Training: Plans and trackers
Training plans and tracking your route

Training plans

The general consensus is that 17 weeks is an appropriate amount of time for those that have never run a marathon before to be able to adequately train. And 12 weeks for beginners to train for a half marathon.

The event you’re signed up to usually provide training resources including an effective training plan, but if you’re looking something a bit different we’ve included a couple below.

Marathons

The Virgin Money London Marathon training plans, available on their website, provide a variety of training plans online that cater for all levels of fitness. See them here.

Half Marathons

Similarly, The Big Half is an event organised by the same people who run the London Marathon, and have equally great training plans on their website. See them here.

Tracking your route

Now you’ve got a training plan sorted, you need to work where to head on your run, and how far you’re going! There are loads of websites, wearables and smartphone apps out there to assist you in planning your routes. As well as mapping out the routes, most are able to track the distance, work out your speed and let you know how many calories you have burned in a session. You can also share routes with fellow users.

There are plenty out there, but those tried and tested and highly recommended by Team Starfish include:

WalkJogRun.net

RunKeeper.com

MapMyRun.com

Strava.com

Please seek medical advice before starting any kind of intensive training or exercise plan.

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