Marathon Training: Week 2

This week you’ll add a few more miles to your total distance.

By Alyssa Shaffer
Woman running road picture

Plan developed by Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center in New York City.

You’re still working on building a base and edging the distance up a bit. "Each week you’re adding on anywhere from one to three miles to your total weekly mileage," says Solkin. "In the early weeks, we’ll start at a moderate intensity and gradually build. This will help prepare your body to withstand the stress of going the full 26.2." To help maintain this distance, keep your pace at a moderate intensity (you can run comfortably while speaking to a running buddy; you can sing the National Anthem but hear your breathing).

Total weekly distance: 9 to 12 miles

Week 2 Training Calendar

Monday Off
Tuesday Run 3-4 miles (60% intensity)
Wednesday Off
Thursday Run 3-4 miles (60% intensity)
Friday Off
Saturday Run 3-4 miles (60% intensity)
Sunday Off



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Originally published on, January 2009.

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