Do you want to train SMARTER, not harder for the LONDON MARATHON?


This is a 16 week training plan designed for club runners and those targeting a 3:30 to 4 hour marathon at London on 6th April 2020 and has been prepared by Dr Garry Palmer.


Over the period of 112 days, the plan firstly builds training volume, then adds in a significant level of threshold running and ends with a 3 week taper. The taper in achieved by reducing both volume and duration of the sessions, whilst maintaining intensity. It is designed to get you to the start line in the best possible shape, and carefully takes consideration of overload and recovery.


The plan is best targeting to runners who have been running a minimum of 40 km (25 miles) per week for at least the previous 4-8 weeks in a preparation phase. It also assumes they will have previously undertaken at least 2 long steady runs over one hour duration.


The plan uses a combination of target distance (for interval sessions) but is focused on using heart rate based zone running (for longer aerobic efforts), but the athlete can easily switch these metrics to use the plan as duration based or pace based training sessions.


The sessions prescribed are based on Dr Palmers book Elite Performance Running; From Middle Distance to Marathon

PLEASE NOTE: The weekly and average weekly training hours shown in the summary are incorrect as TrainingPeaks fails to account for the duration of the intensity sessions. This will be corrected when you add your personal metrics for threshold heart rate and threshold pace. Apologies. :-)



Virgin London Marathon - Target 3:30-4:00

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