I ran the Chicago marathon in October 2016 - my first marathon - a year and 10 months after I first started running. I had 5 half marathons, 4 ten milers, and a few other races under my belt so I had a pretty solid running base.
I primarily used the Nike+ running coach app (now defunct I think) marathon training program to plan out all my training runs. It’s a 20 week training program with runs 5 days per week. A little intense compared to Hal Higdon’s beginners’ training program, but I just wanted to be well prepared.
Below is the schedule of what I actually ran. I did very little actual cross-training, just some easy yoga every once in a while on Sundays. Each week I show in parentheses my actual mileage / planned miles for the week, so you can see how well (or poorly) I stuck to the plan. Days I was supposed to run but didn’t I marked with zero miles (as opposed to rest days).
|Rest||5.1 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||10.1 miles||Rest|
|4.1 miles||3.15 miles||4 miles||Rest||4 miles||7.1 miles||Rest|
|4.1 miles||4 miles||4 miles||Rest||0 miles||0 miles||6 miles|
|4 miles||0 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||0 miles||Rest|
|2.4 miles||5.05 miles||3.2 miles||Rest||0 miles||4.55 miles (10k)||Rest|
|3.2 miles||6 miles||3.2 miles||Rest||3.2 miles||8 miles||Rest|
|4 miles||0 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||10.1 miles||Rest|
|4 miles||0 miles||7.1 miles||Rest||5 miles||10.1 miles||Rest|
|0 miles||0 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||0 miles||Rest|
|5 miles||7 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||12 miles||Rest|
|5 miles||8 miles||5 miles||Rest||5.05 miles||14.1 miles||Rest|
|4.1 miles||8.05 miles||4 miles||0 miles||2 miles||13.35 (half marathon)||Rest|
|Rest||5.1 miles||0 miles||3.75 miles||0 miles||14.1 miles||Rest|
|5.1 miles||8.1 miles||5.1 miles||Rest||3.1 miles||16 miles||Rest|
|5 miles||8.1 miles||5.1 miles||Rest||3.4 miles||18 miles||Rest|
|0 miles||8.2 miles||4 miles||Rest||3.3 miles||20 miles||Rest|
|5.1 miles||12.4 miles||5 miles||Rest||0 miles||22 miles||Rest|
|0 miles||6 miles||5 miles||Rest||4.2 miles||16.1 miles||Rest|
|4.15 miles||8 miles||5.1 miles||Rest||4.1 miles||12 miles||Rest|
|4.05 miles||5.1 miles||0 miles||0 miles||Rest||0 miles||26.2!!!|
I moved across the country during week 9 so I logged zero miles that week. In week 5 / 12, I didn’t run a 10k / half marathon race as suggested- just the distance.
My goal for the marathon was to finish under 4:55, and I got in with a minute to spare at 4:53:59 or a pace of 11:13 min/mile.