Marathon Distance Running Program

Here is a training schedule I used to train for the first marathon I ever ran. It was a nice progression and worked fine for me. If this is your first time trying something like this don’t complicate things with fartleks, wind sprints, and hills. Just run this at a pace you are comfortable. Prior to this, the longest distance I had ever run was 5K. You should have no problem.

6 Responses to “Marathon Distance Running Program”

  1. Bruno March 10, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Training is going slow, but well. I’m seeing imeopvrment every time I hit the gym, which gives me a huge confidence boost. And yes, when I cross the finish line, I’m gonna down that Dos Equis and get the ink. Happy Mudding!

  2. Ariel March 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Just wondering if you could give me any pointers, I am running my first tough muddier in a month!!! I have done 5k mud runs with 12 plus obstacles that left me feeling I had more to give…. I know a tough mudder is the real deal, but want to get one under my belt. As a mother of three small kids I am just starting to train again and be more dilligent about smoothie /juicing and exercise of course….. ??????? Thanks for your inspiration

    • Mustacheman March 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      It sounds like you’ve got this Ariel. If you feel like you have more to give after a 5K mud run then a Mudder is probably right up your alley. For the next month you can maybe up your mileage on your runs and throw in a few burpees every now and then. Don’t forget to taper the last week. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  3. Jenna May 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m planning on running my first Mudder this coming September (so in a little less than 2 months), would you recommend I follow this program in addition to any others? I’m an athletic person, but I’ve never done anything like a Mudder before! Any other pointers for a beginner?

    • Mustacheman May 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Hey Jenna,
      I don’t think it’s necessary to follow THIS program for a Mudder. As long as you can comfortably run up to around 8 miles you should be good. Adding some pushups, pullups, and bear crawls into the mix wouldn’t hurt either. Good luck!

  4. John January 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I just started the Marathon Distance Running Program you have on here. What are your suggestions as far as incorporating strength training into this schedule?

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