Training for a marathon

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Preparing for a race

Running a marathon is an epic challenge. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth, you can never be too prepared for a 26 mile race. Our free training plans can help get you ready for the start line in just 12 weeks.

If this is your first marathon, use this guide to get to grips with running the distance of 26 miles.

If you have some experience of long distance running, use this guide to improve your technique and finish time.

If you're an experienced marathon runner, this guide will introduce a new approach to training with varied styles.

Filled with useful tips and advice, this guide covers all aspects of planning and training for a long distance run.

Need marathon advice?

We work with RunningWithUs, a training and coaching service, who can answer any questions you have about training for preparing for the race.

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