO I have 18 weeks of training to review from that and remodel my schedule after.
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  13. August 2nd? Hmm…I may be in on that! I like to do a Chi town visit every summer to see friends. It may be in my future!
    Megan @ The Skinny-Life recently posted…Orange Julius SmoothieMy Profile

  14. You are a badass, my friend! You are going to rock it :)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…Barbecue Black Bean and Pineapple Pizza for One (Vegan)My Profile

  15. That looks like a really, really solid plan to me. The most important parts of marathon training are your weekly and mid-week long runs. Everything else is just supplemental. You’ve got all of those in with a solid plan both for increasing mileage and cutback weeks (oh, how I <3 cutback week!), which is what really matters. Plus by mixing it up and incorporating cross training, you'll be much less likely to get injured and/or burnt out. Good work! You're going to do great!
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  16. I think I may have told you, but I signed up for the Chi Town Zoom Half a while back and I did take advantage of your discount! Thanks!

    I love me some Hal Higdon. I’ll be using his novice 2 schedule for my November Marathon with my own flare on it…i.e incorporating yoga like you have etc…. Thanks for sharing! I like your plan:)
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  17. I like this a lot! I used HH’s Novice 2 for my half, but I also decided I didn’t want to run too much so I only ran 3x per week. Even at 3x per week my legs/joints were really feelin it a few weeks before my race! I think alternating with body pump is a really good idea. What are you doing for cross training? More body pump or just walks/general weekend activity?

    Andddddd re: the Zooma Half Marathon….how hot is it in Chicago in August?? ;)
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted…What My {Teacher} Mom Has Taught MeMy Profile

    • Hmm… maybe Body Pump or another weights class and lots of walking. And lifting beers to my mouth. That’s hard work ;) So, the race starts at 7am so it wouldn’t be too hot then. Plus there’s free wine afterwards ;)

  18. Looks like a great schedule that will keep you from getting bored and burned out!! Plus, running with a group for long runs makes all the difference. :) Happy training!
    Leslie @ Life Begins @ 30? recently posted…Favorites and a ConfessionMy Profile

  19. I think I’ll be just getting to Chicago around the 2nd, so I probably won’t run, but I’ll come cheer you on!
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…Some Worthwhile DistractionsMy Profile

  20. A full marathon! So freaking exciting! You’re an inspiration, girl. Good luck with your training :)
    Kate @ Baking in yoga pants recently posted…Thinking Out Loud – What Healthy Means to MeMy Profile

  21. I think that’s an awesome strategy! Your buff, yet lean muscles will carry you through the race. ;)
    Your longest run is on my birthday! You’ll have to drink a few to celebrate both occasions. :)
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  22. Keeping up the BP and strength training is actually KEY to a great running schedule :) More is not always better when it comes to running. This looks fab!
    Annette@FitnessPerks recently posted…Friday Thoughts {7}My Profile

  23. Looks like a good plan to me! I have to figure out how I’m going to personalize my plan a bit especially since I’ve started CrossFit, am loving it and hope to continue… ;)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted…BRTR Week 11 / CrossFit Week 1My Profile

  24. I totally support your priorities :) and I love your plan! I think running a lot can be good for some people but maybe not so good for others. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but I think the biggest thing is listening to your body. That is my race strategy this summer/fall. Can’t wait to read about your training! xo
    Amy @ THE Little Honey bee recently posted…It’s Been a YearMy Profile

  25. Good luck with the training! The schedule looks pretty good & standard to me. The one thing (if it works for the body pump schedule) is that you can further reduce injury by spacing out the mid-week runs – e.g. Tues & Thurs run, Wed do body pump. If it works for the schedule.

    Enjoy! And don’t stress if you have to cut back a bit more than you’ve got on there!
    Lauren @laurenruns recently posted…Three Things Thursday 21My Profile

  26. I just printed my HH training plan too! Can we please meet up at the Chicago marathon?!? Your plan looks great and I think you really found a way to listen to your body and push yourself. You are gonna be great :)
    Hannah @ SprinTs & scones recently posted…Fitness Goals & Meal Plans for the weekMy Profile

  27. Looks like a great strategy! I think doing more strength and yoga to help prevent injuries is a wise way of spending your training time :)
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted…Stages of bloggingMy Profile

  28. that’s one good looking schedule! words cannot describe how jealous i am!! i had to drop out of my marathon when i broke my hip and it was so disappointing :(
    LEX recently posted…Weekend RecapMy Profile

  29. haha making spreadsheets is probably my favorite part of my past half-marathon training! #nerdalert I usually space out my runs a little more, but otherwise the plan looks good to me! Hal Higdon IS a genius!
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  30. I really love the way you’ve included yoga and pump in your schedule! I’ve definitely been lax in my cross training in my training plans – I’ll be sure to pay more attention to that in future cycles!

    And yes, running burnout is real! :(
    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Thoughts, Feelings and RunningMy Profile

  31. Oh man I’d be dreading that 20 mile run all summer! But you will feel so amazing after doing it :) Looks like a great schedule! I can’t wait to hear all about your marathon training! I need to put together my half marathon training plan!
    Alex @ alex runs for food recently posted…Weekend Happenings 5.20.14My Profile


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