26.2: CRUSH THE DISTANCE
This 18-week marathon program is designed for injury-free runners who have run at least one marathon in the last three years and are looking to nail a brand-new PR. This plan isn’t for the faint at heart; some days, you will definitely need to dig deep and shovel in some badass #motherrunner grit to get it done, but when you do, you will be rewarded on race day with legs that are crazy strong and able to tackle the distance with a vigor that surprises you.
On this plan, you’ll do nine runs that are 15 or more miles long, including three 20-milers. If that sounds intense, well, it is. But if you are an injury-free recent marathoner and fired up are committed to 18 weeks of focus on 26.2, you are ready. Better yet? This program supports and guides you every step.We do our best to make sure you stay injury-free, providing short strength-training routines, a prehab routine, a mandatory weekly rest day, as well as a cross training or optional rest day at least once a week.
Over 18 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to build, adapt, and be prepped to crush your next marathon with heart-pumping pride.
The race-specific plan is 18 weeks, and you will also receive a four-week Marathon Holding Plan, which you can use while waiting for your training wave to take off.
BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 48 miles
LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: Three 20-milers, one 18 miler, and two 16’ers. (Too much? Consider 26.2: Go the Distance.)
CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? One weekly workout is your choice: cross training or a rest day. There are SSSC’s (super short strength circuits) three times weekly, as well as a pre-hab routine Coach Amanda designed. You don’t need anything but your body weight for all strength training.
NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Typically five, with a few at four.
FIRST AND WORST (HARDEST) WEEKS: