The Sage Running: Beginner-Intermediate Marathon Training Plan™ $14.99

by Coach Sandi Nypaver and Coach Sage Canaday

The goal of this plan is to allow you to run your best marathon possible in 16 weeks time. It is not a “just finish” bare minimum plan though!  If you have run a marathon before, but aren’t quite at the level of the “Boston Qualifying ‘BQ’ Plan” just yet, then this plan is for you!

Otherwise, if you are looking to finish a marathon for the first time, but still run a strong time (i.e. a sub 4-hour etc.) then this plan is for you!


This plan is structured for runners who will reach a peak mileage of somewhere between 45 to 50 miles (72-81km) a week. If you haven’t run a single week over 35 miles (55km) per week in your running career – AND if you haven’t done consistent Long Runs in the 10-mile (16km) distance range yet, then we highly recommend that you take several months (or even a year) to build up your mileage base so you are consistently averaging at least 30 miles per week (50km) on a regular basis without any serious injury before starting this training program.

What you get:

  1. A 16-week calendar grid chart with every day specifically detailed with a training workout. The plan progresses with periodized phases to build your fitness, speed and strength so that you peak for your goal race in 12 weeks time. The plan also has mental training tips and inspirational quotes to keep you motivated! Both US and Metric measurement versions of this plan are included!
  2. All training plans come with our detailed booklet, The Sage Running Training Plan Guide to help you understand each type of run and give you advice for your upcoming training as well as additional exercises and tips to get the most from your plan and fitness gains. Also included is a key training zone intensity chart that visually defines key workout efforts.
  3. The Sage Running Strength Training Plan designed specifically for runners.

Why our plan is different:

This plan is derived from the theories and practices of the most legendary distance running coaches and exercise scientists from around the world: Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Renato Canova, and Peter Pfitzinger to name a few. Unlike other “cookie-cutter” training plans that just list mileage and a general pace, this Sage Running plan gives you essential specifics on how to do workouts at the right intensity for the most beneficial training stimuli. Furthermore, it does not follow a strict 7-day cycle (like most competitor’s plans), because at Sage Running we believe some workouts take longer to recover from and adapt to. Therefore sometimes recovery running days are extended and shortened appropriately to give you an ideal boost in fitness.  Most other plans do not take this kind of periodization into consideration.

We realize that great coaching is both a science and an art – and we’ve used this philosophy (as well as knowledge gained from our own careers as runners) along with experience from coaching many others, to create a plan that emphasizes consistent, smart progression: A true Sage Running™ experience!

In order to purchase this option, you must agree to our TERMS AND CONDITIONS.  By proceeding to purchase this plan, you are agreeing to these TERMS AND CONDITIONS.  

To purchase the Beginner-Intermediate Marathon Plan (16 weeks, plus a Training Guide and Key Training Zones Chart), please click on the button below:

Beginner-Intermediate Marathon Training Plan
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