Los Angeles Marathon Training Plans

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Los Angeles Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Los Angeles Marathon course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Los Angeles Marathon goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


Every March, more than 25,000 runners participate in the Los Angeles Marathon. If you're one of those lucky enough to have snagged a coveted entry, you'll want to make sure you're as prepared as you can be on race day. Whether you'll be toeing the line at your first marathon or you're a big fan of 26.2 already, get ready for race day with a personalized L.A. Marathon training program from Custom Training Plans. Our customized L.A. Marathon training plans are tailored for all types of runners and address important course features, so you can train at the pace that's right for you while you prepare for the hills and descents of the marathon course.

Los Angeles Marathon Training Plan

The L.A. Marathon is known less as a fast, PR-friendly course and more of a course that allows you to enjoy the landmarks of downtown L.A., Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. True to its “Stadium to the Sea” nickname, the L.A. Marathon starts at Dodger Stadium. The race makes its way through four cities, and though the course is net downhill, it is still considered to be a hilly course. The route weaves past Chinatown’s Dragon Gate and the Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles before turning toward the sea. Many of the hills come early in the race between miles 3 and 6, as you make your way out of downtown L.A. toward Echo Park. CTP’s customized L.A. Marathon training plan gets you ready to tackle the first set of hills mindfully, making sure to conserve your strength for the many miles ahead.

The next few miles are a chance to get some steady, fast miles under your belt as you take a running tour of Los Angeles. You’ll pass the Capitol Records Tower, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as you make your way through Silverlake, Los Feliz, and Thai Town toward the Sunset Strip. If you opt to prepare for the race using a free marathon training plan, keep in mind that a typical free marathon training schedule online is created for an average runner on an average course. An L.A. Marathon training plan from CTP helps you train for specific course features so you have enough gas left in the tank for the second half.

Just after the marathon’s halfway point near the Chateau Marmont, runners descend into West Hollywood. However, you must be prepared for the long, gradual uphill to the 405 at mile 20. Our L.A. Marathon training schedule helps you build strength and endurance so you can face race-specific features like the 405 climb with confidence. When you train with an L.A. marathon training plan from CTP, you’ll have enough energy left to take advantage of the long downhill toward the finish line near the Santa Monica Pier so you can finish strong.

Free marathon training plans don’t consider your current level of fitness, any previous running and racing experience, or the L.A. Marathon’s unique route. Customized Training Plans is here to give you a more thoughtful path toward race day. Our plans give beginners the chance to avoid injuries and increase their fitness steadily and help more experienced long-distance racers to set new PRs and increase endurance. When you’re ready to start preparing the right way, get your L.A. Marathon training plan here.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Los Angeles Marathon plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Los Angeles Marathon training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Los Angeles Marathon with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.