Planning a spring marathon?

Although there are not many signs of spring just yet you may have noticed that the days are staying lighter for that little bit longer. That's great news for runners who are planning to increase their mileage in preparation for a spring marathon.

Over the next few weeks it will be easier to get out for a run during daylight hours and put in the extra volume needed for marathon training so, if running a marathon is on your "to do before I die" list and you have it in your plans check out our sixteen week training plans in the Sennheiser Training Zone that will help you achieve your target.

If you are planning to "just get round" you will find a programme in our runfurther section, if it's a time you're after then check out the runfaster pages and select your time.

For a more bespoke approach tell our Training Wizard what it is that you really want to do. He will set you a programme at the start of each week after you have given him four pieces of information :

  • What you want to do

Select "run a marathon"

  • The target

Do you have a particular time barrier you want to break or do you want to "get round"

  • The focus for the week

You should think about your overall plan from now until the big day and break it down into phases where you can concentrate on one fitness component at a time. Depending on the time you have from now until your marathon you may spend a few weeks building an aerobic base before bringing in some strength work and then some speed work to really give you the edge. The Training Wizard will ask you if you want to build an aerobic base, build strength-endurance, build speed-endurance or improve running economy.

  • How much time you have or how hard you want to train

One of the unique things about the Training Wizard is that he gives you a bespoke programme that is set one week at a time. You can tell him whether you need an easy, moderate or hard week so, rather than trying to stick to a generic three or four month programme that doesn't understand what is going on in the rest of your life, the Training Wizard allows you to tailor your training for a stress-free training experience!

Here at runbritain we wish you all the best for a great marathon build up!