The Sage Running Very Advanced (sub 2:45) Marathon 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. If you have already achieved a BQ and sub 3 hour marathon then this plan is designed to take you to the next level (i.e. sub 2:45 or even a marathon in the 2:30s)! Be warned, this is our most Advanced Marathon Training Plan and takes a considerable time commitment. It is designed for experienced high mileage runners. (If you start a plan like this before you’re ready, you’ll end up injured, overtrained, and not able to hit your goal times.)

Otherwise, if you are looking to crack 3 hours flat for the first time and/or qualify for Boston you may want to check out the Sage Running BQ Marathon Plan™ .


This plan is structured for runners who will reach a peak mileage of somewhere between 85 to 94 miles (137 to 151km) a week. If you haven’t run a single week over 75 miles (120 km) per week in your running career yet, we highly recommend that you take several months (or even years) to build up your mileage base so you are consistently averaging at least 62 to 75 miles per week (100-120km per week) 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. Included in the plan’s weeks are inspirational quotes from elite runners.  The plan progresses with periodized phases to build your fitness, speed, and strength so that you peak for your goal race in 16 weeks time. Both US and Metric measurement versions of this plan are included!
  2. All training plans come with the detailed Sage Running Guide to help you understand each type of run and give you advice for your upcoming training. Also included is a training zone intensity chart that visually defines key workout efforts.
  3. The Sage Running Core 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 the 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 Sage Running Very Advanced Marathon Plan (16 weeks, plus our Training Guide and Key Training Zones Chart), please click on the button below:

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Very Advanced (sub 2:45) Marathon Training Plan
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