Welcome to the world of 2:09 Training.
This is where we started and the advice we give comes from the experience of some of the UK's most experienced runners and coaches, including a London Marathon winner. Our advice is often used in running magazines, on the various online forums and by leading races and charity event organisers.
Preparing for a race is a big commitment and you will get the most from the experience if you have prepared well. We recommend that you follow structured training plans that bring you to a peak for the big day.
The training plans on this page were prepared by London Marathon winner Mike Gratton for 2:09 Events and Runner's World are tried and tested over many years and by thousands of our runners.
We have also teamed up with Nick Anderson and Tom Craggs from Runningwithus, who will be with us in the Algarve in the spring.