Nashville Marathon Training Plans

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Nashville Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Nashville 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 Nashville 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.


Since the year 2000, athletes from all over the country have traveled to Nashville on a late-April Saturday to participate in the Nashville Marathon. As the event's popularity grew, half marathon, 6.15-mile, and 5K distances were added to the race card. In 2015, the Nashville Marathon became part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. Nearly 25,000 runners take part in this one-day event that showcases Nashville's rich musical history along with its hilly terrain. The Nashville Marathon is said to be one of the more challenging marathon courses in the U.S. due to its long, rolling, and plentiful hills. If you think running a different distance will spare your legs, know this: the Nashville Marathon's shorter distances don't skimp on the elevation, either. At Custom Training Plans, we work with professional athletic trainers to create Nashville Marathon training plans, Nashville Half Marathon training plans, Nashville 6.15-mile training plans, and Nashville 5K training plans that help you prepare for the demands of each unique course. Your program can be customized even further too, adjusting the intensity of your workouts to match your current fitness level, race goals, and more. Our personalized Nashville Marathon training programs help you increase your fitness steadily, reducing the risk of injuries and burnout.

Nashville Marathon Training Plan

Nashville’s 5K and 6.15-mile races start together near Music City Center, where the runners are seen off by thousands of cheering spectators. The 5K and 6.15-mile runners stay together as they head west through downtown. The route turns north for about a half-mile near the Frist Art Museum. The racers arrive at the Tennessee State Capitol and the halfway mark of the 5K as the route swings past the Musicians Hall of Fame. Once the course crosses the Cumberland River, the 5K route swings out and back on Woodland Street before arriving at Nissan Stadium, home to the Tennessee Titans and Major League Soccer’s Nashville SC.

As the 5K runners turn off to the stadium, the 6.15-mile route begins an additional leg into the city’s East End. This detour immediately tasks runners with a long, slow climb of nearly a mile and a half before returning to the finish line via the Historic Edgefield neighborhood. The 6.15-mile route nearly doubles the distance and elevation gain of the 5K, and both routes are quite challenging. Our Nashville 5K training plans and Nashville 6.15-mile training plans are designed to prepare you to conquer the hills. CTP’s training programs include customized, creative workouts that help you build power and endurance.

The Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon begin on Broadway near the Country Music Hall of Fame. In years past, the first mile of the course has featured live music along the entire first mile. The energetic send-off helps racers approach the long, slow climb that unfolds as the route traverses downtown Nashville and heads south. As the road rises, the course passes many of Nashville’s unique cultural landmarks and sights, including Union Station and Music Row. Runners reach the summit of the course’s longest uphill stretch as the route circles Belmont University and the Belmont Mansion. The route then heads downhill before promptly gaining all the elevation back. The elevation back-and-forth ends there for the half marathoners, who enjoy a steady downhill second half that’s punctuated by just a few small kicks. Just before mile 11, the half marathon route branches off to wind through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on the way to the finish line near the stadium.

Meanwhile, the marathon participants pass the State Capitol heading north to their halfway mark. As the course heads toward the bend in the Cumberland, it flattens out. This gives tired runners a chance to recover before the road points up again. Mile 16 features a quick detour to run the warning track at the Nashville Sounds’ ballpark before continuing to climb. Once over the river, runners are rewarded with a steady ride through Shelby Park along the Cumberland River to the finish.

Though the Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon courses will require you to drill hills, they both require a different approach to training. Our Nashville Half Marathon training plan is targeted to help runners increase their pace in order to take advantage of the long descent during the second half of their race. On the other hand, a Nashville Marathon training plan focuses on endurance and power, helping runners to go the distance. Every program from Custom Training Plans, including our Nashville 6.15-mile training plans and Nashville 5K training plans, is personalized to provide you with workouts that help you conquer the very course you’ll be running on race day. Whether you’re lining up for your first 6.15-mile race or crushing your 100th marathon, runners who train right and enjoy a challenge will love their customized training plan from CTP.

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 Nashville Marathon plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Nashville Marathon training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Nashville 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.