Training Levels and Descriptions

What level should I choose - Introductory, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Elite?

Half-Marathon

The Introductory half-marathon training is designed for runners who are attempting their first half-marathon, or are generally unfamiliar with a structured training program. The plan is intentionally developed with fewer miles of running, less intensity, and a more gradual approach to preparing for the half-marathon distance.

The Beginner half-marathon training is intended primarily for runners who are relatively new to distance running, or who have never attempted a half-marathon before.  Some runners choose the Beginner level when they are returning from a long period of non-running, or are recovering from injury.

The Intermediate half-marathon training is intended for runners who are comfortable with the half-marathon distance, and perhaps even have run a marathon before.  Compared to the Beginner level, the Intermediate level includes higher weekly mileage and longer long run distances, but does not include the intensity of the Advanced level.

The Advanced half-marathon training is intended for experienced runners who are comfortable training with a significant amount of mileage and intensity, and who are seeking a personal record at the half-marathon distance.

The Elite half-marathon training is designed for very experienced runners who want a training program that is developed on a highly individualized basis. The total mileage and overall intensity will be developed after a one-on-one consultation with our coaches. The program itself will be adaptable and adjustable depending on each individual’s goals and abilities.

Marathon

The Introductory marathon training is designed for runners who are attempting their first marathon, or are generally unfamiliar with a structured training program. The plan is intentionally developed with fewer weeks of mileage, less intensity, and a more gradual approach to preparing for the marathon distance.

The Beginner marathon training is intended primarily for first-time marathoners, although plenty of veteran marathoners have followed the “Beginner” level to prepare for a marathon after a long layoff from running or an injury that requires them to slowly get back into marathon fitness.

The Intermediate marathon training is intended for runners who have completed at least one marathon.  It is similar to the “Beginner” training, but includes higher weekly mileage and long run distances.

The Advanced marathon training is intended for experienced marathoners who are comfortable training with a significant amount of mileage and intensity.  The Advanced training is recommended for runners who want to attempt to run a personal record or Boston qualifying time.

The Elite marathon training is designed for very experienced runners who want a training program that is developed on a highly individualized basis. The total mileage and overall intensity will be developed after a one-on-one consultation with our coaches. The program itself will be adaptable and adjustable depending on each individual’s goals and abilities.

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