Runbayou: Marathon training program

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Although anyone can benefit from the Runbayou philosophy of training, this program is primarily designed for runners who want to improve their marathon times. In other words, you've run at least one marathon and are interested in improving your performance.

The Runbayou marathon training program is typically divided into four (4) phases with a 2 week taper. In a 26 week program, each phase will last for ~6 weeks and will focus on a specific aspect of your fitness. Each phase is designed to prepare you for each subsequent phase. If your goal marathon is less than 26 weeks away, the program can be modified accordingly. For example, an 18 week program would have each phase last for ~4 weeks with a 2 week taper.

To get a better understanding of the how we train, please take a look at the Runbayou philosophy.

The 2009 Chevron Houston Marathon Training Program

Past Programs

The following Runbayou Marathon Training programs were designed to incorporate the Houston Marathon warm-up series races, HARRA spring series, and/or other major races that occur during the training.

Boston 2007 - completed April 16, 2007
This year's Boston Marathon training program was less rigid than the 2006 program. As usual, it is designed for training after running the Houston Marathon or other January marathon.

Runbayou: Prepare for Boston -  completed on April 17th, 2006
This program is specifically designed for folks who trained for, and raced, the 2006 Houston Marathon (or another mid-January marathon) and want to prepare for Boston.

2006 Chevron Houston Marathon - completed on January 15th, 2006.
This is a 30 week Runbayou program.

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