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This 22-week training plan is intended for the elite-level marathoner who wants to take his/her training and racing to a whole new level. This program is appropriate for the male athlete who runs at, or below, 2:55, and the female athlete who runs at, or below, 3:15. The general overview of this particular season plan can be found [HERE]. The specific workouts, below, have all been developed from the season plan.

This season plan includes 8 weeks of strength work, broken into two different phases. The Adaptation Phase is intended to prepare the joints and soft-tissue for the upcoming load of the Max Strength Phase, through very, very light weight work, and is not intended to build strength. The Max Strength Phase is intended to build lean muscle mass through exercises that use very heavy weights. Once completing the formal strength work, during the first 8 weeks of the training program, core work is assigned to help maintain the new lean muscle mass. More detailed descriptions of the strength work recommended for each of the two strength phases, as well as the core routine, can be found [HERE] with our 1-1 Coaching, Mission Plan, or FREE programs.

Each workout in this training plan has a purpose. There are no junk miles! The purpose of each run is described by its intensity. The intensities of the workouts are either recovery (ZR), endurance (Z1), tempo (Z2), or best sustainable efforts of hill bounding and track work. Heart rate zones are very specific to the individual athlete. Your specific heart rate zones can be calculated based upon your past race data, using our [Heart Rate Calculator]. You can expect that these heart rate zones will probably call for you to run at a lower intensity and perceived exertion than you are accustomed to. This is a very common occurrence, when switching over to a The Run Formula training plan. Though these initial training paces may seem very slow, and too easy, they will improve and become more difficult pretty quickly.

Hill work is typically completed through hill bounding repeats. Hill bounding repeats are intended to develop very specific run strength. Track work is used to develop the anaerobic system of energy production, only once the aerobic system has been adequately developed. Specific track intervals have been outlined within the training program. To read how The Run Formula recommends that you execute the specific hill bounding workout, track repeats, as well as ZR, Z1, and Z2 runs, click [HERE] to access with our 1-1 Coaching, Mission Plan, or FREE programs.

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Week # Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 54 min @Z1 Long Run: 68 min @Z1
2 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 58 min @Z1 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 58 min @Z1 Lift: Adaptation Strength Run: 61 min @Z1 Long Run: 76 min @Z1
3 Lift: Max Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Run: 35 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Run: 74 min @Z1 Long Run: 98 min @Z1
4 Lift: Max Strength Run: 36 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 45 min @Z1 OFF Run: 25 min @ZR Race: 5k
5 Lift: Max Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Run: 35 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 53 min @Z1 Run: 74 min @Z1 Long Run: 98 min @Z1
6 Lift: Max Strength Run: 56 min @Z1 Run: 40 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 56 min @Z1 Run: 80 min @Z1 Long Run: 100 min @Z1
7 Lift: Max Strength Run: 62 min @Z1 Run: 40 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 61 min @Z1 Run: 86 min @Z1 Long Run: 107 min @Z1
8 Lift: Max Strength Run: 45 min @Z1 Lift: Max Strength Run: 60 min @Z1 OFF Run: 25 min @ZR Race: 5k
9 Core Work Run: 65 min @Z1 Run: 30 min @ZR Hill Work: 70 min 6xBounding Core Work Run: 82 min @Z1 Long Run: 120 min 93@Z1/27@Z2
10 Core Work Tempo: 65 min 2x8@Z2 Run: 25 min @ZR Hill Work: 75 min 7xBounding Run: 21min@ZR Core Work Run: 85 min @Z1 Long Run: 120 min 90@Z1/30@Z2
11 Core Work Tempo: 70 min 2x12@Z2 Run: 30 min @ZR Hill Work: 75 min 8xBounding Run: 21min@ZR Core Work Run: 90 min @Z1 Split Run: 39@Z1/21@Z2 60 min @Z1
12 Run: 35 min @ZR/Z1 Core Work Run: 60 min @Z1/Z2 Run: 45 min @ZR/Z1 OFF Run: 30 min @ZR Race: 10k Core Work
13 Core Work Run: 70 min @Z1 Run: 36 min @ZR Speed Work: 75 min 12x400 Core Work Run: 90 min @Z1 Long Run: 120 min 83@Z1/37@Z2
14 Core Work Tempo Run: 75 min 2x17@Z2 Run: 21 min @ZR Speed Work: 75 min 4x800,6x400 Run: 20min@ZR Core Work Run: 95 min @Z1 Long Run: 130 min 89@Z1/41@Z2
15 Core Work Tempo Run: 75 min 2x20@Z2 Run: 30 min @ZR Speed Work: 75 min 5x800,6x400 Run: 25min@ZR Core Work Run: 95 min @Z1 Long Run: 140 min 95@Z1/45@Z2
16 Core Work Tempo: 75 min 2x20@Z2 Run: 20 min @ZR Speed Work: 75 min 3xMile,3x800 Run: 20min@ZR Core Work Run: 100 min @Z1 Split Run: 31@Z1/49@Z2 80 min @Z1
17 Run: 32 min @ZR/Z1 Core Work Run: 45 min @Z1/Z2 Run: 35 min @ZR/Z1 Run: 30 min @ZR OFF Race: Half-Marathon Core Work
18 Run: 29min@ZR Core Work Run: 35 min @ZR/Z1 Run: 40 min @ZR/Z1 Run: 65 min @Z1 Run: 35min@ZR Core Work Run: 100 min @Z1 Split Run: 90 min @Z1 90 min @Z1
19 Run: 31min@ZR Core Work Tempo Run: 75 min 2x20@Z2 Run: 35min@ZR Core Work Speed Work: 75 min 1x5k,3xMile Run: 35 min @ZR Run: 105 min @Z1 Long Run: 150 min 90@Z1/60@Z2
20 Core Work Run: 35 min @Z1 Run: 60 min @Z1/Z2 OFF Run: 30min@ZR Core Work Race Sim: 120 min 90@Z1/30@Z2 Run: 33 min @ZR
21 Run: 35 min @ZR Tempo Run: 75 min 2x10@Z2 Run: 35min@ZR Core Work Over/Under: 75 min 3x1 Mile Run: 35 min @ZR Run: 60 min @Z1 Split Run: 45 min@Z1/Z2 45 min@Z1/Z2
22 Run: 27 min @ZR/Z1 OFF Tempo Run: 65 min 5xMile @Z2 Run: 35 min @ZR/Z1 Run: 25 min @ZR OFF Race: Marathon