2011 Marathon Training Plan

11 weeks out from the Marine Corps Marathon and 14 weeks out from the Philadelphia Marathon!

Fall running ( my favorite running season) is right around the corner and I can’t wait!


I have been asked a few times to share with you my marathon training plan and I figured now was a good time to do that! My training is less of a plan and more of an outline.

I have a long run number that I hit on the weekend (Fri, Sat or Sun. depending on my schedule) as my main focus in the training – it increases every week to prepare me for 26.2 miles. I also take anywhere from 6-8 fitness classes (yoga, spin, kettle bell, bikram, cross fit, etc..) a week for work so that helps me a TON with cross training! Depending on my weekly schedule I try to get an additional 2-3 runs in varying from 3-6 miles to focus on speed as well as stamina.

    Here is a sneak peak at what the next 15 weeks of my life looks like:

    1. 13 miles
    2. 14 miles (HLS Fun Run)
    3. 15 miles
    4. 16 miles
    5. 18 miles
    6. 20 miles – Philadelphia Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon
    7. 18 miles
    8. 20 miles
    9. 18 miles
    10. 14 miles
    11. 12 miles
    12. Marine Corps Marathon – 26.2
    13. 12-15 miles
    14. 15-18 miles
    15. Philadelphia Marathon – 26.2


    An example of a week in the life of And Her Little Dog Too:

    • Monday: Yoga/Fitness Class
    • Tuesday: 3 – 4 mile run / Bikram/Crossfit class
    • Wednesday: Kettle bell class/ Yoga/ 5 – 7 mile run
    • Thursday: Yoga class
    • Friday: Rest Day or Yoga class
    • Saturday: Long Run (insert milage above based on week)
    • Sunday: Rest Day

    So there you have it! A little sneak peak into how I roll (train). As you can see, I only run about 3 days a week, which is perfect for me. I am prone to shin splints and really want to avoid overtraining. Since my running outline can last a bit longer than a typical marathon training plan, due to running back to back marathons, I really try to keep a variety of workouts in my schedule. My schedule changes every week but this gives a good idea of how I sweat regularly on a weekly basis.

    What do you think of my 2011 Marathon Training Plan? How does what I do differ from your training or what you do regularly on a weekly basis? Do you try to get a variety of fitness options into your sweat schedule or do you stick to one or two favorite workouts?


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  1. Reply Ash Bear August 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

    How has cross training affected your pace this time around since it seems you’re doing a lot more cross training. I hope to catch up with you during the fun run!

  2. Reply Shannon August 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Great plan! Working out AT WORK, but be really convenient to your overall health goals. Finding the time to work out before or after can sometimes be brutal!

  3. Reply Gina @ Walk to the Mailbox August 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Go leslie, go! super excited for you 🙂 One teeny little suggestion… on Week 5 you should cut back to 10-12 miles and have a precede that with a recovery week (short runs, high intensity). When you do your 20 miler the next week you will feel amazing. Trust me!!! Happy training! xoxo

    • Reply Leslie August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for the tip Gina – I will def. change that!

  4. Reply Dori August 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Great plan! Mine is slower on the build since I don’t have nearly as much of a running base as you. I also cut back big time on the classes, but they are still important to me!

  5. Reply Angela @ MyPinkyToes August 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I think it looks like a great plan! I have my first marathon coming up in a couple weeks, and now I’m contemplating adding another one in later in the fall…
    …maybe I should get through my first one first!!! Good luck!

  6. Reply Allie @ The Constant Pursuit August 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Such a good workout plan! I wanted to try to tackle two marathons pretty close together (I’m signed up for Akron – was considering running Philly!) but am still on the fence. I might end up doing a 50k in November instead which would be beyond crazy!

  7. Reply Stephanie August 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I didn’t know you were running MCM. Me too!!! What pace are you looking to run at? If you are interested I am trying to get a blogger get together off the ground either after or before the race

    • Reply Leslie August 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Stephanie – That would be so fun! Keep me posted on the get together!

  8. Reply Patty O August 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Your training plan sounds very reasonable – it has definitely worked for you in all of your previous races/marathons! Can’t wait to cheer you on in DC and Philly!

  9. Reply Christy August 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Oh wow! I’m doing both of these races as well but I’m doing the Philly Half…MCM is only my 2nd marathon and I’m not too sure if I’ll be up to a 2nd marathon so soon after! Props to you!

  10. Reply Nancy August 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like you have a great fitness life! Jealous…but you are inspiring! 🙂

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