Asics Training Plans

For those of you who are after some more sophisticated, in-depth training plans for the run-up to your marathon, we've compiled some fantastic marathon training plans from Asics.

These training plans are designed to help you achieve a specific time in your marathon itself. They are bespoke plans to help you achieve a race time of "sub-" a certain time.


If you’d consider yourself a beginner, but you want to do more than simply finish the race, the sub 5 hour plan is for you. It’s a challenge, without requiring too much previous experience or natural running ability.


If you're a little bit more experienced, or a little more ambitious, start here - with the Sub-4:30 plan. Depending on your previous ability, this will require you to be running at least 2 or 3 runs a week.


At Sub-4:00, we are getting much more advanced. If you're feeling pretty confident, this is the plan for you. You’ll be consistently running at least 3 times a week to achieve this goal. Not only that, but at this level you’ll want to cut down on stamina-inhibiting activities (you know exactly what I mean) closer to the time of the marathon.


Again, Sub-3:30 is becoming increasingly advanced. These will be longer, faster runs throughout the plan. Expect to run at least 4 times a week. To achieve this goal, you’ll be sacrificing a lot of early mornings and lengthy periods of your weekend for long runs. At this level, you’ll be running around 5 minutes/km - extremely quick!


Finally, the Sub-3:00 plan is for our most elite runners. Only take on this plan if you're an experienced runner and have run an organised long-distance run before. If you’re choosing this training plan, you should already have a very good idea of how to achieve a sub-3:00 marathon. Not for the faint hearted!


Why not join a team of runners on one of our Marathon Challenges? Each year we offer trips to marathons in some of Europe’s coolest cities. Flights, transfers, accommodation and services of a UK rep are all included, leaving you free to focus on getting the best time possible! Click on the button below to find out which running challenges we have available at the moment: