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Starting your marathon training

The official TCS London Marathon training range from New Balance

Training plans

Our three, free training plans guide runners of all abilities to the TCS London Marathon Start Line:

Beginner's training plan – if you're new to the world of marathons and don't know where to start with your training, this 16-week plan is for you.

Improver's training plan – if you’ve run a marathon before and are hoping to improve on your performance, this plan is your go-to resource.

Advanced training plan – this plan is ideal for experienced runners who want to push themselves. Remember, even if you’ve conquered 26.2 miles several times before, there’s always something new to learn!

Top motivation tips

As you progress through your training plan, it's natural for motivation to dwindle at times. If you're feeling in a slump, read our top tips on how to keep your marathon training on track:

Set a goal

  • One of the most effective ways to improve as a runner is to set yourself targets to work towards. Even small goals will help you stay motivated and on course for success by adding purpose and value to your training programme.

Keep it real

  • While your goals should be challenging, they should also be achievable. Setting unattainable targets will leave you feeling fed up when they're not met. Take things step by step and, with a little time and patience, you’ll start to make noticeable progress.
  • If your main goal is large and feels a long way off, try setting smaller, short-term goals along the way. So, if completing the TCS London Marathon is your ultimate ambition, why not sign up for a few shorter, local running events in the weeks leading up to Marathon Day? These events would be smaller targets that'll help you monitor your overall training and performance.

Be specific

  • Setting detailed goals means you’ll know how much you need to do to reach them – and you’ll get a great sense of achievement when you do. For example, if you’re running in support of a charity, decide the minimum amount of money you want to raise. Or, if you’re trying to improve on a past marathon performance, why not set yourself a time goal for your next event?

Put pen to paper

  • Write down your goals and post them in places you return to regularly. Putting your goals on paper will set them in stone so they’re always in the back of your mind, holding you accountable and keeping you focused on your training programme.

Treat yourself!

  • Remember, it’s healthy and normal to take a day off from your training plan here and there, so be sure to listen to your body and allow yourself the odd treat. Life doesn't always go exactly to plan, so you shouldn't expect your training to either – and that's OK!
  • Why not use a day’s rest as a reward for meeting your training targets, or to reinvigorate your mind and body with an alternative activity? The TCS London Marathon can be as much about having fun as it is about working hard.