Marathon Coaching

Are you tempted by the marathon distance? Do you need support and guidance to get you there? At ForgetTheGym, that’s exactly what we love to do and you can join us from wherever in the world you might be.

Your coach: This programme is led by Mary. For the last 10 years Mary has been coaching runners to enjoy the marathon. No stranger to long distance herself with more than 45 marathons and ultramarathons completed, the autumn Marathon Programme will kick off in July 2021 supporting runners all the way from 10k to a big day out in October.

Which marathon? While the big city marathons might not go ahead this autumn, we are still going to train people for marathon distance this year. Training for a marathon is more than just a ‘big day out’ and having a ‘project’ for the summer/autumn can be a great way to stay motivated, positive and healthy. We might not be able to visualize the finish line right now, but we can still have a running summer to remember. As part of our plan we have options of a virtual race, a smaller race to attend or indeed we will create our own local ForgetTheGym marathon. This approach worked so well in 2020 we are going to do it again this year.

Start Date: This marathon coaching programme will start 5th July 2021 and will work around an expected marathon weekend of 26th October. If you can run 10k comfortably by end of June and are injury free, you are in a good position to start. Drop us an email if you not sure if you would be able for it.

How marathon coaching works

There are two different programmes and each programme runs for 16 weeks:
'First Timers’ For men and women who wish to train for their first marathon (and can now run 10k).
'Improvers ’ For men and women who have completed at least 1 marathon – however slowly. We build on your experience and offer you all the tips and support to help you get more out of your training and improve your marathon performance.

Each 16-week programme includes the following

  • Weekly training notes, videos and tips
  • Personalised training plans
  • Online support and guidance from Mary
  • Private Facebook Forum for chats and advice
  • Strength and Mobility classes (weekly)
  • Yoga and relaxation classes (weekly)
  • Foam Roller Workshop (Aug)
  • Sports Psychology Workshop (Sept)
  • Run Technique Workshop (Sept)
  • Long run meetups (covid permitting)
  • A few bonus extra surprises
  • A community of like-minded runners
  • Race Day Support (end October)
Note : All events/workshops/classes are online and can be attended live or will be recorded and you can view in your own time. Dates TBC. Facebook groups are key to making this marathon community work well so it will be important that you have a facebook account for this programme. Zoom will be a key component of the programme also.

Most people who have completed this programme in the past have enjoyed the camaraderie and support as much as the coaching. We are all in this together, wherever we may live and run our miles. It is so motivating to have other people on our side, who understand the challenges and joys of training for long distance.

“To the people joining this group all I can say is enjoy, believe and trust. I completed my first marathon under the guidance of Mary. I could not speak highly enough of the journey on every level. Thanks to you Mary as always for your guidance & support” Jo. Read more reviews

First Timers Programme €180
Improvers Programme €180
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Read reviews of the marathon programme : What our previous students had to say

We are so proud and honoured to be part of so many marathon stories.