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BREAK 4:00 IN THE MARATHON: 16 Week Training Plan

This training plan is designed to get you to the finish line of a marathon in under 4 hours!

Finishing a marathon under a certain time limit is a challenge with a kick in the pants!

It takes a lot of hard work and training to get a marathon under your belt but for many runners they can't seem to stop there. They want to take it one step further and see just how fast they actually can run the marathon.

I learned though that training for a marathon with a specific time goal in mind takes more than a lot of hard work!

It actually requires training differently.

Same sport (the marathon), same distance (26.2 miles) but different goals (to finish vs. to finish in under 4 hours) requires a very different training technique.

It comes down to consistency, quality runs, and the art of pacing. All of which you will have with this BREAK 4:00 in the MARATHON Training Plan!


Here is what is contained in your training package:

  • 2 training plan versions:
    • miles
    • kilometers
  • your complete 16 Week training schedule (4 to 5 running days each week with 2 rest days)
  • training blocks made up of:
    • 2 week block of base building
    • 4 week block of strength building
    • 8 week block of speed training
    • 2 week race prep and taper block
  • all of the workouts you will need to run + explanations on how to do each workout and why they are beneficial to reaching your time goal. Running workouts included in this plan are hill sprints, hill repeats, tempo runs, mile intervals, long runs, goal paced runs and progressive long runs - all with the focused goal of help in you reach the finish line at the right time!
  • a goals assessment to help you stay motivated + on target
  • the training paces you need to run at to achieve the time goal that you training are for
  • Extras: tips on pacing yourself, ways to modify the training plan, how to lengthen the training plan, etc.


Your Instructor


Molly Mawhinney
Molly Mawhinney

Hi! I'm Molly, from All About Marathon Training. I coach marathoners and half marathoners through personalized plans and self training tools. With 6 marathons under my belt and and B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science, I'm excited to help you achieve all of your running dreams!


Course Curriculum


  BREAK 4:00 in the MARATHON: 16 Week Training Plan
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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the format of this training plan?
This is a pdf download training packet that has everything that you need to train and run a marathon in under 4 hours!
How long do I have access to this training plan?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the training plan?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How many weekly miles should I be able to run before beginning this training plan?
The first week of this training plan has you running about 20 miles (32 kilometers) total and builds from there. I would recommend being able to run about 18-20 miles (30 to 32 kilometers) a week before beginning this training plan.
How many miles should I be able to run before beginning this training plan?
Your longest run during your first week of training in this training plan will be 6 miles (10K). Therefore, I always like to recommend that any runner starts a training plan at the level they are currently at. Therefore, it would be ideal if you are comfortable already running 6 miles but definitely be able to run at least 4 miles (6 to 10 kilometers).

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