PRracer has created a range of marathon training programs to help athletes reach their performance level goals. The marathon is arguably the grand daddy of road races. There is no sugar coating this one. It is a race that will challenge your will and determination. The other distances will test you, but the marathon can break you. By folllowing our training program, you will be properly prepared to face the demanding physical and mental aspects of a marathon. Each marathon training program is 18 weeks.
Even though every runner is different, we have made the following assumptions:
- You have a desire to set a goal and work to achieve it.
- You have discussed a marathon running program with your physician prior to training. If you are a new runner, you have shared the marathon training program with your physician prior to starting.
To aid in your success, we have several suggestions:
- Purchase a running watch with GPS and heart rate monitor support, such as a Garmin.
- Ensure you have good running shoes. Go to a local sports store and get fitted with the proper shoe.
- Acquire good running attire. Comfortable socks, running shorts/pants, tops and jacket (if needed) are essential.
Marathon training programs are broken down into performance levels. Whether you are just starting, running a few miles per week, or logging in excess of 100 miles per week, click the performance level you wish to pursue.
- White new runner – has just started running and would like to participate in a competitive event.
- White casual runner – Would like to complete the event without walking.
- Yellow runner - is an improving runner. Has a desire to commit more time to running and take the first step toward competing.
- Orange runner - is an improved runner. More consistent training and miles.
- Purple runner – is competitive. Desire to finish in the middle of their age group. Willing to commit to a more a consistent fitness program.
- Green runner - tends to run at a competitive level. Longer runs with speed work.
- Brown runner – is a very good runner. Runs on a consistent basis, is competitive, and has a high level of dedication.
- Black runner – is an outstanding runner. This runner is a top finisher in their age group and will see an occasional victory in smaller, local events.
- Silver Black runner – is an exceptional runner. This runner is consistently a top overall finisher and will win many events.
- Gold Black runner – is an elite runner. This runner is in peak condition and has reached one of the highest levels of performance in the sport. This runner has a high probability of winning their event.
The times we associate with each running program makes a number of assumptions: you are following the program, you are meeting or exceeding all the program pace goals, you do not go out to fast at the start of your race and the course has minimal hills or elevation changes.