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Marathon training plans and diabetes

Congratulations if you’ve taken the big step of signing up for a marathon or half marathon. Use one of our three marathon training plans or our half marathon plan below to get you ready for the big day.

Just like living with diabetes – doing a marathon isn’t easy. It’s one of the toughest challenges you will ever face. But together we can become a force to be reckoned with. From navigating your training plan to reaching your fundraising goals, we're here to support you.

Our marathon training plans are suitable for people with or without diabetes. There's one for everyone. You may be doing your first marathon, having another go or wanting to beat your personal best.


“Best experience of my life. A year ago I couldn't run round my block (one house). Thanks to the support and advice from the team and also from the other runners I can now say I've run a marathon.”

Ian Anderson, who has Type 1 diabetes

Getting started

It’s easy to put all your focus on training when you're following a daily plan. But it’s as important to rest and recover between sessions and eat a healthy balanced diet. Even if you don’t have diabetes, our healthy eating tips will be relevant to you.

Marathons and diabetes

If you have diabetes and you’re doing a marathon, give yourself an extra pat on the back. Regular exercise is good for most of us but for people with diabetes can bring extra benefits.

But there are things you need to know to get the most from your training and help you manage your diabetes. Find out more about diabetes and exercise

Use our half marathon training plan

Suitable for anyone who can run for 20 minutes or more. Ideal if you're stepping up from a shorter distance. If you're new to running, you may want to adapt our Beginner run-walk 14-week training plan.

Download Preparing to run a half marathon 12-week training plan (PDF, 186KB) 

Choose one of our three marathon training plans

It doesn't matter if you haven't done any running or you're a seasoned marathon runner. You'll find a suitable plan below to download, read and keep to hand. You can use the tick boxes to chart your progress. Or create your own plan using our blank training sheet.

Beginner run-walk 14-week training plan

Ideal if you're new to running or stepping up from shorter distances.

Download Beginner marathon training plan (PDF, 183KB)

Improver 16-week training plan

Ideal if you can run for 75 minutes and plan to run the marathon in four hours or more.

Download Improver marathon training plan (PDF, 192KB) 

Advanced 16-week training plan

Ideal if you want to beat your personal best or run the marathon in three and a half hours or less.

Download Advanced marathon training plan (PDF, 199KB)

Blank training sheet

Set up your own plan or use this sheet to detail your weekly progress.

Download Blank training sheet (PDF, 79KB)





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