As part of your UltraRunning Magazine subscription, we are offering these free training plans. Each plan
can be customized for a specific race date. Customized Plans can be printed or downloaded as an ICS or
What is the difference between the plans?
Generally speaking, the more advanced the plan, the more volume it will contain as well as contain more specific interval and long run work. Additionally, there are some minor architectural changes from plan to plan to suit the needs of more/less experienced runners. This includes the density of volume, density of intensity and recovery.
These plans are intended for runners who are trying the distance for the first time and have less than 2
years total experience training for ultras. The plans are generally conservative in volume and
intensity. If your goal is to finish and you are not that concerned with your place or time, the
Beginner training plan will be a good fit for you. If you have more than 3 years of ultramarathon
training experience, have had coaching or are trying to maximize your performance, the Intermediate or
Advanced training plans will be better for you.
These plans are intended for runners who have done the distance before and/or have 2-4 years
ultramarathon training experience and are trying to improve upon their time or placing from previous
years. The plans are intended for runners that have some experience doing interval work and back to back
longer runs. If you are looking to add more structure and guidance to your training, these plans are for
you. If you are new to ultrarunning, or have over 5 years experience training for ultramarathons, these
plans might not suit you.
These plans are intended for runners that have greater than 4 years training experience and are looking
to maximize their performance. The plans are intended for runners that have more than 2 years experience
doing interval work and back to back long runs. If you are looking to make the most out of your
training, don’t mind pushing the envelope, have had some type of coaching or guidance before, then these
plans are for you. If you have less than 4 years of ultramarathon specific training or do not have
experience with interval work, the Intermediate or Beginner plans will be a better fit for you.