The Run Your Best Boston Plan from Runner's World (16 Weeks)

Did you BQ? Are you headed to Hopkinton in 2011? Runner’s World, the leading authority on training and racing, has designed this unique plan to help you prepare to run the world’s oldest and most-prestigious 26.2-mile course, the Boston Marathon. This 16-week program features easy runs, speedwork, and long runs, plus hill workouts that will help you develop the fitness you’ll need to weather the descents early in the race and the notorious climb up Heartbreak Hill. Along with tips on training, nutrition, injury-prevention, and cold-weather running, you’ll also get interesting facts and highlights about the legendary marathon. The plan is geared for someone who has met the qualifying standards for Boston in at least one other marathon, and regularly runs 30 to 40 miles per week. Each week of the program includes two days of easy running, two days of rest, one long run, hill work, and speed sessions such as mile repeats and Yasso 800s. The long runs start at nine miles and stretch up to 22 miles three weeks before the race. If you’re training for another race, or this isn’t the right plan for you, check out Runner’s World’s other marathon training plans.

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