Spring marathon season has come and gone, and we’re well into the summer racing season. With several big Canadian marathons still to come, now is a good time to check in on your training. Assess how it’s been going, and see if you should make a few tweaks heading into your last few weeks of preparation.

Cam Levins breaks the tape at Canadian Marathon Championships, STWM 2018. Photo: Todd Fraser, Canada Running Series

Many coaches and athletes agree that 16 weeks is a good amount of time to properly prepare for a marathon, while 10 to 12 weeks is usually sufficient for a half. In all cases, building upon the aerobic base you’ve hopefully maintained throughout the spring will be followed with a number of specific training phases–speed, strength and endurance–that each last several weeks. Finally, the two to three weeks before race day are reserved for the taper, a time that focuses on rest and recovery.

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon 2019. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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As with anything running-related, consistency is key. So starting your marathon training with plenty of time means you won’t have to rush or skip over a training phase.

Sunday, September 15:

Key events: Maritime Race Weekend (half-marathon only for 2019 due to construction)

Start training: July 7th (half)

Sunday, September 22:

Key events: Marathon Oasis Rock ‘n’ Roll de Montreal

Start training: June 2 (marathon); June 30 (half)

Rock 'n' Roll Montreal Marathon
Photo: Kevin Morris

Sunday, September 29:

Key events: Berlin Marathon

Start training: June 9 (full), July 7 (half)

Sunday, October 13:

Key events: Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Chicago Marathon and SSQ Québec City Marathon

Start training: June 23 (marathon); July 21 (half)

New York City Marathon Canadians
Photo: courtesy of NYRR

Sunday, October 20:

Key events: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonMarathon du P’tit Train du Nord, Val-David, Que., BMO Okanagan Marathon, Kelowna, B.C., Prince Edward Island Marathon and Niagara Falls International Marathon

Start training: June 30 (marathon); July 28 (half)

Sunday, November 3:

Key events: Hamilton Marathon and New York City Marathon

Start training: July 14 (marathon); August 11 (half)

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