Marathon Training Program Details

The program is $35 for current DCRRC members 18 years of age or older. You will also need to select and register for a marathon on your own (no guaranteed or free entries are provided by DCRRC). 

What's included?

  • Coaching for your pace and fitness level
  • DCRRC training t-shirts and opportunities for other club swag
  • Weekly informational updates and training plans
  • Weekly training runs:
    • Saturday morning group training runs with post-run Gatorade and water
    • Mid-week speed workouts
    • Weeknight group runs throughout the area
  • Seminars by professionals in physical therapy, diet and more!
  • Social opportunities throughout training
  • Motivation and camaraderie found only with a training group

Criteria for Participation. The Marathon Training Program is open to any healthy adult (18 years of age or older) at virtually any level of speed/ability. To ensure that participants are sufficiently prepared and to minimize the chances of injury, participants should be averaging at least 15-20 miles per week and should be able to run 10 miles at one time without stopping when the program begins.

Jump Start program if you need a head start on training, please come on out as you choose to our FREE Jump Start program that meets same location and time (come 15 mins early) as Saturday Long Run (SLR). We typically begin Jump Start a few weeks before the official start of the Marathon training program.

If you have not run a marathon, it is strongly recommended that you consult your physician prior to entering this program.

Although there is no speed requirement and all paces are welcome, pace groups typically range from about 7:15 min./mile to 12:00 min./mile for their long distance training. We also strive to group runners of similar abilities together in pace groups based on race times and other criteria.

Program Structure. The Marathon Training Program gradually builds up participants’ average weekly mileage and long run distance during the course of the program. The Marathon Training Program has various training schedules given the range of participants running capacities and experiences. For our lesser experienced runners the Program builds from ~15 weekly miles to ~40 mile several weeks before the marathon. For the more experienced participants, the Program builds to ~55 weekly miles. All participants, no matter the experience level, participate in the same group long run on Saturday mornings, and a mid-week speed workout. And all participants are encouraged to work with your coaches to tailor the program to their individual running objectives. If you are proactive, work with your coach to set and periodically reevaluate your goals, attend group workouts on a regular basis, run the average weekly miles prescribed, and complete all the scheduled long runs, you are very likely to reach your marathon goal.

The Marathon Training Program is based on continuous running, as opposed to being a “walk-run” program. Our program workouts build upon three main ingredients to successful marathon training:

  • Base Miles. In order to build up the endurance necessary to complete a marathon, you will increase your average weekly mileage, or base, over the course of the program. Schedules are specifically designed to help you achieve your average weekly goals.
  • Long Runs. The cornerstone of the program is the weekly long distance run. Your long runs should be done at an easy, conversational pace. Generally, long runs should average anywhere between 60 to 90 seconds a mile slower than your target marathon race pace.
  • Quality Speed Workouts. Speed work teaches you to vary your pace, improve your running efficiency, and improve your level of fitness. Quality speed workouts during the Marathon Training Program consist of intervals on the track, tempo or threshold runs, hill running, and road races.
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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.